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 7:1-23 - January 19th 2018

Inductive Bible Study - Mark 7:1-23

Honor the Commands of God

Read Mark 7:1-23

  1. What do the Pharisees and scribes observe about Jesus’ disciples? Why was that noteworthy to them?
  2. What do they ask Jesus?
  3. How does Jesus respond at first (verses 6-13)?
    1. What is the issue Jesus takes with them?
    2. What examples does he give?
  4. In the examples Jesus gives of how they are leaving the commands of God, but holding to the commands of men, what do these examples show about what they really value? What they didn’t value?
  5. In verses 14ff, Jesus gives a more general explanation. What is his basic point?
    1. How does this illuminate his previous reaction to the Pharisees’ question?
  6. Who asks him for more explanation? What does Jesus say to them?
    1. What does not defile a man?
    2. What does defile a man?
    3. What does this mean for how a person can be pure in the eyes of God?

Application:

  1. What warning is there for us about traditions we might adopt? What kind of questions should we be asking to help us discern if a tradition is helpful or a cover for sin?
  2. What application does Mark give regarding food? Why is this an important application?
  3. If all these sinful thoughts and actions are what defile a person, how can a person keep from being defiled?