What does it take for you to really “know” someone? What are the characteristics of that relationship? How much time did it take to get to that point of “knowing”?
John 13-17 was Jesus’ training session for the disciples before his imminent arrest. This passage is sometimes called Jesus’ “Farewell Discourse”. Knowing that, how does it change the way you read these passages?
Jesus gives the disciples some “gifts” in this chapter: the gift of a place/home that is assured to them, the gift of Jesus’ peace and the gift of knowing him. How do each of these 3 truths function as gifts for his disciples?
Jesus asks Phillip in verse 9, “have you been around me so long but you still don’t know me?” In what ways is it possible to be around Jesus and yet not really know him? Is it possible for a follower of Jesus to be guilty of this?
One of the ways we know Jesus is by knowing his words. The Chief Priests who were trying to accuse Jesus said, “No one has ever spoken like this man.” What do you think it is about Jesus' words that cause them to be more than mere words? Why do they mean more to you than just simply “words”?
Pastor Jeremy contended that those who know God:
Have a sustained prayer life
Experience him in their prayer life
See long term/deep changes
Sense the bible is a divine book
How has one of those things been true in your own life? Take a moment at the end of your study and thank God for the blessing we have received in being able to know him. Share a prayer request of one way you would like to know God better.