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Survey of the Gospel of Matthew


AUTHOR: Matthew
TO WHOM: To all believers and not-yet believers, although the first intended audience was the Jews to whom he presented Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of David.
PURPOSE: To present the ministry of Jesus, stressing His role as King of the Jews.
KEY VERSES: 28:19-20— "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
LIFE AND MINISTRY PRINCIPLE: The final command of Jesus to His followers was to carry the Gospel to all nations and all people.
MAIN CHARACTERS: Jesus, the twelve disciples, the Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes. Also the lame, blind, deaf, leprous, and generally anyone who was hurting and bound by sin and a religious system that couldn't answer their questions, calm their fears, or heal their broken bodies and broken hearts.

The Old Testament prophets predicted and longed for the coming of the Messiah who would bring redemption and deliverance for His people. This book is written by a Jewish tax collector to a Jewish audience to convince them that the King of the Jews has come. The first verse of Matthew's Gospel announces the fulfillment of Israel's hope in the coming of Christ, "the Son of David, the Son of Abraham".

The early Church placed the book of Matthew first in the canon [body] of New Testament books because, with the genealogy of Jesus Christ, it is a natural bridge between the covenant records. This Gospel describes the Person and the work of Israel's Messianic King.

An important part of Matthew's structure is revealed in the phrase "when Jesus finished" (7:28, 11:1, 13:53, 19:1, 26:1), which is used to conclude the five key messages in the book:

  • The Sermon on the Mount (5:3-7:27);

  • Instruction to the Disciples (10:5-42);

  • Parables of the Kingdom (13:3-52);

  • Terms of Discipleship (18:3-35); and

  • The Olivet Discourse (24:4-25:46).

Using what you learned about writing outlines, write the appropriate Scripture reference or word(s) in each of the blanks below.

Part One: The Genealogy of the King 1:1-17

  I. Introduction: 1:1

 II. The Genealogy: _______________

III. The Plan of the Genealogy: _______________

Part Two: The Birth of the King 1:18-2:23

  I. The Conception: _______________

 II. The _______________: 1:24-25

III. Events Related to the Birth: 2:1-23
     A. Visit of the wise men/3 kings and Herod's plot: _______________
     B. The _______________ _______________: 2:13-15
     C. Herod murders the children: _______________
     D. Jesus returns to the Nazareth home: _______________

Part Three: Preparation 3:1-4:11

  I. Preparation for the King's Coming: 3:1-17
     A. The ministry and message of _______________________________: 3:1-12
     B. The baptism of the King: _______________

 II. Preparation of the King: 4:1-1
     A. Jesus' humanity tempted by Satan: _______________
     B. Jesus' _______________ attacked by Satan: 4:5-7
     C. Jesus' Lordship attacked by Satan: _______________

Part Four: Ministry of the King in Galilee 4:12-13:58

  I. John the Baptist Calls for Repentance: 4:12-17

 II. Jesus Calls Four Fishermen to Discipleship: 4:18-22
     A. Jesus calls _______________ and his brother_______________: 4:18-20
     B. Jesus calls _______________ and his brother _______________: 4:21-22

III. Jesus Enjoys Early Success and Fame: 4:23-25
     A. He taught in the synagogues: _______________
     B. He healed and delivered many people: _______________

IV. Principles of Conduct for Kingdom Citizens: 5:1-7:28
     A. Attitudes that should characterize Kingdom citizens: 5:1-12
     B. Kingdom citizens are to be _______________ and _______________: 5:13-16
     C. Kingdom principles in relation to the law and the prophets: 5:17-48
          1. God's law in general: 15:17-20
          2. The "new law": 15:21-48
     D. Three attitudes of _______________: 6:1-18
          1. Giving: Outward look: _______________
          2. Praying: Upward look: _______________
          3. Fasting: Inward look: _______________
     E. _______________: 6:19-33
     F. Proper _______________: 7:1-29
          1. Judging: _______________,
          2. Care for that which is _______________: 7:6
          3. _______________: 7:7-12
     G. Special warnings to Kingdom citizens: 7:13-29
          1. _______________: 7:13-14
          2. False prophets: _______________
          3. The proof of God's man is doing God' will: ___ _______________: 7:24-27
     H. Astonishment at the doctrine of Jesus: _______________

V. The Authority of the King: 8:1-9:38
     A. Authority over _______________: 8:1-17
          1. Healing of a _______________: 8:1-4
          2. Healing of the Centurion's _______________: 8:5-13
          3. Healing of Peter's _________________________: 8:14-15
          4. Healing of all types of diseases: _______________
     B. Authority over His _______________ : 8:18-22
     C. Authority over nature: _______________
     D. Authority over _______________: 8:28-34
     E. Authority over _______________: 9:1-8
     F. Authority over men: _______________
          1. The calling of _______________: 9:9
          2. Eating with _______________: 9:10-13
     G. Authority over _______________: The ruler's daughter: 9:18-19, 23-26
     H. Authority over _______________ _______________: 9:20-38
          1. Woman with the issue of blood: _______________
          2. _______________: 9:27-31
          3. Deafness and demon possession: _______________
          4. The compassion of Jesus: _______________

  VI. Commissioned by the King: 10:1-42
     A. The 12 missionaries and their authority: _______________
     B. _______________ for the journey: 10:5-42

 VII. Attitudes towards the Kingdom: 11:1-30
     A. The Kingdom misunderstood: _______________
     B. The Kingdom distorted: _______________
     C. The Kingdom _______________: 11:20-24
     D. The Kingdom _______________: 11:25-30

VIII. Controversies with the Pharisees: 12:1-14
     A. Harvesting on the _______________: 12:1-8
     B._______________ on the Sabbath: 12:9-13

 IX. About Words and the Unpardonable Sin: 12:22-37
     A. Jesus heals blind and mute demon-possessed man: _______________
     B. Pharisees accuse Jesus of having a demon: _______________
     C. The Kingdom of God has come: _______________
     D. Every sin will be forgiven, except _______________ _______________:

  X. Christ's Replies to Demands of the Pharisees: 12:38-45
     A. Pharisees demand a sign: _______________
     B. No sign except the sign of Jonah: _______________
     C. Teaching about demon leaving and coming back: _______________

