We are trying something new for this session of The Gospel Project, God’s Story Part 2. Each week you can find a study guide on the blog to help guide your preparation for the upcoming lesson. All material is taken from The Gospel Project series, produced by Lifeway.
1. The Identity of the King who has come (John 1:1-5)
i. John’s Gospel echoes the beginning of the Old Testament, “In the beginning.” Remember how the story began. God created showing His authority and power and we rebelled.
ii. In the Old Testament we see the phrase the “word of God.” When we come to John’s Gospel, Jesus is called the Word of God.
iii. Based on the well-known phrase “word of God” in the Old Testament, why do you think John chose the title for Jesus? What is the relationship of “the Word” to God Himself?
iv. God, in these verses, is revealing His identity to us.
v. What does it take to have confidence in someone? Given what John has told us about the Word, can you have confidence in Him? Why?
2. The witness to the King who has come (John 1:6-9)
i. The Word is the self-expression of God and, when He comes, He comes with the power to overcome the darkness. We discover that God sent a man to bear witness to this light. How curious! Notice how John invites us into this story. After telling us about the Word, he introduces us to a prophet.
ii. Why did the divine Word-the Creator of all things, One with overcoming power-need a witness? What does this emphasis on a witness mean for us today?
iii. John was a bold witness and his message centered on Jesus. He preached a Gospel of repentance.
iv. Many find sharing their faith difficult and scary. In what ways does John the Baptizer’s example clarify the subject of our witness? Is sharing the story of Jesus harder than giving your personal testimony? Why or Why now?
3. The purpose of the King who has come (John 1:10-13)
i. John says something rather strange in this passage. He says the light has come into the world to overcome the darkness. But when He comes into the world, He is not seen. How do we see the light?
ii. John made two points about human blindness to God’s light: 1) The world doesn’t recognize its Creator. 2) Referring to the Jewish people, he says they did not know Him.
iii. Thankfully the word “but” appears in verse 12. Jesus changes us. His coming to us frees us to go to others.
iv. When was the “but now” moment in your life? How was God’s power evident in saving and changing you? How does your life before knowing Christ compare to your life now?
4. The way the King has come (John 1:14-18)
i. The King has come and dwelt among us. This is a picture of the Tabernacle in the Old Testament.
ii. Through the Incarnation, God becoming man, we see who God is and what He is like.
iii. In what ways can our lives reflect the grace and truth of the gospel in our homes, our workplaces, and extended families? How does our reflection of Christ’s grace and truth help us bear witness to God’s work?
Tips: Read the passages for this week, take notes on it, and meditate on it. Pray for your leader and the individuals in your group before your upcoming session.