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Jun302014

John Online Study Begins!

Hi Ladies!!

Welcome to our first online Bible study!  This is new for me, and might be new for you too!  I ventured through the book of John with some ladies this past year, and we were all blessed by God's Word in the book of John so much, that we decided to offer it in this new format online in hopes that many of you will be richly blessed by this Word as well.  This book is so rich and deep and full, and can be absolutely life-changing when you apply it to your life.  

Click here to see what some women have said about how this study has changed their life!

Each week, we will post that week's study for you to print out and go through on your own. If you sign up for the women's ministry blog, you will get the studies (or links to them) sent straight to your email!  Click here to do that. (Be sure to check your email and verify your subscription to activate it!)

If you have questions or things you would like to discuss along the way, please post a comment and we will try to communicate with each other that way.  I am certain that I will not have all the answers, but will do my best to point you in the right direction.  Feel free to comment on each other's questions and observations and we can all dialogue and grow together!  

This will be an adventure as we see how this format for a Bible study turns out.  I am confident that you will be blessed by the Word of God.  It does not disappoint.  So, let's get started!

 

First, an introduction to the book of John by way of a few questions and answers:

Who wrote the book of John?

                -The apostle John – one of the 12 disciples, and one of Jesus’ closest friends.  He refers to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” in this gospel.  He was the son of Zebedee & brother to James (Matthew 4:21).

When did he write it?

                -The exact time is unknown (and debated) but it was written later than the other 3 gospels.  This is shown in John's reflective writing style – he packs a lot of theology into his gospel; it is not merely a collection of events

What did he write about?

                -John wrote about the life of Jesus, but put a lot of emphasis on Jesus’ last days on Earth (almost half of the gospel tells of the last week of Jesus’ life).  John also focused much of his attention on Jesus’ miracles.

Why did he write it?

                -This is summed up in John 20:30-31:  “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.”


I also wanted you to see some excerpts from a sermon on 12/18/11 by John MacArthur in which he introduces this book - it's a long, but worthwhile read:

I love the author, John himself, who never refers to himself in his gospel. … Church history tells us who the author is. It’s universal history going way back to the apostolic era …. And while John is mentioned 20 times in the other gospels, he’s never mentioned in this gospel at all by name. However, he chooses to refer to himself in another way. He calls himself “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” And if you had the choice between calling yourself “John” and calling yourself “the disciple whom Jesus loved,” that’s not a tough call. He was always in wonder and awe over the fact that he was so loved by Christ. He is the one we find leaning on Him, as it were, at the end of life.

He starts out as the son of thunder. He has a brother, an older brother named James. They are called boanerges, “sons of thunder.” They want to call down fire from heaven on some people who are mistreating Jesus. They needed to be tempered. And obviously, over the years, John was wonderfully tempered--so much so that he is known in history as the apostle of love. And the reason he’s known as the apostle of love is because he makes reference to love 80 times in his writings. ... It’s also true about John that he was concerned concerning the truth. He mentions truth 25 times in his gospel and 20 times in his epistles. So 45 times he talks about truth, 80 times he talks about love. But 100 times in this gospel he uses the word believe.  Putting that all together, he wants us to believe the truth so that we can enter in to a relationship of love with the Lord...

John’s message is simply this: the eternal God Himself has become human. That is John’s message. The Creator has become a part of His creation, fully God and fully man. And why? In order that He might save sinners from their sin, death, judgment, and eternal hell. That’s the message of the gospel of John, that the eternal God, infinite, transcendent, all-knowing, all-powerful, all-present, everlastingly unchanging, that one true and living God who is at the same time one God and yet three persons has become man. …

There are four gospels that tell the story. Three of them, Matthew, Mark and Luke, give us the earthly history. Three of them look at the birth and the life and the experiences and the travels and the calling of Jesus upon His followers, and the teaching and the parables and the events of His life, including His arrest and His trial and His execution and His resurrection--and many of the features with which we are so familiar in those so-called Synoptic Gospels, because they’re the synopsis of His earthly life.

