The Gospel According to John
Several months ago I delivered a series of sermons at the Church at Martinsburg focused on developing the church. One of the sermons was on expositional preaching. Plainly speaking, expositional preaching is preaching which takes it’s main point from the biblical text and makes it the main point of the sermon. I’m thankful to have been exposed to some incredible expositors over the years and by God’s grace I’m continuing the develop as a preacher myself. I must say preaching this way is both joyful and challenging. I’ve been stunned, stumped, and stuck in my study at various times while at other times I’ve been moved to tears and repentance.
Starting this Sunday, February 7 a new expositional preaching series begins at the Church at Martinsburg. We will begin an exposition of The Gospel According to John. When I became a Christian in 1996 I was instructed to read these 21 chapters before reading anything else. I was struck then, as now, at the simplicity of John’s writing and at the same time the crystal clarity he delivers. Whether you engage in a cursory glance of book or an in-depth study you can’t help but see that John is showing, telling, broadcasting even that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The apostle provides a great gift for the reader in chapter 20 verses 30-31. He states:
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
Essentially, that’s it! John communicates who he’s written about, what his hearers need to do, why he’s written, and what happens as a result of doing what he says. There’s a heavy emphasis on the person of Jesus and his ministry (1:18-12:10), his final week of life (12:11-20:31), and an interesting link between belief, love, and obedience (14:21).
The journey through John’s gospel will take our church some time, but I'm confident it'll be timely, powerful, and relevant. We’ll work together to be insightful and encouraging. I’m confident exposure to “these things” will not only open our eyes, but they will transform our lives!
Some of the resources I’m using to study are:
- ESV Study Bible
- Lexham Bible Dictionary
- The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: John 1-11
- A Translator’s Handbook on the Gospel of John
- Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Gospel According to John
- Logos Bible Software
If I could recommend one resource for you to pick up to have a better handle on the these 21 chapters it’d be the MacArthur Bible Studies - John: Jesus–the Word, the Messiah, the Son of God.
I’ll be posting information at here as I study so be sure to check back in as we partner together to believe, love, and obey!