Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Gospel: The five books that recount that foundation story of Jesus’ announcement of God’s kingdom, his death and resurrection, and the Spirit-empowered movement he launched.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Narrative: A story sequence in which characters are placed in a setting and involved in a developing plotline.
Biography: A narrative about one person or movement, consisting of many short scenes that give a general history of the person as well as the main themes of their life and teaching.
Jesus becomes human as the incarnation of the creator God of Israel, to share His love and the gift of eternal life with the world.
Read Scripture Part I
Watch our Read Scripture video on the Gospel of John, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the first of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the Gospel of John, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
Throughout the Gospel of John, we see that Jesus is God and the reality toward which all of Israel's history points. Not only is He the Messiah, but He's also the Son of God who gives eternal life to everyone who believes on His name.
We see this reality through the signs and miracles He performs, and seven times He answers "I Am" when people question His identity.
He also uses His time on earth to introduce people to the new birth. By believing that He is the Messiah and God's son, they have eternal life and freedom from sin and are empowered to perform radical acts of kindness, generosity and selfless love as they listen to His voice and obey Him.
God in Human
Jesus is the Word and with the Word, meaning He is God's tabernacle in our midst, the one true God of Israel in human form.
Signs & Miracles
Jesus performs signs and miracles that show He is God, introduce others to new life and demonstrate God's love but draws criticism from many leaders.
Jesus raises Lazarus. Then he demonstrates His love for others when He rides into Jerusalem as Israel's king even though leaders conspire to murder Him.
Before His death, Jesus demonstrates God's true nature of selfless love and asks the disciples to perform radical acts of service as they love others selflessly.
Jesus commissions His disciples to tell others that He is the Messiah and God's Son. Their success will be greatest when they listen and obey.
Read Scripture Part II
Watch our Read Scripture video on the Gospel of John, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the second of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the Gospel of John, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.