House Group questions on John 1:35-51

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House Group Questions on John 1:35-51

John the Baptist referred to Jesus as ‘the Lamb of God.’  Discuss how, by describing Jesus in this way, John was both referring back to a deeply significant time in Jewish history, and pointing forward to Jesus’ future work.

Duncan posed a question to us all ‘What does this story of Jesus, the Lamb of God, mean to you?’  Folk in the group may wish to give their personal response to this.

[This question can be answered at the level of ‘What I believe about Jesus’, but don’t stop there. Discuss how these beliefs about Jesus make a difference in your daily lives.  And be entirely honest – don’t say what you feel Jesus should mean to you, or what others in the group expect your answer to be. If you are able, tell it like it is for you, even if at present your faith seems very frail and fragile.]

John the Baptist’s mission was to point to Jesus – he looked for nothing for himself.  Is anyone in the group aware of self-serving motives jostling in their hearts alongside God-focussed motives when they seek to live for God? If so, you may wish to discuss how best to respond to the mixed-upness of our motives.

To what extent do we only find our true identity, our true mission when we seek to be signposts to the life and love of Jesus?

Nathaniel grumbled ‘Can any good thing come from Nazareth?’ (v46)  You might like to think of equivalent present-day prejudices, relating not just to geographical locations, but to social groups, or political groups, or churches or whatever. The members of the group might wish to share stories of meeting people whom they expected to have little to offer, only to be humbled by their insight and commitment.

Duncan focussed on the repeated call in the passage to ‘Come and see!’ (vv39.46) The members of the group may wish to discuss how they personally came to faith, or to deepening faith. What role did other people saying to them ‘Come and see!’ have in their stories?

How would you respond to someone who said ‘I just don’t have the excitement about Jesus which the early Christians had! Maybe it’s just my personality. Or should I be seeking more reality so that I can talk about Jesus with greater conviction?’

How would you respond to someone who said ‘I have tried to “come and see”, but nothing has happened, it hasn’t made any difference.’

It was easy for Jesus’ first followers to say ‘Come and see!’ Jesus was physically present. If our friends want to ‘Come’ to Jesus, where can we take them?

Duncan quoted John 1:14 in The Message translation: ‘The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighbourhood.’ What implications does this have for our role as Christians and as a church in our part of Inverness?

At this moment, at the beginning of day, and throughout each day, Jesus says to each one of us ‘Come and see! Come and see what will be, come and see how my presence will bless and encourage and transform, and bear you up through dark valleys. Come and see in yourself the person I created you to be.  My child, you were not made to travel alone, or to look on the vista of an imagined future untransformed by my love. Come and see, come and journey with me, come and join the great company of my people. Come and see what will be – and let us work together to fulfil my dream.’

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