Notice in the Bible we refer to the following:
Book - John (there are many different "books" in the one book of the Bible),
Chapter - Normally found as a big numeric heading. John has 21 chapters,
Verse - a segment usually about a sentence long.
The chapter and verse markings were added to the text as a handy index about 800 years ago. They are the same in virtually every different translation.
Here's a link to John chapter 1. You can also compare the text in several different languages and translations.
If you want a copy of John's Gospel in print, we're happy to meet you around the Mizzou campus and put one into your hand!
1. John introduces us to a transcendent and creative God. Why is this an important concept?
2. Verse 14 speaks of this eternal Word of God becoming flesh. What challenges or comfort do you find when thinking about a God who can be a human?
3. Verse 12 gives an important promise. Why does it matter?
4. Verses 19-51 show Jesus, the Word made flesh, gathering disciples to be with him and learn from him. What is special about his work?
5. Verse 29 identifies Jesus as the one who can take away sin, all the bad things which fall short of God's standard. Why is this important? Does it matter to you?
Be sure to ask your questions and share your ideas in the comments for this post!