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The Gospel According to John



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Introduction to Jesus:  Who is He?  What do these descriptions of Jesus mean?:


The Word  (vs. 1, 14, 18)



God (vs. 1)



Creator (vs. 3,10)



Light (vs. 4-9)



Lamb of God (vs. 29, 35)



Son of God (vs. 34, 49)



Messiah (Christ, King)  (v. 41, 45, 49)



Son of Man (vs. 51)



Ladder from earth to heaven (vs. 51, cp Gen 28:10-12)




Testimony of Jesus’ first witness:  John the Baptist (vs. 6-8, 15, 19-34)


Underline in your Bible the words “witness”, “testify”, and “testimony” as used in the discussion of the work of John.  These are key words throughout the book of John.  It was John’s aim to show how those who saw Jesus came to faith in Him and to provide his readers with reason to believe.


What did John say about himself?



What was his role in God’s plan?



How did John compare himself to Jesus?



How did John know who Jesus is?



Why did men begin to follow Jesus?  1:35-51


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Jesus Works His First Miracle  (2:1-12)


1.  What did Jesus mean when He said to His mother, “My hour has not yet come.”?  (2:4)  (To answer this, look at further discussion of Jesus’ “hour” in the book of John)





2.  Did Jesus condone the drinking of intoxicating beverages by His miracle? (Study what is said about intoxicating drink in the O.T. and also look up “wine” in Bible dictionaries/encyclopedias to answer this)  




3.  Why were Jesus’ miracles called “signs”?  What did Jesus show His disciples and what was their reaction?  (2:11)




Cleansing of the Temple  (2:13-22)


4.  What was going on in the temple?  What did Jesus do about it?  What did His disciples see as His motivation for doing this? (2:13-17)




5.  What sign did Jesus give as proof that He had the authority to do what He did in the temple?  Did the Jews understand it?  When did the disciples understand it?  (2:18-22)



Miracles at the Passover  (2:23-25) 

6.  Why did many believe “in His name” in Jerusalem?  What does it mean to “believe in His name”?  (2:23)




7.  People came to trust in Jesus.  Why was it that He had no need to trust in them?  (2:24-25)




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The New Birth (3:1-8)


1.  What does it mean to be “born again”?  How is a person “born again”?  What did Jesus mean when he compared the wind and the person born of the Spirit?





God Sent His Son to Save the World (3:9-21)

2.  Explain Jesus’ statement, “No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven; the Son of Man.  (3:13)



3.  Compare Moses lifting up the serpent in the wilderness to the Son of Man being lifted up.  (3:13-14)



4.  Why did God send His Son into the world?  What does it mean to “believe” in Jesus?  What are the consequences of  “belief” and “unbelief”?   (3:16-18, cp. vs. 36)



5.  Who does not come to the Light?  Why not?  Who comes to the Light?  Why?  (3:19-21)



John’s Work and Jesus’ Work (3:22-36)

6.  Why did John baptize in Aenon near Salim?  What does this tell us about baptism?  (3:22-24)



7.  What did John say when his disciples reported to him that Jesus was baptizing?  (3:25-30)



8.  Where did Jesus get His message?  (3:31-36)




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Jesus Leaves Judea  (4:1-3)


1.  Why did Jesus leave Judea and go into Galilee?  Why would this news prompt Him to leave? 



Jesus in Samaria  (4:4-42) 

2.  What surprised the Samaritan woman?  (4:4-9)




3.  What “water” did Jesus tell the woman He could supply?  What did He mean by this?  Did the woman understand?  (4:10-15) 




4.  Why did Jesus ask the woman to call her husband?  (4:16-19)



5.  Now believing that Jesus was a prophet, what matter of religious controversy did the woman want Jesus to settle?  What does Jesus’ response teach us about worship?  (4:20-24)



6.  Who did the woman believe would solve all things, including the worship controversy?  How did Jesus make the most of her comment?  (4:25-26)




7.  Why did the woman believe that Jesus was the Christ?  What convinced the people of the city to believe in Him?  (4:28-29, 39-42)




8. What lesson did the disciples need to learn?  (4:27,31,32-35)




9. How is it that those who sow and reap (engage in soul winning) are already receiving wages? (4:36-38)



10.What lessons can we learn about teaching others from Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman?



