God’s only Son Jesus Christ our Lord

Small Group Material: 
Week Commencing: 
20 Sep 2009
Bible Base: 
Hebrews 1:4 & John 1:14-18

Week beginning 21 Sept 2009 God’s only Son Jesus Christ our Lord (Preacher David Jeans)
Reading  1 Hebrews 1:4
1)      This letter is thought to be addressed to Jewish Christians, and is particularly concerned about the relationship between Jesus and the Old Testament. What does Jesus have in common with the prophets; how does Jesus go beyond the prophets?
2)      Do you find it easier to grasp what you are told or what you are shown? What is God doing in Christ?
3)      The idea in verse 3 is of a stamp (like a date stamp) or a seal which reproduces the likeness exactly. (It may appear to us that this suggests inferiority – but the Church Fathers used these verses in their discussions about Jesus being God to show that Jesus was fully God as well as being fully human). So if we get one idea of God from our reading of the Old Testament, or from people’s doctrine or theology, and a different idea from looking at Jesus, which idea of God is going to be right?
4)      What else is said about Jesus in verses 2 to 4? Do these verses allow us to think of Jesus as ‘just a very good man’?
Reading 2 John 1:14-18
5)      What connections can you see between verse 14 and Hebrews 1:1-2? How does this connect with question 2 above?
6)      If anyone has a concordance (word list) at the back of their Bibles, look up where else John uses the word ‘grace’ other than in these verses. Does John define ‘grace’? So how do we know what ‘grace’ is?
7)      ‘Truth’ in Hebrew thought means something like ‘faithfulness’ or ‘reliability’. It is something you can stand upon. ‘Truth’ in Greek thought is much more about ‘what things are really like’. How is Jesus ‘truth’ in both these senses?
8)      How does verse 18 connect with the Hebrews reading?
9)      John goes on to show us the glory, grace and truth of Jesus by various signs. Scholars give the following list, though there are others (esp his death and resurrection!):-
·         The wedding at Cana (ch 2:1-11)
·         Healing of the centurion’s Son (ch 4:46-54)
·         Healing at the pool of Bethesda (ch 5:1-18)
·         Feeding of the 5000 (ch 6:1-14)
·         Healing of a blind man (ch 9)
·         Raizing of Lazarus (ch 11)
·         The catch of fish (ch 21:1-14)
Look at one or two of these – what do they say about jesus and grace and truth? What do they say about God?
10)   Go back to question 2. How are people today going to grasp the truth about God in Jesus? Who is going to show them?
11)   How are we going to show them? By being the word made flesh ourselves as individuals and as a church. What might that look like?