The Old, Old Story: Lazarus

The Old, Old Story: Lazarus  

 

John 11:21-44

21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God,who is to come into the world.”

28 After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.

32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.

“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.

35 Jesus wept.

36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind manhave kept this man from dying?”

Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead

38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said.

“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”

40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

The Old, Old Story: Learning From a Blind Man

John 9 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Some claimed that he was.

Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”

But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”

10 “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked.

11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”

The Old, Old Story: The Woman at the Well

John  4:6-26, 29, 39-42

Breaking Down the Barriers (vs. 6-9):

The Living Water (vs. 10-15):

They shall not hunger or thirst, neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them, for he who has pity on them will lead them, and by springs of water will guide them. Isaiah 49:10

   

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 17 The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.

Revelation 22:1, 17

Facing the Truth (vs. 15-21):

Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.       Proverbs 28:13

Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

       James 1:21


The True Worship (vs. 22-26):

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.      Psalm 29:2

  

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellences of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

    1 Peter 2:9

Telling the Story (vs. 29, 39-42):

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 all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.   Matthew 28:19-20

   

The Old, Old Story: You Must Be Born Anew

The Old, Old, Story: You Must be Born Anew    John 3:1-21

Until we come to Jesus Christ, there is something missing (vs. 1-2):

No one can see the Kingdom unless they are born again (vs. 3-8):

Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? Ezekiel 18:31

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26

How can this be? (vs. 9-15):

he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, Titus 3:5

God’s Love (vs. 16-21):  

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.    1 Timothy 1:5

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— Ephesians 2:4-5

The Old, Old Story: Cleansing the Temple

John 2:13-25

 

Jesus Clears the Temple Courts

13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”[c]

18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”

19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”

20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.

23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name.[d] 24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. 25 He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.

Work of the Holy Spirit!

Sermon scripture: John 16:7-15

The Holy Spirit comforts and helps believers (v.7):

and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,
Ephesians 1:19-20

The Holy Spirit convicts and convinces the world (vs. 8-11):

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.  He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
1 John 2:1-2

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
1 Peter 2:24

The Holy Spirit guides by speaking the truth (vs.12-13):

However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”–the things God has prepared for those who love him–these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
1 Corinthians 2:9-10

The Holy Spirit glorifies Christ and only Christ (vs.14-15):

Who Is The Holy Spirit?

Sermon scripture: John 14:15-16

Love— Obedience (v.15)

And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
1 John 2:3

He is the Comforter, the other Helper (v.16)

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
1 John 2:1-2

He is the Spirit of truth (v.17)

What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:12-14

The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
Romans 8:16

He is the personal presence of Christ (vs.18-20)

He is the very special manifestation of Christ within the believer (vs.21-22)

He is the abiding presence of the Trinity (vs.23-24)

The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
1 John 3:24

He is the Holy Spirit, the Teacher (vs.25-26)

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. 
He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
John 16:13

Evangelism Jesus Style

Sermon scripture: John 4:26-29, 39-41

We must move from a come in movement to a go out movement.

Jesus Style of Getting Their Name:

    • One on One

 

    • Broke down walls-ask for something normal,(v.7)

 

    • Started where she was (v.10)

 

    • Built up trust (vs.13-14)

 

    • Sense of longing (v. 15)

 

    • Accepted Her (vs. 16-18)

 

    • Sidetracks—Brings her back (vs.19-24)

 

    • Disclosure (vs. 25-26)

 

    • She receives living water (v.29)

 

    She invites others (vs. 39-41)

Have a plan
Walking along the beach of Lake Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers: Simon (later called Peter) and Andrew. They were fishing, throwing their nets into the lake. It was their regular work. Jesus said to them, “Come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass.” They didn’t ask questions, but simply dropped their nets and followed.
Matthew 4:18-20

Lent According to Advent: Love

Sermon scripture: John 3:16-17

The idea that God loves the whole world is a new idea.

For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all
and richly blesses all who call on him, for,
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
-Romans 10:12-13

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love.
Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
-1 John 4:8, 16

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.
And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
-1 John 3:16

God demonstrated His love in the most perfect way possible:

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
-Isaiah 53:5-6

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
-John 15:13

God’s Love is Salvation

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance:

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.
-1 Timothy 1:15, 2:5

Lent According to Advent: Joy

Sermon scripture: Nehemiah 8:10, John 15:11

The joy of Christ:
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

The joy of believers is the joy of Christ Himself reigning within their hearts.

Joy is divine.
And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
Acts 13:52

Joy does not depend on circumstances or happiness.
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
Psalm 5:11

Joy springs from faith.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

Joy of future reward makes and keeps one faithful.
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race
and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying
to the good news of God’s grace.
Acts 20:24

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now,
you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,
But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ,
so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
1 Peter 1:8, 4:13

The joy of believers is fulfilled as believers study His Word,
the promises and commandments which He made.

When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight,
for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty.
Jeremiah 15:16

I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world,
so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.
John 17:13