This is Bible study with questions and my answers, trying to focus on who God is. The first day explains the impetus behind that. The links throughout are to verses as a way to reference what I’m saying. I’m not doing that when I’m referencing specifically any verses that were in the reading. I, Lee Giles, wrote the Bible study. My husband has gone through it and corrected where he saw fit. We release this together.
Note about the Bible translation used: This is linked to the New Living Translation for ease of reading and understanding. A couple of times I linked to the NASB because of what I see as a more precise translation for better understanding. When it comes to translation, just remember that you could be reading the oldest manuscript in the original language but still miss what God is saying without the help of the Holy Spirit. The Pharisees knew the Scriptures inside and out and completely missed Jesus. There’s more to understanding God’s word than having the best translation.
- When I shared some of our family miracle stories, I kept saying that all we needed was to know God. If we knew God, everything else falls into place. In fact, the Bible defines eternal life as knowing God. In thinking about how I could help people get to know their good Father, I realized that the best way is to study the life of Jesus. The Bible says that Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God. Jesus shows us the Father.
- Read Matthew 1:1-17. Read the genealogy of Jesus. We’re trying to learn about Jesus because it’s going to help us get to know God.
- What tribe of Israel was Jesus’ family part of? What’s significant about that?
- Why is it significant that names like Asa and Uzziah are in his lineage?
- Answers (These are my answers, not the only answers.)
- Read Matthew 1:18-end. Remember the goal of each reading is to learn more about who Jesus is so we can get to know our good Father.
- A baby is conceived when a piece of the mother comes together with a piece from the father. The piece from the father is called “seed.” The DNA from both, half and half, make up the DNA of the child. Jesus didn’t have an earthly father, but he didn’t have only his mother Mary’s DNA. If He did, He would have been a woman, her identical twin. Jesus’ father was God Himself, by the Holy Spirit. Why was that important that Jesus’ seed was from God?
- What does the angel announce is Jesus’ purpose?
- What name was Jesus called? What does it tell us about God?
- Read Matthew 2:1-12. Remember the goal of each reading is to learn more about who Jesus is.
- What are some of the titles given Jesus?
- Who is He shepherd and king over?
- What of today’s scene shows His significance to God?
- The wise men worship Jesus. The basic meaning of the word is to bow down before. They bowed down before a baby to show it honor. Jesus was worshiped for His position, not for anything He had done. He was just a baby. He was born to be worshiped.
- Jesus was a baby. What does that tell us about God?
- He was also a cause for joy. The wise men rejoice when they find Him.
- The gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh certainly must have significance and could even have multiple layers of meaning. Here’s one.
- Gold could be a symbol of Him as king.
- Frankincense was an incense and could be a symbol of Jesus as our High Priest.
- Myrrh was an embalming oil, something you put on someone after they have died. It could be a foreshadowing of His death on the cross.
- Jesus was king and ruler and submitted to being born as a baby. The omnipresent God submitted to taking on the limitations of a human body. He became flesh. He never gave up being God, but He also became man.
- Read Matthew 2:13-end.
- We’re going to look at this one a little differently. Jesus was God, but He was also a man. Let’s look at this reading to learn about God’s children. What do we see about Jesus’ life and how God cares for Him?
- Read Matthew 3.
- We see Jesus as man and God in these verses; man, as one being baptized, and God, as one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire.
- Baptism is the death and resurrection of a Christian. It’s the burial of our old life. We are a new creation in Christ, and baptism is the laying down of our old life and the raising up of our life in Christ. And like the Holy Spirit comes to Jesus when He is baptized, so we receive the Spirit when we are washed clean of our sins and given new life in Christ.
- His baptism scene is also very significant because we see the Trinity. The word Trinity is never in the Bible anywhere, but it’s the concept of the three-in-one God. The Bible tells us that God is one, but here we also see God in three persons, Jesus the Son, His Father, and the Holy Spirit, all at once.
- Now, let’s learn about our Father from what we learn about Jesus as God in these verses. How does John describe Jesus? What are some things we learn about God?
- Read Matthew 4:1-11, the Temptation of Christ.
- The only reason Jesus was able to be a perfect sacrifice, dying on the cross for us, is that He is fully human and fully God. He couldn’t die if He weren’t human. He couldn’t be perfect if He wasn’t God. Here we see the two in action together. Where do we see his humanity, and what can we imitate about it?
- In Hebrews, this moment is used to describe Jesus’ empathy for us. God can empathize with being tempted in every way, which is part of our assurance that in Christ we have the power to overcome temptation as well.
- Satan makes an appearance here. What do we learn about God from the encounter?
- Read Matthew 4:12-17, the start of Christ’s ministry.
- The first part of this section is just talking about where Jesus was. This shows, as before, how Jesus’ life was planned, that He had a destiny. His life wasn’t an accident. God has a purpose and destiny for our lives and is directing our steps if we are yielded to Him. It doesn’t mean we have to even consciously make each choice that we make; He can just move us into the places we need to be in.
- What is Jesus’ message to people?
- To repent means to change your mind. What would it mean to “repent of your sins and turn to God?”
- Read Matthew 4:18-end, the Ministry of Jesus Begins.
- Jesus calls His first disciples. What promise does He give them?
- He says He’ll show them how to fish for people. Then what do they see? What does He show them? What happens next?
- Read Matthew 5:1-12, the Beatitudes.
- The Beatitudes is the title given to this list of blessings that Jesus pronounces. They don’t match what the world calls blessed, though. Who does God bless and reward?
- If we experience persecution, what should our response be?
- Read Matthew 5:13-16, Salt and Light.
- We aren’t told to be salt and light. God just says we are salt and light. What is our job?
- What does this section tell us brings God praise?