 XI. The Priority of Spiritual over Physical Relationships in the Kingdom: 12:46-50

XII. Parables of the Kingdom: 13:1-53
     A. Parable of the _______________: 13:1-9
     B. The reason for speaking in parables: _______________
     C. Jesus explains the _______________ _____ _______________: 13:18-23
     D. Parable of the wheat and _______________: 13:24-30
     E. Parable of the _______________ seed: 13:31-32
     F. Parable of the leaven: _______________
     G. Summary concerning parables: 13:34-35
     H. Interpretation of the parable of the tares: _______________
     I. Parable of the _______________ hidden in a field: 13:44
     J. Parable of the _______________ of great value: 13:45-46
     K. Parable of the _______________: 13:47-50
     L. Concluding remarks about parables: 13:51-52

XIII. The King's Reception in His Home Town: 13:53-58
     A.The people question His origin and authority: _______________
     B. The took offense and He could not do many mighty works: _______________

Part Five: Ministry in Regions Near Galilee 14:1-18:35

  I. The Death of John the Baptist: 14:1-12

 II. Jesus Withdraws to beyond the Sea: 14:13-15:20
     A. Feeding the _______________: 14:13-21
     B. Jesus sends the disciples away by boat: _______________
     C. Jesus _______________ _______________ _______________: 14:24-33
     D. Ministry in _______________: 14:34-36
     E. Controversy with the Pharisees and Scribes: _______________

III. Jesus Goes to the Region of Tyre and Sidon: 15:21-28

 IV. Jesus Goes to the Vicinity of Decapolis: 15:29-38
     A. Healing ministry near the Sea of Galilee: _______________
     B. Feeding the _______________: 15:32-38

  V. Ministry in the Regions of Magadan: 15:39-16:4
     A. Pharisees and Saducees ask for a sign: _______________
     B. The sign will be the sign of Jonah: _______________

 VI. Jesus Warns the Disciples about the Pharisees and Sadducees: 16:5-17:20
     A. Warning concerning their doctrine: _______________
     B. Jesus asks the disciples who they say He is: _______________
     C. Jesus prophesies His _______________ and _______________: 16:21-28
     D. The transfiguration: _______________
     E. Healing of a lunatic: 17:14-20

VII. A Brief Visit to Galilee: 17:22-18:35
     A. A reminder of His _______________ and _______________: 17:22-23
     B. Jesus pays the _______________ tax: 17:24-27
     C. A lesson in greatness: _______________
     D. Warnings concerning _______________: 18:7-9
     E. Parable of the one _______________ _______________: 18:10-14
     F. Settling disputes among believers: _______________
          1. How to settle disputes: _______________
          2. Responsibilities and privileges of believers: _______________
          3. A question on forgiveness: _______________
          4. Parable of the king and his debtors: _______________

VIII. Ministry of the King in Judaea 19:1-20:34
     A. Healing multitudes in Judea: _______________
     B. The question concerning _______________: 19:3-12
     C. Jesus blesses the children: _______________
     D. Discussion with the rich young ruler: _______________
     E. The peril of riches: _______________
     F. Parable of the householder: _______________
     G. Jesus speaks again about His _______________ and _______________: 20:17-19
     H. A mother's selfish request: _______________
     I. Jesus heals two blind men near Jericho: _______________

Part Six: The King's Last Week 21:1-27:31

   I. The Royal Entry into Jerusalem: 21:1-11
     A. Jesus rides a colt into Jerusalem: _______________
     B. The people joyfully welcome Him and shout praises to Him:< _______________

 II. Jesus Chases Merchants out of the Temple: 21:12-17

III. Jesus Curses the Fig Tree: 21:18-22

 IV. The authority of Jesus challenged: 21:23-32
     A. The _______________and _______________question Jesus' authority: 21:23
          1. Jesus asks them about John the Baptist's authority: _______________
          2. They are afraid to answer the question: _______________
          3. Parable of the two sons: One obeys and the other doesn't: _______________
     B. Conclusion about John the Baptist

  V. Parable of a Vineyard Leased to Tenants: 21:33-46
     A. The master sends representatives to get the fruit: _______________
     B. The tenants kill, beat and stone the master's servants: _______________
     C. He sends his son: _______________
     D. They kill the son: _______________
     E. The master should kill those tenants and get other tenants:_______________

 VI. Parable of the Marriage Feast: 22:1-14
     A. The king invites many people to the feast: _______________
     B. The people are too busy or not interested to come: _______________
     C. The king's servants go out and invite other people to come: _______________
     D. One man without wedding garment bound and thrown out: _______________
     E. Many are called but few are chosen: _______________

VII. The Pharisees Attempt to Discredit Jesus: 22:15-45
     A. They ask about paying _______________ to Caesar: 22:15-22
     B. They ask about the _________________________: 22:23-33
     C. They ask which is the great commandment: _______________
     D. Jesus questions them about who the Christ is: 22:41-46

VIII. Discussion Concerning the Scribes and Pharisees: 23:1-39
     A. They pretend religious authority: _______________
     B. They impose _______________on the people: 23:4
     C. They covet praise from the people: _______________
     D. Jesus advises His disciples: _______________
     E. Jesus speaks woes upon the Scribes and Pharisees: _______________
     F. Jesus cries over Jerusalem: _______________

 IX. The Future of the Kingdom: 24:1-25:46
     A. Jesus prophesies the destruction of the temple: _______________
     B. Signs of the end times: _______________
     C. The ____________________ period: 24:15-22
     D. Jesus prophesies His return: _______________
     E. Parable of the fig tree: _______________
     F. Jesus talks about the "day of the Lord": _______________
     G. Jesus commands them to watch: _______________
     H. Parables concerning the _________________________: 25:1-46
          1. The ________________________: 25:1-13
          2. The _______________: 25:14-30
          3. The _______________ and _______________: 25:31-46

  X. Events Prior to the Crucifixion: 26:1-27:31
     A. Jesus again talks about His approaching _______________: 26:1-2
     B. The plot to _______________ Jesus: 26:3-5
     C. A woman anoints Jesus for burial: _______________
     D. Judas agrees to betray Jesus: _______________
     E. The _______________ _______________: 26:17-29
          1. Preparations for the Passover: _______________
          2. The Last Supper: _______________
          3. Jesus warns Peter about denials: _______________
     F. Jesus praying in _______________: 26:36-46
     G. Jesus betrayal and arrested: _______________
     H. The trials of Jesus: 26:57-27:26
          1. Jesus before the High Priest _______________: 26:57-65
          2. They take Jesus to the Governor, _______________: 27:2
          3. Judas changes his mind: 27:3-10
          4. Pilate questions Jesus: _______________

