It is Monday, February 4, 2019. Today, as a church, we begin our journey through the book of John. As we read John’s eyewitness account of the miraculous and radical life of Jesus, the Son of God and the Son of Man, may the Spirit lead each of us to believe. The prophet Isaiah, over 600 years before Christ in 53:1, asked the pivotal question, “Who has believed what he has heard from us, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? John’s own words in 20:31 tell us that his purpose in writing is to point us to the one in whom we should believe. He says, “But these (signs) are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” Kim
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (IN LARGE GROUP)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. ESV
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ Who was with God…who was God...? Verse 1 Who does the Word refer to?
_ What is so significant about these opening words of John’s gospel?
_ What does Scripture say about the timing of the Word? Where else might we find this beginning? Verse 1-2
_ What was made through the Word? Verse 3
_ In Him was _________? How extensive is this word?
_ Think about presence of light and the absence of light in men, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
_ What action or purpose does light take or have in the world? What is the result of this action? Verse 5
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?
PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)