An Introduction to John

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Text: John 1:1-18, John 6:66-69, John 21:25

Words are my love language. I love to read them, I love to write them, I love to hear them recited aloud. I love stringing words together on a page and rearranging them like furniture until it feels just right.

I collect books filled with words and line them up on my shelves. Even when I run across a book I dislike, I have the hardest time letting it go. For me, they represent a miracle of creativity and connectivity—something beautiful can exist that was not there before, simply by saying and sharing a collection of words. Those shelves full of books are like old friends. I find comfort in just knowing they are there (a heavy philosophy when moving time comes around).

When the apostle John describes Jesus as the Word, my heart does a dance. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God” (John 1:1-2).

The Word of our God is so powerful that it was the only tool required for Him to build a universe of constellations and dandelions, jellyfish and tiny babies with tiny toes.

The Word of our God is so merciful that He Himself became a baby—the Word that was with God in the beginning “became flesh and dwelt among us.”

It’s the second part of that last verse that will serve as our touchpoint over the next 3 weeks:

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth.
- John 1:14, ESV (emphasis mine)

The book of John chronicles stunning miracles and shocking sermons and real-life encounters that point to Jesus like a neon arrow shouting in the darkness, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!” Friends, we get to behold His glory together through the reading of His Word for the next 24 days—what a privilege!

We’ll be reading a chapter a day of the gospel of John, with our regular “Weekly Truth” breaks on Sundays. (The John readings are even synchronized with #365DaysOfTruth to give you a nice jumpstart!) Biting off larger-than-usual chunks of this single book of the Bible will allow us to see the stories and words of Jesus in context of THE Gospel story, to connect dots of truth our hearts and minds have never connected before.

I found one of those dots the other day, tucked away in a single verse of Chapter 6—just after the feeding of the five thousand, the walking on water, and Jesus’ “I am the Bread of Life” speech to His disciples. John writes, “After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him” (John 6:66, ESV).

After all that they’d seen, some turned away.
Faced with the living proof of the Christ, they still did not believe.

Jesus asked the Twelve if they wanted to walk away, too. I can feel the tension of the moment in my bones; I can hear the Spirit whisper the question to me. Amanda, will you stay? Will you follow me or follow them?

I love so much Peter’s response: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God” (John 6:68-69, ESV, emphasis mine).

Friends, where would we go? There is nowhere but here, nowhere but with Him.

As we read the book of John together and see the glory of our God in the flesh, I pray that we will dare to stay and follow. I pray that we will believe and that we will know that Jesus is the Holy One of God.

He is the bread of life (John 6:35).
He is the light of the world (John 8:12).
He is the door of the sheep (John 10:7).
He is the good shepherd (John 10:11).
He is the resurrection and the life (John 11:25).
He is the way, and the truth, and the life (John 14:6).
He is the true vine (John 15:1).

Let’s begin the New Year discovering the richness of Jesus together.

Join us here tomorrow for Day 1 of John. Share the image below and invite a friend!

(Want a John study pack? They are still available in the shop!)

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  • Karina Castellanos

    Why do you have to pay for the plans?

  • This is a great one!

  • :)

  • Thanks Lisa for telling me about this study in John…I know I am going to enjoy it and learn a lot

  • shamekamichelle

    My Pastor declared a 21 day fast beginning January 2nd. I have never participated in a fast before and was feeling discouraged about staying focused. I received the announcement about the study of John and my spirit become excited. I expressed to my mother that God provided a way for me to participate and feel confident about seeking Him. I want to stay focused this time and complete the study. I am going to attempt to go the extra mile and participate in the #365DaysOfTruth study as well. I'm excited to see where my study will lead :D

  • Brooke McGlothlin

    That verse from John 6 is what got me through a very difficult season of loss in my family's life. Six years of loss ending with a miscarriage nearly did me in. There were days I WANTED to turn away, but in the end I was caught every time by thinking, "where will I go? I know the truth now. I can't just un-know it. The truth is what the truth is, no matter how I feel about it at the time."

    His love is worth more than my circumstances.

  • smitchell614

    I am excited to be joined up with SRT again, I have been busy in the last year, and I didn't make time for the Lord or for studying his word. But this is the beginning of a new year, and I cannot think of a better place to join in on refreshing my journey in faith than in John. Thank you for choosing John as the first book of the new year. I can't wait to see the truths He reveals to me through this study and the ones that follow.

  • I cannot find the 365 days of truth plan

  • Is there a specific link to your "365 days of truth" plan? I was excited to start it this morning, and cannot figure out how to download it onto my phone or even find it on my computer.

  • Thank you, Amanda, for your heart and passion. You energize me to be filled to the brim with the love of Jesus. I am beyond excited to begin 2015 drawing closer to Jesus with you, the whole SRT team and the sweet community here. Thank you so very much for praying for us, and I am happily and gratefully praying for each of you at SRT too. {{HUGS}} to each of you, SRT team and community friends – all the way from beautiful Colorado!

  • Great way to begin a new year. Meeting our savior with fresh eyes and a hungry soul.

  • Beautifully written, Amanda! Can't wait to get started.

  • Chelsie Ann

    So excited for this study!! The Gospel of John holds a dear place in my heart as it was the first book I ever read in the bible! I met Christ in the Gospel of John & He lovingly met me by His grace. Looking forward to studying His word & getting to know Christ even more with all of the ladies of the SRT community! Blessings :)

  • Kendall_S

    So exciting to see so many new girls coming for the study of John!! Welcome and can't wait to learn more about our Savior with all of you!