Jesus in Galilee (4:43-54)

11.How was Jesus received in Galilee? (4:43-45)



12.What was remarkable about the healing of the royal official’s son?  (4:46-54)





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Bethesda (5:1-18)

1.  How many sick, blind, lame & withered were at the pool?  How many were healed by Jesus?  Explain why?



2.  Why did Jesus pick this particular man to heal out of a multitude of people?  Was faith a prerequisite to healing in this case?



3.  Why would Jesus be careful to observe the Jewish tradition of the Passover (vs.1) and then apparently break the Sabbath by telling the man he healed to pick up his mattress and walk?  Was this breaking the Sabbath Law?  What did Jesus mean in vs. 17?



4.  Explain what Jesus meant in verse 14 when He was talking to the man he had just healed.  What did the man then do?



Jesus SPEAKS (5:19-47)

5.  Who is the One who will judge? Where and how does He get His authority? (vs. 22, 24, 27)



6.  By whose will was Jesus acting?  Could He act on His own will? (vs. 30)



7.  If Jesus was the only one to bear witness of Himself why would His testimony be untrue? (vs. 31)  Who or what else witnessed of Him?



8.  How does Jesus describe John?



9.  Why would Moses accuse the Jews before the Father, rather than Jesus?





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Feeding of the five thousand (6:1-14)

1.  How was Jesus "testing" Philip by asking where they could buy bread for the multitude?



2.  What lesson can be found in the fragments after the five thousand were fed?



3.  What was the reaction of the people to the "sign" Jesus performed?



Jesus walks on the sea (6:16-21)

4.  Compare this account with Mark 6:45-52.  Why did the disciples become afraid?  What is the lesson?



The Bread of Life (6:22-71)

5.      What was the multitude truly seeking?  What did Jesus tell them they should be seeking? (v. 22-27) 



6.      According to Jesus what is the work of God?  What did the people ask in response? (v. 28-31)



7.      When the people asked for the bread of God that comes from heaven, how did Jesus answer? (v. 32-40)



8.      Put verses 44 through 47 in your own words.  Explain verse 44.




9.      What did Jesus mean when He said He is the Living Bread?  Did the Jews understand? What did Jesus mean when He talks about eating flesh and drinking blood?  How does it give us eternal life? (v. 51-58)



10.  Did Jesus' own disciples fully comprehend the eating flesh and drinking blood analogy?  How did Jesus go on to explain it?  How does it all tie into verse 65? (v. 60-65)




11.  According to verse 66 what was the result of Jesus talking about being the bread of life, coming out of heaven and His disciples eating of His flesh and His blood?




12.   What did Jesus then ask the twelve?  How did Peter respond?  What did they believe and come to know? (v. 67-69)




13.   Since Jesus Himself chose the twelve, how could He choose a "devil?" (v. 70, 71)






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Jesus Will Not Go To the Feast of Booths  (7:1-9)

1.  Why did Jesus tell his brothers that He would not go with them and show Himself publicly to the world?  Did His brothers believe in Him?




Jesus Goes to the Feast Secretly, Then Speaks Publicly  (7:10-24) 

2.  What was being said about Jesus before anyone realized that He was there?  (7:10-13)



3.  When Jesus spoke publicly, how did the Jews react?  How did Jesus respond to them?  Why were the Jews angry and seeking to kill Jesus?  How did Jesus respond to the charge they brought against Him?   (7:14-24)



Reaction to Jesus:  Is He the Messiah or Not?  (7:25-53)

4.  Why were some believing in Jesus?  Why were some doubting?  What did Jesus say they knew?  Contrast the reaction to Jesus by the rulers with that of many of the crowd.  Why were their reactions so different?  They saw the same evidence.  (7:25-31)



5.  Why did the Pharisees send officers to seize Jesus?  What did the Jews wonder as they tried to figure out Jesus’ statement, “You will seek Me, but not find Me”?  What did He actually mean?  (7:32-36)



6.  What did Jesus mean when He said that men could drink from Him and that from them would flow rivers of living water?  (7:37-39)