- Read Matthew 5:17-20, Fulfilling the Law.
- What do we need in order to enter heaven?
- Jesus fulfilled the law for us. He wants us to see our need for Him and His ability to meet our need. We receive His perfect fulfillment of the law by faith. By faith we are credited with righteousness.
- Verse 19 shows the difference between those who are seeking to obey all the laws of God and those who don’t think they have to. They both are in the kingdom of heaven. One is called greater than the other.
- Read Matthew 5:21-48, “You have heard it said.” As you read these, think on the high calling of Christ. It is the life He led. It is the life you should be living in the power of the Spirit. If you are falling short of this, repent and take a step toward Christ, what’s referred to as the upward call.
- Read Matthew 6:1-18. It’s hard to keep the focus on Jesus when He’s teaching all these things to us. But, let’s try to think about Jesus as we read this. What is it He wants to get across? What’s the main point of this section?
- Stop and pray the Lord’s Prayer specifically. Make it your own.
- Read Matthew 6:19-21.
- We are taught it is wise to store up for ourselves. This Scripture says the opposite. We’re specifically told not to store up. How can we store up in heaven instead?
- What do we learn about God from His direction about storing up?
- Read Matthew 6:25-end.
- This end of the chapter tells us how to seek after Jesus and keep our eyes on Him. What do we need to do and not do?
- Read Matthew 7:1-6 on judging others.
- What is the main point here?
- Elsewhere in the Bible, believers are told they will judge. This Scripture is a warning about hypocrisy. We need to judge ourselves before pronouncing any judgment on others. There is a warning that we will be judged by the same standard that we judge. That’s a good reason not to judge, but we see Paul pronouncing judgments. It’s not that we’re never to judge what’s right and wrong, but we’re to make sure we are living right.
- Jesus will judge all people and nations. What does that reveal about Him?
- Read Matthew 7:7-11 on effective prayer.
- What does God like about our asking? Why do you think?
- What does the comparison to earthly fathers show us about God?
- Read Matthew 7:1-12, the golden rule.
- I think this ties into the judging/hypocrite verses. How do you want to be treated? God sums up for us everything He wants us to do. We just have to remember this one rule for life. It says it sums up the Prophets and not just the Law. The law is rules for living, so that makes sense. The Prophets contain promises and warnings for God’s people, much of which is tied to behavior. As if how you treat others is how you will be treated.
- Read Matthew 7:13-14 on the narrow gate.
- What do we learn about God from this?
- Read Matthew 7:15-29, the true disciples.
- There are three sections here, but they are all related. What’s the main point?
- Read Matthew 8:18-33.
- Jesus questions the man if he’s really ready to follow Him. We read before that the road is hard. We read here that Jesus is in effect homeless, not that He wasn’t always provided for, but He didn’t live what much of the church calls a “blessed” lifestyle!
- What did the disciples do wrong in the boat?
- Why do the townspeople ask Jesus to leave town after He does a miracle and frees the men from the demons that had bound them?
- Jesus leaves and there is no recorded account of His returning to that area. What does that show us about God?
- Read Matthew 9:9-13, Jesus calls Matthew.
- Who does Jesus call to Himself? Who is God seeking?
- Read Matthew 9:14-17, fasting.
- Jesus says they will fast later. Do you ever fast? He also says that new wine goes in new wineskins. If you want the Holy Spirit in your life, you need new life in Christ first; you need your sins forgiven, to be washed clean and made new!
- Read Matthew 9:18-34, faith and healing.
- What do we see is Jesus’ response to the people who seek Him out?
- We see that people are amazed. They see that Jesus is different from every other magician, shaman, or anyone else who has ever purported to do miracles.
- Read Matthew 10:1-25.
- We see Jesus has the authority to pass on His authority. Who does He give authority to? What can they then do?
- Who is Jesus sending them out to?
- Does Jesus promise “blessing” the way the American church tends to see it?
- What promises do they have?
- The disciples’ job through all that is to not fear and to endure.
- Read Matthew 10:26-end.
- The disciples are told to fear God. When Jesus tells them that, how does He describe God?
- What is the promise to those who don’t fear Him but deny Him?
- The point isn’t fear, but the overarching command to not fear! He uses the sparrow and our hair to show how tenderly and specifically He cares for them. What does it show us about our good Father?
- Jesus came to bring a sword. What does that show us about God?
- Read Matthew 11:1-19, John the Baptist.
- How do we know that John the Baptist knew who Jesus was?
- And yet, here he is asking if Jesus really was the Messiah. God can handle the questioning. We see it in places like Psalms and in the Prophets, like in Habakkuk. Realize what persecution can do to a man. We see a different result in Acts when those filled with the Spirit are thrown in prison. They don’t turn to questioning, but to praise!
- While we can question God as humans with limited understanding, it’s not healthy to stay there. Jesus points John in the right direction, to Scripture. The answer is there. It’s always there.
- He points John to Scripture, describing the righteous acts He’s performing. We look at what He’s done to see who He is. That’s what we’re trying to do with studying Matthew!
- If you start with questioning, you need to end with praise. Know who He is and praise Him for it.
- Verses 18 and 19 show the judgment of others towards John and Jesus. They were doing opposite things, but they were both accused of doing wrong. God’s people will be misunderstood, judged, persecuted. But, also, I’d like to point out that God’s way of living doesn’t just look like one thing! They were doing opposite things, but both squarely in the will of God.
- Read Matthew 11:20-end.
- Has your nation repented of its sins and turned to God? Stop and confess the sins of your nation. Pray for a national turning to God. Without it, a nation faces “sorrows.”
- Then pray and give your burdens to the Lord. Let Him carry them. He has given you the gift of revealing the Father to you. May you continue to get to know Him, with more and more of His character, nature, and authority being revealed to you day by day as you seek Him and put Him first.
