Gospel Of John – Lesson Three – John 1:35-51 – “Glory Of The Ordinary”

This article is part 3 of 3 in the series The Gospel Of John

After Jesus was immersed by John in the Jordan, Jesus ministry begins his ministry, and is soon lead into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan (Lk. 4:1-13). Our text begins with Jesus’ first disciples who were motivated by the repeated identifying remark of John, “Look, the Lamb of God!” Following this, two (one specifically named) begin to follow after Jesus. “What do you want?” Jesus asks them. They reply, “Rabbi, where are you staying?” Jesus replies, “Come, and you will see.” So it begins…

1. Let’s begin by answering the question, “What were the Jews looking for in Messiah?” ______________________________________________________________________
2. Enter: “ANDREW, Simon Peter’s brother.” You would think Jesus would have gone after the most educated, and respected, with a livelihood that was admired. This doesn’t seem to be the case with Jesus. WHY? ______________________________________________________________________
3. Jesus choosing the “ordinary” says what to us today?
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4. Learning some things about Andrew:
A. He is seemingly always in the shadow of his “big brother” Peter. (Always “Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother…”)
B. Andrew, a devoted “follower” of John, and was eagerly looking for the Messiah (vs. 37-40).
C. Andrew was an “introducer,” or “connector.” (vs.41; 6:8-9; 12:22)
What attitude do we need to be an “introducer” like Andrew? ______________________________________________________________________5. From the article “Glory of the Ordinary,” (At the bottom) what are some “things learned” that are particularly important and helpful to you… and WHY?
______________________________________________________________________6. Enter: PHILLIP and NATHANAEL, who were from the same town as Andrew and Peter, and were similarly fishermen by trade. Phillip was like Andrew in that he “found Nathaniel.”
A. Why do you think Phillip went to Nathanael? _____________________________________________________________________
B. When he told Nathanael about Jesus what was his reply? ______________________________________________________________________
C. What can we learn from Phillip’s answer to Nathaniel? How would you characterize Nathanael?______________________________________________________________________
D. Enter: RACISM/PREJUDICE: What is the problem with “assuming” or “broadly characterizing a group of people? ______________________________________________________________________
E. Consider: “Not very many people have ever been argued into Christianity.” What has characterized our approach to the lost in the past? What should we avoid? ______________________________________________________________________
F. How have we (according to the article) “clouded the way with things that are secondary, and can be answered after one comes to Jesus?” ______________________________________________________________________
G. How does Jesus deal with Nathanael? (Vs 47-51) ______________________________________________________________________

The Glory Of The Ordinary by Jack Exum
Christ emphasized the individual. He surrounded himself not with the rich of the world, or those upon whose shoulders had fallen the mantle of political power, but with just the ordinary. Worldly honor and true humility rarely run in the same veins. So today, God still seeks men of service rather than those who aspire to honor and power.
Such a man was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.
Little is said of Andrew except he was a fisherman by trade. No, don’t feel sorry for Andrew… he was one of the first to answer the call of the Master, and before his conversion he was a disciple of John the Baptist. He had heard no lectures on personal evangelism, nor did he have special instructions on soul-winning. He had no degrees from a Bible College or a Certificate from a Preacher’s School. However, John, in his gospel, seems to fear no one would know just who Andrew was, so he is introduced as “Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother”.
Few would recall that it was Andrew who brought Simon Peter to Jesus. What was Andre’s ‘secret method’ of soul winning? How many would love to ‘find’ a ‘Simon Peter’ today who would later be a elder in the church, a preacher, writer, and later give his life for Jesus.
What indeed was the method of Andrew? Here it is in John’s words, 41 “The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus” (John 1:41-42). He did more with five words than many do with thousands. Then “he brought him to Jesus.”
Things learned: Soul winning is not about programs, (although they are helpful to an extent). Not about making sure people know “what we are against” or “having the right answers to all the issues.” Come to think about it, these things just seem to ‘get in the way’ and have little to do with “bringing someone to Jesus.”
How many have tuned away from Jesus, simply because we have clouded the way with other things which are secondary, and can be answered after one comes to Jesus?
Andrew simply went and found his brother, and told him about the greatest thing to ever happen to him, “WE HAVE FOUND THE MESSIAH”. As Charles Hodge repeats over and again in his book, “Amazing Grace”, “Tell people what God did before you tell them what to do.” What a message, what a mission!
After Andrew, and Peter, there was Phillip, and then Phillip meets Nathanael, who doubts anything good can come out of Nazareth. Overcoming prejudice is a big problem for the soul winner. There are many things to overcome without bringing in additional ‘issues’ to make sure people understand and believe everything. Be patient with people, give them a chance to grow in grace. Just think about those who are saved throughout the Book of Acts… were these made to wait until they understood everything about worship, church organization, Lord’s Supper before being saved? Of course not… it was just ORDINARY people sharing JESUS with others. Jesus commission to disciples is to “go”…”make disciples” and then “teach” all that Jesus had commanded (Matthew 28:18-20).
Soul winning is about bringing the lost to Jesus. Jesus is NOT ORDINARY… He is the Great Healer, the only Savior. Jesus can use ordinary people. Just ‘go and find your brother and tell him, “I have found Jesus!” Tell him the good news that Jesus has come. Remember… “Tell people what God did, before you tell them what to do!”

