Light & Life

The Gospel of John Small Group Questions

Series Overview

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).






November 4th - Compassion in the Face of Shame

November 4, 2018

John 7:53-8:11


1. The scribes and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery to Jesus and asked Him how they should deal with her. 

  • What do you think motivated the scribes and Pharisees to ask Jesus this question? 
  • How did Jesus respond to the men? What was He trying to convey to them? 
  • What did Jesus say to the woman? In what ways is His statement to her significant to us today? 

2. In this passage, we see that Jesus is the perfect picture of compassion and justice. He did not condone the woman’s sin, but he also didn’t condemn her. 

  • Knowing that Jesus doesn’t condemn us for our sin, what should our response to Him be? What would an unhealthy response to this look like? 
  • Have others looked down on you for something you’ve done in the past? If so, share with the group. 
  • How can we learn from the Jesus’ example in how we treat people around us? 

3. This weekend, we learned that we need to find the courage to stand before Jesus and listen to Him when He speaks. 

  • Are you currently setting aside time to spend with Jesus and listen to His voice? If so, how has it impacted you? If not, what steps do you need to take to do this on a regular basis? 
  • What’s the difference between feeling convicted and feeling condemned? 


Application: 


As John explained this weekend, we will never change until we take our junk to the cross. The only difference between the woman and us in this passage is that she got caught. 

  • Have you felt convicted of sin but refused to turn it over to God? Share with the group. 
  • Are there any sins in your life that you take too lightly or too seriously? Share with the group. 
  • How can you practically accept the grace and forgiveness of Jesus and allow the cross to free you from your sin? 


November 11th - Light of the World

November 11, 2018

John 8:12-30


As a group, read John 8:12-30 out loud before you start.

1. Jesus stood before the crowd and declared that He is the light of the world. 

  • What did Jesus mean when He said that His followers would not walk in darkness but instead have the light of life? 
  • What do you think the Pharisees were trying to accomplish with their questioning of Jesus? What did their questions reveal about their relationship with the Father? 
  • Do you feel like you have been walking in the light or the darkness this week? Share with the group. 


2. Darkness is all around us, and it can be disorienting. How can darkness be disorienting to your walk with Jesus? 

  • Is your definition of darkness different than the way our culture would define it? Explain. 


3. Read Ephesians 5:8-14. If we are following Jesus, others should be able to see the light of Christ in us. 

  • Think of someone who has shown you the light of Christ. What was it about him or her that caught your eye? 
  • Who in your life needs to see this light? How can you be a light bearer to him or her during your interactions? 
  • Identify one way that you would like to impact your community with Jesus’ light this winter. Share with the group and ask them to keep you accountable for this. 


Application: 


Read John 3:19-21. This weekend, we learned that in order to have the light of life, we need to recognize our need for it and also be prepared for what it may expose in our lives. 

  • Are you aware of your need for Jesus on a daily basis? Explain. 
  • What area(s) of your life would you not want exposed to the light out of fear of what it would reveal? 
  • Discuss how you can walk towards the light and glorify God instead of walking away from it in shame. What does this look like in your life? 


November 18th - Slave to Sin

November 18, 2018

John 8:31-59


As a group, read John 8:31-59 and Romans 7:15-20 out loud before you start.


1. In John 8:31-59, Jesus had an interaction with Jews who initially believed in Him, but did not fully understand who He was. 

  • What did Jesus say to the Jews in verses 31-32 that caused them to question Him? 
  • Who did the Jews claim as their Father? How did Jesus respond and who did He say their father was? 
  • What did Jesus say in verse 58 that provoked a violent response from the Jews? What do you think He meant by this statement? Why do you think this upset the Jews? 


2. Jesus told the Jews that to be His disciples truly, they must abide in His word. He didn’t want people just to believe in Him; He wanted them to follow Him. 

  • What does it mean to abide? Is this di cult for you to do in your relationship with Christ? Share with the group. 
  • Do you experience difficulties associated with being a Christian in today’s culture? If so, what are they and how do you overcome them? 

3. This weekend, we learned that freedom does not mean living without a master; instead, freedom means living with the right master. 

  • Who is your master right now? To help answer this, discuss the questions below as a group: 

o Where do your thoughts go when you’re alone?

o How do you spend your money?

o What would crush you if you lost it? 

      o What determines your mood?

  • To experience a life of freedom you must be be obedient to Jesus, and making Him our Master. How can you do this in a practical way? What does being obedient to Jesus look like in your life? 


Application: We encourage our mixed groups to split up into men and women for the following questions: 


Jesus said that anyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. In Romans 7:15-20, Paul described his battle with sin very similarly, saying that he does what he hates, and he is unable to do what he wants to do. 

  • How is your struggle with sin similar to Paul’s? In what ways can you relate to him? 
  • Applying what you learned this weekend, how can you experience freedom in Jesus?

November 25th - Jesus Heals a Blind Man

Read John 9:1-41


1. In this passage, Jesus and His disciples encountered a man who had been blind since birth. 

  • What did the disciples ask Jesus? What assumptions did they make about the blind man’s condition? 
  • How did Jesus respond to His disciples? What do you think He meant by this? 
  • Did the Pharisees believe the blind man’s account of what happened? Discuss their response. 


2. Through the healing of the blind man, we see that the work of redemption can come through painful circumstances. Jesus doesn’t only address the man’s physical blindness but also his spiritual blindness. 

  • In this passage, what parallels are there between physical and spiritual blindness? 
  • What is the condition of your spiritual sight? Are you able to maintain your perspective when you encounter painful situations? 
  • How does our culture typically respond to tragedy? In what ways should the church respond differently? 


3. We learned this weekend that when suffering is rightly received, it will turn you into a shepherd. 

  • Do you have a tendency to run towards or away from Jesus in painful circumstances? 
  • Think of someone who has inspired or encouraged you through suffering that he or she has experienced. Share with the group. 
  • What hardship in your life has become an opportunity for Jesus to demonstrate His power? In what ways can you minister to people who are confronted with similar adversity? 


Application: We encourage our mixed groups to split up into men and women for the following questions: 


God never promises that He will protect us from all pain, but He does promise to see us through it, form us in it, and ultimately make us right. 

  • What encouragement do you take away from this promise? 
  • How can you rely on God more to sustain you during and after suffering?