The Book of John

The focus of John’s gospel is clear from the very beginning. John 1 describes Jesus as the “Word,” God who took on the form of humanity and took off the burden of sin for every person. The Light - Jesus - came to this world to rescue humanity from their brokenness and establish a better, whole Kingdom. John echoes the beginning of the Bible by imitating Genesis 1. You will see that he includes things found nowhere else in the Bible about Jesus - certain teachings & events, prayers, and interactions with his disciples. John's original audience were Greeks who had heard of Jesus but had no idea who he really was or who He could be to them. John was introducing Jesus to them for the first time. In the next six weeks, you won’t just learn what Jesus did, but why He did it, what He was thinking, and how the world was changed as a result. However, just because Jesus’s mission was clear doesn’t mean everyone saw it. There are two groups of people in the book of John. First, there were those who recognized who Jesus was and what He was doing. They were amazed at His power and impact wherever He went, and they followed Him. Second, there were those who should have known Jesus was the Son of God, but totally missed Him. Help your students understand they are a part of one of these groups. Will they choose to notice the Light in their lives, or will they allow the worries and concerns of the world to block it?

Inside The Guide

Each guide is broken up into six weeks. Below is a small insight into each week.

The Source of the Light

John writes referring to Jesus that the “Word” was not only with God, but WAS God. Why is this wording a significant difference when thinking about who Jesus was?

Changing Because of the Light

What do I think it means to "walk in darkness"? If I had to choose, would I describe my daily life as being in darkness or light? Why?

Pointing to the Light

When I point others to Christ, He does the rest. What should I be doing in my life differently so I can direct more people's attention on Christ?

Missing the Light

Why wouldn’t the world recognize Jesus? What keeps me from recognizing & welcoming Jesus?

Receiving the Light

What happens to someone when they receive God in their life? When have I made this decision in my life? If I haven't, why?

Sharing the Light

In Scripture, John talked to others about who Jesus was. When is the last time I've talked to someone about who Jesus was and is?

 

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