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"Gospel of John" Series Weekly Questions

John Chapters 11-12

1. In 11:3 why do you suppose the sisters sent for Jesus? What do you think they expected Him to do? Why did Jesus wait two days? Does Jesus seem to “wait” to answer you at times? Why does he do that?

2. In Chapters 11 and 12, how would you explain Jesus’ relationship with Mary, Martha, and Lazarus? Who do you identify in these stories with the most? Mary? Martha? The Disciples? Lazarus?

3. In 12:4, what motivates Judas to object to Mary’s act of worship? Is this attitude still in the church today? What was Jesus’ reaction to Judas’ objection? What can we learn from this?

4. In chapter 12, what do you think the crowd expected of Jesus? What does today’s crowd expect from him?

5. Read 12:44-50. Jesus once again declares His reason for coming. What is His reason? How is He going to accomplish this? What is the significance of His statements for us today?

John Chapters 8-10:

1, Jesus interacts with conversations about "sin" in a lot of different ways in chapters 8 and 9. Find all the ways he and others do so. How do others define sin, the reason for it and the consequences of it? In what ways does Jesus challenge them? Why? How do you understand sin? In what ways does Jesus challenge your definition? 

2. Jesus makes audacious claims about himself in chapters 8-10.. In what ways does he claim to be God? How do those around him respond to that claim? How do you think you'd respond to that claim if you were there? What are ways you still wrestle with Jesus' claims today? 

3. In Chapter 9, Jesus talks about spiritual blindness? What do you think that is? How do we avoid it? 

4. In Chapter 10, Jesus talks about being both the gate and the good shepherd. What do these metaphors mean? Why does Jesus use both of them? In what ways do you relate to Jesus being a good shepherd? How do you respond to that? 

John 7:1-36

1.  In John 7:1-36, several different groups express their thoughts about who Jesus is. What were the different views?

a.     Jesus’ brothers (7:1-10)

b.     Jewish leaders in Jerusalem (7:11, 15, 32, 35, 36)

c.     The crowds at the feast of Tabernacles (7:11-13, 20, 30-31)

d.     Specifically people of Jerusalem (7:25-27). Remember that the crowds would have included people coming in to celebrate the feast from surrounding areas as well as locals. Most of the Jerusalem locals would not have seen all of the work that Jesus had done in the surrounding areas so John seems to want to emphasize their viewpoint separate from the crowd as a whole

Why did they hold the views they held? What were they thinking? Do you see any of these different viewpoints today?

2. W ho does Jesus say he is? (7:16-18, 28-29, 33-34)?

3. According to Jesus, how is anyone to know which viewpoint is correct? (7:16-17) Do you see this as relevent today? Is so, how?

4. Timing plays a huge part of this story. Jesus speaks of “the right time” in his discussion with his brothers (7:6-8) and yet goes up secretly to the Feast. Then he appears publicly halfway through the Feast (7:14). 

According to John 7:1 what was Jesus trying to avoid? How this help us understand the idea of timing that Jesus held as opposed to his brothers (7:1-10)?

The attempt to seize Jesus failed in 7:30; in fact they weren’t able even to lay a hand on him because “his time had not yet come”? What does this imply about who is in control of the timing of events in Jesus’ life?

Does this have implications for the timing of events in our lives today?

John Chapters 5 & 6

1. Jesus asks the paralyzed man: "Do you want to get well?" How would you respond to that question? In what ways do you want to be made well?

2. Describe the relationship Jesus has with his Father as described in chapter 5. What stands out to you? 

3. What do you think the twelve disciples and crowd were saying to one another as they picked up the twelve baskets of leftovers? Imagine some of the conversations they were having.

4. Look at all the different ways Jesus interacts with his disciples in chapter 6. How does Jesus treat them? What is he trying to teach them? In what ways do you relate to the disciples? 

5. What does it mean for you to be a disciple of Jesus today?

John Chapters 2-4: 

1. What people and groups of people does Jesus interact with in chapter 2-4? What took place? 

2. What do these stories share in common? 

3. What was he offering each person or group? 

4. Who do you relate to most? Who does each person and group represent in our culture or among your family and friends? 

5. What do you think Jesus is offering you? What do you think he is offering our world? 

John Chapter 1: 

1. Compare how John introduces Jesus compared to Matthew, Mark and Luke. What are the similarities? What are the differences? If you were to introduce Jesus, how would you do it? 

2. Find all the metaphors John uses for Jesus in chapter 1. Think about (and discuss) all their meanings. Which ones stick out to you most?

3. What does John tell us about Jesus' relationship with the Father in chapter 1? 

4. What does John tell us about God's relationship with humans in chapter 1? 

5. Jesus' first words in the Gospel are in in verse 38: "What are you seeking?" (or What do you want?). What are the most important things you are seeking in your life right now? 

6. Jesus tells his disciples to "come and see" (v.39) and to "follow me." In your current walk of life, what does it look like for you to "come and see"? What does it mean to "follow Jesus"? 

7. Try reading the John 1:1-18 out loud or listening to it with your eyes closed (find an audio Bible or you can listen to it at the beginning of "The Word Became Flesh pt. 1" sermon above). Ask God to reveal something new to you as you listen to it. 

 

Outline of Fall 2017 "Gospel of John" Sermon Series

 

September 10th: Word Became Flesh pt. 1 - Andreas

Read John Chapter 1 (Questions will be uploaded for week of September 10th-17th for this chapter) 

September 17th: Word Became Flesh pt. 2 - Andreas

Read John Chapters 2-4 (Questions will be uploaded for week of Sept. 17th-24th for John chapters 2-4)

September 24th: Jesus' Introduces himself to a variety of People in John 2-5 - Andreas

Read John Chapters 5 & 6

October 1st: John 6:26-27  - Gary

Read John Chapter 7

October 8th:John 7: 1-36 - Gray

Read John Chapters 8-10

October 15th: Disputes over Jesus (Chapters 8-10) -  Andreas

Read John Chapters 11-12

October 22nd: Jesus Laying Down his life for his friends (Chapters 11 & 12) - Andreas 

Read John Chapters 14 &15

October 29th: John 14 & 15 - Andreas

Read John Chapter 13

November 5th: John 13 - Gray

Read John Chapters 16 - 20

November 12th: Jesus Glorified John 17:1-5, 10 - Gray

Read John Chapter 17

November 19th: Unity amongst believers (John 17:20-26) - Gary

Read John Chapter 21

November 26th: Jesus Reinstates Peter (21:15-19) - Andreas