A Youth Worker's Commentary on John  -     By: Les Christie, David Nystrom
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A Youth Worker's Commentary on John

Zondervan / 2011 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0310670322
ISBN-13: 9780310670322
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 12/29/15.
Series: Youth Worker's Commentary

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Publisher's Description

When a youth pastor is preparing a lesson, it’s sometimes challenging to find a curriculum that really offers depth into the Scripture passages and goes beyond a cursory look at the text. A Youth Worker’s Commentary on John is the first in a new series of commentaries developed with youth workers in mind. An in-depth, yet readable approach to the gospel of John, this first volume includes commentary, word studies, personal and historical stories, and discussion questions that will help get students thinking and talking. The gospel of John is the most personal and revealing of all the portraits of Jesus in the New Testament. This commentary has the entire NIV biblical text printed alongside a rich, deep look into the meaning of this gospel. Youth workers will find this to be an invaluable aid for message and lesson preparation. They’ll get a solid understanding of the gospel of John, including its historical context, rationale, and meaning, to see how to apply what they uncover to the needs and issues the teens in their group are dealing with.

Author Bio

Les Christie (DMin, Trinity International University) is a national speaker and youth ministry veteran. He chairs the youth ministry department at William Jessup University, in Rocklin, California where he has taught the Gospel of John for the last 15 years, and is also an adjunct professor at Western Seminary. Les is the author of more than a dozen books, including  Awaken Your Creativity and When Church Kids Go Bad.

David Nystrom (PhD, University of California at Davis) is Provost and Sr. Vice President at Biola University. He is a specialist in Roman social history and in the New Testament. Dave is the author of dozens of articles and two books, The NIV Application Commentary: James, and The History of Christianity.


A Youth Worker's Commentary on John by Les Christie and David Nystrom helps teen readers understand one of the more complex books of the Bible the Gospel of John. The authors use down to earth language when discussing deep theological principles and obscure historical details. The result is a very understandable, applicable book that almost reads more like a devotional guide than a commentary. This book is Volume 1 of the commentary of John, spanning Chapters 1 through 8 of the gospel.

Each chapter takes one or more consecutive passages and delves into the linguistic, theological, historical, and cultural complexities of each verse or idea. If needed, the writers will cover a topic in depth that more experienced Christians might already understand, but they provide a level of explanation that is helpful to a teenager or someone new to Christianity. For example, the first chapter covers the Greek idea of Logos, the Word, for a few paragraphs, and the first reference to the Jewish leaders includes an overview of the Sanhedrin and its members, the Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots, and Essenes.

Whatever the subject, Christie and Nystrom clearly and concisely inform readers about it. Text boxes scattered throughout the chapters share anecdotes by the authors, excerpts from other commentaries and study guides, or quotes by Christian authors. In an effort to connect with youth, the authors will sometimes tie a pop culture reference to a theological point or complex issue. This can feel forced, but other times it is effective. In a never-ending effort to describe the Trinity, the book mentions how Tom Hanks played three different characters in the film The Polar Express. Also beyond traditional commentary, many chapters speak directly to a questioning reader who might be a new Christian. They may challenge a reader’s beliefs, address possible doubts, or simply preach the gospel.

At the end of each chapter, Christie and Nystrom include two lists of questions, titled, "Read Between the Lines" and "Welcome to My World." The first set mostly reviews the text, inviting those discussing the material in a group to offer their own wordings of the text or to share what they know about the topic. These are somewhat basic and repetitive. The “Welcome to My World” questions, on the other hand, offer spiritual and cultural challenges. They turn the conflicts that Bible characters faced onto readers. These questions would be good for private devotions or group discussions.

The commentary uses the 2011 edition of the NIV Bible, which differs in a few places from the 1984 edition. Often the book will refer to the Greek to clarify phrases that have changed from the old edition or that still have footnotes giving an alternate translation.

The introduction provides helpful background about the controversy of the gospel's authorship, John's life, and the differences between the Book of John and the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). A map of Israel is also included in the front. I highly recommend this resource for teens, young adults, or anyone teaching these two age groups. New Christians will also find it helpful. – Alexandra Mellen, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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