Proven by Jesus

PROVEN BY JESUS
What is the Real Truth of Christianity?
John 5:18-47 reveals two responses to the volatile attacks against the truth of Jesus.

  1. The First Response: the Self-Disclosure of Christ (John 5:18-30)
    1. Jesus: the fulfillment of God’s Word, Work, and Will (John 5:19)
    2. Jesus: God’s Only Son (John 5:20)
    3. Jesus: the Only Source of Life (John 5:21)
    4. Jesus: the Highest Place of Honor (John 5:22-23)
    5. Jesus: God’s truth and the Object of Our faith (John 5:24)
    6. Jesus: Relevance for every life (John 5:25-27)
    7. Jesus: The One Who Holds Eternal Life (John 5:28-30)
  2. The Second Response: The Testimonies of Heaven and History (5:31-47)
    1. God testifies (John 5:32, 37).
    2. John the Baptist Testifies (John 5:33-35).
    3. The Works of Christ Testify (John 5:36).
    4. The Scriptures Testify (John 5:38-40).

Questions for Further Study:

  1. What different groups of people have suffered persecution throughout history?
  2. What are some of the positive aspects of your relationship with your parents?
  3. Why did the Jews persecute Jesus? (John 5:16)
  4. Whose work did Jesus do? (John 5:17)
  5. Why did certain Jews want to kill Jesus? (John 5:18)
  6. What did Jesus say that the Son could do? (John 5:19)
  7. What did Jesus tell the Jews that He would show them? (John 5:20)
  8. What did Jesus say He was able to do? (John 5:21)
  9. To whom did God entrust all judgment? (John 5:22)
  10. Why did God entrust judgment to Christ? (John 5:23)
  11. How did Jesus say a person can gain eternal life? (John 5:24)
  12. What time did Jesus say had already come? (John 5:25)
  13. What did Jesus say the Father has in Himself that He has granted to the Son? (John 5:26)
  14. What time did Jesus say was coming? (John 5:28-29)
  15. Whom did Jesus say He desires to please? (John 5:30)
  16. In what way does the world persecute Christians today?
  17. How have you been persecuted as a believer?
  18. When have you experienced pressure not to practice or share your faith in Christ?
  19. Why does the world persecute Christians?
  20. How can we honor the Son and the Father with our lives?
  21. How can we know for sure that we have eternal life?
  22. Why should we feel secure in our relationship with God?
  23. How should we prepare ourselves for Jesus’ judgment?
  24. In what way are we like Jesus with respect to our relationship with God the Father?
  25. In what way is Jesus an example for us to follow?
  26. What steps can you take this week to enjoy more fully your relationship with your Heavenly Father?
  27. What can you do today to bring honor to God?
  28. How will you allow Jesus’ example in this passage of Scripture to influence your life this week?

Dangerous Substitutes for the Real Truth

Dangerous Substitutes for the Real Truth…
(and how Jesus corrected each)
John 5:1-17

  1. Substitute #1: culture.
    1. Three false conclusions: the lame man’s culture said,
      1. this is as good as it gets
      2. there is nothing you can do
      3. this is your normal. (John 5:5)
    2. One powerful truth: Jesus said, do you want to get well? (John 5:6)
  2. Substitute #2: limitations.
    1. Limitations bring helplessness and hopelessness. (John 5:7)
    2. Jesus brings restoration to your lost years. (John 5:8)
    3. Your mat: you carry IT, no longer let it carry YOU.
  3. Substitute #3: legalism.
    1. Jesus restores and frees: walk by My restoration in your life. (John 5:8-9)
    2. Legalism confines and restricts: walk by our rules. (John 5:10)
  4. Substitute #4: the status quo.
    1. The status quo always seeks a human standard of blessing.
      1. Don’t walk around like everyone else.
      2. Don’t sin any more; new life is now yours.
    2. Jesus always offers an eternal blessing. (John 5:14, 17)

Questions for Further Study:

