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Genesis 1:1–3; Isaiah 9:2; Malachi 3:1; Mark 1:1; Luke 1:1–4; John 1:1–18; 2 Peter 1:16; 1 John 1:1; Revelation 13:8

How do you reconcile the biblical creation in six days with scientists’ claims that current conditions evolved over billions of years (Genesis 1:1–2)?

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What do you think is the best proof of God’s existence (Romans 1:20)?

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Why do some people deny God’s existence (Psalm 14:1; Romans 1:21)?

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John describes Jesus as the “Word made flesh” (John 1:1, 6–7), the means by which our universe was created, the physical reality where we currently live. In what way is Jesus’ identity different from or to be included with what we worship as “God” or “our Father”?

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Light is sometimes used in reference to God, darkness in reference to all that is evil. What is the value of that analogy (John 1:4–5)?

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If God doesn’t want anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9), we might understand that his light shines upon everyone and we are all without excuse (Romans 1:20). What do you think our responsibility is for letting the light of God shine through our lives (Romans 10:14)?

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John preached a message much different from anything heard in synagogues or the Temple. Under what circumstances do you think he might have received from God the message he delivered to the people (John 1:6–9)?

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What reasons do human beings have to recognize their Creator (Genesis 1:27; John 1:10)?

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The Old Testament describes people seeing God. How do you reconcile that fact with John’s statement that no one has ever seen God (Genesis 12:7; 17:1; 18:1; 26:2, 24; Exodus 3:16; 1 Samuel 3:21; 1 Kings 3:5; 9:2; Jeremiah 31:3; John 1:18; Revelation 13:8)?

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Why did some believe Jesus while many others did not (John 1:11, 14)?

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How would you describe the difference between Law and Grace (John 1:13, 16)?

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Why might it be difficult to understand that Jesus and God have no beginning or end but have always been (John 1:1)?

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Some eyewitnesses saw the glory of God’s son, but others saw something else. They were looking at the same person, so how could people see something different (John 1:14)?

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What reasons do we have to believe the eyewitness testimonies found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are true (Luke 1:1, 3)?

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In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was a formless void covered by darkness when the Spirit of God began to move over the surface.

Eyewitness

Genesis 1:1–2 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was a formless void covered by darkness when the Spirit of God began to move over the surface.
King James

Genesis 1:1–2 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

The Word already existed. He was with God, and he was God, in the beginning. Everything was created by him.

Eyewitness

John 1:1–3 He was with God, and he was God, in the beginning. The Word already existed. Everything was created by him. Nothing exists that he did not make.
King James

John 1:1–3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Nothing existed that he did not make. Life itself came from him, and this life gave light to everyone. When God said, “Let there be light,” the light shone in the darkness, and the darkness could not overcome it.

Eyewitness

Genesis 1:3 God said, “Let there be light,” and light exploded into existence.
John 1:3–5 Everything was created by him. Nothing exists that he did not make. Life itself came from him, and this life gives light to everyone. The light shone in the darkness, and the darkness could not overcome it.
King James

Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
John 1:3–5 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

The prophet Isaiah wrote: People who walk in darkness will see a bright light. Upon those who live under dark shadows of death, the light will shine.

Eyewitness

Isaiah 9:2 People walking in darkness will see a bright light. Upon those who live under dark shadows of death, the light will shine.
King James

Isaiah 9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

Here begins the wonderful news about Jesus the Messiah, the Lamb who has been slain since the founding of the world. God sent John the Baptizer to spread the news about the light so people might believe. John was not the light, but he came to testify that the true light would come into the world to shine on everyone. He pointed out Jesus, then shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming who is far greater than I am, because he existed long before I did.’”

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Malachi 3:1 “See, I will send my messenger to prepare the way before me. Then the Lord you seek will come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight is surely coming,” says the Lord of Hosts.
Mark 1:1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, Son of God.
John 1:6–9 God sent John the Baptizer to spread the news about the light so people might believe. John was not the light, but he came to testify that the true light would come into the world to shine on everyone.
John 1:15 John the Baptizer pointed out Jesus, then shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming who is far greater than I am, because he existed long before I did.'”
Revelation 13:8 Earth’s inhabitants, whose names are not written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain since the founding of the world, will worship the beast.
King James

Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
John 1:6–9 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
John 1:15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

No one has ever seen God. However, his son, Jesus, who came from him, has revealed him to us. Although the Word made the world, people in the world did not recognize him when he came.

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John 1:10 No one has ever seen God. However, his son who came from him, has revealed him to us.
John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
King James

John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

The Word became human and lived among his own people. Despite his unfailing love and faithfulness, most people did not accept him. But he gave those who believed and accepted him the right to become God’s children.

Eyewitness

John 1:11–12 He lived among his own people. Despite his unfailing love and faithfulness, most people did not accept him. But he gave those who believed and accepted him the right to become God’s children.
John 1:14 The Word became human and we have seen the majestic splendor of Jesus Christ, the Word of Life, and the glory of the only son of the Father.
King James

John 1:11–12 He lived among his own people. Despite his unfailing love and faithfulness, most people did not accept him. But he gave those who believed and accepted him the right to become God’s children.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Moses gave us the Law, but Jesus Christ gave us grace and truth. By being born again, not physically out of human desire but spiritually by the will of God, all believers can benefit from his rich grace by which he has blessed us repeatedly.

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John 1:13 They were born again, not physically out of human desire, but spiritually by the will of God.
John 1:16–17 All believers can benefit from his rich grace by which he as blessed us repeatedly. Moses gave us the Law, but Jesus Christ gave us grace and truth.
King James

John 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:16–17 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

The eyewitnesses have seen the majestic splendor of Jesus Christ, the Word of Life, with their own eyes, touched him with their own hands, and heard him with their own ears. He is the Father’s only son, who existed from the beginning.

Eyewitness

Luke 1:1–2 Many people have written about what God has done in fulfillment of his promises. All these accounts owe their source to the early disciples and other eyewitnesses who saw him with their own eyes and touched him with their own hands.
John 1:1 He was with God, and he was God, in the beginning.
John 1:14 The Word became human and we have seen the majestic splendor of Jesus Christ, the Word of Life, and the glory of the only son of the Father.
2 Peter 1:16 We were not making up clever, fictional stories from our imagination when we showed you the power of our Lord Jesus Christ and his coming. With our own eyes, we saw his greatness.
1 John 1:1 We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, the Word of Life. We saw him with our own eyes, touched him with our own hands, and heard him with our own ears.
King James

Luke 1:1–2 Many people have written about what God has done in fulfillment of his promises. All these accounts owe their source to the early disciples and other eyewitnesses who saw him with their own eyes and touched him with their own hands.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
2 Peter 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life.

Many people have written about what God has done in fulfillment of his promises. These are not clever, fictional stories from our imagination. People have carefully investigated all these accounts, so you may be certain that this record is accurate.

Eyewitness

Luke 1:1 Many people have written about what God has done in fulfillment of his promises.
Luke 1:3–4 They have been carefully investigated, so you may be certain that this record is accurate.
King James

Luke 1:1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us.
Luke 1:3–4 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.