Are You or Not?

John 18:12-27

Life Group Questions

1. If you were not able to hear this week’s sermon, consider going to the church website and listening to it. What are some main ideas that you gathered from the sermon? What questions, if any, did the sermon cause for you or do you desire to have additional clarification?

2. With what sense do you understand Scripture to predict the betrayal and crucifixion of Christ? Do you consider the crucifixion as simply an event that God predicted would happen or one which He planned? Was there ever the possibility that Christ would not be crucified? Why or why not?

3. Consider Psalm 118:22-23. What does the writer intend for us to understand as the “Lord’s doing”? Was God involved in the cornerstone being rejected? Explain. In what way should we consider the Lord’s work marvelous; what is so marvelous about it? How should this passage help us have a daily positive attitude?

4. Read the following passages: Acts 2:22-23; 4:26-28; Ephesians 1:11; Luke 22:21-22; John 3:14; 18:11. Describe some aspects of God’s predetermined plan(s). When was this predetermined plan set by God? Briefly describe how God’s foreknowledge relates to His predetermined plan.

5. What stands out to you about the manner in which Jesus was arrested and tried? Do you feel this was a fair trial? Why or why not? Why do you think the high priest questioned Jesus about His disciples (cf. vs.19). Do you consider the response of Jesus in John 18:21 offensive? Why do you think Jesus responded in this manner?

6. The high priest, Caiaphas, is said to have prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation Israel and to gather together the children of God (cf. John 11:547-53). Do you believe he understood the depth of what he was saying? Why or why not? Do you think that those who prophesied always understood the fullness of their message? Explain.

7. List at least three observations from this passage and explain their significance. What stands out to you most about this passage? What do you believe John wants his readers to understand? What is the main point of this passage?

8. What should strike us about Peter’s denial of Christ? How do the “I am not” statements of Peter compare with the “I am” statements of Jesus? Do you think John intended for us to see a contrast? Explain. Have you ever felt like you failed the Lord like Peter? What should be our response when we do so?

9. In this story we find Peter warming himself with those who are against Christ. Describe some dangers of associating with the wrong people (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:33; 2 Corinthians 6:14). Read Psalm 1:1-3 and consider some ways in which you may need to modify or limit some of your associations.

by Terry Beatty
/  Lead Teacher and Ministry Vision

Macedonia Baptist Church
10481 NC 42 West, Holly Springs, N.C. 27540
(919) 567-3460


Macedonia Baptist Church
10481 NC 42 West, Holly Springs, N.C. 27540
(919) 567-3460


Macedonia Baptist Church   /   10481 NC 42 West, Holly Springs, N.C. 27540   /   (919) 567-3460