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Know well the symbols and contents of the biblical text of John 18-21 and corresponding notes. Who said it? To whom was it said?
- 19:thorns (trial) and wooden cross (crucifixion of Jesus)
- 20: White Cloth (Jesus is not in the tomb; the burial cloth is still here…)
- 21:Fishing net (disciples are fishing)
Why is it accurate in John’s Gospel to speak of Jesus having multiple trials, rather than just one? (18/19-2)
- A. Before the Jews (Annas & Caipas)
- B. Before Pilate
- C. Before the readers of the 4G. John is leading each of us to draw a conclusion as to the identity of Jesus
What is the problem associated with the statement made by the Jews in 18:31, “We
have no right to execute anyone?” (18/19-4)
- The Jewsat times felt the freedom to initiate execution
- In John 8, the Jews appeared to be ready to stone woman
- Acts 8, StephenWanted to put the blood on someone else
- It’s the way Jesus had prophesied
Be familiar with the multiple ways the 4G depicts Jesus as being in complete control throughout the events of his passion experience (18/19-5)
- A. Accurate predictions by Jesus…
- i.Denial by Peter
- ii.Betrayed by Judas
- iii.Manner of his death
- B. A courageous surrender
- C. “This happened in order to fulfill...”
- D. The inability of the authorities to arrest Jesus until he gives himself up
- E. The language of “the cup the Father has given me”
- F. Pilate’s fear
- G. Jesus’response to Pilate
Be able to recognize the multiple connections between John 19 and Psalm 22 (18/19-6)
- A. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
- B. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads;
- C. He trustsin the Lord; let the Lord rescue him, Let him deliver him, since he delights in him
- D. My tonguesticks to the roof of my mouth
- E. A band of evil men has encircled me
- F. Pierced my hands and my feet
- G. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing
Which of the seven sayings of Jesus from the cross are unique to the Fourth Gospel? (18/19-6)
- A. “Woman, here is your son;” and (to the beloved disciples), “Here is your mother.”
- B. “I am thirsty”
- C. “It is finished”
What is more important than understanding how much suffering Jesus endured? (18/19-8)
WHO it was that was doing the suffering
The post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus in John (20-5). How many were there? To whom did Jesus appear?
- Mary of Magdala
- 10 disciples minus Thomas
- 11 disciples including Thomas
- 7 disciples at the sea of Galiee
Be able to name the implications of the Resurrection (20-7).
- A.Jesus is who he claims to be
- B.Work Jesus performed on the cross is finished
- C. There is life after death
- D. Resurrection power can transform us
- E. We can be optimistic about the future of human kind
- F. Jesus is still alive
- G. All of what Jesus taught is true
The two statements (Feed my sheep; Follow me) Jesus made to Peter (21-3); How are they connected to each other?
Connection between Loving Jesus and helping his people
Which Tension Point faced by the earliest Christians is most closely associated with the 4G? (intro-10)
Between Judaism and Jewish Christians
The significance of the Incarnation (1-5)
- A. Literally means to enter the flesh
- B. Refers first to what God did at the birth of Jesus and to what we are to continue to do
- C. God’s ultimate method of communication—God’s climactic act of self-revelation
Be able to identify the 7 signs in the 4G. (2-3)
- A. Changing the water into wine
- B. Healing a nobleman’s son
- C.Healing the lame man at the pool
- D. Feedingthe Five thousand
- E. Walking on Water
- F. Healing the Blind Man
- G. Raising Lazarus from the dead
Stages of Faith (2-6)
A = Observed Faith
B = Affiliated Faith
C = Struggling Faith
D = Owned Faith
The material on Nicodemus (3-2, 4)
- A. Not mentioned in the synoptic gospel
- B. Actual historical person with symbolic purpose
- C. Stands for a group of people: untrustworthy believers
- D. Initially considered opposition
- Progresses in his faith journey with his 3 appearances
- Takes a stand in the form of a legal procedure (closet Christians)
- Public Confession (Jewish Christian)
The application of John the Baptist’s statement in John 3:27. (3-6, 7)
Like John, we can be content with our gifts and roles if we trust that God has given us the gifts he wanted us to have, and placed us in roles he needed us to fill.
