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February 27 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday, repeating until April 24, 2019
Gospel of John: Led by the Rev. Jim Puryear (January 16-Early April)
John’s Gospel, called the Gospel of Light and Life, is unique among the Gospels. Matthew, Mark and Luke, called the Synoptic Gospels are similar in nature. They share much of the same material and general outline of Jesus’ life. Not so with John’s Gospel. Many of the events recorded in John are not found in the Synoptic Gospels. John’s Gospel is largely set in and around Jerusalem, not Galilee like the other Gospels. Jesus also sounds different because he speaks in metaphors that are more obscure rather than the parables and the straightforward, plainspoken way of the Synoptic Gospels.
In the Synoptic Gospels, Jesus describes the kingdom of God and the ethical imperatives demanded in the Kingdom—which is mentioned seventy-five time in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. In John’s Gospel, the focus is not on the kingdom of God (only mentioned twice), but on Jesus himself as the one who reveals God. The author of John presents Jesus as the source of life, and he wants to be sure we “get” this. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus calls people to follow him. In John, Jesus calls people to believe in him and to abide in him.
As John explores the questions of the identity and meaning of Jesus, we will be invited to do the same in this Bible Study. Through lecture and discussion we will attempt to understand more fully the eternal existence of God as seen through the Christ and the divine mystery that surrounds us all. We will explore that mystery each week in our study and hopefully open a fresh path to God that becomes transforming to us. All are invited, the only requirement is a Bible and an inquiring mind.