St John in his gospel narrative inserts a very small, but well known story. In Chapter 12 we find the story of Mary anointing Jesus feet with a very expensive perfume, nard. This act of devotion stirred some controversy and John wants the reader to take a side in that controversy.
Invalid for 38 years. “Do you want to be healed?” The response is a shocking list of excuses why that is not possible. And yet this does not deter Jesus from healing the man, who obviously thinks his situation is hopeless, and who really is hopeless, save Jesus enters his life.
Today’s sermon continues in Pastor Jeff’s series from St John’s gospel. In today’s Scripture, we again see two examples of faith: one not real, the other real, true faith. Faith is not natural for human beings. Well, at least not Christian faith. Which might be a good reason to listen to today’s sermon.
The story in St John’s gospel chapter 4 is close to unbelievable. Just how could this woman change in a matter of one hour? As Pastor Jeff explains: this is how Jesus work!
In this sermon Pastor Jeff presents part 2 of the story of Jesus with the Samaritan woman at the well. Certainly the interaction with this Jewish man goes nothing like the woman is expecting. And St John tries to make clear that we should see ourselves as the woman in this story. We are as needy as she is; we have as many issues as she has; we chase as many solutions for our needs as she does.
“The Woman at the Well” is such a well-known story that we are prone to make to little of it, or to emphasize aspects of the story inappropriately. Pastor Jeff Lavalette walks us through this in his sermon.
Most people have had many ideas of what Jesus was, how he might have looked, what he might have represented when he was here on earth. In today’s Sermon text, St John provides us his description of Jesus, and Pastor Jeff walks us through those verses.
In St John’s gospel, chapter 15, Jesus uses the picture of a grape vine to explain some aspects of the relationship which believers have with God. Grape vines were probably more common in those days, or at least to a higher percentage of the population than they are today, but Pastor Mike is speaking from personal experience as he takes us through this text.