- Read Matthew 12:1-14, the Sabbath.
- Men try to condemn others for not following their interpretations of the law. What is it that God desires, not condemnation but what?
- What does it mean to show mercy?
- Read Matthew 12:15-21, God’s Chosen Servant.
- What is God after? What do these verses saying He’s bringing about?
- What is God’s justice? What is He bringing justice for?
- Read Matthew 12:22-end.
- There is another reference here of the good and bad tree. Verse 34 gives us one way to know if a tree is good or bad. What is it?
- It is followed by a warning about our words. What is it?
- The Pharisees want proof that Jesus has authority, as if He hasn’t already proven Himself! Their demand is similar to Satan’s pushing Jesus to prove Himself during the temptation.
- Verse 45 describes the compounding of evil in those who don’t fill themselves with God and His Word. Be filled with the Spirit; make your heart and your tree good!
- Who is in God’s family?
- Read Matthew 13:1-30, parables of the farmer.
- What can we learn about God from this first section?
- Read Matthew 14:1-12, John the Baptist’s death.
- What can we learn about God from this passage?
- Read Matthew 14:13-21, Feeding the Five Thousand.
- What can we learn about God from this passage?
- Read Matthew 14:34-end.
- In this last little part, it mentions people begging to touch the bottom of His robe, and they are all healed as they do that. Why does God allow them to do that? Why doesn’t He just pronounce them all healed and send them home? It seems like that would be a human inclination to do.
- Read Matthew 15:32-end.
- Jesus has compassion on the crowd again. The disciples haven’t learned the lesson. Like our little Roma church (see answers under #6 above), they hadn’t made the jump to their first thought being to just trust Jesus.
- This is a very similar story to the feeding of the five thousand. Again, they give what little they have and end up with more than they started with.
- How much did the people get to eat? What does that teach us about God and how He cares for His children?
- I just want to interject something here. I want you to know that God is a good Father. He can and will meet your needs! We (at least I know this is true in America) work really hard at not needing God. How many kinds of insurances are there? He may bring you (or all of us) to the point of really, truly needing Him for all things. That’s not a bad place to be. That’s certainly not a sad or dangerous or desperate place to be. It can be a very exciting place! A number of years ago our family purposefully (following God’s leading) gave up all income, including raised support, and stepped out onto the water and let God provide for us. We lived off of miracles for a year and a half (with never any debt). Then the Lord provided the perfect part-time job that would cover costs and allow us to set our own hours so that it didn’t interfere with ministry. We always believed we went through that on purpose so that when others were thrown into that position, we would be able to tell them that the Lord reigns! He provides! His love for you cannot fail!
- It was during that time in our lives that I wrote The King Will Make a Way: An End Times Story for the Last Days Saint. It’s a story to encourage people to never fear and to live wholly for the King! (You can find the PDF in Reading 7 on allinonehomeschool.com.)
- Read Matthew 16:1-12.
- What do we see in Jesus here?
- Faith pleases God. Demanding from Him and ignoring everything He’s shown you and that you already know of Him, does not please Him.
- Again, Jesus doesn’t just spell it out and say to watch out for the deceptive teaching of the religious leaders. He speaks and prods and questions to get people to realize, to discover for themselves, to have it dawn on them.
- Why do we need to be watchful about the teachings of religious leaders, even those who know the Bible seemingly best of all?
- Read Matthew 16:13-23.
- Peter is called both blessed and Satan in this section. What was the cause of each?
- Read Matthew 16:24-end.
- Here’s the crux of the Christian life: death to self to have life in Christ.
- What does it mean to give up your life to save it and to lose your life by hanging onto it?
- Read Matthew 17:14-21.
- Jesus heals the boy, so we know it was God’s will to heal the boy.
- Were the disciples able to heal the boy?
- Was it God’s will to heal the boy?
- Why wasn’t the boy healed when they tried?
- Did Jesus fast and pray at that moment before healing the boy?
- The verse about prayer and fasting doesn’t appear here in Matthew in all translations. It appears in Mark’s version of the events, though. Some translations say prayer. Some say prayer and fasting. We can get the same principle either way.
- Read Matthew 17:22-end.
- What do we see in Jesus in the tax scene? What do we learn about God?
- Read Matthew 18:1-10. Other translations add verse 11, “For the Son of Man came to save that which was lost.”
- There are two parts to this: becoming like a child and welcoming a child, and an expectation of hell for those tempting others to sin.
- Let’s start with the good part.
- What does Jesus say is necessary in order to get into the Kingdom of Heaven and what does it tell us about God? (We’ve got to keep our focus on Him! It’s very easy to get our focus back on ourselves!)
- We read here another description of who will face “woe” or “sorrow.” Those who tempt others to sin.
- One last thing is that Jesus welcomed the children to Himself. He says to not look down on them. Believe that children can understand and come to Christ!
- The point of this whole section was to answer, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.” Of course, Jesus is the greatest! To ask is to show you are missing the Kingdom!
- Read Matthew 18:15-end.
- We read about church discipline, to the point of shunning someone, and then we read about the unmerciful servant. I think they need to be read together in context.
- What’s the moral of the last story? Look at the last verse that sums up the lesson.
- In the church discipline section, we read about someone who sinned against you. Believers have to forgive that person. Church discipline isn’t about you getting justice. It’s about saving the sinner and protecting the church from the “yeast” of sin.
- The point of “shunning” is to wake the person up to the seriousness of the sin and bring them to repentance in order to welcome them back. You have to have forgiven them so that you can welcome the person back.
