Small Group Lesson:
John the Baptist was a fascinating prophet of God who preached that people should repentant of their sins in order to prepared for the coming of the promised Savior. When Jesus the Savior began his public ministry after being baptized by John, many of John’s followers left John and followed Jesus. John was happy that people left him to listen to Jesus and follow Jesus. John knew that the center and purpose of his life, like all Christians, was not himself but Jesus Christ.

Read John the Baptist’s words in John 3:30: "He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Prayerfully and honestly evaluate your approach to Christianity by answering the questions below. (Don’t give the “right answer” but the honest answer.)

1. To me, church is for… …(Jesus) or (Me).
2. To me, prayer is for… …(Jesus) or (Me).
3. I give offering for... …(Jesus) or (Me).
4. Loving others is for… …(Jesus) or (Me).
5. I attend Small Group for… …(Jesus) or (Me).
6. In the Gospel According to John series I hope to learn more about… …(Jesus) or (Me).

The general way of looking at life is that “my life” is all about “me”. Even "putting others first" is often motivated by a desire to be a better person! However, God teaches us in the Bible that all of life is for God.

Colossians 1:16 - "For by [Jesus] all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him."   

  • Looking at the list above, describe what each of these would look like if done for Jesus. For example, “Church is for Jesus” means _______.
  • What do you need to change to have a more Jesus centered life?