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Adult Faith Formation Course Description

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607 The Gospel of John


607. Gospel  of St. John

The book of John is the most theological of the four gospels. It presents a different narrative about Jesus’ person, life, ministry, death, and resurrection than the synoptic gospels. John emphasizes Jesus’ divinity, presenting him as Israel’s long awaited promised Messiah, the miracle worker, the savior of the world, the preexistent and incarnate Word of God who has revealed the Father to us. In this inspiring gospel, filled with symbolism and poetry, John reveals the plan of salvation of the Father, who sends his beloved Son to show the world his love, a love so great, that he gave his life on the cross for humanity, and through his majestic resurrection, proved his divinity. The writer’s purpose is that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in his name(Jn 20:31).


At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the structure of the Gospel of John
  • Describe the theological themes in John’s Gospel
  • Compare religious beliefs held by Jesus’ followers and those held by non-believers
  • Compare and contrast the Gospel of John from the Synoptic Gospels
  • Understand the author's view of the purpose of Jesus’ life and death
  • Apply John’s Gospel teachings to present times