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?