John Bible study and resources

by purelytwins

We are moving on with reading the Bible for the first time and sharing what we learn a long the way to the gospel according to John.

We have seen and heard many people quote scripture from John or talk about John being their favorite.

This will be our first time actually reading it ourselves.

As we started working on gathering all the resources we will use to study it, we were overwhelmed with how many people have written or discussed John.

After spending about a month reading it in as a whole book (we have done it twice) and learning the background on it, we can see why.

It is loaded, deep, rich and meant to be read over and over to see more connections. Although, yes the whole Bible is this way, but there is something unique about John.

We are excited to dive deeper into this book.

I (Michelle) created this as a guide to keep out next to me while I read it.

I did my best to highlight the major themes.

I couldn’t get it all on as there is so much.

Our thoughts on the gospel of John 

Here are the resources we are using to study through John’s gospel – verse by verse :

The main online sources:

Pastor Mark Vroegop from College Park Church – a bunch of John sermons 

Dr. Kevin DeYoung from Christ Covenant – John series

Pastor Dan Plourde from Calvary Church – Book of John series

Calvary Chapel Chattanooga – The Book of John series

Bema podcast – season 6 – they are going through the book of John

Books – commentaries:

John: An introduction and Commentary (Tyndall New Testament Commentaries) by Colin Kruse

Spurgeon’s Verse Exposition Of John: The Expansive Commentary Collection

The Gospel According to St. John by CK Barrett – this one is a bit hard to follow and understand, so won’t look at it much, but already bought it so keeping it

John for Everyone, Part 1 and Part 2 (New Testament for everyone) – by NT Wright

John’s Wisdom: A Commentary on the Fourth Gospel by Ben Witherington

Extra books:

John: The Gospel of Wisdom by Michael Card

And He Dwelt Among us by A.W.Tozer

*This is the first time we have read anything from Tozer and Spurgeon

Extra online sources:

The Word of the Lord endures forever – will listen to a few as we read through if want another view on a part of scripture

Door of Hope – has a few sermons on the first 4 chapters, won’t listen to them all but a few

Is the Gospel of John Really About Eternal Life? | N.T. Wright – one video

The Spoken Gospel has some videos covering John

Here are the resources we used to learn the overall layout of the book, the introduction and themes:

Afterclass podcast – had a few episodes on John

Overview : John 1-12 by Bible Project

Overview: John 13-21 by Bible Project

John 1 – The Word Becomes Human

One Hour. One Book. : John

ASL – the Bible explained – John –

The Gospel of John: Overview

John 1-12 with Tim Mackie

John 13-21 with Tim Mackie

Tim had more videos on John we watched – we highly recommend them:

Gospel of John – Introduction

Gospel of John – Prologue

Gospel of John – part 3

Gospel of John – part 4

Gospel of John – part 5

Please note we are in the process of reading and studying it, so the Bible study workouts will be coming, probably once a month.

CLICK HERE TO SEE JOHN BIBLE STUDY WORKOUTS

Home workouts where you work out to hearing God’s word – the gospel according to John. 

Disclaimer: Please remember this is our first time reading and studying it, so we don’t know everything and we will continue to learn and grow.

We do our best to speak God’s truth.

We are not pastors or anything, just 2 girls that were lost and Jesus saved us sharing our journey of reading the Bible again.

Here to encourage you to read and study God’s word.

The format of our Bible study workouts will be overall the same, there might be slight changes in how we do it for John.

We appreciate your understanding, patience and support.

Remember we offer this for free, so any support from sharing about them, giving the video a like and subscribing all help us all.

Of course watching the videos too.

We pray they bless you.

A little overview of John:

The book’s purpose, according to 20:31, was to help people believe that Jesus is the Christ and so that they might have life in his name. 

John writes in the first chapter some of the themes you will see throughout the book.

 John is writing to both a Jewish audience, who would of known the Old Testament, and to Greeks/Romans who were pagan and had multiple gods and beliefs about the universe. Logos, “the Word,” meant something to the Greeks and their philosophy around the reality of the universe.  And for Hebrew thought it was connected to the revelation of God and the law of God, the Torah.

During the time in which John wrote his gospel it was a prominent perspective that the soul was the only thing that mattered. This view point saw the body as bad, so those who believed this had a really hard time believing Jesus could be truly human. 

There are 7 signs, 7 “I am” statements and 7 witnesses. John feels these are the best ones to make his point.

John focused on more who Jesus was and what you believe, as the other gospels focused more on what Jesus said and did.

John the Baptist was very popular in this area too, so John wrote this to help others have a high view of Jesus and lower view of John the Baptist.

Other things we researched:

  • the Greek/Roman god history and philosophy
  • we watched some videos on Greek creations belief
  • the history of Ephesus (where most scholars believe John wrote this)
  • We looked into all the gods and goddesses like Artemis, Vesta, and a few others

We feel when you look at that culture you can see a lot of what John was doing when his words would have altered their views of gods and the world.

John with both Jew and Gentile in mind. Everything he says about Jesus affects everyone.

Hebrews had more of horizontal mindset of time – past, present, future – that time has purpose and progress

Greeks thought more vertical – heaven and earth.

Which you can see John speak to both of these in his gospel from up and down language and age to come.

John’s gospel helps new believers come to believe who Jesus was as well as it helps believers keep believing in Jesus.

Here are some other articles and videos to check out:

Important Themes in John’s Gospel

Jesus the Fulfillment of the Jewish Festivals in John’s Gospel

The Holy Spirit as the Paraclete

The Prologue to John’s Gospel (Jn 1:1-18) – Jesus the Logos

The Greek Jesus Christ: Apollonius of Tyana

The Gospel of John – unlocking the Bible part 1

The Gospel of John – unlocking the Bible part 2

Have you studied John before? Let us know in the comments. What resources did you use to study it?

As we study through John we have come across other articles, podcasts and things that we wanted to document here.

John 2 additional resources:

Jesus Christ and Apollonius of Tyana

The “Other Jesus” Story That Scares Christians: Apollonius of Tyana – video

Was Jesus Copied Off the Greek God Dionysos?

The Mythology of Wine VII: The Wine Miracles of Dionysus and Jesus Compared

John 4 additional resources:

OnScript Podcast – Caryn Reeder – The Samaritan Woman’s Story 

The Samaritan Woman Story: An Alternative View (dr. Eli Lizorkin-eyzenberg And Lisa Loden)

Attitudes to women – The rabbis vs Jesus

Jesus offers living water and marriage

3 articles on living water:

Living Water – From One for Israel

Living water from Beulahnazarene

Living water from our rabbi Jesus

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