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Gospel of John – Lesson Two – John 1:6-7, 15, 19-36 -“Big John”

This article is part 2 of 3 in the series The Gospel Of John

Text: John 1:6-7, 15, 19-36
(and other passages)
* No disrespect to John, but I would be a bit nervous about meeting this guy (Rough wilderness life! Lived off the land, dressed/Camel’s hair! Definitely not politically correct!)

Gathering some FACTS and THOUGHTS

1. After reading the text and other passages listed below: How would you characterize John’s preaching. ______________________________________________________________________
2. What was Jesus’ impression of John? Matt. 11:7-11 ______________________________________________________________________
3. Why do you think so much time is dedicated in John’s Gospel to John the baptizer? (Could it be that there were some followers of John who placed too much emphasis on him instead of who John was pointing to?)
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4. After reading John 1 and 5:33-35, what OTHER possible problem is John dealing with in his Gospel (not Gnosticism)? ______________________________________________________________________
5. John, the prophet who was like Elijah (Luke 1:12-17).
Read about Elijah (I Kings 17- 2 Kgs. 2)
How would you describe Elijah? How was John like Elijah? ______________________________________________________________________6. WHY is it noteworthy that John is first mentioned in Jesus list of witnesses mentioned in John 5:31-47? ______________________________________________________________________7. What were the dominant topics of John’s preaching? Mark 1:4-8; Lk. 3 ______________________________________________________________________
8. How did people react? ______________________________________________________________________
9. How did leaders react and how did John respond? Why? ______________________________________________________________________
10. John’s baptism and that of Jesus are different… HOW? Lk. 3:16 ______________________________________________________________________
11. Explain the Chaff/Fire and the Wheat/Barn significance in Luke 3:15-17 in light of the text?
a.) Who received the baptism of FIRE?
b.) Who received the baptism of SPIRIT? (You may want to pursue deeper study on this particular point by comparing it with John 3; Acts 2:38-39.)
c.) How does this apply to those who rejected Jesus as opposed to those who became believers in Jesus?
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Applications: John, BOLD and HUMBLE
* What are some lessons we learn from how John carried out his mission which we can apply to ourselves?
* How was John’s humility seen, and what can we learn about true humility from John?
* What should we expect when reach people for Jesus? How should we respond?

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Study Of John (Let’s Get Started)

This article is part 1 of 3 in the series The Gospel Of John

The Gospel of John – “The Heart of New Testament Teaching” – Part One – John 1:1-18

John begins with four distinct pictures of Christ:
1. In relation to Deity – He is God: 1:1; Hebrews 1:1-4
JW teachings = ancient Gnosticism resurrected 1.) Jesus = NOT God but is first creation of God (thus a lesser god) thru whom God created the physical (evil) universe. Their New World Translation Bible reads, “… and the Word was a god.” 2.) Jesus was not physically resurrected. (For other differences Google and Compare: “Five Beliefs That Set
Jehovah’s Witnesses Apart From Other Christians.”)
Why is it important that John teaches Jesus = The Word/ is God?

2. In relation to the physical world – He is life giving Creator: 1:2-3; Hebrews 1:1-4;
Colossians 1:15-17.
How is God being the life and the giver of life like Jesus being the life (14:6) and
giver of life?
Why is this important for us now?
In relation the physical world, what are we?

3. In relation to the Moral (darkness) world – He is Light: 1:4, 5, 9; Genesis 1
In what way is Jesus the “light of the world?” Vs. 9
What is significance of “true light?” Response?
In relation to the moral (darkness) world what are we? Response?

4. In relation to lost humanity – He is Hope: 1:10-13; Hebrews 2:10-18
How is Jesus the hope of humanity?
In relation to the lost, what are we?
How can we make our light ‘dim,’ ‘bright?’

5. In relation to the Father – He is the embodiment/ revealer: 1:14-18; Hebrews 1:1-4;
Phil. 2:6-11
In what visible ways did Jesus reflect the Father?
Are we to do the same? How can we do this?

John 1:10-13 Read
“… the world (Gentiles) did not know him… His own (Jews) did not receive him.”
Becoming a “child of God” involves what? (One word in vs. 13).
With whom and where does Jesus elaborate on this?

John 1:14,16-18; I John 1:1ff Read
This is the heart of John’s Gospel.
“Grace” = Embodiment of grace. (How he deals with the lost.)
“Truth” = Embodiment/ Communicator of/ truth which makes people free.
In a world where Pilate’s question, “What is truth?” why is Jesus so important?
What is the significance of “Law/Moses” and “grace/truth by Jesus”?
(Read Barclay’s Commentary John Volume 1, page 54 at top.)

Next: TESTIMONY OF JOHN THE BAPTIZER (1:6-7,15, 19-36.)
Why do you think so much is said about John the baptizer?

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