I. What God says about Jesus (vs. 6-8; John 1:1; I Corinthians 5:19)
A. What God said about Jesus in the Old Testament
(Genesis 3:15; Psalms 2, 45, 110; Isaiah 9:6-7)
B. What God said about Jesus at His baptism (Matthew 3:16-17)
C. What God said about Jesus at the cross (Matthew 17:5, 27:45-54; Luke 9:31-35; John 5:37, 8:18, 12:26-28; Acts 17:30-31)
D. What the Holy Spirit says about Jesus (Luke 1:35; Ephesians 5:18; John 14:16-17, 15:26, 16:13-14; Romans 8:16)
II. How people respond to Jesus (vs. 9-12)
A. If we accept the words of people, how much more, God’s who cannot lie or fail? (v. 9; Deuteronomy 17:6, 19:15)
B. Why God’s verdict matters: know Jesus, know life; no Jesus, no life. (vs. 10-12; John 1:1; I John 2:23; I Peter 1:21)
C. Walter’s story (email@example.com)
D. What’s your verdict? (Matthew 15:18-19; John 1:12; Romans 10:9-10)
- If you feel comfortable, share your story of coming to faith. How did your discovery of God’s verdict about His Son change your life?
- As you look back on your conversion experience, or if you don’t have one, then looking at past spiritual experiences, how have you seen the Spirit at work? Is it easy for you to see the Spirit at work in the moment or is it clear after the fact? How did you see the Spirit witnessing or “testifying” to Christ? (I John 5:6b) Have you thought something might be mere coincidence but upon further reflection you see it differently?
- Why do you suppose it is so common to talk about Jesus as a great moral teacher but then balk at His divinity?
- When we talk about eternal life, what does that mean to you? Some Christians tend to think of eternal life as “fire insurance” or a “get out of jail free” card. How do you understand eternal life?
- How do you understand the idea that life is in Jesus, or Jesus has life in himself (I John 5:11-12)? How can we live the life of Christ? What does that mean to you specifically? Is this life in Christ a static or dynamic experience? Is it something we simply receive or can we grow in it? Is this life more “here and now”, or more “then and there”?
- What do you think about the claim of exclusivity – “whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life”? What does that mean about other religions? Does that make Christianity a narrow religion?
What do you make of former evangelicals who compromise on this issue – that is, they now teach there are ways to eternal life other than Christ? Why do they make such shifts? Are these movements driven by their understanding of Scripture or are they driven by other considerations?
Do you struggle with the idea of a loving God “sending people to Hell”?
Have you come up with answers that have helped you process this difficult question?
- How might you partner with God in being a witness for Jesus?
- How does the Holy Spirit testify to the reality of Christ in you? How are you able to discern the difference between the Spirit’s influence and other influences - either internal (e.g., feelings) or external (e.g., advice from friends)?