July 15th - John 10:22-42 | Actions Speak Louder Than Words

JOHN 10:22-42 | Actions Speak Louder Than Words

  1. Introduction: 
    1. Icebreaker or Game
    2. Intro Video/Sermon Recap. (If the video doesn’t work you can do your own brief summary the same way.)
  2. Read & Discussion Questions:
    1. Read John 10:22-24
      1. What Jewish holiday is the “festival of Dedication” known as today? (Hanukkah)
      2. This holiday/festival celebrated when the Jewish people fought off a foreign empire, purified the temple, and rededicated themselves to God. Why is that context significant with the crowds question if Jesus is the Christ/Messiah in Verse 24?
    2. Read John 10:25-39
      1. In this passage, Jesus makes his claim to be one with the heavenly Father and the Christ/Messiah and tells the crowd that his actions testify to his identity
        1. What miracles has Jesus done so far in John?
        2. How do Jesus’ actions speak louder than words in revealing his identity as Christ and one with the Father?
    3. Read John 10:27
      1. Jesus says that his followers (sheep) hear his voice and they follow/obey him. How do our actions speak louder than words is showing our relationship with Jesus?
      2. Read John 15:1-2 — What does this reveal about our actions “fruit” if we are a part of the “vine” (God’s people)?
      3. Do your actions in your work/workplace reflect your relationship with God? What could you improve there?
      4. Do your actions with your spouse or kids reflect your relationship with God? In what ways can you reflect Christ in the home?
    4. Read John 10:40-42
      1. Many in the crowd follow Jesus because John the Baptist told them about him. Like Jesus, John the Baptist actions set him apart from the religious teachers of the day so that when he told the crowd about Jesus they trusted him and sought out Jesus.
        1. Why are our actions so important in sharing Jesus with others?
        2. How does our love for one another point people to Jesus?
        3. How does continual sin hurt the reputation of the Gospel, the Church, and other Christians?
        4. What’s at stake if we don’t deal with sins among our fellows Christians seriously? 
    5. General Questions
      1. How did the sermon impact you?
      2. How did God speak to you Sunday?
      3. What action is God wanting you to take?
  3. Pray

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July 8th - John 10:1-21 | Jesus, the Good Shepherd

JOHN 10:1-21 | Jesus, the Good Shepherd

  1. Introduction: 
    1. Icebreaker or Game
    2. Intro Video/Sermon Recap. (If the video doesn’t work you can do your own brief summary the same way.)
  2. Read & Discussion Questions:
    1. Read John 10:1-6
      1. Verse 1 says that there are some among the ‘flock’ (God’s family) that do not belong. Why do they not belong even though they are among the flock? (Because they climbed in on their own effort and don’t know the Shepherd)
      2. How do people try to ‘climb in’ to the family of God today?
      3. In this passage Jesus expresses an intimacy between the Shepherd and his sheep. Why would sheep love their shepherd?
      4. How does this relate to our spiritual relationship with Jesus as our shepherd?
      5. How do we increase our intimacy with the Shepherd?
      6. A part of a Shepherd’s job is to shear their sheep. Why do shepherd shear their sheep? 
      7. If Jesus is our Shepherd, that means there will be times when he has to shear parts of our lives. This could be bad relationships, sinful habit, or other things. How are we similar to sheep when being sheared? (run away, fight the shepherd, etc.)
      8. Why should we surrender and let the Shepherd do his shearing in our lives?
    2. Read John 10:11-15
      1. How is Jesus different than a ‘hired hand’ or earthly ruler?
    3. Read John 10:16
      1. Why is it significant that Jesus says this to his Jewish audience?
    4. Read John 10:17-18
      1. How does this challenge some people’s views that Jesus was weak or a coward?
      2. How does knowing Jesus’ strength and power deepen our understanding of his sacrifice for us on the cross?
    5. General Questions
      1. How did the sermon impact you?
      2. How did God speak to you Sunday?
      3. What action is God wanting you to take?
  3. Pray

 

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July 1st - John 9 | I Once Was Blind

