Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Introduction And Outline Of The Gospel Of John

Theme: Christ is the Son of God

Key Verses: 

"Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." (20:30-3; NIV).

The book offers a number of signs and testimonies, to persuade readers Jesus is the Son of God, and impart eternal life. These signs are:

1. He saw Nathaniel before he met him (1:43-51)
2. He turned water to wine (2:21-11)
3. He cleansed the temple (2b)
4. He predicted His resurrection (2c) 
5. He told the Samaritan woman all she ever did (4a)
6. He healed an official's son (4:46-54)
7. He healed the lame man (5:1-15)
8. He fed 5,000 (6:1-14)
9. He walked on water (6:15-21)
10. He gave sight to the blind man (9:1-41)
11. He raised Lazarus from the dead (11:1-44)
12. He received God's endorsement (12)
13. He fulfilled Scripture (12)
14. He foretold the future (13 - 16)
15. He rose from the dead (20)
16. He appeared to the disciples (20b)
17. He provided a catch of fish (21)

Outline:

1. Personal Persuasion
     A. Of disciples (1-2)
     B. Of Nicodemus (3)
     C. Of the Samaritan Woman (4:1-45)
     D. Of the Official (4:46-54)
     E. Of the lame man (5)

2. Public Persuasion
     A. Of 5,000 (6)
     B. Of Jews (7-11)

3. Preparatory Persuasion
     A. Of believers (12)
     B. Of unbelievers (12b)
     C. Of disciples (13-17)
     D. Of authorities (18-19)

4. Post Resurrection Persuasion (20-21)
     A. Of Mary, John, and Peter (20a)
     B. Of the disciples (20b-21)

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