The Twelve Disciples
Twelve Disciples Bible Study by Douglas Connelly
*The questions used here are adapted from the questions used in Deep Dive*
Most people know the “Twelve Disciples”, but primarily as a group of twelve, with a couple who we can name individually. We don’t really know the twelve disciples as individuals, yet each disciple plays their own role in Jesus’ life and ministry. As students and young adults who are discovering your gifts, your talents, and your place in the world, you may find a deep into the twelve disciples helpful in your journey. Each disciple plays an integral role into the group of twelve, not just as a member of the twelve but as individuals. You, too, play an integral role in this world.
John is one of the most well-known disciples- often considered to be the apostle of love. In his New Testament writings, he uses the word love 80 times and it is his verse, John 3.16, that is the most well-known Bible verse in the world. Throughout his teaching, John emphasizes that God is love and our commandment is to love each other. However, we need to remember that John was not always known for love. John, along with his brother, James, were first called the sons of thunder by Jesus. And John was very critical and judgmental of everyone who disagreed with him, set on vengeance against his critics.
Who are the key figures in this passage? What role does each person play in the passage?
What is something you wonder about Philip and/or his role as a disciple during Jesus’ ministry on earth and post-resurrection?
What was happening in the gospel passage with regards to Jesus ministry?
What do you think the mother was really asking?
Do you think this request was from John’s mother or do you think she was encouraged to make the request?
What do you think Jesus meant when he asked John and James if they were prepared to ‘drink the cup’? (v. 22)
What did you think of their response?
How does Jesus characterize leadership of those in authority?
How do authority and influence reveal themselves in the realm of the eternal kingdom?
Jesus points to himself as the model of servant leadership- what qualifies Jesus to be served by others?
What are some situations where you expect to be served by others? How did Jesus serve others?
How are you serving others?