Bible Study

The Gospel of John

Week 13 (9/15/2010)

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Week 12 (9/8/2010)

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Week 11 (9/1/2010)

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Week 10 (8/25/2010)

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Week 9 (8/18/2010)

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Week 8 (8/11/2010)

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Week 7 (8/4/2010)

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Week 6 (7/28/2010)

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Week 5 (7/14/2010)

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Week 4 (7/7/2010)

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Week 3 (6/23/2010)

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Week 2 (6/16/2010)

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Week 1 (6/9/2010)

  • Agenda: Meet, greet, and get to know each other better. Introduce the study of the Gospel of John.
  • Reading and Homework for Next Time: Read John 1:1-18 and Session 1 in the study guide.  Answer Session 1 questions 1-12.
  • For Further Study:

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General Information

  • The Day: Wednesday nights.
  • The Time: Arrive from 6:45 to 7:00pm and start at 7:00pm sharp, ending the study at 8:30pm. This time is flexible depending on what family and children’s schedules are like, but let’s start with this for now.
  • Timeframe: About 13 weeks.
  • Childcare: Provided.
  • The Study: The book of John is perhaps the best-loved gospel of Jesus Christ.  Seekers and skeptics are drawn to its compelling portrait of Jesus.  New Christians rejoice in John’s message that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that through Jesus comes eternal life.  Lifelong believers are spiritually rejuvenated by returning afresh to their Lord by feeding on the simple and deep truths of the gospel of grace.  Join your neighbors and friends as we discover how the story of Jesus brings the Bible to life.  Each meeting we will seek to understand the original meaning, bridge the ancient and contemporary contexts, and determine the significance of the text for today.  The goal is to gain a better understanding and relevant application of the biblical material to our daily lives.

John wrote his gospel for one reason: that we discover lives graced by faith—and that this faith would lead us to find life (John 20:31).  We live in a world with competing notions of what it means to live, to pursue a good life.  We know all about “the good life” filled with the decorations, amusements, and trophies of our culture.  But John wants us to discover more, to find a life filled with something deeper, more profound, more satisfying.  To discover what we might call a divine life.  If we read John and find this path, we have read his gospel rightly. (From the Study Guide)

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3 Responses to Bible Study

  1. jonathan says:

    what do you meant by hedonism?

  2. That’s a good question. One dictionary definition of hedonism is “The ethical doctrine holding that only what is pleasant or has pleasant consequences is intrinsically good.” That’s not really what John Piper means by his term “Christian Hedonism”. He writes that the first question and answer of the Westminster Shorter Catechism can be modified to clarify what it originally meant:

    Q1. What is the chief end of man?
    A1. Man’s chief end is to glorify God by enjoying (instead of “and enjoy”) him forever.

    So what Piper means by Christian Hedonism (and I agree with him) is that God created people to pursue pleasure, but that pleasure is only truly found in fellowship with God through Christ.

    Piper describes what he means by Christian Hedonism here.

  3. keith says:

    the heart of the wise is in the house of suffering
    but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure
    ecclesiastes

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