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Jesus Calls the First Disciples

John 1:35-51

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Opening Prayer

The Beginning of Jesus' Ministry - So Far (Luke 3-4)
    What event marked the beginning of Jesus' ministry as the Messiah (Christ)?
      Matthew 3:13-15
    Why is this event understood as the beginning of His ministry?
      Luke 3:21-22
    How old was Jesus when He began His ministry?
      Luke 3:23a
    What was significant about Jesus beginning His ministry at the age of thirty?
      Numbers 4:3
    Who else began their ministry of God's calling at the age of thirty?
      2 Samuel 5:4
    How did Jesus immediately celebrate His calling as the greatest man of all time?
      Luke 4:1-2

Who Was John? (John 1:19-28)
    How effective was John's ministry?
      Matthew 3:4-6
    Did the people understand who John was and what was the purpose of his ministry?
      Luke 3:15

    How did John respond when asked if he was the Messiah?
      John 1:19-20
    Who did he say he was?
      John 1:21-23
    After he quoted Scripture, did the learned Pharisees understand what he was doing?
      John 1:24-28

    What was the purpose of John's baptism?
      Acts 19:1-5
    Why was it important for people to repent before the Messiah would come?
      Luke 1:16-17
    How is this similar to preparations for Christ's second coming?
      Revelation 19:6-7

Jesus Returns (John 1:29-34)
    How did John further clarify his statements the next day?
      John 1:29-31
    If John didn't know Him, how was he able to point out Jesus as the Messiah?
      John 1:32-34

Jesus' First Disciples (John 1:35-42)
    Now that Jesus was on the job and John had identified Him, was John's job done?
      John 1:35-36
    How did John's two disciples respond to John's claim?
      John 1:37
    What did they intend to do, follow Jesus from a distance to see where He was going?
      John 1:38-39

    Who were these two disciples of John?
      John 1:40
    What did they do after talking with Jesus a few hours?
      John 1:41-42a
    How did Jesus show His timeless wisdom when He met Simon?
      John 1:42b

A Couple More Disciples (John 1:43-51)
    Where did Jesus go the next day and who did He meet (there or in route)?
      John 1:43-44
    How did Philip respond to meeting Jesus?
      John 1:45

    Was Nathanael also from Bethsaida?
      John 21:2
    What did Nathanael think about the Messiah coming from his neighboring town of Nazareth?
      John 1:46

    How did Jesus show His knowledge of people's souls when He met Nathanael?
      John 1:47
    Did Nathanael believe that Jesus could know him that well at their first meeting?
      John 1:48
      Not uncommon for devout Jews to pray, meditate & study under shade of fig trees
    How did Nathanael respond to Jesus' claims to seeing him praying under the leafy fig tree?
      John 1:49

    How did Nathanael's confession climax the names given to Jesus by these first disciples?
      John 1:37, 41, 49

Nathanael's Greater Thing to See (John 1:51)
    Would this proof that Nathanael accepted be enough to convince others?
      John 1:50
    What great wonder did Jesus tell Nathanael he would get to see?
      John 1:51

    What story would the faithful Jew Nathanael immediately remember?
      Genesis 28:10-12
    What was the message Jacob received when he saw the stairway to heaven?
      Genesis 28:13-14
    How was that message brought also to us through Jesus?
      Galatians 3:7-9
    How are all peoples on earth blessed through the new children of Abraham?
      Galatians 3:14

    What is significant of seeing heaven open?
      Romans 5:18
    What is significant of the angels ascending and descending on the Son of Man?
      John 14:6

Jesus' Early Travels (John 2-4)
    What significant event occurred in Nathanael's hometown three days after meeting Jesus?
      John 2:1-2, 11
    Where did Jesus then go that became the home base for His ministry?
      John 2:12

    Where did Jesus travel to next and what happened on His arrival?
      John 2:13-16
    How did word of Jesus spread from this visit?
      John 2:23
    Did only common people recognize Him as being sent from God?
      John 3:1-2

    Where did Jesus' ministry take Him next and what did He do there?
      John 3:22
    What did He do when people thought He might be competing with John?
      John 4:1-3
    Who did He meet on the way?
      John 4:5, 7, 39-42

    What kind of reception did Jesus receive in Galilee?
      John 4:43, 45
    Where in Galilee did He go and what happened?
      John 4:46, 49-51, 53-54

Jesus in Galilee (Luke 4:14-44; Matthew 4:12-17; Mark 1:14-15)
    Where is the next place Jesus went and what happened there?
      Luke 4:16, 21, 28-30
    Where did He go next and what happened there?
      Luke 4:31, 33, 36-37
    Who else did He heal while there?
      Luke 4:38-40
    How did Jesus respond when the people of Capernaum tried to keep Him from leaving?
      Luke 4:42-44

Fishers of Men (Luke 5:1-11; Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20)
    What did Jesus do when people crowded too closely to Him at the Sea of Galilee?
      Luke 5:1-3
    How did Jesus show His power over nature after He finished speaking?
      Luke 5:4-7
    How did these fishing disciples react?
      Luke 5:8-11

Jesus Appoints Twelve Apostles (Luke 5:12-6:16; Matthew 9:9-13; Mark 2:1-3:19)
    How quickly did Jesus' number of disciples grow?
      Luke 5:15 (16-19)
    What other apostle do we have a record of being directly called by Jesus to be a disciple?
      Luke 5:27-28
    As the number of Jesus' disciples grew, who did He select as His central apostles?
      Luke 6:12-16
    What other disciples did Jesus specially appoint?
      Luke 10:1-3
    How does Jesus tell us to handle the responses we receive when we take His message out?
      Luke 10:16

Closing Prayer

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