Nov 26, 2017
JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BENEFITS FROM BLINDNESS
Most people usually do not enjoy talking about or even admitting their weaknesses. “Ask me about what I can do, not what I cannot.” However, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is only good news to those who realize that they are helplessly weak. The beauty of the Gospel is also the offense of it. In this message, we shall observe Jesus healing a man born blind, and we shall consider the intended metaphor for spiritual eyes. May God grant us grace to admit our blindness, and may He give us new eyes to see. "JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BENEFITS FROM BLINDNESS".
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  • Nov 26, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BENEFITS FROM BLINDNESS
    Nov 26, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BENEFITS FROM BLINDNESS
    Most people usually do not enjoy talking about or even admitting their weaknesses. “Ask me about what I can do, not what I cannot.” However, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is only good news to those who realize that they are helplessly weak. The beauty of the Gospel is also the offense of it. In this message, we shall observe Jesus healing a man born blind, and we shall consider the intended metaphor for spiritual eyes. May God grant us grace to admit our blindness, and may He give us new eyes to see. "JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BENEFITS FROM BLINDNESS".
  • Nov 19, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE HUMBLE & GLORIOUS JUDGE
    Nov 19, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE HUMBLE & GLORIOUS JUDGE
    Many people have a favorite memory of those loved ones who have died. We all like to remember certain things about people we know, and we may even create nicknames based on a single experience with a friend. All of this is good fun, and it is often a helpful way to enjoy our relationships with others. However, Jesus Christ deserves more than a passing memory or thought. He is supremely glorious, mercifully humble, and incomparably holy. Though we may be tempted toward a flat picture of Jesus, we shall observe in this passage that Jesus is much too glorious for such a childish view."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE HUMBLE & GLORIOUS JUDGE".
  • Nov 5, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | FREEDOM TO OBEY
    Nov 5, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | FREEDOM TO OBEY
    In our American culture, individual freedom and personal autonomy seems to be a chief concern. While some Americans are interested in limiting the freedoms of others, no one wants to limit their own. The last great sin among us is making any absolute claim that would obligate someone to conform themselves to a standard. Even in Christianity, people often assume that Christ offers this kind of freedom – personal autonomy. Christ sets sinners free... doesn’t He? In this message, we will consider how Christ defines freedom and what true discipleship looks like."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | FREEDOM TO OBEY".
  • Sep 24, 2017JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __A GOSPEL OF WARNING AND HOPE
    Sep 24, 2017
    JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __A GOSPEL OF WARNING AND HOPE
    Positive affirmations of faith are generally well-received in our pluralistic American culture. You can believe anything you want, and there will likely be very little criticism leveled against you. However, if you not only believe the positive affirmation, but also commit yourself to the negative rejection as well, then you have stepped over the line of acceptability. The only thing you cannot do is believe something or someone is wrong. Yet, Jesus doesn’t play by our subjective rules. He flatly preaches a Gospel that warns the one who rejects it, while it promises hope to the one who believes it. In this message, we shall consider the biblical Gospel, the Gospel of both warning and hope."JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __A GOSPEL OF WARNING AND HOPE ".
  • Sep 17, 2017JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __TRUE LIGHT IN A DARK WORLD
    Sep 17, 2017
    JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __TRUE LIGHT IN A DARK WORLD
    Light is a common symbol, but it is so very much more than that. Light is a great metaphor because it is also quite useful and transformational. Light is not merely functional, like a simple tool for doing this task or that; light also affects the emotions and the perspective. Seeing what lies ahead is important, so that one may avoid the obstacles or pitfalls, but darkness alone carries some perils and fears. The Bible makes great use of the language of ‘light,’ and Jesus makes a dramatic statement amid a vivid scene that deserves our attention. In this message, we shall look as intently as we can at Christ – the light of life."JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __TRUE LIGHT IN A DARK WORLD ".
  • Sep 10, 2017JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __OUR TENACIOUSLY RELIABLE BIBLE
    Sep 10, 2017
    JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __OUR TENACIOUSLY RELIABLE BIBLE
    Christianity is a religion based on real historical events, and it fundamentally depends upon the written record of those events and God’s message of explanation concerning them. For nearly two millennia, Christians have believed that the Bible is the divinely inspired and authoritative record of God’s self-disclosure. While there are varying details in the descriptions of what this means and how it plays out, orthodox Christianity has never discounted its dependence upon the Bible. In this message, we will consider the reliability of the Bible we have today and our need for one another regarding the broader community of faith (both today and throughout history)."JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __OUR TENACIOUSLY RELIABLE BIBLE ".
  • Aug 27, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | Jesus, The Christ provided by The Father PART 2
    Aug 27, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | Jesus, The Christ provided by The Father PART 2
    Could it be that Jesus is really the Christ? So much is packed into this question, and particularly the title of “Christ.” The Christ is a figure mentioned in numerous prophecies throughout the Old Testament, and it is the culmination of various aspects of prophetic fulfillment. The Christ (the Anointed One or Messiah) is one who would be a prophet like no one else, a king whose rule would tower over all others, and a priest who would supersede all priestly servants. In this message, Barry Ward draws upon the ancient prophecies concerning this unique character and calls upon today’s hearer to respond with belief and trust in the one man who proved Himself to be “the Christ.”"JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __Jesus, The Christ provided by The Father PART 2 ".
  • Aug 27, 2017JOHN : THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | Jesus, The Christ provided by The Father PART 1
    Aug 27, 2017
    JOHN : THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | Jesus, The Christ provided by The Father PART 1
    Could it be that Jesus is really the Christ? So much is packed into this question, and particularly the title of “Christ.” The Christ is a figure mentioned in numerous prophecies throughout the Old Testament, and it is the culmination of various aspects of prophetic fulfillment. The Christ (the Anointed One or Messiah) is one who would be a prophet like no one else, a king whose rule would tower over all others, and a priest who would supersede all priestly servants. In this message, Barry Ward draws upon the ancient prophecies concerning this unique character and calls upon today’s hearer to respond with belief and trust in the one man who proved Himself to be “the Christ.”"JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __Jesus, The Christ provided by The Father ".
  • Aug 13, 2017JOHN :THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |JESUS IS HIGHER, TRUER, AND PERFECT
    Aug 13, 2017
    JOHN :THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |JESUS IS HIGHER, TRUER, AND PERFECT
    "JOHN :THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | JESUS IS HIGHER, TRUER, AND PERFECT ".
  • Jul 23, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |TRUE LOVE IN A HATEFUL WORLD
    Jul 23, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |TRUE LOVE IN A HATEFUL WORLD
    When the average non-Christian person hears the Gospel of Jesus Christ, hatred is probably not going to be the word that best describes their reaction. Apathy, confusion, curiosity, excitement, or a host of other words might more readily be applicable to what is likely to be perceived. However, Jesus dropped a bombshell (as He commonly does) when He said, “the world hates me” (Jn. 7:7). In this message, we shall consider the meaning of this statement and Jesus’ truly loving commitment to sinners among a hateful world. Furthermore, we shall attempt to embrace the love Jesus offers and the example He has put forth."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | TRUE LOVE IN A HATEFUL WORLD ".