CURRENT SERIES: Glory and Grace in Disruption
The Gospel of John Continued
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.
August 30, 2020
Theme: Glory and Grace Continued • August 30, 2020 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
August 30th 2020 - Glory and Grace Continued Full Passage: John 16:15–33 The continuing work of Jesus through the internal ministry of the Holy Spirit ... 1. Turns temporary sorrow into eternal joy. How? a. By clarifying our spiritual confusion b. by allowing us to see Jesus c. by permitting us to come directly to the Father 2. Enables us to completely experience the Father’s love. How? a. Through the mission of Jesus b. By our response of faith 3. Provides peace despite our failure. Why? a. We are in Jesus b. He has overcome the world Main Idea: We experience the continuing glory and grace of Jesus to overcome our current predicaments. Application Questions: • How have you experienced through the indwelling of the Spirit temporary sorrow turned into joy? • Answer from your perspective Klink’s question: “Why does our flesh make prayer a burden and not a privilege?” • What does Jesus teach us about the Father’s love in vv. 25–28? How are Jesus’ mission and our faith involved in this? • According to vv. 31–33, why is it that despite our failures we can still have true peace? • How does this passage give you hope in the predicament(s) that you are currently experiencing?
August 23, 2020
Glory and Grace displayed by the power of the Spirit • August 23, 2020 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Passage: John 16:1–15 Theme: Glory and Grace displayed by the power of the Spirit Jesus’s challenge calls us to 1. Pay attention to the time (1–4a). a. This time is characterized by i. Mounting pressure ii. Misguided view of service to God iii. No relationship with God through Jesus b. Application: i. Don’t give up ii. Remember to look to Christ 2. Recognize the failure of doing life focused on self (4b–6). a. We easily miss God’s mission b. We display fear rather than hope 3. Live by taking advantage of the Holy Spirit (7–15). a. He convicts the whole world of their ... i. Sin, because they don’t believe Jesus ii. Mistaken Righteousness, because they miss the work Jesus is doing iii. Judgment, because they follow a defeated leader b. He guides believers in a hostile world. How? i. He directs us in Truth ii. He reveals Christ iii. He glorifies Christ by indwelling us Main Idea: We must live and serve by the Spirit if we are to maintain hope in the midst of a hostile world. Application Questions: • Given the mounting pressure that we will face from this world, how do we discipline ourselves to look to Jesus (vv. 1–4a). • In what ways do find that you get focused on self and easily miss God’s mission within this world? • Why would Jesus point to the disciples’ grief and fear as a negative response since he is departing from them? Should we not grieve and or be sorrowful at times? When does grief become unhealthy according to this passage? • How might the Holy Spirit convict the world today of their sin, righteousness, and judgment? • From this passage, how do we discern the leading of the Holy Spirit in our own lives?
August 16, 2020
Glory and Grace :: Rejected by the world • August 16, 2020 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Theme: Glory and grace rejected by the world Passage: John 15:18–27 Main Point: Understand, Christian, the world hates you! Why? Three reasons according to this passage: 1. You follow Jesus (18–21). a. You are no longer a part of the world’s system. b. You have been chosen by Jesus c. You will face rejection and persecution because you claim Jesus’s name. 2. You renounce sin by choosing to obey God’s Word (22–25). a. Jesus exposed sin. b. Jesus revealed the Father. c. The world hates all of this. 3. You stand for the Truth (26–27). a. The Spirit of truth has come to testify to Jesus. b. The Spirit possesses you to testify through you. Summary: We need to see and accept the reality that the world hates us because we follow Christ. Application Points: o Be hated for the right reasons. o Take your children by the hand. o There is no bandwagon jumping.
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?
July 19, 2020
Glory and Grace through Love • July 19, 2020 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Theme: Glory and Grace through Love Passage: John 13:31–38 Notice three truths from this passage: 1. Glory and Grace are works accomplished by God alone (31–33). a. For all of time, the glory and grace of God centers around the work of Jesus on the cross. b. While God accomplishes glory and grace, he prepares us for what lies ahead. 2. We reflect God’s glory and grace by loving one another (34–35). a. Jesus’ love enables us to love one another. b. Witness and Discipleship take place in our love for one another. 3. Attempting to display God’s glory and grace by other means than loving one another actually opposes the Gospel (36–38). a. It opposes it by relying on our own strength. b. It opposes it by denying the Truth. Main Idea: Our love for our fellow believers displays that we have received and are coming to understand the glory and grace of our loving God. Application Questions: • How do verses 31–33 relate to the command to love one another? Why does Jesus introduce the command with this emphasis on glory and grace (hint: cf. 1 John 4:7–11)? • When you think of the concept of love, do you think of it more as an emotion or an action? How does this affect your understanding and application of Jesus’ command here? • In following Jesus’ own example of love for us (v. 35), how can we apply this command to our lives? • How can Peter’s failure to grasp what Jesus commanded (vv. 36–38) serve as a warning to us?
July 12, 2020
Glory and Grace through Service • July 12, 2020 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Theme: Glory and Grace through Service Passage: John 13:1–30 Four Truths that we learn concerning discipleship and service: 1. Discipleship begins with the service of the Ultimate Servant (1–5). 2. Disciples receive the cleansing service Jesus provides (6–11). 3. Disciples willingly and actively serve one another (12–20). 4. Even those closest to Christ can reject his service and walk into darkness (21–30). Main Idea: The glory and grace of Jesus demonstrates itself through service.
