A Simple Guide to John (Simple Guides to the Gospels 3)

A Simple Guide to John (Simple Guides to the Gospels 3)

By: Paul J. McCarren (author)Paperback

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The Gospel writers state they aim to tell the story of Jesus in a clear manner, but throughout Paul McCarren's years in ministry, he has seen that these simple and important messages are too often missed. In his Simple Guides to the Gospels series, McCarren provides a new translation of each Gospel book, leading readers chapter by chapter through the text. Each section includes scripture and a brief, engaging commentary about how readers can relate to the material. The Simple Guides introduce readers to life in early Christianity, describe points of controversy, and show how each section fits with those that went before. The Simple Guide to Matthew highlights many of Jesus' compelling sayings, stories such as the Sermon on the Mount, and key themes of Jesus' ministry, such as trust. The books in the Simple Guides to the Gospels series are available individually or together as a complete set.

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Paul J. McCarren, SJ, works at Loyola Retreat House and at St. Ignatius Church, both in Maryland, while continuing to write Simple Guides to the Bible. A Jesuit priest, he has spent many years in both parish and campus ministry.


Introduction Who needs a simple guide to John's Gospel? A simple message Some big questions addressed by John's Gospel Acknowledgments Chapter 1 - Early Days Near the Jordan; the First Followers 1:1-18 - The evangelist's introduction 1:19-28 - John the Baptist is challenged by the Jerusalem authorities 1:29-34 - The Baptist recognizes Jesus as "the Lamb of God" 1:35-42 - Jesus attracts disciples 1:43-51 - Jesus tries to raise his disciples' expectations Chapter 2 - Jesus at a Wedding in Galilee; Jesus Visiting Jerusalem 2:1-12 - God's glory revealed in Jesus' response to a need at Cana 2:13-25 - During Passover in Jerusalem, Jesus challenges merchants in the Temple Chapter 3 - Nicodemus is Baffled - Comments - the Baptist's Disciples are Baffled - Comments 3:1-15 - Jesus, in Jerusalem, points out Nicodemus' lack of faith 3:16-21 - The evangelist comments on Jesus' desire to give us divine light 3:22-30 - John the Baptist tells his disciples to delight in Jesus' teaching 3:31-36 - The evangelist comments about Jesus' words Chapter 4 - Acceptance by Samaritans; Acceptance by a Royal Official 4:1-26 - A Samaritan woman is invited to believe in Jesus ... 4:27-30 ... The woman gives witness to her belief 4:31-45 - Jesus visits the woman's town 4:46-54 - One of Herod's officials believes Jesus' teaching because of a healing Chapter 5 - Jerusalem Authorities Shocked by Jesus' Belief in His Relationship with God 5:1-16 - Jesus heals a sick man on the Sabbath - Protests 5:17-30 - Jesus defends his work as God's work 5:31-47 - Jesus continues to defend his relationship with the Father Chapter 6 - Jesus Scandalizes His Fellow Galileans with the Gift of Himself 6:1-15 - By giving thanks to God, Jesus feeds a hungry crowd 6:16-21 - Jesus tells his disciples there is no need to fear 6:22-35 - The well-fed crowd wants free food, not divine food 6:35-51 - The crowd won't believe Jesus' offer to feed them true bread 6:51-59 - Jesus pleads with the crowd to let him feed them properly 6:60-71 - Even some disciples refuse Jesus' offer Chapter 7 - In Jerusalem, Jesus Again Proclaims God Is the Only Source of Life 7:1-31 - Jesus rejects worldly success; in Jerusalem, he preaches scripture 7:32-36 - The authorities want Jesus arrested; people still listen 7:37-53 - Jesus says he's the source of living water; some believe, some don't Chapter 8 - Jesus, Still in Jerusalem, Is Heckled and Threatened 8:1-11 - Jesus is asked to make a judgment based on the Law 8:12-20 - Jesus once more defends his right to teach 8:21-30 - Jesus teaches that sin-turning from God-is death 8:30-43 - Discipleship described as a struggle with sin 8:44-59 - Jesus teaches about wickedness; the crowd rejects his teaching Chapter 9 - Jesus Teaches by Healing a Blind Man 9:1-12 - Jesus and his disciples encounter a blind man 9:13-23 - Interrogation of the man who had been born blind 9:24-34 - The interrogation continues 9:35-41 - Jesus asks the newly-sighted man if he believes Chapter 10 - Jesus Asks His Listeners Whom They Want to Follow; Another Feast 10:1-10 - Even sheep know whom to follow 10:11-21 - Jesus describes himself as the perfect shepherd 10:22-30 - Jesus, in Jerusalem for another feast, offers divine life 10:31-42 - Jesus' offer of divine life rejected Chapter 11- Jesus Calls Lazarus to Life; the Authorities Plot Jesus' Death 11:1-16 - Jesus' disciples are puzzled by his reaction to Lazarus' illness 11:17-31 - Jesus asks Martha if she believes 11:32-44 - Jesus again gives thanks to the Father, so the crowd might believe 11:45-57 - Rejecting belief; seeking death Chapter 12 - Jesus Returns to Friends in Bethany; Faces Threats in Jerusalem 12:1-11 - Jesus' dinner with friends causes mixed feelings 12:12-19 - Jesus dares to enter Jerusalem 12:20-36 - Greeks want to meet Jesus; Jesus embraces glory; the crowd is unsure 12:37-43 - John puts Jesus' failure into the context of scripture 12:44-50 - Jesus' soliloquy about teaching Chapter 13 - Jesus Gathers with His Disciples for a Supper 13:1-15 - Jesus washes his disciples' feet 13:16-20 - Jesus explains service 13:21-30 - Jesus explains betrayal 13:31-38 - Jesus speaks of love; Peter speaks of loyalty Chapter 14 - At Supper, Jesus Teaches about Trust, and Says the Spirit will Do the Same 14:1-14 - Jesus advises the disciples to let God work in them 14:15-31 - Those who follow Jesus' instructions will be filled with the Spirit Chapter 15 - Jesus Says: You're Part of Me; I Love You; Love One Another, not the World 15:1-10 - Jesus describes the disciples' relationship to him and the Father 15:11-17 - Jesus tells the disciples to learn to love as he does 15:18-27 - The world has a different idea of love Chapter 16 - Another Promise to Send the Spirit; More Words of Encouragement 16:1-11 - Jesus says it's right for him to go, and for the Spirit to come 16:12-24 - Jesus assures the disciples that their sorrow will turn to joy 16:25-33 - Jesus says the disciples still have much to learn Chapter 17 - Jesus Once More Looks to the Father 17:1-5 - Jesus looks to the Father for glory 17:6-19 - Jesus prays for his disciples 17:20-26 - Jesus prays for all who believe Chapter 18 - Jesus is Arrested, Abandoned by Friends, and Brought to Trial 18:1-14 - Arrest 18:15-19 - Peter denies knowing Jesus 18:20-24 - Jesus' trial begins 18:25-27 - Peter again denies knowing Jesus 18:28-32 - The Jewish authorities bring Jesus before Pilate 18:33-40 - Pilate speaks with Jesus, then speaks with the Jews Chapter 19 - Jesus is Tortured, Executed, and Buried 19:1-8 - Pilate tries to mollify the crowd with torture 19:9-16 - Pilate abandons control of the judicial proceeding 19:17-27 - Jesus is crucified 19:28-37 - Jesus dies 19:38-42 - Jesus is buried Chapter 20 - The Tomb is Empty; Jesus Appears to His Disciples 20:1-10 - Jesus is not in the tomb 20:11-18 - Mary Magdalene sees Jesus 20:19-31 - Jesus appears to other disciples Chapter 21 - A Variation on Jesus' Commission to His Disciples 21:1-14 - Daily business and divine business 21:15-25 - Jesus gives a commission to Peter, and to us Index

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  • publication date: 21/11/2012
  • ISBN13: 9781442218796
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 198
  • ID: 9781442218796
  • weight: 258
  • ISBN10: 1442218797

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