BE LOVED – The Gospel of John
Occasionally as I start a new sermon series, people in our church ask for the books I am reading, to be able to go deeper. Ok, this doesn’t happen very often, but it is awesome when people do! This is a chance to go deeper in your faith, and take the learning beyond just Sunday mornings. Let God’s Word transform your life!
Studying the Gospel of John is a treat. I got to take a class on John in college, and doing reading for this sermon series has allowed me to find new insights – one of the blessings of reading the Scripture over and over again. Here are my recommended books to read on John and 1 John. Some of these can also be borrowed from my library, too.
The Gospel According to John – Commentary by Leon Morris. A great commentary by an evangelical scholar. One of the highlights is the author’s many excursuses into John’s key themes.
An Introduction to the Gospel of John, Raymond Brown. Raymond Brown was known as THE expert in all things for the Fourth Gospel. An astounding Catholic scholar, this Introduction is the culmination of over 60 years of hard research. A well written and thorough book.
The Gospel and Epistles of John, Raymond Brown. Brown also has a longer commentary, this one is much more concise.
Gospel of Life, Theology in the Fourth Gospel, GR Beasley-Murray. This is a short but packed volume that unpacks John’s incredible teaching and gives many new insights into the text.
I will also be referencing 1 John many times throughout this series (as well as leading an Intensive on this incredible and important book). The commentaries I have benefitted from are I.H. Marshall’s The Epistles of John, and Gary Burge’s Letters of John. Also, I always find the IVP Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels to be an invaluable resource.