Sep 16, 2018
JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE CUP IS EMPTY
The first question of the Heidelberg catechism is, “What is your only comfort in life and death?” This is a good question, indeed! How would you answer? Well, the writers begin their answer, saying, “That I, with body and soul, both in life and in death, am not my own, but belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ, who, with His precious blood has fully satisfied for all my sins...” In this message, we shall consider the “cup” which Christ consumed for His people at the cross. We shall marvel at the substitutionary work of Christ, and we shall praise Him that the cup is empty. "JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE CUP IS EMPTY".
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  • Sep 16, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE CUP IS EMPTY
    Sep 16, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE CUP IS EMPTY
    The first question of the Heidelberg catechism is, “What is your only comfort in life and death?” This is a good question, indeed! How would you answer? Well, the writers begin their answer, saying, “That I, with body and soul, both in life and in death, am not my own, but belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ, who, with His precious blood has fully satisfied for all my sins...” In this message, we shall consider the “cup” which Christ consumed for His people at the cross. We shall marvel at the substitutionary work of Christ, and we shall praise Him that the cup is empty. "JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE CUP IS EMPTY".
  • Sep 9, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE GREATEST PRAYER
    Sep 9, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE GREATEST PRAYER
    If you could hear Jesus pray for you, what would you expect to hear? Would He pray for your health? How about your safety? Maybe your family relationships? Surely, Jesus cares about the ills of your community’s, your state’s, and your nation’s interests? It seems as though Christ cares about all of these things, but His chief concern is for the preservation, mission, and goal of His people in the world. In this message, we shall consider Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer, and we shall observe and apply the profound contents of the greatest prayer ever prayed.""JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE GREATEST PRAYER".
  • Aug 19, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | FROM SORROW TO JOY
    Aug 19, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | FROM SORROW TO JOY
    The Bible shows us a picture of awful sorrow, and it gives us hope for lasting joy in the midst of troubling times. In fact, Jesus speaks directly to the plight of His disciples, dealing with real sorrow and speaking of never-ending joy. In this we may learn that joy is found, not in avoiding sorrow, but by pressing into God through Christ, eagerly awaiting the fullness of His promises in the gospel."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | FROM SORROW TO JOY ".
  • Aug 12, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE COMING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
    Aug 12, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE COMING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
    On the last night of Jesus’ earthly ministry, Jesus was preparing His disciples for His departure from them. His hope-filled encouragement was misunderstood by those disciples, because they were focused on how much they wanted Jesus to stay with them. However, Jesus was on a mission much bigger than those several men, and Jesus was telling them that He was on His way to fulfill an ancient promise from God about a new and eternal covenant. The monumental promise of God’s Spirit with His people is Jesus’ focal point in our passage here, and we shall consider the deep and impactful meaning of this promise and its fulfillment."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE COMING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ".
  • Aug 5, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BEING CHRISTIAN IN THIS WORLD
    Aug 5, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BEING CHRISTIAN IN THIS WORLD
    What do you want in this world? Do you hope for a quiet life of moderate success? Do you eagerly strive for the brass ring, longing to achieve more than most? Do you desire stability, safety, longevity, or something else? What has God promised to Christians in this world? The testimony of the Bible and the history of Christianity shows that this world is not a friend but an enemy to Christ and His followers. In this message, we shall consider Christ’s unsavory promise in John 15:18-16:4 regarding the hate-filled world and Christ’s call for Christians to faithfully bear witness to Christ amidst the hostility."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BEING CHRISTIAN IN THIS WORLD ".
  • Jun 24, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BLESSINGS & MARKS OF THE TRUE CHRISTIAN
    Jun 24, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BLESSINGS & MARKS OF THE TRUE CHRISTIAN
    We know that God’s gracious love extends to the whole world (Jn. 3:16; Matt. 5:43-48). This fact is a great comfort and a warm encouragement to those who may feel unlovable. However, this doctrine of God’s universal love is sometimes presumed to be scarcely different from God’s distinct and Fatherly love for His children (1 Jn. 3:1, 4:9–10). It is a mistake to think that God’s love for each person is exactly the same. In this message, we shall consider the promises Jesus made to His disciples in John 14 and the special way in which Jesus distinguished His disciples from the world."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BLESSINGS & MARKS OF THE TRUE CHRISTIAN".
  • Jun 17, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE ONLY SAVIOR
    Jun 17, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE ONLY SAVIOR
    In the gospel, we may learn that God Himself has come to earth in order to rescue guilty sinners from their helpless estate. In Christ, God offers sinners a singular pathway by which they may enter into life itself. The claim is profound, the offer is gracious, and the promise is a great comfort to any who will acknowledge their own thorough weakness. In this message, we shall consider Jesus’ exclusive claim and gracious plea in John 14."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE ONLY SAVIOR".
  • Jun 3, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |LOVE ONE ANOTHER
    Jun 3, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |LOVE ONE ANOTHER
    God is love. Such a statement is profoundly true, and it has a marked effect on Christians. It is not unusual for people to want or to express love, but it is unusual for people in this world to experience the kind of love God defines. Like many of God’s attributes, we see the fullest expression of God’s love in Christ. Furthermore, Christ calls and empowers His disciples (i.e. Christians) to love like Jesus loves. In this message, we shall consider Jesus’ command to ‘love one another’ in the context of the local church family."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | LOVE ONE ANOTHER".
  • May 27, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |LIGHT SHINES IN THE DARKNESS
    May 27, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |LIGHT SHINES IN THE DARKNESS
    In Jesus’ final hours, we see Him troubled by the darkness surrounding Him. One of His closest friends betrayed Him unto death, and the devil himself takes on a personal assaulting role. Jesus seems utterly alone and victimized as the night intensifies. However, Jesus is not merely a passive sufferer. No, right in the midst of this deepest darkness, Christ makes Himself known as the God of light. In this message, we shall consider God’s sovereign rule over darkness and light, and we shall marvel at the God who does all these things."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | LIGHT SHINES IN THE DARKNESS".
  • May 20, 2018JOHN-THAT-YOU-MAY-BELIEVE | CHRIST’S INSUFFERABLE EXAMPLE
    May 20, 2018
    JOHN-THAT-YOU-MAY-BELIEVE | CHRIST’S INSUFFERABLE EXAMPLE
    In the final days of Jesus’ earthly ministry, He seems to have concentrated His time and attention upon His closest disciples. In John’s Gospel, we read about an evening meal during which Jesus took on an awkward task. Jesus – the Son of God, the Holy One of Israel, the Messiah of old – dressed Himself as a lowly servant and did a humiliating chore. In washing the feet of His disciples, He was illustrating His posture in all-of-life and calling His disciples to follow His example. In this message, we shall consider the summons Christ gives to His followers and the implications for Christian living.JOHN-THAT-YOU-MAY-BELIEVE | CHRIST’S INSUFFERABLE EXAMPLE