I posted an outline of the Gospel of John in Russian a few days ago. You can find the English version below and as a PDF on the page devoted to John’s Gospel.
Gospel of John Outline
Prologue: 1: 1-18 The eternal Word enters the world.
Part 1: Testimony and Signs (1:19 – 12:50)
1:19-34: John testifies Jesus is the Son of God.
1:35-51: Jesus Gains Followers.
From Cana to Cana, signs 1-3. (2:1 – 4:54)
2:1-12: 1st sign, water into wine.
2:13-22: 2nd sign, Clearing & Establishing the Temple.
2:23-3:21: Nicodemus, re-birth to eternal life.
3:22-36: John’s last testimony.
4:1-26: Messiah offers living water to Samaria.
4:27-42: Samaritan Belief & Testimony.
4:43-54: 3rd sign, healing a Nobleman’s Son.
Below is a preaching outline/manuscript (with explanatory comments) for Revelation 5. I recently preached on this passage in a couple different churches, and this outline served as the framework for each sermon. Even though I don’t read my sermons, I prefer an outline that is more like a full manuscript. For me, the process of writing it out solidifies the best way to say it, making it easier to remember.
Notes on the outline: * I put the sermon texts (ESV) in italics because it makes it easier to glance down and find my place in the outline as I work through the text. * For the same reason, section headings are in bold, as well as important points. * I often underline lists of examples/points/thoughts. * Things in parentheses are not in my original outline but are explanatory notes for the benefit of people reading this blog.
*INTRODUCTION: (Tailor to each church.)
*CONTEXT: Revelation chs. 1-3 contain messages to 7 churches of the apostle John’s day. But in Revelation 4:1, the message turns to a vision about things in the future. Revelation 4:1: After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” John is brought into the heavenly throne room of God and is shown a vision of the last days of human history!
Revelation 5:1-4 Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4 and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it.