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QUESTIONS FOR GROUP LEADERS JOHN 3:16-18
- What characterises the action of God the Father?
- Can you think of any other passages in Scripture that associate God with love?
- What or who does God love according to this verse?
- Are you seeking love? Where is the source of love? (see 1 John 4:16). What does this tell me about myself and my relations with others?
- Who is God’s only Son?
- What do you think the word ‘world’ means? Does it have a different meaning in 1 John 2:15?
- How would you describe God’s love for mankind? Is it a discriminatory love see Mark 12: 14, Acts 10:34, Galatians 2:6.
- Is God’s love limited? What in this verse gives you the answer to this question?
- What specific action characterises love?
- How can we distinguish between natural human love and God’s love?
- Is the love we show others our own natural love or God’s love in us? Read Romans 5:5.
- Can anyone who believes have life?
- What is the condition for obtaining life?
- What does ‘believe’ mean?
- Why is it necessary to believe in Jesus to have life? Read also John 14:6.
- Can you have life apart from Jesus? Why not?
- What alternative is there to life? What is the meaning of ‘perish’. What fundamental choice does everyone have? To answer this question see also Deuteronomy 30:19.
- What does the word ‘eternal’ mean. Does it only mean life after death?
- Why do you think God did not send his only Son to condemn the world?
- What was the relationship between God and man before the coming of Jesus? Which text we have considered deals with this?
- What does Jesus save the world from? What does he save the world for?
- How does salvation come through Jesus?
- What key fact is repeated in each of these verses? What impression does this have on you? Do you feel a sense of seriousness and urgency or does this repetition leave you indifferent?
- Why are those who do not believe already condemned?
- Who or what condemns them? Why?
- Name at least three things you are missing out on if you do not believe and trust in Jesus Christ.
- What does ‘believe in the name of’ mean?
What is your choice? Life or death? Have you accepted the salvation offered you through Jesus Christ or do you prefer to remain under the condemnation of the world?
Loving, giving, believing and receiving are four ‘actions’ present in this passage. Who takes the initiative in these, you or God? What is God’s part in these? What is our part? What part does the Holy Spirit play in this according to another passage of John that we have considered?
Is the love of God for you beneficial if it is not reciprocated? Is reciprocation necessary to render love effective or is love purely a one way process?
What happens when one person loves another and this love is not reciprocated?
What happens when it is reciprocated?
What happens when you feel loved and love in return on a purely human level? Does this help us to understand what happens when we respond positively to God’s love?
On the basis of these actions of God what are the distinguishing marks of the Christian?
We are the objects of God’s love. Does this affect our view of ourselves in any way? In what way does it influence our way of life?
Is receiving a condition for giving? Is giving conditional or unconditional? Does this contrast in any way with the ‘normal’ secular concept of giving and receiving? (Luke 14:12-14).
Is God’s love discriminating?
Does God have favourites? (Acts 10:34, Romans 2:11)
What happens when you say ‘no’ to love? What happens when you say ‘no’ to God’s offer of love? (Romans 1:24, 26).
Do you think that Jesus Christ is relevant to your life?
What is the difference are there between human love independent of God and love rooted in the love of God?
What would you say to someone who says “I cannot believe”? Or if he says belief is a gift from God and I do not have it? What do you think may lie behind these objections?
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