The Silence Is Broken

December 10, 2018

John 1:19-34 How do you feel when you’re promised something and end up waiting a long time for the promise to be kept? Seasons of silence can rattle our nerves—and stretch our faith. The Jewish people knew about waiting. In 538 BC the Jews, who had been captive in Babylon for seventy years, began returning […]

The Tabernacle of God Is with Men

December 3, 2018

John 1:14-18 Trying to please the Lord isn’t always as easy as we might like. Inevitably we fall short in our efforts. But God sent Jesus to meet us at our point of need. John 1:14 tells us that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” The word “dwelt” means “to tabernacle among” or […]

As Many as Received Him

November 26, 2018

John 1:6-13 Within every one of us is an innate desire for spiritual reality. We all want life and peace. Yet apart from Jesus, we are in darkness—our sin blinds us. How does a person come to know God? Before Jesus came, God bore universal witness of Himself. He could be seen above: “The heavens […]

The Word Became Flesh

November 19, 2018

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 If we were to write someone’s biography, we would naturally begin with the person’s birth. But for one person in history, life did not begin at birth. Jesus Christ, before being conceived of the Holy Spirit […]

Abundant Life Now

November 12, 2018

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10 The gospel of John speaks of abundant life, so let me ask you this question: Are you living the life that Jesus came […]

The Gospel of John

November 5, 2018

John, more than any other gospel writer, reveals the deity of Christ. God Himself, John tells us, became one of us, possessing as His own a full human nature from His conception. John tells us at the outset that the Word—Jesus—was God (see John 1:1). He tells us that Jesus claimed to be the great […]

Getting Back to Jesus

October 29, 2018

These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. John 20:31 An interesting phenomenon has occurred in our society regarding Christianity in recent years: many people have been turned off by the church, viewing it as oppressive and […]

The Authority of Jesus

October 22, 2018

And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Matthew 7:28–29 We have seen over and over again throughout the Sermon on the Mount how Jesus called His followers to a life distinctly […]

Doers of the Word

October 15, 2018

Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these […]

Genuine Believers

October 8, 2018

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to […]