John 6:1-21 - Impossible Problems and an All-Powerful God

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  1. Read John 6:1-13. In verse 6, we learn that Jesus asked Philip a question to test him (because Jesus already knew the answer). When are there other times in Scripture where God or Jesus ask a question even though they already know the answer? What is the purpose of testing people in such a way? When are some times that God has brought circumstances or questions into your life to test you?

  2. Read John 6:14-15. What is the people’s response to Jesus’ miracle? Why did Jesus withdraw? Was it wrong for the people to want Jesus as king? Are there areas in your own life where you’ve tried to make Jesus into something other than who He claims to be?

  3. Read John 6:16-21. Take time to think about the reality that Jesus, as Creator, has power over the laws of His creation. How does this truth calm fears in your own life? Take time to praise Jesus for His infinite power!

John 5:30-47 - 4 Witnesses to the Deity of Jesus

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  1. Read John 5:30-38. While Jesus was on earth, He did nothing on his own, but on that which was the will of the Father. How is this an example for us? What might this look like in your own life?

  2. Many non-Christians consider themselves spiritual people and some believe that “God” exists. How does this passage challenge such a broad “belief” in God? What does the passage say is the true test of genuine belief in God?

  3. Read verses 39-47. Here, Jesus confronts those who are extremely knowledgeable about the Scriptures (Old Testament), yet seek their own glory instead of seeking glory that comes from God. What is necessary for studying the Scriptures in a way that glorifies God and not ourselves?

Daniel 8 - ‘By No Human Hand’: the Invisible God and the Breaking of Evil Powers

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  1. Read Daniel 8. This passage is difficult to understand, which can sometimes be discouraging or cause us to lose confidence. What are some things in this passage encourage you and grow your confidence despite its difficulty to understand?

  2. In what ways does this passage put into perspective current trials you may be going through? In what ways does this passage encourage you to worship Jesus more?

Daniel 7 - The Everlasting, International, Indestructible Kingdom of ‘One Like a Son of Man’

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  1. Read Daniel 7:9-10. How does this description of God as Judge impact your own life? What thoughts or actions ought this reality prompt in the lives of believers?

  2. Read verses 13-14. What are some clues in this passage that point us to Jesus Christ?

  3. Reflect on verse 27. What implications or applications does it have for believers today? (In regards to our hope, or purpose, etc.)

John 5:19-29 - Jesus’ Authority Demands Obedience

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  1. Read John 5:19-29. If Jesus, who is God, only did what he sees the Father doing, what implications does that have for us in our daily lives? What is a prerequisite for doing the will of the Father?

  2. Read verses 22-24. Contrast Jesus’ description of himself with the way our culture likes to think of Jesus.

  3. What does it mean to “honor the Son”? What are some specific ways God would have you honor the Son in your own life?

John 5:1-18 - Jesus’ Divine Power Confronts Manmade Religion

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  1. Read John 5:1-18. In verses 1-8, what did the lame man do in order to be healed? How is this a picture of our own role in salvation?

  2. Some people, who do not believe in Jesus, will argue that Jesus never claimed to be God. Yet, in verses 17-18, we see at least one instance where Jesus’ claim was clear. What are some other places in scripture where Jesus claims to be God?

Psalm 119:97-104 - Fathers, Love God’s Law!

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  1. Read Psalm 119:97-104. What do you think is the relationship between loving God’s law and meditating on it? What habits have you established to meditate on God’s law and grow your love for it?

  2. What benefits are found in following God’s law in verses 98-101? Have their been times in your life where this was shown to be true by the outcome your obedience or by your disobedience to God’s law?

  3. Are you able to honestly declare the truths of verses 102-104 from your own heart, or do some statements ring false for you? If needed, confess what statements are not true of you and ask God to show you what needs to change in your habits or in your heart. Take time to praise God for his law and its many benefits.

John 4:43-54 - Jesus' Powerful Words Confront Counterfeit Faith

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  1. Read John 4:43-54. Consider that this official had to travel to make a request of Jesus. We can certainly be grateful to God that we have immediate access to Him in prayer, but sometimes we can take that for granted by only meeting with Jesus when it’s convenient. What are some ways you can go “out of your way” to meet with Jesus to help you remember the significance of such a privilege?

