Invitation to John: Short-Term Disciple Bible Study

9/19/2014

In its wisdom, the early church chose to keep four Gospel accounts of the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Three of these Gospels are very similar to each other in both what they tell about the story of Jesus and how they tell it. However, the Gospel of John stands apart. In it, we find Jesus speaking not in parables but in lengthy discourses. We overhear Jesus talking with Nicodemus, a Samaritan woman, and Mary Magdalene. We marvel at Jesus turning water into wine, calling Lazarus from the tomb, and washing his disciples feet. We linger over Jesus great promises: For God so loved the world. I am the bread of life. I am the resurrection. Peace I leave with you. In the very first chapter of Johns Gospel, Jesus issues two invitations: Come and see, and Follow me. They echo the invitations of this study: to come and see this Jesus to hear him speak, to see his signs and to consider anew what it means to be his followers.

This eleven-week study includes a participant book outlining daily reading assignments for group preparations, a leader guide suggesting discussion activities for use in the 6090-minute weekly meeting, and a video component providing interpretation and context for the biblical texts. The video segments welcome the participant into the study of John.

The first segment each week presents a portion of the week's scripture read against a background of classic and contemporary art depicting the story.

The second video segment presents an interviewer and scholar discussing the text in an informal and accessible exchange, followed by an onscreen small group who consider the questions of the week. Video presenters include Susan Hylen, Jaime Clark-Soles, Ben Witherington and Craig Koestler. Robert D. Kysar, Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching and New Testament, Candler School of Theology, is a noted scholar on the Gospel of John. He has authored numerous articles and books, including a revised edition of John: The Maverick Gospel; Preaching John; and most recently Voyages With John: Charting the Fourth Gospel. Session titles and scripture: Come and See (John 12) How Is It Possible? (John 34) Taste for Yourself (John 56) To Believe or Not to Believe (John 78) Are We Blind? (John 910) I Couldn't Believe My Eyes! (John 1112) Would You Believe It? (John 1314) What Time Is It? (John 1516) Look Out! (John 1718) Believing Without Seeing (John 1920) Do You See Him? (John 21)


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