Part Seven: The King's Death and Triumph 27:27-28:20

  I. The Crucifixion and Burial: 27:27-66
     A. The soldiers mock Jesus, strike Him, and spit in His face: 27:27-31
     B. With the help of Simon of Cyrene, Jesus walks to Calvary: _______________
     C. They _______________ Him: 27:35
          1. The soldiers gamble for His clothing: _______________
          2. They crucify _________________________ with Him: 27:38
          3. The chief priests, scribes, elders, and people mock Him: _______________
          4. The robbers who are crucified with Him also mock Him: _______________
          5. Jesus cries out, "My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?": _______________
          6. Jesus yields up His spirit: _______________
          7. Joseph of Arimathea requests and buries the body of Jesus in his own new tomb: _______________

 II. The Chief Priests and Pharisees Fear His Resurrection: 27:62-66
     A. The place a seal on the tomb: _______________
     B. They place temple guards at the tomb: _______________

III. The Resurrection: 28:1-15
     A. Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Jesus, go to the tomb: _______________
          1. An angel rolls away the stone: _______________
          2. He tells the women to tell the disciples and to go to Galilee: ______________
     B. The chief priests make up a story to deny the resurrection: _______________
     C. The 11 disciples meet Jesus in Galilee: _______________

 IV. The Great Commission: 28:16-20

Further Study
To better understand the book of Matthew, it helps to examine the life of Matthew. He was a tax collector. Think about that for a moment. Do you like tax collectors? I don't! Let's face it. That profession hasn't been very popular in any era or culture. But, they were especially hated among the Jews of Jesus' day. The tax collectors in Israel were Jews taking money from other Jews to give to the gentile Roman government ruling in Israel at the time. And since there was no prescribed amount of tax to collect, the tax collectors would charge any amount they wanted. In a way, it was legalized stealing.

But what made Matthew even worse among the tax collectors was the fact that he was very public about it. Most tax collectors would "go underground" and have "runners" collect the taxes for them. But not Matthew. No. He set up his table in public, spread his accounting documents for all to see, and unashamedly held out his hand to receive the taxes.

That's where he was when Jesus called him. Doesn't it make you wonder, what did Jesus see in Matthew? Or better yet, what did Matthew see in Jesus? I mean, look at Him. This is what Matthew saw when he looked at Jesus: calloused hands, dirt under his nails, worn-out sandals, no headquarters, no office, no political or religious influence. Even the clergy didn't acknowledge Him! And His "followers"? Well, they didn't look much better. Some of them even smelled like fish! And this man claimed to be the Messiah?!?

You have to wonder what they saw in each other. What did Jesus see when He looked at Matthew? What did Matthew see when He looked into Jesus' eyes? Whatever it was, it must have been something very powerful, unique, and irresistible — for both of them! Matthew heard the call and never looked back (Matthew 9:9). He would spend the rest of his life trying to convince people that this carpenter from Nazareth was the King. And Jesus also never looked back. He spent His life serving and dying for people like Matthew, convincing most of us that if He had a place for someone like Matthew, then He just might have a place for us, too.

The Temptations of Christ
Study the temptations of Jesus in Matthew 4. Use the following chart to help you understand the story of the temptations:

From Matthew chapter 10, list as many characteristics of discipleship as you can find.

Study Matthew 20:17-28. List the contrasts between worldly leaders and the leadership described by Jesus.

Read Matthew 23 and list at least 10 commandments for Christian leaders.

Study the following Old Testament references and see how they relate to Matthew 21:1-17.

  • Zechariah 9:9—

  • 2 Kings 9:13—

  • Exodus 30:13—

  • Psalm 118:26—

  • Leviticus 1:14—

  • Isaiah 56:7—

  • Jeremiah 7:11—

  • Psalm 8:2—

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Survey of the Gospel of Mark

AUTHOR: Mark (Latin name Marcus, Hebrew name John "whose surname is Mark")
TO WHOM: To all believers, although the first intended audience was the Romans to whom he presents Jesus as a servant.
PURPOSE: To present the ministry of Jesus, stressing His role as a servant.
KEY VERSE: 10:45— "For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
LIFE AND MINISTRY PRINCIPLE: We should seek to minister rather than to be ministered to.
MAIN CHARACTERS: Jesus, the twelve disciples, the crowds looking expectantly for the Messiah who would free them from their oppressors — looking for someone other than the Person who was in their midst ministering to them, serving them.

From one chapter to the next, Mark's Gospel reveals the dual focus of Christ's life: service and sacrifice. Mark presents Jesus as an active, compassionate, and obedient Servant who constantly ministers to the physical and spiritual needs of others. One of Mark's most-used words is "immediately" as he presents the Lord as always going, always serving, always doing — constantly moving toward a goal that is hidden to almost all.

Although Mark portrays Jesus as a Servant, he also clearly shows the power and authority of this Man and identifies Him as no less than the Son of God (cf. 1:1; 11; 3:11; 5:7; 9:7; 13:32; 14:61; 15:39).

With few comments, Mark simply allows the story to speak for itself as he relates the Servant who constantly ministers to others through preaching, teaching, healing, and ultimately through His death. Almost 40% of Mark's Gospel is dedicated to the last eight days of Jesus' life, climaxing in His resurrection.

Mark also manages in his short narrative to show us the complete Man of whom he's writing. Although Jesus came to serve others, His authority also prevails throughout Mark's Gospel. Mark leaves no question that this Servant is also Master!


  I. The Period of Preparation: 1:1-13
     A. The ministry of John the Baptist: _______________
     B. John _______________ Jesus: 1:9-11
     C. The _______________ of Jesus: 1:12-13

