Sermon Bible Study Guides

in John

John 1:19-34 - January 30th 2022

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read John 1:19-34
  2. Who's mentioned?
    1. What does the author tell us about John?
    2. Who do the Pharisees think he might be? (verse 25)
  3. What questions do the Priests and Levites want John to answer?
    1. Does John answer the question?
  4. What titles does John the Baptist use to describe Jesus? (verse 29, 34)

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Summarize the passage in one sentence.
  2. Read Isaiah 40:3.
    1. Why do you think John references this passage? (verse 23)
    2. What is John saying about himself?
  3. What do you think the average Israelite thought about when they heard "Lamb of God"? (think about Genesis 22:8 or Isaiah 53:6-7)
    1. What does this reveal about Jesus?
  4. John says that he came baptizing with water "that he (the Lamb of God) might be revealed to Israel".
    1. How do you think John's baptism accomplishes this?
  5. John repeats how the Spirit remains on Jesus after it descends on him. (verse 32, 33)
    1. Why do you think John emphasizes this?
    2. He may be alluding to another passage in Isaiah. Read Isaiah 11:1-2 and note any significant connections you see.

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Is there a testimony or message that has made a significant impact in your life? What was so special about that message?
  2. God used John to bear witness about Jesus through baptism and proclamation among the people of Israel.
    1. How do you see God using your life to bear witness about Jesus?
    2. What is one step you can take to "bear witness" or share your testimony about Jesus with others?
  3. John called Jesus the "Lamb of God" as well as the "Son of God" 
    1. Why is it important for our witness about Jesus to center on these ideas?
    2. How would your life change if you believed that Jesus was the Song of God but not the Lamb of God?
  4. Pray in light of this passage and about any applications you have made.
  5. Sing Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery to God and to one another.
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.

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