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in John

John 5:16-30 - 29th May 2022

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read John 5:16-30
  2. Do you notice any repeated words?
  3. Why were the Jews persecuting and wanting to kill Jesus? (v. 15-18)
  4. In what ways does Jesus compare himself to God?
  5. How does Jesus say that he is different from God the Father?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What do you think are the "greater works" that Jesus is talking about in verse 20?
    1. Which work(s) is he comparing to?
    2. Do verses 21-29 help you to see the "greater works" he is talking about?
  2. In verse 24, Jesus promises eternal life to "whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me"
    1. What does it mean to "hear" and to "believe"?
    2. How does this connect with verse 21? 
  3. In verse 25 and in verse 28, the same phrase is used: "an hour is coming..."
    1. Are these talking about different events or one event?
    2. If they are talking about different events, what is the difference between the dead living (v. 25) and those in tombs resurrecting to life (v. 28-29)?
  4. Do you have any questions about the relationship between God the Father and God the Son?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How does the relationship between Jesus and God the Father affect us in our daily lives?
  2. Do you have eternal life as it talks about in verse 24?
    1. If not, what more do you need to hear in order to believe?
    2. If yes, when did you first believe? How has hearing the words of Jesus continued to affect you?
  3. What is one thing that you can do this week to live in light of our coming judgment?
  4. Pray in light of this passage and about any applications you have made
  5. Sing How Sweet and Awesome to God and to one another.

Matthew 7:7-11 - 6th March 2022

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Matthew 7:7-11
  2. Identify:
    1. Repeated words, ideas, themes
    2. Commands
    3. Connective words (what do they communicate?)
    4. Promises
    5. Illustrations
    6. Rhetorical questions (answer them)
    7. Comparisons

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What does it mean to "ask," "seek," and "knock"?
    1. What are we meant to be asking, seeking, and knocking for? 
  2. How does the comparison between the Father in heaven and fathers on earth function?
  3. What does he mean "if you then, who are evil" (v.11)?
  4. How does this passage fit with prayers that are unanswered?
  5. How does this connect to the gospel? (What do we learn about: God; Man; Christ; Our Response?)

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

    1. How should this affect your prayer life? 
      1. Are you tempted to doubt this? How so? What truth in this passage can help you overcome that temptation?
      2. What are you asking for in prayer? Seeking in life? Pursuing eagerly? (Consider your prayer life- what do you spend most time talking to God about?)

 

  • Pray in light of this passage and about any applications you have made.

 

  1. Sing Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow.
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