New Message Series
John: The Gospel of Life & Light
Beginning Saturday, January 8, 2022
John gives us, perhaps, the most unique perspective of all the gospel accounts. John’s gospel account has been called “the most theological” of the gospels for the way it handles the person and nature of Christ and the meaning of faith in Christ. Written between 85-90, by an author who is identified only as “the disciple Jesus loved,” this author displays a knowledge of Jewish customs, was an eyewitness to the life of Jesus and presents details only an eyewitness could share, thus, we can conclude, this author is John, the son of Zebedee and Salome.
John is a Galilean, the younger brother of James. The brothers became known as “the Sons of Thunder,” in Mark 3:17. John played a leading role in the work of the early church in Jerusalem, he then went on to lead the church at Ephesus, wrote the letters of 1,2,3 John nut is perhaps best known for his writing while exiled on the island of Patmos – The Revelation of Jesus Christ.
John is also unique for what it does NOT include. You will not find a birth narrative, no Sermon on the Mount and there are no parables in John, instead, John takes us back to “the beginning,” before time began, where we find the Word with God. You will also find seven signs or miracles performed by Christ, seven titles for Christ and seven “I Am” statements made by Christ. All of these are included to give us a complete picture, or perhaps better stated, a complete revelation of God in Christ.
As we progress through our study of John’s gospel account, we will examine key words and themes, as well as the signs, titles and “I Am” statement, and how they impact the life of a Christ follower today. I pray this gospel might impact your life the way it has impacted mine. Prayerfully read each section (the next weeks passage will be included at the end of each week’s message) BEFORE the message is given, asking the Holy Spirit to open your eyes, ears and mind, that God might grant you clarity in seeing, hearing and understanding His message for you. We begin our study on Saturday, January 8, 2022 @ 11a.m. with John 1:1-5.
I truly believe that this gospel is so unique that by the end of our study in John, you must believe one of three things: 1) Jesus was a liar; 2) Jesus was a lunatic or: 3) Jesus is Lord! This pastor/Christ follower chooses to believe number 3 – Jesus is LORD!! See you Saturday, January 8, 2022, as we begin our study on John: The Gospel of Life and Light.