Take out your Bible and look up the scripture (or you can find it on Bible Gateway). Over the next week we invite you to sit down (by yourself or even better) with your small group, a friend, family member or soul-mate, and (think about) discuss the following questions:
- What idea lies behind the disciples’ question (v. 1)? Curiosity? Guilt-tripping? A trap? Compassion?
- What does Jesus’ answer (vv. 3-5) reveal about how he views the man’s suffering?
- In this story, what is the “work of God” (v. 3)? The “night” that is coming (v. 4)? The “light of the world” (v. 5)?
- How are sin and suffering related?
- When have you felt either under-or over-estimated because of where you were from or who you were related to?
- Look at Luke 4:1,14,18. What does this tell us about the source of Jesus’ power?
- What was different about Jesus that caused the crowd to ask in v. 22, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”
- What is Jesus’ five-fold mission according to verses 18-19? How did Jesus fulfill it then? Now?
- The recording of the MORNING SESSION is on iCloud.
- If you are using a smartphone, click on the button below. You will be directed to the iCloud website and the recording should play automatically.
- If you are using a computer, click on the button below, and the recording will be downloaded automatically. Open the file for it to play.
- The recording of the AFTERNOON SESSION was unintentionally abbreviated. My apologies!
- What do you think Simon Peter was thinking and feeling in verse 5? 7? 8?
- How did this miracle affect Peter? Why does this have a more profound effect on him than the healing of his mother-in-law?
- What is Peter starting to grasp about Jesus? About sin? About belief in himself?
- When was the first time, if ever, that you responded to Jesus like Peter in verse 8?
- In your “fishing business” (whatever your business is) how do you see Jesus?
- How would you feel in Joseph’s place in verse 19? In verses 20-21? What would you say to family and friends? To God?
- What reason does Joseph give as to why Jesus was born?
- Did these incidents likely strain or strengthen Joseph and Mary’s future marriage relationships? How was God “with them” in all this?
- Jesus was called Emmanuel/Immanuel - “God with us”. How do you feel about viewing Jesus as a role model?
- When did Jesus become a warm person for you; more than just a name? When did he become God with you?
- Who are the Magi, or wise people, you look to for advice?
- Why was it important that Jesus be born in Bethlehem?
- Since the Magi were pagan astrologers, why would they leave everything in order to follow that star?
- Note the responses of the Magi upon seeing Jesus. How is that similar to the response Christians make to Jesus? How is it different?
- In your journey toward God, how are you like the Magi? Unlike them? Have you had to leave anything to follow Jesus?
- What is the “gold, incense and myrrh” in your life? How have you offered this to Jesus?
JOHN 1:6-8, 19-28
- What questions do the priests and Levites ask John? What do these questions reveal about the reason they were sent?
- Why does John respond so abruptly? What would you have said in his situation?
- What is John’s purpose in life (vv. 22-23, 26-27; also Isaiah 40:3-5)?
- Who “made straight the way of the Lord” in your life?
John Paul Westin
John The Baptist
Second Coming Of Christ
Series: Who Is This Jesus?
St. John's (Stone) Church
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