Monday, May 29, 2023

John 3:22-36 | Small Group Questions

The Gospel of John is a unique and powerful account of the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Written by John, one of Jesus' closest disciples, this gospel presents a deep and thoughtful perspective on the person and work of Jesus. Unlike the other three gospels, which are known as the Synoptic Gospels and focus on Jesus' actions and teachings, John's gospel emphasizes the spiritual and theological significance of Jesus' life and ministry. For this series I will write some of the small group questions that go along with each sermon. It seemed like a waste to leave them in a file on my computer and not share them with everyone.

Small Group Questions | Complete Joy | John 3:22-36

Through powerful imagery and profound theological insights, John reveals the nature of Jesus as the Son of God, the light of the world, the bread of life, and the hope of Israel. So far in the Gospel of John we’ve seen Jesus defined as the Son of God. We’ve seen Jesus preform powerful signs to prove His deity. In Chapter we see Jesus focus His ministry on spiritual matters while those around Him focus on physical matters. In John 3 we see our last interaction with John the Baptist. The Apostle John makes it clear that John the Baptist had a powerful ministry in Israel but remained a humble servant. John the Baptist was able to have great influence while keeping God’s Kingdom in mind.  

1) Neal started the sermon by sharing about Joy from the Disney movie Inside Out. Joy has a bubbly personality, is convincing, and longs for everyone to feel her primary emotion. Share about a time when you only sought joy in your life.  

2) Read John 3:22-24. John doesn’t write about how popular John the Baptist was in Israel (read Matthew 3:5, Luke 3:16, and Mark 6:20). Talk about the high level of influence that John the Baptist had and how people would have heard about him. 

3) In the midst of this great movement of God, a disagreement arises in the church (read John 3:25-26). It is in our human flesh to get possessive of things we’ve created. How can churches do better at seeing the world through spiritual eyes? 

4) For the John the Baptist, it was never about his empire but about God’s Kingdom (read John 3:27-30). John understood the sovereignty of God in all situations. What has God given you, from Heaven, to invest in His Kingdom? 

5) John chose to put Christ above all things (John 3:30). John had a humble attitude. Read Colossians 3:12, Ephesians 4:2, James 4:10 and 1 Peter 5:5-7. What do these passages teach us about living a life of humility? 

6) The Apostle John teaches us that Jesus was the perfect witness for God (read John 3:31-36). Jesus was this perfect witness because He had seen God and He testified on God’s behalf. How can you grow your witness for Jesus? 

7) The Bible is full of people who sought Jesus and not joy. Look at these passages: Matthew 8:5-13, Mark 5, Mark 10:46-52, and Luke 7:36-50. Where in your life are seeking Joy over Jesus? How can you change that trajectory in your life? 

Close your time in prayer. Pray for strength to invite a friend to meet Jesus. 

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