Believe: study questions for the gospel of John

Click on a week below to expand the questions & activities for that week.

Weekly questions

Use these questions to prepare for Sunday, Jan. 22. 

The gospel of John: background and overview

1. Why do you think it is important for Christians to read the Bible? Do you read the Bible on your own? Why or why not?

2. In John 13:23 and 19:26, what does John call himself? Why do you think he called himself that?

3. According to John 20:30-31, why did John write this Gospel?

4. John has selected 7 out of the many miracles that Jesus performed and calls them signs given to us to help us believe. List the seven miracles which John selected. (See chapters 2, 5, 6, 9, 11) Which miracle is your favorite? Why?

5. Throughout his Gospel, John records many of the amazing claims Jesus made about himself. In John 6:35 what does Jesus call himself? Why do you think Jesus compares himself to food? Why do we need food? Why do we need Jesus? In John 10:14 what does Jesus call himself? If Jesus is the shepherd, who are the sheep? What does a shepherd do for his sheep? How does Jesus take care of and love us?

6. There are many significant events in Jesus’ life that Matthew, Mark and Luke include that John leaves out. Name as many as you can.

7. What are you hoping will be the benefit of studying this Gospel?

Suggestions if you are doing this with kids:

  • Our elementary kids are memorizing verses from John during the sermon series. Jump in and learn the verses with your kids. You could set up some sort of reward system for family members who learn the verses. The first memory verse is the first verse in John.
    John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  • You could play a simple game of “Heads or Tails” to make your time together fun. Take turns flipping a coin. Heads, answer a question. Tails, complete some action (i.e. do 5 jumping jacks, spin in place 3 times, get a piece of candy, give another family member a hug, etc.) Be creative with your actions and have fun with it.
  • Don’t feel like you must complete every question or look up every verse. Do the lesson yourself, and then choose what you want to discuss with your family.
  • Have the verses you want to read already marked in your Bible, but leave a few for kids to look up and read. Help them find the verses by looking up the book in the table of contents, finding the big number for the chapter and the little number for the verses.

Use these questions to prepare for Sunday, Jan. 29. 

The gospel of John: John 1:1-18

1.     Who is an important person in your life? Why are they so important to you?

2.     How is John 1:1-5 like Genesis 1:1-5?

3.     What do we use words for?  Why do you think John chose to call Jesus “the Word?” What did God want to tell us by sending Jesus to the world?

4.     What three things can we learn about Jesus from the first two verses?

5.     How do verses 4 and 5 describe the Word? How does Jesus give us light? (If you’re not sure, think about all the things you might use a flashlight for).

6.     What was the purpose of John the Baptist? (1:6-8, 15) How is that like John the Apostle’s role? (see John 21:24)

7.     How did most of the people respond to Jesus? Some people responded by accepting Jesus as the Word and believing in Him. What happened to them (1:12)? What happens to us when we accept and believe in Jesus?  How have you responded to Jesus?

8.     According to verses 1:14-18, God became a man, and that man was Jesus. Why do you think God decided to become a man? Why is it a big deal that God decided to do this?

Suggestions if you are doing this with kids:

  • Memory verse:  John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
  • Play a game of “Sixes” to make your time together fun. You’ll need one die and a piece of paper to keep score. Take turns rolling the die. What you roll is how many points you get for answering a question. (1=1000 points, 2=2000, etc.) But, if you roll a 6, you must swap point with another player of your choice.
  • Don’t feel like you have to complete every question or look up every verse. Do the lesson yourself, and then choose what you want to discuss with your family.
  • Let kids look up a few of the verses.  Help them find the verses by looking up the book in the table of contents, finding the big number for the chapter and the little number for the verses.

Use these questions to prepare for Sunday, Feb 5. 

The gospel of John: John 1:19-51

1. The Israelite priests wondered if John was the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies. John tells them that he is not the Messiah (Isaiah 11:1-3), not Elijah (Mal. 4:5), and not the prophet (Deut. 18: 15-18. Who does John say he is (John 1:23)? How does John compare himself to Jesus in verse 27?

2. What five titles does John and/or his disciples ascribe to Jesus?

  • v.36
  • v.37
  • v.41
  • v.49
  • v.49

3. John points two of his disciples to Jesus, who leave John to follow Jesus. One is Andrew and the other is not named. What disciple is never called by name in this Gospel?

