I’m starting a new study of the Gospel of John, so I thought I may as well post some of my work here as I go. This is just an outline and some other stuff like that. Nothing earth-shattering — yet! I hope this is helpful to someone out there, though.
Outline of the Gospel of John
I. Jesus’ Introduction to the World 1:1-18 A. The Logos 1:1-4 B. John the Baptist’s Identity 1:5-8 C. The Word made flesh 1:9-18 D. John the Baptist’s Testimony 1:19 - 34 E. Jesus calls His disciples 1:35 - 51 II. Jesus’ Manifestation to the Nation 2:1-12:50 A. Beginning Public Ministry 1. Miracle 1: Water to Wine 2:1-12 2. Jesus cleanses the temple 2:13-25 3. Discourse 1: with Nicodemus 3:1-21 4. John the Baptist exalts Jesus 3:22-36 5. Jesus and the Samaritan Woman 4:1-45 6. Miracle 2: Jesus Heals an Official’s Son 4:46-54 B. Contentious Public Ministry 1. Miracle 3: Healing at the Pool 5:1-47 a. Miracle 5:1-47 b. Discourse 2: Sent from the Father 5:19-47 2. Miracle 4: Jesus Feeds 5000 John 6:1-71 a. Miracle 6:1-15 b. (Miracle 5: Disciples and Jesus cross lake) John 6:16-21 c. Discourse 3: Bread of Life 6:22-71 3. Discourse 4: Living Water (at Feast of Booths) 7:1-53 4. Woman Caught in Adultery 8:1-11 5. Discourse 5: Light of the World 8:1-59 6. Miracle 6: Blind Man Healed 9:1-41 7. Discourse 6a: The Good Shepherd 10:1-21 8. Discourse 6b: I and the Father are one 10:22-42 9. Miracle 7: Lazarus Raised 11:1-57 C. Final Public Ministry 12:1-50 1. Mary Anoints Jesus 12:1-8 2. Murderous plots 12:9-11 3. Triumphal Entry 12:12-19 4. Discourse 7: Lifted Up from the Earth 12:20-50 III. Jesus’ Final Teaching to Disciples 13-17 A. Foot Washing 13:1-20 B. Jesus’ Departure 13:21-38 C. Jesus, the Way 14:1-14 D. Promise of the Holy Spirit 14:15-31 E. Vine and Branches 15:1-17 F. World hates you 15:18-16:3 G. The work of the Holy Spirit 16:4-15 H. Coming changes will turn out joyfully 16:16-33 I. Jesus intercession 17 IV. Jesus’ Passion and Resurrection 18-20 A. arrest 18:1-11 B. trial and denial 18:12-19:16 C. crucifixion 19:17-37 D. burial 19:38-42 E. resurrection 20:1-29 V. Epilog A. Purpose of book 20:30-31 B. Breakfast with Jesus 21:1-14 C. Peter restored 21:15-23 D. Ending statements 21:24-25
Jesus’ public discourses in the Gospel of John
|2||Jewish Leaders||Jesus sent from Father||5:19-47|
|3||Hungry Followers||Bread of Life||6:22-71|
|4||Jewish Nation||Living Water||7:1-53|
|5||Jewish Leaders||Light of the World||8:1-59|
|6||Jewish Leaders||The Good Shepherd||10:1-42|
|7||Jewish Nation||Lifted Up from Earth||12:20-50|
I think it is very helpful to have a big picture understanding of a book as you study it, so you can see the relation of the details to the larger picture better. Also, it is nice to ponder the overall flow of a book and the reasons why one section leads to another. There are only 7 miracles mentioned in Jesus’ public ministry in John’s gospel, and we know from the text that he picked a few for specific reasons (John 20:30). So this is a clue that we can ask why these particular miracles were included in the flow of the book. That is the kind of thing I’ll be looking for as we go.