7.  While some of the people believed in Jesus, why did some reject Him?   (7:40-43)



8.  Why didn’t the officers seize Jesus?  How did the Pharisees react to what they said?  How did Nicodemus try to get Jesus a fair hearing?  How did the rest of the Pharisees answer him?  (7:44-52)








1.  Discuss the evidence that argues that John 7:53-8:11 should be included/left out of the Biblical text.



2.  Is the teaching of Jn 7:53-8:11 consistent with the teaching of the gospel about Jesus?




3.  How did Jesus identify Himself?  Why did the Pharisees say that His testimony was false?  How did He argue that His testimony was true?  (8:12-20)




4.  What does Jesus keep saying about Himself?  What would happen to those who did not believe in Him?  When would they understand who Jesus is?  (cp. Acts 2:36-37)  (8:21-30)




5.  Who did Jesus say are truly His disciples?  How will they be made free?  (8:31-32)



6.  Who did the Jews say was their father?  Why did Jesus say that this was not true?  Who did Jesus say was their father?  Why did He say this?  (8:33-45)




8.  What did the Jews say about Jesus?  How did He respond to their attack?  (8:48-50)




9.  What did Jesus promise to those who keep His word?  How did the Jews respond?  What did Jesus claim which made Him greater than Abraham?  What did the Jews want to do to Him?  (8:51-59)



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1.  What does Jesus teach us about the connection between one’s personal sin and physical defects such as blindness?  (9:1-3)



2.  Why must we (as Jesus) be so careful about how we use our time?  (9:4)



3.  How does the miracle Jesus performed in this chapter relate to who He claimed to be?  (9:5)



4.  What did the neighbors argue about after Jesus healed the blind man?  Who settled the argument?  (9:6-12)



5.  Why was there a division among the Pharisees?  What did the blind man think about Jesus?  (9:13-17)



6.  Why didn’t the blind man’s parents want to answer all of the Jews’ questions?  (9:18-23)



7.  Comment on how successfully the blind man answered the Jews’ questions.  When they couldn’t answer him, how did they dismiss everything he said?  What did they do to him?  (9:24-34)



8.  Why did Jesus come into the world?  How could the Pharisees have been justified?  Why were they condemned?  (9:35-41)








1.  What are two ways to tell a shepherd from an imposter?  Why didn’t the Jews understand what Jesus was saying?  People have interpreting the Scriptures today for the same reason.  Give some examples.  (10:1-11)



2.  Why is Jesus such a great Shepherd?  Who are the “other” sheep that would come into His fold?  (10:12-18)



3.  Why were the Jews divided once again?  (10:19-21)



4.  What did the Jews want Jesus to tell them at the Feast of Dedication?  What was His answer?  (10:22-25)



5.  If no one can snatch a sheep out of Jesus’ hand, can a person be lost once they are saved?  (10:26-29)



6.  Why did the Jews pick up stones to stone Jesus?  How did He respond to the charge against Him?  What does His answer teach us about the Scriptures and how to interpret them?  (10:30-39)



7.  Why did many believe in Jesus in the area where John was first baptizing?  (10:40-42)



Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead (11:1-46)

1.  Describe the relationship between Jesus and Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.  (11:1-3,5)



2.  What was the purpose of Lazarus’ sickness?  (11:4)



3. Why did Jesus’ disciples question His plans to go to Judea?  How did Jesus respond?  Why did Jesus’ disciples have a hard time understanding the need to go to Lazarus?  What did Thomas say?  (11:6-16)



4.  Comment on Martha’s faith in Jesus and in the resurrection.  What did Jesus mean when He said, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die.”?  (11:17-29)



5.  Comment on Mary’s faith and the faith of some of the Jews.  How was Jesus’ affected by the trip to Lazarus’ tomb?  What comfort is this to us?  (11:30-38)



6.  When Jesus requested that the stone be removed from Lazarus tomb, what was Martha’s reaction?  How did Jesus respond?  Why did Jesus pray to the Father to raise Lazarus?  How did the Jews who saw Lazarus raised react?  (11:39-46)



Lazarus’ Resurrection:  The Straw that Broke the Camel’s Back  (11:47-57) 

7.  How did the chief priests and the Pharisees react to the news of Lazarus’ resurrection?  In view of this where did Jesus go?  (11:47-57)