  1. Why might someone prefer rules and regulations to freedom?
  2. In what way are relationships more important than rules and regulations?
  3. For what event did Jesus go to Jerusalem? (John 5:1)
  4. Who came to the pool near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem? (John 5:2-3)
  5. How long had the one invalid man been at the pool? (John 5:5)
  6. What did Jesus ask the invalid man? (John 5:6)
  7. How did the invalid man respond to Jesus’ question? (John 5:7)
  8. What did Jesus command the invalid man to do? (John 5:8)
  9. What happened to the invalid man after Jesus spoke to him? (John 5:9)
  10. On what day of the week did this miracle take place? (John 5:9)
  11. What did the Jews say to the healed man? Why? (John 5:10)
  12. How did the healed man respond to the Jews’ question? (John 5:11)
  13. What did the Jews ask the healed man? (John 5:12)
  14. Why didn’t the man know who healed him? (John 5:13)
  15. What did Jesus tell the man he had healed on their second encounter? (John 5:14)
  16. What did the healed man do after he spoke with Jesus a second time? (John 5:15)
  17. In what way do you think life is unfair?
  18. When have you felt as if life has dealt you a bad hand?
  19. When have you felt that God was waiting too long to do something you’d trusted Him to do?
  20. When do we tend to get impatient with God’s timing in our lives?
  21. On what in life, other than God, do we sometimes depend?
  22. Why do we attempt to take matters into our own hands, rather than trust God to work them out?
  23. When has someone tried to squelch your freedom in Christ with religious rules or regulations?
  24. Why do some people care more about keeping certain “religious” rules than they do about developing a meaningful relationship with Jesus?
  25. What rules tend to interfere with your enjoyment of your relationship with Christ?
  26. In what way has Jesus made you well?
  27. What is something you need to trust God with today?
  28. Who is someone you can encourage to enjoy his or her relationship with Christ this week?
  29. What “religious” rule that hinders your relationship with Christ will you make secondary to that relationship this week?

The Impact of the Empty Tomb

The Impact of the Empty Tomb Today

The Resurrection Account (Luke 24:1-12)

  1. Human reality
  2. Divine Reality
  3. When the Two Collide

The Resurrection Applied (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

  1. The Reality of Salvation in Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1): Facts of the Christian Life
    1. “Heard the Gospel.”
    2. “Received the Gospel.”
    3. “Take You Stand.”
  2. The Human Reality (1 Corinthians 15:2): Challenges to the Christian Life
    1. “You are saved.”
    2. “You Hold Firm.”
    3. “Or, you have believed in Vain.”
  3. When the Two Collide (1 Corinthians 15:3-4): The Foundation of the Christian Life
    1. “Christ Died for Our Sins.”
    2. “He Was Buried.”
    3. “He Rose Again.”

Questions for Further Study:

  1. How do people pass on their beliefs and traditions to others?
  2. What do you think is important to pass on from one generation to the next?
  3. What do you want others to remember about you?
  4. How can a Christian avoid believing the gospel in vain? (1 Corinthians 15:1-2)
  5. Why is it important to “hold firmly to the word”? (1 Corinthians 15:2)
  6. Why did Paul pass on what he had received? (1 Corinthians 15:3)
  7. How did Christ’s life fulfill the Scriptures? (1 Corinthians 15:3)
  8. What are the key points of the gospel? (1 Corinthians 15:3-8)
  9. To whom did Christ appear after His resurrection? (1 Corinthians 15:5-8)
  10. Why did Paul emphasize the facts of Christ’s resurrection? (1 Corinthians 15:5-8)
  11. Why did Paul describe himself as one “abnormally born”? (1 Corinthians 15:8)
  12. Why did Paul feel unworthy to be called an apostle? (1 Corinthians 15:9)
  13. For what reason was Paul able to call himself an apostle? (1 Corinthians 15:10)
  14. On what did Paul’s apostleship rest? (1 Corinthians 15:10)
  15. How would you describe, in your own words, the importance of the gospel to your life?
  16. What has God’s grace accomplished in you?
  17. In what one area of your life have you been stubborn about allowing God’s grace to work?
  18. What does it mean for you to hold firmly to the gospel?
  19. What are the implications of the fact that the truth of the gospel is of first importance to God?
  20. What difference does it make that Christ’s death and resurrection fulfilled Old Testament prophecy?
  21. How does Christ appear or make Himself known to us today?
  22. What evidence could you use to persuade others this week about the truth of the gospel?
  23. How could you rely on God’s grace in your efforts to tell your friends about Christ?

Three Ways to Prepare for Easter

THREE WAYS TO PREPARE FOR EASTER
Luke 19:37-38; Romans 1:1-7

  1. We prepare through an authentic life of praise and adoration to Jesus Christ.
  2. We prepare as the Object of our praise and adoration becomes our identity.
  3. We prepare as our Identity in Christ becomes confirmed through genuinely belonging to the church.

