DIY studies are interactive Bible studies designed to help you build an engaging relationship with God. These studies will teach you to use various tools like podcasts and videos to engage with the Bible in a way that best fits your learning style. These studies were originally created for teens, but can be helpful for anyone.
You can do this study online or download a workbook of the entire book of John.
We recommend reading or listening to about 3 chapters a day, but you want to consider what will help you get the most out of your reading. Think about what will be best for your own learning style.
Read John 4
Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard that he was baptizing and making more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus himself didn’t baptize them—his disciples did).3 So he left Judea and returned to Galilee. 4 He had to go through Samaria on the way. 5 Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
John 4:1-4 NLT
…Now keep reading John 4 online or in your paper Bible.
*Note: If you are using a paper Bible, try:
- highlighting parts of the Scriptures that tell you something about who God is
- underlining parts of the Scriptures that you relate to.
Think About It
- Again, Jesus likes to break the status quo; he talks to a Samaritan woman.
- Jews would not usually associate with Samaritans, let alone men with women.
- This was rare. What does this tell you about who Jesus is?
Write About It
- The woman was ashamed of her life and afraid of people’s opinions of her. Do you feel ashamed or afraid of anything in your life?
- Take some time to write your thoughts or notes from the reading or Bible study. you can use a journal, or write in the downloadable version of this study series.
Read John 5
Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. 2 Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda,[a] with five covered porches. 3 Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches.[b] 5 One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”
John 5:1-6 NLT
… Now keep reading John 5 online or in your paper Bible.
Think About It
- Jesus really emphasizes the fact that he is from God and what he does on earth is to mimic and show who God is.
- Jesus is not trying to get anything from anyone else, he is simply reminding the people that he is here to tell people about the true God.
Read John 6
After this, Jesus crossed over to the far side of the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias. 2 A huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miraculous signs as he healed the sick. 3 Then Jesus climbed a hill and sat down with his disciples around him.
John 6:1-3 NLT
… Now keep reading John 6 online or in your paper Bible.
Think About It
- Jesus sometimes allows us to be tested so that he might see where our faith is really at (v. 5-6).
- There are two types of people Jesus was talking to in this passage: people who believed in God and were willing to follow him, and people who just wanted miracles (only good things).
- Which one are you?
Review and Reflect
Pick out a Scripture that makes you think about and appreciate Jesus and God. Write it here.
DIY: How to Start Praying
- Write here the things you are grateful for so you can pray about them.
R – Requests/Needs
- Write about things you need help with.
U – Uncovering sin
- Write about the sins you see from the day before.
- Write the top 3 emotions you felt yesterday and why.