 II. The Galilean Ministry: 1:14-6:30
     A. Jesus begins His earthly ministry: _______________
     B. Jesus calls four fisherman: 1:16-20
          1. Jesus calls _______________ and his brother _______________: 1:16-18
          2. Jesus calls _______________ and his brother _______________: 1:19,20
     C. Jesus heals a demon-possessed man: _______________
     D. Jesus heals Peter's ______________________________: 1:29-31
     E. Jesus heals many sick and demon-possessed: 1:32-34
          1. Jesus grew in popularity: _______________
          2. He would not permit the demons to speak: _______________
     F. Jesus withdraws to a quiet place to pray: 1:35-37
     G. The first tour of Galilee: 1:38-39
     H. Jesus heals a _______________: 1:40-45
     I. Jesus heals a _______________ man: 2:1-12
     J. Jesus calls Matthew to follow Him: _______________
     K. Jesus eats with _______________ and ___________________________: 2:15-22
          1. The _______________ and ________________ criticized Him: 2:16
          2. Jesus replied, "I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.": _____________
          3. Lesson about unshrunk cloth and wine skins: _______________
     L. The Sabbath controversy: 2:23-3:6
          1. Jesus reminds them that the Sabbath was made for man, not the other way around: _______________
          2. Jesus tells them He is Lord of the Sabbath: _______________
     M. Jesus does ministry by the __________: 3:7-12
          1. Many people come to Him for healing: _______________
          2. Jesus forbids the demons to speak: _______________
     N. Jesus selects and ordains the twelve disciples: 3:13-19
          1. He grants to them authority to ______________________________: 3:15
          2. He selects _______________, ______________, _______________, _______________, _______________,
            _______________, _______________, _______________, _______________, _______________, _______________,
            and _______________: 3:16-19
     O. Wherever Jesus goes, the crowds follow: _______________
     P. The _________________________ sin: 3:22-30
     Q. True relationship with Jesus: _______________
     R. Jesus tells a series of _______________: 4:1-34
          1. The parable of the _______________: 4:1-20
          2. The parable of the _______________: 4:21-25
          3. The parable of gradual growth: _______________
          4. The parable of the ________________________: 4:30-34
     S. A storm at sea: 4:35-41
          1. Jesus asleep in the stern: _______________
          2. Jesus calms the storm: _______________
          3. The disciples filled with fear and awe: _______________
     T. Jesus heals a demoniac: _______________
     U. A healing and resurrection: 5:21-43
          1. Jesus raises Jarius' daughter: _______________
          2. A woman with the issue of blood is healed by touching His prayer shawl: _______________
     V. He is rejected at Nazareth: _______________
     W. Jesus sends the ______________________________ on a mission: 6:7-13
     X. ______________________________ is killed: 6:14-29
     Y. The disciples return to tell all that happened:_______________

III. Jesus Withdraws Himself and Disciples for Rest: 6:31-9:50
     A. Jesus feeds 5,000: _______________
     B. Jesus ______________________________: 6:47-52
     C. The ministry at _______________: 6:53-56
     D. Jesus rebukes the Pharisees: 7:1-23
          1. The Pharisees criticize His disciples for eating with unclean hands: _______________
          2. Jesus rebukes them and tells that it's what's on the inside that defiles, not the outside. _______________,
          3. Jesus explains the parable to the disciples: _______________
     E. Jesus heals the daughter of the Gentile (Syrophoenician) woman: _____________
     F. Jesus heals a _________________________: 7:31-37
     G. Jesus feeds _______________: 8:1-9
     H. The Pharisees demand _______________: 8:10-13
     I. Jesus warns about the 'leaven' of the Pharisees: _______________
     J. Jesus heals a _______________________: 8:22-26
     K. An examination and lesson at Caesarea Philippi: 8:27-9:1
          1. Jesus asks the disciples who they think He is: _______________
          2. Jesus prophesies about His death and resurrection: _______________
          3. Jesus rebukes _______________: 8:33
          4. Jesus teaches about taking up cross and following Him: _______________
          5. Jesus teaches, "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul": _______________
     L. The transfiguration of Jesus: _______________
     M. Jesus answers about Elijah: 9:11-13
     N. Jesus heals a demoniac boy: _______________
     O. Jesus teaches His final lesson in _______________: 9:30-50

IV. The Ministry in Judea and Judea: 10:1-52
     A. Jesus teaches a lesson about _______________: 10:1-12
     B. Jesus _______________the children: 10:13-16
     C. Discussion with the rich young ruler: _______________
     D. A warning on the peril of riches: _______________
     E. A discussion concerning rewards: _______________
     F. Jesus again prophecies His death: _______________
     G. James and John request to sit with Him in His glory: _______________
     H. Jesus heals blind _______________ 10:46-52

 V. Events of the Final Week: 11:1-15:47
     A. The triumphal entry into Jerusalem: _______________
     B. Jesus _______________ the barren fig tree: 11:12-14
     C. Jesus cleanses the _______________: 11:15-19
     D. Jesus teaches about faith: _______________
     E. The chief priests, scribes and elder challenge Christ's authority: ______________
          1. Jesus asks them to explain John the Baptist: _______________
          2. The challenge fails because they cannot answer Jesus' question: __________
     F. Jesus tells parable about vineyard owner: 12:1-12
          1. The owner sends servants to the tenants to get some fruit: ______________
          2. The tenants beat and humiliate the servants: _______________
          3. The owner sends his son: _______________
          4. The tenants kill the son: _______________
          5. Jesus' conclusion to the parable: _______________
     G. Pharisees and Herodians try to trap Jesus about paying _____________ 12:13-17
     H. The Saducees try to trick Him about the resurrection: 12:18-27
     I. Discussion about the greatest Commandment: 12:28-34
          1. Jesus gives two great Commandments: _______________
          2. The scribe agrees with Him: _______________
     J. A teaching about the Christ: _______________
     K. Jesus warns against _______________: 12:38-40
     L. The widow's mite: _______________
     M. Faith for the future: 13:1-37
          1. Question from the disciples: _______________
          2. Jesus teaches about the Tribulation: _______________
          3. Jesus teaches about His ______________________________: 13:24-27
          4. Parable of the ________________________: 13:28-31
          5. Exhortation to watch: _______________

VI. The Passion of the Servant: 14:1-15:47
     A. The plot of the _______________: 14:1-2
     B. Mary anoints Jesus for burial: _______________
     C. _______________ plans to betray Jesus: 14:10-11
     D. The Passover: 14:12-21
          1. They prepare the Passover: _______________
          2. They celebrate the Passover: _______________
          3. Jesus institutes the "Lord's Supper": _______________
     E. Jesus foretells Peter's denial: _______________
     F. Jesus prays in ______________________: 14:32-42
     G. Jesus betrayed and _______________: 14:43-52
     H. Jesus is put on trial: 14:53-65
          1. The Sanhedrin tries Jesus: _______________
          2. Peter _______________ Jesus: 14:66-72
          3. _______________ tries Jesus: 15:1-14
     I. The Roman soldiers _______________ Jesus and _______________ Him and spit on Him: 15:15-20
     J. They compel Simon, the Cyrene, to carry His cross: _______________
     K. They crucify Him: _______________: 15:24-37
          1. They crucify two robbers with him: _______________
          2. The people and religious leaders mock Him: _______________
          3. The thieves on the crosses also mock and ridicule Him: _______________
          4. He cries out, "My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?": _____________
          5. He dies, and the curtain in the temple is torn in two: _______________
          6. The Centurion remarks, "Truly, this Man was the ________________!": 15:39
     L. They bury Jesus in a borrowed tomb from _______________ of Arimathea:15:43-47

 VII. The Resurrection of Jesus: 16:1-8
     A. First at the tomb: _______________
     B. The empty tomb: _______________
     C. The commission to preach the resurrection message: _______________

VIII. The Appearances of Jesus: 16:9-14
     A. To ______________________________: 16:9-11
     B. To two disciples: _______________
     C. To the eleven _______________: 16:14

 IX. The Great Commission: _______________

  X. Jesus _______________ to Heaven: 16:19

 XI. The Disciples Start Preaching Everywhere: _______________

Further Study
There isn't much known about Mark who is also sometimes called John Mark. We know he followed Jesus' ministry. Like all the other followers, he no doubt loved to listen to Jesus' teachings, thrilled at His expertise in disarming and confounding the religious leaders, and stood in awe of His many miracles.