Questions for Further Study:

  1. What are some of the normal ways people begin a letter or a phone call?
  2. When have you been startled by the opening paragraph of a letter?
  3. If you were writing the initial letter to a pen pal, how would you introduce yourself?
  4. How did Paul introduce and identify himself to the Romans? (Romans 1:1)
  5. What special calling on his life did Paul feel? (Romans 1:1)
  6. In what ways has God revealed His gospel to people? (Romans 1:2-4)
  7. Who is the focus of God’s gospel? (Romans 1:2-4)
  8. What credentials does Jesus have to confirm His claim as Son of God? (Romans 1:3-4)
  9. What did Paul and others receive as a calling for their lives? (Romans 1:5)
  10. Who were the new group of people being exposed to the gospel message? (Romans 1:5)
  11. What were the Gentiles and all people being called to believe? (Romans 1:5)
  12. How did Paul describe the people who were receiving this letter? (Romans 1:6)
  13. To whom was this letter written? (Romans 1:7)
  14. What kind of greeting did Paul send to his audience? (Romans 1:7)
  15. In what way do you feel God has placed a special calling on your life?
  16. What purpose for living has God given you?
  17. What words do you use to describe yourself to others as a follower of Jesus Christ?
  18. How did you feel when you realized God’s gospel was meaningful to you?
  19. What do most people today believe about God’s plan for the world?
  20. What do most people today believe about God’s plan for their personal salvation?
  21. How have your beliefs about Jesus Christ changed during the various stages of your life?
  22. In what ways would remembering in prayer each day God’s calling on and plan for your life affect your daily walk with Christ?
  23. With whom could you share God’s unfolding plan of salvation for the whole world?
  24. How would you explain God’s plan of salvation to a friend?
  25. To what friend could you explain God’s love and your response to His plan of salvation? How?

A Life Change

A Life Change
5 Practical Differences the Risen Christ Brings to our Lives
Colossians 3:1-17 (Romans 12:3-8)

Since You have been raised up with Christ:

  1. Your affections. (Colossians 3:1-4)
  2. Your past. (Colossians 3:5-7).
  3. Your character. (Colossians 3:8-11).
  4. Your relationships. (Colossians 3:12-15)
  5. Your worship and work. (Colossians 3:16-17; Romans 12:3-8)

Questions for Further Discussion:

  1. What’s the nicest suit or outfit you have ever worn?
  2. When you’re finished with your old clothes, what do you often do with them?
  3. Where did Paul tell the Colossians to turn their attention? (Colossians 3:1)
  4. Where did Paul tell the believers to focus their concern? (Colossians 3:2)
  5. What was the Colossians’ security? (Colossians 3:3)
  6. Why should believers look forward to Christ’s return? (Colossians 3:4)
  7. What must die? (Colossians 3:5)
  8. What evil activities does God seek to eliminate from our lives? (Colossians 3:5)
  9. Why is God’s wrath coming? (Colossians 3:5-6)
  10. What had the Colossians taken off? (Colossians 3:7-9)
  11. What had the Colossians put on? (Colossians 3:10)
  12. What distinctions are removed in Christ? (Colossians 3:11)
  13. What virtues does God seek to plant in us? (Colossians 3:12, 14)
  14. How were the Colossian believers called to clothe themselves? (Colossians 3:12-17)
  15. Why did Paul call on the believers to be peaceful and thankful? (Colossians 3:15-16)
  16. What should we do? How? (Colossians 3:17)
  17. What is one principle that ought to guide everything we do? (Colossians 3:17)
  18. If you consistently set your sights on Christ and heaven, how would your life be different?
  19. What old, “earthly” clothing do you need to get rid of?
  20. How does wearing “Christ’s clothing” affect the way you live your daily life?
  21. What Christian virtues are you lacking?
  22. What spiritual process is involved in “putting off” and “putting on”?
  23. What is involved in replacing old habits with new ones?
  24. How should life in Christ affect the way you treat others?
  25. How are all your relationships to be built around Christ?
  26. Why do we need to be loving toward others?
  27. Why is a thankful spirit an important part of holy living?
  28. Which of God’s goals for holy living do you need to apply to your life this week?
  29. How can you be more thankful and loving to those who are close to you?

The Significance of a Life of Faith

The Significance of a Life of Faith
John 4:43-54
[ Full Outline Found Here ]

Faith is COMMON
Faith is CONVERSION
Faith is CONTEMPLATIVE
Faith is CONTINUAL

What is it in this Story that Involves Faith?

