You are invited to join me and my church (Lynn Haven UMC) for our 2020 Bible study series. Each study will focus on one section of the Bible, with up to five readings per week at your own pace. We have just finished 12 weeks in Genesis, and our 12 week study of the gospel of Mark starts today!
This study is open to anyone, anywhere – and what better time than if you are quarantined for Covid19! Sign up for the weekly emails and every Sunday I will email the reading plan, Bible study materials, and links to related content. For this study, we also have access to video lectures with Dr. Brad Johnson, a professor at Asbury Theological seminary. There’s also a Facebook discussion group you can join.
Today we started reading in the Gospel of John. John’s gospel is entirely different in vocabulary, style, and purpose than Matthew, Mark, or Luke. Remember this, the gospels were not intended as biographies. Each Gospel writer selected from a much larger pool of information the material which would serve his purpose. John was not primarily interested in relating the events of Jesus’ life, and he leaves out a great many details that are covered in the other gospels. He presumes his readers are already familiar with Jesus.
John introduces Jesus as the adult Son of God. John is focused on explaining the profound meaning of Jesus’ teachings and actions. John selected stories from approximately twenty days in Jesus’ life, and arranged them to reveal to us a Messiah with a mission. As you read watch for:
– The “Seven Signs” or miracles John shares and consider what they reveal about the identity of Jesus.
– The “I am” statements of Jesus and consider what they reveal about His identity.
John is telling each story for a reason – he is explaining who Jesus is and what His mission was.