"Do not just hear the Word of God and think hearing is enough. DO what it says!" James 1:22

Monday, July 11, 2011

John Chapters 13:31-14, 15, and 16

After reading chapters 13:31-14, 15 and 16
from the book of John,
(click HERE and HERE to veiw these Scriptures)
answer these questions and
share your answers with your family.
Record the actual scripture verse(s)
that help you find your answers.

John chapter 13:31-38
1.  What is our standard (or example) by which we are to love one another as Jesus commanded us in v. 33?
2.  If "all men" (v. 35) are to see this command of love Jesus gives, who is it that God loves?
3.  Read also Matthew 5:44 and 1 Peter 4:8.  Does God ask us to love all people or just those who love Him?
4.  Do you think Jesus expected Peter (or any of us, for that matter) to "lay down our lives" in the way Peter meant in v. 37?
5.  In v. 38, we see that Jesus knew Peter's weakness.  Jesus knows our weaknesses better than we know them ourselves.  Read and consider Psalm 132:1-2 and Matthew 16:24.  Rather than "laying down our lives" as Peter boasted, what does God ask of us?
John chapter 14
1.  Based on what we have already studied of the book of John and Jesus' words in v. 9, list some of what the disciples have SEEN.  Record verses where possible.
2.  In vv. 13-14, Jesus says we can ask for ANYTHING in His Name and He will do it.  Based on what we have read within these two verses, why do we not recieve everything for which we pray?
3.  (vv. 15-18) has the Holy Spirit entered the hearts of believers at this point in our study?
4.  How do we know the Holy Spirit is present and working?
5.  (vv. 15-30) Select the Scripture you believe best answers Judas' question in v. 22.
John chapter 15
Be sure to record Scripture where possible along with your answers.
1. Who is the gardener?  Who is the vine?  And who are the branches?
2.  Why are the branches "cut off" from the vine?
3.  Look up the definition of PRUNE.  How does God "prune" us? 
4.  What is the only way we can bear fruit?  List some real ways we can truly make this happen.
5.  What is the reason for any of this to happen? (v. 8)
6.  Review John 13:12-17.  How are we to "love each other" as Jesus commands in John 15:12 and 17?  Share some ways you are doing this right now in your life.
7.  Read Psalm 119:30 and 119:130.  Explain why there is "no excuse for sin" as Jesus states in v. 22.
8.  Read Matthew 28:19-20.  How do we know Jesus speaks v. 27 just as strongly to us as He did to the apostles?
John chapter 16
1.  In your own words, write Jesus' warning in vv. 1-4.
2.  Look again to Acts 1:8.  Who is the Counselor?  What does the Counselor do now that He has been sent?
3.  Based on v. 12, why does God not answer every question we have for Him?
4.  In vv. 12-28, Jesus begins by speaking in a way the apostles can not understand.  Then He speaks in a way they understand clearly.  Understanding is NOT what Jesus wants of the apostles.  What does Jesus get excited about in v. 31?  What does Jesus wants from us and what does that mean to you?
5.  What does Jesus tell us in v. 33 that we will have when we believe?        

Monday, July 4, 2011

John Chapters 11, and 12-13:30

After reading chapters 11, and 12-13:30 from the book of John, (click HERE to veiw these Scriptures) answer these questions and share your answers with your family. Record the actual scripture verse(s) that help you find your answers.

John chapter 11

1.  What was the reason for Lazarus's sickness?

2.  In view of this as well as Ecclesiastes 3:1, what does this tell you about the purpose of all that happens?

3.  Review John 9:4.  What was Jesus really saying in John 11:9-10?

4.  With as few words as possible, describe Martha in vv. 20-27?

5.  Based on vv. 41-42, WHY did Jesus pray?

6.  How can we be encouraged to pray in public for the same reason as Jesus?

7.  What effect did Lazarus's rising from the dead have on Mary's visitors?

8.  Because of Caiaphas's prophecy (vv. 51-52,) Caiaphas encouraged Jesus' death (vv. 49-50) thus trying to avoid political downfall (v. 48.)  Read Isaiah 49:6 and John 10:16.  Caiaphus used the prophecy for political comfort.  What was God's intention for the prophecy?

John chapter 12

1.  (vv. 1-8) What kind of gifts do we have that can be donated to others as well as God?

2.  Did the disciples understand all that Jesus was doing?

3.  Review 2:22 and 7:39.  When did they realize Jesus was fulfilling prophecy?

4.  In v. 19, who do the Pharisees say are following Jesus?  Do you think they were exaggerating or stating truth?

5.  What does v. 17 say the people were doing?

6.  Read Psalm 119:90 and Romans 6:10.  What happened in vv. 20-21 that would cause Jesus to verify this as "the hour" for the reason He came?

9.  Who did Jesus come to save?

10.  (vv. 23-26) How are we to follow Jesus?

11.  Based on vv. 35-36, how can we be sure we are serving Jesus?  List real ways we can make this actually happen.

12.  (vv. 37-43) Even though they saw Jesus perform the miracles of God, why did some people not believe Jesus was the Messiah?  And why did some believe but chose not to follow Him?

13.  After reading vv. 44-50, who are the people really rejecting by not believing what they have seen and heard?

John chapter 13-13:30

1.  (vv. 1-5) How did Jesus show "the full extent of His love" as stated in v. 1?

2.  Up to this point in Jesus' ministry, how was the display of Jesus' love different than before?

3.  Do you think Peter's response in v. 9 was due to obediant enthusiasm or a bit of sarcasm?  (Be sure to read Jesus' response in vv. 10-11 to Peter's response before you answer.)

4.  Jesus didn't ask us to be providers or miracle workers or teachers of His Word (although some people are called to do these things.)  What does He ask us (everyone) to be/do in vv. 13-17?

5.  Read Psalm 89:15, John 12:46, and 1 John 2:9.  Why was it significant for John to specify "it was night" when Judas left the feast in v. 30?