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From the first few verses of the Gospel of John, list a few characteristics of Jesus Christ. (Hint: From John 1:14 we find that the Word is the same as Jesus Christ).
Write down the two verses that summarize John’s purpose for the readers of the Gospel of John (John 20: 30-31). What are the two purposes for John's Gospel?
|Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name. (John 20:31-31)
Was Christ ever created? (John 1:1) How does this differ from what evolutionists say about the materialistic view of the world? What practical difference does this ‘belief’ make in people’s lives?
What part of John 1:1 helps us to know that God was never lonely? How is it that human social needs derive from here? (John 1:1)
Is Christ Jesus God? What are humanists able to do because they do not acknowledge a Creator God? (John 1:1)
Some people say that they don’t owe God anything. But He is their Creator. What are at least four things people owe God and will one day stand accountable for? (John 1:1-4)
How has God given each of us a witness of His light? (John 1:4,9) What does this practically mean? Also see Romans 2:14-15.
Hopelessness challenges all of us at times. Do we need to be concerned that the darkness will extinguish the light? (John 1:5)
How did John the Baptist (the witness) differ from other famous men? How come he in the end minimized ministry rather than expanding it? (John 1:6-8)
How does Jesus Christ relate to the existence of the world? (John 1:10)
What does John tell us about the process of becoming a Christian in John 1:12?
Many people think that they are Christians but are not. How did John teach against this? Use verse 1:13 to guide your answer.
How does 'The Word' mean? How come John used this word (logos)? (Hint: think through how words are used in your own lives).
Go through the message and note at least five differences between Christ and humanism/secularism. Discuss how this kind of believing makes a practical difference on how one lives out his life.
How does the deity of Jesus Christ make a difference on your lives?
Are famous men or religions to be compared to Jesus? Why or why not?
How is science dependent upon Christian teaching? How are scientists testifying of God’s greatness? Tell of one or two things that scientists have discovered that bring glory to God? (ponder on John 1:10)
If a person asked you how he could become a Christian, what would you say? What are the advantages to using John’s approach in 1:12?
How do you respond to Jesus Christ? In what ways could you improve your response to His revelation of God’s love through your life?
Josh McDowell in his recent book says that an astounding 93% of high school graduates from Christian families leave the Lord in eighteen months of leaving home. Why have many young people from Christian families turned away from the Lord?
Do you think it is important to discuss how many people wrongly think they are Christians? Why do you think John did this in John 1:13? How does it relate to his purpose for the Gospel of John?
John used the verb form "to believe" more than 60 times in the Gospel. He did not use it at all in the noun form. Faith or belief is not just knowledge. It is something that we exercise. Can a person not be a Christian if he or she has the right doctrine? Why or why not?
Scriptures typically quoted from the New American Standard Bible unless noted:
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