Sermon Bible Study Guides

in John

John 1:1–14 - December 20th, 2019

OBSERVATION
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?

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?
  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?

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, 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.
in 1 John

1 John 1:5-10 - February 15, 2019

God is light 

Read 1 John 1:5–10

  1. Who did John hear this message he proclaims from?
  2. What is a summary of this message?
    1. What does the message mean?
  3. What does verse 6 mean?
    1. How does Jesus’ blood cleanse us?
    2. Who is the ‘him’?
    3. Who might this verse describe? How would we know?
  4. How does v. 7 contrast with the previous verse?
  5. Explain verse 8 in your own words.
    1. How can one be cleansed from all their unrighteousness?

       

  6. Compare verse 8 and 10, what differences are there?

Application Questions

  1. What does it mean to walk in darkness?
  2. What does it mean to walk in the light?
    1. What does it not mean? Do Christians never sin?
  3. Does this describe your life?
    1. How can you help other Christians in the church?
      1. What are you doing now towards this purpose and goal?