The Culturally Savvy Christian

The Gospel of John

John Our church is currently reading through the Gospel of John together (click here for the reading plan as well as other related resources, including Bible devotional thoughts). John would be many people's favorite gospel, because of its uniqueness. Many of our most well-known Bible verses come from John such as "God so loved the world that he gave ..." and "I am the resurrection and the life ..." Medieval scribes symbolized this Gospel with an eagle to indicate the heights of the Gospel's thought.

John was an eyewitness to the life of Jesus (see John 19:35 and 1 John 1:1-3). He shared what he had seen and heard. He was Jesus' closest earthly friend. He focuses a lot on the divinity of Christ as well as on the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit.

The literary structure of the book involves two main sections: the "Book of Signs" (John 1-12), involving Jesus' public ministry, and the "Book of Glory (John 13-21), which includes lengthy private conversations with his disciples before his death and resurrection (John 13-17)."

Read in order to see Jesus as he really is. How we see Jesus (our Christology) affects everything (including our Missiology, how we see and carry out our mission, and our Ecclesiology, our understanding of the nature and purpose of the church).

Watch and listen to how Jesus interacts with people - all sorts of people: his family, friends and disciples, the Jewish leaders (including a man named Nicodemus), sinners (including an adulterous woman), government officials and beggars on the street, as well as the crowds of people who followed him.

Jesus himself said, “People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God (Matt.4:4. NLT).” As we feed on God's Word, we will hear him speak to us and get to know him more. As a result, we will gain wisdom and faith for daily living. Take up and read.


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