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Gospel of John Sunday School | Week 12

While the presence of racism and discrimination in the first century, and all times prior or since, is by no means an excuse for its practice today, John’s inclusion of this interaction provides the gospel-centered solution. Faith has been granted irrespective of ethnicity, class, gender, etc. from the very beginning. The Levitical law made provision for ...

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Gospel of John Sunday School | Week 11

One of the most significant parts of this passage is the discussion revolving around baptism. Along with John the Baptist’s specific ministry, John 3 includes one of the few mentions of Jesus’ disciples baptizing people prior to His ascension. Since the baptism believers participate in today is symbolic of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, this ...

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Gospel of John Sunday School | Week 10

John 3:16 rightly holds a very prominent role in so many people’s understanding of the Bible, the gospel, and Jesus Himself. It communicates a message of love and hope. It defines the point where God rescues and redeems. It summarizes the contrast between the natural fate of sinful man and the blessed future of those ...

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Gospel of John Sunday School | Week 9

What a blessing to live in a time and place where we have the full canon of scripture in our possession. Used to this status quo, it is difficult to fathom how the church of other places and times carried on with only parts and pieces of God’s revelation – if they even had any ...

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Gospel of John Sunday School | Week 8

The temple is the focal point of John 2:13-25, but it isn’t as simple as that. We can’t fall into the error of making the temple the ultimate expression of God. Throughout history, the temple has always been a picture: a picture of the presence of God among His people. It is the kind of ...

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Gospel of John Sunday School | Week 7

The word that John uses for “sign” in his gospel is sémeion. This word is different than “miracle” or “wonder.” It is a certain type of miracle; it is confirming, corroborating, or authenticating in nature. There is a purpose that goes beyond the wow! factor. This is the particular purpose of John recording these supernatural ...

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Gospel of John Sunday School | Week 6

The gospels always give pictures of Jesus that illustrate His whole person: His imminence and His transcendence, His humanity and His deity, Immanuel. The first chapter of John presents a stark contrast while demonstrating the cohesion and unity. The prologue points to His preexistence and role in the creation of the world, while a few ...

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Gospel of John Sunday School | Week 5

One of the major accusations leveled at Biblical Christianity over the centuries is that the doctrine of Jesus as God was contrived decades or centuries after the time of the apostles. This criticism hasn’t died, as the good teacher or misunderstood prophet labels are given to Christ by those who acknowledge His existence but deny ...

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Gospel of John Sunday School | Weeks 1-4

The Gospel of John 1:1-18, Prologue The first eighteen verses of John’s gospel are very, very well known. Phrases like and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, or but as many as received Him to them He gave the right to become children of God, and, of course in the beginning was the ...

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Worship & Worship

noun 1. reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred. 2. formal or ceremonious rendering of such honor and homage. 3. adoring reverence or regard. 4. the object of adoring reverence or regard. verb (used with object) 6. to render religious reverence and homage to. ...