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Gospel of John: Study One
1. Who wrote this book? Look at the introduction to the book. Read and share one thing about the author.
2. Read John 1:1-34
3. What does the Gospel writer John, say about John the Baptist regarding his purpose on earth?
4. What is a witness?
4. What does John the Baptist do/say that shows that he is fulfilling this purpose of being a witness?
5. What does Jesus say about John the Baptists witness?
6. What does John say about his purpose?
7. What does the writer say about his purpose for writing this gospel?
8. Who else will be witnesses?
9. Do you think that the reason you are here on earth is to be a witness? Why? What have you witnessed? How can we “bear witness”?
10. How did you come to believe that Jesus is the Son of God?
Gospel of John: Study Two
Read John 1:1
The Word = Logos
The logos was a well used word and concept in the time of the early church.
The Jews used the word Logos also. When they wished to translate the name of God to avoid attributing human thoughts and feelings to God, they used “The Logos”. Eg. “God is a consuming fire” was translated “The Word of God is a consuming fire.”
Logos was also viewed as reason and wisdom. The word of God and God himself were impersonal.
1. What do these verses say about the Word of God?
2. What did the gospel writer say about the Logos?
Gospel of John: Study Three
Read: John 1:4
Life and Light are two important themes that John uses.
Life is mentioned at the beginning of the Bible. Genesis 2:7, 9
John’s Gospel begins talking about life and towards the end we read that the purpose of the written gospel involves life also. John 20:30.
Life is a word that Jesus uses often. John 10:10, 28
John 3:36, 5:24, 5:40, 6:48, 8:12, 11:12,
Why do Jesus and John use the word so often?
In John 4:16 Jesus claims that He is the Life.
John 8:12, John 5:24, John 6:40
How do we get this life? John 3:36, 6:47
Those who believe have the life of God. For the Jews in John’s time, they were looking forward to the Kingdom of God coming. John was saying those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God have God now, perpetually, always.
Gospel of John: Study Six
SEEING AND RECOGNISING
Visible things have been created in such a way to lead people’s thoughts to the invisble things. They have God’s stamp upon them.
The Greeks believed that where there is order (such as in the natural world) there must be a mind behind it.
The action of God was there to be seen but people had not recognised God.
When Jesus came to His own “house” He was not recognised or welcomed. The word house can be translated as “things”, “Domain” “possesions”.
Who did not receive Jesus?
Some did receive Him.
Who does John say recognised Jesus?
Who might the “we” be that John refers to?
Who else recognised Jesus in this chapter?
How many times is the concept of “seeing” used in this chapter? Include the word “witness”
Do you think John used these words with a purpose in mind?
On whose will does it depend for a person to become a child of God? How does a person become a child of God according this chapter? Can anyone become a child of God?