Real Life Revealed

Real Life Revealed
John 1:19-34

Now that Jesus is revealed, there are two necessary responses:

  1. THE EVERYDAY: a proper disposition of one’s life. (1:19-28)
    Three attitudes we cannot avoid:

    1. self-denial
    2. humility
    3. reverence
  2. THE ETERNAL: a proper recognition of His life. (1:29-34)
    Three truths we cannot miss:

    1. the answer to sin
    2. the fullness of life
    3. the promise of God’s personal presence with His own through the Holy Spirit.

Ken Quotes:

  1. Knowing Jesus is not based on knowledge, but how we follow him.
  2. If we know him well, our lives will tell.

Questions for Further Discussion:

  1. Why do people enjoy boasting about themselves and their accomplishments?
  2. Why is it hard to be humble?
  3. What are the characteristics of a humble person?
  4. What function do initiation rites serve in a club or society?
  5. What can you infer about someone from his or her title (such as Doctor, Professor, or Prince)?
  6. What did the Jews want to know? (John 1:19)
  7. Who did the Jews think John was? (John 1:20-21)
  8. What did John say about who he was? (John 1:20-22)
  9. In what way was John a “voice of one calling in the desert”? (John 1:23)
  10. What does the phrase “make straight the way for the Lord” mean? (John 1:23)
  11. How did John “make straight the way for the Lord”? (John 1:23)
  12. Why did the Pharisees care that John was baptizing people? (John 1:24)
  13. What did John say he was not worthy to do? (John 1:27)
  14. Who did John say was coming after him? (John 1:27)
  15. Where did these events take place? (John 1:28)
  16. Why did John call Jesus the Lamb of God? (John 1:29)
  17. What are the sins of the world? (John 1:29)
  18. What does Jesus do with the sins of the world? (John 1:29)
  19. What did John mean that Jesus surpassed him because He was before him? (John 1:30)
  20. How was Jesus before John? (John 1:30)
  21. Why did John say he didn’t know who Jesus was? (John 1:31)
  22. What reason did John give for baptizing Jesus? (John 1:31)
  23. Why did John come to baptize people? (John 1:31)
  24. What creature represented the Spirit of God? (John 1:32)
  25. Why did the Spirit come down upon Jesus? (John 1:33)
  26. With what did John baptize? (John 1:31, 33)
  27. With what will Jesus baptize? (John 1:33)
  28. What title did John ascribe to the person he baptized? (John 1:34)
  29. In what ways can you honor Christ with your accomplishments?
  30. How can we point others to Christ?
  31. In what situations is it difficult for you to be humble?
  32. If you had been John how would you have felt about your role?
  33. In what ways is your life like John’s?
  34. What special or unique means has God given you to share His Word?
  35. What sin of yours has Jesus taken away?
  36. How do we receive the forgiveness that Christ bought for us?
  37. In what way do you share Jesus’ identity as a child of God?
  38. What role does the Holy Spirit play in your life?
  39. How does Jesus baptize us?
  40. In what way can you be a voice for Jesus?
  41. What are some areas in which you struggle to be humble at this time in your life?
  42. In what specific ways can you point others to Christ this week?
  43. How can you honor Jesus’ Sonship with your life this week?
  44. What steps can you take to appreciate better who Jesus is?
  45. In what way can you reveal Christ to others this week?

Student Study in John’s Gospel

An Invitation From Our Student Pastor:

Statistics show us that teenage Christ-followers are behaving no differently than their friends who don’t follow Christ. We talk about how teenage Christ-followers don’t know the Bible or can’t articulate their faith. While these things may be true, I firmly believe that the biggest reason some Christian teens aren’t living their faith is because they simply don’t recognize Christ for who He is. They don’t fully understand or appreciate whom it is they claim to follow; what His life, death, and resurrection accomplished; and the power that is gained in surrendering to Him.

In his gospel, John seeks to prove to people the identity of Christ. This proof comes from a man who saw Jesus’ ministry first-hand as one of His closest disciples. John saw Jesus as not just a good teacher or friend, but as the Son of God, the promised Messiah, the Redeemer of God’s children. The picture of Jesus John paints in his gospel is a powerful image of the “who” of the Christian faith.

I’m excited to tell you that our students will be engaging in a meaningful time of Bible study and application, learning exactly what Scripture says about Jesus through John’s eyes. Our hope is that your child will join us for the next six weeks on Wednesday nights at 6:15 for Proof: A Study on the Book of John. Through this study, your teenager will begin to see Jesus as:

  • Not just a great teacher or prophet, but the Son of God
  • Someone who faced tons of opposition
  • Powerfully compassionate
  • Promising His continued presence through the Holy Spirit
  • The atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world
  • The resurrected Lord

I strongly encourage you to make every effort to have your student be part of this Bible study series on Wednesday nights. I’m praying that it offers thought provoking discussion and life changing perspective!

Another added bonus is that Pastor Ken is teaching on the book of John in his current sermon series – Real Life. My hope is that these truths will really “soak in” after students hear it twice during the week. I’m also hoping that it gives families common talking points as they’re hearing similar messages.

Please be praying for our ministry, your child, and your child’s friends as we challenge them with the person of Jesus. We want to be known as a student ministry who knows the proof but also points others to this proof, the person of Jesus, the “who” of our faith!