The Word Among Us
The Light of Life
May 28, 2023 • Pastor Andrew Clark • John 8:12–30
Jesus had many exchanges with those who oppose him, but his urgent cries are summarized beautifully as he makes the claim that he, and he alone, is the light of the world. Those who follow him will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. Is the light of life ours?
Our Glass Houses
May 21, 2023 • Pastor Andrew Clark • John 7:53, John 8:1–11
In one of the most famous passages in all of Scripture, Christ takes the sins of the religious and the wayward and puts them up against the holiness of God. None of us can meet God’s standard on our own; in Christ we are made righteous and given power to turn from sin and pursue godliness.
Water That Satisfies
May 14, 2023 • Joel Maginnis • John 7:37–52
This week John wraps up his recounting of Jesus's teaching during the feast of booths. The people there are celebrating God's provision of rain and water and ultimately look forward to the day when, like water, YHWH will pour out His Spirit on all people. Jesus is drawing from this theme when he announces Himself as the giver of living water, that He is the way through which the Spirit will come.
Dealing With Reality
May 7, 2023 • Pastor Andrew Clark • John 7:25–36
Jesus is loving and inviting, but he also calls all of us to see him truly and to deal with the reality of who he is. It is only in dealing in the reality of sin, the work of Jesus, and the redemption that results from faith in him that we find true life.
The Discipline of Disappointment
April 30, 2023 • Pastor Andrew Clark • John 7:1–24
As Jesus’ ministry and influence continues to grow, everyone around him has strong opinions about who he should be, how he should act, and what he should do. However, Jesus models complete obedience to his Heavenly Father, and in doing so disappoints and frustrates the expectations of those around him. Are we able to count the same cost as we follow God? Is he worth it to us?
He Has The Words
April 2, 2023 • Pastor Andrew Clark • John 6:60–71
Though the truth of God can be hard, thought our lives can at times stifle our faith, though the voices of the world call to us, it is Jesus who has the words of eternal and abundant life. So we ask, “To whom shall we go?” May we come whole-heartedly to Christ himself for life abundant.
March 26, 2023 • Pastor Andrew Clark • John 6:52–59
What is true life? Jesus is pleading with anyone who will hear him to come to him, where true life is found. If we believe he is the Son of God, who died for our sins, and who beckons us to abide in him, we have true life as we enjoy the presence and life of God himself.
Follow the Crumbs
March 12, 2023 • Pastor Andrew Clark • John 6:22–40
As Jesus’ ministry gains more momentum, he remains clear about his purpose and calling. Jesus, the bread of life, sent by the Father to offer life to the world, is here for all who will come to him. However, it is vitally important that we believe in the one God sent, Christ himself, that we may have access to these promises.
When It's Not Enough
February 26, 2023 • Pastor Andrew Clark • John 6:1–15, Psalm 23
As strong, smart, and capable as we may be, life has a way of revealing something about ourselves: we are incomplete as people. This can lead us to despondency in our inadequacy or dependence on the God who made us; the latter choice allows us to step into our identity as sons and daughters as we lean into Christ to help us in our need.
February 5, 2023 • Pastor Andrew Clark • John 5:1–18
When Christ heals, he is always doing some deeper work for the benefit of those around him. Alleviating the pain in our life can be a good thing, but God is always seeking to bring about a deeper healing, the saving and growth of our souls, in each of his followers.
January 29, 2023 • Pastor Andrew Clark • John 4:46–54
God is good and gracious, working in our lives for our benefit and joy. Sometimes this aligns with what we hope and wish for, but when it doesn’t, we can trust God, knowing that he is still working good in and for us, growing our faith all the while.