Sermon Bible Study Guides

in John

John 5:31-47 - 5th June 2022

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read John 5:31-47
  2. Do you notice any repeated words or ideas?
  3. Who are the different people/things that bear witness about Jesus?
  4. Do you see any illustrations or word pictures used?
  5. What connections do you see between this section and the previous section in John, verses 16-30?
  6. According to Jesus, why do the Jews fail to accept the Father's witness about Him? (v. 38-40)

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Jesus could have stopped with just one witness (John the baptist) to verify his identity. What does it say about Jesus that he lists so many witnesses to the religious leaders?
    1. Read Deuteronomy 19:15. How does this help you understand what Jesus is trying to accomplish by listing so many witnesses?
  2. What does it mean in verses 35 that John the Baptist was a "burning and shining lamp"?
    1. Is this similar or different to Jesus, who is the light that came into the world (John 1:8)
  3. Do you think it's possible to love the Bible but not love Jesus? Explain why or why not.
  4. Jesus says that receiving "glory from people" (v. 41) is opposed to receiving glory from God (v. 44)? Why is receiving human praise a stumbling block to true belief?
  5. Read Deuteronomy 18:15 and Deuteronomy 31:26.
    1. How do these passages show that the Jews did not believe in Moses' writings?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Which of these "witnesses" to Jesus stands out the most to you? Why?
  2. How is your own life a witness to who Jesus is?
  3. What's an area of your life where you love the praise of people?
    1. Spend some time confessing those areas to one another.
  4. Pray in light of this passage and about any applications you have made
  5. Sing Jesus is Mine 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.