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From the Introduction
John was an eye-witness to the ministry of Jesus. He belonged to the inner circle of disciples with his brother James and with Peter the natural leader. John may have been the youngest of the disciples, uniquely remembered as the disciple whom Jesus loved.
J B Phillips concludes his translation of the closing verses in John’s Gospel this way:
All the above was written by an eye-witness. Now it is this same disciple who is hereby giving his testimony to these things and has written the down. We know that his testimony is reliable. Of course, there are many other things which Jesus did, and I suppose that if each one were written down in detail, there would not be room in the whole world for all the books that would have to be written (21:24-25).
Throughout his gospel John assets that he was recording what he had seen and heard. He states early in the Gospel that he with others witnessed the life of Jesus the Christ, the Logos – the living Word of God. He declares, “We beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father (1:14).
John describes how he was there at the crucifixion witnessing that stupendous, agonizing death, “And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe” (19:35). Here again he underlines the main purpose of writing his Gospel as he does in his conclusion before the Appendix of Chapter 21:
And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name (20:30-31).
John’s purpose is evangelistic – “that you may believe”. This book surveys John’s own approach to telling his story.
Section 1: Details exclusive to John, briefly surveys John’s unique account of Jesus’ life and ministry and focuses on his very personal record of the crucifixion and resurrection.
Section 2: Study Outlines covers key passages in John’s Gospel compiled from relational Bible from the three books Kingdom Life in Matthew, Mark and Luke, which use common lectionary readings from John scattered through those three books.
John’s intimate, personal Gospel story transcends time and space to show us his living Lord, the Son of God, revealed in human flesh, living among us, full of grace and truth, “for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life” (3:16).
Introduction: John an eye-witness
Section 1: Details exclusive to John
7 General details
Section 2: Relational Bible Studies
Compiled from Kingdom Life in Matthew, Mark and Luke
Part 1: The Life and Ministry of Jesus
Part 2: The Death and Resurrection of Jesus
Appendix: Renewal Journals and books
Contents of Study Outlines – one page for each study
PART 1: THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF JESUS
Preparation: The Coming of Jesus the Messiah
1. Reflections on the birth of Jesus John 1:1-18
2. The witness of John the Baptist John 1:29-34
Commencement: The figure of Jesus the Messiah
3. The marriage feast at Cana John 2:1-11
4. The meaning of the cross John 3:1-17
5. The Messiah and Samaritans John 4:1-42
6. The Holy Spirit Promised John 7:37-39
7. The Son of God and a man born blind John 9:1-41
Observations about Jesus
8. Jesus the good shepherd John 10:1-10
9. The shepherd knows his sheep John 10:22-30
10. Signs of the resurrection John 11:1-45
11. Mary anoints Jesus John 12:1-8
12. Christ the King John 12:9-19
PART 2: THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS
Preparation for the Passion of Jesus
1. Jesus the way of love John 13:1-35
2. Jesus the way, truth and life John 14:1-14
3. Jesus present among his people John 14:15-21
4. Jesus promises his Spirit John 14:23-29
5. Jesus the true vine John 15:1-17
6. The Trinity John 16:12-15
7. Jesus prays for his people John 17:1-11
8. Jesus prays for all believers John 17:20-26
9. The trials and crucifixion John 18:1-19:42
Resurrection appearances of Jesus
10. The empty tomb John 20:1-18
11. The leaders react John 20:19-31
12. Jesus and Peter John 21:1-19
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