CURRENT SERIES: Glory and Grace in Disruption
The Gospel of John Continued
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?
June 7, 2020
The Good Shepherd • June 7, 2020 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Passage: John 10:1–21 Theme: The Good Shepherd The illustration of the shepherd and his sheep teaches us ... 1. Jesus is the door to life (7–10). a. Only through Jesus will we find salvation and nourishment. b. Every other door leads to destruction and death. 2. Jesus is the Good Shepherd that lays down his life ... (11–18) a. To protect and deliver his sheep (11–13). b. To allow his sheep to know God (14–15a). c. To bring unity to his entire flock (16). d. To demonstrate love to his heavenly Father (17–18). Main Idea: We need to follow the lead of our Good Shepherd. Application Questions: 1. What do the illustrations of Jesus as the Door and Good Shepherd indicate about him? 2. What in this life do you find yourself seeking nourishment and fulfillment from that competes with Jesus Christ? 3. In light of what is going on in our country presently, what does the fact that Christ lay down his life to bring unity to his entire flock mean for our lives? How do we seek to live in unity within our divided and divisive country? 4. How do we emulate Christ as our good shepherd within our own lives?
May 31, 2020
Give Sight to the Blind • May 31, 2020 • Pastor Josh Kee
The key issues are: 1. Who is Jesus really? (Is he from God?) 2. What has he been sent to do? 3. Who has true sight? Outline: The 5th Sign - Jesus gives sight to a blind man (9:1-41) Jesus and the blind man (9:1-7) • (v. 1) Jesus sees the blind man – God pursues us in our spiritual darkness by his delight and initiative • (v. 6) Jesus proves that he is the Light of the world by giving sight to the blind man The Pharisees judge Jesus (9:8-34) 9:8-12 :: The neighbors are confused • Transformation happens by God's supernatural power and gracious work in our lives • (v. 12) We are witnesses to Jesus by simply telling what he has done for us 9:13-17 :: The Pharisees and the man, part 1 • (v. 15) Opposition to Jesus is fueled because of the Sabbath laws . The man’s sight is the evidence of his healer's power and authority • (v. 16-17) the religious experts ask for the beggar’s judgment regarding Jesus 9:18-23 :: The Pharisees and the man’s parents • (v. 18) The Jews refuse to believe . Unbelief blinds many from the simple truth about Jesus • (vv. 20-23) The parents confirm the son’s blindness but distance themselves from Jesus because they are afraid 9:24-34 :: The Pharisees and the man, part 2 • The beautiful simplicity of a transformed life is the most powerful witness to the glory and grace of God in Jesus Christ • Transformation by God’s grace leads to bold allegiance to Jesus • (vv. 28-29) The Pharisees ridicule the man . Those who have been changed by Jesus have a firm foundation, therefore we must not revile when reviled against (Isaiah 53; Matthews 5:11/ Luke 6:22-23; 1 Peter 2:21-24 ) • (vv. 30-34) The man is amazed at the Pharisees' unbelief and is cast out The truth about sight and blindness (9:35-41) • (vv. 35-38) To truly see is to put one’s faith in Jesus • (v. 39) Jesus is the righteous, who makes right (good) judgments • Blindness is a condition for sight in the kingdom of God • Acknowledging our blindness is the requirement for seeing . (vv. 40-41) the Pharisees reveal their hard-heartedness and blindness • Jesus confirms that they do not see (unbelief) and therefore their guilt remains • One must recognize their spiritual blindness in order to have spiritual sight. This is the only condition for receiving spiritual sight. THE MAIN POINT: The glory and grace of God are displayed in Christ as he gives spiritual sight (faith) to those who will humbly trust him; "blindness is the channel of belief" (Edward Klink)
May 24, 2020
The Light in a Dark World - John 8: 12-59 • May 24, 2020 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Passage: John 8:12–59 Theme: The Light in a Dark World The Light coming into a dark world produces responses: 1. The final Judge has his authority questioned (12–20). 2. The One from above is met with confusion and false belief (21–30). 3. The Word of God is rejected for tradition (31–47). 4. The Eternal I AM is dismissed as evil (48–59). Main Idea: Turn from darkness and follow the Light (12) ... • ... by remaining in the Word (31) • ... by walking in freedom rather than slavery to sin (32–36) Application Questions: 1. In what ways do those who claim to follow Jesus exhibit confusion about who he is or what it means to follow him? What are the reasons for such confusion? 2. How can one “believe in Jesus” yet so openly oppose him like we see in this text (vv.30-31 and v.59)? 3. What are some ways that we can know that our own belief in Jesus is legitimate and not confused? 4. How do the following expressions contribute to our understanding of discipleship: a) turn from darkness and follow the light (12); b) remaining in the Word (31); c) walking in freedom rather than slavery to sin (32-36)? 5. What is the biblical understanding of freedom and how does it apply to our daily lives?
