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By John Parrish
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07-17-2022 Unity in the Spirit (Ephesians 4:1-13)
Sermon from 07-17-2022.  Today we are joined by Rev. Randy Jasper.  
July 17, 2022
07-10-2022 Leading by Example (1 Peter 5:1-14)
Leading by Example 1 Peter 5:1-11 Jeremiah 3:15 I will give you shepherds who are loyal to me, and they will shepherd you with knowledge and skill. Ezekiel 34:1-9 1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy, and say to them, ‘This is what the Lord God says to the shepherds: Woe to the shepherds of Israel, who have been feeding themselves! Shouldn’t the shepherds feed their flock? 3 You eat the fat, wear the wool, and butcher the fattened animals, but you do not tend the flock. 4 You have not strengthened the weak, healed the sick, bandaged the injured, brought back the strays, or sought the lost. Instead, you have ruled them with violence and cruelty. 5 They were scattered for lack of a shepherd; they became food for all the wild animals when they were scattered. 6 My flock went astray on all the mountains and every high hill. My flock was scattered over the whole face of the earth, and there was no one searching or seeking for them. 7 “‘Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord. 8 As I live—this is the declaration of the Lord God—because my flock, lacking a shepherd, has become prey and food for every wild animal, and because my shepherds do not search for my flock, and because the shepherds feed themselves rather than my flock, 9 therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord! How do we turn a "Did Not Finish" into a "Did Not Fail?" 1 Peter 5:1-11 I exhort the elders among you as a fellow elder and witness to the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory about to be revealed: 2 Shepherd God’s flock among you, not overseeing out of compulsion but willingly, as God would have you; not out of greed for money but eagerly; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5 In the same way, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. All of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you. 8 Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. 9 Resist him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world. 10 The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little while. 11 To him be dominion forever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 20 Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us— 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ezekiel 34:4 You have not strengthened the weak, healed the sick, bandaged the injured, brought back the strays, or sought the lost. Instead, you have ruled them with violence and cruelty.
July 10, 2022
07-03-2022 The Will of God (1 Peter 4:1-19)
The Will of God 1 Peter 4:1-19 1 Peter 3:17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil. Peter has urged us to live by God's will, but what does it mean to live by God's will? 1 Peter 4:1-11 Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same understanding—because the one who suffers in the flesh is finished with sin— 2 in order to live the remaining time in the flesh no longer for human desires, but for God’s will. 3 For there has already been enough time spent in doing what the Gentiles choose to do: carrying on in unrestrained behavior, evil desires, drunkenness, orgies, carousing, and lawless idolatry. 4 They are surprised that you don’t join them in the same flood of wild living—and they slander you. 5 They will give an account to the one who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 For this reason the gospel was also preached to those who are now dead, so that, although they might be judged in the flesh according to human standards, they might live in the spirit according to God’s standards. 7 The end of all things is near; therefore, be alert and sober-minded for prayer. 8 Above all, maintain constant love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaining. 10 Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let it be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, let it be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen. What does it mean to live by God's will? What is it to live by the will of God? Living by the will of God means to be done with the former life. Living by the will of God involves several specific patterns of behavior. A disciplined prayer life (vs. 7) A turning to one another in constant mutual love (vs. 8) Practice hospitality without complaining (vs. 9) Living by the will of God means using the gifts God has given you in service to the common good (vs. 10-11). The fundamental sign of the Spirit in Acts is people being asked to do what they don't want to do. Acts 10:11-16 11 He saw heaven opened and an object that resembled a large sheet coming down, being lowered by its four corners to the earth. 12 In it were all the four-footed animals and reptiles of the earth, and the birds of the sky. 13 A voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat.” 14 “No, Lord!” Peter said. “For I have never eaten anything impure and ritually unclean.” 15 Again, a second time, the voice said to him, “What God has made clean, do not call impure.” 16 This happened three times, and suddenly the object was taken up into heaven. Acts 10:45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were amazed because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles.
July 03, 2022
06-26-2022 Reset Our Focus on Christ (1 Peter 3:8-22)
This morning Pastor James Dolinger brings us the message from 1 Peter 3:8-22.
June 26, 2022
06-19-2022 Living for Righteousness (1 Peter 2:1-10)
1 Peter 1:22-25 22 Since you have purified yourselves by your obedience to the truth, so that you show sincere brotherly love for each other, from a pure heart love one another constantly, 23 because you have been born again—not of perishable seed but of imperishable—through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like a flower of the grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever. And this word is the gospel that was proclaimed to you. 1 Peter 2:1-10 1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, desire the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow up into your salvation, 3 if you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4 As you come to him, a living stone—rejected by people but chosen and honored by God— 5 you yourselves, as living stones, a spiritual house, are being built to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in Scripture: See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and honored cornerstone, and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame. 7 So honor will come to you who believe; but for the unbelieving, The stone that the builders rejected— this one has become the cornerstone, 8 and A stone to stumble over, and a rock to trip over. They stumble because they disobey the word; they were destined for this. 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. All malice All deceit Hypocrisy Envy Slander of every kind 1 Peter 2:9-10 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Malice- any kind of evil or wickedness 1 Peter 2:16 Submit as free people, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but as God’s slaves. Malice- any kind of evil or wickedness Malice- the desire to cause pain for the satisfaction of doing harm, draws us to the mean-spirited nature toward others Deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander are relationship destroying words. Deceit- trickery or falseness Hypocrisy- actions that do not match one's words with their actions Envy- jealousy, a longing for something that God has not given Slander- moves from hostile attitudes to hostile actions James 4:11-12 11 Don’t criticize one another, brothers and sisters. Anyone who defames or judges a fellow believer defames and judges the law. If you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one lawgiver and judge who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? 1 Peter 2:2 Like newborn infants, desire the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow up into your salvation Of all the evil Peter could have chosen, he chose malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander. Luke 6:45 A good person produces good out of the good stored up in his heart. An evil person produces evil out of the evil stored up in his heart, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.
June 19, 2022
06-05-2022 Speaking a True Word (Acts 2:1-21)
sermon from 06-05-2022 Speaking a True Word Acts 2:1-21 Psalm 85:1-7 Shavuot- The Festival of Weeks Exodus 19:16-20 "This is the foundation of the Jewish way of being." Acts 2:1 Acts 2:2-21 "This is the foundation of the Jewish way of being." What does it mean for Pentecost to be the foundation of the Christian way of being? Acts 1:6 Acts 2:4 This is the power of God. The power of God is not found in the desire to have power over people. The power of God is found in the desire for people. Pentecost is the birth of the church. We see what God is about and what the presence of the Spirit means. The fundamental sign of the Spirit in Acts is people being asked to do what they don't want to do. Go to the people and places the Spirit is telling them to go. Go here! Go there! At Pentecost, God has created a new way of being. A life animated by the power of the Holy Spirit.
June 05, 2022
05-29-2022 Hope & Newness (Philippians 2:1-13)
"The church is always at its most daring and risking and dangerous and free when it sings a new song. Because then it sings that the power of the gospel will not let the world finally stay as it is." –Walter Brueggemann Psalm 40:1-8 Philippians 1:27-30 "Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News (gospel, εύαγγέλιον) about Christ." Philippians 2:1-11 Philippians 2:6 NRSV 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, What would exploiting equality with God look like? Philippians 2:7 NRSV Philippians 2:8 NRSV What is Christ willing to do to convey the love of God to humanity? Philippians 2:9-11 Philippians 2:9-11 NRSV Philippians 2:12-13 12 Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Philippians 2:12-13 NRSV 12 Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure. This is our call to action. " out your own salvation with fear and trembling..." Know for whom you stand. Take this seriously. Here are all the facts, now you have to do the next part. Verse 5- You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Paul gives us the Christ hymn, and then says, "Go work it out." Salvation- God is the force that makes for salvation. Salvation- How do you ensure that your soul is going to end up in heaven? This can send us down a dangerous path in this passage. We are in Christ. What does it mean to be fully in Christ? I think Paul here is equating being fully in Christ as being salvation. If you are fully in Christ in this world or in the age to come- that is salvation. What does it mean to be fully in Christ? This passage is also communal. What does it mean for you, the church in Gardendale, to be fully in Christ? How do I live fully in Christ and fully in a Christian community? Paul just gave us the answer. You don't have to do this by yourself, the Spirit is with you, but you have to do the work.
