GodSpeak Readings: Week 82/April 4-9

April 4-9
John 4-14

GodSpeak readings for each day are listed below. Click the link to read the section and/or listen online. A discussion question is listed below for you to use in your GodSpeak group session or for discussion with others who are reading along.

Monday, April 4    John 4    Read & Listen Online  (Click “Audio” link to listen)
1. Why do you think the woman brought up the controversy about the proper place to worship (John 4:20)? In the ancient world you had to go to the temple dedicated to a specific god in order to worship that god. What did Jesus mean by His response, “True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth? (4:23)?

Tuesday, April 5   John 5-6    Read & Listen Online  John 5    Read & Listen Online John 6  (Click “Audio” link to listen)
2. Does the description of the feeding of the 5,000 in John 6:11 remind you of another feeding described in the gospels? Think about it in connection with the discussion Jesus has later in the chapter in which He speaks about eating His flesh and drinking His blood.

Wednesday, April 6   John 7-8   Read & Listen Online John 7    Read & Listen Online John 8  (Click “Audio” link to listen)
3. Verses 31-32 of John 8 are packed with meaning. Look at them again. What do they tell us about discipleship?

Thursday, April 7    John 9-10   Read & Listen Online John 9    Read & Listen Online John 10  (Click “Audio” link to listen)
4. Review John 9:2-4. What was the popular belief in our Lord’s day to account for any misfortune or tragedy that happened in a person’s life? See also Luke 13:1-5. How did Jesus respond to the question of His disciples? What did Jesus mean in verse 4? How is His statement applicable to us?

Friday, April 8   John 11-12   Read & Listen Online John 11    Read & Listen Online John 12  (Click “Audio” link to listen)
5. In John 12:24-26 Jesus speaks in the form of a paradox, that is, an assertion that is on the surface contradictory or opposed to common sense, but that is nevertheless true. Put these verses in your own words. What great truths was Jesus expressing?

Saturday, April 9   John 13-14    Read & Listen Online John 13    Read & Listen Online John 14  (Click “Audio” link to listen)
6. The King James Version translates John 14:2: “In My Father’s house are many mansions.” The word mansion has a different meaning in English today than it did in the early 1600s when the King James Version was produced. It comes from the Latin word mansio, which means “a place to stay,” “a lodging.” The new translations correctly convey what Jesus was saying when they translate “In My Father’s house are many rooms.” Jesus was not saying that heaven is made up of sumptuous palaces; rather He meant to say that in heaven there is room for all. Regardless of the translation, how do the words make you feel? What do they say about death? Your death?

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