Did you know that Jesus ranks at the top of the most significant historical figures throughout history? (See for yourself.) But Jesus was so much more than just a significant historical figure. No one who was close to Jesus during the first century thought he was simply a significant historical figure—much more than that, they realized he was God in the flesh!
That’s what the Apostle John believed about Jesus, whom he wrote about in his gospel. In fact, he tells us exactly why he wrote it in John 20:30-31...
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
"These are written so that you might believe and have life in his name." This was John’s purpose. He wanted to give clear evidence that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God, by sharing what Jesus said about himself and what he did to prove it. John wanted his readers then (and now) to experience the blessing of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. So, he set out under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to write a convincing gospel so that others would believe.
Have you believed this to be true? If not, would you consider reading the gospel of John with us or joining with us on Sundays as we consider Jesus’ truth claims?
If you have come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, are you experiencing and enjoying life in his name? Are you living your life like John—so that others might believe?
The Gospel of John
We challenged everyone at The Fields to read through the gospel of John the 1st week of January 2023 to prepare us well for our 2023 sermon series through the gospel of John, but also because it is our hope and prayer that each of us would invite a non-Christian or brand new Christian to read the gospel of John with us sometime in 2023.
2023 Reading Plan
As we journey through John's Gospel, we will have 3 columns/tracks of reading. If you read all three this year, you’ll read the entire Bible. Consider what level of reading and study would be best for you in this season. Multiple chapters/day? (LEFT) You’ll read all of the historical and prophetic books of the Old Testament, with the whole of story of God’s people, Israel, leading up to the promised Messiah. One chapter/day? (CENTER) You’ll read all of the wisdom from the Old and New Testaments, including the Psalms, Proverbs, and all of the letters written to the early church. One passage/day? (RIGHT) You’ll read each of the four of the gospels slowly, plus Acts and Revelation, focusing on Jesus and his apostles.