JOHN 9 | I Once Was Blind

  1. Introduction: 
    1. Icebreaker or Game
    2. Intro Video/Sermon Recap. (If the video doesn’t work you can do your own brief summary the same way.)
  2. Read & Discussion Questions:
    1. Read John 9:1-2
      1. Why do the disciples ask this question? What did people think about those with disabilities at this time?
    2. Read John 9:3, then Read Luke 13:1-5
      1. In these passages, unfortunate things happen to people, but Jesus is teaching that it is not necessarily someones specific sin that is at fault. Sometimes tragedy happens that is not anyones specific fault. How does this reveal the broken and fallen world we live in?
    3. Read John 9:3-12
      1. While the people look for the cause of the man’s blindness, Jesus tells them to look for God’s purpose through it. How do we tend to look for the cause and blame in bad situations?
      2. Calvin said, “If you are looking back you can’t move forward.” How does this apply to our lives?
      3. How does God use dark periods and difficult circumstances to grow us?
    4. Read John 9:13-41
      1. How does the Pharisees refusal to admit their blindness prevent them from being healed spiritually?
      2. How do we do this in our own lives?
      3. Read Matthew 5:3-6. What is the main characteristics of each person described in this passage? (They know and admit their need)
      4. In what situation do you need to acknowledge and admit your need?
    5. General Questions
      1. How did the sermon impact you?
      2. How did God speak to you Sunday?
      3. What action is God wanting you to take?
  3. Pray

 

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June 24th - John 8:45-59 | The Great I AM

JOHN 8:45-59 | The Great I Am

  1. Introduction: 
    1. Icebreaker or Game
    2. Intro Video/Sermon Recap. (If the video doesn’t work you can do your own brief summary the same way.)
  2. Read & Discussion Questions:
    1. Read John 8:45-47
      1. Jesus asks the crowd to prove him guilty of a sin, but no one is able to. Why is it important that Jesus is sinless?
    2. Read John 8:48-53
      1. Who do they try to compare Jesus to?
      2. Who are other great teachers and leaders in human history?
      3. Why does the comparison game not work when comparing these people with Jesus?
    3. Read John 8:54-55
      1. Jesus says, “My Father, whom you claim as your God…” and in verse 55 he says, “who you do not know.” / So, although these people claim they know God, Jesus says they don’t really know him or have a relationship with him. 
      2. Who is a famous person you know a lot about but don’t actually have a personal relationship with? // What is the difference?
    4. Read John 8:56-59
      1. Jesus says, “Before Abraham was, I AM” — how are the words “I AM’ significant and where are they used by God in the Old Testament?
        1. Read Exodus 3:13-15
      2. Jesus is claiming eternal existence and divinity. This is an essential doctrine of Christianity. Whenever Jesus tells the crowd this, many people abandon him, think he’s crazy, and even want to kill him. However, there are a few who believe in him. Why is it hard to believe and follow Jesus when he claims this?
      3. What does it mean for you to know and believe that the eternal almighty God stepped out of heaven, took on a human body, and allowed himself to be killed to redeem and set us free?
    5. General Questions
      1. How did the sermon impact you?
      2. How did God speak to you Sunday?
      3. What action is God wanting you to take?
  3. Pray

 

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June 17th - John 8:31-44 | The Truth Will Set You Free

JOHN 8:31-44 | 

  1. Introduction: 
    1. Icebreaker or Game
    2. Intro Video/Sermon Recap. (If the video doesn’t work you can do your own brief summary the same way.)
  2. Read & Discussion Questions:
    1. John 8:31-44
      1. Jesus says those who “hold” to his teaching are really his disciples:
        1. We can’t hold to his teachings if we don’t know them, so the first step is learning his teachings. How can we learn the teachings of Jesus?
        2. The second step is applying those teachings and holding to them. The Greek word translated as “hold” can also be translated as “to remain in, to persist in, to abide” — how can we remain and persist in holding to Jesus’ teachings?
      2. What’s the difference in perspective between a slave to master and a son to a Father?
        1. How does this relate to being slaves to sin as opposed to sons of God?
      3. Why is it ironic that these particular religious leaders are claiming to be the true children of Abraham and God? (Because they are trying to murder a righteous man)
      4. While people tend to see worldly things and other people as the enemy, Jesus teaches that he came to destroy the ultimate enemies of Sin and Satan. How do people often confuse who the real enemy is? (Thinking other people, whether another nation, race, etc is our actual enemy that we should fight against, rather than seeing the corruption and influence of Sin and Satan in people and nations.)
        1. We see this in Jesus’ ministry. While the Jews think the Romans are the real enemy, Jesus loves both the Jews and the Romans. He doesn’t want a war with either of them, he wages a war with Sin and Satan with are manipulating and corrupting the world to cause brokenness.
      5. Are you living as a son and daughter, or as a slave?
        1. If as a slave, read verses 31&32. How will you be set free?
    2. General Questions
      1. How did the sermon impact you?
      2. How did God speak to you Sunday?
      3. What action is God wanting you to take?
  3. Pray

