Sunday Morning Bible Study
John’s Gospel was written decades after the first three Gospels of the New Testament – Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Pastor Magrey deVega writes in his book, The Bible Year Devotional, “in the first three Gospels we read three versions of the feeding of the multitude, two versions of the birth of Jesus, as well as all the parables, all the miracles, all the teaching. Jammed packed with accounts of Jesus’ life. And then comes John’s Gospel; John has even more to tell us about Jesus in a very different way. It is consistent with the other Gospels but tells us about Jesus in a way that emphasizes different things, capturing different aspects of who Jesus is and why his life, death, and resurrection are important. Some of the most treasured and widely known biblical passages of all time come from John’s Gospel - John 3:16: “For God so loved the world…” The theme verse for John’s Gospel is found in chapter 20, verse 31: “But these things are written so that you will believe that Jesus is the Christ, God’s son, and that believing, you will have lived in his name.” John tells the story so that you, the reader, may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.” But reading the Gospel of John also holds it challenges
Each week when we gather on Sunday mornings – continuing January 7th at 9 AM - we will combine both a devotional reading of John along with addressing some of the challenges in understanding this fourth Gospel. We will ask both questions – what does the passage mean? How am I being called to respond? Come join us for a few Sundays or all eleven Sundays as we explore the Gospel of John. This will be an in-person gathering, though if there is an interest in making the gathering a hybrid meeting, we will make accommodations for this. Please call Rev. Linda or the church office with any questions.