The Gospel of John: So That You May Believe
March 18 - August 26
"In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God."
With these majestic words so begins the Gospel of John. Of the four gospel accounts of the life of Jesus, John's gospel is unique. It was likely written after Matthew, Mark, and Luke and presents Jesus as the One sent by the Father to give eternal life to all who believe. Eternal life is John's way of speaking of a salvation that is not earned but is a free gift of grace that comes to those who are "born again."
We will be preaching and teaching our way through the first half of John over the next few months. (We'll save the second half for 2019.) Our purpose is to know and grow in our knowledge of Jesus Christ, whom to know is life eternal (John 17:3).
By reading only three chapters a day, you can read the entire Gospel of John in one week. You might want to check out "The Bible Project" online for a helpful animated graphic overview.
For a more serious, in-depth study (but which is not too hevy or technical), consider Encountering John by Andreas J. Kostenberger (Baker Academic, 1999).