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Gospel of John Sunday School | Week 21

Throughout scripture, great care is taken to distinguish between the inward and the outward. In the economy of God, what is on the inside is truly what matters. God looks at the heart, whereas man is concerned with appearances (1st Samuel 16:7). God looks at motives, not mere lip service (Isaiah 29:13). God is concerned ...

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Gospel of John Sunday School | Week 20

A common accusation amongst those who disagree with the veracity (truthfulness) of scripture is that it is full of contradictions. Be it people, places, or concepts, some claim there are dozens or hundreds of these supposed inconsistencies. However, the law of non-contradiction (something cannot be both true and not true in the same sense) can’t ...

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Gospel of John Sunday School | Week 19

People grumble. Perhaps that is why optimistic individuals are generally well-liked. The only ones who don’t like optimists are often the ones who are content grumbling, and a positive perspective challenges them to stop grumbling. Thus, they grumble all the more. The most famous “grumblers” of the Bible are the newly freed Israelites. They grumble ...

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Gospel of John Sunday School | Week 18

It is simple to be critical of those following Jesus around in the first century. The masses and the disciples themselves frequently missed the point. Still, Jesus was their shepherd. They were His sheep. The beauty of that analogy lies in His love, because on closer inspection being identified with sheep is not flattering. Dimwitted ...

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Gospel of John Sunday School | Week 17

For various and sundry reasons, people have the tendency to focus on the “less important” things. Like complaining about the color of the leather seats in a free car or making more to do about an athlete’s facial hair than his performance, it is possible for anyone to miss the point. That isn’t to say ...

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Gospel of John Sunday School | Week 16

Jesus doesn’t say “I am God. I am the same God that you Jews have always worshipped. Just believe!” To a modern-day audience, this would be considered an appropriate claim of divinity. It is clear, but more importantly it is concise. However, how quick are modern-day audiences willing to believe someone who says “just believe” ...

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Gospel of John Sunday School | Week 15

Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name. John 20:30-31 While Jesus’ miracles are ...

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Gospel of John Sunday School | Week 14

After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of ...

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Gospel of John Sunday School | Week 13

We shouldn’t be too surprised that Jesus wasn’t honored in His hometown. A similar situation happens if we grow up in the church: the Bible, the ordinances, and the gospel become so familiar that they can lose significance. Those who knew Jesus prior to His formal, earthly ministry inevitably saw Him as “just Jesus” – ...

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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 ...