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Who Do You Say That I Am?

A Study in the Gospel of John

Who Do You Say That I AM?

May 21, 2017 • Pastor Dave Dick

This Sunday, we will be bringing our John series to a close as we reflect on the time we have spent studying this gospel account together on Sundays and in our small groups. The apostle John wrote this gospel with the purpose “that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ” and I pray as we look back through our study that we not only have grown in our belief and knowledge of who Jesus is, but that we have also been challenged by our calling as the church to follow Him. Join us for a special service this Sunday.

Follow Me

John 21:15-25 • May 7, 2017 • Pastor Dave Dick

This week, we witness the forgiveness and restoration of the Apostle Peter as Jesus commissions him for his ministry. Jesus prepares Peter for his calling as a shepherd and reminds him that his calling and giftedness are unique. I think we can all agree there is no one like Peter and Jesus confirms that for him as we share in these last verses of the Gospel of John together. John again gives us some important pointers on what it looks like for each of us to follow Jesus.

Gone Fishing

John 21:1-14 • April 30, 2017 • Pastor Dave Dick

Last week, we concluded chapter 20 of the book of John as we heard the testimony of Thomas “My Lord and My God” and John shared with us the purpose of His entire gospel “....that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” It seems like a natural ending to the entire gospel, but John wasn’t finished. He had one more chapter to write. This week, we go back to the seashore as Jesus would meet His disciples once again in His resurrected body. An encounter that they would most likely remember for the rest of their lives. John certainly did.

That You May Believe - Part 3

John 20:19-31 • April 23, 2017 • Pastor Dave Dick

This week, we continue in John chapter 20 as Jesus reveals Himself to the disciples. We find the disciples hiding, fearful of what the Jewish leaders might do to them. Jesus has other plans for these men and it begins as they believe. We will consider the impact of doubt in our life, as well as the result of belief. Join us this week as we continue on our study on the book of John.

That You May Believe - EASTER

April 16, 2017 • Pastor Dave Dick

Easter Sunday, we join to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. All three services will be identical for Easter Sunday as we are lead by the choir, orchestra and praise team. We will continue to focus on John's purpose in writing his gospel "that you may believe". Whether it is someone that you have invited or someone you do not know, be sure to welcome those who will be visiting with us this Easter. As we remain on mission together, this Sunday is a great opportunity for us to influence and impact our community with the gospel of Christ. Happy Easter!

That You May BELIEVE

John 20:30-31 • April 9, 2017 • Pastor Dave Dick

Has anyone ever challenged what you believe or ask you why you believe what you believe? When was the last time you reflected on what it is you believe and why? We live in a world of multiple beliefs. Modern psychology has come up with some fascinating reasons for why we believe what we believe, but the reality is not all of our beliefs can be true. During Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday, we will continue our study in the book of John as we bring our focus to the reason that John gave for writing this gospel account (John 20:30-31) “that you may believe”. Join us this Sunday, as we go back to chapter 12 and the triumphal entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem exploring the book of John regarding questions like: What do you believe about Jesus? How do you believe in Jesus? Why do you believe in Jesus? Do you believe in Jesus? You will also want to plan on joining us for Good Friday service as we continue in the book of John focusing on the hours before Jesus’ crucifixion and His interaction with Pilate. Jesus reminds Pilate and each of us of His Kingdom and His authority. As we participate together in Holy Communion, Good Friday will be a powerful night of worship and remembrance.

Falling Short

John 18:13-27 • April 2, 2017 • Pastor Dave Dick

Ever feel like you fell short, you didn’t measure up to others' expectations or maybe even your own? It could have been sports or academics or maybe a relationship. Looking back, you would have done things differently. Maybe you feel as if you have fallen short in your relationship with Jesus. This week, we take a closer look at Peter’s denial. Three times, he would deny Jesus. Peter didn’t just fall short, he fell flat. Fortunately, Peter’s story does not end in John chapter 18. In many ways, it is just beginning.

The Cup

John 18:1-12 • March 26, 2017 • Pastor Dave Dick

As we come to chapter 18 in the book of John, the scene begins to shift toward the cross. When we read the first twelve verses, we may feel discouragement as Jesus is arrested and taken away. The disciples are left without their leader and Judas has followed through on his betrayal of Jesus. But as we take a closer look at these verses, we see the truths about Jesus that John has been teaching us throughout his gospel account. Truths that continue to answer the question “Who do you say that I am?”

Unified in Christ

John 17 • March 19, 2017 • Pastor Peter

Pastor Pete will be preaching this Sunday and his message will focus on John 17 and the importance of unity within the church. What is the basis for true Christian unity? The answer is our relationship to Christ. Jesus Christ is the tie that bind us together. But what does that look like in a world where there are so many opinions? How is that lived out in a world where one's Christian faith is being challenged daily?

Finding Joy

John 16:16-33 • March 12, 2017 • Pastor Dave Dick

This week, Jesus promises His disciples that their sorrow will turn into joy. That statement may immediately bring certain expectations to mind for most of us. “Oh great! Jesus is going to take care of everything.” “Everything is going to turn out just like the disciples had hoped and dreamed.””Finally, the desires of their hearts will be met.” Well......yes and no. Join us Sunday as we continue in the book of John. Happiness is caused by things that happen around me, and circumstances will mar it; but joy flows right on through trouble; joy flows on through the dark; joy flows in the night as well as in the day; joy flows all through persecution and opposition." - Dwight L. Moody

Bearing Witness

John 15:18-16:15 • March 5, 2017 • Pastor Dave Dick

This week in our 40 Days of Prayer journal, we have been praying through the topic of discipleship. Discipleship puts us on the front lines of ministry and that is not always an easy or comfortable place to be. This week in our Scripture reading (John 15:18-16:15), Jesus reminds His disciples that they will face opposition. Not many of us like the idea of being hated by anyone. Most of us would simply prefer to be liked and accepted (Thank you very much). But Jesus warned His disciples that the world would not receive them with open arms. In fact, there would be hatred and opposition as they began the work of the early church, but the Father would send the Helper. Jesus continues to prepare His disciples as He explains the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives (and ours). Join us this week as we continue in our series in John and as we celebrate Holy Communion together.

Branch Living

John 15:1-18 • February 26, 2017 • Pastor Dave Dick

This Sunday, we will be studying a familiar passage as Jesus shares the last of the “I am” statements found in the book of John. Teaching on the vine and the branches, He continues to prepare His disciples for the same task we have been praying about today: sharing the gospel. Join us this Sunday as we learn about “branch living”.

Gifts

John 14:15-31 • February 19, 2017 • Pastor Dave Dick

I started playing football in sixth grade, but before I was allowed to step out onto the field my parents purchased a few necessities for me like a helmet, mouthpiece, shoulder pads, cleats, and leg pads. Without this gear, I would not have survived for long on the football field. As we continue in John chapter 14 this week, Jesus continues to prepare His disciples for His departure by giving them a few gifts. Without these gifts, they also would not have survived long in the world given the task that awaited them.

Believe

John 14:1-14 • February 12, 2017 • Pastor Dave Dick

Webster defines belief as a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing. As we come to chapter 14 in the book of John, the disciples are facing a confidence crisis. They are facing a number of questions and changes to the relationship they now enjoy with Jesus. We may face similar times in our life. As we begin chapter 14, Jesus reminds them to believe. He also reminds them of the power of prayer.

A "New" Commandment

John 13:18-38 • February 5, 2017 • Pastor Dave Dick

This week as we celebrate Holy Communion, we continue in chapter 13 of the book of John. Jesus releases Judas to the business of turning Him over to the Jewish leaders. As Judas leaves and the hour approaches, Jesus turns to the remaining eleven disciples and shares a “new” commandment with them that they are to love one another just as He has loved them.

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