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:
Why does John’s gospel begin “In the beginning” rather than at Jesus’ birth?
What facts about “the Word” can you find in verses 1-5? Verses 10-18?
Who or what fails to comprehend the light (vv. 5,10-11)? Why?
From the image of receiving someone (v. 12), how would you explain what faith is about? What is the result of this type of faith?
How would someone “full of grace and truth” treat others?
From this passage, how can a person come to know God?
The recording of this sermon is not yet ready for download. In the meantime, please enjoy the study questions, below. Take out your Bible and look up the scripture, Matthew 6:1-4, 16-21. 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:
Did you grow up in an “openly religious” home or was religion mostly a private matter, unseen by you until later years?
On a scale of 1 (obligation) - 10 (joy), how would you rate your usual attitude to fasting?
What “religious disciplines” are valued in your circles?
Why do you think fasting and prayer are often put together in the Bible and with Christians through the centuries?
What is the purpose of fasting? In what situations you face might fasting be helpful?