Brave Hearts Ministry


John


Memory Verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

 

Author: John, the disciple of Jesus

Why written: The Gospel of John shows that Jesus is the Son of God and helps people believe in him.

Key Content: John was written for everyone who wants to understand who Jesus really is.

John reports miracles and teachings that show that Jesus is the Son of God.

When written: Jesus taught and performed miracles from A.D. 26 to 30.

Location: Most of these events took place in Judea.

 

Lesson 1: John 3: 13-21

 

 “No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven – the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.

   For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”

 

  1. Who does God love? (The people of this world).
  2. Why does He love us? (Because we were created in his image for his purpose)
  3. Who is God’s son? (Jesus)
  4. Why did God sacrifice Jesus? (So that all who believe in him will have eternal life).
  5. What does the word “condemned” mean? (It is a sentence for punishment)
  6. Did God send Jesus to condemn the people of this world? (no)
  7. Why did he send Jesus? (He sent him to earth to save the people of this world).
  8. What does it mean to “live by the truth”? (answers will vary)
  9. What actions can you do so that your friends can know that Jesus lives in your heart? (answers will vary)
  10.  You have choices to make every day. What are some situations where you can make choices to follow God’s purpose for your life? (answers will vary)

 

Summary:  Because God loves us so much, He sent his son Jesus to die for our sins so that we can be reunited with God in heaven.  The way to heaven is not by doing things, but by believing.

 

 

Lesson 2: John 6: 35-40, 44

 

  “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.  He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.  But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.  All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.  For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.  And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.  For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

  No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him and I will raise him up at the last day.”

 

  1. Jesus used bread as a metaphor for himself. Just as people need bread to sustain their bodies, people need Jesus to give their spirits life.  What is your spirit? (Who we are is made up of our body, mind, and spirit. Our spirit is the part of us that helps us make decisions about right and wrong).
  2. Can you see your spirit? (No, but it is the central part of who we are).
  3. Did Jesus come down for his own purpose? (No. He came down to earth to do the will of God).
  4. Just like Jesus, should we do whatever we want to do here on earth, or do you think that God has a purpose for each one of us? (God has a purpose for each of us. Spend a moment and talk about what you think your purpose is here on this planet.  Let the girls think about their purpose and spend some time discussing what God might call them to).
  5. Jesus says that “everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day”.  We do not spend life with God by what we do, but by believing. What do we need to believe? (We need to believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he died for our sins.  Jesus sacrificed his life so that we might have eternal life with God in heaven).
  6. Is their any other way to go to heaven than through Jesus? (No)

 

Summary: Pray that God will draw each girl to him and that He will reveal His purpose for them each day.

 

Lesson 3: John 9: 1-3

 

  “As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’

  Neither this man nor his parents sinned’, said Jesus, ‘but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.  As long as it is day we must do the work of him who sent me.  Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

 

  1. Do you ever think that bad things happen to people because they have sinned? Jesus said that the man was not born blind because of sin. Sometimes bad things happen so that people can draw closer to God. God’s goodness can be revealed through his actions in our lives. (Share how God has helped you through a difficult situation).
  2. Ask the girls if they have seen God’s hand in any bad situations in their life.  Give them an opportunity to talk through troubles that they might be having within their life or their family’s lives.
  3. Discuss different scenarios in which God’s hand can be seen in difficult times.
  4. How did God reveal himself through the blind man? (He gave Jesus the power to perform a medical miracle and made the blind man see again. This was one way to prove that Jesus was the Son of God).
  5. Do you think that God performs miracles today? Have you seen any?

 

Summary: God can be seen working in difficult situations in today’s world.  God can work through all of us in tough times and use them as a light to the world.

 

Lesson 4:  John 12: 25, 26; 13: 14-17

 

  The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be.  My Father will honor the one who serves me.”

 

 “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.  I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

 

  1. What do you think Jesus means by verse 25? (answers will vary)
  2. To serve God, we must be Christ-like.  What are character traits of being Christ-like? (love, joy, peace, patience, honesty, caring, compassionate, giving)
  3. Allow the girls to come up with examples of using the above character traits to serve others.
  4. Have the girls talk about ways that they can serve the people in their family this week, and encourage them to do it.
  5. Jesus said that “My Father will honor the one who serves me.” How do you think that God honors those that are loyal to him? (answers will vary)
  6. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples.  What lesson can you learn from his actions? (No person his above any other and all are called to serve)

 

Summary: We are all called to serve others just as Jesus served his disciples.  May God teach us to have humble hearts and a compassion to serve others.

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson 5: John 15: 4-12

 

  Remain in me, and I will remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

  I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not remain in me, he is a like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.  This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

  As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.  Now remain in my love.  If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.  I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy many be complete.  My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”

 

  1. Jesus starts this section by teaching that Christians need to be vigilant and constantly aware of an on-going growing relationship with Christ.  What can you do to abide in Christ? (pray, daily devotions, read the bible, go to church, attend Brave Hearts, family bible study, memorize scripture, Christian school)
  2. If you abide in Christ, then Christ will remain in your heart.  However, if you choose not to abide in Christ, what will happen? (You can make choices that will have bad consequences – talk about some examples).
  3. Jesus says “if you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” What kinds of things do you think God will honor? What kinds of prayers do you think God will not honor and why? (answers will vary)
  4. What advice does Jesus give to remain in His love? (obey His commands)
  5. What is the outcome of obedience? (joy)
  6. What is his command at the end of this section? (Love each other as I have loved you)
  7. What are some ways in which we can love each other on a daily basis? (let the kids have a chance to brainstorm on this one)

 

Summary: Jesus teaches us to abide in Him, obey his commandments, and to love each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*The scriptures used for this study were taken from the “Young Women of Faith Bible New International Version published in 2001 by the Zondervan Corporation.

 

Posted 1.12.09