Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | June 19, 2008

Gospel of John: Volume I

A PDF version of the first volume of our Gospel of John study can be found here:  Volume I  


Unfornately, the links did not remain in the coversion to PDF.  Thus, for those interesting in index summarized at the end, it is posted here in the following: 

Index of Study Questions (click on hyperlinks to leave a comment)

Lesson 1: John 1:1-5

1. What is different about this Gospel from the other three (Matthew, Mark and Luke)?


2.  Why does the title of this book include the term Gospel? What is Gospel?


3.  What does John tell us about the nature of this “Word”? Who does he say that this “Word” is?     


4.  What do the Jehovah’s Witnesses and/or Mormons say about this text?  Why do they disagree?


5.  Why is it significant that Jesus Himself if called the Word of God?


6.  Do you believe that the word of God possesses power? Why or Why not?


7.  Have you ever thought or heard about the connection between this passage and Proverbs 8?


8.  How is life in Christ? What kind of life, temporal or eternal?


9.  What do you think of when you hear light and darkness?  How does John use these terms in his writing?


Lesson 2: John 1:6-13


1.  Who was John? And what did he testify about?

2.  Why was the author careful to distinguish that John was not the light?


3.  Why does the author provide emphasis by using the term “true light”? Does the true light enlighten “every” man? Or is every man that is enlightened, enlightened by Him?


4.  Why did the world not recognize Him?


5.  Why did Israel have this privilege of receiving the Messiah? Why did Israel recognize Him?


6.  How do we receive Him?


7.  Why is it significant that we are called children of God?


8.  What does the author mean that we have to be born of God?  Why does he disqualify certain types of birth?


9.  Is this excluding any contribution that we can make to our re-birth? Why or Why not? If so, does it bother you?  


Lesson 3: John 1:14-18


1.  What was the significance of the Word becoming flesh?  


2.  What was the significance of the Word dwelling among us?    


3.  When did John see the glory of Jesus?  Who else refers to this incident?


4.  Why is Jesus the one and only true Son of God?


5. What is significant about the quotation from John the Baptist?


6.  How is grace upon grace received from His fullness?


7.  Why is the Law of Moses contrasted here with the coming of Jesus Christ?


8. Who is the only God referenced by John?  Is this describing a plurality of God’s since God the Father is distinguished?


9.  How has God the Son explained the Father?


Lesson 4: John 1:19-34




1. How long had it been since Israel had a prophet in their midst?


2.  Why did the Jews ask if John was Elijah?  Does John contradict Jesus’ words in Matt 11:14 or Mark 9:13?


3.  Why are the Jews so persistent in making John give them an explanation of himself?




4.  What was John the Baptist’s role in redemptive history?  Why was it significant?



5. Was John’s Baptism the same as ours?




6.  Why was Jesus, called the Lamb of God?  How could He possibly take away the sin of the world?



7.  John almost repeats the statement from verse 15 here in verse 30, do you think this was a common theme of his message? If so, how would we classify John’s message?


8. Do these events happen before, during or after the Baptism of Jesus?


9. What is and is not the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?  


Lesson 5: John 1:35-51


1. Does John point his followers to Christ in this passage intentionally?


2. What is significant about the way Jesus calls the disciples?  Why is Peter given a new name?


3. What is significant about Phillips statement to Nathanael?




4. How is Christ found in the Law of Moses?


5. How is Christ found in the prophets?




6.  How did Christ “know” Nathanael?  How did Christ “see” Nathanael?


7.  What is significant about Jesus’ statement to Nathanael?


8.  What is the significance of Jesus equating Himself with Jacob’s ladder?



9.  How does our view of the “ladder” affect our Christian life?


Lesson 6: John 2:1-25



1.  What does the event at Cana teach us?


2. Why does Jesus cleanse the temple?


3.  What is an interesting difference between the events at Cana and at Jerusalem?


4.  How does Jesus response to the Jews point to His three-fold office?




5.  How is Christ a prophet?


6. How is Christ a priest?



7.  How is Christ a king?


8.  Do believers lose their salvation?


9.  What does Jesus know about the hearts of men?


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