- If you were the one sinned against, you have to forgive. You should do that first. Then decide if any other steps are necessary out of love for others, not yourself. Maybe it’s just a case of bearing with one another.
- Read Matthew 20:17-28.
- Here’s the first and last concept again. He who wants to be first must be what?
- What did Jesus come to do?
- Anytime we are upset that we aren’t being served, we aren’t being like Jesus.
- Read Matthew 20:29-end.
- Again Jesus shows mercy; He has compassion. He asks what they want. He gives the good gift of Himself. Don’t be the religious people shushing those calling out for Jesus!
- Read Matthew 21:1-17, the triumphal entry and clearing the temple.
- What do we see about Jesus in these stories? What do we see of our good Father?
- Read Matthew 21:18-27, the fig tree and authority challenged.
- What do we learn about Jesus and His good Father?
- Read Matthew 21:33-end, the evil farmers.
- This is a parable against the leaders of the Jews who time and again turned against God’s prophets. The Jewish leadership of that time was against Jesus and was about to cause His death. Jesus says the Kingdom of God will be taken away from Israel and given to another. After His resurrection, the apostles start with the Jews but then spread the Gospel everywhere. God hasn’t given up on Israel. Israel is and always will be His people. He has done all this for them. He is even opening the gospel to the Gentiles, in part for the people of Israel! He will turn the nation back to Himself and rule there. In the meantime, every believer gets to become part of Israel. The Church didn’t replace Israel; it became part of it!
- Read Matthew 22:1-14, the great feast.
- This is in some ways similar to the story of the evil farmers. The Jews reject Jesus and the gospel is sent far and wide. Then it is reminiscent of some of those parables like the net of fish where they are all collected and bad ones discarded.
- What do we learn about God from this story?
- Read Matthew 22:15-33, taxes and resurrection.
- Here we see the religious people frustrating Jesus again. They are trying so hard to be right that they are missing God entirely. We need to humble ourselves and remember that our goal isn’t being right but loving God and others. Don’t let your “rightness” keep you from being able to be taught by God. He’s the only one with all truth.
- How does Jesus describe God in verse 32 (the very end)?
- Read Matthew 22:34-end, the most important commandment and the Messiah.
- Here we have a repetition of the teaching that the law and the prophets is summed up in these two laws. What are they?
- Jesus then teaches that the Son of David is more than just an earthly descendant of David. Jesus will not be an earthly king like they imagine.
- Read Matthew 23:1-36.
- What do we learn about our good Father? How does He feel about religious acts?
- Read Matthew 23:37-end.
- What are they missing out on? How does He feel about His people Israel?
- Read Matthew 24:1-28. Let’s try to read this chapter and just read the Scripture and believe what it says and not bring in outside teachings.
- God is bringing about His Kingdom on earth. Jesus will reign on earth. Then there will be a new heaven and a new earth where Christ will reign forever. When it’s talking about “birth pains,” He’s referring to bringing forth this new, eternal kingdom on earth.
- What do we learn about God?
- Read Matthew 24:29-end. This is a description of the second coming of Christ.
- God’s power and majesty are on display. There will be two groups of people. The elect are gathered together to Christ. The rest mourn.
- In verse 29, we are told this will happen immediately after the tribulation.
- God wants us to be prepared. We are told it will be like the days of Noah. Noah was prepared. The rest were taken away by God’s wrath.
- In a similar way, His coming is described like a thief coming in the night and the master catching His lazy servant not doing what he was supposed to be doing. These are warnings to the unbeliever. A thief is a bad thing. Jesus isn’t coming as a thief for His believers. 1 Thessalonians 5:4 tells us that we won’t be surprised by a thief in the night. We’re to be the sensible servant doing what we should be doing!
- Read Matthew 25:14-30, the three servants.
- From the end of the story, what do we learn about God?
- Read Matthew 26:1-5, the plot.
- We see a conspiracy afoot. There is backroom planning on how to kill Jesus. When the Bible tells us not to call all things conspiracy that the world calls conspiracy, it’s not because conspiracies don’t exist! There is conspiring in this chapter.
- But what else do we see? Who has really done the planning?
- Read Matthew 26:6-16, the anointing and Judas.
- Here’s another example of something looking good on the outside but not being pleasing to God. In John’s gospel, we read that Judas was the one who said the money could have been given to the poor. It says that he said it not because he cared but because he used to steal the money. His hypocrisy continues to harden his heart further and further away from God, even though he was sitting in the room with him!
- Read Matthew 26:17-35, the last supper, denial prediction.
- God has prepared a place for the last supper. He instructs the disciples to say to the man, “The time has come…” What had God revealed to that man? What joy to be the one who gets to provide for the Lord and His disciples in these simple ways.
- Jesus predicts betrayal and denial. What do we learn about God through these scenes?
- The act of communion is established here. What does that show us about God?
- Read Matthew 26:36-end.
- We see the weakness of humans. We see the strength of Christ, God in the flesh. He surrenders His life. He doesn’t have to be arrested and killed. He could escape if He wanted to. But that’s not His real desire. He loves God. He loves others. He doesn’t love His own life so as to shrink away death. He even loves His enemies. We read in Luke’s gospel how He heals the servant’s ear after one of His disciples cuts it off.
- He doesn’t defend Himself. He could have flipped them out telling them things He couldn’t have known as they were slapping Him and daring Him to prophecy. He remains silent. He wasn’t trying to save Himself. His desire wasn’t to save Himself but to save you.
- Read Matthew 27:1-26.
- Pilate believed Jesus was innocent and knew Jesus hadn’t committed a crime against Rome deserving of death. Yet, none of that mattered. Why?
- Read Matthew 27:27-44. Jesus is crucified.
