Sermon Bible Study Guides

in John

John 5:1-15 - 24th April 2022

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read John 5:1-15
  2. Do you notice any repeated words?
  3. What is an "invalid"? (v. 5)
  4. What did Jesus ask the man? (v. 6)
  5. Why were the Jews upset in verse 10?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. The theme of belief has been everywhere in John so far. Where do you see "belief" in this passage?
    1. Why do you think it's there (or not there)?
  2. Why did Jesus ask the man if he wanted to be healed?
    1. Do you think it was a rhetorical question?
    2. Do you think that this man had any hope left of getting better?
  3. What do you think Jesus meant when he told the man to "sin no more" in verse 14?
    The man chose to alert the Jews about who it was that had healed him (verse 15)
    1. Why do you think he did this?
    2. Do you think he had ill intentions?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. This man hoped for healing, but he wasn't able to achieve it in his own strength
    1. Where do people around you put their hope?
    2. How might their hopes fail them?
  2. This man was an invalid for 38 years! Surely he must have felt that life was unfair to him.
    1. Have you ever thought that life is unfair? When have you felt this way?
    2. Why do you think that we tend to get impatient with God's timing in our lives?
    3. What is something in your life that you could trust God with more?
  3. Pray in light of this passage and about any applications you have made
  4. Sing O Great God to God and to one another.
in John

John 4:43-54 - 17th April 2022

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read John 4:43-54
  2. Where was Jesus’ home town (what region was he from)?
  3. What other locations are mentioned here?
    1. Where do the events in verses 46-54 take place?
  4. What is the official’s request?
    1. Does Jesus answer his request?
  5. The themes of faith/belief are seen throughout the book of John. Where do you see those words in this passage?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What had happened in Jerusalem? (Verse 45)
  2. Read John 2:23-25
    1. Why did those people believe?
    2. Do you notice any other similarities between these passages?
  3. How do you think the Official knew that he should go to Jesus for his son to be healed?
  4. Why do you think Jesus says, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe”?
  5. The man seems to go to Jesus in faith, then responds with faith at Jesus’ words (verse 50), and then believes after his son his healed (verse 53). 
    1. Do you think these are examples of different kinds of belief? Why or why not?
    2. How is seeing (signs, miracles) related to believing?
  6. What do we learn about Jesus in this passage?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. If you are a Christian, why do you follow Jesus?
    1. What are some bad motivations that someone might call themselves a Christian?
  2. Have you ever been in a situation where you trusted God for something good for you or a loved one, but you didn’t see it right away?
    1. What was it like to live in the in-between time?
    2. How can we cultivate faith so we can trust God before we see him work?
  3. Pray in light of this passage and about any applications you have made
  4. Sing Christ Is Risen, He is Risen Indeed to God and to one another.

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