24
Apr
2017

Confessing Thomas

Sermon on John 20:19-31, for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, 1 Year Lectionary, Quasimodo Geniti Sunday ("Like Newborns..."), about the resurrection appearances of Jesus to the apostles and then Thomas, and how seeing the risen Jesus with His scars helped Thomas overcome his doubts and give a great confession of the faith! What doubts and skepticism do people face todaay about the resurrection? What misunderstandings about the nature of Jesus' resurrection does this help clear up? How do we navigate between the opposite extremes of an unrelenting skepticism (that ultimately can't be consistently upheld), and a gullibility or naivete about faith? Where is the right middle mark, and how does faith in Jesus fulfill that? 

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3
Apr
2017

Vindicate Me

Sermon on John 8:46-59, for the 5th Sunday in Lent Judica (Judge) (1 Year Lectionary), about the heated confrontation between Jesus and the Jews in the temple, during the Feast of Tabernacles--leading to an escalating exchange over hearing, believing, and keeping God's Word, and Jesus' identity as the Divine Son of God. Prefiguring the crucifixion, and how God vindicates or judges Jesus to be innocent. 

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25
Dec
2016

John’s Christmas Verse

Sermon on John 1:1-14, especially verse 14, for Christmas Day, about how John explains the incarnation. What is the mystery of the Word made flesh? What deeper meaning is there to the verb in "dwelt" among us?

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31
Oct
2016

Heritage, Truth, and Freedom

Sermon on John 8:31-36, for Reformation Day. Why is a heritage a good thing? How can it be misused? What is the relationship between the truth and freedom that Jesus proclaims? How is spiritual freedom endangered or lost? How is it preserved and used? What change of status does Jesus grant to His disciples?

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16
May
2016

A Welcome Home for God

Sermon on John 14:23-31, for Pentecost and Confirmation Sunday, about Jesus and the Father making His home with believers, about what the Holy Spirit does in teaching us, how love and obedience are related, and how the gift of Jesus' peace differs from the peace of this world.

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17
Aug
2015

Eat My Flesh

Sermon on John 6:51-69, for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost, the final part of Jesus' Bread of Life sermon, where He talks about how we must "eat His flesh and drink His blood" to have eternal life. What is the food He is talking about? How do we eat it? Why does Jesus pull together so closely the physical and spiritual? Is He talking about the Lord's Supper here?

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10
Aug
2015

The Marvelous Disturbance

Sermon on John 6:35-51, for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost, part 2 of Jesus' Bread of Life Discourse, where He disturbs the crowds by teaching that He came down from heaven, only those whom the Father gives Him and draws to Him will believe--and that this is God's will, for everyone to believe in Jesus and have eternal life. How does the promise of eternal life fill us with joy and peace now, to transform how we live?

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3
Aug
2015

Your Stomach’s in it, but not your Heart

Sermon on John 6:22-35, for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost, about Jesus' "Bread of Life" discourse, where Jesus teaches that He is the True Bread come down from heaven. What does it mean to labor for bread that perishes, and how do we work for better bread? How does God draw us to Him?

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27
May
2015

The Holy Spirit

Sermon on John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15, for Pentecost Sunday, about the giving of the Holy Spirit, and His threefold convicting work of convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. How the Trinity acts in unison to bring people to salvation in Jesus.

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9
Mar
2015

Destroy this Temple

Sermon on John 2:13-22, for the 3rd Sunday in Lent, about the zeal of Jesus when He cleansed the Temple. What does it take to "light a fire" in you? What is the difference between good zeal and bad zeal? What did Jesus aim to do by cleansing the Temple? What happened when He did it a second time? Why did Jesus refer to His own body as a Temple?

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12
May
2014

The Shepherd

Sermon on John 10:1-10 for the 4th Sunday of Easter, about Jesus as the Shepherd of the sheep, and why its good to be a sheep in His flock. 

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24
Mar
2014

Living Water

Sermon on John 4:5-26, about Jesus' conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well about Living Water. What it means to have spiritual thirst. For the 3rd Sunday in Lent. 

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17
Mar
2014

Where do God’s children come from?

Sermon on John 3:1-17, for the 2nd Sunday in Lent, about Jesus' conversation with Nicodemus about the birth from above by water and the Spirit, and entering into the kingdom of God. How do we become children of God?

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29
Dec
2013

Tabernacled Among Us

Sermon on John 1:1-14 for Christmas Day, the celebration of Jesus, the Word made flesh. A telling of the Christmas story from the perspective of John's Gospel. 

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29
May
2013

The Holy Trinity

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. 
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