Posts by John Longmire (Page 3)

Posts by John Longmire (Page 3)

Continue in What You Have Learned – 2 Timothy 3:14-15

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know those who taught you, and you know that from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 3:14-15) Pastor John’s Notes: Spiritual knowledge is not something we learn once and then file away; we must continue in it. The Bible contains spiritual knowledge. Each time we read, we learn something…

2 Timothy 3:14-17 – Read the Bible

This week we will study the role of the Scriptures in the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ. Jesus knew the Scriptures and referenced them often in his teaching. The apostles also knew the central role that the Scriptures play in the spiritual life of God’s people. Saint Paul wrote to Timothy of the ongoing usefulness of the Scriptures in his life and ministry. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know…

The Motive of the Righteous – John 3:21

But anyone who lives by the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be shown to be accomplished by God.” (John 3:21) Pastor John’s Notes: As followers of Jesus Christ, we want God to get the glory for everything. We have no interest in self-glorification. In fact, we loathe it. In the Christian church, there is room for only one hero, whose name is Jesus, and we happily worship him. No one else can take any credit…

The Motive of the Rebellious – John 3:19

This is the judgment: The light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light and avoids it, so that his deeds may not be exposed. (John 3:19-20) Pastor John’s Notes: So why would anyone choose to reject Jesus after hearing his offer of forgiveness and new life? It is because there is another stronger love that has taken deep root within us.…

The Two Verdicts – John 3:18

Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God. (John 3:18) Pastor John’s Notes: Once we hear of the Good News of Jesus Christ, we have one of two decisions to make: either we will accept him or reject him. He has not left us a third option. Here Jesus also laid out the consequences of…

God’s Purpose – John 3:17

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:17) Pastor John’s Notes: John 3:17 is as important as John 3:16 because it reveals the heart of God. God’s deepest motive is not to condemn us but to save us. Even though we are sinners and often offend God and grieve the Holy Spirit within us, we always have access to God’s deepest motive. God will always…

God’s Promise – John 3:16

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. (John 3:16) Pastor John’s Notes: Eternal life is God’s gift to anyone who believes in Jesus Christ. In the language of the Bible, the word for “belief” is the same word as “faith,” so to believe in Jesus is to put your faith in him, that is, to trust him. This…

The Sign of Healing – John 3:14-15

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 3:14-15) Pastor John’s Notes: In the Book of Numbers, chapter 21, the people of Israel spoke against God and Moses, his servant. In punishment, God sent venomous snakes to bite the rebellious people, who then cried out to God in repentance. God told Moses to make a bronze serpent…

Jesus Explains the Meaning of the Cross – John 3:14-21

This week we will study the meaning of the cross as explained by Jesus himself. In one of the most famous conversations of human history, Jesus spoke with a high-ranking Jewish leader named Nicodemus, who came to Jesus at night for a private interview. It is here that we find Jesus speaking the words of the famous verse John 3:16, but the context of this verse, which we will study in depth, is as important as the verse itself. Jesus…

Leaving Everything to Follow Him – Luke 5:11

So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. (Luke 5:11) Pastor John’s Notes: In order for the disciples to follow Jesus, they had to leave everything behind. The same is true for us, but in a different way. While Jesus was on the earth, the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon the believers. In order to follow Jesus, a person had to be in his physical presence. To learn from him; the disciples had…