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Daily Devotional: The Light Shines | The Gospel of John | A red background with gold and white light bubbles. Daily Devotional: The Light Shines | The Gospel of John | A red background with gold and white light bubbles.

Discussion Starters | The Light Shines

  • December 2023 Issue
Discussion Starters

We hope these questions will help you consider (or discuss with others) what God is teaching you through this month’s study of His Word.


  • How do the qualities of light show us more about who Jesus is? (See Day 1)
  • Why is it so important that Jesus “made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14)? What does this show us about God? (See Day 2)
  • Imagine you were a guest at the wedding in Cana. What would you have thought about this miracle? What would you have thought about Jesus? (See Day 5)
  • What do you have a “zeal” for? What does it mean to have a zeal for God’s house? Are there ways that our zeal can increase? (See Day 6)


  • Sometimes we sense the Holy Spirit prompting us to start a faith-based conversation with someone. What can we learn from the way Jesus interacted with the Samaritan woman? (See Days 8 and 9)
  • What do you know about the father in John 4? Why did he seek out Jesus? What was he expecting? Why do you think Jesus honored the man’s request the way He did? (See Day 11)
  • Jesus asked the lame man, “Do you want to get well?” (John 5:6). Why do you think Jesus asked that question? What was He pointing out in that man’s life? (See Day 12)
  • Jesus was not just a baby in a manger, although that is our focus at Christmas. He claimed to be much more. Why did the Jewish leaders feel threatened by Jesus? (See Day 13)


  • Jesus is called the “living water” (John 7). Consider this important comparison between Jesus and water. What does this word-picture teach us about Him? (See Day 15)
  • Jesus also called Himself “the light of the world” (John 8:12). What blocked the religious leaders from seeing Him this way? What blocks people today from acknowledging Him as the “light of the world”? (See Day 16)
  • Why did Jesus allow Lazarus to die? Weren’t they good friends? What was Jesus teaching by His actions? (See Day 19)
  • Mary’s actions, anointing Jesus’ feet with costly perfume, seems extravagant and almost reckless. What were her motivations? What was Jesus’ response? (See Day 21)


  • When Jesus knelt and washed the dirty feet of the disciples, they were uncomfortable. What would have been your reaction? What was Jesus teaching them (and us) through His act of service? (See Day 24)
  • Jesus makes a bold claim in John 14:6. How does this fit into our current cultural beliefs that lean hard into acceptance of all views as equally right? (See Day 25)
  • What is the role of the Holy Spirit? Why was Jesus unable to tell His disciples everything they would need to know? (See Day 27)
  • Even though they had met Jesus face-to-face, the disciples struggled with belief (John 20). What can we learn from their struggles? What can we do when we struggle with unbelief? (See Day 30)