May 29, 2022
05-22-2022 Neighbor Love (Ephesians 1:15-23)
Sermon from 05-22-2022 Neighbor Love (Ephesians 1:15-23) 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 As a Christ-follower, we are people in whom Christ dwells. This is our fundamental identity. It is not up for debate. I am first and foremost a Christ-follower. Christ dwells in me. • My identity in Christ shapes my behavior. • We must remember that our first task is not to forgive, but to learn to be forgiven. • We look to Christ We do what He did because we are learning to be with Him in order to be like Him. My security does not come from this world, but from the truth of the Kingdom of God. If we are people in whom Christ dwells, what does it mean for how we live in our communities? What would love have me do today?
May 22, 2022
05-15-2022 True Identity (Proverbs 3:5-6)
sermon from 05-15-2022 Sermon Notes: "They weren't in the real wilderness...In the real wilderness, there has to be something that will kill you." It is the dangerous wilderness that moves faith into deeper transformation. Galatians 2:20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I must be reminded of my true identity. 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 Proverbs 3:1-12 The 11th Commandment: "Thou shall not forget." Proverbs 3:1 My child, never forget the things I have taught you. • Store my commands in your heart. • Never forget. • Cling to loyalty and kindness. • Trust in the Lord with all of your heart.
May 15, 2022
05-08-2020 Fear and Freedom (Romans 8:31b, 37-39)
Today, Pastor James brings us a message from Romans 8. sermon from 05-08-2020
May 08, 2022
04-17-2022 Resurrection Life (John 20:1-18)
sermon from 04-17-2022
April 17, 2022
04-10-2022 The Voice of the Crowd John 12:12-27
sermon from Palm Sunday, 04-10-2022.   Points from today's sermon:  The trademark of Jesus' kingship is His ability to give life. In this divine kingship, the cross shows us a King who gives His life for you. Royal power is expressed in divine love. How do we embody this life-giving force of God's love? Retrospection- Anamnesis- lived memory Retrospection leads to testimony When you look back, what has your experience with God been?
April 10, 2022
04-03-2022 Who is Your King? (John 19:1-16a)
sermon from 04-03-2022.  Sermon Notes and Scripture References are available below: Who is Your King? John 19:1-16a Who is Jesus? John 3:1-2 1 There was a man from the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to him at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one could perform these signs you do unless God were with him.” John 4:11-12 An Encounter with Jesus leads to Judgment then asks the question of Rejection or Witness John 19:9-14 9 He went back into the headquarters and asked Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus did not give him an answer. 10 So Pilate said to him, “Do you refuse to speak to me? Don’t you know that I have the authority to release you and the authority to crucify you?” 11 “You would have no authority over me at all,” Jesus answered him, “if it hadn’t been given you from above. This is why the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin.” 12 From that moment Pilate kept trying to release him. But the Jews shouted, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Anyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar!” 13 When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside. He sat down on the judge’s seat in a place called the Stone Pavement (but in Aramaic, Gabbatha). 14 It was the preparation day for the Passover, and it was about noon. Then he told the Jews, “Here is your king!” "There are limits to what I am willing to do in order to live out what I know is true." –Pilate Everyone Jesus encounters, the truth about them is disclosed. What is the truth about you? Does it lead to judgment or witness? Do you reject Jesus' truth in your life or give your life in loyalty to Him? John 19:14-16 14 It was the preparation day for the Passover, and it was about noon. Then he told the Jews, “Here is your king!” 15 They shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Should I crucify your king?” “We have no king but Caesar!” the chief priests answered. 16 Then he handed him over to be crucified.
