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Use this tiny sermon for personal study or for a small group discussion. Journal your responses to the applications. Then, tell a trusted spiritual friend how God wants to transform you. Pray for success in obedience.

Scripture: John 7:10-14

Key Ideas:

Jesus arrived secretly in Jerusalem, halfway through the Feast of Booths (v10). No one knew He was there.

While wandering unknown among the crowds of feast-goers, Jesus heard their whispers, grumblings and background conversations.

Jesus heard five things among the whispers.

- Jewish leaders were looking for him and asking about him (v11).

- People were grumbling about Him - “a lot of murmuring” (v12).

- Some people said that He was “a good man” (v12).

- Other people said that He was leading people astray, deceiving them (v12).

- The whisperers feared retaliation if religious leaders caught them speaking about Jesus openly (v13).

Jesus was undeterred from His mission. After hearing these things, Jesus “went up into the temple and began to teach” (v14).

Jesus tailored his teaching in the temple to the crowd’s whisperings (vs15-52).

Applications:

How does a person’s receptivity affect my witness to him or her?

Upon what do I base my conclusions about a person’s receptivity?

Do I listen to what lost people say about Jesus? Do I know their concerns?

How can I learn what lost people think? What might I feel when I hear them? How could that affect me?

How should I adapt my testimony and witness to address lost people’s “whisperings”?

The Takeaway: 

Jesus listened to spiritually confused people and then revealed Himself to them.

Kevin Parker is editor of the Baptist New Mexican news journal and GoBNM.com, news and information outlets for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico.

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