Messages on John
Today’s scripture: John 1:1-18 “You only live once.” We’ve all heard this phrase but is it true for a follower of Jesus? True, we only go through this world once, but as Christians, we are Easter People – we believe in the resurrection and a life after this short time here. Christmas is over, but now it’s time for Epiphany – the reveling of Jesus as Lord and Savior. This also marks that change from infant Jesus to his life…
The great novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote that “there are no second acts in American lives.” But Fitzgerald was wrong. There are plenty of them. Pentecost Sunday celebrates the power of the Holy Spirit in enabling us to have not only second, but third, fourth, fifth, or more, chances to get it right. This is the power and mystery of God’s grace and powered by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus finds us where we are Today’s Scripture – John 20:19-29 We typically focus on Thomas as the doubter, the one who dares question the resurrection. We ought to see him as who he is, one who loved Jesus and was in deep grief following the resurrection. The notion that Jesus actually was alive and had come back was shocking. For Thomas this was a pivotal moment of faith for him and affirmed him worthy of Jesus’ love and affection…
The disciple whom Jesus loved tells the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection, a story of the power of God to forgive sin.
The act of foot washing depicted in John teaches us about God’s character of service, grace, love and calls us to humility. Not only is our Creator God all powerful, but also gentle and capable of humility with us demonstrating his great love.
John 3:5 Titus 3:5-8 The Nicene Creed declares the identity of Jesus based on scripture and the witness of the Apostles and early church fathers. It is that declaration of our hope though Jesus and that gives us joy even in difficult times like the present. Make your donation today Paul and the other early disciples understood what Christ had done on the cross and just how important is is that we realize Christ died for us even while we…
Acts 1:8, John 15:4-5, Romans 5:8 Making Disciples in the Wesleyan tradition means that it is practical and accountable. Practical in that we are engaged in the world in good works and sharing the gospel of Jesus and accountable in that we are engaged in small groups where we encourage, pray, study, and hold one another accountable. Wesley, through his formation of the “Holy Club” developed a way to be practical in faith, not just in worship and the sacraments.…
Hearing the experience of those on short-term or long-term missions whose lives have been dramatically changes and shaped in new ways can help us grow closer to God and in turn, we become more missional.
Judas (not Judas Iscariot, but the other disciple with that name) said to him, “Lord, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us and not to the world at large?”
But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.
There are many images in the Bible describing God in the feminine form. Isaiah 66:13 is only one of these. Also because of God’s great and tremendous love of us the word “comfort” is also used frequently in the Bible to describe God’s awesome caring for us.
As followers and disciples of Jesus we are to love each other as God and Jesus love us. We don’t really have a choice if we are to call ourselves “Christian”.