Posts by John Longmire

Posts by John Longmire

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,…

Useful Pruning – John 15:1-2

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. Every branch in me that does not produce fruit he removes, and he prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce more fruit.” (John 15:1-2) Pastor John’s Notes: The Bible lists spiritual fruit as follows: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control (Galatians 5;22-23). These are spiritual characteristics that will be part of our character for all eternity. As we live by the…

The Presence of Christ – John 15:1-11

At the end of the Great Commission Jesus said, “And remember, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” So what does it mean to live by the presence of Christ? Our focus this week will be on Jesus’ teaching about the vine and the branches in John 15:1-11. Let’s begin by reading the entire passage: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. Every branch in me that does not produce fruit…

The Authority of Jesus: The Role of the Holy Spirit – John 16:12-14

“I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. For he will not speak on his own, but he will speak whatever he hears. He will also declare to you what is to come. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. (John 16:12-14) Pastor John’s Notes: Jesus has not left us…

The Authority of Jesus: On the Side of Truth – John 18:37

“You are a king then?” Pilate asked. “You say that I’m a king,” Jesus replied. “I was born for this, and I have come into the world for this: to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” (John 18:37) Pastor John’s Notes: We live in a culture of warring opinions. It is strange that in one breath, someone will tell us that there is no such thing as objective truth and that one…

The Authority of Jesus: Putting His Teachings into Practice – Matthew 7:24-27


“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, the…

The Authority of Jesus: The Only Way – John 14:6 

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6) Pastor John’s Notes: Jesus Christ made unique claims. He did not claim to know the way, nor did he claim to know the truth, or the life; he claimed to be them. We tend to think that there are eternal principles in the universe that even God must obey. But there is nothing above God. Truth is…

The Authority of Jesus: Teachings from God – John 7:16-17

Jesus answered them, “My teaching isn’t mine but is from the one who sent me. If anyone wants to do his will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own. (John 7:16-17) Pastor John’s Notes: There is a prerequisite to understanding the teachings of Christ: We must first want to do the will of God. If we desire to do God’s will, then it will be obvious that Jesus’ teachings are…

The Teachings of Christ: His Authority – Matthew 7:28-29

This week we will focus on the teachings of Christ and how they are different from the teachings of the world. In the Great Commission, Jesus instructs us to teach others everything that he has taught us.  The crowds were astonished at his teaching, because he was teaching them like one who had authority, and not like their scribes. (Matthew 7:28-29) Pastor John’s Notes: The teachings of Christ are like no other. Whenever Jesus taught, the people heard a difference…

Spiritual Life Begins with God – Acts 2:39

For the promise is for you and for your children, and for all who are far off,as many as the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:39) Pastor John’s Notes: Here we see the moving power behind our spiritual lives. It is God who initiated our relationship. Even before we chose to follow after God, God chose us. Jesus once said to his disciples, “You did not choose me, but I chose you” (John 15:16). This is not to say…