John 13-21: Jesus, the Living Way to God

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Overview

Thirteen inductive Bible studies focus on John 13-21, encouraging you to take a fresh look at Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.

Introduction

Getting the Most Out of John 13-21
This section introduces the topic, explains the structure followed in each study and offers tips for those approaching the study on their own as well as those participating in a group.

Session One

The Son as a Slave
Have you ever been asked to do a demeaning or lowly job? In John 13 Jesus shows the spirit he expects in those who follow him.
John 13:1-17

Session Two

A Traitor? Not Me!
Have you ever betrayed someone else—or been betrayed? John 13 reveals that Jesus knew his disciples better than they knew themselves.
John 13:18-38

Session Three

Comfort for a Troubled Heart
When have you experienced broken-heartedness? In John 14 Jesus comforts his disciples as their understanding and expectations are thrown into chaos.
John 14

Session Four

The Secret of the Vine
Since becoming a Christian, have you felt that Jesus is far away? In John 15 Jesus teaches his disciples the secret of spiritual growth: “Remain in me.”
John 15:1-11

Session Five

The Cost of Friendship
Who is your closest friend? What qualities does he or she possess? Jesus describes in John 15 what friendship with him entails—comfort as well as cost.
John 15:12—16:4

Session Six

Secrets of the Spirit
The disciples’ response to Jesus’ looming death is probably familiar to you: they were troubled, afraid and then grief-stricken. In John 16 Jesus responds to each concern by talking about the coming Holy Spirit.
John 16:5-15

Session Seven

Peace in a Time of Trouble
What helps you to copy with life’s troubles—sorrow, rejection and pain? John 16 offers Jesus’ advice for his disciples.
John 16:16-33

Session Eight

Jesus Prays for Us
How has crisis or the threat of death focuses your priorities? John 17 records Jesus’ final prayer with his disciples, in which he prays for himself, for them and for you!
John 17

Session Nine

Trial & Trust
How have you dealt with humiliation or injustice? John 18 shows how Jesus exhibits confidence in God’s purposes in the face of what should have been the most demeaning experience of his life.
John 18:1-27

Session Ten

Character Test
What tempts you to compromise your faith? Jesus’ conduct during his trial can equip and inspire you to hold fast to the truth.
John 18:28—19:16

Session Eleven

Obedient to Death
What thoughts and feelings come to you as you think about Jesus’ crucifixion? John 19 leaves out many of the horrific details but makes one thing clear—Jesus laid down his life willingly.
John 19:17-42

Session Twelve

The Son Is Up!
Why is it important to you that Jesus rose from the dead? John 20 emphasizes the importance by describing three witness to the empty tomb and three appearances of the risen Jesus.
John 20

Session Thirteen

A Walk with a Resurrected Man
What is the difference between being forgiven and being trusted again? In John 21, Peter wonders whether he can start over with Jesus and be used to bring glory to God. And Jesus answers him.
John 21

Total number of pages - 65 pages

Douglas Connelly is senior pastor at Parkside Community Church in Michigan. He is author of the books The Bible for Blockheads and The Book of Revelation for Blockheads (both Zondervan) as well as the LifeGuide® Bible Studies Encountering Jesus, Daniel, Angels, Miracles, Heaven and Meeting the Spirit.

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