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Gospel of John

This assignment covers John 4-6.

  1. Cite two reasons that Jesus left Judea. 4:1-3 (cf. Mark 1:14). Bruce, p. 100.


  1. Explain how Jesus could have been “making and baptizing” disciples, yet He “himself baptized not, but his disci­ples?” 4:1-2. Bruce, pp. 100f.


  1. Why did strict Jews avoid travel through Samaria?  4:4,9. Bruce, p. 103.


  1. Jesus used his conversation with the Samaritan woman about drinking water from Jacob’s well to teach what lesson? 4:6-14. Bruce, p. 104.


  1. Evaluate Bruce’s explanation of “living water.” 4:10,14. Bruce, pp. 104f.


  1. How did Jesus know about the Samaritan woman’s personal life?  4:16-18 (cf. John 2:25).


  1. Why had the Samaritans built their temple on Mt. Gerizim? 4:20.  Bruce, pp. 108f.


  1. Explain what Jesus might have meant by “worship in spirit and truth.” 4:24.  Bruce, pp. 110f.


  1. Comment on Jesus’ words in verses 25-26.  Bruce, p. 111.


  1. What spiritual work did Jesus have in mind in speaking of “sowing and reaping?”  4:35-38. Bruce, pp. 114f.


  1. Who said, “We know that this is indeed the Savior of the world?” and how did this belief come about? 4:42.


  1. Tell about the second sign Jesus performed at Cana. 4:46ff.


  1. What feature in Jesus’ healing the nobleman`s son is shown by verses 52-53?


  1. Verses 3b-4 are not included in some modern versions. Explain why.  Bruce, p. 122.


  1. Discuss whether Jesus healed people because of their faith, or to create faith. 5:7-9.


  1. In the Fourth Gospel, what is the first example of open hostility to Jesus? 5:10,16.  Bruce, p. 124.


  1. How many categories of work not to be done on the sabbath did Jewish tradition specify?  Bruce p. 125.


  1. What does the writer imply about sin and sickness? What challenges could you offer?  5:14.  Bruce p. 126.


  1. Show how Jesus’ words of verse 17 relate to the Jews’ charge that he broke the sabbath command.  5:16.


  1. What was the primary reason that the Jews from this time sought to kill Jesus?  5:18.


  1. What tremendous claim does Jesus make in 5:19-24?  Bruce, pp. 127f.


  1. Does Jesus suggest that eternal life only begins after the Great Resurrection? 5:21, 25, 28-29.


  1. What four things does this Gospel list which establish a divine rela­tionship between God and Christ.  5:19-23.


  1. Explain “the dead” of verse 25 and “all that are in the tombs” of verses 28-29.  Bruce, pp. 131, 133.


  1. List the five witnesses to Christ’s deity. 5:33, 36, 37, 39, 46.


  1. Explain verse 39. See Bruce, footnote 28, p. 141.


  1. Why would most of the Jews be more inclined to follow a false Messiah than Jesus?  5:43.


  1. Describe and comment about a prominent pseudo-Messiah who led a disastrous revolt.  Bruce, p. 138.


  1. How can a disposition of heart prevent belief?   5:44 (cf. I Corinthians 2:14).


  1. To what text in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) does Jesus likely refer in verse 46?


  1. Which miracle (sign), other than the resurrection, is record­ed in all four Gospels?  6:5 ff.  Bruce, p. 143.


  1. Describe the place where the feeding the 5,000 took place. 6:1.


  1. What caused the need for food for the multitude? 6:5-7  (cf. Matthew 14:14-16, Mark 6:34f.).


  1. Where did Jesus find a basic food resource?  6:8-9.


  1. In this incident, how did Jesus demonstrate the principle of orderliness?  6:10 (cf. Mark 6:39-40) Bruce, p. 144.


  1. What does the term “eucharist” mean and how did it come to be used in Christian tradition? 6:11.  Bruce, p. 145.


  1. How does Jesus teach a lesson about frugality? 6:13. Bruce, p. 145.


  1. In what way was an earthly kingdom different from the one Jesus came to establish?  6:15.


  1. Why were the disciples afraid when they saw Jesus walking on the water during the storm?  6:19 (cf. Mark 6:49).  Bruce,   p. 148.


  1. What is the likely meaning of “it is I” (ego eimi)? 6:20. Bruce, p. 148.


  1. Jesus accused the multitude of following him for what purpose?  6:26.


  1. Contrast the two types of food mentioned by Jesus. 6:27. Bruce, p. 150.


  1. Why did the Jews demand a sign greater than that of feeding the 5,000?  6:30-31. Bruce, 151.


  1. List the seven “I am” passages in the Fourth Gospel. (6:48; 8:12; 10:7,9; 10:11,14; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1,5).


  1. What is the Father’s Will as suggested in verses 38, 39, and 40?


  1. Do independent research to determine how many times the words in verse 39 for “last day” (in Greek) occur in the New Testament.


  1. Verses 44-45 speak of how God draws people unto himself. How might Christians differ on their interpretation of that (see also I Thessalonians 2:13;  2 Thessalonians 2:14).


  1. Explain the phrase “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood.” 6:52-55.  Bruce, pp. 159 f.


  1. What words show that Jesus’ mission was universal? 6:51.


  1. How might the Lord’s Supper (Communion) be implied in this discourse?  Bruce, p. 161.


  1. In what respect were the words of Jesus a “hard saying?” 6:60.


  1. “Where he was before” of verse 62 implies what?  Bruce, p. 163.


  1. According to verse 63, how do the “words” of Jesus pertain to the possession of “life?”  Bruce, p. 163.


  1. What did many disciples do after hearing Jesus’ discourse on the Bread of Life?  6:66.


  1. What did Peter confess?  6:68-69. How do his words here differ from a similar confession in Matthew 16:16?


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