Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Questions in John's Gospel

Our message series up to Easter is based on the cycle of signs in John's Gospel. Our staff, council, and one of our small groups has also been reading John. Another outstanding feature of the gospel is the use of questions to drive the story and the conversation. Jesus often answers questions with questions. (Don't you just hate it when someone does that?)

I was so amazed by the questions that I started recording all of them, and have posted the document for any curious readers. Enjoy! Several of the chapters in John have 15 or more questions. The list from chapter 1 is below.

Chapter 1

Who are you? (Priests and Levites, of John, 1.19)
What then? Are you Elijah? (1.21)
Who are you? (1.22)
What do you say about yourself? (1.22)
Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet? (1.25)
What are you looking for? (Jesus to two of John’s disciples, 1.38)
Rabbi, where are you staying? (1.38)
Can anything good come out of Nazareth? (Nathanael, 1.46)
Where did you get to know me? (Nathanael, 1.48)
Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? (Jesus, 1.50)

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