  • Cannot wait to start! So excited about the truths God will reveal in this study!

  • I am new here, and I am so excited to study my Bible with some awesome women of God.

  • After gaining so much from our study on the Coming of the Messiah through Advent, I cannot wait to sit with you ladies and behold the glory and majesty of THE Word as He walked among us.

  • Beverley

    Soo funny cause in the next few days I'm starting a study of john with a dear family friend who mentors me and now I find it's also the first study for she reads truth! I don't belive in coincidence, soo excited to hear what God wants to tell me in this season!! :)

  • Elizabeth

    So ready for this study!

  • JessiLRobinson

    Looking forward to this study but a bit apprehensive about going at a faster pace. 1 chapter is the perfect amount for me. If it’s too much bigger I don’t have a lot of study time because there’s so much to study! Is this faster pace a new thing for all the studies?

    • Caroline

      Usually it’s a bit of a slower pace

      • JessiLRobinson

        Yes, I know. The slower pace is why I have done these studies for nearly two years now. I’m just worried that faster is the new normal and was wondering if future plans will be that way as well.

        • Amanda Bible Williams

          Hi Jessi! We’ll be reading 1 chapter per day for the book of John, with breaks on Sundays. Each plan is a little different, and this is the longest book we’ve read through together. We’re excited! Hope you’ll join us. xo, Amanda

  • Just found this site! My heart has been longing for community, yet scared of it. It's new for me. But I've made it my 2015 goal to intentionally seek it out and create it. I'm looking forward to this being the start. So, so excited to study John along with a community of women seeking truth!

    • Beverley

      It's so great to be in community with you Andrea.! :) will be praying for you :)

    • Yaneli

      Glad to pray for u and your year ahead. Christian community uplifts and motivates me like little else can. All the best!

    • Brandi

      Glad you're here!

  • Caroline

    I cannot wait to do this study! For the Christmas sermon at church my pastor was recommending as a fresh start reading the gospel of John. I cannot wait to dive in!

  • I’m ready!

  • Cannot wait to start this study!

  • This made my eyes tear up. Your description of your love for words is so touching. I feel the same way. "The Word of our God is so powerful that it was the only tool required for Him to build a universe of constellations and dandelions, jellyfish and tiny babies with tiny toes." I don't know if I've ever read a more beautiful sentence. What an amazing God we serve! I am a scientist. I've been asked by people before how I can be both a believer in a divine Creator and a scientist. I'm always baffled by this question. Science doesn't make me doubt God. What I see in nature and in science always makes me feel astonished with what an amazing Creator we have. Everything in creation, from the stars, to the jellfish tentacles, to my son's tiny little toe nails…all these things are evidence of God's love and majesty.

    • Torey Tipton

      Well said! Thanks for sharing!

    • Patti

      This sentence pulled at my heart too! So beautiful. Yet so powerful. Simple but all encompassing. He is all mighty and His word is so powerful! Thank you, Summer, for sharing and to the author of today’s writing. Am ready and eager to spend the next 3 weeks in this study, learning from His gift of the word. Hugs!

    • Julie

      I love this as well! I have a friend that loves to point out that in Spanish the "Word" is translated as the "Verb". To think and meditate, on Him coming to take the action that he did! He created us and He saved us.

  • If I ordered a study pack, is this plan free or something I’ll have to pay for separately as well?? While I’ve heard much about SRT and have dabbled in it in the past, your #365daysoftruth has truly inspired me to take hold and walk with Him on a daily basis next year. I’ve been meaning to do it and there’s no better time than now! I am so excited to get started with John and cannot wait to see what 2015’s path with Jesus brings :)

    • Brenna

      You can read the plan for free on the website or in your email if you subscribe :)

      The study pack is an additional resource – it's like a journal with a print and scripture cards. It isn't needed to follow along! You can also buy the plan on the app to follow the plan on your phone.

  • I was/am excited for this study, John is a wonderful book but, I still have not received my study pack, I’m so very disappointed!!

  • Durint advent this year, the pastor spoke of Zachariah and how he actually saw an angel and heard a message from the Lord and yet did not believe. The pastor used this as a point that so often we think that if we just SAW God, or had a sign or something, then we would believe. There’s so many stories of people in the Bible who saw a vision from God and yet still doubted.

  • heathlynn

    I am so excited to go through this book! So funny, last night I was reading and prayed that God would direct me where to read. I went directly to the section that you mentioned and the verse, John 6:66, stuck out to me as well! Praise God for unity in the Spirit.

    I love going through books like this and I'm so excited to learn more about Jesus through the gospel of John. Thanks SRT ladies! And happy new year everyone!!

  • vaneetha

    i cant find the john study app. is it online yet?

  • Danielle Sedler

    Yay! Can’t wait!!!

  • abbymcd21

    So excited to go through this with you all. John is my favorite gospel, and like Amanda, the fact that John describes Jesus as "the Word" just makes me want to dance.

  • Do you have to have the study pack to participate in the study?

    • Monica Cate

      No! It’s purely supplemental. :)

    • Amanda Bible Williams

      No! The devotional content will be available on the She Reads Truth app or free here on the site! The study pack is just a happy extra to aid you in your study. xo

  • Giulliana Tessarin

    My study pack didn’t arrive but I will start without it!

  • Is there a study pack for the study that starts tomorrow? I am new to She Reads Truth and am very excited!

    • Danielle

      Yes there is, Angie! Just click the words "in the shop" and it should be easy to find

  • I’m soo excited to get started tomorrow on this new journey as we dig deep into God’s word!!

  • So excited, I receive my study pack today!

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