What does it mean?
1. Why do you think Luke records John’s question twice? Why do you think John sends two messengers rather than just one?
2. How would you paraphrase John’s question for Jesus?
3. How does Jesus answer the messengers’ question? What’s Jesus mean by the person not being offended by him?
4. Why do you think Luke tells us about John’s doubts?
5. Jesus asks the crowd about going to see John. Did they go to see a “reed shaken by the wind?” Or “a man dressed in soft clothing?” What was Jesus’ point?
6. Why did Jesus quote Malachi 3:1?
7. What does Jesus mean by saying, “among those born of women none is greater than John”?
8. What does it mean that, “the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he” (John the Baptist)? Who are the “least”? What does it mean that they are greater than John? In what sense are they greater?
9. Jesus then compares his present generation with children at the marketplace. What is Jesus’ point?
10. John the Baptist didn’t eat bread or drink wine, yet Jesus did. Why does Jesus say this here?
11. What does Jesus mean when he says, “wisdom is justified by all her children”?
12. How would you summarize the big idea of 7:18-35??
How does it apply?
1. How do you feel when you read about John the Baptist’s doubts?
2. For you, has the church been a safe place to express your doubts? Explain.
3. For you, has the church been a helpful place to pursue answers to your doubts? Explain.
4. How have you worked through some of the questions and doubts you had about Jesus in the past?
5. What questions about Jesus, the Bible, Christianity, do you still wrestle with?
6. When did the delight of being a part of God’s kingdom first strike you?
7. Is there any correlation between your certainty in Jesus and your happiness? Explain.
8. What do you think might help increase your certainty in Jesus?