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40 Days in the Gospel of John
There is one important question we all need to ask ourselves: WHO IS JESUS? Ideas range from slightly deluded person to good teacher to the Son of God. But who was he really?
You will have a chance to develop your own views about Jesus from the gospel written by John. John was a close friend of Jesus. He ate with Jesus, traveled with Jesus, and listened to Jesus’ teachings. Because John knew Jesus so well, he is one of the most reliable people to teach us more about who Jesus really was.
John sums up the reason of why he wrote this book. He writes in John 20:31:
But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
John wrote to strengthen the faith of Christians who experienced doubt and discouragement. In the same way, we pray that through this time in the book of John, your own faith would be greatly strengthened.
Here are a few pointers as you get started with this devotional:
- Set A Time – Set a time each day to do this devotional. Consistency is key in fostering daily spiritual growth.
- Take Your Time – The goal isn’t to finish quickly. The goal is to foster a deepened relationship with God. Create a space where you can have enough time to reflect deeply on the passage and questions.
- Use Resources – No one has all the answers. And that’s ok. Feel free to use this free reliable online commentary from InterVarsity Press: biblegateway.com/resources/ivp-nt/John. This will give you more background knowledge in understanding the book. Also, try using www.gotquestions.org if you have other theological questions.
- Start/End With Prayer – At the beginning and end of the devotional, spend time in prayer. God speaks to us through his Word. But He also wants us to speak to Him through prayer.
*We created this devotional with families in mind. If you are a parent and intend to go through this 40-day experience with your children, please note the following. Parents, please help break down the language for your children. They may need help understanding some terms or theological concepts, so please take an active role in helping them. Also, please share your own answers with them. There is nothing more impactful for your kids than seeing their parents share openly about their own spiritual journeys.
Through this study, our NewStory staff prays that you will discover for yourself who Jesus really is. If you want to make a commitment to Jesus by getting baptized during this 40-day devotional, please let us know by emailing email@example.com. We would also love to receive an email afterwards about your experience! Thanks and have a blessed time!