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Jesus Eats Supper in Bethany  (12:1-11)

1.  How costly was the perfume Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with?  What does this say about her love for Jesus?  Who had a problem with what she did?  Why?  How did Jesus defend what Mary did?  (12:1-8)



2.  Why did a large crowd show up at the supper?  What did the chief priests plan to do to Lazarus?  Why? (12:9-11)



Jesus Is Welcomed into Jerusalem as King (12:12-20)

3.  What did the large crowd who had come to Jerusalem for the Passover do to Jesus as he approached Jerusalem?  How did Jesus come into Jerusalem?  What did all of these things mean?  When did the disciples understand this event?  (12:12-16)



4.  Why had such a large crowd come out to meet Jesus?  How did the Pharisees react when they saw the large crowd?  (12:17-19)



Some Greeks Want to See Jesus; Jesus’ Hour Has Come (12:21-34)

5.  How did Jesus reply when Philip and Andrew reported to Him that some Greeks wanted to see Him? (12:21-26)



6.  Why was Jesus’ troubled?  But, what was His attitude about the “hour” that had come?  What would the cross do to the ruler of this world?  How would the cross affect mankind?  What did the people think about “the Christ” that made them question Jesus’ statement about being “lifted up”?  (12:27-36)




Jesus’ Final Plea to Believe in the Light; Why Many “Believed”, but did not Confess (12:35-50)

7.  Until the end Jesus, what did Jesus argue about where He came from and who was the source of His teaching?  What did He urge this crowd to do?  (12:35-36, 44-50)



8.  How could it be said that many of the Jews “believed” in Jesus, yet did not “believe”?  Did they have trouble believing because of the lack of good evidence?  What was their problem?  Are there “believers” like this today?  (12:37-43)




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Jesus Washes His Disciples Feet (13:1-20)


1.  As Jesus got up from the Passover supper to wash the disciples’ feet, what did He “know”? (13:1-5,11)



2.  What did Peter say to Jesus when it was his turn to have his feet washed?  What did Peter say after Jesus told him that He had to wash his feet or Peter could not have a relationship with Him?  Why did Jesus’ wash the disciples feet?  In view of this, what should today’s disciple do?  Why did Jesus tell His disciples that one of them would betray Him?  (13:6-20)



Jesus Identifies His Betrayer (13:21-30)

3.  How did Jesus point out to His disciples which one of them would betray Him?  (13:21-26)



4.  Explain what is meant by Satan “entering” into Judas.  (13:27)



5.  Did the rest of the disciples understand what was happening when Judas left after Jesus told him, “What you do, do quickly”?  (13:28-30)



Jesus Is Soon to Go Where His Disciples Cannot Come (13:31-38)

6.  How would the Son of Man and God be glorified in the cross?  (13:31-32)



7.  How did Peter respond to Jesus’ statement, “Where I am going, you cannot come.”?  How did Jesus respond to his strong statement of loyalty? (13:33, 36-38)



8.  Why is Jesus’ command to for disciples to love one another a “new” commandment?  How will all men know if people are truly Jesus’ disciples?  What evidence of our discipleship do those around us see? (13:34-35)




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Jesus Comforts His Disciples in View of His Going Away


1.  Why does chapter 14 begin with “Do not let your heart be troubled”?  What does Jesus’ promise to prepare a place for His disciples have to do with what He said just prior to this?  (14:1-4, cp. 13:31-38)



2.  How did Jesus respond to Thomas when he said that the disciples did not know where Jesus was going or the way to get there?  (14:5-6)



3.  Jesus told His disciples that they had seen the Father.  But Philip asked if the disciples could see the Father, as if they never had.  How did Jesus reply?  (14:7-11)



4.  In what sense could the believer’s works be said to be “greater” than Jesus’ works?  (14:12-14)



5.  How could Jesus’ disciples show love for Him?  How would the Father and Jesus react to such love?  (14:15,18-24)



6.  Who else would help the disciples?  How would He help them?  (14:16-17, 25-26).



7. What did Jesus leave with the disciples that would help them in the troublesome days ahead?  How is this such a great blessing for us through our struggles?  (14:27)



