Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Luke

Luke 1:46–55 - 26th December, 2020

What does it say?

  1. Read Luke 1:46–55
  2. Who is speaking in this passage?
  3. Who is mentioned in this passage?
  4. What are the repeated words/phrases?
  5. What are some connecting words? (e.g. for/because/therefore/but)

What does it mean?

  1. Who was Mary?
  2. Why does she magnify and rejoice in the Lord? (vv. 48–50)
  3. What do we learn about God in this passage?
    1. What does it mean that God is holy? (v. 49)
  4. What does it mean to fear the Lord? (v. 50)
  5. What themes from the Old Testament are mentioned?
  6. How is this passage grounded in the gospel?
  7. What is the main point of this passage?

How should it change us?

  1. How should we praise God in light of this passage?
  2. How should God's treatment of the lowly change how we treat the lowly?
  3. How can we help one another grow in our fear of the Lord?
in John

John 1:1–14 - December 20th, 2019

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?


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?

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.