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.