July 5, 2020
Glory and Grace in the Cross of Jesus • July 5, 2020 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Passage: John 12:20–50 Theme: Glory and Grace in the Cross of Jesus Notice what the “lifting up” of Jesus on the cross accomplishes: 1. The lifting up of Jesus bears fruit (23–26). 2. The lifting up of Jesus focuses on the Father’s glory (27–28). 3. The lifting up of Jesus brings all things under his judgment (29–33). 4. The lifting up of Jesus saves those who embrace him (34–36). 5. The lifting up of Jesus hardens unbelievers (37–43). 6. The lifting up of Jesus accomplishes perfectly the Father’s mission (44–50). Main Idea: Jesus accomplishments on the cross beckon us to believe and follow him.
June 28, 2020
The Glory and Grace of King Jesus • June 28, 2020 • Pastor Josh Kee
John 12:1-19 Sermon Info // June 28, 2020 Title: The Glory and Grace of King Jesus I. John 12:1-8 :: Jesus anointed as king and corpse at Bethany The glory of God = The goodness of God (Ex. 33:18-19) = The grace of God in Jesus Christ The glory and grace of God transform our devotion • Mary's personal devotion to Christ resulted in her lavishly pouring out what was of great value to her • We strive to preserve what we are most devoted to. • "Mary displayed the true posture of the Christian disciple." (Klink) The glory and grace of God transform our values (and our relationship to material things) • Mary evaluated the worth of the perfume based on its relation to the worth of Christ • Judas evaluated the worth of the perfume based only on its financial worth • Mary was devoted to Christ, and she discarded financial value in order to gain Christ (Matthew 13:44-46) • Judas was devoted to money, and he discarded Christ in order to gain money (Matthew 6:24) Point: What we value reveals what we are truly devoted to, and we will be devoted to that which we are convinced will give us the fullest life (John 10:10). II. John 12:9-11 :: Lazarus is targeted • Misplaced devotion makes us irrational • Those associated with Jesus become a threat to fragile systems of hope and suffer persecution for it III. John 12:12-19 :: The Triumphal Entry • Jesus is embraced as King (vv. 12-13) • Jesus embraces their proclamation (vv. 14-15) o Chooses a donkey instead of a war horse – humility of Christ o Will conquer those aligned with evil, because he is good (Zechariah 9:10) o Peace is experienced by being reconciled to God, through Christ's death, which conquers sin and saves (Hosanna!) • Jesus' glory came through the shame of the cross and honor from his Father • Jesus’ glory (death, resurrection, and giving of the Holy Spirit) opens our eyes to perceive the glory and worth of Jesus as King (vv. 16-17) • Living for the glory of God threatens the world’s system of hope and will bring opposition (vv. 18-19) Main points: • Jesus is to be the object of the Christian's devotion. • Devotion to Christ results in the generous outpouring of ourselves in service to our King. • Glory comes through suffering as we humbly submit to and follow our King (2 Corinthians 4:16-18) • Discussion Questions: 1. What does stinginess (with our time, money, resources, etc.) reveal about our devotion? 2. What does Mary teach us about the posture of a disciple of Jesus? 3. How is your relationship to money and material possessions? Are they rightly related to Jesus to be used to serve others and glorify God, or are they misplaced and loved for their own sake? 4. How does devotion to Jesus affect our engagement in the social issues of our day (racial strife, poverty, sexual exploitation, oppression of the weak, and other manifestations of human suffering)? 5. What are the implications of Jesus’ humility for those who follow him? (See Philippians 2:1-11) Where is there pride that needs to be put to death in order to better represent Christ? 6. We are consistently faced with options to sit upon metaphorical war horses (displays of strength, power, authority, conquering) or donkeys (displays of humility, meekness, service, peace). In your spheres of influence (home, work, community, church), which will choose this week as you follow your King?
June 21, 2020
Jesus Raises Lazarus • June 21, 2020 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Passage: John 11:1–57 Theme: Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life Principles from the raising of Lazarus: 1. Suffering does not diminish the love of God. Application: Refuse to allow suffering to call into question the love God has for you. 2. God displays his glory through suffering. Application: Trust this backwards reality. 3. Followers of Jesus still tend to think they know what is best for their own lives. Application: Resist thinking you know better than God. 4. The believer in Jesus possesses the life of Jesus. Application: Don’t fear death because it no longer applies to you. 5. The powers of this world plot in vain to stop God’s plans. Application: Leave the big picture, global stuff to God. Main Idea: Live the resurrected life Jesus has given you. Questions: 1. Why do we struggle with calling into question the love of God when we go through suffering? List some other biblical characters that similarly struggled with suffering. What was God’s response? 2. How is God’s glory displayed through suffering? What is an instance in which you experienced God’s glory displayed in suffering? 3. How do we presently experience the resurrection and life of Jesus? (see vv. 9–10 and 25–27) 4. In what areas do you presently need to leave the things that are happening in this world in God’s hands? What should this look like in your life?
June 14, 2020
Jesus is the Son of God • June 14, 2020 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Passage: John 10:22–42 Theme: Jesus is the Son of God Notice what this text teaches us about Jesus as the Son of God: 1. Jesus eternally protects those who are his. a. Because Jesus has received full power and authority from the Father (29) b. Because Jesus is one with the Father (30) 2. Jesus perfectly does the good works that the Father gave him to do. Main Idea: We must truly believe in Jesus. Do you believe this Jesus? Evidence of belief: Listening to his voice Known by Jesus Follow Jesus Application Questions: 1. What we the Jews wanting from Jesus according to vv. 22–24? How do you similarly demand Christ to provide answers/actions for you? 2. Discuss what life means from its uses in 10:10, 11, 17–18, and 28. What does this teach us about our lives presently? 3. What do vv. 28–38 teach us about the relationship between Jesus and the Father? What does this mean for our lives as followers of Jesus and children of God? 4. How do vv. 27–30 provide you with assurance that you are a sheep who belongs to Jesus? Do the evidences found there describe your life?