Bible Study- Following Jesus- John 1:35-42 (3/17/12)

The Main Focus: Following Jesus

As we step back into the book of John we see Jesus calling His first disciples, or followers. Following a teacher in that day was a big deal and people would take it very seriously who they decided to follow and learn from. It was understood that who you followed would often play a big part in who you became. Here we see something very striking, the disciples didn t choose Jesus, but He chose them. This is at the core of all who follow Jesus that ultimately it s Christ who calls us and leads us in His ways.

Key Passage: John 1:35-42, Matthew 16:24-26

Scripture & Discussion:

  1. What does John proclaim Jesus as? (John 1:35-36)
  2. What did the disciples then do? (John 1:37)
  3. What did Jesus invite them to do? (John 1:38-39)
  4. Who did Andrew invite to meet Jesus? (John 1:40-42)
  5. What does Jesus require of those who follow Him? (Matthew 16:24)
  6. How would you summarize v. 25-26? (Matthew 16:25-26)

To follow Jesus is to surrender to your life to His, to obey Him. This is difficult but the high call.

Practical Questions:

  • Why should we follow Jesus?
  • What does following Jesus look like in your life?
  • How can it be difficult to follow Jesus?

Memory Verse:
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Matthew 6:24


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