May 17, 2020
Glory and Grace’s transforming Forgiveness • May 17, 2020 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Passage: John 7:53–8:11 Theme: Glory and Grace’s transforming Forgiveness The Story of the Woman Accused of Adultery: Background: Should this story be in Scripture? Conflict: Testing Jesus (3a–6a) Jesus’s Response (6b–9) • Jesus silences human judgment • Jesus leaves the sinner standing alone before the ultimate Judge Conclusion (10–11) • “Neither do I condemn you”: Forgiveness is extended to anyone • “Go and sin no more”: Live under the glory and grace of Christ’s law. Main Idea: We receive forgiveness to live out the glory and grace of Jesus. Application Questions: In which of the “sinners” in this story do you see yourself, the accusers or the woman? How so? How can we identify and wage war with the tendency in us to stand in judgment over others? What did Jesus mean by “let the one without sin cast the first stone” and “neither do I condemn you”? Should we ever address and confront sin in a person’s life when we see it? How can you show the compassion Jesus has in this story with a “sinner” in your life this week?
May 10, 2020
Glory and Grace Tabernacling among Us • May 10, 2020 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Passage: John 7:1–51 Theme: Glory and Grace Tabernacling among Us Jesus dwelling among us demonstrates that ... 1. We have a family determined by our relationship to our Heavenly Father (1–13). 2. We fulfill our purpose in life by doing the will of him who sent us (14–36). 3. We possess the living water of the Spirit who enables life to flow to others through us (37–39). Main Idea: We must entrust our lives to the care and mission of our great God who has chosen to dwell within us.
May 3rd, 2020
Confronted with the true glory and grace of God • May 3, 2020 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Title: Confronted with the true glory and grace of God Passage: John 6:1–71 1. Feeding the Thousands (6:1–15) Jesus is our Provider 2. Walking on Water (6:16–21) Jesus is our Deliverer 3. The Bread of Life (6:22–71) Jesus is our Provision Main Idea: We must accept Jesus for who he is rather than for what we selfishly want him to be. Application Questions: From the three scenes that depict Jesus as provider, deliverer, and provision, what have you learned or seen afresh about Jesus? In what ways do these scenes and what they reveal about Jesus challenge the way that you live? How will this change the way that you live? Describe the process of salvation (who does what) from Jesus’ proclamation that he is the bread of life (22–59). List out the different actions and responses that Jesus asks of the crowd in vv. 22–59. How does this affect our understanding of “believing in Jesus?” Why do so many disciples leave and reject Jesus at the end of this chapter (vv. 60–71)? What might this indicate for our church and your own personal walk with Jesus?
