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What a Church Does

This Sunday, we continue a brief series we began 2 weeks ago on the local church.  This time we look at what a church does.  I want to spend a little time talking about how the church is described in scripture.  Starting in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 we look at several metaphors used in scripture to…

Pseudo-Faith, John 4: 43-54

This Sunday in our series in the gospel of John, we are looking at chapter 4, verses 43-54.  While this passage is talking about faith, and the great faith of the royal official; it starts out dealing with the problematic lack of faith, or what I call pseudo-faith.  Christ has already experienced much pseudo faith in watching…

The Woman At the Well, John 4: 1-42

This Sunday we continue our series in the gospel of John, now entering chapter 4, looking at verses 1-42.  In this passage, John the evangelist, the writer of this gospel, now presents us with a totally different prospect for the gospel than he showed us in chapter 3.  A Samaritan woman that is very much in need…

The Greatest Gift, John 3:31-36

This Sunday we continue our series in the gospel of John, finishing up and looking at chapter 3, verses 31-36.  In this passage John the baptizer continues speaking, and wraps up this chapter by summarizing what the chapter has been about: the gift of Jesus Christ, and the free gift he supplies.  This Sunday morning, we will…

How Does Born Again Happen? John 3: 16-21

This Sunday as we continue our series in the gospel of John we are looking at chapter 3 verses 16-21.  Here, as Jesus continues His conversation with Nicodemus, He explains further what this born again means; which Jesus has told Nicodemus he must do.  Jesus explains 3 things in this passage that God has done to make this life…

A Word to Skeptics: John 3: 9-15

This Sunday we continue our series in the gospel of John we are now looking at chapter 3 verses 9-15.  Here Jesus continues His conversation with Nicodemus, whom, this Sunday, I will call the skeptic.  Jesus had told him “Ye must be born again;” and Jesus says this phrase not to just a plain ordinary…