In the Gospel of John, Jesus uses a number of "I am" statements- statements which disclose some unique aspect of his identity. Today, we explore another "I AM" statement of Jesus: "I am the Light of the world."
When Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead, it's more than just a miracle. It is a foreshadowing of Jesus' ultimate battle with death itself- a battle that he will win through his death on the cross and bodily resurrection. It is this victory over death that lies at the heart of Christian hope. Today, in her sermon, Coralie will explore this theme.
Why Did Jesus Say, I am the Bread of Life? (A Bible Study John 6:25-40) The day after Jesus fed 5,000 men with five loaves and two fish, he found himself surrounded by a large crowd of hungry people, demanding more food. Instead of giving them what they want, Jesus says, "do not work for the food that perishes but the food that endures to eternal life" (John 6:27). What is the food that Jesus is talking about? In short, himself. Jesus says, "I am the bread of life."
Today- in this second part of a Bible Study series on the I AM sayings of John's Gospel- we will take a closer look at what Jesus truly means when he says, "I am the bread of life."
As Coralie explains in today's sermon, sheep are among the most high-maintenance of livestock, requiring the constant guidance and protection of a shepherd. If Jesus is our shepherd and we are his flock, what does that say about us? What does that say about Jesus? These questions and more will be explored in today's sermon on John 10.
As we draw closer to Easter, we reflect more upon what it means for Jesus to die and rise again. What does his sacrifice and resurrection do for us? And what does it mean for us to follow such a Master? Coralie will explore some of these questions as she takes a deeper look at Jesus' teaching from the Gospel of John 12:20-33.
As a scriptural verse, John 3:16 is certainly among the most well known, both inside AND outside of the Christian community. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who BELIEVES in him may not perish but have eternal life." But what does it truly mean to believe in Jesus? Is it just a matter of agreeing that the church's teachings about him are true? Or, is there more to faith than that? In today's sermon, our guest preacher, Amy Hartin, will explore this question.
Most people know the story of Jesus' dramatic visit to the Temple in Jerusalem, where he overturns the tables of the money changers and throws out the people selling cattle, sheep and doves. He also accuses the people of turning his Father's house into a marketplace. What does Jesus mean by this accusation? What does this have to say about what's wrong with the way we, as twenty-first century Christians, worship?
Goodbyes can be extremely difficult. This is certainly true in the case of Jesus and his final hours with his disciples. Here, in the small upper room of a house somewhere outside of Jerusalem, Jesus informs his friends that he will soon have to leave them. However, at the same time, he also adds, "I will not leave you orphaned." Indeed, he promises to give them his eternal presence through the power of the Holy Spirit. In today's sermon, Coralie will elaborate on precisely what this means for us, the people of Christ's church.