Cue the Confetti! It’s time to begin!!! I am so excited to begin the Book of John with you!
Let’s Dive In & Take a Look at the Background of John
John is the fourth gospel and it is unlike the previous three gospels. It is unique!
– Matthew, Mark and Luke focus on what Jesus taught and did but the book of John focuses on who Jesus is.
– While the book of Luke shows Jesus in his humanity as the “Son of Man,” the book of John shows Jesus in his deity as “The Son of God.”
– The book of John does not start back at the birth of Jesus but rather back at creation revealing the full deity of Jesus.
– The book of John shows 7 signs and miracles. 6 of these miracles are not mentioned in the other gospels.
– The book of John includes the seven “I AM” statements. These statements are not included in the other gospels.
-The book of John records lengthy discussions, discourses and teachings of Jesus and does not include the shorter, proverb-like sayings found in the other gospels.
– There are almost no parables in the book of John.
The Purpose: That we might believe.
John 20:31 says: “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.”
The Author: Although the author is anonymous, tradition holds that John, the beloved disciple, wrote the book of John.
Time Period: This book was written around 90 A.D.
Key Verse: John 1:29
Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
- Jesus is God in the flesh. (1:1-18)
- The public ministry of Jesus begins. (1:19-4:54)
- Jesus performs miracles, gives discourses and faces opposition. (5:1-12:50)
- Jesus prepares his disciples for the betrayal and says an intercessory prayer. (13:1-17:26)
- Jesus is arrested, put on trial and crucified. (18:1-19:37)
- Jesus is buried and resurrects. (19:38-21:25)
God loves us so much that he sent his only son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins and those who believe in him have the assurance of eternal life! Jesus knows our greatest need is Him! He knows our hurts, our struggles, our worries and our fears and he did not leave us alone. He sent the Holy Spirit to comfort us and guide us.
I can’t wait to see how God reveals himself personally to each of us as we read the book of John together, chapter by chapter!
For an even more in-depth Introduction to this week’s reading, watch this video. It is so good!
This Week’s Bible Reading Plan:
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This week’s Reflection & Discussion Questions
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In John chapter 1, over and over Jesus is referred to as the “Word” and the “light”. Jesus and God are one. The Word and the light came into the world in bodily form and they beheld his glory! And then Jesus said to his disciples, “come and see” and “follow me.”
Following Jesus is life changing! He is the only light of the world and without him we are left in darkness. How has Jesus changed your life and in what ways is He the light of your life?
Notice that the first miracle Jesus ever performed was on the third day of a wedding! This foreshadowed how Jesus revealed his glory, on the third day, when he rose from the dead.
Jesus’ disciples already believed in him but their belief was deepened when they saw him turn the water into wine. Tell of a time when God did something great in your life and your belief in him was deepened.
In John 3:29, John says that he rejoices in the voice of the bridegroom and this joy has made him complete. He has determined that Jesus MUST increase and he MUST decrease.
Not only was it vital for John that Jesus increase in his life but it is vital for every believer as well. How can you decrease and Jesus increase more in your life? And how has hearing God’s voice brought you joy?
Jesus offered living water to the woman at the well. This is why I named this ministry –Women Living Well. Women will live well, when they drink from the living well, the living words of God.
Drinking is receiving and it’s even easier than eating! So many of us try to fill our needs and inner thirst for meaning, happiness and fulfillment through physical means but there is a spiritual thirst that only Jesus can quench. Think for a moment about your physical thirst and need for water. Do you drink often through out the day? How does this relate to how often you need God’s Word through out the day?
Whoever hears Jesus’ words and believes in God – has eternal life!
This is the gospel! Oh what a wonderful gift it is!
When did you first hear Jesus’ words and become a believer? How does it make you feel to know that you will never face judgment and you have received eternal life with God forever in heaven?
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This Week’s Verses of the Day:
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Here’s the Printable
Bible Reading Plan Bookmark
so you can check off the days as you go.
Here’s another explanation of the SOAK Bible Study Method and Bible Coloring Chart if you need more guidance:
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or here for the Bookmark Coloring Chart
Here are the highlighters, pens and pencils I refer to in the video:
Highlighters – Acid Free – Bible Hi-Glider
Fine Line Non-bleeding Pens – Micron Archival Ink and Multi-Colored Gel Pens
Colored Pencils – Crayola Twistables and Crayola Colored Pencils
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It’s time!!!! Let’s get started!
Set aside 15 minutes a day, grab a cup of coffee (or your favorite drink) and open your Bible and SOAK it in!!!
I am in prayer for you all and asking God to help us understand his word clearly.
Have a wonderful week in God’s Word – I’ll see you back here on the blog this Friday as we go deeper into God’s Word together! (Don’t forget to visit me Monday through Friday over on Facebook and Instagram. 😉 )
Keep walking with the King,
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