The Gospel of John: Session 2 (Spring 2021)
Session 2 – Small Group Study Guide
Word: How this truth should be understood
- Why are the phrases “When Jesus had spoken these words” and “the hour has come” important to understanding the context of this prayer?
- Jesus begins this prayer with “glory.” Glory is at the heart of this prayer – so it’s important that we understand it. To the best of your ability, define glory.
- Jesus connects his glory to the crucifixion (cf. John 12:23). How does that add a greater understanding to his phrase, “glorify the Son”?
Worship: How this truth affects your heart
- Pastor Kim mentioned sometimes we are discouraged by unanswered prayers, because we’re pursuing “wrong glories” instead of God’s. How is this evident in your life and prayers? What is the danger of this?
- Jesus prays for God’s glory during a time of fear, danger, confusion, and uncertainty. Think of a specific struggle/challenge you are or have gone through. How would an appreciation of and pursuit of God’s glory offer comfort and hope?
Work: How this truth works out in your life
- As an exercise in worship, spend some time writing down the different ways you have seen God’s glory (His mercy, greatness, goodness, etc.) during the pandemic.
- Choose one area that you have been praying about consistently. Spend time specifically praying for God’s glory in that area (maybe as opposed to simply circumstantial change).
- Since life is to be defined and directed by God’s, what are some practical ways you can remind yourself of that truth this week?
Sharing and Prayer
- The theme of our study in John is “to awaken and advance faith.” As you think about this season, what is one area in which you’d like to grow in living out your faith? Write this down and prepare to follow-up and track God’s work in our future sessions!
- What are some ways that you’d like to apply what you just learned to that one area you’d like to grow in living out your faith?
- Share other prayer requests.