God’s Salvation and Man’s Crisis

God’s Salvation and Man’s Crisis
5 Apologetics of the Christian Faith
John 12:27-50

  1. The Name of God (John 12:27-29).
  2. The Message of the Cross (John 12:30-34).
  3. The Relevance of Jesus (John 12:35-37).
  4. The Need of this Present Culture (John 12:38-43).
  5. The Accountability with the Truth (John 12:44-50).

Questions for Further Study:

  1. Who or what in life encourages you to be self-centered?
  2. Are you moire likely to panic at a big crisis of a small one?
  3. When have you set aside your own needs temporarily to meet the needs of other people?
  4. What did the group of Greeks ask Philip? (John 12:20-22)
  5. What brought these gentiles to a Jewish festival?
  6. For most of John’s book, Jesus is telling people his time had not yet come (John 2:4, 7:6, 7:30), so what happened? (John 12:23)
  7. What did Jesus say had come? (John 12:23)
  8. What did Jesus say about a kernel of wheat? (John 12:24)
  9. What did Jesus say about loving and hating life? (John 12:25)
  10. What did Jesus say about the person who wants to serve Him? (John 12:26)
  11. How did Jesus feel? (John 12:27)
  12. What was Jesus’ attitude? (John 12:27)
  13. Why didn’t Jesus ask the Father to save Him? (John 12:27)
  14. What did Jesus ask the Father to do? (John 12:28)
  15. How did the crowd react to God’s voice? (John 12:29)
  16. What time did Jesus say it was? (John 12:31)
  17. What did Jesus say would happen when He was lifted up? (John 12:32)
  18. How did the crowd respond to Jesus’ words? (John 12:34)
  19. In what way was Jesus’ audience running out of time? (John 12:35)
  20. What did Jesus tell the crowd to do? (John 12:36)
  21. How do we love our own lives?
  22. How does Jesus want us to hate our lives?
  23. When and why is it difficult for you to serve and follow Jesus?
  24. What does it mean for us to “walk in the light”?
  25. What tempts you to wander in the darkness rather than walk in the light?
  26. What example has Jesus set for us to follow?
  27. How can a group of people all have the same experience but interpret it differently?
  28. What is one change you can make in your life to become more attentive to the needs of others over your own?
  29. In what areas of your life are you in denial?
  30. Where is Jesus calling you to die so that you might live?
  31. On to what do you tend to hold rather than follow Jesus?
  32. Do you feel more like you are walking in darkness or in the light?
  33. To whom can you be helpful today? How?

The Narrowing Effect of Following Jesus

The Narrowing Effect of Following Jesus
John 12:1-26

  1. As revealed in Jesus’ visit to Lazarus’ house (12:1-11).
    1. The broader view of the Christian life: good deeds.
    2. The proper view of a follower of Christ: a strong commitment to the message of Christ’s love and redemption for the world.
  2. As revealed in the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem (12:12-19).
    1. The broader view of the Christian life: interested in “the intermittent experience.”
    2. The proper view of a follower of Christ: surrender to His rule and reign as King.
  3. As revealed in Jesus’ words (12:20-26).
    1. The broader view of the Christian life: knowing more about Jesus.
    2. The proper view of a follower of Christ: forsaking all to follow Jesus.
  4. Conclusion: How does this better instruct me in the vision of the church? How does this better form my role as a part of the Body of Christ?

Discussion Questions for Further Study:

  1. Jesus Anointed at Bethany – John 12:1-11
  2. When have you indulged another person with an expensive gift? How did you feel? How did they feel?
  3. If you have a year’s wages, on what would you spend it?
  4. How do you deal with the tension of helping people in need while enjoying your wealth and possessions?
  5. When did Jesus arrive in Bethany? (John 12:1)
  6. What was done in honor of Jesus in Bethany? (John 12:2)
  7. What did Mary do to Jesus? (John 12:3)
  8. How did Judas respond to Mary’s act? (John 12:4-5)
  9. What motivated Judas’s response to Mary’s act? (John 12:6)
  10. Why did Jesus say that Mary had anointed Him with perfume? (John 12:7)
  11. What did Jesus say about the poor? (John 12:8)
  12. Why did the large crowd come to Mary and Martha’s home? (John 12:9)
  13. What did the chief priests plan to do? (John 12:10)
  14. They were going to kill Lazarus too. Do you see the irony?
  15. Here is a great outline of John 11 and 12…
    1. Lazarus was dead – John 11:14, 39 – who can tell the story of YOUR death, and coming to life?
    2. Lazarus was disabled – John 11:44 – in what ways have you been disabled, unable to life as God intends for you?
    3. Lazarus was dangerous – John 12:10-11 – when have you been this dangerous to the adversary? Is this your desire, to be evangelistically and great commission inclined?
  16. What motive did the chief priests have? (12:11)
  17. If you had a dinner in honor of Jesus, who would you invite?
  18. How do you worship Jesus with your resources?
    1. Have you developed the habit of tithing?
    2. Does anyone have the gift of giving?
  19. What concern should we have for the poor among us?
  20. What are your thoughts on the guys at intersections with cardboard signs?
  21. When have you helped due a compelling story but later realize you had been duped?
  22. In what way can we help those less fortunate than ourselves?
  23. What organizations do you support, or with which you volunteer?
    1. When/how do we know if what we are doing is helping the poor?
    2. Do we give them what they ask for or give them what they need?
  24. Why are there poor people?
  25. Can poorness be cultural? Self-perpetuating? A preferred lifestyle? A rut into which a generation will not get out?
  26. What did Jesus mean when he said the poor are always with us?
  27. How do we selfishly use God’s resources for our own pleasure?
  28. What about missions and benevolence?
  29. Do we/you sacrifice in giving or give out of your/our excess?
  30. When have we masked our own selfishness with the appearance of concern for others?
  31. How can you worship and honor God with your resources today?
  32. When have you been the most dangerous to Satan, our enemy?
  33. How is your budget a reflection of your spiritual priorities?
  34. How can you help someone less fortunate than yourself this week?
  35. If you had a year’s salary to spend on the kingdom of Christ, what would it be?
  36. What impure motives do you need to confess to God and ask Him to purify?

