04 – The Gospel of John

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Excerpt 1: Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world

  1. Lots of people have lots of differing ideas about who Jesus was and is. What are some of the more common ideas about the identity and nature of Christ among people with whom you associate?
  2. As you read through the Gospel of John, notice the many ways that Jesus confronts the world-centered thinking of even the religious leaders. How is Jesus’ kingdom different from the kingdoms of this world?

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Excerpt 2: Jesus’ kingdom is an eternal kingdom of truth (John 18:37)

  1. Based on John 1:12 ¬†and John 20:30-31, what was John’s purpose for writing the Gospel?
  2. The Greek term for “Believe” is pisteuo. It is found in John 1:7; 5:44; 6:64; 7:5; 10:26; 11:48; 13:19; 20:31. It literally means, “to place one’s trust in another.” True belief in Jesus requires one to completely trust Him for salvation (John 3:15-16). When Jesus walked the earth, many people believed in His miraculous powers, but they would not put their faith in Jesus Himself (John 6:23-26). Others wanted to believe in Jesus only as a political defender of Israel (Mark 15:32). However, we must be careful to believe and trust in the Jesus presented in the Scriptures – the Son of God who humbly sacrificed Himself to deliver us from the bondage of sin (Galations 1:3, 4; Philemon 2:5-8). What kind of belief does God require?

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Excerpt 3: Christianity is based upon allegiance to Jesus Christ

  1. Unquestionably, the gospel of John stands as a proclamation of the divinity of Jesus Christ. John reveals the nature of Jesus in his first sentence: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Whereas the gospel of Mark focuses on Jesus as the Son of Man, the message of John is that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” (John 20:31). Notably, Jesus asserts Himself as God in seven explicit statements designating Himself as “I am” (John 6:35; 8:12; 10:7, 9; 10:11, 14; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1, 5).
  2. How have you responded to Jesus’ question in John 11:25-26?
  3. Which of your friends and neighbors need to know the grace and truth that come only through Jesus Christ? Commit to pray for these individuals.

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Excerpt 4: Christianity is a sure thing

  1. How do you feel when you stop and ponder the fact that Jesus Christ suffered and died on a cruel cross for your sins?
  2. When have you been most affected by this truth?
  3. As in each of the gospels, the Resurrection of JEsus is the climax of John’s gospel. Why is that event so crucial in Christianity?
  4. Jesus is the King of kings. Compare and contrast the kingship of Jesus to the kingship of kings throughout history. In what ways is Jesus unique and wonderful?