Gospel of John (CBS)
GOSPEL OF JOHN
INSTRUCTOR:To be assigned
The Gospel of John is the fourth Gospel in the Bible, and has a different focus than the three Synoptic Gospels. This course uses the Gospel of John to provide students with an understanding of the core tenets of Christianity. The Gospel will be taught in four thematic units over the course of ten weeks and is expected to be offered four times a year. Once completed, this course will be submitted to the Agape World Fellowship Board for approval, allowing it to count towards AWF School certificate programs.
You will need access to a Bible with the Gospel of John to complete this course. I recommend the AMP, ASV, KJV, or NKJV versions for students in this course. There is also a Logos 21 translation of John; which is fairly small, easy to read, and freely available. A physical copy of the Bible allows for studying offline, and deeper examination of context, but I understand that people may be unable to access a physical copy. Virtual copies of most versions are available at biblegateway.com . If you have not studied the Bible before, I recommend using the online Geneva Study Bible linked to in the Resources section, because it will explain the verses you are reading.
Each week there will be a specific reading from John that directly relates to the week's lesson. After reading the assigned verses, students are expected to expand upon the topic in a well developed composition. There will be a study guide of between 20 and 60 free response questions for each unit, due prior to the unit test. Questions will be similar to the test questions, and may even appear on the unit test. Coursework has been designed to enhance student understanding of presented material, and completing it will only serve to increase scores on the tests and final exam. Most of the lessons will drawn directly from the concise edition of Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Bible. I've posted a link in the Resources section to both editions and the Geneva Study Bible, to allow for you to use it as a resource when studying.
Students will be graded for demonstrating understanding of the information being presented. I have two methods of assessment. My primary method is sets of free response questions given at the end of each unit on Moodle. Four of these sets will be unit tests, with the fifth being a cumulative final exam. Each question is worth one point and I am looking for answers that address the question in a well developed response.
I will be holding a discussion session each week in the Agape World Fellowship virtual universe. This is an opportunity to ask questions, receive assistance, and discuss the weekly topic. You'll need to have the freely available AWF browser installed on your computer to access the virtual world. I'll post the location and time of each meeting on the weekly page and help people as necessary with access.
Anyone is welcome to follow along and read all the course material. Students are expected to be independent and willing to learn and listen with an open mind. You will also need to be proficient in the English language to succeed in this class. All students are expected to have read, understand, and abide by the Rights and Rules of Agape World Fellowship as well as binding instructions and orders issued by the AWF Board and/or leadership when in the AWF universe. A link to this document can be found in the Resources section of this page. you should immediately contact the Citizen Deacon or the Guardian on duty for clarification.
The course is expected to last ten weeks and has been divided into the following units. Materials and information for each week can be found on the page linked next to the corresponding week.
The Book of Signs
- Week 2: Gradual Revelation of Jesus
- Week 3: Replacement of institutions, reaction to Jesus
- Week 4: Replacement of Old Testament feasts, life and light
- Week 5: Lazarus
The Book of Glory
Review and Final Exam
- Week 10: Review for Final Exam
This course needs approval from the AWF Board to be offered, as it will be applicable to a AWF certificate program. People are welcome to follow along in the meantime, but this course won't officially start until approved. Once this course is approved, enrollment dates will be set for it. At that time, students will be able to enroll by signing up here and logging onto Moodle.
- Accessing the Agape World Fellowship Virtual Universe - A primer on accessing the universe which is where discussions will be held.
- Book of John - Article on the Gospel of John
- Geneva Study Bible. - Annotated version of the Bible
- Henry, Matthew. Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible - The six volume edition
- Henry, Matthew. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible - The one volume edition
- Just, Rev. Felix SJ, PhD. Outlines of the Fourth Gospel - Various outlines demonstrating the divisions and main concepts of the Gospel
- Rights and Rules - AWF official rules that all visitors and members must abide by.
- Roberts, Michael D. "The idea of truth as the revelation of covenant faithfulness in the Gospel of John". University of South Africa, July 2003. - Preface to a doctoral dissertation on the Gospel of John.