The fourteenth chapter of St John’s gospel has occupied many, many sermons. Rarely is it preached through in one or two sermons. Yet, do to limited time, Jim Scullion as accomplished the task in three sermons. In this, the last of the three, Jim explains the impact of Jesus promising to send ‘another comforter’ after he leaves. With verses 15 and 31 as bookends, it is both and encouraging and challenging sermon.
St John chapter 14 consistently ranks very high as a favorite of believers in Jesus. And in many ways it is no surprise. The chapter is filled with hope; both for the present and for the future. But in v. 12 Jesus makes an incredible statement: Those who believe in him will not only do the works that Jesus has done, but will do even greater works that these! What to make of this statement?
Why would Jesus request “Let not your hearts be troubled…”? Its because human hearts do become troubled. We do fret, worry and become anxious. Jesus himself was ‘troubled’ on more than one occasion. Jim Scullion wanted to let this congregation know that Jesus urges his followers to not let their hearts be troubled because he is the solution to those troubles.
There are many ‘strategies’ for sharing our faith with those who have not yet come to Jesus. Pastor Mike addresses what may be the primary way to let others know that we are Jesus followers.
The Bible teaches that when a person comes to believe in Jesus as the solution to their “God problem” that they become a new creation. Pastor Galardi explains what that means in Sunday’s sermon.
John 12 is the passage where gentiles, “some Greeks”, asked to see Jesus. What is Jesus’ response? Pastor Alex Young helps explain why Philip responds as he does, and what Jesus response should help us understand about glory: God’s glory.
Pastor Jeff’s main text today was John 21 – Jesus helping his disciples refocus on the mission he had given them after they had slipped back into what was comfortable for them – Fishing. But much of what Jesus was teaching in Chapter 15 is foundational for what comes in Chapter 21. Jesus wants; he expects his followers to bear much fruit. And the way Jesus says this will happen is if the disciples “abide in him”. The same is true for us today, except we usually don’t take this command as seriously as we should.
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.