1 – If He is Who He Says He Is / Then I Can Follow Him
“Abraham is our father,” they answered.” John 8:39
“Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?” John 8:53
“Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” John 8:58
1. Maybe He was lying.
2. Or maybe He was just crazy.
3. He was telling the truth.
“But Jesus was silent and made no reply. Then the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” Jesus said, “I am. … Read the rest
Wear It: The Fabric of the Gospel
3- Christ’s Sufficiency
“Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.” Romans 13:14
Jesus alone is able to remove our sin and restore us to God.
1. Jesus lived the life we could not live.
“You know that he [Jesus] appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.” 1 John 3:5
2. Jesus died the death we deserve to die.
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.… Read the rest
Grace Two Ways
The Bible we read is beautiful. Its full of 66 books written by a ton of different authors, telling long stories, short stories, general stories, detailed stories, but all of those things point to Jesus being our savior.
Tonight we are going to look at one of those stories. Its about a woman meeting Jesus on the worst day of her life.
“Early in the morning [Jesus] came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery.… Read the rest
REBEL: non-conformists on a mission
1 – Our Rebel Leader
“There was no beauty or majesty in him that would attract us to him” – Isaiah 53:2
A rebel is a person who resists any authority, control, or tradition.
…so a life-changing rebel is someone who is a non-conformist to patterns of life or traditions of the culture in order to glorify God and live on the mission of God.
1. A rebel challenges authority… Jesus did.
“Yes, how terrible it will be for you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. For you cross land and sea to make one convert, and then you turn him into twice the son of hell as you yourselves are.” – Matthew 23:15
“How terrible it will be for you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees.… Read the rest
Who is Jesus?
9 – He is the Vine
Key Scripture: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.… Read the rest
Who is Jesus?
Week 8 – He is Resurrection & Life
Key Scripture: “I am the resurrection and life. He who believes in me, even though he dies shall live.” – John 11:25
“Jesus, then began to teach them, that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priest and teachers of the law, and he must be killed and after three days rise again.” – Mark 8:31
“And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.” – Isaiah 53:9
“There will also be a day when we like Jesus will get a resurrection body.” – 1 Corinthians 15
“I have come that you may have life and have it to the fullest.” – John 10:10
“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.… Read the rest
Koinonia – 7/22/15
Who is Jesus?: Week 7
The Resurrection and the Life
Key Scripture: John 20:1-31
Evidence of Jesus’ resurrection:
– Stone had been rolled away from the tomb (v2)
– Linen clothes… but no Jesus (v5-7)
– Jesus’ appearing to Mary Magdalene and the other disciples (v11-29)
– Testimony of Mary Magdalene (v18)
– Jesus shows his scars (v27-28)
– Growth of the Church (Matthew 28:16-20, Acts)
– Today, the place where Jesus was buried remains empty (unlike other gods)
The Importance of Jesus’ Resurrection:
“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, (2) and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.… Read the rest
Who is Jesus?: Week 6
He is the bread of life
Key Scripture: Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” – John 6:35
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” – John 10:10)
Who is Jesus?
Video: “Who is Jesus?”
Why should we worship Jesus?
In order to understand why we should worship Jesus, we first have to understand what worship is.
What is worship?
Video: “What is worship?”
According to Scripture, worship is not:
> Worship is not something done only by Christians or spiritual/religious people (Colossians 1:16)
> Worship is not just musical (Romans 12:1-2)
> Worship is not constrained to a certain time or place (John 4:19-24)
“Worship is an ongoing, unbroken life of communion with God empowered by the Holy Spirit and informed by the truth.” – Mark Driscoll
> Worship is not something that starts and stops (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
“If you will not worship God seven days a week, you do not worship Him one day a week.” – A.… Read the rest
Who is Jesus?
6 – He is Good Shepherd
Key Scripture: “I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.” – John 16:28
“He was taken up before their very eyes and the cloud hit him from their side. They were looking intently, up in the sky as he was going. Then suddenly two men dressed in white, perhaps angels stood beside them, men of Galilee, they said, “why do you stand here looking to the sky?” “The same Jesus who has been taken from you into heaven will come back in the very same way you’ve seen him go into heaven.” – Acts 1:9-11
“That God placed all things under his feet, and appointed him to be the head over everything for the church.” – Ephesians 1:22
“Jesus Christ is Lord over all.” – Acts 10:36
“He, – Jesus – is the image of the invisible God the first born over all creation.” – Colossians 1:15
“I am the good shepherd.… Read the rest
Who is Jesus?
4 – He is the Gate
Key Scripture: “It was for this very reason that I came to this hour.” Jesus said, “All of my life and ministry and temptations and trails and teachings have all culminated in this forth coming moment that I have come to earth as God for this mission of dying upon a cross.” – John 12:27
“Anyone who is hung on a tree is cursed of God.” – Deuteronomy 21
“There were many that were appalled at him…His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness.” – Isaiah 52:14
1. … Read the rest