"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?