Sermon Bible Study Guides

in John

John 9:13–34 - January 3rd, 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read John 9:1–12 and summarize what happened.
  2. Now read John 9:13–34
  3. Who do the Jewish people take the healed man to and why?
  4. What do some of the Pharisees conclude about Jesus and why?
  5. What do other Pharisees conclude and why?
  6. What do his parents say and why?
  7. What does the man who was healed conclude and why?

INTERPRETATION

What does it mean?

  1. What do we learn about Jesus from this passage?
  2. Did Jesus disobey the Sabbath? 
  3. What does the healed man conclude about Jesus? (v. 30–32)
  4. Consider and compare the differing responses to Jesus (Jews, Pharisees, Parents, Healed man).
    1. How and why do they respond the way they do?
  5. Read John 9:35–41
    1. How do these inform our understanding of the healing?
    2. What is the physical blindness and healing pointing to?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Do you struggle to believe the truth about Jesus?
    1. Are you tempted to explain away who he is and what he has done?
  2. Are you afraid to identify yourself with Jesus because of how people might respond? (e.g. with friends, colleagues, family members)
  3. Like the Pharisees, are you tempted to think you are better than others because you "follow the rules".
  4. Do you ask God to help you see and know Jesus more?
  5. Sing In Christ Alone to God and to one another.
in Mark

Mark 7:24-37 - February 2nd 2018

Jesus In Gentile Territory

Read Mark 7:24-30

  1. Where did Jesus go and why? Why couldn’t he remain hidden? What’s significant about this area?
  2. Who came to Jesus and why? Why does Mark emphasize her nationality?
  3. Had Jesus done this sort of thing before?
  4. What’s surprising about Jesus’ response?
  5. How does the woman respond and what does it indicate?
  6. How does the exchange end?

Read Mark 7:31-37

  1. Where did Jesus go next and what’s significant about this area?
  2. Who is brought to Jesus and why?
  3. How does Jesus heal him? What does Jesus command them and how do they respond?
  4. What do they say about Jesus?

Application:

  1. What does these scenes teach us about Jesus and his mission?
  2. In contrast to last week (Mark 7:1-23) what is surprising about those who receive Jesus?
  3. Why does he seek to remain private? What does that say about what was his mission and what wasn’t his mission?
  4. How do these healings fit with Jesus’ teaching? What deeper purpose is there to these healings? (Look at 7:14-15, 8:17-18, 21)