8.  If Jesus’ disciples loved Him, how would they feel about His going away?  Why did He tell them about it ahead of time?  (How does this help us, too?)  Why did Jesus do all that the Father commanded, even sacrificing Himself on the cross?  (14:28-31)








Parable of the Vine and the Branches  (15:1-11)


1.  Who is the vine?  Who is the vinedresser?  Who are the branches?  (15:1,5)



2.  What spiritual truths are illustrated by the following?:  (15:2-8)

  1. every branch that does not bear fruit, he takes away


  1. every branch that bears fruit, he prunes so that it may bear more fruit


  1. the branch cannot bear fruit of itself



3. What key word is used 10 times in vs. 4-10?



4. How can a person abide in the love of the Father and the Son?  Why did Jesus speak these things to His disciples?  How can a disciple’s joy be made full?  (15:9-11)



Disciples’ Relationship to Jesus and to One another  (15:12-17)

5.  What did Jesus command?  How would He show His love for them?  How would they (and we) apply this in their (our) relationship with other disciples?  How were they (and how are we) blessed to be much more than servants of Jesus- friends?!!  (15:12-17)




What the Disciples Should Expect from the World- the Hate Shown to Jesus (15:18-25) 

6. Why did the world hate and persecute  Jesus?  Why were they without excuse for doing so?  Why would they persecute His disciples?  (15:18-25)



When the Helper Comes … (15:26-27)

7.  What would the Spirit do when He came?  What would the disciples do?  (15:26-27)









Warning About Future Persecution Continued (16:1-4)


1.  Why did Jesus speak to the apostles at this time about the persecution that they would receive in the future?  Why would their persecutors treat them this way?  (16:1-4)




Jesus Repeats His Promise to Send a Helper When He Leaves (16:5-15) 

2.   Explain what is meant by the Holy Spirit convicting the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment?  (16:5-11)




3.  Draw a diagram of how God’s revelation comes to us- His chain of communication for the New Testament. (16:12-15)




Jesus Continues to Prepare His Apostles for His Leaving (More Reasons to Find Comfort) (16:16-33) 

4.  What figure of speech did Jesus use to comfort His apostles concerning His going away? (16:16-22)




5.  What help would the apostles receive from the Father after Jesus went away?  (16:23-28)



6.  Why did the apostles believe that Jesus came from God? (16:29-30)



7.  Why did Jesus question the apostles’ faith?  Why did He speak all these things to them?  How would all that  He had spoken give them this blessing?  (16:32-33)








Jesus Prays for His Disciples as He Prepares to Leave Them and Go to the Father


1.  What did Jesus request that the Father do for Him?  What had He done for the Father while on earth?  What is the meaning of “eternal life”?  (17:1-5)



2.  What had Jesus done for the apostles?  What did He ask for them in view of His going to the Father? (17:6-12)



3.  Why did Jesus speak what He did in the world?  How would what He prayed produce this effect on His apostles’ lives? (17:13)



4.   Why did the world hate Jesus’ apostles?  As the apostles faced a world that hated them, what did Jesus ask the Father to do for them?  (17:14-19)



5.  What kind of unity did Jesus pray would exist between Jesus’ apostles and all who believed on Him through their word?  What effect would this have on the world?  What is the state of unity among professed disciples of Jesus today?  What is the effect on the world? (17:20-21)



6.  Explain what Jesus meant when He said that He gave His apostles “glory”.  Why did He give it to them?  What then would the world know?  (17:22-23)



7.  Where did Jesus want His disciples to go?  Why? (17:24)



8.  Why did Jesus make the name of the Father known to His apostles?  (17:25-26)










1.  How awful was it that Judas betrayed Jesus in this garden?  Think of the meetings Judas had participated in there with Jesus and the other apostles.  Think of the times of teaching and prayer at this quiet, secluded spot.  (18:1-3)



2.  Why did the heavily armed men who came to arrest Jesus back up and fall to the ground when He said, “I am He”? (18:4-6)



3.  What did Peter do with his sword?  What was Jesus’ response?  (18:7-11)



4.  Why was Jesus led to Annas first and then to Caiaphas?  (18:12-14, 24)




5.  Tell the sad story of Peter’s three denials of Jesus before the rooster crowed (18:15-27)



6.  Why did the officer of the high priest strike Jesus?  How did He reply?  (18:19-23)



7.  How ironic is it that those who wanted to kill an innocent man did not want to enter into Pilate’s judgment hall so they would not be defiled and miss the Passover?  How is it that religious people can be this way, then and now? (18:28)



