Sunday, September 21, 2014

God's Work in the Life of Nicodemus

This message examines the life of Nicodemus from his three New Testament appearances: John 3, 7, and 19. Three lessons are then drawn from the man's remarkable story: (1) Someone can be devoutly religious, outwardly moral, and full of Bible knowledge but still be completely lost, (2) Sometimes God works slowly in someone's conversion, and (3) A genuine believer cannot avoid public identification with Christ.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Rivers of Living Water

In John 7:37-39, Jesus first issues a grand invitation to spiritually thirsty people to come to Him and drink.  He then follows the invitation with a glorious promise, saying that, for those who believe on Him, from their innermost being would flow rivers of living water.  In this message, we examine what these things mean and then give applications for both Christians and non-Christians.  

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jesus Amid the Crowd

John chapter 7 describes Jesus' varied interactions with the Jerusalem crowd.  This message draws these applications: (1) The great variety of beliefs about Jesus, (2) The importance of confronting unbelievers with their sin, (3) The danger of superficial judging, (4) God's sovereignty over His enemies, and (5) The urgency of seeking Christ now, while one is still able.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Jesus the Teacher

John 7:14-18 focuses on the Jesus' teaching ministry at the Feast of Tabernacles.  This message highlights five aspects of Jesus the Teacher: (1) The Teacher's work, (2) The Teacher's education, (3) The Teacher's authority, (4) The Teacher's confirmation, and (5) The Teacher's motivation.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Jesus' Brothers

The first section of John chapter 7 describes the process by which Jesus attended the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem. This message focuses on Jesus' unbelieving brothers, the advice they gave to Jesus about attending the Feast, Jesus' response to that advice, and the brothers' eventual conversion. We may learn lessons from Jesus' example for dealing with our own unsaved family members.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

To Whom Shall We Go?

Following Jesus' lengthy teaching in John 6, a description is given of three parties who heard His words: (1) Many temporary disciples who were offended and forsook Jesus, (2) A few true disciples, represented by Peter's great declaration of faith, and (3) One hypocritical disciple, Judas Iscariot, who would become Jesus' betrayer.  This message considers what we can learn from each of these.  

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Eating the Flesh and Drinking the Blood

At the end of His teaching in John 6, Jesus declares that unless someone eats His flesh and drinks His blood, the person has no life.  This raises a series of questions which are explored in this message: (1) Why does Jesus use such graphic language?, (2) How were the hearers affected by this language?, (3) How does someone eat His flesh and drink His blood?, and (4) Have you done so?

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