Bible Study Questions – John 16:16-24
Define joy in your own words?
What does Jesus mean in verse 6 saying, “A little while, and you will see me no longer, and again a little while, and you will see me?” Why is Jesus being so vague? John 7:33
Where has Jesus talked about going away before? John 13:33, 36; 16:5 Based on these verses, should His disciples have known what He was talking about? Why or why not?
Does their lack of understanding surprise you? What work will the Holy Spirit do when he comes? John 14:26, 16:13.
What will cause the disciples to weep and lament? What will cause the world to rejoice? Is Jesus talking about the same event that will cause two very different reactions? Matthew 9:15; Mark 16:9-11; Luke 23:26-27
Are there things that take place in the world today that cause Christians to weep and lament? Do these same things cause the world to rejoice?
How can sorrow be turned into joy? Jeremiah 31:10-14; Matthew 5:4 How has God turned your sorrow into joy?
What can we learn from Jesus about where real joy comes from? Hebrews 12:2.
Does the illustration of childbirth help the disciples understand how sorrow can turn to joy? How does this illustration help you understand real joy?
How should a Christian view pain and sorrow and trials in their life? James 1:2-4.
Can joy exist without pain and sorrow? Why or why not?
When will Jesus see them again in joy? Luke 24:50-53
Jesus said that no one would take their joy from them. Knowing the trials they would soon face, how could this statement be true?
Re-read John 16:23-24. What does Jesus mean when he says, “In that day you will ask nothing of me”? Why will they not ask anything? Verse 30
What does it mean to ask in the name of Jesus?
What prayers can we pray and know that God will answer for us?