Sermons on John
We’re surrounded by people who try to keep others happy. It’s often easier to say and do what’s popular; it’s more difficult to stay true to what you know is right. Jesus offended a lot of people with his “radical” views on religion. Rather than worrying about winning the approval of the crowds and the priests, he spoke with authenticity about his mission to save those dead in their sins – all of us. How would our lives be different…
Through trials and challenges, we struggle to pray. We don’t know that there will be an answer or that God hears our prayers. But we can rest in God’s promise that he hears our every prayer, whether spoken or unspoken. This promise gives us the confidence to pray boldly, knowing our Heavenly Father listens to our every word. Scriptures: Psalm 116 Sermon Text: John 16:22-24
In order to achieve peace, we often compromise. Even though we don’t agree with someone’s viewpoint or actions, we tolerate it because we want to keep the peace. We tolerate our circumstances, but we aren’t content in them. True peace comes from God, from immersing ourselves in his promises and knowing that his love for us never fails. Scriptures: Psalm 16 Sermon Text: John 14:26-27
“It is finished.” These last words of Jesus are about more than the end of his life on earth. This sentence means that Jesus gave up his life for you. Although he was perfect, he suffered death for your sins. You could never sacrifice enough to pay for your sins, but Jesus paid the debt in your place. Scriptures: Ephesians 1:3-10 Sermon Text: John 19:16-30
We put in a ton of effort worrying about having the things we need. Whether these “needs” are actually survival requirements or things we just think we have to have, we forget the fact that the Giver of all things knows our needs. God has already taken care of the only thing we truly need: forgiveness. Scriptures: Matthew 6:25-34 and or Mark 2:1-12 Sermon Text: John 13
Most of us trust that the sun will rise in the morning and that the crops planted in spring will grow so we’ll have food in the fall. But we struggle to trust that God is who he says he is. Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. When we believe without seeing, we allow God to be God. We trust that the creator of the universe will do things…
Love is hard. There are so many times when we’re just weary. We give and give and give and never seem to get anything back. Jesus displayed so much love through his life and ministry. He had every right to expect a little something back. But human love is always tainted by selfish motivations. Still that’s the thing about God’s love. It’s committed. It does what it needs to do. Love sees it through. Mark 11:1-10, John 19:28-30
We say we love all people, but when push comes to shove, we’re pretty selective about where we choose to live and the people we choose to hang out with. Jesus hung out (literally!) with individuals that we church people would deem “beneath us”. And he showed them the same love, the same grace. Love embraces all! John 3:14-21; Luke 23:43
A mother loves her child and will do everything she can to protect him. Even if the whole world turns against or gives up on her child, she’ll defend and speak well of him to the bitter end. How much greater is Jesus’ love as he seeks to protect his Father’s reputation and the physical well-being of his own mother. Love protects. John 2:13-22; John 19:25-29
When we think that love means happiness and roses and nothing more, we’re in for serious disappointment. Sometimes love means sacrifice and suffering. Sometimes loves means taking up a cross can carrying it to its finish. Mark 8:31-38; John 19:28-29
That prayer is powerful can be seen as Jesus chooses to pray to his Father for us. If we feel that our prayer life falls short, we have one who intercedes for us and who was perfect in his prayer life to the very end.
When our homes are not what we want them to be, the risen Jesus can come and make them full again. Yet, even more comforting is Jesus promise of a greater home in heaven.