8.  What charge did the Jewish leaders bring against Jesus?  What kind of kingdom did He (and does He) have?  How could Pilate see that this was true? Answer Pilate’s question, “What is truth?”  (18:29-38)



9.  How did Pilate try to get Jesus (& himself) “off the hook”?  What did the Jews think of his idea?  (18:39-40)








1.  What does it mean to “scourge” someone?  Describe the way the soldiers and Pilate humiliated Jesus.  Did Pilate want to crucify Jesus?  Why did the Jews say that He had to die?  (19:1-7)



2.  When Pilate rebuked Jesus for not answering the one who had life and death authority over Him, what was Jesus’ reply?  Pilate wanted to release Jesus, but what did the Jews keep saying that caused him to give in and have Him crucified anyway?  (19:8-16)




3.   What inscription did Pilate put on the cross?  What did the chief priests want it changed to?  What was Pilate’s reply?  (19:17-22)



4.  What did the soldiers do with Jesus’ clothing?  What Scripture did this fulfill?  Who was standing by the cross?  Who did Jesus tell to take care of his mother?  (19:23-27)



5.  What Scripture was fulfilled when Jesus drank of the sour wine?  Name some things that were finished when Jesus died.  (19:28-30)




6.  Why didn’t the Jews want the bodies of Jesus and the two thieves to remain on the cross?  Again, what kind of “religious” people were they, to be concerned about something like this, while they had no problem murdering an innocent man?  What Scriptures did the soldiers fulfill when they saw that Jesus was dead. (19:31-37)



7.  Who were the men now willing for others to know of their faith in Jesus and their love for Him?  How and where was Jesus buried?  (19:38-42)







1.  What did Mary Magdalene see at Jesus’ tomb and what did she do?  Later, what was she doing when she was back at the tomb again?  What was her response to the angels and to Jesus when they asked her why she was weeping?  When did she recognize Jesus?  What did Jesus tell her to do?  (20:1-2, 11-18)




2.  What did John (the other disciple whom Jesus loved) see when he got to the tomb?  What did Peter see when he went into the tomb?  What did John do when he came into the tomb for a closer look?  How does what John and Peter found in the tomb argue against someone stealing the body of Jesus?  Prior to this time did John and Peter understand that the Scriptures predicted that the Christ would rise again from the dead?  How does this argue against the claim of the Jewish leaders that the disciples stole Jesus’ body (Mt 28:11-15)?  (20:3-10)



3.   What were the disciples doing for fear of the Jews?  How does this argue against their stealing the body?  How did the disciples react when they saw Jesus?  (20:19-20)



4.  What was Jesus going to do to the disciples that the Father had done to Him?  What did Jesus mean when he told the disciples “Receive the Holy Spirit”” after breathing on them?  Whose sins could they forgive and retain?  (20:21-23)



5.  What did Thomas say that it would take for him to believe in Jesus’ resurrection?  What did Jesus tell Him to do?  What was his reaction?  (20:24-28)



6.  Who did Jesus say are blessed?  Why did John write the signs that he did in his book?  (20:29-31)









1.  The third time that Jesus manifested Himself to His disciples, how did He prove that He was the Lord, the same person they had followed for three years, now risen from the dead?  (21:1-14)




2.  Why was Peter grieved that Jesus asked him three times, “Do you love Me?”  How was Peter to show his love for Jesus?  (21:15-17)



3.  What would happen to Peter when he grew old?  What command did Jesus give to Peter?  (21:18-19) 



4.  After the Lord told Peter what would happen to him and had given him instruction, what did he ask Jesus?  What was the Lord’s reply?  (21:20-21)



5.  What did many of the brethren think about Jesus reply to Peter?  Men still misconstrue what Jesus said and twist His words to get something out of thing that He did not say.  Write down what Jesus said (either what He said while on earth or what He said later through the writers of the N.T.).  Then write down what some men say that He said.  (21:22-23)




6.  What points does John make about his account of the life of Jesus as he ends his book?  (21:24-25)






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