This fall at GLC we will be working through the opening chapters of John’s Gospel as we begin a sermon series entitled “That You May Believe.” This phrase is taken from John 20:31, which is essentially John’s purpose statement for his Gospel:
“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.” (Jn 20:31 ESV)
While it is clear that the Apostle John is an evangelist at heart, his gospel has profound implications for all people, whether a person is just exploring Christianity or someone who has long been committed to Christ. As D.A. Carson notes:
“Perhaps more than any other, the Gospel of John has been used by Christians in every age, and for the greatest array of purposes. University students distribute free copies to their friends in the hope of introducing them to the Savior. Elderly Christians on their deathbed ask the parts of this Gospel be read to them. Academics write learned dissertations on the relationship between John and some ancient corpus of literature. Children memorize entire chapters, and sing choruses based on its truth. Countless courses of sermons have been based on this book or on some part of it. It stood near the center of the Christological controversy in the fourth century, and for the last 150 years it has been at the heart of the debate about the relation between history and theology. Until recently, the best known verse in the Bible was John 3:16(possibly displaced today by Mt. 7:1!): a toddler could recite it. In this Gospel the love of God is dramatically mediated through Jesus Christ- so much so that Karl Barth is alleged to have commented that the most found truth he had ever heard was ‘Jesus loves me, this I know/ For the Bible tells me so’.” – D.A. Carson (The Gospel According to John, Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmann’s 1991, p. 21)
This week we will begin working through the text of John with a sermon from John 1:1-18. If you would like to hear some information about the background and key themes of John’s Gospel you can listen to last week’s introduction to the book here.
We hope you will join us for this study as we strive to have our faith strengthened by a fresh look at the Savior.