Light and Life

John 1:29-34 - Behold: God’s Ultimate Sacrifice for Your Sin

+ Application Questions

  1. Consider John 1:29-30 and 8:58. What is John proclaiming about Jesus?

  2. Read Isaiah 11:1-2 and Ezekiel 36:27. How do these verses relate to John 1:32-34? How does this emphasize who Jesus is? What does this mean for us?

  3. How might this text embolden you as you think of sharing the good news with others? How might it change the way you interact with co-workers, friends, or family members?

  4. Read Isaiah 40. Meditate on this passage and thank God for his kindness.

  5. John proclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” What is the name of someone in your life who needs to hear this good news? Share this name with a close friend or family member, or your Small Group. Pray together that God would provide a gospel opportunity.

John 1:19-28 - Who Do You Think You Are?

+ Application Questions

  1. Read Isaiah 40:3-5. In John 1:19-23, John the Baptist claims to be the voice Isaiah speaks of. Why do you think he uses this text to explain who he is? Consider John 5:44-46. What can this passage reveal to us about John the Baptist’s answer?

  2. How does John’s use of Scripture inform the way we should read it, apply it, and proclaim it?

  3. John says, “Among you stands one you do not know.” Since the Pharisees were likely familiar with Jesus of Nazareth, why does John say this? What does he mean?

  4. Based on the above question, what does this teach us about the nature of salvation (See John 3:6-8; 6:44)?

  5. If someone were to ask who you are, how would you describe yourself to them? What Scripture passages would be helpful in describing your purpose?

John 1:14-18 - Jesus is the Visible Glory of the Invisible God

+ Application Questions

  1. Read John 1:14-18. When Christ took on human form, did this diminish or remove His divine nature? Why or why not? (See also Phil. 2:5-8).

  2. What truths and characteristics of God are uniquely revealed or emphasized through the earthly ministry of Christ?

  3. Although God was gracious to reveal His holiness through the Law, how is the grace revealed through Christ unique and superior to that of the Old Covenant (See Heb. 8:6-13)?

  4. What is one way that God has given you grace this week?

  5. Does God show grace to all people in the same way? How does God show grace to all people, and in what ways does He specifically show grace to His family?

  6. Since we have received grace upon grace from Jesus, we ought to seek to show that grace to others as well. In what ways do you need to show grace to others this week?

John 1:6-13 - Life’s Most Important Question: Will You Receive or Reject Jesus?

+ Application Questions

  1. Read John 1:6-8. What is the purpose of John the Baptist’s life and message? What message(s) might your own life be communicating, and how can you apply John’s example to your own life?

  2. Share about a time when you witnessed to someone, or share a fear or anxiety you may have that keeps you from witnessing. What can help you overcome those fears?

  3. Read John 1:9-13. The God of the universe, Jesus, came into His own creation. What does this say about the character of God? Would God have been righteous and good if He hadn’t sent Jesus to save anyone? Why?

  4. Before Jesus came into the world, how did people hear from God? Give examples from the Old Testament. Read John 5:39-46. What do these texts tell us about the relationship between the Old Testament and Jesus?

  5. John’s gospel includes examples of people “believing in Jesus” in a way that is self-centered ( John 2:23-25 or 6:26). How might you discern if your faith is true, or if you are simply using Jesus to get something from Him?

John 1:1-5 - The Life-Giving, Illuminating Word of God

+ Application Questions

  1. Read John 20:30-31: What does John state as the reason he is writing down the works of Jesus?

  2. When did you believe in Jesus and have life in his name? Consider sharing this with your discussion group.

  3. How have the words recorded in the Bible “given you life” – either at conversion or throughout your Christian walk? What specific verses have sustained you through various seasons?

  4. Read Romans 1:18-25. Why does the Bible assume that everyone knows that there is a Creator God? Give some examples of God’s character being seen through creation.

  5. Have you ever struggled with believing in the existence of God? What are some things that have helped you in these times?

  6. Since Jesus created all things, all things are for His glory. How can you use your money, time, and relationships for His glory? Give examples of things you want to use better for His glory.