 

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June 10th - John 8:12-30 | Remove the Mask

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JOHN 8:12-30 | Remove the Mask

  1. Introduction: 
    1. Icebreaker or Game
    2. Intro Video/Sermon Recap. (If the video doesn’t work you can do your own brief summary the same way.)
  2. Read & Discussion Questions:
    1. John 8:12-30
      1. Jesus says he is the light of the world and those who follow him will never walk in darkness. — How is life without Jesus like walking in the dark?
      2. What was it like when you gave your life to Jesus and had the mask removed - going from walking around in the dark to the light?
      3. Calvin’s focus in the sermon was how we are called to help others remove the mask and find the light in Jesus. Have you ever seen someone personally experience that transformation?
      4. To help others come to know Jesus, we have to know them first. Why is Summer a great time to connect with new people?
      5. Do you have any fun summer plans?
      6. How can you use this Summer to reach new people?
      7. What will you commit to do to try and connect with new people to be able to share Jesus with them?
    2. General Questions
      1. How did the sermon impact you?
      2. How did God speak to you Sunday?
      3. What action is God wanting you to take?
  3. Pray

 

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May 27th - John 7:40-52 | Amongst Yourselves

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JOHN 7:40-52 | Amongst Yourselves

  1. Introduction: 
    1. Icebreaker or Game
    2. Intro Video/Sermon Recap. (If the video doesn’t work you can do your own brief summary the same way.)
  2. Read & Discussion Questions:
    1. Read John 7:40-52
      1. V. 43 — How are people divided today because of Jesus?
      2. V. 46 — What are the ways that Jesus spoke?
      3. V. 49-52 — What role did the Law have in those days and how are we to use the law today?
      4. What are ways that we can talk about Jesus to the lost world?
      5. What are the ways that our church can talk about Jesus to the lost world?
    2. What will you do differently based on the sermon and our discussion?
    3. General Questions
      1. How did the sermon impact you?
      2. How did God speak to you Sunday?
      3. What action is God wanting you to take?
  3. Pray

 

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May 20th - John 7:25-39 | Lean Into the Holy Spirit

JOHN 7:25-39 | Lean Into the Holy Spirit

  1. Introduction: 
    1. Icebreaker or Game
    2. Intro Video/Sermon Recap. (If the video doesn’t work you can do your own brief summary the same way.)
  2. Read & Discussion Questions:
    1. John 7:25-39
      1. As we’ve gone through John, Jesus has constantly spoken of a living water that those who believe in him will receive. This living water will never run dry and will forever satisfy. What does the author, John tells us this living water is in verse 39?
    2. Read Acts 2:38-39
      1. When and how do we receive the Holy Spirit?
    3. The sermon focused on how we can lean into the Holy Spirit in our lives to experience God’s presence. What were the three ways Calvin said we can lean into the Holy Spirit? (1. Consistent Christian Community; 2. Communal Worship; 3. Serving with & in Church)
      1. All of these ways are built around the Church body. In Matthew 18:20, Jesus says, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Though we can experience God and the Holy Spirit as individuals, God’s presence is most powerfully present when Christians are gathered together. / Why do you think that is?
      2. Only 25% of Christians go to Church 3 times or more out of 8 weeks. How do you think that affects many believers ability to experience God? 
      3. Calvin said, “We want to experience God, yet we refuse to use the venues he has most predominantly chosen to reveal himself to us. Or if we do use them, we use them very inconsistently and half-heartedly…” How are people trying to search for God on their own apart from the Church, which is established by his presence?
      4. How is Holy Spirit experienced in communal worship? (If we consistently miss communal worship, we are missing our highest calling and eternal purpose)
      5. The third point was that we lean into the Holy Spirit by using our gifts and talents to serve in the Church body. What are your gifts and talents and how can you use them to serve with and in Church? (If you need reference verses, read 1 For 12:7-27)
    4. What will you do differently based on the sermon and our discussion?
    5. General Questions
      1. How did the sermon impact you?
      2. How did God speak to you Sunday?
      3. What action is God wanting you to take?
  3. Pray

 

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