July 26th 2020

Glory and Grace - The Gospel of John Continued

July 26, 2020 • Pastor Josh Kee • John 14:1-14

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?

September 20, 2020

Glory and Grace Tried and Dismissed • September 20, 2020 • Pastor Phil Burggraff

The trial of Jesus demonstrates the following: 1. The world’s power systems aren’t in control. (28–32) 2. Truth answers a who question not a what question (33–38a) 3. Most look at the Father’s Son and reject him (38b–40) 4. Those who reject Jesus want him humiliated (1–7) 5. True power uses its authority for the benefit of others (8–11) 6. Jesus as king would serve as the final Passover lamb (12–16) Main Idea: We must embrace the humiliating sacrifice of Jesus to experience true power.

September 13, 2020

Glory and Grace Betrayed • September 13, 2020 • Pastor Phil Burggraff

Theme: Glory and Grace Betrayed Passage: John 18:1–27 Two Scenes: 1. Jesus Arrested (18:1–12) a. Despite the bleak circumstances, Jesus remains completely in control. b. Yet, Jesus willingly surrenders his life to the Father’s mission. 2. Jesus Tried by the Jewish Authorities (18:13–27) a. The true high priest serves by sacrificing himself for the sheep. b. The disciple must ... i. recognize their own inadequacy and failures ii. respond by looking to and pointing others to Jesus. Main Idea: We identify with Jesus so that others know that He is life.

September 6, 2020

Glory and Grace through Christ's Church • September 6, 2020 • Pastor Josh Kee

Jesus’ prayer is a prayer of consecration (setting apart for a specific purpose): • Consecration of Jesus to his Father’s work • Consecration of Jesus’ followers to his Father’s mission in the world o His prayer informs the church’s identity and priorities 17:1a - "After he said these things…" • Farewell Discourse (chs. 13-16) ○ Serve one another; love one another (13) ○ Believe in God, believe on Christ - He is the way, truth, life (14:1-14) ○ The Helper (paraclete) will come (14:15-31) ○ I am the true Vine - remain in my love; obey my commands (15:1-17) ○ I have been hated; you will be hated (15:18-27) ○ I will empower you by my Spirit (16:1-15) ○ I will turn your sorrow into joy (16:16-24) o I give you peace in trouble because I overcome the world (16:25-33) 1. 17:1b-8 :: Jesus prays for his and his Father’s glory a. (v. 1) Jesus and his Father are so united that to give glory to the one is to give glory to the other b. (v. 2) God’s plan was always to glorify himself by giving life to the world through the person and work of Jesus c. (vv. 2-3) To exist for God’s glory (our first conviction) is to continuously reorient ourselves to the person and work of Jesus = discipleship d. (vv. 4-8) Jesus completes his work by giving his disciples his Father’s words, atoning for sin, and ascending back to the Father – from glory to glory 2. 17:9-19 :: Jesus prays for his disciples a. (vv. 9-10) Jesus is glorified by bringing i. The church is the dwelling place of God, and therefore God’s glory (Ephesians 1:20-22) ii. The church is the arena in which the glory of God is displayed in the world (Ephesians 3:9-13) b. (vv. 11-12) Jesus asks the Father to protect his disciples c. (vv. 13-19) Jesus asks for his disciples to have his very own joy as they carry on his mission in a world that hates God, and therefore will hate them (Genesis 3:15) 3. 17:20-26 :: Jesus prays for his future disciples a. (vv. 20-23) Jesus prays for unity among his disciples . The church’s unity with God enables its unity with one another i. We exemplify the beauty of God’s glory to the world by our shared unity ii. WARNING: Disunity not only complicates church life, it opposes the mission of God b. (vv. 24-25) Jesus desires his disciples to be with him and to share in his glory c. (v. 26) Jesus will continue to make the Father known to his disciples through the Holy Spirit, and to the world through his church Main Point: The church glorifies God by participating in his life, unity, and mission in the world, with the very joy of Christ.