Sermon Bible Study Guides

in John

John 1:19-34 - January 30th 2022

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read John 1:19-34
  2. Who's mentioned?
    1. What does the author tell us about John?
    2. Who do the Pharisees think he might be? (verse 25)
  3. What questions do the Priests and Levites want John to answer?
    1. Does John answer the question?
  4. What titles does John the Baptist use to describe Jesus? (verse 29, 34)

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Summarize the passage in one sentence.
  2. Read Isaiah 40:3.
    1. Why do you think John references this passage? (verse 23)
    2. What is John saying about himself?
  3. What do you think the average Israelite thought about when they heard "Lamb of God"? (think about Genesis 22:8 or Isaiah 53:6-7)
    1. What does this reveal about Jesus?
  4. John says that he came baptizing with water "that he (the Lamb of God) might be revealed to Israel".
    1. How do you think John's baptism accomplishes this?
  5. John repeats how the Spirit remains on Jesus after it descends on him. (verse 32, 33)
    1. Why do you think John emphasizes this?
    2. He may be alluding to another passage in Isaiah. Read Isaiah 11:1-2 and note any significant connections you see.

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Is there a testimony or message that has made a significant impact in your life? What was so special about that message?
  2. God used John to bear witness about Jesus through baptism and proclamation among the people of Israel.
    1. How do you see God using your life to bear witness about Jesus?
    2. What is one step you can take to "bear witness" or share your testimony about Jesus with others?
  3. John called Jesus the "Lamb of God" as well as the "Son of God" 
    1. Why is it important for our witness about Jesus to center on these ideas?
    2. How would your life change if you believed that Jesus was the Song of God but not the Lamb of God?
  4. Pray in light of this passage and about any applications you have made.
  5. Sing Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery to God and to one another.

Trinity: The Son - 5th November 2021

Week 2 of our topical sermon series on the Trinity; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Read the Nicene Creed  and Covenant Hope's Statement of Faith Articles on the Person and Work of Jesus Christ.

Take this short quiz on Christology (the study of Christ). If you are doing this in a group write down your own individual answers and then discuss why you chose them before submitting them online. Make a note of the answers you got wrong and take more time to think over the answer.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. What passages would you go to in the Bible to consider the Son? (Discuss your own texts first and then click here for some important key texts on God the Son) 
    1. What do these texts tell you about the Son's identity?
    2. What do these texts tell you about the Son's character?
    3. What do these texts tell you about the Son's works?
    4. How does the Son relate to God?
  2. What questions do you have about the Son?
  3. How does Christology (what we know about the Son) connect with the Gospel?
    1. What does "only-begotten", "begotten from the Father before all time," and, "begotten, not made" mean?
    2. What does "Light, from Light, true God from true God" and "of the same essence as the Father" mean?
    3. Why is it important to our salvation that God the Son became man (was incarnate)?
    4. Why is it important to our salvation to affirm that the Son is fully God and fully Man?
  4. Where is the Son now? What is he doing? What is he going to do?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Why is it important understand these deep and sometimes difficult doctrines?
  2. What difference does it make to our hope?
  3. What happens if we get this wrong?
  4. Take it in turns with another member to explain the doctrine of the Son (answer the question: who is Jesus Christ?), ask each other for feedback. 

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