John doesn’t give us the earthly story. John doesn’t give us the historical view of the life of Christ. John gives us the heavenly story. He gives us the supernatural view of Christ. And in that way, John is unique. Ninety-percent of what is in John is not in Matthew, Mark, or Luke. Ninety percent of this is John’s alone to declare under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. There is nothing in John’s gospel about the birth of Christ. There is nothing about the early life of Christ. There is nothing about the baptism of Christ. There is nothing about the temptation of Christ. There is nothing about the transfiguration of Christ. There is nothing about the travels of Christ. There is nothing about the garden of agony of Christ. There’s nothing about His ascension into heaven, because John is not focusing on the history of His life. There are no parables. Parables were earthly stories. There are no earthly stories. This is a heavenly book. This is a heavenly look at the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the most heavenly of all the gospels by far.

The purpose of John is to convince the sinner of the true person of Christ. “That you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have salvation in His name.” (John 20:31) This is a salvation book. This is an evangelistic book. And in order to have salvation, you must believe in the true Christ. ...

John, therefore, gives us this immense treasure, twenty-one chapters demonstrating in every paragraph that Jesus is God in human flesh, that He is true God and true man, fully God and fully man. That is the Christ who is the true Christ; that is the Christ that must be believed on in order for one to be saved.

(You can find the sermon in its entirety here.)


And there you have the introduction to this book!  We will now go into the first study (where there are also some more introductions).  I'm going to link it below - go ahead and print it out and go through it.  (If you don't have access to a printer, just copy and paste the text into Word or another word-processing program and then enter your answers in the spaces provided by typing in them.)  You will also want a Bible handy (or access to one online - I like biblestudytools.com).  All the verses from John will be typed out though so that you can underline and mark them up.  Here's the study:

John Lesson 1 (pdf file)


(Also, here is the link for the article at the end of the study - Living a Life of Grace and Truth)

 

Make sure that you take time to pray each week before you study, asking God to be your Guide and Teacher and reveal Himself to you through His Word.  I know that He will!

One last thing...if you plan to do this study with us, will you pleeeeeease write a comment on here so I know who is following along with us and so that I can pray for you?!?  Plus, I would be lying if I said that it wouldn't be a huge encouragement to me to know that there is someone out there on the other side of this screen!! :D  Thank you!!

Much love to you!
Stephanie

(Next lesson here  -  All lessons here)

 

Reader Comments (19)

Hi, stephanie! I plan to follow along with the Book of John Bible Study.

June 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStacy Joura

Just what I need. Simple. Basic. I'm falling in love with Jesus all over again.

June 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStacy Joura

So glad to hear it, Stacy! Praying the Lord meets you right where you are at and that you are blessed by the Word through this journey.

June 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Hey, Stephanie!! I'm planning on doing this study! Looking forward to it! :)

July 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh Shields

Glad to have you, Leigh!!!

July 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

Hi Stephanie! I am also following along. Sorry I am joining a week late :)

July 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMegan Lerch

No problem!! Glad to have you!!! Feel free to ask questions anytime.

July 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

Hi I am joining a week late! Thankful for this online bible study. : )

July 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVicky Berardi

Wonderful, Vicky!! Love to have you!!

July 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

Hi...I am starting the study late too. Thank you that I can catch up on the parts that I miss. And thank you Stephanie for doing this. I love the Word of God.

July 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Thompson

Awesome, Melissa! Glad to have you.

July 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I'm getting a late start but I'm on board!

July 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVal Davis

So glad to have you - it's never too late!

July 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

I'm starting late also, but my sister (Jessie) and I plan to follow along also :)

July 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Studebaker

Wonderful!! Glad to have you both!!

July 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

Following along! :)

July 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Allan

Great, Jess!! Thanks for letting me know!

July 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

Starting today!

July 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSara Lang

Glad to hear it, Sara!! May God bless the studying of His Word!

July 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

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