April 03, 2022
03-27-2022 What is Truth? (John 18:28-40)
sermon from 03-27-2022 Sermon Notes and Scripture References are available below: Weighing Out the Cons John 18:12-27 John 1:10-11 John 18:36 36 “My kingdom is not of this world,” said Jesus. “If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would fight, so that I wouldn’t be handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” What do we mean by 'kingdom?" John 18:37 37 “You are a king then?” Pilate asked. John 18:39-40 39 You have a custom that I release one prisoner to you at the Passover. So, do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” 40 They shouted back, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a revolutionary. We have a desire to create kingdoms. Is it possible as humans to enact a kingdom without violence? "What is truth?" The content of truth is less important than the embodiment of truth. Truth in Jesus is not a concept but embodied in Him. What truth claims you? “The test and norm is the reality of Jesus. Look at Jesus, because Jesus confronts all the throne talk of the world. You want to know about joy, and well-being, and truth, and goodness. Look at Jesus. Not being served, but serving. I have no doubt that the world depends on Jesus. I have no doubt that on a day-to-day basis, the world depends on the Jesus people who give their lives. What else would you do but give your life? Would you keep and save your life and let it grow sour? No, give your life as a ransom. We are at a crucial moment in our society. This Lent, we are given a glimpse of a more excellent way. Local churches, local conversations, local servanthood, local giving, local cups to drink, local baptisms to live, local ways of being faithful and joyous, local ways of power for life. The story in Mark 10 with the disciples’ arguments over who is the greatest begins with greedy thrones. By the end of the story, the subject is changed. Now the subject is servanthood and healing and ransom. What a way to be first and great! Come and have the subject of your life, your throne, the truth changed.” Adapted from Walter Brueggemann
March 27, 2022
03-20-2022 Weighing Out the Cons (John 18:12-27)
sermon from 03-20-2022.  Weighing Out the Cons John 18:12-27 John 18:1-14 John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 18:15-27 John 18:25-27 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They said to him, “You aren’t one of his disciples too, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.” 26 One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, said, “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?” 27 Peter denied it again. Immediately a rooster crowed. The Three Questions Peter is Asked: • “You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” • “You aren’t one of his disciples too, are you?” • “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?” John 13:14 So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. John 13:34-35 “I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Peter didn't just deny Christ. He denied his own identity as a disciple. I am the Bread of Life (John 6) John 6:48-51 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven so that anyone may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” I am the Light of the World (John 8) John 8:12 Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” I am the Gate (John 10) John 10:9-10 I am the gate. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10 A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance. I am the Good Shepherd (John 10) John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. I am the Resurrection and the Life (John 11) John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live. I am the Way, Truth, and Life (John 14) John 14:6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. I am the True Vine (John 15) John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me. Are you one of His disciples? How are you proclaiming, "I am not...?" How are you denying the life that Christ wants to give you?
March 20, 2022
03-13-2022 The Life of the Servant (John 13:1-17)
sermon from 3-13-2022
March 13, 2022
03-06-2022 At the Feet of Jesus (John 11:1-44)
Sermon from 03-06-2022.  Pastor James Dolinger preaching this morning.
