2018: The Year of the Gospel of John at Real Church


This year is shaping up to be the year of the Gospel of John. How so? We are spending our Sundays studying the gospel not just chapter-by-chapter but sometimes paragraph-by-paragraph. Why? We want to savor each passage and meditate on the Word of God and let it truly convict and transform our lives. Yes, we expect big things from God this year, and if the last five years of Real Church has shown us, He delivers!

So, we have created this post as a resource for you to return to when you have questions on this gospel during the year. We also recommend revisiting the fantastic introduction Pastor Nathan gave the first Sunday of January (listen here) on the book.

Without further ado, here is a quick overview.

Who is John?

The Gospel of John was written by John the son of Zebedee, one of Jesus’s disciples. He was called by Jesus to follow him (Matt 4:21), he witnessed several miracles, the Transfiguration (Matt 17), and the Crucifixion (John 19). He was present when Jesus returned and at Pentecost. Persecuted, imprisoned, and exiled, he became a prolific writer, teacher, evangelist, and follower of Christ.

His books are eloquently and poetically written and span four genres: Gospel, Epistle (letter), Prophecy, and Apocalypse. But don’t worry, we’re just studying the Gospel this year.

The Purpose of John’s Gospel

John writes his purpose in the gospel:

30 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 most likely penned his gospel between AD 70 to AD 100 in Ephesus (modern-day Turkey).

This book is for believers and non-believers alike.

Fun Facts about John

  • He goes by many names: Son of Thunder, Son of Zebedee, The Disciple Jesus Loved, the Evangelist, and the Revelator
  • Fisherman by trade
  • Met Jesus whilst fishing with his brother and father (see Matthew 4:21)
  • Wrote the Gospel of John, 1, 2, and 3 John, and Revelation

Fun Facts that belong to John’s Gospel

  • More than any other NT book, John clearly confirms the deity of Jesus Christ
  • The prologue (1:1-18) contains the highest Christology (description of Jesus’s identity) in the NT
  • Most of the events and teachings in John are unique from the other gospels – the feeding of the 5,000 is the only miracle to appear in all four gospels.
  • His gospel provides the most systematic teaching of the Holy Spirit as comforter, guide, and convictor of sins

Want to dive in deeper or have questions? Contact me (tawny@RealChicago.com) and I can offer resources and/or a nerdy conversation.

We invite you to join us this Sunday as we study the Gospel of John together

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