One of my big tasks every summer is to do the talks for our church week away, usually all from one book. It’s a challenge, but one that is a joy because it is the only real opportunity for getting stuck into one book of the Bible. This year the focus was John’s gospel. One of the problems with the gospels is our over-familiarity. So to give it all a bit of a different spin, I took John’s bookends (his prologue (John 1:1-18) and closing summary statement (20:30-31) as our base of operations), with a view to seeing how they point to the book’s big themes.

Here is the outline of the talks

  1. The Beginning: THE WORD OF LIFE (John 1:1-18)
  2. The Revelation: SIGNS OF GOD (John 8:31-59)
  3. The Gospel: LOVE FOR THE UNLOVELY (John 3:1-21)
  4. The Battle: LIGHT vs DARKNESS (John 9)
  5. The Family: LIFE ON THE VINE (John 13:1-17)
  6. The Privilege: TRUST & LIVE – ALL-AGE TALK (John 20:24-31)
  7. Seminar: CAN WE TRUST JOHN’S GOSPEL?

In case it is of interest and use, there are various means for getting hold of some of this material. The talks are available as an iTunes podcast (click on the image). If you don’t have iTunes, you can get hold of them thru Jellycast.

Handouts are available for download from Scribd.

For those who prefer the printed word, here are the transcripts:

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. marcus

    Thanks for posting these, Mark. i’m very much looking forward to listening to them myself, and i pray that the message of John will continue to resound and bear fruit in the lives of all who attended the week away.

    1. quaesitor

      thanks Marcus – any comments and suggestions gratefully received

  2. Hoda

    These talks were great first time round and I am looking forward to listening to them again. Thanks Mark

  3. Dinah Clarke

    is there any way I can download your talks on John? … the Scribd link does not allow me to do this …. and the cost of printing the entire doc makes me hope I can just download it.

    1. quaesitor

      click on the links to iTunes or Jellycast above

      1. Dinah Clarke

        sorry wasn’t clear … I meant a text version

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