The Gospel of John: The Great News - A Look at the Book

John: Introduction - A Look at the Book

Introduction: A LOOK AT THE BOOK

There is no substitute for reading the entire gospel of John to begin our study of the book. You'll notice that John's gospel may be divided into three major sections as outlined below.

  • The Public Ministry of Jesus Christ.  (Chapters 1-12)
  • The Private Ministry of Jesus Christ.  (Chapters 13-17)
  • The Passion Ministry of Jesus Christ.  (Chapters 18-21)


Remember the outline.

This lesson consists of 40 questions with multiple choice answers.  The questions are asked in chronological order with the Bible text.  As you read through the gospel of John, chose the correct answer to each question, based on the Scriptures.

Try to answer all of the questions a section at a time.  The first 20 questions cover the first 12 chapters of John's gospel.  The next 10 questions are based on chapters 13 through 17.  The last 10 questions cover the remaining chapters.  The questions are designed to highlight important truths, and help the student to read with understanding.

After you have answered all of the questions, check your answers with those at the end of this lesson.  Give yourself two and a half points for each correct answer.

Now open your Bible to the gospel of John, and start reading.

The Public Ministry of Jesus Christ

(Chapters 1-12)

  • Who has made God known?
    • John the Baptist.
    • An angel.
    • Jesus Christ.
  • Who did John the Baptist say Jesus is?
    • The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
    • The Lion of the tribe of Judah.
    • A man after God's heart.
  • What was the first miraculous sign performed by Jesus in Cana?
    • He changed water into wine.
    • He cleansed a leper.
    • He gave sight to a blind man.
  • What did Jesus teach Nicodemus?
    • Not everyone who does good will be saved.
    • Only those who obey the law of Moses are fit for God's kingdom.
    • No one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.
  • Who has eternal life?
    • Whoever believes in God's Son, Jesus Christ.
    • Only those who confess all their sins before they die.
    • Whoever is baptized in water.
  • What gift of God did Jesus offer a Samaritan woman?
    • A husband who would love her.
    • Living water.
    • An abundant harvest.
  • What was the second miraculous sign that Jesus performed in Cana?
    • He fed a hungry crowd of people.
    • He healed Peter's mother-in-law.
    • He healed the son of a royal official.
  • Why were the Jews angry at Jesus?
    • Because He preached about their sins.
    • Because He healed an invalid on the Sabbath.
    • Because He made fun of them.
  • Why did the Jews want to kill Him?
    • Because He taught the Bible.
    • Because He criticized Moses.
    • Because He made Himself equal with God.
  • Which miraculous sign did Jesus perform on the far shore of the Sea of Galilee?
    • He fed a large crowd with a boy's lunch.
    • He raised the dead.
    • He changed water into wine.
  • What did Jesus do in the darkness of the evening on the same day?
    • He walked on water.
    • He was transfigured, shining brightly on the shore.
    • He forgave the sins of many people.
  • Why did many disciples desert Jesus?
    • Because He refused to be their king.
    • Because He claimed to be the bread of life.
    • Because they were afraid of the Jews.
  • On the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles what did Jesus promise to believers?
    • The indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.
    • A crown of righteousness.
    • The throne of David.
  • Who ultimately condemned a woman caught in adultery?
    • Jesus, the righteous Judge.
    • The Pharisees.
    • Nobody.
  • How did Jesus demonstrate that He is the light of the world?
    • He made the sun stand still.
    • He held a golden candlestick in His right hand.
    • He healed a man born blind.
  • How safe are Jesus' sheep?
    • They are safe as long as they protect themselves.
    • They are unsafe as long as the devil and demons are on the loose.
    • They will never perish in the good Shepherd's hand.
  • What miracle did Jesus perform at Bethany?
    • He raised Lazarus from the dead.
    • He cast out evil spirits.
    • He changed a goat into a lamb.
  • Who anointed Jesus at Bethany?
    • Mary.
    • Martha.
    • Judas Iscariot.
  • What did many people shout when Jesus rode into Jerusalem?
    • Behold!  One greater than Solomon is here!
    • Crucify Him!  Crucify Him!
    • Hosanna!  Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!
  • Which Old Testament prophet predicted the unbelief of the Jews?
    • Zechariah.
    • Isaiah.
    • Amos.



The Private Ministry of Jesus Christ

(Chapters 13-17)

  • What example did Jesus set for His disciples?
    • He preached publicly.
    • He performed miracles.
    • He washed His disciples' feet.
  • Who did Jesus predict would betray Him?
    • Peter.
    • Judas Iscariot.
    • John.
  • Who did Jesus predict would deny Him three times?
    • Peter.
    • Judas Iscariot.
    • John.
  • Why was Jesus going to return to heaven?
    • To report to His Father about what He had done.
    • To prepare a place for His disciples.
    • To get angels ready for His second coming.
  • How did Jesus comfort His disciples?
    • He promised to send the Holy Spirit.
    • He told them that life would be easy.
    • He told them that He would not leave them.
  • What kind of relationship bears fruit?
    • The shepherd and the sheep.
    • The vine and the branches.
    • The rich and the wise.
  • What is the work of the Holy Spirit in the world?
    • He convicts the world in regard to sin, righteousness, and judgment.
    • He speaks of Himself.
    • He always strives with worldly people, bearing their rejection of Him.
  • What makes the joy of the believer complete?
    • Worldly treasure.
    • Childbearing.
    • Answered prayer.
  • How on earth did Jesus bring glory to the Father?
    • He finished the work that the Father gave Him to do.
    • He started the church.
    • He was kind to everybody.
  • For whom did Jesus pray?
    • The whole world.
    • All believers.
    • The lost sheep of the house of Israel.


The Passion Ministry of Jesus Christ

(Chapters 18-21)

  • Who arrested Jesus?
    • The police.
    • A detachment of soldiers and Jewish officials.
    • Judas Iscariot made a citizen's arrest.
  • Before whom did Jesus appear?
    • Annas, Caiaphas, and Pilate.
    • Herod, and Caesar.
    • Nero.
  • Who found Jesus innocent and wanted to set Him free?
    • Pilate.
    • Caesar.
    • The high priest.
  • What did the notice read that was fastened to Jesus' cross?
    • This man claimed to be the king of the Jews.
    • Jesus of Nazareth, the king of the Jews.
    • The place of the skull, Golgotha.
  • What did Jesus say when He died on the cross?
    • I am finished.
    • It is finished.
    • Not one of my bones are broken.
  • Who buried the body of Jesus?
    • Mary and Martha.
    • Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus.
    • A Roman soldier and Pilate.
  • Who first discovered the empty tomb?
    • Mary Magdalene.
    • Peter.
    • The disciple who loved Jesus.
  • How did the disciples know that Jesus rose again from the dead?
    • They remembered everything that He had taught them.
    • They saw Him.
    • They found the tomb empty.
  • Why did John write about Jesus' miraculous signs in his gospel?
    • In order the we might believe in Jesus Christ and have eternal life.
    • To show that Jesus was truly human.
    • To inspire us to do great things for God.
  • What was Jesus' final charge to Peter?
    • Follow Me.
    • Repent and believe.
    • Return to your nets and fish.


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Lesson 1 - The Public Ministry of Jesus Christ


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