4. Whom did Andrew introduce to Jesus in verse 42? Have you ever told anyone about Jesus?

5. Simon’s life changed when he met Jesus. He even got a new name. What name does Jesus give Simon in verse 42? How is your life different because of knowing Jesus?

6. Phillip also brought a friend to Jesus. Why was Nathaniel initially not impressed with Jesus? What happened to change his mind about Jesus? (vs. 43-49)

7. What promise did Jesus make to Nathaniel in verse 50-51? What is something amazing that Jesus has shown you, taught you, or done for you?

Suggestions if you are doing this with kids:

  • Memory verse: John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
  • Play a game of Tic Tac To with the kids to make it fun. Divide into two teams. If a team answers a question they put an X or an 0 on the Board. If they don’t know the answer the other team can steal.
  • Don’t feel like you have to complete every question or look up every verse. Do the lesson yourself, and then choose what you want to discuss with your family.
  • Let kids look up a few of the verses. Help them find the verses by looking up the book in the table of contents, finding the big number for the chapter and the little number for the verses.

Use these questions to prepare for Sunday, Feb 12. 

The gospel of John: John 2

1. If you have ever been to a really great wedding, describe what made it so good:

2. Read John 2:1-3. What went wrong at this wedding? Why was that such a serious problem?

3. Read John 2:4-5. Why do you think Mary asked Jesus for help? Why do you think Mary was not put off by Jesus’ initial response to her?

4. Read John 2:6-11. Describe in as much detail as you can what the servants had to do to comply with Jesus’ instructions. How would you like to have been the servant who took the first cup to the person in charge?

5. John calls this miracle the first sign that revealed Jesus’ glory. Where do you see Jesus’ glory in this event (there are several answers)?

6. Read John 2:13-16. What was going on in the temple that made Jesus angry?

7. Read John 2:18-21. What did Jesus say that the people misunderstood? Why do you think Jesus said things that were sometimes hard to understand? What should we do when we don’t understand some of the things that Jesus says?

8. Read John 2:21-22. When Jesus said “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days,” he was talking about how he would die on the cross and raise from the dead three days later. How did He already know what was going to happen to him?

9. Read John 2:23-25. Lots of people in Jerusalem saw Jesus doing miracles and believed in his name So, why didn’t Jesus trust them? Jesus sees what’s in our hearts, and He knows what we really believe. Jesus wants us to see him for who he truly is and to believe in him. How have you seen Jesus? What has been your response? What are you believing about Jesus?

Suggestions if you are doing this with kids:

  • Memory verse: John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
  • Play a bucket toss game to make things fun. You’ll need a bucket or pot to toss stuffed animals or bean bags into. Take turns tossing, and if you get one in you answer a question.
  • Mark the verses you want to read, but leave a few for kids to look up and read.

Use these questions to prepare for Sunday, Feb 19. 

The gospel of John: John 3: 1-21

1. Share a time when you were so curious about something you tried to learn as much as you could about
it?

2. Why did Nicodemus visit Jesus? Why do you think he came at night?

3. Why do you think being born again is the first thing Jesus talks about with Nicodemus?

4. Jesus talks about being born again – or spiritual birth. In verse 3, how does Jesus describe someone who has not been born again?

5. What things can we know about Jesus from this important passage?

6. Throughout the book, John uses words or phrases that have a double meaning. What do you think it means for Jesus to be “lifted up”? (see also Num. 21:4-9; John 12:32-33)

7. Most scholars believe that vv. 16-21 are no longer Jesus’ words but the Apostle John’s word. Why do you think that may be true?

8. Why do some people choose unbelief?

9. If someone asked you to explain how to be born again, what would you tell them?

Suggestions if you are doing this with kids:

  • This is the last week for our John 1:1 memory verse: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1. Next week, we’ll start learning John 3:16-17.
  • Play a game of “plus or minus” with the kids to make it more fun. You’ll need a die and something to keep score on. Roll the die. Whatever roll is how many points the question is worth (1=1000, 2=2000 etc.). But you get to decide if you will keep your points or subtract that many points from someone else.
  • Mark the verses you want to read, but leave a few for kids to look up and read.

Use these questions to prepare for Sunday, Feb 26. 

The gospel of John: John 3: 22-36

1. Can you think of a time when you wanted to honor another person more than honoring yourself? Why did you want to honor that person?

