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in John

John 5:16-30 - 29th May 2022

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read John 5:16-30
  2. Do you notice any repeated words?
  3. Why were the Jews persecuting and wanting to kill Jesus? (v. 15-18)
  4. In what ways does Jesus compare himself to God?
  5. How does Jesus say that he is different from God the Father?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What do you think are the "greater works" that Jesus is talking about in verse 20?
    1. Which work(s) is he comparing to?
    2. Do verses 21-29 help you to see the "greater works" he is talking about?
  2. In verse 24, Jesus promises eternal life to "whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me"
    1. What does it mean to "hear" and to "believe"?
    2. How does this connect with verse 21? 
  3. In verse 25 and in verse 28, the same phrase is used: "an hour is coming..."
    1. Are these talking about different events or one event?
    2. If they are talking about different events, what is the difference between the dead living (v. 25) and those in tombs resurrecting to life (v. 28-29)?
  4. Do you have any questions about the relationship between God the Father and God the Son?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How does the relationship between Jesus and God the Father affect us in our daily lives?
  2. Do you have eternal life as it talks about in verse 24?
    1. If not, what more do you need to hear in order to believe?
    2. If yes, when did you first believe? How has hearing the words of Jesus continued to affect you?
  3. What is one thing that you can do this week to live in light of our coming judgment?
  4. Pray in light of this passage and about any applications you have made
  5. Sing How Sweet and Awesome to God and to one another.
in John

John 5:1-15 - 24th April 2022

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read John 5:1-15
  2. Do you notice any repeated words?
  3. What is an "invalid"? (v. 5)
  4. What did Jesus ask the man? (v. 6)
  5. Why were the Jews upset in verse 10?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. The theme of belief has been everywhere in John so far. Where do you see "belief" in this passage?
    1. Why do you think it's there (or not there)?
  2. Why did Jesus ask the man if he wanted to be healed?
    1. Do you think it was a rhetorical question?
    2. Do you think that this man had any hope left of getting better?
  3. What do you think Jesus meant when he told the man to "sin no more" in verse 14?
    The man chose to alert the Jews about who it was that had healed him (verse 15)
    1. Why do you think he did this?
    2. Do you think he had ill intentions?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. This man hoped for healing, but he wasn't able to achieve it in his own strength
    1. Where do people around you put their hope?
    2. How might their hopes fail them?
  2. This man was an invalid for 38 years! Surely he must have felt that life was unfair to him.
    1. Have you ever thought that life is unfair? When have you felt this way?
    2. Why do you think that we tend to get impatient with God's timing in our lives?
    3. What is something in your life that you could trust God with more?
  3. Pray in light of this passage and about any applications you have made
  4. Sing O Great God to God and to one another.

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