Sermons from January 2019
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.
This lesson will consider Psalm 51, David’s poetic reflection on his sin with Bathsheba, and the perspectives it offers us on God’s forgiveness and the expectations that accompany it.
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…