The apostle John wrote the Gospel of John, one of the four Gospels, between 85AD and 95AD. John’s Gospel is the most unique Gospel, in that approximately 90% of his material is not found in either of the other Gospels written by Matthew, Mark, or Luke. Interestingly, the other three Gospels were written long before John, and so in many ways John fills in details that the others didn’t record.
A great portion of John’s Gospel consists of the words and teaching of Jesus. To begin a study on the Gospel of John it is actually helpful to start at the end of the book. John tells us that he has a reason for writing what he does. He says, “Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:30–31)
John isn’t writing primarily to give us a history lesson. He isn’t writing to merely inform us. He is writing to introduce us to the person of Jesus so that we might believe in Him and have life in His name. That is why the series is called BELIEVE. My hope and prayer is that you would be able to join us as we study John’s Gospel each week, and that it wouldn’t merely be a means of you gaining greater Bible knowledge, but that it would be the means by which you encounter Jesus afresh, and discover in a deeper way the life that is found in Him.
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