Although not one of the "called", Mark certainly had firsthand knowledge of the Man whom he portrayed as a "suffering servant". Approximately 40% of Mark's Gospel is dedicated to the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus.

Mark's writings read much like a newspaper, written in simple sentences, but with several action-packed scenes. His style of writing is mostly chronological, but filled with emotion as he presents one scene after another of the Man who came to serve and to die. And since his Gospel was written primarily to non-Jews, there are very few references to the Old Testament.

To know more about Mark, see Acts 12:12,25; 13:5,13; 15:37-39; Colossians 4:10; Philemon 23-24; and 1 Peter 5:13.

Study the key words of the book of Mark, such as "straightway", "forthwith", "immediately" — all suggesting an urgency for Jesus to carry out the mission for which He came to this sin-filled world.

Jesus faced many false accusations from His enemies. Study Mark 2:1-3:6 and complete the following:




Jesus' Defense:




Jesus' Defense:




Jesus' Defense:




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Survey of the Gospel of Luke

TO WHOM: All believers, although the first intended audience was the Greeks to whom he presented Jesus as the perfect man. He also addresses one specific believer, Theophilus.
PURPOSE: The purpose is to write an orderly account of the ministry of Jesus (Luke 1:1-4).
KEY VERSE: Luke 19:10— "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost."
LIFE AND MINISTRY PRINCIPLE: Our mission is identical to that of Jesus: To reach the lost with the good news of the Gospel.
MAIN CHARACTERS: Jesus, the twelve disciples, the people of Israel who need a God who sympathizes with them, who understands their needs and their hurts, their dreams and their failures.

Almost 2000 years ago, a young doctor named Luke began a letter to his Greek friend, Theophilus, with these words:
"Many have tried to report on the things that happened among us. They have written the same things that we learned from others — the people who saw those things from the beginning and served God by telling people his message. Since I myself have studied everything carefully from the beginning, most excellent Theophilus, it seemed good for me to write it out for you. I arranged it in order to help you know that what you have been taught is true." (Luke 1:1-4 NCV)

Luke was a Greek physician who wrote his Gospel as part letter and part research paper. It is part letter because he wrote it for a friend. It is part research paper because Luke researched and studied every detail carefully to be sure he was only reporting facts. He and his friend wanted truth, not legends.

What little we know of Luke is contained in the book of Acts and some of Paul's epistles [letters], as he was apparently a close traveling companion and friend to the Apostle Paul. He mentions himself several times in Acts when he writes "we" (see Acts 16:1-17; 20:5-21:18; 27:1-28:16); and Paul specifically mentions him in Colossians 4:10-14, Philemon 24, and 2 Timothy 4:11.

Luke's personal history is not clear. Some speculate that he was a Greek Jew, but there's no supporting evidence for that theory. Some have also suggested that he was a Greek physician to a Roman family who later granted him his freedom. Tradition says he was from Syrian Antioch.

But one must ask at this point: Does it really matter where he was from? Or, can we celebrate as the angels did on that day in his life when he became a believer in Jesus as the Christ and Savior of mankind? Where we came from does not matter; where we're going, does!

Luke builds his Gospel on historical reliability with great emphasis on chronological and historical accuracy. Luke presents Jesus Christ as the Perfect Man who purposely came to seek and to save those who were lost.

This book can be divided into four parts:

  1. The introduction of the Son of Man (1:1-4:13);

  2. the ministry of the Son of Man (4:14-9:50);

  3. the rejection of the Son of Man (9:51-19:27); and

  4. the crucifixion and resurrection of the Son of Man (19:28-24:53).


Part One: The Introduction of the Son of Man 1:1-4:13

  I. The Purpose and Method of Luke's Gospel: 1:1-4

 II. The Events Preceding Christ's Birth: 1:5-56
     A. John the Baptist's birth foretold: _______________
          1. Zacharias ministers in the temple: _______________
          2. An angel announces the birth of John the Baptist: 1:11-17
          3. ______________________________: 1:18-25
     B. _____________________________________________: 1:26-56
          1. Gabriel announces Christ's birth: _______________
          2. Mary conceives by the Holy Spirit: _______________

III. The Events Accompanying Christ's Birth: 1:57-2:38
     A. The birth of John the Baptist: _______________
     B. The birth of ______________________________: 2:1-38
          1. Christ is born: _______________
          2. The angels tell the birth to the shepherds: _______________
          3. The shepherds visit the Baby: _______________
          4. The Baby is presented at the temple: _______________

 IV. Events Preceding Christ's Formal Ministry: 3:1-4:13
     A. The ministry of John the Baptist: _______________
     B. _____________________________________________: 3:21, 22
     C. The genealogy of Christ through Mary: _______________
     D. The ______________________________ of Christ: 4:1-13

Part Two: The Ministry of the Son of Man: 4:14-9:50

  I. The Presentation of Christ: 4:14-30

 II. The Demonstration of Christ's Powers: 4:31-5:28
     A. Jesus casts out demons: _______________
     B. Jesus heals Peter's ______________________________: 4:38,39
     C. Jesus calls His first disciples: _______________
     D. Jesus heals a _______________: 5:12-15
     E. Jesus heals a ______________________________: 5:16-26
     F. _____________________________________________: 5:27-28