2. What complaint did John’s disciples make about Jesus? What is John’s response?

3. Read Luke 1:5-25; 39-45. How was John the Baptist a blessing to his parents (vs. 11-14)? What happened to let Mary and Elizabeth both know the angel’s words about their sons would come true (vs. 40-45)?

4. Read Matt. 3:1-17. What was John the Baptist’s role concerning Jesus? How was Jesus’ role different?

5. Read Matt. 11:1-30. What did Jesus think about John the Baptist?

6. In Matt. 11:18-19 how were John the Baptist and Jesus different? What did they have in common?

7. Why was John the Baptist killed? See Matt. 14:1-13.

8. Read John 1:19-28; Matt. 17:10-13; Malachi 4:5. What do you think John thought about the role he was playing?

9. What did John mean when he said, “He must become greater, I must become less?” Can you say the same? What might that mean in your life?

10. Like John 3:16-21, most scholars believe that 3:31-36 are the comments of John the apostle. Where did Jesus come from? What is the result of believing in Jesus?

Suggestions if you are doing this with kids:

  • Our new Memory verse is john 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
  • Play a simple game of “Heads or Tails” to make your time together fun. Take turns flipping a coin. Heads, answer a question. Tails, complete some action (i.e. do 5 jumping jacks, spin in place 3 times, get a piece of candy, give another family member a hug, etc.) Be creative with your actions and have fun with it.
  • Mark the verses you want to read, but leave a few for kids to look up and read.

Use these questions to prepare for Sunday, March 5. 

The gospel of John: John 4: 1-42

1. When was the last time you were nice to someone you did not have to be nice to?

2. Most people went to the well early in the morning because it was cooler. What time did this woman go to the well? Why do you think she went at noon?

3. In verse 7, Jesus asks the woman for some water. In verse 9, John gives us one reason why this was such an unusual request. What is that reason? What are some other reasons it was unusual for Jesus to be talking to this woman?

4. In verse 10, Jesus tells the woman he could give her a gift if she understood who he was. What is this gift?

5. What did Jesus know about this woman? In verse 19, who did she think Jesus might be?

6. Read verses 25-26 again. What is shocking about Jesus’ revelation in 4:26?

7. What is significant about the woman leaving her water jar at the well? If you are not sure look at verse 13-15.

8. Why would the women telling the men of her city that Jesus had told her everything she had ever done have a strong impact?

9. What was the result of the Samaritans conversation with Jesus (verse 29-42)?

10. In verse 42, who do the Samaritans say Jesus is? Considering verses 2:18; 2:23-25; 3:31-32; and the end of 4:9; why is this declaration by the Samaritans so powerful?

Suggestions if you are doing this with kids:

  • Our new Memory verse is john 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
  • Play a game of Tic Tac To with the kids to make it fun. Divide into two teams. If a team answers a question they put an X or an O on the board. If they don’t know the answer the other team can steal.
  • Mark the verses you want to read, but leave a few for kids to look up and read.

Use these questions to prepare for Sunday, March 12. 

The gospel of John: John 4:43 – 5:16

1. Do you think God still does miracles? Describe a miracle you know about.

2. What strikes you about the second sign of Jesus healing the son of a royal official?

3. In chapter 5, verse 4 was not part of the original story but was added later to explain why disabled people chose this spot to hang out. Use your imagination to get a grasp of what this place looked like. Describe it or draw it.

4. What is so unusual about Jesus’ question to the man in verse 6? If you remember that Jesus knows our hearts, why is this question not as foolish as it seems at first?

5. Describe what the man hoped Jesus might do for him. What did Jesus do instead?

6. What rule did the Jews think the man had broken? Why do you think the man carried his mat even though he knew it was against the rules of the Sabbath?

7. How does this story show us that Jesus is more concerned about spiritual health than physical health?

8. What are some ways God has blessed you? How do you show your gratitude for those things? How have those things helped you grow closer to God? List 10 things you are grateful for today.

9. What was the result of the authorities being told Jesus was the one who healed the man (v. 16)?

Suggestions if you are doing this with kids:

  • Our new Memory verse is john 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
  • Play a bucket toss game to make things fun. You’ll need a bucket or pot and something to toss like a small stuffed animal or bean bag. Everyone take turns tossing into the bucket. If you get one in you answer a question. Vary the distances, from where you shoot, or how you shoot, to make it more of a challenge.
  • Mark the verses you want to read, but leave a few for kids to look up and read.

