You’re someone who needs depth and meaning when you study Bible stories! Your soul will resonate with the book of John.
Have you been curious to learn more about the history and meaning of Jesus’ life and how it applies to you?Do you want to dive deeper into doctrine?The first four books of the New Testament are known as the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Each book tells us about the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.Originally written in Greek, the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are referred to as the synoptic Gospels because they include many of the same stories, often in a similar sequence and in similar or sometimes identical wording. They stand in contrast to John, a Gnostic gospel, whose content is largely distinct.The Gospel of John might be the perfect place to start if you want to know Jesus, the man, and how he is described as equal to God. John begins with a poetic hymn that tells the story of Jesus's origin, mission, and function. John says that Jesus is the incarnated Word of God, bringing “grace and truth”. Originally written in Greek, the Book of John is known as a 2nd-century Sethian Gnostic Christian text of secret teachings. “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written 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 20:30-31Originally written in Greek, The gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are referred to as the synoptic Gospels because they include many of the same stories, often in a similar sequence and in similar or sometimes identical wording. They stand in contrast to John, a Gnostic gospel, whose content is largely distinct.“God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.” - the apostle JohnThree tips for digging deeper into the four gospels...1. Prayer and MeditationMeditation can reduce anxiety and enhance mental clarity. Setting aside the same time every day, before you study, can calm your nervous system, rewire neural pathways and set you up to get the most out of this beautiful sacred text. It is only with faith in the unseen and the absolute present moment that we find true peace and happiness.“Prayer is talking to God, meditation is listening” Edgar CayceHere is a simple way to introduce meditation into your daily life.Find a quiet place and set aside the same time every day. Phone on mute!light a candle or some incense, create a personal ritual.it’s just you and the Divine here. Use our YouTube channel’s guided meditations. You could also choose calming frequency music or nature sounds, see what you like best. Now, set a timer, dim the lights and sink into your prayer and meditation.2. Choose a Bible translation.There are, to date, 450 translations of the Bible in English. That can be a little overwhelming to navigate on your own. At Daniel Richards Agency we’ve taken the guesswork out of it for you.Take the 2 minute assessment called “Which Bible version is for you?”Visit our online resource shop:Daniel Richards, Genesis Book Shop to see excerpts from over 150 different Bible versions and study guides.Examples of a verse from two different versions:John 6, from - New International Version (NIV) says: “Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples... When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, "Gather the pieces that are leftover.”And John 6 in The Message says it like this:Jesus said—“I am the Bread of Life. The person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirsts no more, ever.”This example shows how different it can be to read and interpret the same passage of ancient teachings. In my study buddy system, we often cross-reference between versions to get the most out of them.3. Join our online communityCommunity is everything when walking a faith-based path. Yes, you are on a deeply personal walk but you are also called to commune with others in Love, as brothers and sisters.Join our private group on SHINE CHRISTIAN SOCIAL NETWORK (the Facebook alternative for Christians),Or our monthly intensive buddy study at Daniel Richards International Church. Find your people!Let me introduce myself!Hello armchair theologian, I’m Daniel Richards 👋 Pastor, counselor, and key-note speaker. I’ve made it my life’s work to simplify the four gospels of the Bible: Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John. I’m here to show you how they apply to YOUR life!Yep, you heard right — the gospels can give you insight into your unique struggles and circumstances. I have given hundreds of people the guidance they need to live more fully in the Word of God. Think you could use a little extra support? Book a free 15-minute clarification call! 🙌 Together, we’ve got this 🙌Looking for a few more resources? Fill up on these...1. Get exclusive access to our interactive library of study materials.Thousands of digital booklets and manuals at the click of a button. All yours to explore, updated monthly, trust me you’ll never run out!2. Download my favorite guided meditations. It doesn’t have to be rocket science to learn how to meditate. Let me get you started!3. Schedule a free 15-minute consultation with me or my team. You can fill me in on your unique circumstances and decide if we’d make a good fit. Schedule your phone call, you’ve got nothing to lose!P.S. Expect to see me in your inbox, weekly, with insights and support for your spiritual journey.In Love and brotherhood,Daniel