Outline John 1:1-14

Our Bible Bowl teams (Youth and Adult) are studying John’s account of the Gospel this year.  I thought I would share some outlines from some studies in John.  Click on the Title below for a *.pdf of the outline.

– Scott

An Abridged Gospel

– Scott McCown

Jonah cried out, “Yet forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown.”  Wouldn’t it be nice to carry a short message from God andknow such a message could have a positive impact?  There is such a message.

Can you remember eight(8) words? John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”  There it is, the Good News in eight words!

John’s is the fourth account of the Gospel.  Most scholars agree that John the apostle penned this accountfrom Ephesus after his exile to Patmos in about A.D. 90 (+/- 5 years).  John states his purpose for writing in Jn 20:30-31, “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that bybelieving you may have life in his name.” (ESV).

What follows in an outline of John’s introduction to his account of the life of Christ:

Text: John 1:1-14, 17

  • Christ was in the Beginning·
    • John 1:1-4.
    • When time began He was already there.
    • With God – cf. Phil 2:6; Col 1:15.o Creator – cf. Col 1:16-17.
    • Christ being “before” creation suggests His
      • Authority: Head of creation / Church
      • Ability: As creator He is able to help.
  • Christ the Light of the World
    • John 1:5-11.
      • Light is important:
      • Light shows the way.
      • Eph 1:18; 5:11-12.
    • Yet some prefer darkness.
      • Hides questionable activity.
      • Hides obstacles.
    • If Christ had not come, we would still be in darkness, and sin would have more power in our lives.
      • He illuminated the true path and revealed the obstacles of sin / Law
      • We are blessed with Light – 1 Jn 1:5-7.
  • Christ Brought Salvation· John 1:12-14; 17.
    • Before Christ hope lay in:
      • Perfect Law-keeping.
      • Our own righteousness.
      • Through Him we have hope in Him – John 1:12-13.
    • To believe is to trust completely, faith implies obedience – Jn 3:14-17.
      • The obedient are of God and not the flesh – Jn 3:5.
      • Faith is only valid in Christ – Acts 4:12; Rom 1:16.
  • Eight-words; “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”I can remember that. You can remember that. We can declare that!

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