Monthly Archives: February 2016

Further Reflection – Jesus The Messiah

For study and further reflection from our most recent message Jesus the Messiah, the third in our series Jesus, Name Above All Names, we encourage the use of the following questions.

If you missed last Sunday’s (2/28) message, you can stream or download it here.

Scripture Reading: John 4:1-42

Jesus talks with a Samaritan Woman verses 1-26

What is significant about the story taking place in Samaria?

What does the fact that she comes to draw water at noon time tell us about her?

Why do you think Jesus risked his reputation to ask a favor of this woman?

How would you describe the woman’s response?

What do you think the disciples must have thought by Jesus leading them through this forbidden territory?

How would you describe the woman’s response?

How did Jesus turn the tables on her in verse 10?

In the woman’s reply, what is she really saying?

How is she like Nicodemus (3:1-21)?

Why does Jesus change the topic of conversation so abruptly to her personal live (vv. 16-18)?

What strikes you about the way he responds to her claim to not have a husband?

Why do you think this woman changed the conversation to focus on a religious topic and controversy?

In this story, what does Jesus mean by telling her that God is interested in worshipers who will do so in “spirit and truth”?

What is significant about Jesus choosing this woman as the first person to whom he revealed himself (vv. 39-42)?

Do you think there were a lot of nervous men when she said, “Come see the man who told me everything I ever did”?

Personal Reflections

What social and ethnic barriers have you overcome since coming to faith in Jesus?

What aspects of Jesus’ conversation could you use as a model for your own discussions with searching friends?

What are you constantly “thirsting” for in life? How has Jesus satisfied you?

What one insight did you gain from these verses that you want to remember?
The Disciples Rejoin Jesus verses 27-41

Why were the disciples surprised to find Jesus with this woman?

What does “leaving her water jar” reveal about Jesus’ impact on her?

How did she impact others?

How is Jesus’ figurative speech once again misunderstood (see 2:19; 3:3; 4:10)?

Why does he continue to speak like this?

In what ways is God’s will like food for him?

How does this parable of harvesting apply to the disciples?

Given the social barriers between Jews and Samaritans, what do verses 40-42 teach you about Jesus?

Personal Reflections

Considering your interest in “spiritual things,” are you more like the disciples or the Samaritans? Why?

Is doing God’s will as essential to you as eating food? Why?

What do you learn from the woman about telling others about Jesus? From the parable (vv. 35-38)?

What one new insight did you gain from these verses?

 

 

Further Reflection – Son of Man

For study and further reflection from our most recent message Son of Man, the second in our series Jesus, Name Above All Names, we encourage the use of the following questions.

If you missed last Sunday’s (2/21) message, you can stream or download it here.

Scripture Reading: John 3:14-21

  • What does Jesus claim about himself in verses 13-15?
  • From verses 16-18, what stands out to you about God?
  • About what he wants to do?
  • About how a person is condemned?
  • How will belief show itself (vv. 15-21)?
  • How is Jesus’ use of the words “born again” similar to and different from the way it is used to day?
  • What does Jesus say you must believe to be “born again”?
  • How would you define “born again” in your own words?

Personal Reflection

  • What first aroused your interest in Jesus? Why?
  • Where are you right now in the birthing process of spiritual life: Not yet conceived? Developing, but not so anyone could tell? Heavy with child and waiting? Kicking and screaming like an infant? Growing daily? Explain?
  • When did you see God as saving you, rather of than condemning you?
  • What one point do you want to remember from today’s discussion?

Further Reflection – Lamb of God

Last Sunday at Ashland we began a new sermon series called Jesus, Name Above All Names. The first message given in this series was Lamb of God. For study and further reflection of we encourage using the following questions.

If you missed last Sunday’s (2/14) message, you can stream or download it here.

Scripture Reading: John 1:29-51

Verses 29-34 Jesus the Lamb of God John just a witness

What does he mean by calling Jesus the “Lamb of God” (see Ex. 12:1-13; Isa.53:7)?

And the “Son of God” (v. 34)?

What proof supports these claims (Psalm 2:7)?

Personal Reflections on verses 29-34

Who “made straight the way for the Lord” in your life? Have you thanked them?

Of the titles given for Jesus (the Word, the Light, the Christ, the Lam of God, the Son of God), which means the most to you today and why?

Verses 35-51 The First Disciples

In light of verses 30-31, how do you think John felt when his disciples left him to follow Jesus? What does this say about John?

What motivated the disciples of John to follow Jesus?

What motivated Andrew to tell Simon about him?

How do you think Simon felt when Jesus changed his name to Cephas (meaning rock)?

What helped Nathanael overcome his initial skepticism about Jesus?

In these verses, how many different titles are attributed to Jesus?

Which means the most to you personally?

Personal Reflections on verses 35-51

Which one of the disciples are you the most like when it comes to following Jesus?

What was your motive for initially following Jesus and what circumstances led to that?

 

Thanks to Harold Bussell for these questions.