Sermons on Jesus
Jesus never seemed to shy away from drawing lines in the sand. Matthew mentions one of those lines when, in Matthew 20:20-28, he records Jesus telling his disciples, “whoever would be great among you must be your servant”. That teaching illustrates the important place Jesus gave to the combined ideas of selflessness and service and how they offer a surprising, counter-cultural expectation that forms the heart of being a Christian
Mark’s quick-paced introduction of Jesus’ ministry offers a very compacted but deliberately told account of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. This lesson will explore that account and consider what insights it offers us into Jesus and the place he should have within our lives
Our culture idea embraces the idea that ‘you can be whoever you want to be’. While that sentiment might have “the appearance of wisdom” (Colossians 2:20-23), it offers an open-ended view of humanity that contrasts with the singular purpose God gave to humanity in the creation, a purpose humanity abandoned in its rebellion against God. Although humanity’s rebellion changed its relationship with God, it did not remove the obligation of that creational purpose. This lesson will explore how Jesus restores us to the mission God gave to humanity and consider what that restoration means for us today.
This lesson explores the surprising contagiousness of Jesus’ holiness in the account of his healing of the leper in Matthew 8 and use it to add another layer explaining our need to follow Jesus
The Old Testament book of Job records Job’s struggle to understand the suffering he believed God sent against him. Part of the his struggle revolved around his desire to argue his case before God, a desire he believed could not be fulfilled because he had no one to arbitrate between himself and God (Job 9:32-33). Job’s lament for an arbiter prepares us to appreciate the New Testament’s explanation for why we need Jesus – he mediates a relationship between God and us (1 Timothy 2:5).
People commonly identify Jesus as ‘loving’ or ‘serving’ or ‘merciful’, but rarely do they identify him as ‘smart’. Paul’s comment that Jesus possess “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3) stands against our common perceptions. This lesson will consider our need to follow Jesus because he knows best and will note some of the features that define his ‘smart’ way of living.”
Psalms 23, John 10, Ezekiel 34
Deuteronomy 18:15-18 — Deuteronomy opens with a reminder of both Moses’ failure as Israel’s God-appointed leader and the punishment he would receive. Moses’ failure combines with his important place both in both Israel and in the Bible’s larger story to raise questions about Israel and humanity’s ongoing relationship with God. Those questions lead to God’s promise to raise up a prophet like Moses, a promise that finds its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus. This lesson will explore that promise and ways…
This lesson considers Revelation’s picture of Jesus’ worthiness in Revelation 5 and what his worthy identity means for us. Revelation 5:11-12
I AM “The light of the world” John 8:12: John, in his gospel, records eight statements made by Jesus that we commonly call his “I AM” statements. Last month we began a study of those “I am” statements that we will continue in this lesson by considering Jesus’ statement, “I am the light of this world”.
John 1:1,14 — Exodus through Deuteronomy devote a large amount of space to the tabernacle, which ought to impress on us the important place God intended it to have within Israel. While the tabernacle served important, functionary purposes, it introduced key ideas about God that found their fulfillment in Jesus who the New Testament presents as God’s new tabernacle.
This lesson (a continuation of the lesson “A Story of Broken Relationships”) will look at Revelation 21-22 to consider the ways in which John’s revelation pictures God restoring His relationship-oriented intentions through Jesus to help us better understand the end of the story we are in and how our relationship with Jesus is moving us towards that conclusion.
“Jesus’ “I Am” statements in John’s gospel offer insights into his understanding of his identity and its meaning for us. This lesson will explore Jesus comment about being the way to the Father in John 14 and will seek to help us better understand his exclusive claim in our pluralistic society.
Genesis 3:1-7 This year we will be dedicating ourselves to becoming more like Jesus. But that focus assumes something important that we need to make explicit – we need to become like Jesus because we are broken people. This lesson will therefore consider the opening chapters of Genesis and their narration of God’s relationship-oriented intentions for humanity and the way that humanity’s rebellion broke those relationships. Additionally, we will explore how humanity’s rebellion fractured three areas of relationships (God, self,…
John 3:1-8 John 3 is a talk between Jesus and a man named Nicodemus. Midway into the talk, Jesus asks, “You’re a teacher, and yet you don’t these things?” I have to believe Nicodemus didn’t see this talk with Jesus ending this way. And yet, striving to be more like Jesus comes with these moments of vulnerability. Jesus came to expose our ignorance & guilt. We can run from it or we can resolve it. But if we accept our…
Luke 9:57-62: God has given Jesus “all authority in heaven and on earth” and he invites us to submit ourselves to his rule. But both his rule and his kingdom within which he exercises his rule often differs from our expectations.
Matt 1: 18-19: Jesus’ birth… The gospels recount great joy surrounding Jesus’ birth because Jesus fulfilled God’s plan to save His people. But the news wasn’t delivered in the way people would expect.
Last week we spent some time exploring the central place Jesus holds in the Bible, a place that illustrates for us the place that he should have within our lives. This lesson will consider the New Testament’s emphasis on Christlikeness, the expectation that Christians think and act like Jesus; an expectation so foundational to Christians’ identities that it even forms their name – Christ-ian.
The kingdom, the covenant, and the kings, Exodus 19:5-6 We began last week by exploring the beginning of the Bible’s story in which we encounter God’s purposes for humanity, humanity’s rebellion, and God’s promise to resolve their rebellion. This lesson continues our survey of the Bible’s history leading up to Jesus by considering Israel’s story from its beginning to its captivity, which introduces God’s chosen people and the law and kings He gave to them.
Jesus made a number of bold claims about his relationship to the Old Testament, asserting that all of its contents revolved around him. But he also made promises to his disciples that contain equally bold assumptions about his connection to the New Testament. Given the nature of Jesus’ claims, we will consider his relationship to the Bible to help us better understand his place in its pages and, therefore, within our lives.