March 06, 2022
02-27-2022 Opening Eyes (John 9:1-41)
sermon from 02-27-2022 Sermon Notes and Scripture References: Opening Eyes John 9:1-41 Exodus 40:36-38 36 The Israelites set out whenever the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle throughout all the stages of their journey. 37 If the cloud was not taken up, they did not set out until the day it was taken up. 38 For the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and there was a fire inside the cloud by night, visible to the entire house of Israel throughout all the stages of their journey. John 8:20 20 He spoke these words by the treasury, while teaching in the temple. But no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come. John 8:12 12 Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” John 9:1-7 As he was passing by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” Jesus answered. “This came about so that God’s works might be displayed in him. 4 We must do the works of him who sent me while it is day. Night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 After he said these things he spit on the ground, made some mud from the saliva, and spread the mud on his eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means “Sent”). So he left, washed, and came back seeing. John 9:27-34 27 “I already told you,” he said, “and you didn’t listen. Why do you want to hear it again? You don’t want to become his disciples too, do you?” 28 They ridiculed him: “You’re that man’s disciple, but we’re Moses’s disciples. 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses. But this man—we don’t know where he’s from.” 30 “This is an amazing thing!” the man told them. “You don’t know where he is from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but if anyone is God-fearing and does his will, he listens to him. 32 Throughout history no one has ever heard of someone opening the eyes of a person born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he wouldn’t be able to do anything.” 34 “You were born entirely in sin,” they replied, “and are you trying to teach us?” Then they threw him out. The Facts: The man was born blind. Jesus healed him on the Sabbath (vs. 14) The man was interviewed twice. His parents interviewed as well. Who is blind in this story? John 9:35-41 35 Jesus heard that they had thrown the man out, and when he found him, he asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 “Who is he, Sir, that I may believe in him?” he asked. 37 Jesus answered, “You have seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” 38 “I believe, Lord!” he said, and he worshiped him. 39 Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, in order that those who do not see will see and those who do see will become blind.” 40 Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things and asked him, “We aren’t blind too, are we?” 41 “If you were blind,” Jesus told them, “you wouldn’t have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains. Maybe the problem is not that Jesus doesn't agree with our worldview, but that your worldview can't accommodate what God is doing. How is your view of God's action not allowing Him to work in your life? Is your world large enough to encompass what God wants to do?
February 27, 2022
02-20-2022 Streams of Living Water (John 7:37-52)
sermon from 02-20-2022 Sermon Notes and Scripture References: John 1:14- The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. Exodus 34:22 “Observe the Festival of Weeks with the firstfruits of the wheat harvest, and the Festival of Ingathering at the turn of the agricultural year. Leviticus 23:42-43 42 You are to live in shelters for seven days. All the native-born of Israel must live in shelters, 43 so that your generations may know that I made the Israelites live in shelters when I brought them out of the land of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.” Psalm 118:25-29 25 Lord, save us! Lord, please grant us success! 26 He who comes in the name of the Lord is blessed. From the house of the Lord we bless you. 27 The Lord is God and has given us light. Bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar. 28 You are my God, and I will give you thanks. You are my God; I will exalt you. 29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his faithful love endures forever. John 7:37-52 Symbolism in John Primary Level- a statement about Jesus (Christology) Secondary Level- a statement about discipleship Christology- “I am the bread of life,” Discipleship- “No one who comes to me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in me will ever be thirsty again. John 8:12 12 Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” Christology- “I am the light of the world." Discipleship- "Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” John 7:37-38 37 On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. 38 The one who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.” John 7:37a-38 KJV "If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, "Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." John 8:39 39 He said this about the Spirit. Those who believed in Jesus were going to receive the Spirit, for the Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified. Faith/Belief is to trust in a promise that you hope is true. The promise of faith is life. John 7:40-41 40 When some from the crowd heard these words, they said, “This truly is the Prophet.” 41 Others said, “This is the Messiah.” But some said, “Surely the Messiah doesn’t come from Galilee, does he? These verses give us a glimpse of the different levels of belief during the Festival of Booths: • This is the Prophet. • This is the Messiah. • Chief Priests & Pharisees- "Are you fooled?" • Nicodemus
February 20, 2022
02-13-2022 Bread of Life (John 6:35-59)
sermon from 02-13-2022 YHWH- εγώ είμι I am, I am who I am "I am" Statements in John I am the Bread of Life I am the Light of the World I am the Door of the Sheep I am the Good Shepherd I am the Resurrection and the Life I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life I am the True Vine Teaching in the Synagogue The text for the day The preacher's rephrasing of the text A word-for-word study of the text The preacher's rephrasing of the earlier rephrasing The Text for the Day: Bread (vss. 35-40) From heaven (vss. 41-51) To eat (vss. 52-57) "No one who keeps on coming to me will ever be hungry, and no one who keeps on believing in me will ever be thirsty again." Where do you find a living relationship? Are you going to the Bread of Life day after day for your sustenance?
February 13, 2022
02-06-2022 Faith in the Promise (John 4:46-54 [5:1-18])
sermon from 02-06-2022
February 06, 2022
01-30-2022 Living Water (John 4:1-42)
sermon from 01-30-2022
January 30, 2022
01-23-2022 In the Darkness (John 3:1-21)
sermon from 01-23-2022
January 23, 2022
01-16-2022 My Father's House (John 2:13-25)
sermon from 01-16-2022
January 18, 2022
01-09-2022 Do As He Tells You (John 2:1-11)
sermon from 01-09-2022
January 09, 2022
01-02-2022 Special Speaker: Pastor James Dolinger
sermon from 01-02-2022
January 02, 2022
12-26-2021 A Voice in the Wilderness (John 1:19-34)
sermon from 12-26-2021
December 26, 2021
12-19-2021 Word and Presence (John 1:1-18)
sermon from 12-19-2021
December 19, 2021
12-12-2021 Word Accomplishes God’s Purpose (Isaiah 55:1-13)
sermon from 12-12-2021
December 12, 2021
12.05.2021 Ezekiel: Valley of Dry Bones Ezekiel 37:1-14
Sermon from 12.05.2021
December 05, 2021
11-28-2021 Jeremiah’s Letter to Exiles (Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14)
sermon from 11-28-2021
November 28, 2021
11-21-2021 Isaiah: A Child Is Born (Isaiah 9:1-7)
Sermon from 11-21-2021
November 21, 2021
11-14-2021 Amos: Justice Rolls Down (Amos 1:1-2; 5:14-15, 21-24)
sermon from 11-14-2021
November 14, 2021
11-07-2021 Special Speaker: Rev. Randy Jasper
Sermon from 11-07-2021
November 07, 2021
10-31-2021- Where God Resides (1 Kings 5:1-5; 8:1-13)
sermon from 10-31-2021
October 31, 2021
10-17-2021- Looking to Heaven (Exodus 16:1-18)
Sermon from October 17, 2021
October 17, 2021
10-10-2021- Open Ears (1 Samuel 3:1-21)
sermon from 10-10-2021
October 10, 2021
10-03-21- The Importance of a Name (Exodus 3&4)
Sermon from 10.03.2021
October 03, 2021
09-26-2021 Special Speaker: Rev. Randy Jasper
Sermon from 09-26-2021
September 26, 2021
09-19-2021 What If? (Daniel 3)
Sermon from 09-19-2021
September 19, 2021
09-12-21 Maker of Heaven and Earth (Genesis 1:1-2:4a)
sermon from 09-12-2021.
September 12, 2021
09-05-21 Clay and Thorns (2 Corinthians 12:6-10)
sermon from 09-05-2021
September 05, 2021
08-29-21 Let's Practice Together (Acts 2:42-47)
Sermon from August 29, 2021.
August 29, 2021
08-22-21 Navigating the Gap (Acts 1:6-14)
Sermon from August 22, 2021.  
August 22, 2021
08-15-2021 Different Stories, Same Need (Luke 18:35-19:10)
Sermon from August 15, 2021.  
August 15, 2021
08-08-21 Sneaky Grace (Acts 10)
Sermon from August 8, 2021.
August 08, 2021
08-01-21 The Compelling Invitation (John 1:35-42)
Sermon from 08-01-2021.  Sermon notes and announcements can be found at
August 01, 2021
07-25-21 Strengthened through His Spirit (Ephesians 3:14-21
Sermon from July 25, 2021.
July 25, 2021
07-18-21 Jesus' Promises (John 14:15-31)
Sermon from July 18th, 2021.
July 18, 2021
07-11-21 Finding the Trinity (Matthew 28:16-20)
Sermon from 07-11-21.
July 13, 2021
07-04-21 A Seat at the Table (Genesis 18/1-8)
Sermon from July 4, 2021.  
July 13, 2021
06-13-21 Born from Above (John 3:3)
Sermon from June 13, 2021.  In John 3:3, we usually translate ano-then as 'born again.'  This word, though, can also be translated as 'born from above.'  What does it mean if we translate ano-then as 'born from above?'
June 13, 2021