Use these questions to prepare for Sunday, March 19. 

The gospel of John: John 5:17-45

1. The Sabbath was a gift given to us by God to limit our busyness and refocus our lives (See Mark 2:27). What do you do on the Sabbath that is different from other days?

2. Are you too busy? Is your life focused on things that really matter? What specifically can you do to honor the Sabbath more in your life?

3. The people who opposed Jesus were often people who practiced legalism. What do you think legalism means?

4. In verse 18, what did the “legalists” want to do to Jesus? Why did they want to do that? Remember that the Sabbath is meant to help us refocus on God. Why is it ironic that the “legalists” were using the Sabbath to condemn Jesus?

5. Would you say that you are legalistic? Why or why not? (See Matt. 7:1-5)

6. In the stories we are reading, Jesus often says something that pushes people away, especially if they don’t believe in him. What examples of that do you see in this passage?

7. In verses 36-40, Jesus names three sources of information that confirm who He is. Can you name them, and how does their testimony help us today?
8. People read and study the Scripture for all sorts of reasons. What should be the main reason for studying the Scriptures?

9. How is studying the Book of John helping you know, love, and believe the things God intends for you?

Suggestions if you are doing this with kids:

  • This is the last week for our John 3:16 memory verse – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
  • Play a game of “plus or minus” with the kids to make it more fun. You’ll need a die and something to keep score on. Roll the die. Whatever you roll is how many points the question is worth (1=1,000 2=2,000 etc.) But you get to decided if you will keep your points or subtract that many points from someone else.
  • Mark the verses you want to read, but leave a few for kids to look up and read.

Use these questions to prepare for Sunday, March 26. 

The gospel of John: John 6:1-21

The feeding of the 5,000 is included in all four Gospels. (Matt. 14:13-17; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17). It was a turning point in Jesus’ ministry as he realized many people were only following him for what they could get out of it. To get a broader picture read all four accounts.

1. What are some things you are involved in that are not self-serving or about what you can get out of it?

2. Why had Jesus taken his disciples to a remote area?

3. What does Jesus ask Philip in verse 5 and why?

4. Where did the food that Jesus multiplied come from? Why do you think John told us this detail?

5. Why did Jesus have his disciples gather up the food that was left over?

6. How did the crowd respond when they realized what had happened? How did Jesus respond to the crowd? Why do you think he chose to be alone at that moment?

7. What kept the disciples from getting to Capernaum in verse 16-18?
8. How did the disciples respond to Jesus walking on the water? How would you have responded?

9. What can we learn about Jesus from these events?

Suggestions if you are doing this with kids:

  • This is really the last week for our John 3:16 memory verse – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
  • Play a simple game of “heads or tails” to make your time together more fun. Take turns flipping a coin. Heads, answer a question. Tails, complete some action (i.e. do 5 jumping jacks, spin in place 3 times, get a piece of candy, give another family member a hug, etc.) Be creative with your actions and have fun with it.
  • Mark the verses you want to read, but leave a few for kids to look up and read.

Use these questions to prepare for Sunday, April 2. 

The gospel of John: John 6:22-51

1. What did the crowd do when they realized that Jesus and the disciples had left (vs. 22-24)?

2. How did Jesus respond to the crowd when they found him?

3. What is the work that God requires?

4. What do you think Jesus means when he claims to be “the bread of life” in verse 35?

5. How did the crowd respond to Jesus’ claim to be the bread of life in verse 41-42?

6. In verses 43-51 Jesus gives a longer explanation of the “bread of life”. Try putting his explanation in your own words. How did the crowd respond this time?

7. Nearly all of us know people who used to believe in Jesus but now seem to no longer be following him. What causes people to lose their way and stop following Jesus?

8. Why did the twelve choose to stay in verses 60-71?

9. What can you do to keep from losing your way in following Jesus?

Suggestions if you are doing this with kids:

  • Our elementary kids start a new memory verse this week. John 6:35 – Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”
  • Play a game of “Sixes” to make your time fun. You’ll need one die and a piece of paper to keep score. Take turns rolling the die. What you roll is how many points you get for answering a question. (1=1,000 points, 2=2,000, etc.) But, if you roll a 6, you must swap points with another player of your choice.
  • Mark the verses you want to read, but leave a few for kids to look up and read.

