Startup: What are the hardest things to communicate to someone you love?
SEEING WHAT’S THERE
1. Once again, take a “walk” together through the incidents that happen in this chapter. Using your imagination, talk about the kinds of sights, smells, sounds, and feelings you might experience.
2. What one-word adjectives would you use to best describe Peter as you see him in this chapter?
3. If you were able to ask the apostle John, “Why did you include verses 20-23 in your gospel?” how do you think he would answer?
4. From the evidence you see in these last two chapters of John’s gospel, how would you describe the nature of the resurrected body of Jesus Christ?
5. If you had only this chapter in Scripture to refer to, how would you use it to help show someone that Jesus is truly God?
6. EYE FOR DETAIL—From what you recall seeing in this chapter, try answering the following question without looking at your Bible: Which disciples are mentioned specifically by name in this chapter? (See verse 2.)
CAPTURE THE ESSENCE
7. Imagine you were helping to produce a film based on this chapter. Describe the kinds of scenery, supporting characters, background music, lighting effects, etc., which you would use to portray this chapter’s central message.
8. What changes do you think might have taken place in Peter’s heart as a result of his conversation with Jesus in verses 15-23?
9. In your own opinion, did Peter love Jesus? (Explain your answer.)
10. In this chapter, which of these character qualities in Jesus comes through most strongly to you: His compassion, His power, or His wisdom?
11. Look again at John 1:18. From what you see in chapter 21, what is God like? And from all you’ve learned throughout the gospel of John, how would you summarize what God is like?
12. Immediately after the events of this chapter, if you talked with the disciple Peter and asked him to define what it means to love Jesus, how do you think he would have answered?
FOR LIFE TODAY
13. Suppose Jesus asked you today the same question He asked Peter in verse 15—”Do you love me more than these?” With what Jesus knows about your own heart, what would the “these” refer to?
14. In the last verse of the book, John tells us that much, much more could be written about the life Jesus lived on earth. What further details of His earthly life would you like most to know more about?
15. In light of how you’re doing spiritually in your life today, which verse in this chapter do you think is the most important at this time—and why?
FOR GOING DEEPER
Notice again (in verse 1 of chapter 1) the way this gospel begins as it speaks of Jesus: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Think about this concept of Jesus as “the Word” and what it means practically for us as human beings; then discuss together how the following verses in John reinforce that concept—3:12; 5:24-25, 28-29; 8:14,18,47; 10:24-27; 12:47-50, and 14:10.
from The Complete Bible Discussion Guide: New Testament, © 1992 by Questar Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.)