May 2020

Privileged People Motivated to Precious Praise (1 Peter 2:9-11)

Overview of 1 Peter You possess a precious salvation, a salvation into which prophets made careful searches and inquiries, a salvation that the apostles proclaimed, a salvation that the Holy Spirit divinely inspired, a salvation that angels long to observe. Believers in Christ possess that salvation. Therefore: fix your hope on future grace (1:13) be […]

Abiding in Christ (John 15:4-5)

If you are destroyed because you don’t bear fruit (15:2,6), and the only way to bear fruit is to abide in the vine (15:4), you better abide in the vine (15:4). Therefore, we need to understand what it means to abide. We read, in John 15:4, “abide in me.” John uses meno, which is the […]

Obedience, Evidence of Love & Indwelling Spirit (John 14:15-25)

Introduction Our dog, Piper, loves to eat, whether the meal available is the scrunchy sitting on the floor or the gravel that had come off the shingles and meandered down the roof, down the rain spout and into the rock bed in front of the house. Whenever I walk into the kitchen, she follows me […]

Greater Works Than Jesus (John 14:12-14)

Introduction Bookends. Let not your heart be troubled. The purpose of the whole chapter is to encourage the disciples. This must be remembered especially as we consider the ideas of obedience and love. The encouragement throughout the chapter: Be encouraged. I’m going to prepare a place for you (14:1-11). Be encouraged. Those who believe will […]

April 2020

Know Jesus, Know the Father (Jn 14:7-11)

Introduction What prompts Philip’s statement? We are going to answer that question shortly, but before we do, let’s rehearse the conversation going on in John 13 & 14. Jesus:  I’m leaving, so make sure to love each other (13:31-35). Peter:  Where are you going? (13:36-38) Jesus:  I am going to the Father to prepare a […]

A Time for Lament (Psalm 77)

Introduction Personal connection to Psalm in lieu of pandemic. I would like to invite you into my life this morning. I would like to set the table and have you sit down, so that I might offer a public confession this morning – not a public confession that you need to worry about. So then, […]

Victory of Christ’s Sufferings

An extremely challenging passage. This morning we step into a passage that might be considered an odd choice for an Easter Sunday service. The first will consider the statement in 1 Peter 3:18, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God.” Secondly, in verses […]

Belief, the Cure for a Troubled Heart (John 14:1-6)

Martin Luther called John chapter 14 “the best and most comforting sermon preached by Christ while on this earth . . . a jewel and a treasure not purchasable with the world’s goods.”[1] John starts the chapter with a problem and then proceeds to offer the solution. The problem, “Let not your hearts be troubled” […]

March 2020

Command to Love One Another (Jn 13:33-35)

Everyone wants a model to follow. In my classes, when a teacher assigns a specific type of paper, I often ask if he could offer an example of what he’s expecting. I can usually get online and download an example from the school library. I like to be able to follow a model that has […]

Threefold Glory (John 13:31-33)

Last words. Last words can be significant, not always but sometimes. The sweet story is told of Richard Mellon, a multimillionaire and president of Alcoa, who played a game of tag with his brother that spanned seven decades. When Richard was on his deathbed, he called his brother over and whispered, “Last tag.” Poor Andrew […]