The Gospel of John Small Group Questions
Welcome to the Gospel of John! John’s gospel is unique from Matthew, Mark and Luke in that John was one of Jesus' first followers and closest friends, and it was written around A.D. 85. In his writing, John’s primary aim is to persuade skeptics that Jesus is the Christ and the Son of God (20:30-31).
April 7, 2019
Read John 15:1-17
For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been in a section of John’s gospel where we find Jesus saying goodbye to His disciples. Here in John 15, Jesus is preparing them for what’s coming next. He encourages and challenges them by comparing the disciples (and us) to branches and Himself as the Vine, and says, “Apart from Me, you can do nothing.” If we forget to remain in Jesus (the Vine), life will wear us down and burn us out.
Read John 15:1-17
When Jesus claims to be the "true vine" what kind of statement is he making? (Hint: Isaiah 5:1-7 and Jeremiah 2:21)
Why do you think that Jesus uses the imagery of a vineyard and a gardener?
V. 2-3 talks about two ways Jesus takes care of the vineyard, removing and pruning the branches. When Jesus removes branches, it is because they are not producing life. When have you experienced this?
When Jesus talks about pruning the vineyard, it refers to cutting back what is already bearing fruit. When have you experienced this?
How would you define the fruit that Jesus wants to produce? (Read Galatians 5:22-23)
Remember, the context of this story is important. Jesus is in his final few days before heading to the cross, and he gives his disciples one thing they need to do...STAY...to stay connected to the vine. Simple but yet not easy. What does it mean to stay connected to the vine? How do you do it?
John said, "your roots determine your fruit." Are there things you have rooted yourself in that are currently bearing bad fruit? (Fear, anger, control etc.)
Would you say that growth accurately describes your relationship with Jesus right now?
From what we read today, what have you sensed God saying to you and how are you going to respond?
For the past couple of weeks, we have been in Jesus’ Passion Week (Holy Week). Today we are looking at what Jesus cared enough about to stop and pray for on the night of his arrest. It is clear this that Jesus’ life was living on mission and on purpose about these things.
Are there any things that you live on purpose for in your life, really? Or, tell about someone you have witnessed really leaving a life on purpose.
Read John 17
Jason talked about how the idea of seeing someone’s glory was seeing their true identity (tangibly their face, Exodus 33). What is the significance of Jesus talking about seeing his glory?
How have you seen lives be changed when people have come to discover Jesus’ true identity?
Why is it important that Jesus followers live as “set apart people”?
What does that look like tangibly and what are healthy expectations that Jesus gives us for what living as his followers will be like?
Why does Jesus so strongly emphasize unity?
Read Matthew 5:23-24
How does this passage impact our understanding of unity? Why doesn’t this happen more often in the modern church?
Is there anyone who needs to seek forgiveness with someone tonight (in or outside of the group, can share in prayer time too)?
Jason shared that unlike most people Jesus lived his whole life on mission and on purpose. Is anyone interested in doing the homework of writing a living eulogy to try and live by going forward and need some encouragement or accountability?
Celebrate Resurrection!!! Have group members share their testimony, how has Jesus changed your life?
This week we’re closing out our series through the gospel of John, finishing in chapter 21. In John 21, we see how Jesus deals with shame, and how the resurrection of Jesus changes the way we see failure and points us to the hope of the gospel.
Read John 21
What type of things stands out to you or did you notice?
The setting of the scene in John 21 is a mirror of Luke 5, as a group read Luke 5:1-8. What do you notice about the two stories?
Often times when it comes to our mistakes, failures, regrets instead of running toward Jesus we run away. This weekend, we learned that the resurrection of Jesus changes what we do with our shame. How do you handle shame or embarrassment or guilt now compared to before you were a Christian? Is it any different?
Jesus asks Peter “do you love me” three times. At first glance it can seem like Jesus is rubbing Peters nose in his failure. Before we can be restored, we must first own our failures. Jesus never puts his hands on our area of pain/failure to cause more pain; rather it's like a doctor who is touching the wound that needs to be healed. Have you experienced this in your own faith journey?
Part of Jesus restoring Peter is helping him see beyond himself. Each time Jesus asked Peter if he loved him, he also put a call on his life to feed his sheep. What was true for Peter is true of us too. We are saved from something, for something. How should this challenge your everyday life?
Break into smaller groups of 2/3 and ask the following questions:
Have you let the resurrection wipe you clean of your shame?
If you are not living with a clear conscience, what holds you back from giving your shame to Jesus?
What does it look like for you to push into you're calling to feed my sheep?
What did you need to hear from today and how are you prepared to respond?