About the study:
These life-changing courses are ideal for busy people who are unable to
commit to longer studies. They focus on smaller Bible sections, or
single books of the Bible, and appeal to more participants with more
frequent offerings! These studies embody the same trusted scholarship as
the Disciple foundational studies and include the same core
activities: independent reading, weekly small groups, and video
presentations by scholars.
The Planning Kit is design to provided you with everything to review
the study. To implement it for your church you need only to purchase a
Participant Book for each study participant. You receive one each of the
Participant Book, Leader Guide, and DVD.
The invitation from Christ is: "Come and see, Follow me." Experience
the magnificent passages in John including the I am statements (I am the
truth, the life and the way, I am the living water and more). Revisit
stories only told in John's gospel including Nicodemus, Mary Magdalene
and the raising of Lazarus.
During the weekly video segments, travel into the Scripture as you
hear the Word, experience the grand artwork connected with each story
and interview the scholar. Each week wraps up with a small group
discussion on video to spark your own conversation.
Participants for this Invitation to John do not have to have
an in-depth knowledge of the Bible to enjoy and benefit from
participation. Reading just two chapters of John a week, they will
discover the life altering stories that will invite them to follow
Christ as true disciples.
This eleven-week study includes a participant book outlining daily
reading assignments for group preparations, a leader guide suggesting
discussion activities for use in the 60–90-minute weekly meeting, and a
video component providing interpretation and context for the biblical
Robert D. Kysar, Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching and New
Testament, Candler School of Theology, is a noted scholar on the Gospel
of John. He has authored numerous articles and books, including a
revised edition of John: The Maverick Gospel; Preaching John; and most recently Voyages With John: Charting the Fourth Gospel.
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