Life Group Questions – 5/7

Stand Alone – Senior Recognition Sunday

Read: John 3:22-30

22  After this, Jesus and his disciples went to the Judean countryside, where he spent time with them and baptized. 23  John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water there. People were coming and being baptized,  24  since John had not yet been thrown into prison. 25  Then a dispute arose between John’s disciples and a Jew about purification.  26  So they came to John and told him, “Rabbi, the one you testified about, and who was with you across the Jordan, is baptizing—and everyone is going to him.” 27  John responded, “No one can receive anything unless it has been given to him from heaven.  28  You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah, but I’ve been sent ahead of him.’  29  He who has the bride is the groom. But the groom’s friend, who stands by and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the groom’s voice. So this joy of mine is complete.  30  He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Transformation Questions:

  • Why is it our tendency to treat God’s Word like a yearbook, picking out promises for us but ignoring the greater story?
  • How does it feel knowing that we aren’t the main characters of the story? How can we best embrace our “supporting actor” role?
  • What does verse 27 mean when John says, “No one can receive anything unless it has been given to him from heaven”?
  • How does an understanding of God’s sovereignty change how we live?
  • How does the sovereignty of God drive us to humility?
  • How is the statement “I am not the Christ” both convicting and freeing?
  • How does John say his joy is made complete?
  • What are some practical ways to make Jesus increase in our lives?
  • What are some steps we can take to make ourselves decrease?
  • What can we learn from John the Baptist to help us with our walk with God today?