Interacting With Jesus: Philip

Read John 1:43-51


  1. How was Philip called to be a disciple?
  2. What was the first thing he did as a disciple?
  3. What did Philip tell Nathanael about Jesus?
  4. Why was Nathanael skeptical?
  5. How did Philip respond to his skepticism?
  6. What did this show about Philip? What was he confident about?
  7. What did Nathanael recognize about Jesus? Why?
  8. What do you imagine Philip was thinking?
  9. Who ended up convincing Nathanael?

Read John 6:1-14


  1. Why were so many people following Jesus?
  2. How eager were they? How did Jesus react to them?
  3. What question did Jesus ask Philip? What does this tell you about Philip?
  4. What might Jesus have been testing?
  5. How did Philip answer the question? What does this answer show about him?
  6. How does Philip’s answer compare with Andrew’s?
  7. How did Jesus make use of Andrew’s discovery?
  8. Why couldn’t Philip help with this situation?
  9. What opportunity did he miss? Why?
  10. What can we learn from this?
  11. When we evaluate the facts, do we leave out the fact of God?

Read John 12:20-26


  1. Why do you think the Greeks approached Philip when they wanted to meet Jesus?
  2. What does this suggest about Philip?
  3. How did Philip react? What does this say about him?
  4. What did it mean to Jesus that they wanted to see him?
  5. What did Jesus teach about himself?
  6. What did he teach about those who serve him?
  7. What did he promise?

Read John 14:6-11


  1. How does Jesus’ claim relate to the idea that there are many ways to God?
  2. What do you think Philip had in mind?
  3. How did Jesus answer Philip?
  4. What had Philip failed to see? What evidence had he been given?
  5. What reasons for belief did Jesus give?

Scriptures Referenced

John 1:43-51
John 6:1-14
John 12:20-26
John 14:6-11