Themes in the Gospel of John
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Themes in the Gospel of John

Prof. N.T. Wright examines the Gospel of John observing seven key, overarching themes pointing to a new way of living.
4.6 (267 ratings)
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1,156 students enrolled
Last updated 10/2019
English
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This course includes
  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 27 articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Understand the background surrounding this wonderful Gospel as well as how the writing relates to us today.
  • Describe the different overarching themes that tie the Gospel of John together.
  • Explain the elements of the Gospel of John that are so important to embrace today.
  • Delineate the similarities and differences between the issues of today that overlap with the issues Jesus spoke about in this Gospel.
  • Develop a broader understanding of what it means to be a King Jesus follower in a countercultural way.
  • Appreciate the importance of having a robust understanding of the seven overarching themes that the Gospel of John identifies.
Requirements
  • This course only requires a desire to learn about the New Testament. No other materials are required.
Description

The Gospel of John has been a favorite of many readers of the New Testament and is full of beauty, mystery, and, occasionally, surprises. Jesus, in this Gospel, points to a new way of living. It is the Kingdom of God way of life. This way of life was in contrast to the normal Roman way of living in the first century A.D as much as it is in contrast to what most people in the twenty-first century experience. 

The course approaches the Gospel of John in a way that looks at seven key themes. These themes bind the Fourth Gospel together in a manner that allows us to see this 'new way of living' as possible for followers of King Jesus. In so doing, we then apply these themes to the current era in order to ask ourselves questions about how we are putting them into practice. In a way, this is the story of how to live out being the presence of God on earth through the indwelling of God's spirit.

Students will encounter these seven themes through understanding many biblical references which Prof. Wright explains. The course is not an 'exegetical' walk through the text. Rather, the explanation of cultural and historical background of our era is explored to help us apply the Gospel of John to today's world. This makes the study very application oriented.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for students with an interest in the New Testament writings, particularly the Gospel of John, likely written towards the end of the First Century A.D.
  • This course is designed to enable the student to discover what the Gospel of John highlights as vital to our understanding of this beautiful Gospel.
  • Anyone with an interest in the Bible will be encouraged by this course.
Course content
Expand all 71 lectures 06:17:29
+ Justice in the Gospel of John (Lectures 1-3)
12 lectures 57:48
John 1:1-18 KNT
01:37
John 12:20-33 KNT
01:23
Reading of John 12:20-33
01:54
Session Two: Putting Things Right
15:09
John 16:1-15 KNT
01:36
Reading of John 16:1-15
02:05
Session Three: Holding the World Accountable
16:13
Comprehension Assessment on the Theme of Justice
16 questions
Practice Exercises #1: Processing Ideas and Probing Questions
01:36
+ Relationships in the Gospel of John (Lectures 4-6)
10 lectures 45:08
John 2:1-11 KNT
01:17
Reading of John 2:1-11 KNT
01:34
Session Four: How Do We Build Healthy Relationships?
06:20
John 17:14-26 KNT
01:32
Reading of John 17:14-26
02:02
Session Five: Healing Broken Relationships
14:50
John 15:1-17 KNT
01:45
Reading of John 15:1-17
02:25
Session Six: A New Way of Being Human in Relationships
12:28
Comprehension Assessment on the Theme of Relationships
15 questions
Practice Exercises #2: Processing Ideas and Probing Questions
00:54
+ Spirituality in the Gospel of John (Lectures 7-9)
16 lectures 01:16:50
John 2:13-22 KNT
01:04
Reading of John 2:13-22
01:25
Session Seven: What is Spirituality?
16:13
John 4:7-26 KNT
02:23
Reading of John 4:7-26
02:39
John 7:37-44 KNT
00:52
Reading of John 7:37-44
01:09
Session Eight: Living as Genuine Humans in New Creation
20:26
John 5:1-18 KNT
01:38
Reading of John 5:1-18
02:12
John 20:1-31 KNT
03:19
Reading of John 20:1-18
02:29
Reading of John 20:19-23
00:55
Reading of John 20:24-31
01:30
Session Nine: Spirituality at the Intersection of Heaven and Earth
17:25
Comprehension Assessment on the Theme of Spirituality
14 questions
Practice Exercises #3: Processing Ideas and Probing Questions
01:09
+ Beauty in the Gospel of John (Lectures 10-12)
10 lectures 56:23
John 11:17-46 KNT
02:35
Reading of John 11:17-46
03:38
Session Ten: What is the Role of Beauty?
14:01
John 13:1-17 KNT
01:46
Reading of John 13:1-17
02:21
Session Eleven: Glory as a Vehicle for Beauty
12:40
John 18:33-40 KNT
01:09
Reading of John 18:33-40
01:32
Session Twelve: Beauty and the Human Vocation
15:40
Comprehension Assessment on the Theme of Beauty
19 questions
Practice Exercises #4: Processing Ideas and Probing Questions
00:59
+ Freedom in the Gospel of John (Lectures 13-15)
8 lectures 47:44
Session Thirteen: What Does it Mean to be Free?
16:22
John 19:25-36 KNT
01:24
Reading of John 19:25-36
01:06
Session Fourteen: New Life and Genuine Freedom
13:25
John 14:15-21 KNT
00:51
Reading of John 14:15-21
01:08
Session Fifteen: Freedom and Human Responsibility
12:30
Comprehension Assessment on the Theme of Freedom
10 questions
Practice Exercises #5: Processing Ideas and Probing Questions
00:57
+ Truth in the Gospel of John (Lectures 16-18)
8 lectures 51:37
Session Sixteen: What is Truth?
13:08
John 19:1-16 KNT
01:47
Reading of John 19:1-16
02:25
Session Seventeen: The Spirit of Truth in God's New World
13:47
John 10:1-18 KNT
01:57
Reading of John 10:1-18
02:38
Session Eighteen: Speaking the Truth to Power
14:52
Comprehension Assessment on the Theme of Truth
11 questions
Practice Exercises #6: Processing Ideas and Probing Questions
01:03
+ Power in the Gospel of John (Lectures 19-21)
7 lectures 41:58
Session Nineteen: How does Power Work?
08:20
Session Twenty: The Power of Self-Giving Love
16:48
John 21:15-22 KNT
01:20
Reading of John 21:15-22
01:54
Session Twenty One: A Fresh Vision of Power
12:00
Comprehension Assessment on the Theme of Power
12 questions
Practice Exercises #7: Processing Ideas and Probing Questions
01:00
Bonus Lecture
00:35