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 ".
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  • 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 ".
  • Jul 16, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |LIFE-GIVING FOOD FROM GOD
    Jul 16, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |LIFE-GIVING FOOD FROM GOD
    The Gospel of Jesus Christ is so much more profound and powerful than most of us imagine. The Bible speaks of a decisively loving God and the demonstration of that love in real human history, as well as God applying that love to our lives in real time. The Bible explains what it means that God loves guilty sinners and how some sinners respond with overwhelming gratitude to that love. In this message, we will plumb the depths of God’s decisive love. There is no doubt that we shall, by God’s grace, come away amazed, humbled, grateful, and confident."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | LIFE-GIVING FOOD FROM GOD ".
  • Jul 9, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |THE BETTER PROPHET
    Jul 9, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |THE BETTER PROPHET
    Just imagine it... A multitudinous crowd gathers around one man. The man is known far and wide as a healer, a miracle-worker, and a teacher from God Himself. Speculation about this man is out of control, and there are mixed feelings about who he really is. The man tells everyone to sit on the cool grass, and he spontaneously creates enough bread to feed the whole bunch, as much as they want. “The legend is true!” the people thought. “Let’s have him as king! He can provide for us, and we will be his people!” However, the miraculous teacher refuses the offer. He will have none of their acclaim, for his kingly office is not theirs to issue. In this message, we will consider the point of John’s narrative and how we might wisely listen to the better prophet – Jesus Christ."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE BETTER PROPHET ".
  • Jun 25, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |SEEKING GLORY
    Jun 25, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |SEEKING GLORY
    All those who are in Christ will be glorified with Him. Additionally, the Church (Christ’s visible body in the world) is adorned with God’s glory, shining brightly as she reflects the glory of Her King and Savior. And yet, the glory only God can give often appears humiliating from the worldly perspective. Individual Christians and local churches alike are frequently the object of ridicule and not reverence. What are we to make of this? Is God’s word contradictory? How can inglorious Christians, which are the members of an inglorious Church, seek God’s glory in the world?"JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | SEEKING GLORY ".
  • Jun 18, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |THERE IS LIFE IN THE SON
    Jun 18, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |THERE IS LIFE IN THE SON
    As humans, we all know that mortality will prove itself to be our own personal disease. We may suppress this knowledge, and we may even fight hard against it, but we cannot deny it forever. As the only human to ever conquer death, Jesus is the authority on the subject, and He made some blatantly direct statements about death and life. In this message, we will consider the weighty warning and the profound promise of Jesus’ message regarding life and the final resurrection. "JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THERE IS LIFE IN THE SON ".
  • Jun 11, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | MARVELING AT THE SON
    Jun 11, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | MARVELING AT THE SON
    Jesus Christ said and did some stunning things, but not the kinds of things one might expect from a historical figure who turned the world upside-down. Jesus never wrote a book, never ruled as an earthly king, and never amassed public prestige or worldly wealth. He lived as an odd Jewish teacher and prophet, and He died as a lonely martyr. And yet, Jesus made claims of incomparable height... He claimed to be equal with God, the judge of the world, and the giver of life. The biblical Jesus deserves our astonishment, but life comes to those who hear and believe Him. "JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | MARVELING AT THE SON ".
  • May 28, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |LIVING LIKE WE BELIEVE JESUS
    May 28, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |LIVING LIKE WE BELIEVE JESUS
    Jesus Christ is both the Savior of sinners and the Judge of the world. Both concepts should always be kept in close proximity in our minds, but often we are inclined towards one over the other. While many people deny Jesus’ ability to judge the world, they often reject Jesus because of His claims to do so (particularly His claims of divinity). Many other people love the idea of Jesus as rescuer, but they resist any attempt to bring them under submission to Jesus as Lord, Ruler, or Master. In this message, we will consider these two distinct responses and the consequences of them. For it seems that the Gospel writer is calling his reader to avoid both. "JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | LIVING LIKE WE BELIEVE JESUS ".
  • May 21, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |BELIEVING CHRIST’S WORD
    May 21, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |BELIEVING CHRIST’S WORD
    Jesus performed many miracles during His earthly ministry. He healed the lame, gave sight to the blind, and even brought the dead back to life. Jesus’ miracles were a major reason for His notoriety, but Jesus urged His hearers to look beyond the things He was doing. His greater interest was that His hearers would listen faithfully to His words. In our day, many people are still quite interested in having Jesus do something for them. Yet, the most potent effects that Jesus may produce in us will come as a result of His words and not His hands."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BELIEVING CHRIST’S WORD ".
  • May 14, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |LIVING ON MISSION
    May 14, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |LIVING ON MISSION
    When Jesus met a sinful woman at a Samaritan well, He made it clear that He was on a mission to see her come to know Him as Savior. All that followed this intentional encounter is instructive for Christians today. In our passage, there are bad examples to avoid, good examples to follow, and necessary lessons. In this message, we shall consider a biblical directive for all Christians. We are to live on mission, following the example of our Savior who did and does the same."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | LIVING ON MISSION ".
  • Apr 30, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |AN UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER
    Apr 30, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |AN UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER
    Our common experiences often leave us with empty and foolish notions of both grace and truth. Grace, it is assumed, is something less than judgment but nothing of genuine expense. It is something everyone is due, but we rarely hear how this might square with some serious offense. Truth, especially in our day, is a wax nose that may be shaped according to preference. The only truly true truth is that there is nothing that is absolutely true in every circumstance. However, Jesus does not play by our modern (or post-modern) rules of social etiquette. He speaks with piercing truth and subduing grace. We may learn much from this unexpected encounter between Jesus and a woman at a well in Sychar."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | AN UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER ".