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John 1

13th June

We encourage you to spend some time in prayer and ask God to speak to you this morning through his word.

Consider & Pray

1 John 1:5-7

Light and Darkness, Sin and Forgiveness

5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.

7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 


 The New International Version. (2011). (1 Jn 1:5–7). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

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This week, as a church, we’re starting a new series in the Gospel of John.


Using material from Mustard Seeds we’re planning to put together a series of 7 lessons/ideas for you to explore and discover who Jesus is.

John’s Gospel stands out from the other Gospels in its style and focus.


John uses the word ‘signs’ when he describes Jesus’ miracles and his Gospel is structured around seven of these signs which Jesus performed in his ministry. The signs were meant to point firstly to Israel’s desperate need and secondly to the glory of Jesus as the Messiah who is able to meet all of his people’s needs.

John chose seven signs to convince his readers of who Jesus is and how they should respond to him.


At the end of his gospel (20:31) he states this clearly as his purpose:


“That you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”


This week, as an introduction, think about the different signs that you see around and about or try to spot as many as you can as a you go for a walk or a drive.


  • What do the different signs mean or do?

  • Are they warnings?

  • Or instructions?


What might Jesus have been trying to do when he performed his signs (miracles)?


Then, as a family, make a start on trying to learn these verses from John together:

Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:30-31 [NIV]



Here are a couple of ideas for making it fun:


Write each word (or a group of words) of the memory verse onto a separate piece of paper or use pictures instead of words for young children. When you have read through the verse a few times gather some of the pieces of paper, shuffle them together and then try to rearrange them back into the correct order.


Separator: Tape or glue a number of sheets of paper together to form one long strip. Write out the memory verse as one long word without any gaps between letters.
Tear the paper or draw a thick line to separate the words and work out the memory verse



would become “Jesus / said / I / am / the / light / of / the / world”.

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