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The Gospel According to John

When I became a Christian in 1996 I was instructed to read the Gospel of John before reading anything else in the Bible. 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 a 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 sometime, 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.

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Week 1: These Things (John 20:30-31)

Week 2: In the Beginning (John 1:1-5)

Week 3: Light for All (John 1:6-13)

Week 4: God with Us (John 1:14-18)

Week 5: John (the Baptist) and Jesus (the Christ) Part I (John 1:19-37)

Week 6: Seek and Save (John 1:38-51)

Week 7: Miracles and Messages (John 2:1-11)

Week 8: Zealous God (John 2:12-25)

Week 9: Night-Time Conversion (John 3:1-15)

Week 10: Sent to Save (John 3:11-21)

Week 11: Sent to Save Part II (John 3:16-21)

Week 12: Sent to Save Part III (John 3:16)

Week 13: John (the Baptist) and Jesus (the Christ) Part II (John 3:22-36)

Week 14: Water, Wells, and Worship (John 4:1-26)

Week 15: Savior of the World (John 4:27-42)

Week 16: (un)Belief (John 4:43-54)

Week 17: Dead End Religion (John 5:1-16)

Week 18: Claiming Divinity (John 5:17-24) 

Week 19: These Things (John 20:31) 

Week 20: A Miraculous Meal (John 6:1-15)

Week 21: Walking on Water (John 6:16-21)

Week 22: The Bread of Life (John 6:22-51)

Week 23: Spirit and Life (John 6:60-71)

Week 24: Jesus and You (John 7:1-36)

Week 25: Gospel Invitations (John 7:37-52)

Week 26: Radical Grace (John 7:53-8:11)

Week 27: The Light of the World (John 8:12-21)

Week 28: I Am... (John 8:48-59)

Week 29: Seeing is Believing (John 9:1-41) 

Week 30: Shepherd | ποιμήν

Week 31: Resurrection | ἀνάστασις

Week 32: Anoint | ἀλείφω

Week 33: Hosanna | ὡσαννά

Week 34: Glory | δόξα

Week 35: Servant | δοῦλος

Week 36: Troubled | ταράσσω

Week 37: Way | ὁδὸς

Week 38: Helper | παράκλητος

Week 39: Abide

Week 40: Persecution | διώκω

Week 41: Joy | χαρά

Week 42: Give | δίδωμι

Week 43: Deny | ἀρνέομαι

Week 44: Release | ἀπολύω

Week 45: It Is Finished | Τετέλεσται 

Week 46: Tomb | μνημεῖον

Week 47: Understand | εἶδον

Week 48: Peace | εἰρήνη

Week 49: Breakfast | ἀριστάω

Week 50: Uncontainable | οὐδέ χωρέω