Friday, May 24, 2024

Life in Christ | John 20:30-31

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 | Life in Christ | John 20:30-31

This week we finished our sermon series through the Gospel of John. Throughout this year of studying the Gospel we’ve seen the miracles and truth of Jesus. We’ve learned about the teaching of Jesus and what it means to follow Him. We’ve slowly walked through some tough passages that have shaped our faith in a new way this last year. During our journey through the Gospel we came to meet Jesus Christ in a powerful way. Today we’ll conclude with the purpose of John’s writing and we’ll look at the seven “I am” statements of Jesus. As we near the end of the John wants to be certain that the read understands his purpose for writing this account. 

1) Neal shared that we live in a culture that is obsessed with living longer and figuring out the science/data to make that happen. If you did live for a decade longer than you expected what would you do with that ten years?

2) Tucked near the very end of the Gospel we read the purpose: John 20:30-31. John wrote this account so that anyone who reads it would believe in Jesus. How has your faith in Jesus changed over the last year of being in this Gospel account? 

3) Jesus told the crowds that He is the bread of life and the light of the world (read John 6:35 and 8:12). Throughout Scripture we see God provide for His people and illuminate their path (1 Kings 19:3-8 and Psalm 119:105). Share a time when God provided for your needs or bright light to a dark place in your life. 
4) Jesus tells us that He is the gate and the Good Shepherd (read John 10:7-11). Jesus is our constant protector and provider (read Psalm 28:7 and Psalm 23). What has changed in your life since letting Jesus be your Good Shepherd? 

5) Jesus is the one who holds the security of our eternal life and points us to the truth in God (read John 11:25-26 and 14:6). We live in a world that is filled with fake news and half-truths. What is one truth of Jesus that you regularly cling to? 

6) Jesus teaches us that He is the true vine. When our lives are connected to Him is when we live in the purpose He has for us (read John 15:1-4). How have you learned to remain or abide in Jesus? How has that changed your life? 

7) John teaches us that the result of believing in Jesus is life in His name. Think about one way that your life has drastically changed since following Jesus. Share that with your group as a way to praise God for the life change He has done in you. 

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

No comments: