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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.

Philip is an interesting disciple that we don’t often hear too much about. While he grew up in a Jewish home, he had a very distinctly non-Jewish name. This may signal/signify his willingness to be open to non-Jewish people, an essential part of the spreading the gospel message. The fact that he didn’t have a Jewish name could also have been a motivating factor for non-Jews to meet him and hear his message about Jesus. While he wasn’t a leader with the group, he was a leader as an individual

Scripture: John 6.1-13

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?

How would you describe what is happening in this passage? What about this event makes it seem like an impossible situation?

Why do you think the crowds were following Jesus? Why might some people follow Jesus today? Why do you follow Jesus?

In reading this passage it seems like Jesus is testing Philip, what might Jesus have been wanting from Philip?

What does Philip’s response tell you about Philip and how he approaches life?

Philip saw a problem and tried to solve it practically instead of relying on faith and trust in Jesus. How does this method resonate with you? When was there a time when you tried to solve a problem practically?

What might Philip have taken away from the fact that there was food leftover given his initial reaction/response to the situation?

What does the leftover food say to you about facing hard situations in life?

How do you think this whole situation permanently changed/impacted Philip moving forward?

What is something currently in your life that you need to trust God more on?

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