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 winter our All-Church Study will focus on the Gospel of John. Our hope is that walking through John’s Gospel together during this eight-week study will give us the opportunity to know Jesus better – to look over his shoulder and listen in on his ministry. We will be preaching from John’s Gospel, and we will publish a reading plan with daily reflections and exercises to guide you. In addition, many of our Bible Study groups—including the Tuesday evening Pastors’ Bible Study—will be following along.
We encourage you to follow along as we study the Gospel of John.