Greetings! Below you will find questions which reference the sermon preached on Sunday, January 19th, 2014 at The Park. This week we studied chapter 1:1-18. Have someone in your group read this section of scripture.
Each week new questions are posted to track along with the sermons. Work hard to facilitate discussion. Listen to the hearts around the room and close with prayer.
Intro to Gospel of John:
This Gospel is unique with regard to the 4 first-hand accounts of the life of Jesus. It was likely the last of the 4 written and focuses much of it’s view on the deity of Jesus. Like today, the question of Jesus’ nature and source of power is constantly being debated and the heart of John’s gospel is to give us a clear, concise, unashamed view of the Son of God. It is here in John that Jesus makes claims like, “I am the Bread of Life”, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”, and “I am the Light of the world”. Reading the Gospel of John will provide you with an exalted view of Jesus as God in the flesh, sent to proclaim the good news.
- What are some observations you had from this section of scripture?
- Were there any new insights you learned about the passage from the sermon?
- There is a lot of theology regarding Jesus the Christ in John chapter one. What are some of the defining pieces of your theology (Christ’s preeminence, creative work, Immanuel, etc.)?
- What did you learn about God from reading this section of scripture?
- The prologue (verses 1-18) speak of Jesus in the context of “the Word became flesh”. Why was this title “the Word” used to describe Him here?
- What significance does Jesus being the one creating the universe provide to the ancient reader/listener? What significance does this provide to you today?
- By and large Jesus was rejected by creation. What do you see about the heart of God in that while this statement is true, it did not deter Him from coming in the first place?
- God longs to have a relationship with us. In what ways does this “show up” in your life today? In what ways would you like to develop more?
- What was John the baptist’s role in the story of Jesus? Why was he needed or a part of it at all? What does this mean for us in our ministry in the world?