April 26, 2020
Glory + Grace in Disruption • April 26, 2020 • Pastor Josh Kee
Context (5:18) :: Enmity (Genesis 3:15) between the Jewish leaders and Jesus because of Jesus' claim to be equal with God • POINT: We must get Jesus right; "to get Jesus wrong is to get God wrong" (Edward Klink) • Any form of religion or spirituality that gets Jesus wrong will end in judgment • This is the most critical thing for the Church to get right in our mission to live as witnesses 1. 5:19-24 :: The unity of the Father and the Son o (19) :: The limitation of Jesus' ministry o (20-21) :: The motivation of Jesus' ministry = God's love for the Son and for the world (3:16) • The goal of Jesus' ministry = "that you may marvel" • to give life o (22) :: Jesus will judge all o (23) :: Because of the unity of Jesus and the Father, to honor one is to honor the other; to dishonor (or reject) one is to dishonor the other o (24) :: Jesus reveals the Father • He came to offer life and remove judgment (which only he can do as the Son of Man) • Whoever hears (believes; receives) has judgment removed and is given life • Whoever does not hear (stops up their ears; unbelief; rejects) has no life and judgment remains on them as the due consequence of their sin 2. 5:25-29 :: Life and Judgment belong to Jesus o This is the foundation of the rest of the Gospel of John (Klink) o Jesus' final word will be proof of his authority, when the dead hear and live o Every person will hear and respond, either to eternal life or to judgment (Daniel 12:2) o The linchpin is belief in the Son (20:31) o Only Jesus can give life and remove judgment 3. 5:30-47 :: Witnesses to Jesus' deity and glory o Jesus' witness is not sufficient alone (30-32) o John the Baptist (33-35) o The works of Jesus (36) o The Father (37-38) o Scripture (39-40) o The futility of man's glory (41-47) • Jesus is Judge, not Accuser • Moses (hope in the Law; self-righteousness) will accuse them on the day of judgment • To love man's glory over God's leads to judgment POINT: Whatever you put your hope in in this life will either accuse or acquit you on the day of judgment. Jesus alone gives life freely, but he must be received as both Life and Judge. To get Jesus is wrong is to get everything wrong. Discussion Q’s: 1. Who do you believe Jesus to be? 2. Are there areas in which you sit in judgment over God based on your own conceptions? What conceptions do you have that stand in contradiction to God’s claims about himself? 3. How does the fact that only Jesus can give life and remove judgment change our relationship to Scripture (and other spiritual disciplines)? 4. Why is Scripture and biblical teaching so important to our understanding of God? “The Scriptures, rightly understood, point away from themselves to Jesus.” (D.A. Carson) 5. If Scripture cannot give life on its own, why do you read the Bible? What does it produce? a. Are you looking for Christ in your Bible reading? b. Are you looking to Christ in your Bible reading? c. Does it cause you to marvel? d. Does it result in honoring Christ, and therefore honoring God the Father? 6. Who’s glory are you more prone to chase after and receive: the glory of man or the glory of God? 7. If you have believed on Christ, rest in the fact that it is because he has chosen by his pleasure to give you life and remove the judgment of your sin by taking it upon himself. You do not have to strive to attain spiritual life or favor, and you do not have to strive to remove judgment from yourself. The work is finished by Jesus, the worthy Life Giver and Judgment Remover. Give yourself to the spiritual disciplines in order to behold him, marvel at him, honor him, and be transformed by him.
