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The Gospel of John – Week One

Updated: Nov 27, 2019

May 7th, 2014 INTRODUCTION – Bio on John the apostle – Father = Zebedee, mother = Salome, brother = James. John worked for his family fishing business (Matt. 4:21) until he began to follow Jesus full time.

How Peter & John are typically viewed by folk: John’s failures and stumblings: Luke 9:51-56 “Sons of Thunder” Why? Luke 9:46-48 – arguing about who is the greatest – – connection to next passage Luke 9:49,50 – stopping the non team member Matthew 20:20,21 – Their mother’s request & their response to His question

Part of the inner circle of 3 = peter, james and john with Jesus in raising of Jairus’s daughter; transfiguration; garden of gethsemane Only one present at crucifixion – – given responsibility to take care of Jesus’s mother The Disciple Whom Jesus Loved – John 13:23, 19:26, 20:2, 21:7, 21:20 Why?

Never preached in Acts – mostly in background. Often ministered with Peter, but Peter’s name always mentioned first and more in forefront.

Big Picture on John’s Gospel Not one of the synoptic gospels. What is a synoptic gospel? Purpose: Matthew – Jesus as King; Mark – Jesus as Servant; Luke – Jesus as Son of Man – His humanity. John – Son of God.

Key verse = John 20:31 “but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.”

Much of this gospel is wrapped around the seven “I Am” statements/declarations; and the seven signs or miracles, and what is commonly called the upper room discourse = chps. 13-17.

Key Words: truth – 26x’s; know – 95 x’s; believe – 55 x’s; world – 78 x’s; judgment 13 x’s; love – 26 x’s; light 23x’s; life – 47 x’s;

A working outline of John’s Gospel: I. Prologue – 1:1-18 II. The Signs of the Son of God – 1:19-12:50 III. The Secrets of the Son of God – 13-17 IV. The Sorrows of the Son of God – 18-20 V. Epilogue – 21:1-25

Homework for John 1:1-18: 1. Who is Jesus in terms of creation from vs. 1-3? What role did He play in creation? Any clues from Genesis 1 that He was involved? 2. Why is it important to know Jesus as Creator? 3. Why is He called “the Word”? Greek word = logos. Significance of that word/term? 4. What is meant by “life” in vs. 4? 5. How is He the “light of men”? 6. What was John the Baptizer’s role in vs. 6-8? 7. How is Jesus contrasted or differentiated from John the Baptizer in vs. 6-10? 8. What response was expected and is appropriate today to Jesus Christ? 9. How did many respond to Jesus in that day? 10. What relationship does “become” in vs. 12 and “born” in vs. 13 have? 11. What is significant about Jesus becoming flesh in vs. 14? 12. What does His “glory” refer to in vs. 14? 13. What was Jesus said to be full of in vs. 14? 14. Who was born first – John the Baptizer or Jesus (see vs. 15 & Luke 1:57 & Luke 2:7) 15. What did John the apostle say he and the other disciples had received from Jesus in vs. 16? 16. How is Jesus contrasted with Moses in vs. 17? 17. What was one of the roles of Jesus’s earthly life and ministry according to vs. 18? 18. How have any of these truths affected your life? 19. How would you like for them to affect your life?

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