John in July! The Fourth Gospel

Sunday, July 9, 2017 | 11:30am

Over a three year cycle of readings of the gospels, beginning every Advent season, we read the three synoptic versions: Matthew (Year A, this year), Mark (Year B) and Luke (Year C). To a considerable extent, the synoptics “look alike” (syn-optic), in part because Matthew and Luke draw heavily upon the first written gospel, Mark.

There is no fourth cycle for the Gospel of John! Yes, John’s gospel stands out in this respect and because it looks quite different. And though our lectionary draws significantly on the Gospel of John during seasons that mark turning points (Christmas (“In the beginning was the Word…”), Lent, and, especially, Easter) John’s gospel is relatively less familiar to many Christians.

Nevertheless, John’s work has some of the most moving and oft-quoted verses and passages in the entire Bible, including John 1:1–18; 3:16; 14:1; 14:15 and 16; 15:1 and other familiar great “I am” passages (e.g., “I am the bread of life.” 6: 35, 48).

We hope to increase the familiarity with John’s good-news message for those who wish and are able to participate in a July study of John on two Sundays after the 10 am service: July 9 and 16, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. It is strongly recommended that participants bring a Bible, any version. Please try read at least part of the Gospel before our first meeting. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.

We will explore John and the wonderful terms and concepts that John emphasizes in his gospel: the Word, Love, Truth, Glory, Life, the Shepherd and the Sheep, the Beloved Disciple, and the “New Commandment.”

Preliminary outline:

  • July 9: Introduction (Unique aspects of John); the Book of Signs (Chapters 1-11).
  • July 16: Book of Glory (Chapters 12 – 21).

So, “Do not let your hearts be troubled!” (John 14:1) and join us for a look at the Fourth Gospel!

Facilitator: Harvey Bale
Date/time: Sundays, July 9 and 16, 11:30-1:30

Open to all. RSVP required: [email protected]


Image Attribution: By Jean Bourdichon - Bibliothèque nationale de France,  Public Domain,

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    • July 9, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm