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Heritage, Truth, and Freedom

Heritage, Truth, and Freedom

October 31, 2016

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?

A Welcome Home for God

A Welcome Home for God

May 16, 2016

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.

Eat My Flesh

Eat My Flesh

August 17, 2015

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?

The Marvelous Disturbance

The Marvelous Disturbance

August 10, 2015

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?

Your Stomach’s in it, but not your Heart

Your Stomach’s in it, but not your Heart

August 3, 2015

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?

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit

May 27, 2015

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.

Destroy this Temple

Destroy this Temple

March 9, 2015

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?

The Shepherd

The Shepherd

May 12, 2014

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. 

Living Water

Living Water

March 24, 2014

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. 

Where do God’s children come from?

Where do God’s children come from?

March 17, 2014

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?

Tabernacled Among Us

Tabernacled Among Us

December 29, 2013

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. 

The Holy Trinity

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.

Sermon Talking Points

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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

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.

Sermon Talking Points

Read past sermons at:   http://thejoshuavictortheory.blogspot.com

Listen to audio at:   https://thejoshuavictortheory.podbean.com

  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

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

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.

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