- The true King of the Jews is mocked. He doesn’t defend Himself. Could you stand up under that? Could you not defend yourself? Could you remain with a heart of love towards others acting in utter ignorance? Where is your heart towards others?
- Read Matthew 27:45-end. Jesus dies.
- There’s a gut-wrenching cry of, “God, why did you abandon me,” fulfilling yet another of a multitude of prophecies, most of which we’ve not even mentioned. Jesus isn’t killed; He releases His spirit. He laid down His life. It wasn’t taken from Him.
- The sky turns dark. The temple curtain is torn! There is an earthquake. There’s a resurrection of many godly men and women! What do we see of God here?
- Read John 1:1-18.
- Who gave you life?
- What is the job of that life?
- Who would want to extinguish the light?
- Jesus is the light for everyone.
- What right does He give to us, to those who believe?
- Why should it be incredibly easy to trust in Jesus and God? (Hint: verse 14, 17)
- How can we know God?
- God’s blessings are for us and are abundant! (vs. 16)
- Satan’s desire has always been to kill. Woman’s seed was going to destroy him. He wanted people dead to stop that from happening. He wanted the babies dead around the time of Moses to stop the deliverance of the Israelites. He succeeded in killing a lot of kids, but he wasn’t able to stop God’s plan. He missed Moses. He wanted all the babies dead when Jesus was born. He was trying to kill the Son of God. He was in trouble. He succeeded in killing, but he failed to kill Jesus. God’s plan wasn’t hindered. Around the time America was legalizing abortion, it was being legalized in much of Europe as well. Legalized abortion started in the communist Soviet Union. Why did abortion start to be legalized in the 1970s? Who is Satan trying to kill now? What is with this generation that we are living in now? What does Satan realize?
- Read John 1:19-end. “The Testimony of John the Baptist”
- What are the names Jesus is called and ways He is described in the baptism scene?
- Read John 2:1-12. “The Wedding at Cana”
- Is Jesus doing what He’s supposed to do?
- I love this miracle of doing something seemingly unimportant, but really important to the parents throwing the party. If it’s important to you, it’s not insignificant to God.
- Read John 2:13-end. “Jesus Clears the Temple”
- What angered Jesus?
- What do you make of verse 24 about Jesus not trusting people? It says He didn’t trust people. Other translations include: didn’t commit Himself to people and He didn’t entrust Himself to people. What can we learn and imitate about that?
- We love others. Love is selfless. We don’t need anything back from the person we are loving. It’s not that we aren’t to ever trust anyone or believe what they say, but we aren’t to put our trust in them like we put our trust in Christ. We don’t rely on them. We don’t need anything from them for us to be okay. We have friendship in Christ. We have provision in Christ, etc. We have everything we need in for life and godliness in Christ Jesus. We only need Jesus. Our Good Father meets our every need. We don’t need to rely on humans. They will fail. God will never fail. Love never fails.
- Read John 3:1-21.
- Why does Nicodemus believe that Jesus is from God?
- How can we see the Kingdom of God?
- Who has eternal life?
- How did God show love to the world?
- Jesus came to save the world, but He did not come to do what?
- There is no judgment for whom?
- Who is already judged?
- People show their hearts by either being drawn or repelled by the light, by Jesus. Satan wants you to stay in the darkness. He wants you to hide your sin struggles or thought struggles. He wants to keep you in darkness. Freedom comes from bringing those things to the light, bringing them to Christ and confessing them. If you are struggling, confess your struggle to an elder who can pray for you. We don’t need sympathy or counseling. We need the truth of God’s word, the Truth, the Word, Jesus.
- Read John 3:22-end.
- What should thrill us? (like it filled John with joy)
- What is put into Christ’s hands?
- In verse 36, what is contrasted with believing?
- Jesus is greater than anyone else (“above all” in KJV, NASB). He is given the Spirit without limit. He is loved by God. Everything is put in His hands. And He, is in you. You no longer live but Christ lives in you. You are in position above all. You receive the Spirit without limit. You are loved by God. All things are put in your hands. (Think about this when it comes to our high position in Christ. All things are under His feet and He is the head of the body. We are the body. We are the feet!)
- Read John 4:27-end.
- A government official believes Jesus can heal his son. And, Jesus does heal him. If he was a government official, what was his nationality probably?
- The disciples don’t dare ask why Jesus is breaking all the rules and speaking with a woman and speaking with a Samaritan. The Samaritans were half-Jews. They were the descendants of Jews who married those of other nationalities. They were despised by the Jews and avoided. They become among the first believers in Jesus. They are quick to accept the Messiah who accepts them. There is no record of any miracle being done, apart from the prophetic insight into the woman’s life.
- Why do the Samaritans believe Jesus is the Savior?
- This is in contrast to those Jesus speaks about in verse 48. Who are they?
- Jesus says His nourishment is what?
- How are you nourishing yourself today?
- Read John 5:1-15. “Jesus Heals a Lame Man”
- Why does Jesus ask the man if he wants to be well?
- Was the man healed instantly?
- What does Jesus tell the man?
- God isn’t looking for people to zap when they sin. Satan is the one who steals, kills, and destroys. Jesus came to give us abundant life. Paul talks about handing a man over to Satan for the destruction of his flesh. The point was the man’s salvation, that he would repent. If we are desiring after something that’s apart from God, then God may turn us over to it and we’ll suffer the consequences, but He’s always ready to welcome us when we repent and turn back. There should be a fear of the Lord in that sense. He is a holy God. But, we also have to know Him as our good and loving Father, that we aren’t rejected and abandoned when something bad happens. But we should always let anything bad turn us to thanksgiving and praise, let it help us keep our hearts and minds on God. That way, whatever the enemy intended for evil, turns out for our benefit.