  2. In verse 48, Jesus tells the official that unless he sees signs and wonders, he will not believe. What kind of belief is Jesus referring to here? (See also v 53). With that in mind, why did Jesus heal the son?

  3. When Jesus told the official that his son would live, the man believed and went on his way, even though he had not seen evidence of answered prayer. Have their been times in your life when God gave you peace about something you’d prayed for even though you hadn’t seen the answer yet?

John 4:16-42 - The Gracious Savior Saves Great Sinners

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  1. What comes to mind when you think of worship. Read John 4:20-25. What does Jesus say about worship? What does it mean to worship in spirit and truth?

  2. Jesus says in verse 34 ”my food is to do the will of him who sent me and accomplish his work” and in verse 35,”the fields are white for harvest.” How might these realities be applied to our own lives? (Think about what things you consider “needs”, about God’s promises to provide for his people, and about the task he’s charged each of us with - see Matthew 28:20.)

  3. Verse 39 says that many believed because of the woman’s testimony, and that many more believed because of Jesus’ word. Briefly share your own testimony. What are some truths in the Word that your testimony can point others to?

Daniel 6 - “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?”: A Living God Lesson for Every Man

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  1. Daniel’s enemies couldn’t find any ground for complaint against him unless it was in connection with the law of his God. Is your conduct such that the same would be true of you? If not, what things hinder your testimony?

  2. When the king proclaimed that no one could pray to anyone else, Daniel continued praying three times a day as he had done previously. What God-honoring habits have you established in your life? What circumstances make it most difficult for you to be faithful in those disciplines, and what helps you remain faithful in those areas?

  3. God showed his great power and faithfulness by miraculously protecting Daniel. When is a time when God’s power and faithfulness have been evidenced in your life?

Daniel 5 - “You Knew All This!”: The High Price of No Humility Before the God Who Gives Each Breath

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  1. When was a time in your life where God gave you a warning or convicted you that you were sinning against him? Did you respond by repentance or did you ignore the warning and face consequences?

  2. God used Daniel to speak difficult truth into Belshazzar’s life - even though Belshazzar didn’t listen. Has there been a time when someone spoke truth that you didn’t want to hear into your life or a time when you had to speak truth into another person’s life?

  3. How should the reality that the Lord judges even the actions of kings impact your daily life? (In the way you prioritize your time, in what you do when nobody is watching, in your interactions with other believers, in your interactions with non-believers, etc.)

John 4:1-15 - The Source of Lasting, Life-giving Satisfaction

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  1. Samaritans were frowned-upon by the Jews to the extent that many Jews would avoid going through Samaria even if it meant traveling further. How are Jesus’ actions in this passage examples we can apply in our own lives?

  2. What claims does Jesus make about himself in verses 7-15? See also Isaiah 55:1 and Revelation 21:6. What does it mean that Jesus is the living water?

  3. How is the woman’s response to Jesus in verse 15 a misunderstanding of Jesus meaning? What are some similar misunderstandings of the gospel in today’s culture?

Daniel 4 - High Kings, Presidents, Princes, and Sheikhs …and The Most High Who Rules Them All

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  1. In Daniel 4, Nebuchadnezzar declares to all peoples what the Most High God has done for him. Take time to declare to your small group what the Most High God has done for you.

  2. In Daniel’s culture, people considered dreams to have great significance, and God sometimes used dreams for His glory. Our culture places a lot less significance on dreams, yet sleeplessness is a common problem among Americans. Do you struggle to fall asleep or to stay asleep at night? If so, how can sleeplessness be used for God’s glory?

  3. What is something God has done in your life to humble you? As you were humbled, where threre truths about God that you found joy or comfort in?

  4. Is today’s reminder (that God is able to humble those who walk in pride) convicting you of any pride or sin (which is prideful rebellion) in your life? If so, confess and repent from it. If appropriate, ask your small group to help you be accountable in this area.