Use these questions to prepare for Sunday, April 9. 

The gospel of John: John 12:12-19

All four gospels include the story of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem the Sunday before he was crucified. Read all four accounts to get a better grasp of this event. (Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:28-44, John 12:12-19)

1. Why was it such a big deal for Jesus to publicly enter Jerusalem? See John 11:49-57.

2. What was the response of the crowd? Do you think they understood what they were doing?

3. What do you think Jesus meant in Luke’s account when he said that if the people were silent, the stones in the road would cry out? See Zech. 9:9.

4. What was the response of the Jewish religious leaders? What were they worried about?

5. When did Jesus’ disciples realize the importance of this event?

6. Have you noticed in scripture how people respond to Jesus, how polarizing he is; they are either for him or against him. Why do you think that is generally true?

7. What is one way you can praise and honor Jesus this week?

Suggestions if you are doing this with kids:

  • Memory verse: John 6:35 – Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”
  • Play a game of Tic Tac To with the kids to make it fun. Divide into two teams. If a team answers a question they put an X or an O on the board. If they don’t know the answer the other team can steal.
  • Mark the verses you want to read, but leave a few for kids to look up and read.

Use these questions to prepare for Sunday, April 16. 

The gospel of John: John 20 – Easter

1. Share an Easter memory.

2. Who came to Jesus’ tomb first on Sunday morning? When did she come? What did she see? Who did she tell?

3. What did Peter and John find at the tomb? What did John see that caused him to believe that Jesus had been resurrected?

4. What did Mary Magdalene find when she returned to the tomb? What caused Mary to realize that she was talking with Jesus?

5. How did the disciples feel when they saw Jesus in the upper room in verses 19-22? Why do you think Thomas refused to believe his friends in verses 24-25? Do you think you might have responded the same way Thomas did? Why or why not?

6. When Jesus revealed himself to Thomas, how did he respond? How can we who have not seen Jesus be blessed?

7. Which of these four characters do you most identify with? (Mary, Peter, John, or Thomas) Explain.

8. In verses 30-31, we see why John wrote this Gospel? What was his purpose? Are there things about Jesus that are still hard for you to believe?

Suggestions if you are doing this with kids:

  • Memory verse: John 6:35 – Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”
  • Play a game of bucket toss to make things fun. You’ll need a bucket, pot, or something to toss a small stuffed animal or bean bag into. Everyone takes turns tossing into the bucket. If you get one in, you answer a question. Vary the distances from where you shoot, or change up how you shoot to make it more of a challenge.
  • Mark the verses you want to read, but leave a few for kids to look up and read.

Use these questions to prepare for Sunday, April 23. 

The gospel of John: John 7

1. Can you think of a time when your family was not supportive of something important to you? Describe. Have you always been supportive of your family members?

2. What do you know about the Feast of Booths – sometimes called Feast of Tabernacles? (hint… Google it)

3. In verses 10-13, it says the crowds were talking about Jesus. What were they saying? What were they afraid of?

4. How can a person know if Jesus’ teaching is from God or not (vs. 16-18)?

5. What example did Jesus give to show that there are times to set Sabbath “rules” aside?

6. In verses 37-38, what did Jesus call Himself? What invitation does Jesus give? How do the people respond?

7. Think about water and all the different ways it helps us. What are some similarities to how Jesus helps us?

8. What do you think it means to have “streams of living water” flowing from you?

9. Why did the temple guards not arrest Jesus?

10. What guidelines of their own law does Nicodemus ask about? How did the Pharisees answer Nicodemus?

11. Can you remember a time when you stood up to a hostile group to support and defend Jesus? Describe.

Suggestions if you are doing this with kids:

  • Memory verse: John 6:35 – Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”
  • Play a game of “plus or minus” with the kids to make it more fun. You’ll need a die and something to keep score on. Roll the die. Whatever you roll is how many points the question is worth (1=1,000, 2=2,000) But you get to decide if you will keep your points or subtract that many points from someone else.
  • Mark the verses you want to read, but leave a few for kids to look up and read.

Use these questions to prepare for Sunday, April 30. 

The gospel of John: John 8

1. Why did the religious leaders bring this woman to Jesus (v. 6) Why do you think they didn’t bring the man who was involved as well?

