The gospel of John is both an exciting and challenging book. In addition to covering the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ, John gives us deep theology concerning the unity of Jesus’ humanity and deity. We learn more about Jesus’ unity with the Father. We get a “fly-on-the-wall” view at the Last Supper and observe the depth of relationship Jesus had with his disciples.
Ben William’s book The Faith of John’s Gospel is designed to be an introduction to the Christian faith walking through the book of John. Ben skillfully helps us see the unity of the book of John and the Apostle’s Creed. The Apostle’s Creed is a great statement of faith that has been recited by Christians throughout church history.
“I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day, he rose again.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic [universal] Church, the communion of the saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.”
The gospel of John directly (and indirectly) contains each doctrine described in the Apostle’s Creed. This book not only gives us the gospel, but it challenges us with the question, “What are you going to do with this information? How does it change you? How are you going to share the gospel with others?”
Ben’s hope for this book in his own words: “I hope it encapsulates the Christian faith and that you feel like you can share it, that you feel like you can hand this to an old or new believer and have them be encouraged in the faith.”
Brittany Proffitt lives in southern Ohio and holds a BA in Religion. She is passionate about Scripture and how God’s Word impacts individuals’ hearts and lives.