30 DAY CHALLENGE
The Gospel of John
John’s Gospel differs from the others in several ways. John shares fewer parables and fewer miracles, but we get a broader sense of Jesus’ daily life as we read about more conversations and personal encounters.
Jesus’ 7 “I am” statements can be found in John. These statements give us tangible descriptions of who the Son of God is.
Here are the statements (from the NIV version):
I am the bread of life. (6:35, 48, 51) I am the light of the world. (8:12, 9:5) I am the gate for the sheep. (10:7,9) I am the good shepherd (10:11,14) I am the resurrection and the life (11:25) I am the way and the truth and the life (14:6) I am the true vine (15:1)
Almost half of John tells about the final week of Jesus’ life. John, who often refers to himself as ‘the beloved disciple’ or ‘the favorite’ is the only one who followed Jesus all the way to the cross.
The way he describes himself shows how awed he was at the very thought of Christ loving him. We can experience the same awe as we realize how much Jesus loves us, too.
What You Need
-Bible or Bible app (I use both an NIV and CEV physical bible and both the Olive Tree and Bible Gateway apps on my iPhone). -Pen, Paper or a good note-taking app -Printer for hard copies of each lesson (optional)
The Study’s Objective
-Guide you through the Gospel of John a section at a time -Develop and record factual knowledge of the people and events in John -Relate present day, personal life events to the events within John in order to apply your own spiritual and emotional consideration to the Scripture.
A Brief History of John
John answers the question of ‘who is Jesus Christ’ in the very first chapter. He calls Jesus the “Word” by which God created everything. I don’t know about you, but every time I read the first chapter of John, I’m filled with such joy and gratitude. Oh, how marvelous it is!
In the Gospel of John, we’re told about seven miracles that Jesus performs that are even more than miracles. Each of them is a sign that tells us something about Jesus as the Son of God.
John tells Jesus’ story differently than the other Gospels. In all the conversations we read about that Jesus has with others about who He is and what God sent Him to do, we learn many important things including that He is the way, the truth, and the life.
In Chapter 20, Verse 31, John tells us he wrote this Gospel – “But these are written that you may believe[a] that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”