In the beginning was the Word…
Start 2020 in the beginning—with the Good Book Club and the Gospel of John! Each day, from Epiphany on January 6 through Shrove Tuesday, February 25, we’ll read a passage from this compelling gospel, inspired by “the disciple whom Jesus loved.”
We’ll encounter the favorite verse of football fans and inspirational sign makers with John 3:16, and we’ll also hear stories only heard in John: Jesus turns water into wine at the wedding of Cana, encounters the woman at the well, and raises Lazarus from the dead.
The spiritual Gospel of John uses beautiful poetry: Jesus as the bread of life and as the vine. And it’s in John that we hear the great I AM statements.
Forward Movement and partner organizations across the Episcopal Church—and this year, the Anglican Church in Canada—have prepared an array of resources to help you on the journey. The first step is easy: Open your Bible and start reading. Here are some tools for the next steps:
Introduction and Ideas
John 101: A two-page introduction developed by Forward Movement to the Gospel of John, exploring authorship and major themes.
Introducing the Gospel of John: The Montreal Diocesan Theological College in the Anglican Church of Canada is hosting a 90-minute webinar about the Gospel of John on January 13 from 7 to 8.30 p.m. (EST). Taught by Jesse Zink, the webinar offers an overview of the gospel’s content, structure, and key themes.
The Good Book Club website lists the daily readings and partners as well as a variety of resources and formation tools. Spanish resources and information are available here. You can also sign up for a weekly email that previews the coming readings and highlights participants and partners.
Go With Gratitude: A Reflection Guide for The Gospel of John. This downloadable Bible study from the United Thank Offering (UTO) shares weekly reflections and questions for discussion or personal reflection written by UTO Grant Recipients.
Episcopal Migration Ministries offers a seven-session Bible study. Each lesson includes a prayer, a group Bible study with discussion/reflection questions, and an Episcopal Migration Ministries “Teaching” in audio or video form.
Introducing John: This live, online (and FREE) class offered by ChurchNext and led by Vicki Garvey will explore the author, origin, setting, and message of the Gospel of John. The one-house classes will meet live on Thursday nights via Zoom from January 23-March 5. Register now!
This Week in John: Weekly emails by Forward Movement preview the upcoming readings to provide context and background. If you’re reading this email, you’re already signed up—but we encourage you to forward it to family and friends! Here’s the link to sign up.
Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast: Bishop Russell Kendrick will post weekly videos, offering theological insight on the readings from the Gospel of John.
Self(ie)-Reflections: Missional Voices will host a weekly video series with leaders (laity, clergy, and seminarians) reflecting on where they see the mission of God in each week’s readings.
Follow the Star: The evangelism team of the Episcopal Church will post weekly memes to highlight an evangelistic action that we can follow inspired by stories of John as well as a weekly conversation prompt around an evangelism story on Instagram.
Vital Practices: Episcopal Church Foundation Vital Practices bloggers will choose a reading from the Gospel of John that resonates with them and their ministry and write a related blog post.
Grow Christians: Grow Christians will share stories from parents who are reading and reflecting on the Gospel of John at home with children and teens.
Another Family Guide by Grow Christians.