Bible Study Questions – John 13:31-38
Tell of a time when you showed love to someone who didn’t deserve it. Why did you show love in that situation? How did the person respond?
What people are easy for you to love? What people are hard for you to love? Who do you spend most of your time and energy giving love to?
If you were to make a commitment to truly love someone, how would that change your relationship with them? How would that change your attitude towards them?
What is Jesus talking about in verse 31? How is He to be glorified? John 7:39 How is God the Father to be glorified? 1 Peter 4:8-11
How does the Father glorify the Son? John 12:23, 17:1
Why do you think that Jesus called his disciples, “little children” in verse 33? 1 John 2:1,12, 28, 3:7, 18; 4:4; 5:21.
What does the use of this phrase, “little children” tell you about the love Jesus has for his disciples?
Where is Jesus going that they cannot come? John 7:32-34, 8:21-24; Philippians 2:5-11; verse 36
If you were one of the disciples, would you have understood what was about to happen to Jesus? Would you have gotten it?
Why did Jesus feel He needed to add another commandment? Weren’t the first 10 adequate? 1 John 2:7-11, 3:11; 2 John 1:5-6
Is this really a new command? Leviticus 19:18. What does Jesus add to this command that makes it new?
What are some things that we can do as a family of Christ to help each other follow this command to love one another?
Would people know we are Christians by our love today? Why or why not?
Why must love become the defining characteristic of the Christian?
Here Jesus repeats that Peter will not be able to follow Him now but will in the future. What does He mean in verse 36? John 21:18-19; 2 Peter 1:14.
Why do you think it was important for Jesus to tell Peter of His future betrayal in verse 38? John 18:27
Peter proves words are easy but follow through is something else all-together. How have you seen this in the Christian church?
What are some ways people deny Jesus today?