John may be the most artful and poetic of the gospels; it demands and rewards study of its literary shape, the power of its metaphors (eg - I am s), Jesus deep discourses, and the beauty of his unfolding passion throughout its chapters. Jesus, the Word made flesh, emerges powerfully and personally, so it is no surprise that John sums up his Gospel's message as so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name (John 20:31). John offers a theologically deep answer and a compelling historical narrative as to the identity and purpose of God's anointed Son.
This study guides you through what many consider to be the most artful and poetic of the gospels. Its portrait of the Word made flesh rewards careful study so that you may believe.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Kathleen Nielson holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in literature from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. from Wheaton College (Illinois). She has taught in the English departments at Vanderbilt University, Bethel College (Minnesota), and Wheaton College. She is the author of numerous Bible studies, and the book Bible Study: Following the Ways of the Word, as well as various articles and poems. Kathleen has directed and taught womens Bible studies at several churches and speaks extensively at conferences and retreats. She serves as director of womens initiatives for The Gospel Coalition and on the board of directors of The Charles Simeon Trust. Kathleen and her husband Niel (president of Covenant College 20022012, now leading an enterprise in global Christian education) have three sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law, and a growing number of grandchildren!
Because Kathleen Nielsen understands the structure and theology of Johns Gospel as it relates to its mastering theme, and because she ( a poet herself) is sensitive to Johns use of metaphor and nuanced expression, and because she is committed to letting the text speak for itself Dr. Nielsen provides a sure-footed guide through the fourth Gospel. Also, as an experienced Bible study teacher her work on John is easy to follow and full of engaging application. That You May Believe will be of rich benefit for all who for all who want to learn and live the Gospel of John.
Our office frequently is asked for solid, Word-based studies for women. And we are delighted to have the Living Word series to recommend. Kathleens love for and high view of Scripture result in careful treatment of the text that equips believers to be diligent Bible students. Dr. Nielsons expertise in literature helps us unwrap the rich imagery of Johns Gospel. The probing questions that dig below the surface more that merely, What do you think? challenge Gods people to grow in grace and encounter the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us.