Opening John’s Gospel…

Not everyone gets excited about reference books…but I do!  Actually I think I like all things books.

I was delighted to  review  Opening John’s Gospel and Epistles by Philip Comfort and Wendell Hawley.  Originally this book contained only the Gospel of John but thankfully it has been expanded to include John’s three epistles.

I knew immediately I would like this book when I read the very first sentence from the preface:

For six years, early on Wednesday mornings, we laid the Gospel of John open before us to study it verse by verse.  We asked God to open our spiritual eyes to see Jesus afresh, and he was faithful time and again to reveal living truth to us.

The book begins with an introduction that includes authorship, purpose of the gospel, a portrait of John and key words used in the gospel.  Each section of the gospel has an expository introduction, key words and phrases and notes taken verse by verse.  The epistles are addressed in this same manner.

I don’t know how many times I have been reading the Bible and have wanted more commentary than my study notes provided.  I have often turned to other resources only to find that the particular verses were not included in my search.  Opening John’s Gospel and Epistles has notes for every single verse.

This book is geared towards pastors and teachers but I find that it is an excellent tool to aid in devotional reading.  I believe that this book will be a resource that I will return to for years to come.  The timing could not be more perfect as our church is studying I John for the next 3 1/2 months.   I hope that this writing  duo will consider other books to treat in this same manner.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary book to review on this blog.
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2 thoughts on “Opening John’s Gospel…

  1. Bo says:

    I got stuck in the gospel of John last year for about four months and I don’t think anything has impacted my faith, my love level and my “loved” level more than those months. This year, my husband has been going verse-by-verse through John and this morning marked six months and he was just telling me how he can feel and see the transformation happening. Powerful, powerful concepts tucked away in that book, I tell you! (P.S. How did I miss that you were steadily blogging again?) 🙂

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  2. What a great place to be stuck Bo!

    This year has been all about soaking and savoring God’s Presence and especially taking the time to take it slow in His Word…not being in such a rush and it has paid huge dividends in my life…not surprising!

    I am glad to see you here…google reader is the only way I can keep up with blogs and new posts…but come back and read the new posts…God has been teaching me a lot! I hope you are feeling better!

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