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 Mark

Mark 14:12-25 - February 8, 2019

THE Passover and the supper

Read Mark 14:12–25

  1. On what occasion did the Israelites first take the Passover?
    1. What did the Israelites sacrifice during this time?
  2. What do v. 13–16 tell us about Jesus and who he is?
  3. Who is the one to betray Jesus in v. 18?
    1. What does Jesus say about his betrayer? (v. 20–21)
  4. What does v. 21 tell us about Jesus' death?
    1. What attribute of God does it reveal?
  5. What is the purpose of the pouring out of Jesus' blood according to v. 24?

Application:

  1. Discuss why we take the Lord's Supper as a church. What is the purpose?
  2. God's plan of redemption included the betrayal of Jesus by Judas. How does this encourage us to trust God when evil happens to us?
    1. What are some ways you are prone to worry or anxiety instead of trusting God?
    2. How does the gospel free us from this?