The PLACES (John 4:43-46a)
The PREDICAMENT (John 4:46b)
The PLEA (John 4:47)
The PROBLEM (John 4:48)
The PERSISTENCE (John 4:49)
The PROMISE (John 4:50)
The PATH (John 4:50)
The PAYOFF (John 4:51-54)

Faith is CONFIRMED (John 4:51-53a)
Faith is CONTAGIOUS (John 4:53b-54)

The Movement of this Father’s Faith…

A man having faith in Jesus’ POWER
A man having faith in Jesus’ PROMISE
A man having faith in Jesus’ PERSON

Questions for Further Study:

  1. What are some things that people believe in that they either haven’t seen or can’t see?
  2. What celebrity would you gladly welcome as a guest in your home? Why?
  3. Where did Jesus go after He left Samaria? (John 4:43)
  4. What did Jesus say about prophets? (John 4:44)
  5. Why did the Galileans welcome Jesus? (John 4:45)
  6. What had Jesus done in Cana? (John 4:46)
  7. What did the royal official ask Jesus to do? (John 4:47)
  8. What did Jesus say about miraculous signs? (John 4:48)
  9. How did the royal official respond to Jesus’ comment about miraculous signs? (John 4:49)
  10. What did Jesus say in response to the royal official’s renewed request? (John 4:50)
  11. What was the royal official’s response to what Jesus said? (John 4:50)
  12. When did the royal official’s son get better? (John 4:51-53)
  13. What impact did Jesus’ healing have on the royal official’s household? (John 4:53)
  14. How many miracles had Jesus performed? (John 4:54) What do you think John calls these miracles, “signs”?
  15. For what reasons are people interested in Jesus today?
  16. In what ways are we typically more interested in what Jesus can do for us than what we can do for Jesus?
  17. What miracles have you asked Jesus to do in your life?
  18. When do we usually find ourselves asking God to help us?
  19. Why is it sometimes hard to take Jesus at His word?
  20. What are some things God has told us in His Word that are hard for you to believe?
  21. How have you exercised believing—sight unseen—faith in Jesus?
  22. What miraculous signs are people looking for today?
  23. In what ways are we demanding of God in our relationship with Him?
  24. What impact would a miraculous event have in your life?
  25. What are some miracles God has worked in your life?
  26. What is something specific you can thank God for doing in your life?
  27. How do you need to trust in God this week to handle a situation you can’t control or work out on your own?

The Answer to Life’s Brokenness

The Answer to Life’s Brokenness
(The Story of the Woman at the Well)
John 4:1-42 (15-26, 39-42)

1. Brokenness – 4 Ways we mask our Brokenness

  1. Religious labels (John 4:9)
  2. Traditional accomplishments and claims (John 4:11-12)
  3. Self-interests (John 4:15)
  4. Non-essentials (John 4:19-20)

2. Answers for our Brokenness – 4 Ways Jesus Breaks Through

  1. An invitation to come to Jesus
  2. The reality of abundant life (John 4:13-14)
  3. The restoration from sin (John 4:16-18)
  4. A true experience of God in the Life of Jesus (John 4:21-24)

Questions for Further Discussion:

  1. How do people satisfy their hungers and thirsts in life?
  2. Why are the messages in TV commercials so appealing and persuasive?
  3. In what ways are people you know prejudiced?
  4. What had the Pharisees heard about Jesus? (John 4:1)
  5. What did Jesus do when he heard what the Pharisees were saying about Him? (John 4:3)
  6. Through what place did Jesus have to travel? (John 4:4-5)
  7. Why did Jesus sit down by Jacob’s well? (John 4:6)
  8. What did Jesus say to the Samaritan woman? (John 4:7)
  9. Where were Jesus’ disciples? (John 4:8)
  10. Why was the Samaritan woman surprised that Jesus spoke to her? (John 4:9)
  11. How did Jesus answer the Samaritan woman’s question? (John 4:10)
  12. What did the Samaritan woman think Jesus was talking about? (John 4:11-12,15)
  13. What did Jesus say would be the result of drinking the water He offered? (John 4:13-14)
  14. Whom did Jesus tell the Samaritan woman to go and get? (John 4:15)
  15. How did Jesus respond to the Samaritan woman’s answer to His request? (John 4:17-18)
  16. How did the Samaritan woman respond to Jesus’ statements about her situation? (John 4:19-20)
  17. How did Jesus say people would worship God? (John 4:21-23)
  18. What kind of worshipers does God seek? (John 4:23)
  19. What did Jesus say about God? (John 4:24)
  20. Who did Jesus say He was? (John 4:25-26)
  21. What groups of people do you feel uncomfortable being around? Why?
  22. How might a person feel put off by another’s background, nationality, or race?
  23. How can prejudice affect a Christian’s witness?
  24. How have you responded to Jesus’ invitation to receive His living water?
  25. How is Jesus’ gift of salvation different from what the world offers?
  26. How is the world’s need for salvation and eternal life like thirst?
  27. In what other ways besides thirst might you describe eternal life?
  28. How can we worship God in spirit and in truth?
  29. How can you encourage others to quench their spiritual thirst this week?
  30. What are some prejudices you will ask God to help you overcome?