Nov 25, 2018
JOHN | THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | GRACE TO FOLLOW THE SOVEREIGN SAVIOR
John’s Gospel ends with a return to the gritty reality of discipleship in a fallen world. Chapter 20 closes on a high note recording a true confession of Christ’s person and work and pronouncing the benefits that come from such blessed belief. In chapter 21, John returns his reader to an earthy perspective with gracious promises and demands. In this message, we shall consider the importance of Jesus’ reaffirmation and recommissioning of Peter and the personal call Christ makes to all His disciples. May God help us to lovingly follow the sovereign Savior, and may God nourish us by His word and keep us by His power.JOHN/ THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |GRACE TO FOLLOW THE SOVEREIGN SAVIOR
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  • Nov 25, 2018JOHN | THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | GRACE TO FOLLOW THE SOVEREIGN SAVIOR
    Nov 25, 2018
    JOHN | THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | GRACE TO FOLLOW THE SOVEREIGN SAVIOR
    John’s Gospel ends with a return to the gritty reality of discipleship in a fallen world. Chapter 20 closes on a high note recording a true confession of Christ’s person and work and pronouncing the benefits that come from such blessed belief. In chapter 21, John returns his reader to an earthy perspective with gracious promises and demands. In this message, we shall consider the importance of Jesus’ reaffirmation and recommissioning of Peter and the personal call Christ makes to all His disciples. May God help us to lovingly follow the sovereign Savior, and may God nourish us by His word and keep us by His power.JOHN/ THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |GRACE TO FOLLOW THE SOVEREIGN SAVIOR
  • Nov 18, 2018JOHN | THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BELIEVE AND PROCLAIM
    Nov 18, 2018
    JOHN | THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BELIEVE AND PROCLAIM
    John’s Gospel might be boiled down to a few potent proclamations, and John’s purpose statement is certainly one of the most important. It is clear that John wants his reader to believe in Jesus, and his desire is motivated by both the person of Christ and the gift Christ alone can give to those who believe. Both in John’s words and in his example, he calls his reader to believe in Jesus Christ and to proclaim life in His name to all who will believe. May God help us all to believe and proclaim. "JOHN | THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BELIEVE AND PROCLAIM"
  • Nov 11, 2018JOHN | THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE TRIUNE GOD
    Nov 11, 2018
    JOHN | THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE TRIUNE GOD
    In our day and in our modern American Evangelical culture, it is taboo to draw hard lines around doctrinal statements. Moreover, it is outright offensive to speak in dogmatic terms about high doctrines, especially those that seem too academic, too irrelevant, and/or too exclusive. The Christian doctrine of the Trinity is as high as doctrines get, and it is often avoided for all the reasons listed above. May God help us to see the wonder of God’s triunity, and may we know and love the triune God who reveals Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. "JOHN | THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE TRIUNE GOD"
  • Oct 28, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | RESURRECTION
    Oct 28, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | RESURRECTION
    Religious claims are (and should be) subject to scrutiny. The wise person will thoughtfully consider the origins, evidence, and implications of religious truth-claims. Christianity is built upon the foundation of truths which originate in God and become chiefly revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. In this message, we shall consider the extraordinary force of Christ’s resurrection throughout all space and time."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | RESURRECTION ".
  • Oct 14, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE AUTHENTIC SAVIOR
    Oct 14, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE AUTHENTIC SAVIOR
    Christianity, unlike many other religions in the world, is not a religion of personal subjectivity. It simply is not pragmatic. How one feels about Jesus, or the Bible’s truth claims, or Christians in the world today, has no bearing whatever on the legitimacy of Christianity. The short and direct question must be, “Is it true?” If what the Bible says about Jesus is true, then the argument is over. John, the Gospel-writer, exemplifies Christian witness by making historical truth claims about Jesus and then calling his reader to believe in Jesus. May God help us to follow John’s example."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE AUTHENTIC SAVIOR ".
  • Oct 7, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BEHOLD THE GLORIOUS CROSS
    Oct 7, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BEHOLD THE GLORIOUS CROSS
    From an earthly perspective, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ is a gripping display of human depravity and lamentable circumstances. Many have seen Jesus as a pitiable historical figure, and His courage in death has earned Him some acclaim. However, there is far more to see here than may first meet the eyes. In this message, we shall consider the Gospel-writer’s record, observing John’s use of deep biblical imagery and emphasis on prophetic fulfillment. May God help us to see the glory of Christ upon the cross!"JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BEHOLD THE GLORIOUS CROSS ".
  • Sep 30, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE SOVEREIGN GOD
    Sep 30, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE SOVEREIGN GOD
    In Jesus’ final hours, we see Him beaten, mocked, and crucified. We hear a cacophony of malicious voices, demanding Christ’s degradation and murder. And yet, in the midst of all of this, Jesus thunders a powerful word of stabilizing clarity. He claims divine sovereignty over all of these events and actions. In this message, we shall observe the scene in John 19, and consider the words of divine sovereignty Jesus speaks."JOHN : THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE SOVEREIGN GOD".
  • Sep 23, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | A DEMANDING INVITATION
    Sep 23, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | A DEMANDING INVITATION
    What does Jesus invite sinners to do? This is a good question to consider, especially for those familiar with the churchy language of an “invitation.” We would also do well to consider the tone or the posture of Christ’s invitation to sinners. In this message, we shall see the bitter irony of religious and political obsessions, and we shall also see a piercing invitation from Christ’s own mouth. We shall observe that Christ’s invitation is exceedingly gracious and superlatively demanding. "JOHN_ THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE _A DEMANDING INVITATION".
  • 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".