A Conspiracy to Stop the Gospel

A Conspiracy that Could Not Stop the Gospel
John 11:45-57

  1. What was this conspiracy? John 11:45-48
  2. What did this conspiracy attempt to accomplish? John 11:49-50
  3. How did this affect the gospel? John 11:51-54
  4. What does this mean for the church? for Me?

Questions for Further Study:

  1. Without naming names, who is the most dishonest and self-serving person you’ve ever known?
  2. What examples of selfishness do you see in a typical day?
  3. How do you deal with problem people in your life?
  4. How did many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary respond to Jesus’ miracle? (John 11:45)
  5. Who was told about Jesus’ miracle? (John 11:46)
  6. What did the Sanhedrin fear? (John 11:47-48)
  7. What did Caiaphas say about Jesus? (John 11:49-50)
  8. How did Caiaphas prophesy? (John 11:51-52)
  9. What did the Jewish leaders of the Sanhedrin plot to do? (John 11:53)
  10. How did Jesus respond to the Sanhedrin’s plot? (John 11:54)
  11. Why did many people go to Jerusalem? (John 11:55)
  12. For whom did the people in Jerusalem look? (John 11:56)
  13. What orders had the chief priests and Pharisees given to the people? (John 11:57)
  14. What motive other than ministry might people have for engaging in Christian service?
  15. What personal ambitions might subvert the goal of serving God and others in Christian organizations?
  16. When have you intentionally or unintentionally used the church to pursue your own agenda?
  17. Why is it so difficult to have pure and selfless motives in life?
  18. How do you respond when your goals and your motives conflict with one another?
  19. How might Christianity be challenged or threatened by Jesus if He were to come back today?
  20. How would you tell a self-centered person the gospel message?
  21. What self-centered motive will you ask God to help you change?

Jesus is Life

Jesus is Life
John 11:1-46

Principle #1: The Good that Jesus Brings is not limited by Your Present Situation. (John 11:1-5)
The Application: Don’t give up on God.
What determines your situation?
People?
Predicament?
Promise?

Principle #2: The human reasoning of your present circumstance should always stand contested by faith in Christ. (John 11:6-16)
Application: Trust Jesus even when it doesn’t make sense.
…When His timing doesn’t always make sense
…When following Him is not always comfortable or safe
…When problems seem so irreversible
…When there always seems to be a battle to fight

Principle #3: The Truth of Christ is the only way to respond to a crisis of belief. (John 11:17-27)
Application: When in doubt, hold tight to your relationship with Jesus Christ.
DOUBT: Circumstance and Culture
BELIEF: Jesus

Principle #4: The compassion of Christ is stronger than your deepest sorrow. (John 11:28-37)
Application: Confess your inability to deal with “this” on your own, and fall before the Savior.
Urgency
Openness
Comfort

CONCLUSION: If the Truth of Christ raised a dead man, what will His Truth do for you? (John 11:38-44)

Questions for Further Study:

  1. What do the people you know fear most in life?
  2. What sort of miracle would be the most spectacular to witness?
  3. How did Jesus feel when He went to Lazarus’s tomb? (John 11:38)
  4. In what type of tomb was Lazarus buried? (John 11:38)
  5. What did Jesus tell the others to do? (John 11:39)
  6. How did Martha respond to Jesus’ request? (John 11:39)
  7. How did Jesus show Martha the importance of her belief? (John 11:40)
  8. What did Jesus do before He called to Lazarus? (John 11:41-42)
  9. What did Jesus say to the Father? Why? (John 11:41-42)
  10. How did Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead? (John 11:43-44)
  11. What did Lazarus do when Jesus called to him? (John 11:44)
  12. What did Jesus tell the people to do? (John 11:44)
  13. When have you been deeply moved?
  14. Under what circumstances have you doubted the power of God?
  15. When have you had faith in God’s ability to work out an impossible situation?
  16. What is one miracle God has done in your life?
  17. How does God show His glory to us?
  18. In what way has God shown His glory to you?
  19. In what way has God “raised you from the dead”?
  20. If you had been there when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, how do you think you might have responded?
  21. What specific situation do you need to trust God to work out in your life?
  22. For what “miracle” do you want to thank God today?
  23. What can you do today so that others might believe in Jesus?