In this lesson, we briefly looked at the first four disciples as mentioned in verse 36-51. My prayer is that the following passages of Scripture and questions raised/posed in class will help those of you who are following online or your group study.
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READ JOHN 1:36 – 51. What can we learn from these men?
Read Matthew 4:18-19; John 1:40-41; John 6:1-8; John 12:20 -22; Mark 13: 1-5
1. What have you learned about Andrew?
2. Do you think Andrew was intimidated by the other disciples? Do you get the impression he was trying to be like them?
3. Do you shy away from sharing the Gospel because you think you have little effect?
4. Do you think God used Andrew in a powerful way?
5. How did Andrew impact the spreading of the Gospel and the early church?
6. How does this change your thinking in terms of sharing your faith?
Read Matthew chapter 16; John 18:10-11; Matthew chapter 26; John chapter 21:14-17; Acts chapter 2. (For additional insight read 1 & 2 Peter)
1. What have you learned about Peter?
2. What were his strong points?
3. What was his weakness?
4. What brought about a change in Peter’s attitude?
5. How did the change in his attitude affect his ministry?
6. In what ways is your self-confidence over-riding your Christ-confidence?
7. What is the main theme/characteristic woven throughout Peter’s teaching after his restoration? (Acts chapter 2; 1 & 2nd Peter)
8. How does the restoration of Peter and the love that Jesus showed him affect your walk with God? How can you use it to share with those who think they have gone too far?
Read John 1:43-46; John 6:4-7; John 12:20-22; John 14:6-19; Act 1:12
1. What have you learned about Philip?
2. Do you see him as rationally or Spiritually minded?
3. How does your lack of spiritually minded thinking hinder your faith in the power of Jesus?
4. What opportunities did Philip’s questioning give Jesus? (John 14:6-19)
5. What does Jesus’ response to Philip teach you about how you share and answer questions about Jesus and/or the Bible?
Though his rationality kept him from seeing the “bigger picture”, we do see a man who is not afraid to be honest or himself around Jesus. He does not hide who he is. As a result, he remained a faithful disciple and went on to share the Gospel long after the resurrection of Christ.
6. Does Philip’s faith and personality encourage or discourage you? Why?
NATHANAEL (BARTHOLOMEW) –
Read John 1:48 – 51; Mark 3:14 -19; Acts 1:11-13
1. What did you learn about Nathanael?
2. Why do you think John recorded his conversation with Jesus?
3. What do you think the absence of record for Nathanael’s “work” in the spreading of the Gospel implies?
4. Do you think his silent work is less of a value to Jesus than the others?
5. Why do you think Jesus pointed out Nathanael’s character?
6. Search your concordance for these words: Secret. Quiet. Open/ly
7. How does Nathanael encourage you?
How did the distinctive traits of these men work together? How does this change your view of how God’s chooses and uses different personalities to do his work today? How does this encourage you in sharing your faith?
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