January 2, 2020

Dear Friends:

The Gospel of John is more than a moment-by-moment account of Jesus’ life. Instead, it is the result of a lifetime of reflection about who Jesus is and what Jesus means for our lives by someone who spent years following Jesus and spending every waking moment with him.

Imagine the stories John could tell!

As the concluding line of the Gospel, John writes,

“If all the things Jesus did were written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.”

John is the home of some of the best loved lines of the Bible, some so common that we only need to say a few words and most everyone could complete them—“For God so loved the world…” (John 3:16)—and some of the most stirring scenes—Jesus washing the disciples’ feet (John 13:1-17). It shows Jesus at his most glorious and tells of some of the most intimate moments with his disciples, including a final breakfast cookout on the beach. John is full of truth, often wrapped in poetic puzzles that leaves us with plenty to chew on and with good news to spare.

John is truly a Gospel with something for everyone.

This year, the Adult Discipleship committee has chosen the Gospel of John as our All-Church Study. Our eight-week sermon series will begin this Sunday, January 5, and reflection guides will be available in this week’s bulletin and throughout the series.

We encourage you to follow along with us as together we study the Gospel of John.

Grace and peace,