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in John

John 4:43-54 - 17th April 2022

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read John 4:43-54
  2. Where was Jesus’ home town (what region was he from)?
  3. What other locations are mentioned here?
    1. Where do the events in verses 46-54 take place?
  4. What is the official’s request?
    1. Does Jesus answer his request?
  5. The themes of faith/belief are seen throughout the book of John. Where do you see those words in this passage?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What had happened in Jerusalem? (Verse 45)
  2. Read John 2:23-25
    1. Why did those people believe?
    2. Do you notice any other similarities between these passages?
  3. How do you think the Official knew that he should go to Jesus for his son to be healed?
  4. Why do you think Jesus says, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe”?
  5. The man seems to go to Jesus in faith, then responds with faith at Jesus’ words (verse 50), and then believes after his son his healed (verse 53). 
    1. Do you think these are examples of different kinds of belief? Why or why not?
    2. How is seeing (signs, miracles) related to believing?
  6. What do we learn about Jesus in this passage?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. If you are a Christian, why do you follow Jesus?
    1. What are some bad motivations that someone might call themselves a Christian?
  2. Have you ever been in a situation where you trusted God for something good for you or a loved one, but you didn’t see it right away?
    1. What was it like to live in the in-between time?
    2. How can we cultivate faith so we can trust God before we see him work?
  3. Pray in light of this passage and about any applications you have made
  4. Sing Christ Is Risen, He is Risen Indeed to God and to one another.
in John

John 3:16-36 - 3rd April 2022

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read John 3:16-36
  2. Do you see any repeated words or phrases?
  3. Who is speaking in verses 16-21?
    1. What about in verses 31-36
  4. Who had John the Baptist borne witness to? (v. 22-30)
    1. Why were John's disciples concerned?
  5. Do you notice any similarities between John 3:16 and John 3:35-36? What about differences?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. John 3:16 is a very familiar verse to many Christians.
    1. What do we learn about God's love in this verse and in the rest of the chapter?
    2. What responses do people have toward God and His love?
  2. In addition to God's love, we also see His judgment.
    1. If God loves the world, why do you think he judges the world?
  3. Look back and Read John 1:1-13
    1. What ideas do you see brought up again here in John 3?
    2. Why do people in the world love to live in the darkness rather than in the light?
    3. What does John 3:20 tell us about why people hate the light? Have you seen this to be true?
  4. Rather than hating the light, John the Baptist is filled with joy because of Christ (the bridegroom, v. 29)
    1. Do John's disciples seem to be filled with joy? (verse 26)
    2. Why do you think John is filled with joy?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. In verse 36, the author connects belief AND obedience to eternal life.
    1. Is your life marked by both of these things? Faith and repentance?
    2. If no, what's holding you back? Is there something in your life that you are loving more than "the light"?
    3. If yes, think of a way that you've fallen short this last week and confess it to God and to one another. Praise God for the forgiveness and eternal life that he offers in Christ, and ask him for the strength to keep repenting and trusting.
  2. John the baptist was eager to decrease so that Christ could increase.
    1. What are ways that you can allow Christ to increase in your own life?
    2. Are there also ways that you can grow in serving others?
  3. Pray in light of this passage and about any applications you have made
  4. Sing In Christ Alone to God and to one another.

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