When it’s wrong to want more of Jesus – John 6:22-51, Part 1

If you attend church worship services, why do you go to them? Whether you wake up on a Sunday morning in time to participate, or whether you give up valuable free time on Saturday night, or any time you attend a worship service, why do you go? I suspect that there are a variety ofContinue reading “When it’s wrong to want more of Jesus – John 6:22-51, Part 1”

If you believe in miracles, then how do you respond? – John 6:1-21, Part 5

This week we’ve been studying two of Jesus’ most famous miracles, which we read about in John 6:1-21. I don’t know which miracle is more astonishing.  The feeding of the 5000 or Jesus walking on water?  They’re both amazing.  But notice the disciples.  They have seen each of these astounding miracles…in the same day. HowContinue reading “If you believe in miracles, then how do you respond? – John 6:1-21, Part 5”

Do miracles still happen? – John 6:1-21, Part 1

Have you ever had a miracle in your life?  I’m not talking about how it was a miracle that you got a front row parking spot at the mall on Black Friday.  I’m talking about a time you know God intervened and there was either no doubt or very little doubt.  I don’t know thatContinue reading “Do miracles still happen? – John 6:1-21, Part 1”

How supernatural does our faith need to be? – John 6:1-21, Preview

Over a decade ago, Faith Church sent a mission team to work with sister churches in another country, during which time we attended worship services in a couple local churches.  In the middle of the first worship service, the entire congregation was vigorously singing praise to God, and a worshiper one row in front ofContinue reading “How supernatural does our faith need to be? – John 6:1-21, Preview”

Jesus on trial calls his 2nd and 3rd witnesses – John 5:31-47, Part 3

In the previous post, we learned that the religious leaders have accused Jesus of being a lawbreaker and blasphemer. Though not placed on any kind of official trail, Jesus treats it as one, calling witnesses to testify on his behalf. First up, as we read in the previous post, Jesus referred to John the Baptist’sContinue reading “Jesus on trial calls his 2nd and 3rd witnesses – John 5:31-47, Part 3”

The right response to miracles – John 4:43-5:15, Part 2

It’s early in his ministry years, and after having been away from home for awhile, Jesus is heading home. Will he, like he mentioned in John 4, verse 44, be treated with contempt? Or will he receive a hero’s welcome? John writes this in John 4, verses 45-47: “When he arrived in Galilee, the GalileansContinue reading “The right response to miracles – John 4:43-5:15, Part 2”

Why Jesus said a prophet isn’t honored in his home town – John 4:43-5:15, Part 1

I learned something about miracles in Faith Church’s worship service yesterday. Each week we have a volunteer host/ess, and they guide the service, welcoming everyone, making announcements, leading the prayer time and providing other transitional elements. Yesterday, our hostess, Chris, in her transition to the sermon, talked about how many albums, songs and movies haveContinue reading “Why Jesus said a prophet isn’t honored in his home town – John 4:43-5:15, Part 1”

Questioning Miracles – John 4:43-5:15, Preview

Have you ever experienced a miracle?  I’m talking a bona fide miracle?  I’m not talking about the non-supernatural way we can use the word “miracle”.  If we’re honest, we can use the word “miracle” in some very mundane situations.  For example, “It was a miracle I got to work on time because Route 30 wasContinue reading “Questioning Miracles – John 4:43-5:15, Preview”

John 3:16 is not enough? – John 3:1-21, Part 1

What is essential to an understanding of the Gospel, the good news about Jesus?  What I remember as a kid was hearing that John 3:16 was it.  That’s the Gospel in one verse.  That’s all you need to know. Therefore John 3:16 is the most important verse in the Bible.  So put it on bannersContinue reading “John 3:16 is not enough? – John 3:1-21, Part 1”

Two very different viewpoints on Jesus’ cleansing of the temple – John 2:12-25, Part 3

When Jesus’ disciples thought about Jesus’ wild actions of cleansing the temple, believe or not, it makes them think about a poem, a song, Psalm 69.  Only Psalm 22 is quoted more frequently in by the New Testament writers.  That means the earliest Christians saw in Psalm 69 numerous connections to the Messiah.  If youContinue reading “Two very different viewpoints on Jesus’ cleansing of the temple – John 2:12-25, Part 3”