The Holy Trinity

May 29, 2013

Sermon on John 8:48-59, for Trinity Sunday, about the meaning and relevance of the doctrine of the Trinity and the Incarnation for our Christian lives.

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  1. Note on the Athanasian Creed: The end of the creed makes reference to all people rising and giving an account concerning their deeds, and that those who’ve done good will enter into eternal life, and those who have done evil into eternal fire. Examine these Scripture passages that refer to the judgment: Matt. 12:35-37; 25:31-46; John 5:21-29, esp. vs. 24, 29 & John 6:28-29; cf. Rom. 8:1. While works are examined in the final judgment, those who have faith are spared judgment and condemnation on account of Jesus’ righteous life.
  2. “Doctrine” and teaching are one and the same. Why does Scripture teaching that “sound doctrine” is so important? 1 Timothy 1:3-11; Titus 1:9; 2:1.
  3. How is the Trinity described in the following passages? Matthew 3:13-17; 11:25-30; 28:19-20; John 14 & 16.
  4. Why is it vitally important to know who God is, and not just have a vague notion of God? Psalm 100:3; John 1:3; 14:6; Acts 4:12.
  5. Read the Athanasian Creed in your insert, or p. 319-20 in the hymnal. How is the Creed occupied with glorifying and praising God? What is the reason we praise Him? Psalm 9:1, 11; 29:1-2.
  6. Why is it important to be certain of who we’re talking to when we address God, and know what His will for us is? How were the Jews in John 8:48-59 misled about their relationship to God?
  7. How is Jesus the distinct self-revelation of God to humanity? John 14:6-7; Matthew 11:27. What does He show us about the Father’s heart? John 3:16. 

Taught by the Lord

May 20, 2013

Sermon on John 14:23-31 for Pentecost Sunday, at the confirmation of several of our youth. A sermon about the Holy Spirit and His significance to the life of a Christian disciple.

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  1. What does the believer’s keeping of God’s Word and commandments show about their attitude toward God? What does God do in return? John 14:15, 21; 8:51; 15:10; 1 John 2:3-4. Does this love for God and obedience toward His commandments begin with us and then receive His response, or the other way around? 1 John 4:10, 19.

  1. How does God make His dwelling or “room” with us? Ezekiel 37:24-28; Leviticus 26:11-12; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 3:16-17. What must we avoid lest we grieve the Holy Spirit? Eph. 4:30

  1. Jesus said in John 14:26, that the Holy Spirit’s teaching traces back to Him (cf. 15:26; 16:13-14). Jesus’ own teaching traces back to whom? John 7:16; 8:28; 12:49, etc. How does this show the perfect unity of the Trinity?

  1. How is the Spirit’s wisdom different from that of the world? 1 Corinthians 2:10-16; 1 John 2:20, 27.

  1. What is different between the peace Jesus gives, and the peace that the world gives? John 14:27; 16:33. How does it give us comfort and courage?

  1. Read John 14:30-31. Jesus’ cross would show the world that He loves the Father, and it shows that the devil (the ruler of this world) has no claim or power over Jesus.

That they may be one

May 13, 2013

Sermon on John 17:20-26, the conclusion of Jesus' High Priestly prayer, seeking for unity among His followers. What are the implications for the unity of the church today?


Joy and Peace in Parting

May 6, 2013

Sermon on John 16:23-33, for the 6th Sunday of Easter, about a section of Jesus' farewell discourse to His disciples, speaking about the joy and the peace that will be theirs.