III. Christ's Mission: 5:29-6:46
     A. Christ teaches the Pharisees: 5:29-6:11
          1. Jesus eats with sinners: _______________
          2. Jesus teaches about fasting: _______________
          3. Parable of the cloth and wineskins: _______________
          4. _____________________________________________: 6:1-11
     B. Jesus teaches the disciples: 6:12-49
          1. Jesus selects the 12 apostles: _______________
          2. The Beatitudes: _______________
          3. Parable of the blind leading the blind: _______________
          4. Parable of the two foundations: _______________
          5. Centurion's servant healed: _______________
          6. Widow's son is raised from the dead: _______________
          7. Christ comments on ______________________________: 7:17-35
          8. Jesus dines at a Pharisee's home: 7:36-50
          9. Preaching with support from certain women: _______________
         10. Parable of the seed and the soils: 8:4-15
         11. Parable of the candle: _______________
         12. Christ's true brethren: 8:19-21
         13. Jesus stills the storm: _______________
         14. Jesus casts demons into swine [pigs]: 8:26-40
         15. Woman with blood problem is healed: _______________
         16. Jesus raises Jairus' daughter: 8:49-50
         17. Jesus sends 12 disciples to preach: _______________
         18. Jesus feeds 5000 men: 9:12-17
         19. Peter's confession of faith: _______________
         20. The ______________________________: 9:27-36
         21. Jesus heals demoniac boy: _______________
         22. Jesus prophesies His coming death: _______________
         23. Jesus teaches about true greatness: _______________

Part Three: The Rejection of the Son of Man

I. The Increasing Opposition to Christ: 9:51-11:54
     A. Samaria rejects Christ: _______________
     B. True cost of discipleship: 9:57-62
     C. _____________________________________________: 10:1-24
     D. Lawyers test Christ: _______________

     E. Setting priorities with Mary and Martha: _______________
     F. Jesus teaches on prayer: _______________
          1. ______________________________: 11:1-4
          2. Parable of the persistent friend: _______________
          3. Parable of the good father: _______________
     G. Christ is rejected by the ______________________________: 11:14-36
          1. Jesus heals the demoniac: _______________
          2. Christ's shows that His power is not from Satan: _______________
          3. Christ says His only "sign" is Jonah: _______________
     H. Jesus rejects the religious leaders: 11:37-54

II. Christ's Instructions after Being Rejected by Religious Leaders: 12:1-19:27
     A. Christ warns about hypocrisy: _______________
     B. Christ warns about covetousness: _______________
          1. Parable of the rich fool: _______________
          2. Seek the Kingdom of God: _______________
     C. Christ warns about the Second Coming: _______________
          1. Parable of the expectant steward: _______________
          2. Parable of the faithful steward: _______________
     D. Christ warns of the cost of discipleship: _______________
     E. Christ warns about discerning the times: _______________
     F. Christ teaches on repentance: _______________
     G. Christ heals the _______________ _______________: 13:10-17
     H. Christ teaches on the _______________ _______________: 13:18-30
          1. Parable of ______________________________: 13:18, 19
          2. Parable of ______________________________: 13:20, 31
          3. The way into the Kingdom: _______________
     I. Christ mourns over _______________ _______________: 13:31-35
     J. Christ teaches the Pharisees: 14:1-24
     K. Christ teaches on discipleship: _______________
     L. Christ teaches about repentance: _______________
          1. Parable of the ______________________________: 15:1-7
          2. Parable of the ______________________________: 15:8-10
          3. Parable of the ______________________________: 15:11-32
     M. Christ teaches on stewardship: _______________
          1. ________________________________________________________________
          2. ________________________________________________________________
     N. Christ heals 10 lepers: _______________
     O. Christ teaches on His _______________ _______________: 17:20-37
     P. Christ teaches on _______________: 18:1:14
     Q. Christ blesses the children: _______________
     R. Christ teaches on sacrifice: _______________
     S. Christ foretells His death and _______________ _______________: 18:31-34
     T. Christ heals blind _______________: 18:35-43
     U. Christ goes with _______________: 19:1-10
     V. Parable of the Ten Minas: _______________

Part Four: Jesus In Jerusalem 19:28-24:53

I. Events prior to Jesus' death: 19:28-23:25
     A. The triumphal entry into Jerusalem: _______________
     B. Temple disputes: 20:1-47
          1. The question of authority: _______________
          2. The parable of the faithless tenants: _______________
          3. The question of tribute to Caesar: _______________
          4. The question of the resurrection: _______________
          5. A question and a warning: _______________
     C. Temple teachings: 21:1-38
          1. The widow's offering: _______________
          2. The future: _______________
          3. The warning to "watch": _______________
     D. Passover and the final night: _______________
          1. The plot against _______________: 22:1-6
          2. The preparation for the Passover: _______________
          3. ______________________________: 22:14-23
          4. True greatness: _______________
          5. The warning to Peter: _______________
          6. Warning to the disciples: _______________
          7. Prayer in the garden: _______________
          8. The arrest of Jesus: _______________
          9. ______________________________: 22:54-62
         10. The trial of Jesus: 22:63-71

 II. Jesus Dies and Is Buried: 23:26-56
     A. The crucifixion: 23:26-49
          1. On the way to Golgotha: 23:26-31
          2. The crucifixion and mocking of Jesus: 23:32-38
          3. _____________________________________________: 23:39-43
          4. The death of Jesus: _______________
          5. The burial of Jesus: _______________

III. The resurrection of Jesus: 24:1-49
     A. Jesus appears to two disciples on their way to _______________: 24:13-35
     B. Jesus appears in _______________: 24:36-49
     C. Jesus gives a final command: _______________
     D. Jesus ascends to Heaven: _______________

Further Study
Luke states at the very beginning of his Gospel what his purpose is in writing it. "...that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught." (Luke 1:4)

Luke wanted to create an accurate chronological account of the unique life of Jesus the Christ. He did this to strengthen the faith of Gentile believers and to stimulate saving faith among nonbelievers.

Luke also wanted to show that Jesus was both fully divine and fully human. To that end, Luke repeatedly stressed Christ's humanity and compassion. This Jesus, whom Luke referred to as the "Son of Man", fulfilled the Greek ideals of human perfection.

In Luke's Gospel, Jesus is the ideal "Son of Man" who identified with our sorrows and our lost condition in order to carry our burdens and offer us the priceless gift of salvation.

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Survey of the Gospel of John

TO WHOM: All believers and not-yet believers, to whom John portrays Jesus as the Son of God.
PURPOSE: To convince that Jesus was/is the Messiah, the Son of God, and to lead us to everlasting life.
KEY VERSE: John 20:31— "but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name."
LIFE AND MINISTRY PRINCIPLE: Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, the only source of salvation and way to everlasting life.
MAIN CHARACTERS: Jesus, John the Baptist, the twelve disciples, the religious leaders, the people of that day — and the people of today — who were/are waiting for the Light of God to shine in their darkness so they might be freed of their spiritual and physical bondage .

