Term 4 2018

We Have Seen His Glory

Is your Jesus too small?
John’s Gospel challenges us to see the profound truth that Jesus is the true and living God made flesh.
John’s majestic opening leads in to the “signs” that reveal Jesus’ glory.

God’s Light Shines   John 1:4-5 and John 9:1-12, 35-41  9th December

  1. What is the relationship between life and light in the natural world?  How does that differ from John’s description of the Word in John 1:4?
  2. John 1:5 is (deliberately?) ambiguous – what are the implications of both options “overcome” and “understood”?  Can you think of some incidents from Jesus’ life that illustrate both of these?
  3. Read John 9:1-41
  4. How does this sign illustrate the meaning of Jesus’ claim in verse 5?
  5. Trace the man’s journey from spiritual blindness to discipleship in verses 13-34.
  6. How does this narrative demonstrate the judgment that comes with the Light Jesus brings – the judgment he speaks of in verse 39?
  7. Jesus says he is the Light of the world.  He also says his disciples (we) are the light of the world – Matthew 5:14-16.  Read these verses and discuss the practical ways that we can fulfil this role?  What is the relationship between our “light” and Jesus’ Light?

 

God’s Word Spoken   John 1:1-5; Genesis 1:1-5   2nd December

John 1:1-5
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Genesis 1:1-5
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

  1. What similarities can you see between John 1:1-5 and Genesis 1:1-5?
  2. Do you think these similarities are deliberate? If so, why?
  3. How do you understand ‘the Word’? What is the relationship between ‘the Word’ and God? What is the relationship between ‘the Word’ and Jesus? What is the relationship between ‘the Word’ and the Bible?
  4. How does this affect your understanding of God, Jesus and the Bible?
  5. How could this passage help you respond to someone who says it’s impossible to know if God exists?
  6. How could this passage help you respond to someone who says, ‘Now we know that the earth began with the Big Bang, we don’t need to bother with ideas about God.’