1. As you work through the opening verses of John, how would you summarize what John is trying to say in this Prologue? What is his thesis?
2. The sermon describes how John’s opening words would have gotten the attention of both religious Hebrews and secular Greek folks. What would be the equivalent of this kind of introduction today? What might get the attention of such a broad range of people?
3. Looking at these verses, what are some of the key points John wants to make about who Jesus is and what is time on earth was meant to accomplish?
4. How does verse 14 in particular give us a picture of the love of Jesus? What does it mean that he took on flesh and dwelt among us? How does that communicate love?
5. The sermon points out how John describes love coming down to save us, while many religions encourage us to work for love. What are some of the ways you find yourself working for the love of God?
6. The key application from this passage is simple: Believe. How can you intentionally exercise belief in the Jesus that is presented in this chapter? What practice can you take up this month to help you exercise this belief?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.