Study Questions (Suggested time: 40 min)
Please complete these questions prior to your group’s meeting time.
1) This passage opens with a statement indicating Jesus had performed many signs, but the people did not believe in Him.
→ There is a mystery to how God’s sovereignty works in conjunction with human responsibility. He does His part and people are responsible for their part. What are some evidences in this text that people still had the freedom to believe or not?
→ Are there people in your life that struggle to believe in Jesus? What do you think is keeping them from believing?
2) In verses 42-43, Jesus talks about people who believed in him but not publicly because of fear of the Pharisees. They loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.
→ In your life when have you struggled with wanting the approval of people rather than the approval of God? Why do you think that is?
→ What would it look like for you to live for the approval of God more than the approval of people? What are some specific examples?
3) In verses 44-45, Jesus talks about his relationship with his Father and that to see Jesus is to see the Father. This idea is found in other places in scripture as well.
→ Read John 14:7-10, Hebrews 1:1-3, Colossians 1:13-15.
→ How does this idea and these verses help you understand what the Father is like?
→ Is there anything you need to change about your view of the Father? If so, how can you go about changing your view?
4) In verse 46 Jesus refers to himself as the light that has come into the world so that people will not remain in darkness. This section of John’s gospel is Jesus last public appeal to believe in Him. Take a few moments to reflect on the following questions.
→ Do you believe Jesus is the Savior of the world? Why do you believe that?
→ Have you had a personal experience of Jesus shining light into your life and leading you out of darkness? Would you be willing to share a bit about this experience with your group?