The Book of John

      1. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
        1. 4 Gospels
          1. Gospel=good news
            1. Style of literature that recounts the life of Jesus, but with a purpose
            2. Not straight biography
        2. 4 Purposes
          1. Matthew-Jesus was the Messiah from the Old Testament prophecies
            1. Written to Jews
              1. Lots of OT references
          2. Mark-Emphasizes Jesus’ ministry
            1. Shortest Gospel
              1. Probably the first written
              2. Seems to be the basis for both Matthew and Luke
            2. Quickly moves from event to event
          3. Luke-Most accurate timeline of the four
            1. Most complete Gospel
          4. John-Emphasizes Jesus as the Son of God
            1. John 20:30-31 “30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
            2. Events are not necessarily in their proper order
              1. Literary purpose takes precedence over chronological accuracy
            3. Over 90% different than the other three Gospels
            4. Contains several “7’s”
              1. 7 miracles
              2. 7 “I AM” statements
              3. 7 witnesses (People confessing Jesus as the Son of God)