John's Gospel is more than just a story about a Man named Jesus who lived among us 2000 years ago. It's more than just a story of the Son of God who ministered and healed and delivered and died for the human race 2000 years ago. It's more than just a story about that same Man being resurrected on the third day and ascending to Heaven.

It's a story about the love of God being so overwhelmingly powerful that He had to enter our world, our reality, and experience our joys and pains, laughter and sorrow, peace and turmoil. It's a story about the Love and Word of God becoming flesh so that we might experience the true joy and peace that can come only from Him, and so we might one day be united with Him in perfection and holy communion.

And it's a story that didn't begin in a stable in Bethlehem . . . . that didn't begin with the angels announcing the Messiah's birth to the shepherds in the fields . . . . that didn't begin when Jesus was baptized in the Jordan . . . . that didn't begin after his 40 days of fasting and the temptations of Satan. No. It's a story, really, that has no beginning. As the Apostle John wrote: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made." (John 1:1-3)

But if we must designate a time in history when the redemptive mission of Jesus Christ began, then we must go back to the beginning of man's history. "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel." (Genesis 3:15). That's when God promised that a day would come when a Seed through the woman would come and defeat Satan's lies and temporary power over mankind. And He began that redemptive work that day when He sacrificed an animal and "made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them." (Genesis 3:21)

Just as money has two sides and both are valid, so Jesus Christ has two natures: Luke presented Jesus as the "Son of Man", and John presents Him in His deity as the Son of God. From the very first verse, John's purpose in writing his Gospel is crystal clear: to establish that this Jesus is the promised Messiah, the very Son of God and Savior of the world.

John's Gospel is mostly topical, not chronological. He does not concern himself with when things happened, only that they did happen. John's Gospel mainly centers around the seven "I am" statements of Christ:

  • "I am the bread of life" (John 6:35, 48)
  • "I am the light of the world" (8:12, 9:5)
  • "I am the door" (10:7, 9)
  • "I am the good shepherd" (10:11, 14)
  • "I am the resurrection and the life" (11:25)
  • "I am the way, the truth, and the life" (14:6)
  • "I am the true vine" (15:1-5)

Jesus equates Himself to the Old Testament "I AM" [YHWH/YaHWeh/YeHoVaH] on several occasions:

  • "The woman said to him, 'I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.' Jesus said to her, 'I who speak to you am he.' (4:25,26 emphasis added)

  • "…unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins." and "So Jesus said to them, 'When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he...'" (8:24b, 28a emphasis added)

  • "Jesus said to them, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am." (8:58 emphasis added)

  • "I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he." (13:19 emphasis added)

  • "They answered him, 'Jesus of Nazareth.' Jesus said to them, 'I am he.' . . . When Jesus said to them, 'I am he,' they drew back and fell to the ground. So he asked them again, 'Whom do you seek?' And they said, 'Jesus of Nazareth.' Jesus answered, 'I told you that I am he. So, if you seek me, let these men go.'" (18:5- 8 emphasis added)

Some of the most crucial affirmations of Jesus' deity are in verses 1:1, 8:58, 10:30, 14:9, and 20:28. Yes. The "Word was God", but the Word had also become flesh. His humanity can be seen in His weariness (4:6), thirst (4:7), dependence (5:19), grief (11:35), sadness or depression (12:27), and His anguish and death (19).

The Gospel of John is the most unusual of the four Gospels with its distinct content and style. It is the simplest and yet the most profound and most powerful of the four. John writes his book for the specific purpose of bringing people to spiritual life through belief in the Person and work of Jesus Christ.


Part One: Introduction 1:1-51

I. Introducing Jesus, the Christ: 1:1-18
     A. Jesus, the Word, was...: 1:1-3
          1. From the beginning: 1:1
          2. With God: _______________
          3. Was God: _______________
          4. _____________________________________________: 1:2-3
     B. Jesus, the life and light: 1:4-13
          1. _____________________________________________
          2. _____________________________________________
          3. _____________________________________________
     C. Jesus in the flesh: 1:14-18
          1. Born of God: 1:14
          2. _____________________________________________: 1:14
          3. ____________________________gave witness of the Word made flesh: 1:15
     D. Jesus, the fullness of God's grace: _______________

  II. The Witness of John the Baptist: 1:19-34
     A. To Jesus being the Messiah: _______________
     B. To Jesus, the Lamb and the Son: 1:29-36
     C. The baptism: _______________
     D. The confession: _______________

III. The First Disciples: 1:35-51
     A. _______________: 1:34-40
     B. _______________: 1:40-42
     C. _______________: 1:43-44
     D. _______________: 1:45-51

Part Two: Jesus' Public Ministry 2:1-12:50

  I. Turning Water into Wine: 2:1-10

 II. Authority over the Temple: 2:14-25
     A. The cleansing of the temple: 2:14-22
     B. Reaction to the cleansing: 2:23-25

III. Conversation with Nicodemus: 3:1-21
     A. ______________________________________________: 3:1-2
     B. ______________________________________________: 3:3-8
     C. Jesus speaks of heavenly things which Nicodemus cannot understand: _______________
     D. ______________________________________________: 3:16-18
     E. _____________________________________________: 3:19-21

 IV. Verification of Jesus by John the Baptist: 3:25-36
     A. The question: 3:25-26
     B. The answer: 3:27-36

  V. A Mission among the Samaritans: 4:1-42
     A. The setting in Samaria: 4:1-6
     B. The witness to a woman: 4:7-26
     C. The surprise of the disciples: 4:27
     D. The witness of the woman in Samaria: 4:28-30
     E. A vision for the disciples: 4:31-38
     F. Results of the Samaritan mission: 4:39-42

 VI. A Miracle in Galilee: 4:43-54

VII. Healing on the Sabbath: 5:1-47
     A. Healing on the Sabbath: _______________
     B. The Jews and the man who was healed: _______________
     C. Jesus and the man who was healed: _______________
     D. The Jews and the man who was healed: _______________
     E. A sermon following the healing: 5:19-47
          1. Jesus claims equality with God: _______________
          2. Witnesses to the divine claims of Jesus: 5:30-40
          3. Condemnation of unbelief: _______________

VIII. Christ the Bread of Life: 6:1-15
     A. The setting: _______________
     B. ____________________________________________________________: 6:8-13

 IX. Jesus Turns Fear into Faith in the Midst of a Storm: 6:16-21

  X. The Next Day: 6:22-71
     A. Dialogue on the Bread of Life: _______________
          1. The bread of Moses compared to that of Jesus: _______________
          2. The bread from Heaven that brings eternal life: 6:35-51
     B. Many turn away: _______________
     C. Twelve are left: _______________