- Read John 5:31-end. “Witnesses to Jesus”
- What proves Jesus is from God?
- Where does eternal life come from and not come from?
- The Pharisees thought they knew the Scriptures and thought they believed them. Jesus tells them they don’t even believe their own “faith.” He tells them they don’t believe the words of Moses, the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible.
- Are there things you think you believe but you don’t really? Do you believe the Bible? Do you believe God’s promises are true? Really? Do you not worry? Do you believe you have what you ask for?
- Read John 6:16-34. “Walks on Water” and “Bread of Life,” stopping before He says, “I am the bread of life.”
- The disciples give up on waiting for Jesus. They get caught in a storm. What is the reaction and result of Jesus’ presence?
- What verse is basically saying, “Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you.”
- Do you have God’s seal of approval?
- What is the only work God wants you to do?
- They believe in the man who gave them bread but don’t believe in Jesus! They want to see a miracle. They are still focused on bread. They talk about Moses giving the people manna and don’t even recognize it as from God’s hand.
- Stop and think about your life. Are you not giving God credit and thanksgiving for all He’s doing and has done for you?
- Read John 6:35-59.
- Do we need to hunger and thirst for God?
- Who comes to Christ?
- If you belong to Christ, do you have any fear of not being raised up with Christ?
- According to these verses (John 6:44-45), how do we come to Christ?
- What does it mean, “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you?”
- Jesus also says, “Anyone who feeds on me will live because of me.” What could it mean to feed on Christ?
- Jesus just finished His speech about eating His flesh. Read John 6:60-end.
- If you can’t accept Christ’s flesh and blood, then what does He say you won’t be able to accept?
- What can we accomplish with all of our good works?
- If we’re seeking spirit and life, where should we look?
- Jesus chose those to follow Him who wouldn’t believe. He calls out to everyone. Everyone has the opportunity to follow Jesus. At the same time, it’s impossible to come to the Lord without the Spirit, without the Father’s say.
- When God requires something hard, are you going to stay? What do we have to believe about Jesus in order to stick around no matter the cost of following Him?
- Read John 7:1-13.
- Do you know what the Festival of Shelters is? It’s more commonly known as the Feast of Booths. It is an annual festival of rejoicing where Jews remember how God was with them in the wilderness providing for them. It lasts for a week and people spend that week in a temporary shelter, the booth. They build something out of natural materials and sleep in it for the week, kind of like camping! It’s good for us to remember the Lord provides for us. We should do it everyday, recognize He is the one providing for us, not us providing for ourselves.
- Is Jesus out to be famous? What are his brothers doing?
- Jesus says the world hates Him. Why do they hate Him?
- What were people saying about Jesus?
- Why were people afraid to say they liked Jesus? Why were they afraid to speak well of Him?
- Do we do that today? Do we refrain from speaking up for Jesus for fear of what others might say or do?
- Read John 7:14-36.
- How do we know if someone’s speaking truth?
- What are the arguments for and against Jesus as the Messiah?
- Jesus doesn’t walk them through and explain who He is. He speaks truth, but He speaks in mystery as well. He speaks that way so that only those whom the Father calls will truly hear what’s being said.
- Read John 7:37-end.
- Here the Pharisees know too much. Who was Nicodemus that defends Jesus a little saying He should be given a hearing before being condemned?
- Why is it important to know the Scriptures for yourself?
- We need God’s word and we need the Spirit. We need rivers of living water flowing out of us and we need God’s words in our hearts. With those things together, we will overcome and not be deceived.
- Do you have rivers of living water flowing through you? If you are unsure, ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit. Then live according to His Word so that no dam is built up blocking its flow!
- Read John 8:1-11.
- What do we learn about our good Father by looking at the person Jesus?
- The oldest leave first. Could we say, the wisest? Was Jesus listing the Ten Commandments or listing their sins? We don’t really know.
- Read John 8:12-20.
- Verse 19 explains the premise behind this study. We want to know who God the Father is, so we are looking at Jesus to learn who He is.
- What’s it like to walk in darkness?
- Jesus is the light of the world. What does following Him do for us? (Hint: It’s the opposite of walking in darkness.)
- Read John 8:21-30.
- What does Jesus think about the people he is talking to?
- What does Jesus say about His Father?
- Who do you say you are? Who do you say the Father is?
- Read John 8:31-end.
- Who are Jesus’ disciples?
- What sets us free?
- What does it mean to be set free?
- How do we know if God is someone’s Father?
- Saying that God is someone Father means they are of His Spirit. These are people who have the Spirit of God in them.
- How do we know if Satan is someone’s Father? Who is of Satan’s spirit?
- Read John 9:1-17.
- Why was the man born blind?
- Why are the Pharisees sure that Jesus is a sinner?
- How does God heal him?
- Do you realize we are called upon to defend the truth of God’s word? The truth of who Jesus is? We aren’t to defend ourselves, but we are to defend Jesus.
- Read John 9:18-end.
- Why didn’t the blind man’s parents defend Jesus?
- It’s ironic that the Pharisees demand that God should get the glory, upset that Jesus is getting the glory.
- What does the man born blind know that he knows about God?
- Why did Jesus come into the world?
- Read John 10:1-21.
- Who is the thief?
- Why do the sheep follow Jesus?
- Satan steals, kills, and destroys. What does Jesus do?
- What does a good shepherd do for His sheep?
- How do you know if a leader is serving as Christ or for himself?
- Can anyone take away the life of a believer, someone who is living as Christ?
- Read John 10:22-30.
- Jesus is in Jerusalem at the time of Hanukkah. This was a celebration of God’s deliverance of the Jews from Antiochus, culminating in the cleansing and rededication of the Temple. This is where the menorah comes in. The lampstand in the temple is to never go out, but Judah Maccabee only had oil for one day. It burned for eight days until more was able to be supplied.
