Greetings! Below you will find questions which reference the sermon preached on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 at The Park. This week we studied chapter 3:22-36. 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?
- What did you learn about God from reading this section of scripture?
- In verses 22-24 we see that Jesus was spending time with His disciples. How easy is it for us to miss out on spending time with other Christians? If Jesus made disciples and spent time with them, how does this look in your life as a follower of Jesus?
- John the Baptists’ disciples had a hard time dealing with the fact that Jesus was also baptizing (verses 25-30). They essentially put John is a place of competition with Jesus just at the moment when his (John’s) popularity was growing. What is your impression of John’s response in verses 28-30? How would you have responded if you were in his shoes?
- Describe what you see in John the Baptists’ example of humility? How would confidence in his calling played a role in addressing his disciple’s concerns?
- John describes himself as a “friend of the bridegroom”. Why do you think there is so much reference to a wedding in relation to God, the church, and His love for people?
- In what new ways can you see your life exhibiting humility? (Note Paul’s progression in his letters to: 1 Corinthians 15:9 written in 55 AD, Ephesians 3:8 written in 61 AD, and 1 Timothy 1:15 written in 63 AD).