2. How did Jesus expose the hypocrisy of the religious leaders? Why do you think the oldest left first?

3. What did Jesus say to the woman? What can we learn about Jesus from this?

4. What did Jesus call himself in v. 12? What does Jesus promise to those who believe and follow him? What do you think it means to have the “light of life” inside of you?

5. The religious leaders do not believe in Jesus. In verses 21-24, what does Jesus say will happen to them as a result? How could they have avoided that fate?

6. Read John 3:14, 8:23, and 12:32. What does Jesus mean when he says he will be “lifted up”?

7. In verses 31-36, what does Jesus say we should do to have freedom? The religious leaders claim to have never been slaves to anyone. What does Jesus say they are slaves to?

8. What does it mean to be a slave to sin? What is a sin from your life that you have trouble not doing? How does Jesus set you free from that?

9. In verses 42-43, Jesus tells the religious leaders that if they truly followed God, they would love and believe in Jesus. What proof does Jesus give when He says that they are following the devil instead?

10. What did Jesus say in verses 54-58 that made the religious leaders so angry that they tried to stone Him to death (also see Exodus 3:14)?

Suggestions if you are doing this with kids:

  • Our new memory verse is: John 7:37b-38 – “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
  • Play a game of “Heads or Tails” to make your time together fun. Take turns flipping a coin. Heads, answer a question. Tails, complete some action (i.e. do 5 jumping jacks, spin in place 3 times, get a piece of candy, give another family member a hug, etc.). Be creative with your actions and have fun with it.
  • Mark the verses you want to read, but leave a few for kids to look up and read.

Use these questions to prepare for Sunday, May 7. 

The gospel of John: John 9

1. What did the disciples think was the likely cause of this man’s blindness? What does Jesus say is the purpose of his blindness?

2. What did the blind man have to do to experience his miracle? How do you think he felt as he traveled with a muddy face to the Pool of Siloam? How did he feel after he washed his face?

3. Why do you think his neighbors and those who had seen him begging failed to recognize him after he had been healed?

4. Why did the Pharisees question the man about his healing? Why did they call in his parents? Why do you think his parents were so careful in their answers?

5. What accusations do the religious leaders make about Jesus in verse 24? How did the blind man respond?

6. The religious leaders’ questions become more and more hostile toward the blind man. How do you see his belief in Jesus growing as he answers those questions? What did the blind man say that made the religious leaders so angry? What did they do to the blind man? Have you ever been left out of something or asked to leave? How did you feel about that?

7. Why did the blind man not recognize Jesus when Jesus found him? How did the blind man respond to Jesus when Jesus told him who he was?
8. According to Jesus, in verses 39-41, what makes the religious leaders guilty of sin? When Jesus says, “you claim to see,” He is not talking about their eyesight. What do you think Jesus is referring to? What is the consequence of the leader’s blindness?

Suggestions if you are doing this with kids:

  • Our new memory verse is: John 7:37b-38 – “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
  • Play a game of “sixes” to make your time together fun. You’ll need on die and a piece of paper to keep score. Take turns rolling the die. What you roll is how many points you get for answering a question (1=1,000 points, 2=2,000, etc.) But, if you roll a 6, you must swap points with another player of your choice.
  • Mark the verses you want to read, but leave a few for kids to look up and read.

Use these questions to prepare for Sunday, May 14. 

The gospel of John: John 10:1-42

1. This chapter is about what a good shepherd is like. In John’s gospel, who are the bad shepherds? What makes them bad?

2. How does Jesus describe the difference between a good shepherd and a thief?

3. How does Jesus describe himself in verses 7-9? What is Jesus a gate to? What does Jesus have to say about other people who claim they are the way to God?

4. In v. 10, Jesus describes the difference between himself and the thief. Describe what the thief plans to do to the sheep and what Jesus, the good shepherd, plans?

5. What are the differences between the good shepherd and the hireling (verses 11-13)??

6. At the Feast of Dedication, what did the religious leaders demand to know about Jesus? What was Jesus’ answer?

7. Why did the religious leaders want to stone Jesus? Who did Jesus say He was? What proof did He give for that statement?

8. What role could Jesus’ miracles have played in helping people believe in Jesus?

9. When Jesus retreated to the wilderness, how did people respond to Him? What is your response to Jesus?

Suggestions if you are doing this with kids:

  • Our new memory verse is: John 7:37b-38 – “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
  • Play a game of Tic Tac To to make your time together fun. Divide into two teams. If a team answers a question they put an X or O on the board. If they don’t know the answer the other team can steal.
  • Mark the verses you want to read, but leave a few for kids to look up and read.

