September 2015 – April 2016
“but these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.”
What does it mean to be a Christian in our culture today? For some people, it is a characteristic that defines the very core of who they are. Sadly for others, it is merely one of many adjectives used to describe them, and can easily be dropped depending upon the political climate or social circles they are in at the time. The first time the name “Christian” was used was in Acts 11:26. The Greeks in Antioch did not know what to call the Apostles and their followers, so they gave them the name “Christian” which meant “of the party of Christ”. Jesus, however, never referred to His followers by that name. Instead, Jesus called His Apostles and His followers by the title “disciple.” A disciple is simply one who is a student of a specific teacher and follows their teachings and doctrines. To be a true follower of Jesus, you must follow the teachings of Jesus, but you can’t follow them until you understand who Jesus is and what He stood for.
Together we are setting out on a twenty-one week journey in the Gospel of John with our focus being to follow in the very footsteps of Jesus while He was on earth. We are specifically studying the Gospel of John because it is significantly different than the other synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke – which trace the chronological actions of Jesus. The Apostle John however, placed more of a focus on what Jesus’ recorded actions revealed about who He was and His character. As we travel alongside Jesus each week, we will learn amazing theological truths that stand as the foundation for our faith and belief that Jesus is the Son of God. We will learn the significance of His teachings and doctrines so that by the end of our study, we can be authentic disciples of our teacher, Jesus.
John 20:31 will be our anchor verse for this Bible study: “but these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.” The Bible was written to point to salvation through Jesus! By opening the word of God and studying the truths in Scripture, it is my prayer that our lives will be transformed into authentic and committed disciples of Jesus Christ. So strap on your sandals as our journey begins!