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August 9, 2020
Glory and Grace through union with Christ • August 9, 2020 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Theme: Glory and grace through union with Christ Passage: John 15:1–17 Jesus provides us with three commands to describe our union with him: 1. Remain in Jesus (1–8). a. He is the true vine from which we experience life (1–3). b. He nourishes us to bear fruit (4–6). c. In him, we experience answered prayer (7). d. In him, God receives glory by the fruit we bear (8). 2. Remain in Jesus’ love (9–11). a. We remain in Jesus’ love by keeping his commands (10). b. We remain in Jesus’ love to experience his complete joy (11). 3. Love one another (12–17). a. We love one another by laying down our lives for our “friends” (13). b. We love one another because we are friends with Jesus (14–15). c. We love one another because we are called by Jesus (16). Main Idea: We are united to Jesus so that God can display his love, mission, and glory in us.
August 2, 2020
Glory and grace seen in relationship through submission • August 2, 2020 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Theme: Glory and grace seen in relationship through submission Passage: John 14:15–31 Notice three truths concerning love and obedience in this text: 1. We express our love for Jesus through obedience to his commands (15–21). Results that come from love through obedience: a. Intercessory work of Jesus b. Indwelling Spirit c. Resurrected life of Jesus d. Participatory fellowship with the triune God 2. We face one of two outcomes in love through obedience (22–24): a. The love and presence of the Father and Son b. Rejection by him due to rejection of his word 3. We possess catalysts that help us love through obedience (25–31): a. The Holy Spirit b. Peace that casts out fear c. Jesus our perfect example Main Idea: Love through obedience demonstrates our relationship with and in God. Application Questions: • What commands are we to obey if we truly love Jesus? Why is it that love is expressed through obedience? • Of the four results that Jesus states come from love through obedience in vv. 15–21, which has particular application to your life right now? How so? • In vv. 22–24, Jesus speaks of God’s love as conditioned upon obedience. How can this be? Can we fall out of God’s love? • How does the Holy Spirit teach and remind us (v. 26)? What does that look like in your life today?
July 26th 2020
Glory and Grace - The Gospel of John Continued • July 26, 2020 • Pastor Josh Kee
John 14:1-14 Sermon Info // July 26, 2020 Title: Glory and Grace Outline: 1. 14: 1-4 :: Replace fear with faith a. (v. 1) "Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God; believe also in me." i. Exhortation: "Let not your hearts be troubled" - "be in control of yourself"; remove fear from your heart ii. Command 1: "believe in God" iii. Command 2: "believe also in me" 1. Jesus will take their trouble upon himself (12:27) 2. To trust the Son is to trust the Father 3. The remedy to our fear is belief in the trinitarian God b. (v. 2) Foundation of belief i. Jesus encourages his disciples by pointing them to their ultimate possession, which is to dwell in God's house as God's children ii. (v. 2a) "In my Father's house there are many rooms" 1. "Jesus begins the discourse proper by telling the disciples of their inheritance, and invites them, heirs of the eternal house of God (8:35), to visualize and embrace even now the bountiful blessings offered to the children of God." (Klink, 615) 2. The faithfulness of God to keep his promises is the bedrock of our confidence and courage . (v. 2b) "If it were not so, would I tell you that I am going to prepare a place for you?" 1. The going itself is the preparation 2. "The cross, resurrection, and ascension to the Father is the preparation, the provision of permanent dwelling with God." (Klink, 615) iv. (v. 3) "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you with me, in order that where I am you also may be." 1. Promise: If I leave, I will return, guaranteed 0. Goal: "that where I am you may be also" 1. Being present with Christ is the goal of the cross, the resurrection, and the ascension 2. 14:5-7 :: Jesus is the I Am a. (v. 5) Thomas's confusion . (v. 6) "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'" i. Sixth of seven formal "I Am" statements (the Light of the world, the Gate, the Bread of life, the Good Shepherd, the resurrection and the life, the true vine) . Jesus is the way, because he is the truth and the life i. Summary: "Jesus destroys the wall that divides humanity from God (the way), denies the falsehood that distorts humanity in relation to God (the truth), and defeats the last and greatest enemy of humanity, death (the life)." (Klink, quoting Calvin, p. 618) a. (v. 7) "If you have known me, you will know my Father also. From now on you know him and have seen him." 0. 14:8-14 :: The Christian’s Work a. (v. 8) Philip's ignorance - "Philip said to him, 'Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.'" i. They were looking for more - something else - but Jesus is enough! ii. Jesus's glorification (death, resurrection, and ascension) will finish the work, usher in the Holy Spirit and illuminate the eyes of his followers so they apprehend the way, the truth, and the life b. (vv. 9-11) Jesus's rebuke . (v. 12) - The Christian's involvement in God's work i. Christians are brought into God's redemptive work in Christ iii. It is better to have Christ in us than Christ with us a. (vv. 13-14) Prayer is the work i. "Prayer is the lifeblood of Christian existence…and the most properly basic Christian activity." (Klink, p. 626) 1. We cannot accomplish the work on our own 2. We join Jesus in his mission primarily through prayer 3. Our prayers must be prayed in accord with all that Jesus's name stands for - as we pray accordingly, we can be confident that Jesus will give us 4. Jesus will accomplish it as we prayerfully submit to him in faith 5. The goal of Jesus's ongoing work through believers is the glory of his Father ii. People are the mission. Prayer is the work. Christ is the hope. The Spirit is the power. To God be the glory. Benediction: Romans 15:13 - "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." Discussion Questions: 1. What causes your heart to be troubled? Where are you prone to fear? What does it mean for you to “believe in God, and also in [Jesus]” right now? 2. Faith in Jesus stabilizes in a consistently unstable world. What anchors you in the midst of life’s storms? What false anchors are you prone to grasp for when life is hard? What false anchors is the church prone to grasp for in troubling times? 3. What shapes your understanding of truth? How can Jesus stabilize us in a day when truth and facts are constantly being blurred? 4. Meditate on this statement: Jesus shows us the Father, makes us pleasing to the Father, reconciles us to the Father, and gives us access to ask anything according to the Father’s character. We are brought into the heart of the Father and invited to join Jesus in his work, empowered by his Spirit. a. Which parts of that statement catch your attention? Which parts do you struggle to believe? Which excite you? 5. “Prayer is the lifeblood of Christian existence…and the most properly basic Christian activity” (Ed Klink). a. What does Jesus teach us about the importance of prayer in God’s continual redemptive work in the world? b. How is your prayer life? What motivates you to pray, or to not pray? c. What kinds of things do you typically pray for? Are they after God’s character, desiring to submit to him, or after what God might give you to make life better? d. How can you join Christ’s work in prayer this week? Who can you pray for?