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in John

John 9:13–34 - January 3rd, 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read John 9:1–12 and summarize what happened.
  2. Now read John 9:13–34
  3. Who do the Jewish people take the healed man to and why?
  4. What do some of the Pharisees conclude about Jesus and why?
  5. What do other Pharisees conclude and why?
  6. What do his parents say and why?
  7. What does the man who was healed conclude and why?

INTERPRETATION

What does it mean?

  1. What do we learn about Jesus from this passage?
  2. Did Jesus disobey the Sabbath? 
  3. What does the healed man conclude about Jesus? (v. 30–32)
  4. Consider and compare the differing responses to Jesus (Jews, Pharisees, Parents, Healed man).
    1. How and why do they respond the way they do?
  5. Read John 9:35–41
    1. How do these inform our understanding of the healing?
    2. What is the physical blindness and healing pointing to?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Do you struggle to believe the truth about Jesus?
    1. Are you tempted to explain away who he is and what he has done?
  2. Are you afraid to identify yourself with Jesus because of how people might respond? (e.g. with friends, colleagues, family members)
  3. Like the Pharisees, are you tempted to think you are better than others because you "follow the rules".
  4. Do you ask God to help you see and know Jesus more?
  5. Sing In Christ Alone to God and to one another.
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.

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