  XI. Jesus at the Jerusalem Feast: 7:1-53

 XII. Teaching in the Temple: 8:1-59
     A. The woman in adultery: _______________
     B. Jesus the light of the world: _______________
     C. Preview of the cross and reaction of the crowd: 8:21-30
     D. ____________________________________________________________
     E. ____________________________________________________________
     F. ____________________________________________________________

XIII. Jesus Heals a Blind Man: 9:1-41
     A. Jesus heals the man blind from birth: _______________
     B. Reaction of the blind man's neighbors: _______________
     C. Reaction of the Pharisees: _______________
          1. Interview with the blind man: _______________
          2. Interview with his parents: _______________
          3. Another interview with the blind man: _______________

XIV. Jesus is the Good Shepherd: 10:1-27
     A. The True Shepherd of the sheep: _______________
     B. The Door to the sheepfold: _______________
     C. The Good Shepherd of the flock: _______________

 XV. Mounting Hostility Towards Jesus: 10:19-42

XVI. Jesus Raises Lazarus: 11:1-12:11
     A. The setting: _______________
     B. The plan: _______________
     C. The raising of Lazarus: _______________
     D. Results of the miracle: 11:45-12:11
          1. Reaction of some who believed: _______________
          2. Reaction of the council: _______________
          3. Anointed for death: _______________

XVII. The Triumphal Entry to Jerusalem: 12:12-50

Part Three: Private Ministry 13:1-17:26

  I. The Last Supper: 13:1-38
     A. An object lesson: Foot washing: _______________
     B. Exposure of Judas: _______________
     C. Prediction of Jesus' death: _______________
     D. __________________________________________________________: 13:36-38

 II. Jesus Gives Message of Comfort: 14:1-27

III. Vital Union with Jesus: 15:1-27
     A. Union with the vine: _______________
     B. Union with the Comforter: _______________

IV. Preview of the Future: 16:1-33
     A. Coming persecution foretold: _______________
     B. The Comforter to come: _______________`
     C. Jesus talks about returning to Heaven: _______________
     D. The disciples are perplexed: _______________
     E. Turning sorrow to joy: _______________
     F. Faith for the future: _______________

 V. Jesus Prays: 17:1-26
     A. For ______________________________: 17:1-8
     B. For _____________________________________________: 17:9-19
     C. For _____________________________________________: 17:20-26

Part Four: The Final Days 18:1-19:42

  I. The Capture: 18:1-14
     A. Meeting in the Garden: _______________
     B. Betrayal by Judas: _______________
     C. Violence waived by Jesus: _______________

 II. Peter's First Denial: 18:15-18

III. Trial before Annas: 18:19-24
     A. Testimony of defense: _______________
     B. Judgment by Annas: _______________

IV. Peter's Second Denial: 18:25-26

  V. Peter's Third Denial: 18:26-27

 VI. Trial before Pilate: 18:28-19:16
     A. Public hearing: _______________
     B. Private hearing: _______________
     C. Crowd demands Barabbas' freedom: _______________
     D. Jesus abused by the Romans: _______________
     E. Jews demand death and reject pardon: _______________

 VII. The Death of Jesus: 19:17-30

VIII. The Burial: 19:31-42

Part Five: Resurrection And Appearances 20:1-21:23

  I. The Resurrection of Jesus: 20:1-31
     A. The evidence of an open tomb: _______________
     B. _____________________________________________: 20:11-13
     C. Christ is risen and appears to others: 20:14-29
          1. To ______________________________: 20:14-18
          2. To _____________________________________________: 20:19-25
          3. To _____________________________________________: 20:26-29

 II. Christ Meets Disciples by the Sea: 21:1-23
     A. An unsuccessful night of fishing: _______________
     B. The solution of a Master Fisherman (Jesus): _______________
     C. ______________________________: 21:7-14
     D. Reconfirmation of Peter: _______________

III. John Concludes His Gospel: 21:24-25

Further Study
This world offers a variety of gods to worship. Yet, only one religion worships a Person known primarily for His sacrificial love.

  • Why did Jesus hide His true identity? (John 2:24)
    The people expected the Messiah to be ______________________________ who would lead Israel to independence from _______________. But Jesus' purpose was to establish an _______________ kingdom and ______________________________. He did not want people thinking of Him as a political or military activist.

  • Why was Jesus reluctant to perform "signs and wonders" (miracles)? (John 4:48)
    The signs and wonders were intended only to validate Jesus' claims, not to draw attention or gather a following. Our Lord was disturbed that people were more interested in _______________ than they were in a _______________ with God. He performed miracles in the _______________ that they would inspire _______________, not simply please the crowds.

  • Who are Jesus' "other sheep"? (John 10:16)
    The sheep pen represents _______________. By saying that He had sheep other than the Jews, Jesus was referring to the _______________. [This verse constitutes one of Jesus' earliest and clearest references that Gentiles will be including in His kingdom.

Study the relationship of Jesus with the Father. Write each Scripture reference.

  • In working: 5:19—

  • In knowing: 5:20—

  • In honor: 5:23—

  • In regenerating: 5:24-25—

  • In self-existence: 5:26—

  • In resurrecting: 5:28-29—

John tells of eight private interviews Jesus had with individuals or small groups. Write a short description of each.

  • Peter and Nathaniel: 1:35-51—

  • Nicodemus: 3:1-21—

  • The Samaritan woman at the well: 4:6-26—

  • The man born blind: 10:35-51—

  • Martha and Mary: 11:1-57—

  • The Apostles: 13:1-16:33—

  • Mary Magdalene: 20:1-18—

  • Peter: 21:15-23—

There are seven witnesses in the book of John who proclaim Jesus as the Messiah. Write a description or the actual Scripture.

  • John the Baptist: 1:34—

  • Nathaniel: 1:49—

  • Peter: 6:69—

  • Jesus Himself: 10:36—

  • Martha: 11:27—

  • Thomas: 20:28—

  • John: 20:31—

Write the names of the Holy Spirit used by John:

14:16-17— ______________________________

14:25-26— ______________________________

15:26— ______________________________

16:7-11— ______________________________

16:13-15— ______________________________

In addition to using the title "Son of God" to stress the deity of Jesus, John uses many other references to further confirm Jesus' divine nature. The deity of Jesus is mentioned at least once in each chapter in John. Write the specific chapters and verses. The first one is completed for you.

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