Sermon Bible Study Guides

in John

John 1:1-18 - January 23rd 2022

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read John 1:1–18
  2. Who's mentioned?
    1. What does the author tell us about "the Word"?
      1. How is v. 2 different than v. 1?
    2. What does the author tell us about John?
      1. Why did John come?
  3. What contrasts do you see? (look for words like "but" or "yet")
  4. How did "the Word" come into the world?
  5. How was "the Word" received?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Summarize the passage in one sentence
  2. Who is the author? Is he the same John mentioned in v. 4–8?
  3. Read John 20:30–31.
    1. Why did John write his Gospel?
    2. How does that help us understand these opening verses?
    3. How does this connect to 1:12?
  4. Why is Jesus referred to as "the Word"?
  5. What other passages are alluded to in John 1:1–14? (e.g. Genesis 1:1)
    1. Why do you think John did that?
    2. What does this tell us about the identity/purpose of "the Word"?
  6. Why did the world not receive "the Word"?
  7. How does one become a child of God? Who makes that happen?
    1. What does it mean to receive Jesus/believe in his name?
  8. Why is it important that "the Word became flesh"? (v. 14)

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What truth about the Word do you need to remember or reflect on? (e.g. agent of creation/new creation, light of men, giver of life, etc.)
  2. How have you received Jesus? (Share how/when this happened)
  3. How should v.12–13 affect the way we pray and share our faith?
  4. Sing In Christ Alone to God and to one another.
in Titus

Titus 1:5-9 - January 16th, 2022

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Titus 1:5-9
  2. Do you see any repeated words or ideas?
  3. Why did Paul leave Titus in Crete? 
  4. What other words does Paul use for "elder"?
  5. How many different qualities does Paul use to describe godly elders?
    1. Do you see any overlap between these qualifications?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. How do you think appointing elders increases "order" in churches?
    1. Why would having multiple elders in every town be better than only having one?
  2. What do the qualities in verse 6 all have in common?
    1. Why should taking care of one's household be a qualifier for an elder? (check out 1 Tim. 3:4-5)
  3. Do you think a single person, with no wife or children, can be an elder? Why or why not?
    1. What about a married person whose children are not Christians?
    2. The phrase "his children are believers" can also be translated as "his children are faithful". How might this change your understanding of this verse?
  4. Are there qualities in verses 6-9 that should all Christians aspire to, rather than just elders?
    1. Which qualities might be specific just for elders?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Do you see leadership and authority as good for the church?
    1. What's one way that you can encourage or affirm the leadership or godly character from the elders at our church?
  2. Hebrews 13:7 says "remember your leaders... consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith."
    1. What are some practical ways that you can imitate the faith of the elders at our church? 
    2. Choose one or two character qualities from Titus 1:5-9 that you would like to grow in. How can you begin growing in that area today?
  3. Sing Speak O Lord to God and to one another.

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