Themes in the Gospel of John

Both on Sundays and throughout our Daily Blog over the coming weeks, we will be looking at the Gospel of John.

John’s Gospel is such an engaging account of Jesus’ life.  Known as the “spiritual” Gospel, John had more time than the others to sit back, not only to remember the events of Jesus’ life as best as he could, but also to think in greater depth about what they, therefore could mean.  Over the coming weeks in our Sunday Worship we will be looking at various “themes” in John’s Gospel, based on a course from Tom Wright, the New Testament writer,  to try and let this “meaning about who Jesus is, and what He was trying to do and to say” to live and breathe amongst us as a Church community and as we look to the future.  There are seven themes in all:

  • Justice,
  • Relationships
  • Spirituality
  • Beauty
  • Freedom
  • Truth
  • Power

Then, throughout the week, in our Daily Blog, will be unpacking the theme and looking at it a little more deeply.  

The first week of our new blog will begin to introduce John’s Gospel and its themes by looking at 7 signs performed by Jesus. 

And then, we will move on to the first of the seven themes, “Justice” and see how issues of Justice are both core to God’s desire for the world, but Justice in a way that brings change not just judgement.

As the material we will be using is “Online” material, there isn’t a book as such that accompanies the course, however Tom Wright has written a daily commentary on John’s Gospel which would be an alternative or companion resource during this time, “John for Everyone” (comes in two Parts – Part 1 and Part 2) and is available from Eden Christian Bookshop online, Amazon, or on eBook via Amazon Kindle.    

Sunday 1 – Introduction

Introduction to Themes in John’s Gospel and the First Sign – Turning Water into Wine

Week 1 – Signs

Day 1 – Cleansing the Temple
Day 2 – Healing the Official’s Son
Day 3 – Healing the Lame Man on the Sabbath
Day 4 – Feeding the Multitude
Day 5 – Healing the Blind Man
Day 6 – The Raising of Lazarus

Theme 1: Justice

Sunday 2 – Introduction to Justice: Part A – God’s Understanding and Call to Justice.

Introduction to the Theme of Justice: Part A. Key Text: John 12: 20-33

Week 2: Justice: Part A – God’s Understanding and Call to Justice

Day 7 – Justice. Key Text: Isaiah 55: 1-11
Day 8 – Justice. Key Text: Psalm 72
Day 9 – Justice. Key Text: Matthew 5: 17-20
Day 10 – Justice. Key Text: John 5: 24-30
Day 11 – Justice. Key Text: John 18 and 19
Day 12 – Justice. Key Text: Isaiah 53

Sunday 3: Introduction to Justice: Part B – Working out Justice in Today’s World

Introduction to the Theme of Justice : Part B. Key Text: John 16: 1-15

Week 3: Justice: Part B – Working out Justice in Today’s World

Day 13 – Justice. Key Text: Micah 6: 1-8
Day 14- Justice. Key Text: Acts 17: 16-34
Day 15 – Justice. Key Text: John 20: 19-23
Day 16 – Justice. Key Text: Ruth 2: 1-23
Day 17 – Justice. Key Text: Amos 5: 14-24
Day 18 – Justice. Key Text: Galatians 3: 15-25