Greetings! Below you will find questions which reference the sermon preached on Sunday, March 9th, 2014 at The Park. This week we studied chapter 4:1-45. 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?
- What can we learn of and from Jesus by the fact that he speaks to the Samaritan woman beginning in verse 7 of Chapter 4?
- The ability to have access to clean water is a foregone conclusion here in the US today. This can make it difficult to feel the weight of Jesus’ words when in verse 13 he says that He has water to offer that will cause all who drink of it to “never be thirsty again”. Why did Jesus refer to Himself this way? In what ways do we try and satisfy ourselves apart from the living water that is Jesus?
- Jesus wasted little time in engaging the Samaritan woman and getting up close and personal. He looks directly at her sin and calls it out, but then continues on building the relationship. What does this show us about drawing close to people vs. pulling away in difficult conversations?
- Jesus passed through Samaria because he was leaving those who should have accepted Him and didn’t, to go speak to those who should have rejected Him but didn’t. It was the religious people of His day that gave Jesus the most trouble. How do you see this being applied in your world (personally and church-wide) today?
- Why were the disciples so focused on the temporal (verse 31)? Are we the same today?