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"Jesus According to John”
Introduction to the Gospel of John ~
John, who wrote five books of the New Testament (The Gospel of John, I, II, and III John and Revelation), is second to Paul in authorship of the New Testament books. John was known as “the beloved disciple” and belonged to the inner circle. We see the intimacy John shared with Jesus during the Feast of the Passover, as Scripture records “the disciple whom Jesus loved” leaning on Jesus in private conversation (John 13:23-26).
He was called as a young man to follow Christ, was with Him throughout the whole of His ministry and outlived the other disciples. He was an ear and eye witness to the things he relates in the Gospel of John. John was a Galilean and unlearned in the natural yet with supernatural giftings and under the unction of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit qualified whom Christ had called.
The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) are so called because they are so similar in structure and wording. However, the Gospel of John records several things that are not included in the Synoptic Gospels and is more topical rather than sequential.
While the book of Matthew was written to the Hebrews and emphasizes Christ’s sermons, Mark to the Romans with an emphasis on His miracles and Luke to the Greeks emphasizing His parables, the book of John was written to all the world and places emphasis upon Christ’s doctrines. The Synoptic Gospels stress the humanity of Christ while The Gospel of John stresses the deity of Christ. Chapters 2 – 12 give insight into Christ’s public ministry, while chapters 13 – 21 relate His private ministry to His disciples.
Author: The Apostle John
Date: About A.D. 85
Theme: Knowing God by believing in Jesus Christ.
Key words: Believe, Bear, Witness, Life
Challenge to Go Deeper: Write out John 1:1-5 on a card or sticky note. Put it where you can read it several times a day, working on memorization. Once you have memorized it, meditate on it. I only use the NKJV to memorize Scripture. I have found that staying with the same version for all of my memorization/meditation Scriptures has been the best help in my retention of Scripture.
After reading the background information on the Gospel of John, begin reading John chapter 1.
Pray and ask for insight and inspiration as you read chapter 1.
Using the REST method, you will:
READ the passage.
EXPECT to have the Holy Spirit "highlight" or draw your attention to a specific portion of the passage. Don't pressure yourself in this. It is a work of the Holy Spirit. You may be drawn to a verse, a phrase or one word.
STUDY more in depth that portion you feel drawn to. Use Bible Study resources to go more in depth. Write your notes in your Bible Study Notebook (I like to use an "old school" composition notebook.) At the end of the study of John, you will have taken notes on all 21 chapters.
TRANSFORM your mind through active study of the Word of God, including Scripture memorization, meditation, note-taking and sharing your insights with the rest of the Iron Girls.
Take 2 days for each assigned passage and your personal note-taking. Then we'll move on to the next reading assignment. Check in on the Iron Girls Group page and share your insights, read what others have to say and read my personal notes on each chapter. If you get behind, no worries! Just jump back in. Remember this Bible Study is meant for us to REST in the Word not get stressed over the Word.
Also, I need your grace extended to me as I work out kinks in this online plan. It's the first online Bible study I've led. But, this morning as I was reading my devotion from My Utmost for His Highest (Oswald Chambers), I read these amazing words:
"When you know you should do a thing, and do it, immediately you know more." from June 8.