The applications of “Scarcity and Abundance and its connection to the text of John 6 (6-2, 6)
- A. How we look at our resources matters
- B. Our assumptions can become self-fulfilling prophecies
Be able to recognize (not list) the seven I Am statements (6-5)
- A. I am the Bread of Life
- B. I am the Light of the World
- C. I am the Door of the Sheep
- D. I am the Good Shephard
- E. I am the Resurrection & the Life
- F. I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life
- G. I am the true Vine
The significance of the phrase, “My time has not yet come.” (7-2, 6)
- A. Intentional Living
- B. Jesus moved out of a clear sense of mission
- C. We too should live missionally
Be able to distinguish the two perspectives or interpretations of the death of Jesus. (7-4), and how the statement by Caiaphas, and John’s commentary on it, in 11:49-54 reinforce these two interpretations (11-4).
- A. Two perspectives- theological and political
- B. Caiaphas prophesied that one man would die for the Jewish nation. He would bring the scattered children of God together and make them one.
Be able to explain what the placement of the incident of the adulterous woman communicates? (7:24; 8:15-16)
The incident of the woman caught in adultery is an example of right judgment. Theses two passages form book ends
The two statements Jesus makes to the woman caught in adultery (8-2), and how this incident is an illustration of the grace and truth introduced in 1:14 & 17.
- A. "Neither do I condemn you" (grace & forgiveness)
- B. "Go and sin no more" (truth & holiness)
Be able to name the three points comprising the problem of suffering. (9-1)
- A. If God is good (benevolent) &
- B. If God is all-powerful (omnipotent), then
- C. Why does God permit good people to suffer
Be able to explain the “Lay down your life” diagram and its connection to the text of John 10:17-18. (10-4) 3 ways Jesus lays down His life:
- i. in dying (ultimately on the cross)
- ii. in living (Jesus laid down his life every day for anyone)
- iii. through us (as we lay down our lives for others, since it is he who lives within us)
- A. Big Cross- Jesus diedon Calvary
- C. Small crosses- how Jesus laid down his life daily for people in all situations
- i. Zacchaeus, adulterous woman, Samaritan woman, children, sinful woman, blind man, etc...
Be able to identify the six questions that comprise the peer-shepherding tool known as “the Friend to Friend process” (10-8)
- What do you want to happen?
- What are you doing to get what you want?
- How is that working?
- What are you feeling?
- How much longer can you go tolerate the present situation (things as they are right now)?
- In other words, what if you don't do anything?
- What do you need to do?
What evidence in John 12 indicates the writer of the 4G is an eyewitness to the events he describes? (12-2)
And the house was filled with the fragrance of perfume
Know the contents of 12:32-33.
- “But I, when I am lifted up from the Earth, will draw all men to myself.” He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die”
- Predicts how he will die; by crucifixion
Know the simple outline of the Gospel of John. Be able to name the corresponding chapters for each of the three sections of the Gospel (13-1)
1 – 12 (Plot) : 13 –17 (Preparation) : 18 – 21 (Passion)
The two truths Jesus taught his disciples in John 13:15 & 17. (13-3)
- Need for us to serve others and the blessing we receive from doing so
- “it is more blessed to give than to receive”
For what is Jesus trying to prepare his disciples in chapters 13-17?
a. Jesus is preparing his disciples for his crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension. He is telling them what resources they will have and what their mission will be
Know who vowed to lay down his life at the end of chapter 13, and the prediction Jesus makes about that (13-4)
Peter says he will lay down his life. Jesus tells him that he will deny him 3 times
Know the material on paracletos. Literal meaning; translations, etc. (14-7).
- Transliteration: Paracletos/paraclete
- Literal meaning: one called to the sideof another; (compare to Miranda rights)
- Various translations: counselor, advocate, friend, comforter
Name the three relationships explored in John 15. (15-1)
- A. Believers’ relationship with Jesus, thevine – Attachment
- B. Believers’ relationship with each other– Love
- C. Believers’ relationship with the WORLD– Paradoxical Tension of Distinctiveness and Engagement
How the two commitments of “In the world but not of it,” and “sanctified and sent” are represented in the Gospel of John, as well as in the larger NT (17-4)
- A. In the world- ministry; Not of the world: Holiness
- B. Matthew 5:13-16; Galatians 2:20, 6:14,; James 1:26-27; 1 Peter 2:9-12; Hebrews 12
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