- The people want to know if Jesus is the Messiah. He says that He already told them, how?
- Jesus knows His sheep and they follow Him. What promise of security do we have if we are one of His sheep?
- Read John 10:31-end.
- Why did they believe they should kill Jesus?
- John didn’t have signs, but the people believed him and Jesus because his words were true; it’s a mark of a prophet of God that the words come true. (There are times like Nineveh for example, where the prophet correctly prophesied doom, but upon repentance, that was revoked for a time.)
- Jesus has signs, but they are upset at His words. They are also upset that He heals on the Sabbath, seemingly going against God’s Word, which they thought no one truly from God would do. But Jesus’ proof to them that He is from God is repeated as being His miraculous works, His signs.
- A false prophet/teacher may have signs as well, so why does Jesus use this as proof? Let’s think about the signs of Pharaoh’s magicians. Did they do the same things as Moses? What was the fruit, the outcome of their signs?
- We have seen many people claim healing, and people have thought they were healed, but a few days later they were really not healed at all. They even have a name for that type of healing in some places. It’s a fake, like Satan, the fake one trying to play at God.
- Someone may seemingly get delivered from something only to be trapped in seven times worse the situation.
- God’s works produce God’s kingdom on earth: righteousness and healing that lasts. It brings deliverance and provision. It’s a true blessing and stays a blessing.
- Read John 11:1-7.
- Jesus says that Lazarus’ sickness wasn’t going to end in death. Why would He say that, since Lazarus did die?
- What does Jesus say is the purpose of Lazarus’ sickness?
- What decision does Jesus make after He hears the news? Is he in a hurry?
- Read John 11:8-16.
- What was it safe to return to Jerusalem?
- Why is Jesus glad that Lazarus is dead?
- Read John 11:17-32.
- What were Mary and Martha believing?
- What does Martha believe about Jesus and the resurrection?
- What does Jesus teach about resurrection and life?
- Why was knowing who Jesus was not enough for Martha? Why was she still in mourning?
- Having God by her side should have been enough. He is all in all, but she felt lack. Is God with you? Are you feeling any lack or loss? Knowing that God is right there by your side (in fact, even closer than that!) should have you feeling like all is well and there can’t possibly be defeat because the God of angel armies is on your side. Do you have the right outlook over your situation? Or, are you looking right at God and acting like He messed up!
- Read John 11:33-44.
- What are they thinking about Jesus (verses 36 and 37)?
- Are they right about anything they are thinking?
- Why was Jesus crying?.
- Why was Jesus upset?
- Jesus shows up and they are not comforted. It doesn’t mean anything to them that God is there with them. They are weeping. They think God failed. God’s presence is not having any meaning. The God of the universe is standing there with them and they think all hope is lost.
- Even when Jesus says, “Roll away the stone,” no one lights up realizing what’s happening. They are in the flesh, not in the Spirit. Martha points out what the senses understand, not what faith understands: “He’ll stink.”
- In verse 40, Jesus says, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” Who was believing?
- Read John 11:44-end.
- What are the Pharisees worried about?
- The Pharisees are worried about losing the temple and their nation if they don’t kill Jesus, but killing Jesus is probably directly related to them losing their temple and nation to the Romans in 70 AD.
- How would everyone believing in Jesus be related to the destroying of the Jews and Israel by the Romans?
- What does Caiaphas say prophetically?
- What nation was in danger of being destroyed?
- Who was Israel in danger of being destroyed by? Hint: What did Jesus’ death accomplish?
- Israel needed Jesus to die. Their salvation depended on it.
- The Pharisees are plotting to kill Jesus. They put out an arrest alert. Anyone who sees Jesus is to report Him. But He can’t be caught. He can’t be killed. At the appointed time, He will lay down His life and offer Himself as a sacrifice for the very people seeking to hunt Him down.
- Read John 12:1-11.
- Why did Mary pour perfume on Jesus?
- What does that mean?
- What was the cost of discipleship for Lazarus?
- Judas sounds religious. What does he say?
- A good suggestion, a right-sounding suggestion, a Bible-sounding suggestion doesn’t have to be from God or be what is good and right. Pray to be able to discern the heart behind things, even thoughts you have. You have to know the heart behind it. God’s word is backed with love; it’s motivated by love. If it’s love, it’s God. If it’s not love, it’s not God. If it’s fear, it’s not God. If it’s faith, it’s God. Knowing God and His Word will help you spot what is from God.
- Read John 12:12-19.
- What was the crowd calling Jesus?
- What did Jesus do fulfilling prophecy?
- What did they think about Jesus?
- The Pharisees were worried this would happen, that Jesus would rise up as king and cause trouble with Rome. They were worried that the people would make Him king. What are they thinking at this scene?
- The Pharisees saying actually that the whole “world” has gone after Jesus, acting like there is no hope now, reminds me of Lot’s daughters acting like the whole world was destroyed when Sodom was destroyed. They had a small view of the world and a small view of God.
- This event starts off the last week of Jesus’ human life on earth. It was time for Him to die and so He would. It happens because it was time and Jesus laid down His life, not because the Pharisees finally had their way!
- Read John 12:20-26.
- What is going to happen for Jesus to enter into glory?
- What is his death going to produce?
- Who will get life?
- Who gets honor?
- Read John 12:27-36.
- What is Jesus’ struggle and how does He overcome it?
- God encourages Jesus like He would you or me. He says that He has glorified His name and I will. Jesus’ prayer will be answered and has already been answered.
- He says that Satan will be cast out and that Jesus will draw everyone to Himself. How was this accomplished? When would this happen?
- Where are you going? How can you know?
