Questions Anticipating John 3:33-4:6

Questions Anticipating John 3:33-4:6

Dear student of God’s Word,

Thank you for joining us in this study of John’s Gospel at Harvest Community Church. Our desire is to provide an opportunity for all believers, regardless of where they may be in their Christian journey, to dive deeper into the waters of God’s Word. The Holy Spirit, our Master Teacher, longs to lead us into “all the truth.” Jesus promised as much in John 16:13: “When the Spirit of truth comes,” He said, “He will guide you into all the truth.” I believe that if we’ll take the time to sit before the precious words of the Fourth Gospel, He will do just that!

Arthur Pink put it this way: “It is our earnest desire that many of our readers will make these verses the subject of prayerful study and meditation. The Bible teacher who becomes a substitute for diligent study on the part of those who hear him is a hindrance and not a help. The business of the teacher is to turn people to the searching of the Scriptures for themselves, stimulating their interest in the Sacred Word, and instructing them how to go about it.” To these words I add a hearty, “Amen!”

To that end, each Lord’s Day I’ll be presenting the congregation with a series of questions to consider about the portion of John’s Gospel we’ll be looking at the following Sunday. This will give us the opportunity to ponder them, to wrestle with them, to study them, to meditate upon them, and to let the Holy Spirit speak first, as it were. So, jump in – the water’s fine!

In the Victorious One,

Gene

John 3:33-4:6

3:33-4:6 “Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. 34 For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”

4:1 Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2(although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. And he had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.”

Questions to consider about John 3:33-4:6:

  1. What does verse 33 mean to you? Have you done this?
  2. What does it mean that “He gives the Spirit without measure” in verse 34?
  3. What does John mean by using the word “obey” in verse 36?
  4. Why do you think John tells us that “Jesus himself did not baptize” in 4:2?
  5. What concerned Jesus so much that it caused Him to leave Judea and depart for Galilee in 4:3?
  6. What is the significance of Jesus coming “to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph” in 4:5?
  7. Is there some connection we should make between Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus in chapter 3 and His conversation with the woman at the well in chapter 4? Compare and contrast these two encounters. What can we learn by considering them together that we might miss viewing them separately?
  8. What great spiritual truths might we glean from the simple statement that Jesus was wearied from His journey in 4:6?
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