Module 3: Gospel of John

New Testament Course Spring 2018

Los Angeles School of Missions and Ministry

Dr. Nick Zola, Dr. Gregg Marutzky, Dr. John Oakes and Reese Neyland

February 23-24, 2018 (Friday & Saturday)

Course Description: The book of John is unique among the four gospels and provides a rich description of Jesus Christ from a different perspective than the Synoptics. This course will provide an understanding of the content of each of the chapters in the book along with the various themes and motifs. The historical context and background will be discussed along with the many Jewish festivals described in the gospel. Students will be able to teach and inspire believers and non-believers to believe in the deity of Jesus following the course. The Christian confession of faith is to believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that Jesus is Lord. This course will provide in-depth teaching to confirm the confession of disciples. 

Dr. Gregg Marutzky will provide the content for each chapter while Dr. Nick Zola will dive deep into the historical background, first world context, the Johannine community, and challenging textual issues. Dr. John Oakes will explain the Jewish festivals and their connection to the Christian message. Reese Neyland will provide exposition of the way Jesus motivated the disciples for ministry. 

This course is part of the Certificate in Practical Evangelism from the LA School of Missions and Ministry which is a three-year program. An Advanced Certificate in other specialties including Campus Ministry, Youth and Family Ministry, Missions, Pastoral Counseling, Old Testament, New Testament, Church Leadership, Church Growth, Discipleship, Hebrew, Greek and Spiritual Formation are also being developed.


Course Dates, Times and Location: The course will be held on Friday and Saturday on February 23-24 at the Lighthouse Building, 3508 East Temple Way, West Covina, CA 91791 from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm both days. 


Cost: The cost for the course will be $200/student for tuition. Text books will be required and purchased by the students. Housing and transportation will be the responsibility of the student. 


Required Textbooks:

  1. deSilva, David A. An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2004.


  1. Culpepper, R. Alan. The Gospel and Letters of John. Interpreting Biblical Texts. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1998.


Pre-class Assignments:

  1. Please read the chapter on the Gospel of John (pp. 391-448) in David A. deSilva, An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation (Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2004).
    • If you took the NT Introduction course, you should own this book already
    • If you did not, it is worth purchasing. However, I am including a scan of just this chapter so you can read it ahead of time (see attached).
  1. Then read the Gospel of John itself. Since you have probably read John before, it will be better to read deSilva’s chapter first, so that you can gain new insights in your reading of John after having read his overview. Preferably, read the Gospel of John in a translation that you are not used to reading, like the NRSV or the NASB. 
  1. Then read chapter 4 (pp. 62-86) of R. Alan Culpepper, The Gospel and Letters of John (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1998).
    • Optional reading: If you want some better appreciation of the authorship and community behind the Gospel of John and the Johannine Letters, also read chapters 2 and 3. We will go over this together in class.
    • More optional reading: You can also read the rest of this book as you read the Gospel of John. Each chapter serves as a mini-commentary on John from a narrative and theological perspective. 


Additional References:

I recommend you purchase at least one good commentary on John to consult in preparation for preaching and teaching. Here are a few worthwhile commentaries (of many):


Beasley-Murray, George R. John. Word Biblical Commentary 36. Waco: Word, 1987.

Brant, Jo-Ann A. John. Paideia. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011. 

Burge, Gary M. John. NIV Application Commentary Series. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000.

Neyrey, Jerome H. The Gospel of John. New Cambridge Bible Commentary. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Smith, D. Moody. John. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1999.


If you really want to dive in, here are some longer and/or more technical commentaries:

Brown, Raymond E. The Gospel according to John: Introduction, Translation, and Notes. 2 vols. Anchor Bible 29-29A. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1966.

Bruner, Frederick Dale. The Gospel of John: A Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012.

Keener, Craig S. The Gospel of John: A Commentary. 2 vols. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 2003.

Thompson, Marianne Meye. John: A Commentary. New Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2015.