Use these questions to prepare for Sunday, May 21. 

The gospel of John: John 11:1-47

1. Tell a time when you were deeply affected by someone else’s tragedy?

2. What was Jesus’ relationship to Lazarus, Mary, and Martha?

3. Why do you think Jesus waited two days before going to Bethany?

4. Why was Jesus glad that he wasn’t there to prevent Lazarus’ death (v. 14-15)?

5. What can you learn about Thomas from verse 16?

6. What did Martha think Jesus meant when he told her, “You brother will rise again”, in verse 23-24?

7. What is the same and what is different about Martha’s and Mary’s interaction with Jesus?

8. What do you think it means that believers will “never die” if they believe that Jesus is the “resurrection and the life?”

9. Why do you think there was such a large group of people gathered in Bethany waiting for Jesus to show up?

10. Why do you think Jesus wept, even though he knew that he was going to bring Lazarus back from the grave?

11. Why did Martha object to the stone being rolled away from the tomb?
12. What were the reactions of people when they witnessed such a powerful miracle?

13. How do you think you would have responded? Why?

14. Name some other times in the Bible when someone was brought back from the dead?

Suggestions if you are doing this with kids:

  • Our new memory verse is: John 7:37b-38 – “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
  • Play a bucket toss game to make things fun. You’ll need a bucket or pot and something to toss like a small stuffed animal or bean bag. Everyone take turns tossing into the bucket. If you get one in you answer a question. For a challenge, vary the distances of your shot or how you shoot.
  • Mark the verses you want to read, but leave a few for kids to look up and read.

Use these questions to prepare for Sunday, May 28. 

The gospel of John: John 11:45 – 12:19

1.Why did the religious leaders want to kill Jesus?

2. Who was Caiaphas and what prediction did he make in verses 49-50?

3. How as God using Caiaphas in the words he said and what did God mean by what Caiaphas said?

4. Why did Jesus leave town and go out to the wilderness?

5. What brought Jesus back to Bethany?

6. How did Martha serve Jesus? How did Mary serve Jesus?

7. Who objected to the extravagance of Mary’s gesture toward Jesus? Why did he care?

8. In Mark 14:1-9, Mark describes this same event. What details does Mark add that John leaves out?

9. Why did so many people come out to see Jesus?

10. Why did the religious leaders want to not only kill Jesus, but also Lazarus?

11. What happened the next day in John 12:2-19? What Old Testament passage did this event fulfill?

12. Why do you think the people were so excited to see Jesus?

13. What details do we get from Luke’s version of this event (Luke 19:29-40)? What is significant about these added details?

Suggestions if you are doing this with kids:

  • Our new memory verse is: John 7:37b-38 – “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
  • Play a game of “plus or minus” with the kids to make it more fun. You’ll need a die and something to keep score on. Roll the die. Whatever you roll is how many points the question is worth (1=1,000; 2=2,000; etc.) But you get to decide if you will keep your points or subtract that many points from someone else.
  • Mark the verses you want to read, but leave a few for kids to look up and read.

Use these questions to prepare for Sunday, June 11. 

The gospel of John: John 12:20-50

1. Who are the Greeks and what did they want? Why did they approach Philip and why did Philip want Andrew’s help?

2. In verses 23-24, what does Jesus say the result of His death will be?

3. Explain verse 25 in your own words.

4. Why do you think there was a voice from heaven in verses 28-30? Whose voice was it? Why do you think some people heard it differently than others?

5. Who is the prince of this world that Jesus talks about in verse 31, and what will happen to him?

6. How does Jesus describe his death and how will that be used to draw people to Jesus?

7. This passage describes many people who believe in Jesus and many people who do not believe. What causes some people to believe and some to not believe?

8. If you are a believer, why do you believe? What brought you to faith?

9. If you do not believe, what is causing you to choose unbelief?

10. What are the results of believing?

11. What are the results of unbelief?

12. If you believe in Jesus, why is it important for you to not keep it a secret?

Suggestions if you are doing this with kids:

  • Our elementary kids are memorizing verses from John during the sermon series. This month’s verse is: John 10:14 – “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”
  • Play a simple game of “Heads or Tails” to make your time together fun. Take turns flipping a coin. Heads, answer a question. Tails, complete some action (i.e. do 5 jumping jacks, spin in place 3 times, get a piece of candy. give another family member a hug, etc.) Be creative with your actions and have fun with it.
  • Mark the verses you want to read, but leave a few for kids to look up and read.

