I LOVE the book of John! Mainly because this gospel gives us some great foundational doctrine of Jesus and His relationship with the Father. Our world is full of opinions about who Jesus is and what He came to accomplish. As His followers, we must be firmly planted in the Truth regarding the identity and deity of Jesus. Use this free Bible study guide of John 1 to explore the meaning of ‘the Word became flesh…’ – John 1:14 NASB. 

What is the Purpose of John Chapter 1?

The purpose of the four gospels is to give an account of the life and ministry of Jesus while here on earth. Each one emphasizes the characteristics of Jesus a bit differently.

“The writers of the four gospels have given us “snapshots” of our Lord’s life on earth, for no complete biography could ever be written (John 21:25). Matthew wrote with his fellow Jews in

mind and emphasized that Jesus of Nazareth had fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies. Mark wrote for the busy Romans. Whereas Matthew emphasized the King, Mark presented the servant, ministering to needy people. Luke wrote his gospel for the Greeks and introduced them to the sympathetic Son of Man. But it was given to John, the beloved disciple, to write a book for both Jews and Gentiles, presenting Jesus as the Son of God.” – Weirsbe Commentary of the New Testament

John chapter 1 gives us a great introduction into both the life and ministry of Jesus, and His existence as the Son of God.

Bible Study of John 1

What You Can Learn from this Bible Study Guide of John 1

Our goal in Bible study is to know God! Knowing and applying His truth to our lives is how we are transformed into the likeness of Christ from glory to glory!

As you work through this chapter, there are some important application questions to ask yourself. 

Consider the following:

  • What do you learn from observing the different people in this chapter? How do they interact with other people mentioned? What principles can you apply to your own life?
  • What is Jesus referred to in this chapter? Pay attention to these. They reveal important characteristics and attributes of Jesus.

Short Summary of John Chapter 1

Here is a brief summary of what the gospel of John chapter 1 is about.

  • John 1:1-14 introduce us to two key people in this chapter – Jesus, and John the Baptist. We see a glimpse of the identity of these two men and God’s purposes for them.
  • John 1:15-34 give us an overview of John the Baptist’s testimonies. He testifies not only about who Jesus is, but also about himself.
  • John 1:35-50 show us Jesus calling His disciples. Make sure to notice what role John the Baptist plays here.

An Introduction to the Inductive Bible Study Method

Maybe you have already done a bible study of the gospel of John. But, perhaps you are new to the Inductive Bible Study Method? Along with doing an in-depth bible study of John 1, this study guide is meant to be an introduction to the inductive study process. 

This is my favorite method to use for Bible study because it teaches us how to study the Bible for ourselves. 

How to Use this John 1 Study Guide

The study is broken up into 10 daily lessons. Please don’t feel pressure to move through these lessons too quickly. It is more important that you make a connection with the Lord each day rather than just getting it done. Don’t rush it. Move at whatever pace is comfortable for you. 

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Download the John 1 Bible Study Questions 

  • Option 1: Print out the pdf of the Bible study guide.
  • Option 2: Download the pdf to your computer, phone, or device to use as an e-book.

Download the free John 1 study guide

Along with the study guide you will also need a spiral notebook or binder with lined paper to write down your notes. See below for tools you will need.

  • Option 3: Get the full workbook version. Get a printable workbook with space to write your notes. This version includes additional worksheets and coloring pages. Get the workbook.

Bible Study Tools to Use 

Along with the study guide, there are some other Bible study tools you will need.

  • A Bible you are willing to mark in. I recommend having a Bible you use just for study and marking.
    Or, you can print out an observation worksheet of John chapter 1. An observation worksheet is simply the chapter printed out on a sheet of paper, double spaced, so you have room to mark and make notes (I’ll explain this more in the study guide).
  • 4-5 Different colored pencils or colored ball-point pens for marking the scriptures (I’ll explain this more in the study guide).
    Optional Resource: download and print the Keyword Key to use during this step.
  • A spiral notebook or a binder with loose-leaf binder paper. I prefer using a binder because it’s easier to move the pages around. Use this to write down your notes, thoughts, and observations as the study guide instructs you.
  • Word study tools. A few times in the study you will be asked to do a word study. My favorite tool for word studies is Blue Letter Bible. Here is a video where I show you how to use this resource.

How and When to Use a John 1 Commentary

Commentaries can be a great resource when used at the right time. Please don’t go to your commentaries too early! First, do your own study of the passage and allow the Holy Spirit to teach and reveal God’s truth to you.

There is such an amazing joy that comes when you find truth for yourself. If you look to outside sources prior to your own diligent study, you rob yourself of this joy.

However, commentaries can be a great tool for checking your interpretation of the scriptures. If your understanding of a particular passage has some substantial variances from trusted commentaries, it may be worth re-considering your interpretation. 

So, after you finish your study guide, here are a couple of commentaries of John chapter 1 to refer to.

Matthew Henry; Weirsbe Commentary of the New Testament

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