Decision Time

DecisionTime Ben Herchenhahn 4-23-2017

Ben Herchenhahn - Decision Time

Scripture Readings: Psalm 30:1-5; Sermon Scripture - Matthew 7 13-14; 21-23

Stop Doubting and Believe

StopDoubtingAndBelieve Tommy Gore 04-16-2017

It has been traditional for a long time to think about Jesus’ resurrection at this time of year. It has a historical basis since we know that the resurrection came on the Sunday after Passover. We noted last week that John’s Gospel connected Jesus’ death to the Passover. He is the perfect and final Passover Lamb who dies for the sins of the whole world. And now in this closing section, John makes clear that Jesus changed the way we look at both death and life. We can divide the history of the world into BEFORE Jesus and AFTER. And it’s the resurrection that makes the difference. To know that death has been defeated, to know that God has plans for us after this life is finished, changes the way we look at both death and life. For John the resurrection was the final evidence that allowed him to believe in Jesus. Scripture Readings: Psalms 27:1-3, John 20:24-28; Sermon Scripture - John 20-21

The Death That Brought Life

DeathThatBroughtLife Tommy Gore 04-09-2017

John devotes almost half of his Gospel (beginning with chapter 12) to the last week of Jesus’ life on earth. He lingers over the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus in two full chapters. The Gospels are not typical biographies that tell someone’s life story. They were written to create and sustain faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. So when John comes to the death of Jesus, he wants us to see clearly what this death means. John wants us to understand that everything surrounding Jesus’ death fulfilled God’s plan. “This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled…” (18:8). John wants us to see that Jesus’ death was voluntary. “Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” (18:11) John wants us to know that Jesus was an innocent man dying for the guilty. “Pilate answered, ‘As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him’” (19:6). Even though we know the story, Jesus at the cross demonstrates how he brought grace and truth into the world to save it. Scripture Readings: Psalms 25:1-5, John 19:28-30; Sermon Scripture - John 18-19

The Truth Will Set You Free

TruthWillSetYouFree Tommy Gore 03-26-2017

Sometimes people don’t feel comfortable at a funeral. They don’t know what to say or how to process this unpleasant fact of life. Yet there is something healthy about being reminded about the appointment we all must keep. It is not morbid to occasionally remember that we won’t live forever in this world. We only get one life. So how will we use it? In the Gospel of John Jesus used the things that happened to him as teaching opportunities. His mother’s request at a wedding, Nicodemus’ visit at night, the “chance” encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well—they all allowed Jesus to advance his mission. And now his friend Lazarus is dying. And in the midst of that loss Jesus will teach so much about grief and love and caring and his power and our future.

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