John 1 and 12
PERMISSION to be ORDINARY [John 1]
Andrew was the first of the twelve apostles to follow Jesus Christ. His name is Greek (not Hebrew) and it simply means “man.” Andrew’s life exemplifies most of our lives and teaches us a vital principle:
- God uses ordinary people in extraordinary ways.
Our EXTRAORDINARY God [John 12]
Andrew and Philip brought Greek people to Jesus so that they could hear the good news. When the Greeks met Jesus, they received the gospel message. Jesus focused on the idea of glory with the Greeks.
- The reconciliation of the world is for God’s glory.
- Jesus was glorified in His death to save everyone.
- We will be glorified when we die to self and serve God.
- Satan wanted to be glorified but was defeated.
- Shine the glorious light for those in close proximity.
Study and Discussion Questions
1. How much do you think about the glory of God? What does it mean to glorify God? Are you glorifying God with your life?
2. Jesus fed the 5000 around Bethsaida (Andrew’s birth place). Read the story and note Andrew’s role in this miracle (John 6:1-13; Luke 9:10-17; Mark 6:30-44; Matthew 14:13-21). What do we learn about Andrew? Can you relate to him? Discuss how much Jesus was glorified through this miracle.
3. What are some fears which keep us from sharing our faith? Fear of rejection and what our friends will think (Answer: John 15:20). Fear of not knowing all the answers to the questions (Answer: Zechariah 4:6). Fear of losing friends and relatives (Luke 12:51-53). Fear of not knowing how (Answer: Matthew 10:19-20). What is your greatest fear in sharing your faith?
4. Read these passages about the word “light” (Matthew 5:14-16; 1 John 1:5-10; read both several times). Each time you read it you might notice something you missed before. What does walking in the light mean for you in your everyday life?
Applying the Word to Life
5. Did you come forward and put people’s names on the board? How will you start praying for them? How will you interact with them? How will you help them find Jesus? The most important question: Do you genuinely love these people?
6. What can you do to demonstrate to God that Satan is defeated and will not have power over your daily life? What are the areas Satan tries to defeat you? How can you stand strong? How will you live in the victory Jesus gave to you?