NT354 The Book of John

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Course Description

This course hopes to bring transformation to our students through a verse-by-verse study of John’s gospel. It is designed to impart exegetical understanding leading to a Christ-focused passion through the text, for His glory. The book is recognized as the unique fourth gospel that offers a portrait of Jesus Christ like no other book of the Bible.

Course Objectives

  • Grow more in love with Jesus Christ, establishing a deeper knowledge of Him and intimacy with Him through the study of His Word.  The primary goal of this class and the CCSoD as a whole is to grow in your relationship with Jesus. 
  • Get an overview of the Gospel of John to know what it says and what makes it distinct from the synoptic gospels.
  • Learn the main principles and doctrines of John for believers in Jesus, to be able to better understand and defend your faith against attacks.
  • Learn the life and ministry of Jesus Christ Himself, as He is our ultimate example of how to follow God, love others, and serve others.

Course Requirements

Attendance/Participation – One aspect of grading will be based upon your attendance and participation during classes.  If you always come and share a little, you’ll do great!  Everyone is allowed one unexcused absence.

Homework –

  • Each week you will be required to read through the entire Gospel of John. 
  • There will be required reading and book reports from the book Living Water: The Power of the Holy Spirit in Your Life, by Pastor Chuck Smith, Costa Mesa, CA. The Word for Today, 2001. 

*This book can be purchased or found for free in pdf format at https://cciog.org/e-books2/

  • Other smaller assignments will be given during the course of the semester.

*All homework assignments are due on the designated date; there will be NO late homework accepted.

Midterm – We will have a Midterm paper due during the term on April 28th.  The topic will be one of the main themes of the gospel of John, chosen by the student.

Final – We will have a Final Exam at the end of the semester on June 23rd. It will be a review of the material taught throughout the entire class.  


Your grade in this class will be based upon the criteria above.  The percentages are as follows:                                        

            Attendance      = 10%                                    

            Homework      = 40%

            Midterm          = 20%

            Final                = 30%

Grading Scale

            97-100 A+                   77-79 C+                     Below 60 F

            93-96 A                       73-76 C                                  

            90-92 A-                     70-72 C-

            87-89 B+                     67-69 D+

            83-86 B                       63-66 D

            80-82 B-                      60-62 D-


Anyone who plagiarizes (i.e., presents as one’s own work something which has been taken from someone else) may receive an automatic failure on that piece of work and a warning. (Plagiarism can involve the taking of an idea or structure of a written work as well as the actual copying of what is written.) For a first-time offense, the student will receive a 0% grade for the paper with a 1-week grace period to rectify and correct the paper. If such corrections are made on time and to the standards of the course outline the result will be a grade maximum grade of 60%. A second offense of plagiarism will result in failure (“F”) for the final course grade.