Who is Jesus?
“I’m spiritual but not religious”—is that enough?
How is Jesus the Light of the World?
Why are Jesus’ words of eternal life confusing—or even offensive—to many people?
In all of the So What? studies, we are guiding students to relate faith to life and life to faith. But in A Study of John 1–10, students have the opportunity to listen to the greatest Teacher of all—Jesus, God himself in the flesh—when he walked this earth. In this eyewitness account written by “the disciple whom Jesus loved,” we find Jesus using everyday items and events to teach deep spiritual truths, and everyone—including your teens—must either believe or reject him.
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Sessions in this Study
UNIT 1: John 1–2 (4 weeks)
Q. Who is Jesus?
A. Jesus is the Word, the True Light, God in the flesh, full of grace and truth.
Scripture: John 1:1–18
Q. Who was this wild man?
A. John the Baptist was God’s appointed witness to prepare people for the Messiah by proclaiming the identity of Jesus.
Scripture: John 1:19–34
2 Kings 2:1–11; Malachi 4:5–6; Deuteronomy 18:15; Isaiah 40:3–9; Matthew 3:1–6; Isaiah 53:6–8; Joel 2:28; Acts 2:38; Genesis 1:1; John 1:1–3, 14
Q. Who were the first five?
A. Andrew, Simon Peter, Philip, Nathanael, and probably the author of John became Jesus’ disciples, recognizing him as the promised Messiah.
Scripture: John 1:35–51
Q. How did Jesus begin to demonstrate his divine authority?
A. Jesus miraculously changed water to wine and ran the merchants out of the temple.
Scripture: John 2
UNIT 2: John 3–5 (4 weeks)
Q. “I’m spiritual but not religious”—is that enough?
A. No, you must be born again.
Scripture: John 3:1–21
Q. How did the wild man answer questions about Jesus?
A. John the Baptist confirmed that Jesus is the Christ. Those who believe in Jesus Christ have eternal life.
Scripture: John 3:22–36
John 1:20–23; Isaiah 61:10, 62:5; Ephesians 5:25b–27
Q. How does Jesus’ food satisfy thirst?
A. Jesus described his food as doing his Father’s will. He offers living water to all who thirst.
Scripture: John 4
Q. Why would the Jewish leaders want to kill Jesus?
A. Because Jesus claimed to be equal with God the Father.
Scripture: John 5
UNIT 3: John 6–8 (3 weeks)
Q. Why are Jesus’ words of eternal life confusing—or even offensive—to many people?
A. Because Jesus says “I am the bread of life,” declaring that only he can give eternal life.
Scripture: John 6
Q. What did people think of Jesus?
A. Some said Jesus was a good man or even a prophet, others thought he was a deceiver or worse, while still others rightly acknowledged that he was the Christ.
Scripture: John 7
Q. What does Jesus do that only God can do?
A. Jesus brings freedom from the enslaving power of sin, reveals truth, and gives eternal life.
Scripture: John 8
UNIT 4: John 9–10 (2 weeks)
Q. How is Jesus the Light of the World?
A. Jesus is the light of salvation to everyone who believes. Those who reject him remain spiritually blind.
Scripture: John 9
Q. How is Jesus our Good Shepherd?
A. Jesus laid down his life for his sheep. He knows, leads, and protects us.
Scripture: John 10