Sermon Bible Study Guides

in John

John 1:35-51 - February 6th 2022

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read John 1:35-51
  2. Who begins to follow Jesus in verse 37?
    1. Who did they follow previously?
    2. Who else follows Jesus in this passage? (4 total)
  3. How is Jesus described? What are some names given to him? (make a list)
  4. Jesus tells the two disciples in verse 39 to "come and see". What else does Jesus say the disciples will see? (John 1:50-51)

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Summarize the passage in one sentence.
  2. In verse 37, two of John the Baptist's disciples decide to follow Jesus. Why do you think that John the Baptist didn't follow Jesus himself?
    1. What was John's purpose from God? (think back to John 1:29-31)
  3. Why does Jesus rename Simon in verse 42?
    1. Who are some people who were renamed in the Old Testament?
    2. Who gave them a new name? 
  4. In this passage, the author John gives us some word definitions (John 1:38, 41, 42)
    1. Why do you think he explains those words?
    2. What does this reveal about the original audience of this book?
  5. Read Genesis 28:10-22
    1. What connections do you see between that passage and John 1:47-51?
    2. What is the name that Jacob gives to the place where he sees this vision?
    3. What do you think it means that Jesus says "you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man"?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. In this passage, we see Andrew and Philip follow Jesus and bring others along.
    1. Are you following Jesus? How is your relationship with Him going?
    2. What is something that you've been learning about Jesus (or His Word) that you could share with a friend this week? (whether they're Christian or non-Christian)
  2. Jesus is described by many more names in this passage (Lamb of God, Messiah, Son of God, King of Israel, etc.) 
    1. Why is it important for us to know these things about Jesus today?
    2. What misconceptions do people have about Jesus in our world today?
    3. How can you help show others who Jesus truly is?
  3. Pray in light of this passage and about any applications you have made.
  4. Sing all or part of the song Jesus I My Cross Have Taken to God and to one another.
in Acts

Acts 8:4–40 - 16th January, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 8:4–25
    1. Context: What had scattered the disciples?
    2. Who is mentioned?
    3. What are repeated words, phrases, ideas?
    4. Identify similarities and contrasts mentioned in the passage.
    5. What did those who were scattered do?
    6. Where did Philip go and what did he do?
      1. What was the result?
    7. Who was Simon and what did he do?
  2. Read Acts 8:26–40
    1. Where did God lead Philip and who did he meet? How is this man described?
    2. What does Philip ask him?
    3. What passage is he reading?
    4. What does he ask Philip?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Acts 8:4–25
    1. What is significant about this region? (Look back at the theme verse of the book – Acts 1:8)
      1. How is this a turning point in the book of Acts? How might that help us interpret these verses?
    2. What does v.4 teach us about God's plans for advancing the gospel?
    3. How do Philip and Simon differ?
    4. Why did the apostles from Jerusalem go to Samaria?
    5. What was wrong with Simon's request? What was he seeking?
  2. Acts 8:26–40
    1. Why did the Spirit send Philip to the Eunuch?
    2. Why was it not enough for this man to have the Scriptures? What did this man need?
    3. How did Philip minister to him?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What can we learn from Philip's example? What about Simon's?
    1. What do we learn about ministry and evangelism?
  2. How are you sharing the good news about Christ and kingdom of God? In what ways does this passage encourage us to do so?