Use these questions to prepare for Sunday, June 18. 

The gospel of John: John 13:1-30

1. Apparently, there was no servant to wash everyone’s feet. Why do you think none of the disciples stepped up to do the job?

2. What does v. 3 tell us about why Jesus is washing His friend’s feet?

3. What was good and what was awkward about Jesus being the one to do a job that was always done by a servant?

4. Imagine being Judas and having Jesus wash your feet. How do you think he felt at that moment?

5. Why does Peter object to what Jesus wants to do for him? What changes his mind?

6. How does Peter over-react and how does Jesus respond?

7. Why should followers of Jesus always be ready to serve the need of others?

8. When Jesus announces that one of them will soon betray him, how do the disciples react? (See also Matt. 26:21-25 and Mark 14:17-21)

9. How does Peter find out who will do the betraying?

10. What did most of the disciples think about Judas leaving?

11. Why do you think Judas betrayed Jesus?

12. What steps can a person take to help prevent them from making choices that have such awful consequences?

Suggestions if you are doing this with kids:

  • Our elementary kids are memorizing verses from John during the sermon series. This month’s verse is: John 10:14 – “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”
  • Play a simple game of “Sixes” to make your time together fun. You’ll need one die and a piece of paper to keep score. Take turns rolling the die. What you roll is how many points you get for answering a question. (1=1,000 points, 2=2,000, etc.) But if you roll a 6, you must swap points with another player of your choice.
  • Mark the verses you want to read, but leave a few for kids to look up and read.

Use these questions to prepare for Sunday, June 25. 

The gospel of John: John 13:31-38

1. How do you think Jesus felt after Judas left?

2. What is the new command that Jesus gave his disciples?

3. How is the new command different from the command Jesus gives in Mark 12:31?

4. Peter doesn’t seem to hear the new command. What is he focused on in verses 36-37?

5. How might hearing the new command have changed the choices that Peter made later that night?

6. Read Luke 22:31-34; 54-62. What details does Luke’s account add to John’s account?

7. How can Jesus’ words to Peter in Luke 22:32 be an encouragement to Peter after he has denied Jesus?

8. How did Peter’s failure make him a better leader throughout his life?

9. Why did Peter’s bad choices have such different consequences than Judas’ bad choices?

Suggestions if you are doing this with kids:

  • Our elementary kids are memorizing verses from John during the sermon series. This month’s verse is: John 10:14 – “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”
  • Play a simple game of Tic Tac To with the kids to make it fun. Divide into two teams. If a team answers a question they put an X or O on the board. If they don’t know they answer the other team can steal.
  • Mark the verses you want to read, but leave a few for kids to look up and read.

Use these questions to prepare for Sunday, July 2. 

The gospel of John: John 14:1-14

1. What happened in the previous chapter that probably upset the disciples and gave them troubled hearts?

2. What does Jesus say to do when your heart is troubled?

3. Where is Jesus going and what is he going to do?

4. Jesus tells his disciples that they know the way to the place where he is going and Thomas disagrees.  Why?

5. What does it mean that Jesus is the way?  The truth? The life?

6. What do you think about Jesus’ claim that he is the only way to have access to God?

7. In what ways is Jesus different from everyone else?

8. Name at least one other place in the Bible that claims that Jesus is the only way to find salvation.

9. What request does Philip make in verse 8?  What is Philip missing?

10. What two ways can we come to faith in verse 11?  Which way is better?

11. Why will the disciples be able to do even greater things than Jesus did?

12. What steps do we need to take to unleash the power of God in our own lives?

Suggestions if you are doing this with kids:

  • Our elementary kids are memorizing verses from John during the sermon series. This month’s memory verse is John 10:14 – “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”
  • Play a bucket toss game to make things fun. You’ll need a bucket or pot and something to toss like a small stuffed animal or bean bag.  Everyone take turns tossing into the bucket. If you get one in you answer a question. Vary the distances, from where you shoot, or how you shoot, to make it more of a challenge.