Going Deeper… (John 14:1-11)

Here are some questions based on last Sunday’s sermon text (John 14:1-11), in case they’re helpful to you for personal growth or group discussion…

  • [1] Jesus knows that believing/trusting in God and in himself will sustain his disciples during this very difficult time they were about to face (Jesus going to the cross). Why is this true? Why is trusting God the antidote to being troubled? Why is it so difficult to trust God? Why should you trust in God and in Jesus?
  • [2] What did Jesus mean by telling his disciples that he was going to prepare a place for them among the many rooms (“dwelling places”) in the Father’s home? Has he accomplished this? What effect, if any, does this have on your own spiritual state?
  • [4, 6] Does everyone know the way to a restored relationship with the Father? Why do you know the way? Can you help others know the way? What are some “alternative paths to God” that your friends have embraced? What are some alternative tracks that you are prone to stray down? How can we know the way, and stick to it, for true life with God?
  • [7, 9-11] In his last hours with his disciples, to prepare them for what is coming next, Jesus teaches on the Trinity. How is this not just abstract, ivory tower, systematic theology for the brainsters in the church? Why do you suppose Jesus thinks it’s absolutely relevant? Is Jesus’ teaching here relevant to your life? Why or why not?