Sermon Bible Study Guides

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.
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.

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