Robert Ingersoll, a well known atheist who died on July 21, 1899, once remarked that the two most important questions that man will ever ask himself is:
- Who is Jesus?
- What will you do with your Jesus?
The questions were not original with Robert Ingersoll. It is interesting that an atheist would ask these questions. Why would an atheist remark that these two questions would be the most important questions a person could ever answer?
Ingersoll believed there were three possible answers to the first question:
Who is Jesus?
Of course Ingersoll saw Jesus as either lunatic or liar. Think about the claims of Christ found throughout the book of John (here’s a hint…take some time to read the book of John this week). Write down why Ingersoll would believe Jesus was a lunatic or liar. Be prepared to discuss this in small group
As Christians we should have a conviction that Jesus is Lord. Write a small summary of what it means to have Jesus as Lord. Can a person be saved and not have Jesus as Lord? Why or why not?
Read Luke 14:25-32. What three characteristics does Jesus require to be a follower of His? As Jesus looks at your life would He see Sacrificial Love (vv. 25-26), Sacrificial Surrender (vv. 27-32), and Sacrificial Abandonment (v. 33)?
Be prepared to discuss the three characteristics of a Jesus follower found in Luke 14.25-32 in your small group.
As you look at what it means to have Jesus as Lord how does it help you to answer Ingersoll’s second question, “What will you do with your Jesus?”
Take a moment and read the following verses:
Matthew 4.18-22, Luke 5.1-11, Mark 3.13-19; Luke 8.49-36, 9:54; Mark 10.35-37; John 13.23; John 19:26-27; John 20.1-10; John 21:20-23; Galatians 2.9.
Write a brief biographical sketch of John.
What are some lessons we can learn from John?
Date: Circa AD 80-90
Purpose: John 20:31
The purpose of the book of John is two-fold. The first is apologetic (in the theological sense it means to defend), “…that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God…” The second is evangelistic, “and that by believing you may have life in His name.”
The Gospel of John answers the two questions put forth by Robert Ingersoll.
Can you intelligently defend your faith? If someone asked you why you believe that Jesus is the Son of God, could you answer with something other than, the Bible tells me so? Take some time this week and find ways that you could defend that Jesus is the Son of God using your Bible and other historical and theological sources.
Why do we have four Gospels? Each Gospel has a unique purpose. What are the purposes?
Something to think about:
One phrase that describes the book: “…that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God…”
Two roads that traverse the book:
Belief—disciples trained and strengthened.
Three key that unlock the book:
Front door (1.11-12)
Side door (16.28)
Back door (20.30-31)
Four terms that fill the book:
- What are some charcteristics of John?
- What is the purpose for the Gospel of John found in these 2 verses?
- How is the Gospel of John different from the other 3 Gospels?
- How do the two roads of belief and unbelief that transverse the book of John effect the Christian life?
- What are the 3 keys that unlock the book?
- What are the 4 key words that fill the book?
Matt. 4:18-22; Mark 3:13-19; 10:35-37; Luke 5:1-11; 8:49-36; John 13:23; 19:26-27; 20:1-10; 21:20-23; Acts 1:13; 4:13; Gal. 2:9
John. 1:11-12; 16:28; 20:30-31
John 1:7,12; 3:2; 8:54; 17:1-9; 21:24-25
Pastor Rickey LeMons