Gospel of John Sunday School Lesson Topic Discussion



1.John called Jesus the Word, or logos, from which we get our word logic. Yet there are many who would say that belief in Jesus is any-thing but logical. Why do they say this? How do you respond?
People hold what we may call “sets of pre-understandings” (or presuppositions). Whatever doesn’t fit those pre-understandings is rejected. That was the problem of the Jewish leaders in Jesus’ day. They thought that they knew what the Messiah “should” be like. When Jesus didn’t meet those expectations, they crucified Him. We may make progress with a skeptic by gently probing his or her pre-understandings. We may discover, for example, that a person has a presupposition that miracles are impossible, thus the claims about Jesus are “illogical.” This may require that we explore the idea that the God who set up the laws of nature to begin with is the one who has the authority and power to supersede those laws via miracles when He chooses.
2.John pointed to the creative ability of Jesus as a reason that we should believe in Him. What’s the difference between human creativity and that of Jesus? How is this distinction important to your personal faith walk?
We see television shows about people who know how to take something that is in one form and transform it into something that is better. We admire them for their “creativity” as a result. Jesus is able to create without using preexisting materials—He creates, literally, from nothing. His creative partnership with the Father in this regard demonstrates not only His power but also His absolute ownership. An atheist who believes in evolution does what he or she pleases, having no sense of being accountable to God. The Christian knows, however, that he or she has not only been created but has been “bought with a price”(1 Corinthians 6:20; 7:23). The Christian lives to please God as a result.
3. The apostle John, in writing his Gospel, chose to approach the study of Christ in a certain way. How and why should we adjust John’s approach for today? Or should we leave well enough alone? Explain.
The facts of history are what they are. They cannot be revised. Jesus’ role in creation, the lessons He taught, the type of life He modeled, His crucifixion, and His resurrection are un-changing historical facts.
However, the apostle John also described Jesus as one “which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled” (1 John 1:1). John himself could use this approach because he was an eyewitness. Our approach is to pass along his testimony as reliable and credible. Remember to pray when talking about Christ to an unbeliever! To focus on finding a perfect witnessing approach or technique runs the risk of leaving the power of the Holy Spirit out of the picture.
4.John 3:19 says that “men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” What was a time when you resisted Christ’s light? What helped you change to prefer His light?
A primary reason that many prefer darkness undoubtedly is an unwillingness to see beyond the pleasures of the next five minutes to the con-sequences of eternity. This can be an ongoing internal battle, even for mature Christians. A desire not to be accountable to anyone but oneself is usually a major factor why people prefer spiritual darkness.
5.Jesus came with both grace and truth. Has there ever been a time in your life when you had to balance one of these ideas against the other? Explain.
Think about a man who gets an ugly tie for Christmas. Instead of being brutally truthful and saying “It’s ugly,” he is gracious and says.”Thanks for thinking of me!” There was a time when Peter was confronted with the potential need to pay a certain tax or tribute. Jesus responded that He was exempt from that tax. But this truth was not vital enough to “push” and thus risk causing offense. So He graciously made provision to pay (Matthew 17:24-27). At other times sharp truth was the most important thing(Matthew 23:1-36). To work through this balance on a daily basis requires spiritual maturity.