The Apostle John Curriculum

The Apostle John

A Rooted Yearlong Curriculum – $225

This 32-lesson curriculum walks students through John’s gospel and John’s letters, giving students countless narrative pictures of what it means to believe in Jesus and to walk with Him.

  • 123 John

    Written by Mac Harris, Edited by Elisabeth Elliott Hayes

  • John

    Written by Edited by Dr. Ben Birdsong, Edited by Elisabeth Elliott Hayes




    • Lesson 18: A Parting Gift (Jn 13:1-39)
    • Lesson 19: Preparing a Room (Jn 14:1-31)
    • Lesson 20: The Vine and the Branches (Jn 15:1-17)
    • Lesson 21: Joy Comes in the Morning (Jn 15:18-16:33)
    • Lesson 22: Jesus’ Prayer for His Followers (Jn 17:1-26)
    • Lesson 23: Justice Denied (Jn 18:1-40)
    • Lesson 24: The Road to the Cross (Jn 19:1-42)
    • Lesson 25: Raised to New Life (Jn 20:1-31)



Mac Harris, Writer

After graduating from Davidson College, where he studied history and religious studies, Mac Harris worked for a year as a Charlotte Fellow. He interned in the youth ministries at two churches, both in Birmingham, AL. He currently serves as Assistant Coordinator of Youth and Families at Hope Community Church while working towards his M.Div at RTS Charlotte. An avid Alabama football fan, Mac also enjoys fly fishing, ultimate frisbee, and Bojangles’ fried chicken.

Dr. Ben Birdsong, Writer

Dr. Ben Birdsong serves as a writer, speaker, and minister based in Birmingham, Alabama. Ben has served in student ministry for 12 years both in local church and the para-church settings. He is the author of the devotional Words from the Cross: 7 Statements to Transform Your Life. Ben has bachelors degrees in Marketing and Human Resource Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a Masters of Divinity degree from Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry focusing in Ministry to Emerging Generations from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Ben is married to Liz, who teaches middle school English/Language Arts and serves as a cheerleading coach. He enjoys reading, writing, watching movies, and good conversations over a drink at Starbucks. You can learn more about Ben at

Elisabeth Elliott Hayes, Editor

Elisabeth Elliott Hayes worked in student ministry for 7 years – first as a youth minister in Birmingham, Alabama, and later as Director of Spiritual Formation at Nicaragua Christian Academy in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. She has been involved with Rooted since its humble beginnings in 2010. Elisabeth holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a ThM in Theology and Ethics from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. She loves to travel, cook, garden, and explore Richmond with her friends and her husband, Will. 

Rooted’s Scope & Sequence

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All the lessons you need for your students’ entire time in your ministry — from brand new middle schooler to high school graduate. Whether you choose to walk through the Bible chronologically or you’d rather stick with a developmental stage approach, we have both plans written out for you, free of charge! Download the Scope & Sequence Plans for free, and purchase all the included curriculum in the Scope and Sequence Bundle to get started.


“Unlike some of the other Student Ministry curriculum we have used that tries to cover the entire Bible in a year, Rooted allows us to carefully and exegetically walk through books of the Bible at our own pace. We truly enjoy the fact that Rooted has many options that allow us to pick the books of the Bible that we want to study for the year. We love how engaged our students have become with the Holy Scriptures, the lesson, and each other.”

James Neumeyer | Youth Pastor | Southern Oaks Baptist Church


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What will students learn from 1 John, 2 John, and 3 John?

John’s letters are written to Christians in the early church who have just experienced a schism. A group of their brothers and sisters left the church, claiming to have a new, better morality and belief system. There was immense confusion for the early Christians, and for some of them, pressure to follow those who left. 

Our students are surrounded by loud, competing voices claiming to hold the truth. In our current “cancel culture,” there is more pressure than ever before for our students to hold a morality and belief system—religious or otherwise—that is acceptable to their peers and to the broader society. When what students read in Scripture and hear in church conflicts with those cultural norms, it can leave students feeling deep confusion, and in some cases, pressure to leave the church behind. 

John’s letters ground students in the truth that was, is, and always will be true. He reminds them that claims of new, enlightened belief systems may seem easier to digest, but they are not complete. John takes us back to the basics and calls us to remember what we knew in the beginning to be true.

What will students learn from the Gospel of John?

John’s gospel demonstrates to students that Jesus truly is the Son of God and Savior of the world and that Jesus wants to be their Savior as well. 

Students’ deepest longing is for a relationship with Jesus. He is the One who defines their identity, shows them what it looks like to be known, shows them what it looks like to be loved, and leads them to rest securely as His child. John compels his original readers, and our students in turn, to believe in Jesus and have new life through a relationship with Him. 

John’s gospel gives students countless narrative pictures of what it means to believe in Jesus and to walk with Him. This book reminds students that life in the Kingdom is not what the crowds around us expect it to be. Jesus is constantly surprising us with the unexpected nature of the Kingdom of God, and he is met with a lot of pushback because of it. Students can expect the same as they walk with Him.