- Read John 12:37-end.
- What future truth did the Lord speak through Isaiah?
- Why did the believing Jewish leaders deny it?
- If you trust Jesus, who are you trusting?
- If you see Jesus, who are you seeing?
- What comes from listening to Jesus’s words?
- Those who reject Jesus will face judgment on Judgment Day, but why isn’t He going to judge those who sin?
- Read John 13:1-17.
- How did Jesus feel about all of his disciples?
- What was Jesus’ position? What did He have authority over?
- What did Jesus teach His disciples by doing the work of a servant and washing their feet?
- Read John 13:18-30.
- Jesus was troubled. I’m sure you know what that feels like. He knows something the others don’t know. He knows He’s been loving someone who will betray Him. He knows tomorrow He’ll have to be tortured and separated from His father, the worst agony He’ll ever know.
- The disciples have no idea who it is. They spend all day every day together, and they don’t know who the liar and thief is.
- How does Jesus show who will betray Him?
- What happens after Judas eats the bread?
- The disciples are still clueless, even though Jesus just showed them Judas was the one to betray Him. We need God’s discernment. People will join our ranks but they are of the devil and want to do Satan’s work among us, namely to steal, kill, and destroy. One way he can do that is by causing offenses between people and division in the body.
- I had never seen this before writing this lesson, but I realized that Satan entering Judas when he eats the bread is like sickness and death entering people when they take communion without judging themselves first. They are to make sure they are right with God and others before sharing at the love-feast table with the other believers remembering Jesus’ death, His blood shed to deliver us from sin, from its power and its consequences. That’s the too-good-to-be-true news, but Jesus is the Truth and God cannot lie. Amen!
- Read John 13:31-end.
- Why will God be glorified?
- I found it really interesting, Jesus saying, “He will give glory to His Son, and He will do so at once.” What do you think this is referring to? When will Jesus receive glory?
- What has to happen before Jesus is glorified?
- He has His mind on the end, on the promise, on the deliverance. He will be raised. God won’t take a second longer than necessary, than ordained. His deliverance won’t be delayed. He will have God’s promises that He won’t be left in hell and won’t see decay.
- What is their new commandment?
- How did Jesus love them? How did He show them love?
- Peter says he’s ready to die for Jesus. He’s speaking out of his feelings. The flesh doesn’t surrender to death. Peter will later willingly die for Christ because he will have surrendered his life, his whole self, and brought his flesh in line with his spirit, the Spirit of Christ in him.
- Read John 14:1-14.
- How do you get to the Father?
- How do we know the Father? How do we see Him? How do we hear Him?
- Jesus did the Father’s works. Jesus taught truth, yes, but He also healed and delivered, everyone who came to Him. That’s the Father. He also stood up to and got angry at the religious people who were telling God He was doing it wrong.
- What are the two amazing promises given at the end of this section?
- This is Jesus talking to His disciples. I’m assuming you are one of them!
- Read John 14:15-25.
- How do we receive the Father’s love according to these verses?
- How do we show our love for Jesus?
- What are some of Jesus’ promises in this portion of Scripture?
- Read John 14:26-end.
- What is the Holy Spirit’s job?
- How does Jesus show His love for the Father?
- What gift does Jesus leave with His disciples?
- Read John 15:1-17.
- We don’t want to be a dead branch, cut off and destroyed. How can we bear much fruit instead of withering away?
- Why do we need to abide in Christ to produce fruit?
- If we produce abundant, lasting fruit, what can we be assured of?
- What other promise of answered prayer does this passage offer?
- How can we be Jesus’ friends?
- What is the command He gives his disciples?
- We are told to love each other in the way He loved us. How did He love us?
- Read John 15:18-end.
- How are we going to be like Jesus?
- Did doing miraculous signs make people love Jesus and believe in Him?
- Sometimes we think if there were a miracle, then people would believe, but it’s just not true. If you think you need to see a certain miracle or answer to prayer before you will follow and obey Jesus, that’s just not the case. If you aren’t willing now, no sign will make you ready to give your life to Him.
- We follow Jesus because He speaks the truth and is the way. We want to go to the Father because He is love and He is holy, perfect. He lay down our lives for Jesus because He is good and has called us friends.
- Read John 16:1-15.
- Jesus doesn’t want them to abandon their faith so He warns them. What does He warn them about?
- Why is it better for the disciples if Jesus leaves?
- What’s the Holy Spirit going to convict people about?
- What is the world’s sin?
- Why is righteousness available to us?
- Why will the world be judged?
- What is the Holy Spirit going to tell us?
- Read John 16:16-end.
- Jesus talks about the resurrection and then tells the disciples a wonderful truth, that they will be able to ask in Jesus’ name and the Father will hear and answer and they will have abundant joy. What does it mean to ask in Jesus’ name?
- Why does the Father love the disciples dearly?
- Jesus wants them to have peace from Him while living through many trials and sorrows. Why can they have peace?
- Read John 17:1-13.
- Verse 3 is where I got the name and purpose of this course. What is eternal life?
- knowing God
- Everything Jesus had was a gift from God, how much more true is that for us! Do you recognize everything you have as a gift?
- Jesus asks God to protect us by the power of His name. Does He have a powerful name? Is His nature and authority powerful? Yes! Do you act like you have a powerful God protecting you?
- What reason is given for God needing to protect us? (verse 11)
- “that they will be united just as we are”
- That’s Jesus talking to His Father. “We” is Jesus and God the Father. They are one.
- Jesus is asking that we be one with them as well. We aren’t only to be one with Jesus and the Father, but we are to be the one body of Christ. We are all one in Christ and one with Christ. He is the head and we are the body. We were meant to be one.
Under Construction – The Book of John study is being worked on little by little.