Writing Prompts

John 1

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2He was with God in the beginning.

3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  4In him was life, and that life was the light of men.  5The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

6There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John.  7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe.  8He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.  9The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.

10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.  11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.  12Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 2

13When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and other sitting at tables exchanging money. 15So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!”

John 3

13No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. 14Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

16“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

John 4

13Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life”

John 5

28“Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29and come out—those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned. 30By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

John 6

35Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.  He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.  36But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.  37All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.  38For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.  39And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.  40For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

John 7

25At that point some of the people of Jerusalem began to ask, “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill? 26Here he is speaking publicly, and they are not saying a word to him. Have the authorities really concluded that his is the Christ? 27But we know where this man 9s from; when the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.”

John 8

12When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 9

39Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”

John 10

11“I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  12The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep.  So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away.  Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.  13The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

14“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.  16I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen.  I must bring them also.  They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.

John 11

25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?”

John 12

12The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13They took palm branches and went out to meet him shouting,

“Hosanna!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Blessed is the King of Israel!”

John 13

12When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet…”

John 14

6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  7If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well.  From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

John 15

5“I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  6If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.  8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

9“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.  Now remain in my love.  10If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.  11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.  12My command is this:  Love each other as I have loved you.  13Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.  14You are my friends if you do what I command.

John 16

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 17

1After Jesus said this he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son that your Son may glorify you. 2For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent…”

John 18

36Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place”

John 19

19Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZERETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin, and Greek. 21The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews”

22Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

John 20

30Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31But these are written 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 21

25Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

 


“Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright (c) 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.”


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