Feb 25 // Kevin M  //John 4:1-26, 28-30, 39-42 – True Life for All

1. Nicodemus came to Jesus at night to publically debate with him, he wanted to be known and seen. The Samaritan woman comes to the well in the heat of the day, alone and full of shame, because she didn’t want to be seen. Describe a time in your life when you have wanted to hide or felt like you were unseen? How does the truth that Jesus sees you and desires to have a relationship with you change the way you feel regarding your loneliness or feeling of being unseen?
2. Nicodemus probably found satisfaction and worth in his status, power, education, wealth, and religion. The Samaritan woman seemingly tried to find her satisfaction and worth through relationships with men. Both Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman looked for satisfaction in worldly, temporal things. What are the ways that you have tried to find satisfaction in your life? How does Jesus, who offers you living water, change your perspective on the only thing that can truly satisfy you? What does this satisfaction look like for you?
3. In this passage Jesus says, “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and in truth.” What are some of the truths about God that have been revealed to you that bring you to a place of worship? What are some of the truths about God that need to move from your head to your heart so you can truly worship him in Spirit and in truth?
4. The Samaritan woman knew that the Messiah was coming and would explain everything to them. Jesus explained to her that he was the Messiah, so the Samaritan woman went back and “gossiped” the gospel to her town. The gossip of the town became “the gossiper” of the town! Pray for one another that you would be bold “gossipers” of the good news about Jesus Christ.

Feb 18 // Alan Frow // The Cure for Insecurity John 3:22-36

1. John’s disciples were insecure because they saw Jesus’ ministry as competition to John’s ministry. They showed their insecurity in exaggeration, dehumanization and envy. (V 26) When do you feel most insecure and how do you show it?
2. John was remarkably secure in the face of his declining success. A large part of this was that he lived from his received identity, as a ‘friend of the bridegroom’ rather than his achieved identity as ‘John the Baptist.’ What achieved identity are you tempted to live from? Remind one another  of the identities you have received from above, that give us deeper security (v26)
3. John was also aware of his limits. He knew who he was and who he was not. “I am not the Christ.” He had dealt with his Messiah complex. In what area of concern do you feel tempted to take on a Messiah complex? Instead turn your acceptance of limits into prayer for that area of concern.
4. We can get secure, like John, when we recognize Jesus authority, realizing that He is  from above and we are from below. (V 31) He sees our circumstances with greater clarity than we do, and can therefore speaks the words of God to them. What is a teaching of Jesus that is difficult to accept from below, that we are still called  to obey as those who are from below?
5. Finally, there is great security in knowing that “Jesus gives the Spirit without measure.” (V 33) This means that we can celebrate his blessing upon others, knowing that there is immeasurable grace to go around! Celebrate by name, someone in the group whom God is blessing and pray for one another to be filled with the Spirit.

Feb 11// Joel Baker // John 2-3

  1. John 3:16 is often reduced to or seen as a childish truth for those who are coming to faith. How does understanding the context of Jesus’ words in John 3 shift the way that you think about this passage?
  2. Jesus tells Nicodemus that all are bitten by the curse of sin and death but that God has provided Jesus as a means to remove the curse of sin and death. Who in your life needs to look to Jesus to be saved? Take time to pray for these individuals.
  3. Are there areas in your life that you need to bring into the light, that they may be exposed? Take some time to share and pray for one another.


January 28 // Alan Frow // John 2:1-12  Lord of the Feast

1. Jesus’ first miracle is a sign of his kingdom which would come with abundant joy. Isaiah 26:3 and Joel 3:18
What does it mean to you that Jesus is not just serious about your sin, he is serious about your joy?

2. In this miracle, Jesus saves the groom from the shame of running out of wine. But the miracle speaks to a deeper removal of shame. Discuss.

3. Jesus does all the work and the groom gets all the credit. What does that tells us about the gospel and why is that good news for us. What does is it mean to be credited with Jesus’ righteousness?

4. Why would Jesus have to go to the cross to have his own wedding? What does it mean that he drank the cup of God’s wrath so that we could drink the cup of God’s joy. The word propitiation in 1Jon 2:2 gives clarity – to absorbing wrath and turn it to favor.

5. ‘Do whatever he tells you’ was what Mary said to the servants. Because they obeyed they had a front row seat to Jesus’ power. What is Jesus telling you to do that requires faith and obedience?

6. What relevance does this miracle have for both singles and those who are married?

January 21 // Kevin M // John 1:35-51

1. When Jesus first notices Andrew and the other disciple following him, he asks them, “What are you looking for?” The same question is asked of us today and the answer to whatever we’re looking for can be found in Jesus. How would you describe what you’re currently looking for in this season of your life?

2. After Jesus finds and chooses us and we accept the invitation to follow him, he transforms and renames us. How would you describe how Jesus has transformed you and renamed you? What are some of the names (friend, adopted son or daughter, slave to righteousness, alive, victorious, etc.) that most resonates with you?
3. Part of the transformation in our lives is being transformed into a worshiper of Jesus. If worship, according to Augustine, is more than just singing praises to God but it’s also a reordering of the loves in our lives, are there things that you can identify in your life that need to be reordered?
4. In this passage of Scripture we read that the disciples recognize Jesus and become witnesses, they go and tell their family members and friends. Pray for one another that you would become bold witnesses for Jesus and tell others of how he has transformed your life.

January 14, 2024 // Alan Frow // John 1:19:34

1. John the Baptist’s humility was remarkable. “I am a voice crying in the wilderness…I am not worthy to untie the sandals of the One coming after me.” In fact, Jesus view of John was greater than John’s view of himself. How does this challenge you when we are told we will never do great things unless we grasp our own greatness?
2. While John spoke truth to power, calling tax collectors, soldiers and Herod to repent, he also spoke truth to his own tribe- calling the Jewish crowds to repent. (Luke 3:7) Why is it that we tend to get so outraged by other people’s sin yet struggle to recognize our own sin? What does bearing fruit in keeping with repentance mean?
3. In calling people to repentance, John was preparing them to recognize Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. What are the implications of Jesus coming as a Lamb? What does it mean to appropriate the blood of the Lamb by faith?
3. John said he would not have recognized Jesus as the Lamb of God unless he had seen the Spirit descend and remain upon Him. He also says that Jesus would baptize people with that same Spirit. This is a promise for all believers. Avoid getting into disputes about definitions of Spirit baptism, but pray for one another for the Spirit to fill you again. (Ephesians 5: 17)

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