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Sun, Apr 12, 2015
Duration: 42 mins 52 secs
Jesus does not talk about Satan much in the Gospel of John, but what he has to say is not flattering. The devil (and ruler of the world) is a murder, deceiver, and enemy of God's purposes (John 8:44). This sermon traces the thread of Satan's nature, tactics, and end from Genesis to Revelation. The spiritual battle continues today because we continue to live in a spiritual world where Satan, demons, and powers have influence. The task of the church is to know our Enemy (and it's not liberal politicians or agnostic neighbors) and his end.
Sun, Apr 05, 2015
Passage: John 11:1-53
Duration: 39 mins 44 secs
Death haunts every one of us. And since we cannot ignore it, our culture has turned death into big business. These grieving moments, however, are critical points to seek the glorious understanding Jesus brings. His interaction with grieving sisters, Martha and Mary, after the death of their brother Lazarus shows his deep empathy. Moreover, his great power was evident in the seventh and final sign in the gospel of John: The resurrection of Lazarus. This miracle speaks to us through the pain of death: You are not alone; this is not the end.
Sun, Mar 29, 2015
Passage: John 12:1-50
Duration: 45 mins 41 secs
Jesus' triumphal entry turns our understanding of "triumph" on its head. Following the controversial healing of Lazarus (John 11), and scandalous anointing of Mary (12:1-9), Jesus enters Jerusalem with pomp and palm leaves. He rides a colt (Zech. 9) and hears shouts of Hosanna (Psalm 118), but the scene does not change the politics of the Jews. Instead, he dives into a sermon about salvation, light, and judgment. For today's listeners, we are reminded not to make the tragic mistake of trading our triumphs for Christ's. His definition of success is not finances, celebrity stunts, power, or dogma. His triumph was serve. His church must follow suit.
Sun, Mar 22, 2015
Passage: John 10:1-42
Duration: 43 mins 48 secs
Jesus uses the imagery of a shepherd to illustrate the guidance, care, protection, and intimacy he provides his sheep. His primary tool in shepherding is not a staff or rod, but His voice. He calls his sheep by name. They hear His voice. Sadly, too many Christians do not seem to experience a conversational relationship with God. This sermon encourages us to believe its available, and to silence rival voices.
Sun, Mar 15, 2015
Passage: John 9:1-42
Duration: 44 mins 37 secs
Jesus heals a man who was born blind. His suffering was not a result of his (or his parent's) sin, but to show God's glory. The scene also exposes the religious blindness of the Pharisees. We do not always see as well as we think. Religion can blind us. Belief opens our eyes.
Sun, Mar 08, 2015
Passage: John 7:1-52
Duration: 44 mins 46 secs
Jesus goes to the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukoth) and makes an audacious statement. To drive home his claim to be living water (John 7:37-39), a Jewish tour guide offers his insight on the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukoth), the greatest of Jewish celebrations. The accent of the "guest speaker" may not be great, but the content will give rich meaning to Jesus profession in John 7. It will make you want to praise.
Sun, Feb 22, 2015
Duration: 43 mins 59 secs
Jesus meets us at our points of desperation. In fact, desperate situations often drive us to Jesus. It is the times of resolution where we drift. Prayers flow in crisis; they stagnate in times of peace. As I pastor I often have people ask me to pray for upcoming surgeries, lingering ailments, financial and relational struggles, but rarely do people come to me with praise. It's an unfortunate cycle that plagues me as much as the next person. A thoughtful reflection on John 4:43-5:47 calls Christ-followers to own their sense of desperation. We are not called to create crisis in our lives, but to realize apart from God's intervention we are poor, week, sad, and hungry. We are desperate. And our desperation should drive us to pray.
Sun, Feb 15, 2015
Passage: John 4:1-45
Duration: 45 mins 10 secs
Jesus welcomes worship from unexpected people in unexpected places. The prime example takes place in John 4:1-45, where he invites a Samaritan woman with plenty of baggage to claim him as Messiah and drink from the spring of eternal life. Like his previous conversation with Nicodemus (John 3:1-21), Jesus turns physical matters (birth, drink) into spiritual metaphors (regeneration, eternal life). The Samaritan woman cannot believe Jesus would address her -- not necessarily because her status as a widow or divorcee, but because her status as a Samaritan. Typically, Jews avoided them. Jesus turns this perception on its head. He welcomes true worship, in spite of status, stigma, or struggle. And true worship is simply telling God the truth about Himself.
Sun, Feb 08, 2015
Passage: John 3:1-21
Duration: 40 mins 20 secs
Nicodemus gets answers to his spiritual questions, but they are not the answers he expected. The dialogue between him and Jesus suggests the Pharisee has some way to go before he will confess Jesus is the Christ. Answers to our spiritual questions do not save us. God's spirit works from the outside to change us from within. We need His Spirit and Son for eternal change. For new birth.
Sun, Jan 25, 2015
Passage: John 2:13-25
Duration: 43 mins 56 secs
Jesus shows righteous indignation when visiting the Temple in Jerusalem. The court of the Gentiles has been converted into an emporium. The oxen, sheep, doves, and money-changers have cluttered up an area intended for worship. Jesus reacts as a prophet, fashioning a whip and forcing business transactions from the premises. His zealous inspection should inspire us to give attention to the distractions we bring to worship, both in our facilities and in our hearts.
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