Sermon Bible Study Guides

in John

John 1:1–14 - December 20th, 2019

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read John 1:1–14
  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. How was "the Word" received?
  4. How did "the Word" come into the world?

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?
  4. Why is Jesus referred to as "the Word"?
  5. What other passages are alluded to in John 1:1–14?
    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. What does it mean "the Word became flesh"?
    1. What does John mean by "flesh"?
    2. Why did "the Word" become flesh? 
  8. How does one become a child of God? Who makes that happen?
    1. What does it mean to receive Jesus/believe in his name?
  9. Why does John tell us that Jesus has shown us God's glory?
  10. What does it mean he's full of grace and truth?

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, giver of life, etc.)
  2. How should we respond to Jesus?
  3. How have you received Jesus? (Share how/when you did)
  4. How should v.12–13 affect the way we pray and share our faith?
  5. Sing Joy to the World to God and to one another.

2 Timothy 4:9–22 - December 13th, 2019

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read 2 Timothy 4:9–22
  2. What repeated words or themes do you see?
  3. Who are the people mentioned?
  4. What does Paul ask of Timothy (v. 9)?
  5. Who deserted Paul?
  6. Who did Paul ask Timothy to bring with him (v. 11)?
  7. What else did Paul ask Timothy to bring (v. 13)?
  8. How did Alexander the coppersmith treat Paul (v. 14)?
  9. Who stood by Paul and strengthened him (v. 17)?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Summarize the passage in one sentence
  2. Why did Demas desert Paul (v. 10)?
  3. What happened between Paul and Mark previously (v. 11)?
  4. Why did Paul want a cloak, books, and parchments (v. 13)?
  5. How can Paul say the Lord will rescue him from evil deeds when he has experienced physical persecution and almost died?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Have you ever been tempted to desert the faith or faithful friends? Why or why not?
    1. Do you know anyone who has left the faith? What does it look like to stop following Christ?
  2. How has God delivered you when you faithfully proclaimed the gospel and opposition came?
  3. How can you encourage fellow church members to faithfulness like Paul?
  4. God's faithfulness strengthened Paul, how does it strengthen your faith?
  5. Sing Great is Thy Faithfulness to God and to one another.

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