Thursday, March 14, 2024

United  | John 17

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 | United  | John 17

Life can sometimes feel like the game of Jenga. Pieces are moving, things are unstable, and who knows what will happen next! In John 13-17, Jesus teaches the disciples in a famous part of Scripture known as the Upper Room Discourse. Today we come to John 17 and finish the Upper Room Discourse. For the last several chapters Jesus has taught on love, serving others, and the Kingdom of God. Today we come to a beautiful passage in Scripture where Jesus prays for the disciples and prays for us. Jesus prays for you. As we study John 17 we will see how Jesus longs for us to be united in this world that so easily causes division.

1) The sermon started with an example from the game of Jenga. Thinking about this example, share about what are some of the most vital parts of your spiritual life. How do you see the unity of the game of Jenga as an example of your spiritual growth? 

2) Read John 16:1-5. Jesus main desire was to bring glory to the Father (Read John 1:1-5). How does the relationship between God and Jesus encourage you to have a healthy relationship with your heavenly Father? 

3) Neal said: “If God answered all your prayers from the last week, would the world be a better place?” How did this make you think of your prayer life? Read these verses to help the discussion: Matthew 5:44, Ephesians 6:18, and Colossians 1:9. 

4) Read John 17:6-19. Jesus prays for the disciples to be protected after He departs back to the Father. What are some of the troubles that the disciples would encounter after Jesus’ ascended back to Heaven? (see Acts 12:2, 14:19-20, and 1 Peter 1:1-2).

5) While on earth Jesus was intentional to invest Himself into the disciples. Who are some of the people who’ve invested in your spiritual life? What did they teach you and how can you follow their lead to invest into others? (see Matthew 28:18-20). 

6) Read John 17:20-26. Jesus prayed for you to stay strong in a hostile world and for unity in the local church. In your group come up with five practical ways that you can help promote unity in the local church. 

7) Thinking of the entirety of John 17, how does this chapter impact your prayer life? Share with your group a handful of ways you want to grow in your prayer life and what will need to change for that to take place. 

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

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