A Bible Study on John - works in progress
He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
WHY THE GOSPEL OF JOHN WAS WRITTEN
And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. –John 20:30,31
John called himself "the disciple whom Jesus loved." We do not think that Jesus loved John more than He loved the other disciples, but perhaps John was more sensitive to feel the love that Jesus had for them all. John appreciated Jesus' love very deeply and was sensitive to Christ's mission and purpose in this world.
Many years after the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke were written, some false teachings were being spread that Jesus was just a man. So John wrote this very special book to show that Jesus was God made flesh. Out of all the hundreds of miracles that Jesus performed, John carefully chose to record miracles which proved that Jesus was WHO He claimed to be. He called these miracles "signs."
John also proved why the religious leaders of that time hated Jesus and delivered Him to be crucified. It was because Jesus claimed to be equal with God! John shows how Jesus planned to be the "Lamb of God" who takes away the sin of the world. Jesus gave Himself as the perfect sacrifice required by God to atone for the sins of the world.
It was John's purpose that those who read his Gospel ("good news") would believe on Jesus and receive eternal life.
It is my prayer that this study of the Good News According to John will lead you to believe in Jesus and receive Him into your life to be your own Savior and Lord. Jesus is Life and He offers to share His life with you through all eternity. Why not tell Him today that you reject your old life and that you receive Him? Thank Him for the new life He gives you. Enjoy fellowship with Him each day. Live every day to please Him. And tell others about this wonderful Jesus. He loves them, too!
–(Mrs.) Vicky R. Benson
Copyright 2001 by Vicky R. Benson
HOW TO STUDY GOD'S WORD
1. Pray for God's help. You need God's help in order to understand what you study in the Bible. Take Psalm 119: 18 as a prayer: "Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law."
2. Read the Scripture passages carefully in a quiet place. Underline the words that impress you most. Remember that God speaks to you through His Word.
3. Answer the questions from the Bible passage.
4. Check your answers by referring to the inside of the back cover.
5. Learn the memory verses. Read each memory verse and reference aloud several times until you can say it without looking. You may want to write the verse and reference on a card, so you can carry it with you. Every day say it aloud several times, so you will remember it easily. Say it to a friend who can check for any mistakes. Or write the verse out without looking and then compare it with the printed verse to make sure every word is right. Even when you know the verse well, review it once a week for about 7 weeks, and then once a month. As you store up this "good treasure" in your heart, your speech and actions will be changed. Choose other verses to memorize as well.
6. Think about the Word of God you have read, studied, and memorized. God has made special promises to those who meditate on His Word day and night:
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. —Joshua 1:8
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. —Psalm 1:2, 3
7. Put into practice what God says. James 1:22 tells us, "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves." Jesus likened the man who hears His words but does not do them to a foolish man who built his house on the sand. When the winds and rain and floods came, this house built on the sand fell. But the man or woman, boy or girl, who hears Jesus' words and obeys them is like a wise man, who built his house on a rock. When the winds and rain and floods came, his house stood firm because it was built on a rock. Only as we do what God says can we grow strong spiritually and get to know God better. Write down exactly what you plan to do, then do it. God will be with you, and He will help you.
8. Share God's Word with someone else. You may want to share what you learn with those in your family. Deuteronomy 6:7 says, "You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up."