Sermons on John

Out of Southside

Passage: Philippians 3:20, 1 Peter 2:11-12; John 15:18-19; 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 Principle: We are called to live as foreigners and exiles in this world We are Christ’s ambassadors in this world Practice: Pray for God to give you the heart of an ambassador Make time with Jesus your first and highest priority every day. Take the next step in your journey with Jesus. Daily Readings: Day 1: 1 Peter 1Day 2: 1 Peter 2Day 3: Philippians 3Day 4: Ephesians 4Day…

The Wind Blows Where It Will

You can’t see the wind or control where it blows, but the evidence of the wind is undeniable. Join us Sunday as we learn to discern where God is working and the evidence of His movement among us.  Passage: John 3:1-9 Principle: God is a mystery that we cannot control or understand, but that we do experience. Daily Readings: This week’s daily Bible reading plan is focused on God’s sovereignty and how that impacts our gifts and our problems. The week ends by looking at God’s sovereignty…

Love Names

Regardless of the name we use, God’s people are to be known by one defining characteristic: Love. That love is not defined by Hollywood or Nashville, it is defined by Jesus on the cross. Join us for week two of What’s in a Name as consider what it means that God’s banner over us is love. Passage: Song of Solomon 2 John 13:34-35 Principle: His love defines us (John 3:16; John 19:18-19; Romans 5:8) His love identifies us (John 13:34-35;…

Great Expectations

The happy couple returns from their honeymoon and begins to unpack their bags. As soon as the bags are emptied, the happy couple begins to discover that this wasn’t what they’d expected. Those bags were full of expectations they’d each collected over a lifetime; expectations their spouse may be unwilling or unable to meet. Join us for part one of Ever After… where we explore the myth of great expectations and learn what Jesus taught us to do with them.  Marriage Myth #1: The Myth of Great Expectations Expectation: A hope, dream, or desire  (conscious or unconscious, spoken or unspoken) that something will happen or…

A Sign of Becoming

Belief is important, but belief alone is not evidence that someone is actively walking with Jesus. The ritual of baptism is, therefore, more than a sign of believing, it is also a tangible sign of a person’s willingness to follow Jesus in acts of obedience. Join us for part two of Ripple Effects where we explore the differences between a religious ritual and a life-changing encounter with God. Passage (read it): 2 Kings 5:1-14 John 5:1-15 Romans 6:1-8 Principle (know…

Two Fathers That Count

A collaboration between the International Mission Board and North American Mission Board, Send Relief is here to help you make a difference in your community and the world around you—because compassion ministry opens doors to the gospel. Sharing the love of Jesus is central to everything we do at Send Relief. Whether it’s responding to natural disasters, caring for refugees and displaced families, fighting human trafficking at home and abroad, supporting adoption and foster care efforts and strengthening communities facing economic and physical…

Life, Wolves, and Contract Labor

Many campaigns in America have degenerated into contests to see which candidate can make more people afraid of his or her opponent. They do all they can to portray “the other guy” as evil, unfit, and bent on destroying life as we know it. Jesus warned His followers not to be deceived by “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” Join us for part two of Jesus 2020 as we uncover the real enemy of American, why politicians are powerless to save us,…

Making the Kingdom Great Again

Jesus assembled a politically diverse group of followers to serve as His first disciples. Not only did He call Matthew — a Roman tax collector and sympathizer — but He also called Simon the Zealot — a hard core Jewish nationalist and revolutionary. These two men had about as much in common as Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump! How was it possible that two people with starkly different ideas both followed Jesus and even gave their lives for His cause?…

Two Undercover Disciples and a Funeral

The Christian faith is based entirely on a single event in history, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But what if no one had ever known about that event? What if the circumstances of Jesus’ burial had been different? What if His body hadn’t been laid in a tomb, but rather tossed in the city dump like so many other executed criminals? If there had been no tomb, no one could have known that a tomb was empty.  Join us for the final message…

Sit Down

Before Jesus performed one of His most well-known miracles — the feeding of 5,000 — He required a small act of faith — a little thing — from the crowd. Jesus may be calling us to “sit down” in our marriage, parenting, job, congregation, etc., before He does a mighty act.  After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. 2 And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that…

Underfoot

To “sit at the feet” of a rabbi was to assume a posture of submission to that particular rabbi’s teachings. While Jesus had many disciples, it is interesting that we don’t read about them sitting at His feet. There is one notable exception, however. There is one of Jesus’ disciples who is found repeatedly at the feet of Jesus. No, it’s not Peter, James, or John. In fact, it isn’t any of the twelve apostles or the countless other men…

Letting Go

Letting go is hard. When Mary first realized that Jesus was alive, she wanted to grab hold of Him and never let Him go. Jesus, however, told Mary that she couldn’t hold on. She had to let go. Jesus wasn’t going to stay, and things could never go back to the way they were before. We often try to cling to the past when God is inviting us into His presence. A presence that will lead us to a future…