Posts from January 2020

Posts from January 2020

God Loves the World – John 3:16-17

For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17) Pastor John’s Notes: John 3:16 is perhaps the most famous verse in the world. It expresses the love that God has for every person, as well as the…

Series Notes: Life in the Spirit

Jesus Christ has come to make life in the Spirit possible. This February, we will learn how a new, spiritual life is available to all of us by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. We will discover what it means to be born anew and learn spiritual truths from God. We will also learn about the specific gifts the Spirit gives to each of us as well as the fruit of the Spirit that grows in every follower…

Jesus Predicts the Cross – John 3:13-15

No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven —the Son of Man. “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. (John 3:13-15) Pastor John’s Notes: The cross is the turning point of human history. It is the moment that the old covenant is replaced by the new. Jesus Christ has taken upon himself…

Don’t Trust in Human Religion – John 3:9-12

“How can these things be?” asked Nicodemus. “Are you a teacher of Israel and don’t know these things?” Jesus replied. “Truly I tell you, we speak what we know and we testify to what we have seen, but you do not accept our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? (John 3:9-12) Pastor John’s Notes: Nicodemus was a ruler of the Jews and…

Born of the Spirit – John 3:4-8

“How can anyone be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked him. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly I tell you, unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born again. The wind blows…

The Second Birth – John 3:1-3

In February, we begin a new series in worship entitled, “Life in the Spirit,” exploring what it means to live by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Jesus had one of the most important conversations about spiritual life with a ruler of the Jews named Nicodemus, which is recorded in John 3. There was a man from the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to him at night and said, “Rabbi, we know…

Sharing in the Joy of Christ – John 15:11

“I have told you these things so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” (John 15:11) Pastor John’s Notes: Jesus Christ is the most joyful person who ever lived! He has overcome all temptation, lived in the power of the Holy Spirit, and has overcome even death itself. He sits at the right hand of the Father and reigns over heaven and earth. His is a life of absolute victory, and he wants to…

Asking for what we need – John 15:7-10

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be my disciples. “As the Father has loved me, I have also loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commands you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.” (John 15:7-10)…

The Danger of Not Remaining in Christ – John 15:6

“If anyone does not remain in me, he is thrown aside like a branch and he withers. They gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” (John 15:6) Pastor John’s Notes: Here Jesus warns his disciples of the danger of neglecting our walk with him. It should seem obvious that if we were lost without Christ before our conversion, we would be lost without Christ afterward. We all tend toward neglecting our spiritual life in favor of…

Nothing Without Christ – John 15:3-5

“You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me.” (John 15:3-5)  Pastor John’s Notes: As Christians,…