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".
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  • 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".
  • Sep 2, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | PEACE AMID TRIBULATION
    Sep 2, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | PEACE AMID TRIBULATION
    In this message, we shall consider Jesus’ words of warning and encouragement at the close of His final discourse in John 16:25-33. We shall seek to observe how Christians may enjoy Christ, who is the all-satisfying, joy-inducing, peace-bringing world-conqueror. We shall seek to learn how Christians may enjoy peace in Christ amid the tribulation of this world."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | PEACE AMID TRIBULATION".
  • Aug 26, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | EXAMINATION & REMEMBRANCE (PART 1)
    Aug 26, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | EXAMINATION & REMEMBRANCE (PART 1)
    The Lord’s Supper is a communal act, whereby Christians memorialize God’s covenant with sinners in Christ and together reaffirm their membership in it. In this two-part message series, we shall consider the rebukes and commands in 1 Corinthians 11:23-29 to better understand what it means and what it should look like for Christians to partake of the Lord’s Supper. We both examine and remember, and we do both of these with our eyes upon Christ in His glory as Savior and Lord. "JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | EXAMINATION & REMEMBRANCE (PART 1)".
  • 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 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 10, 2018STAND ALONE |TOGETHER FOR THE GOSPEL
    Jun 10, 2018
    STAND ALONE |TOGETHER FOR THE GOSPEL
    Every New Testament Church is called by God to live commendably together for the gospel of Christ. This is, in fact, the central task of the local church. Living a life worthy of the gospel is not some form of works-based righteousness. Rather, it is the idea that who we truly are and what we really believe is not unrelated to what we actually do. Local churches are intended by God as outposts of His kingdom on earth, where His doctrines are made known and visible among the congregation. In this message, we shall consider what it means to live in a manner worthy of the gospel."STAND ALONE | TOGETHER FOR THE GOSPEL".