Posts by John Longmire (Page 3)

Posts by John Longmire (Page 3)

Jesus is With Us Every Step of the Way – Matthew 28:19-20

And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20) Pastor John’s Notes: It is easy for us to think of discipleship as a course of study, like a curriculum we can learn in a classroom. But discipleship is a relationship with Jesus Christ as our Master. Without this one-on-one relationship, there can be no discipleship. This is why Jesus ended “The Great Commission” with a promise that he would be with us always. His…

We Have Lots to Learn – Matthew 28:19-20

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19-20) Pastor John’s Notes: Discipleship is an orientation to the principles and values of the kingdom of God. Baptism, which signifies our new life in Christ, is both an ending and a beginning. It is the ending of a world-centered life and the beginning of a…

Baptism is the Beginning – Matthew 28:19

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19) Pastor John’s Notes: Baptism signifies the new birth, the spiritual awakening that comes through the work of the Holy Spirit. Unlike your natural birth, in which you had no decision whether or not to be born, baptism is grounded in your decision to be identified with Jesus Christ. In your natural birth, you…

Jesus Holds All Authority – Matthew 28:18

Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. (Matthew 28:18) Pastor John’s Notes: God has entrusted all authority to Jesus Christ. Jesus is the faithful Son of God, who is without sin. He overcame all the temptations of the Enemy and emerged from the wilderness with power to cast out demons. He established the kingdom of God and reigns as our Sovereign Lord. He has the power to overturn…

God Calls Even Those Who Doubt – Matthew 28:16-17

The eleven disciples traveled to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped, but some doubted. (Matthew 28:16-17) Pastor John’s Notes: It seems odd that after all the time they spent with Jesus, some of the disciples were still doubting. Doubt is a normal part of our reorientation to the ways of God. The truths of the gospel are so wonderful that it is hard to believe they are real. But Jesus doesn’t…

The Great Commission – Matthew 28:16-20

This week we will study “The Great Commission,” the assignment Jesus gave to his disciples on the Mount of Ascension before he went into heaven. This study will prepare us for the upcoming series in January, “United in Purpose,” which will be an important and formative series in the life of our church.  The eleven disciples traveled to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped, but some doubted. Jesus came near and…

Mary and Elizabeth’s Friendship – Luke 1:56

And Mary stayed with her about three months; then she returned to her home. (Luke 1:56) Pastor John’s Notes: Friendships deepen over time. Mary and Elizabeth were relatives, but their friendship grew deeper through their understanding of God’s plan. God had woven them together in an extraordinary way. One was to bear John the Baptist, the herald and forerunner of the Messiah. He would prepare the hearts of the people for the coming of Christ. The other would bear the…

God Fulfills His Promises – Luke 1:54-55

Mary said, “He has helped his servant Israel, remembering his mercy to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he spoke to our ancestors.” (Luke 1:54-55) Pastor John’s Notes: God never forgets his promises, and God never changes his mind. When God speaks, his words are entirely reliable. The beautiful thing about our relationship with God is that God is always consistent in everything he does and says. The more we grow in our understanding of God’s activity in the…

God Exalts the Humble – Luke 1:51-53

Mary praised God saying…”He has done a mighty deed with his arm; he has scattered the proud because of the thoughts of their hearts; he has toppled the mighty from their thrones and exalted the lowly. He has satisfied the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty.” Pastor John’s Notes: Here we get a glimpse of what was in Mary’s heart and why it is that God chose her among all the young women of Israel. Mary…