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"Gospel of John" Series Weekly Questions

Read John 20 and 21

1. In these chapters, we find Thomas, Mary, Peter and the Beloved Disciple all interacting with Jesus in different ways. Who do you relate to most? Why?

2. After the resurrection Jesus uses the phrase "peace be with you" (20:21,26) when he speaks to his disciples. In what areas of your life do you need Jesus speaking these words to you? 

3. Jesus tells Thomas that "blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed" (20:29). Is it difficult for you to believe without seeing? 

4. When Jesus talks with Peter at the end of the book, he asks him three times, "Do you love me?" (21:15-17). How do you respond to Jesus asking you that question? 

5. As we have journeyed through John, what passages have spoken to you the most? With this in mind, studying the book John is not just about verses speaking to us, but interacting with the very God who is behind these verses. How have you interacted with Jesus? How has God spoken to you? 

 

John 17:1-5, 10 Questions

1.   How would you explain the “glory” of God? What is “glory’?

2.   What does Jesus mean when he says “the time has come” in verse 1.

3.   How does this relate to the Father glorifying the Son and the Son glorifying the Father?

4.   What was the essence of the authority the Father gave the Son (17:2)?

5.   How does Jesus define “eternal life” (17:3)? would you say this is the focus that people usually think of when they talk of “eternal life”?

6.   How has Jesus glorified the Father (17:4)?

7.   How will the Father glorify the Son (17:5)?

8.   In 17:10, Jesus states that the disciples have brought glory to him. Read 17:6-9 and discuss how the disciples brought glory to him.

9.   In what ways do you think we as Christians today can glorify God?

John 13:1-17 Questions

1.     Why do you think that Jesus chose to wash his discples’ feet before Judas departs and before he shares his comforting words about his leaving them? How does this introduce the rest of the Upper Room Discourse (John 14-17)?

2.     It is clear that Jesus was being very deliberate when he washed his disciples feet. The passage reveals several things that clarified what Jesus knew while he was washing there feet. What were these things? Why are they significant?

a.     13:1

b.     13:3

c.     13:13-14

d.     13: 2, 10, 11 18, 21, 26-30

3.     How does Paul’s instruction in Phil. 2: 1-8 shed light on the symbolism of Jesus’ taking off his outer clothing, wrapping himself with a towel, and then washing the disciples’ feet?

4.     Why do you think Peter was so opposed to Jesus’ washing his feet? Why does Jesus say he must allow it?

5.     According to 13:12-16, what is the example that Jesus is giving his disciples and us today? Why does he say we should follow his example?

6.     In verse 17, Jesus speaks of a blessing if his disciples follow his example now that they know about it? What is the difference between knowing about it and actually doing it? What do you think the blessing will be?

7.     It is clear that Jesus is calling us to share humble service with one another? What do you think that could look like in our church today? What do you think hinders such humble service today?

John 14 & 15

1. Jesus makes a lot of promises in these chapters. What are they? What hope to these promises give? 

2. Jesus says over and over again that to love him is to "obey his commands." What does it look like for you in your day-to-day life to obey his commands? 

3. The Holy Spirit is described as an advocate in 4:16 and 4:26. What does that mean and how does the Holy Spirit advocate for us today? 

4. Jesus is described as abiding in his father. What does that mean? Jesus also calls us to remain (abide) by using the metaphor of the Vine and Branches in Chapter 15. What stands out in the metaphor? What does Jesus mean when he says, "apart from me, you can do nothing?" (15:5) 

5. At the end of chapter 15, Jesus says the world hated him first. Why does the world hate Jesus? Why would the world hate you if you follow Jesus?

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