March 29, 2020
Glory and Grace in Waiting • March 29, 2020 • Pastor Josh Kee
RESOURCE: RightNow Media - on-line library. For access, email Heather at email@example.com and she will send an invitation. For all past messages and links: https://clearwatercommunity.org/events/upcoming-events/coronavirus/ Glory and Grace in Waiting Passages: Colossians 3:12-17 Main Point: Seasons of waiting are necessary for God’s deeper work on our character to be accomplished. His purpose is to shape character in us that produces hope (Romans 4-5) and is able to endure all seasons of life. Colossians 3:12-17 • Whatever our circumstance, we can be confident that God’s will for us is to be changed to become more like Christ. In his grace and wisdom, God provides opportunities for these to be shaped in us, usually through means that we would otherwise not choose for ourselves. • Character work usually takes place when we are placed in close proximity with people who have a high capacity to irritate us. These are the opportunities for us to put on Christ. • What we consider inconveniences or irritations may very well be the God-ordained opportunities for us to become more like Christ. • This could be a season in which God reveals sin that exists at depths our typically busy lives rarely allow us to get to. These sins are revealed in our dispositions and attitudes toward others. Remember that God is wholly committed to making us holy so that we lack nothing. • Q’s: o Does this instruction give any consideration for application based on circumstances? What do these verses show us about God’s desire for his people? o What does it mean for us to “put on” these traits? (Considering letting younger kids physically put on some clothes, then observe what is required and tie it to the spiritual “clothes” referenced in these verses). o Read through the list of character traits, or virtues. Which are difficult to put on in your current situation? Confess them, to God and your family. Ask for forgiveness and grace to put these on. o What are other ways you and your family (if applicable) can put these verses into practice? o Notice that thankfulness is mentioned in some fashion three different times in these verses. Gratitude is a key marker of those who are in Christ, but it must be put on with intention. How can you put on thankfulness this week? o How do periods of waiting help serve God’s purposes in our lives? Practical application: • Redeem this season of waiting by actively submitting to God’s character work in your life. • Ask God to help you tune in to what he is doing in your heart during this season. • Actively love the people closest to you by emulating Christ. RESOURCES: app and website • Prayer guide to keep us oriented to God • Family resources for the next couple of weeks under “Sermons” tab on website & mobile app • RightNow Media – online Christian library of resources; email firstname.lastname@example.org • Dwell Bible listening app – use link to access CCC’s group; free for 60 days • Updates – we will send notifications and will post a video update on Wednesdays LOGISTICS: • Programs – all canceled until further notice • Small groups o please avoid gathering in groups per the governor’s recommendation o Facetime/ Zoom video chats and dinners • Prayer requests (email or reach out to your small group leader or elder) • Contact your elder with spiritual/ physical needs • Benevolence/ Harriet’s o Drop canned goods or pastas off in the black bins at the church office • Giving – online giving via website or app
March 22, 2020
Online Message :: Glory and Grace in Disruption • March 22, 2020 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
A message from the pastor will be online only this week. Live on facebook at 10:00 a.m. on our website, app, and youtube at 11:00 a.m. The Thread :: Sunday, March 22, 2020 Glory and Grace in Disruption Passages: James 4:13-17; Colossians 3:12-17 Main Point: What we perceive as disruptions in our plans are not at all disruptive to God’s purposes. James 4:13-15 • Proverbs 16:9 ESV - “The heart of man plans his ways, but the Lord establishes his steps.” • We can make many plans with little regard to God’s Kingdom. Disruptions have a way of revealing our allegiance. This is an opportunity for us to reorient to God’s kingdom and his heart and to have a deep work done within us to shape Christlike character. • Q’s: o What is getting disrupted in your life because of this pandemic? What does it cause you to feel? o What opportunities do you in place of your regular routine because of the pandemic? o Are you more focused on what is getting disrupted or on what God might be doing in the midst of the disruption? o Colossians 3:1-2 – Practice setting your heart and mind on things pertaining to God’s kingdom and it will transform the way you perceive throughout the pandemic disruptions. You may even behold God’s grace in unexpected ways. Colossians 3:12-17 • Character work usually takes place when we are placed in close proximity with people who have a high capacity to irritate us. These are the opportunities for us to put on Christ. • This could be a season in which God reveals sin that exists at depths our typically busy lives rarely allow us to get to. These sins are revealed in our dispositions and attitudes toward others. • Q’s: o Does this instruction give any consideration for application based on circumstances? What do these verses show us about God’s desire for his people? o What does it mean for us to “put on” these traits? (Considering letting younger kids physically put on some clothes, then observe what is required and tie it to the spiritual “clothes” referenced in these verses). o Read through the list of character traits, or virtues. Which are difficult to put on in your current situation? Confess them, to God and your family. Ask for forgiveness and grace to put these on. o What are other ways you and your family (if applicable) can put these verses into practice? Romans 12:9-12 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Practical application: • Be more concerned with what God is doing through the disruption than on getting through the disruption. If we get through this and don’t learn what God wants to teach, we do not benefit. • Be careful what you pay attention to – fill your mind with as much of God’s truth as you do with the news cycle – Only one of those things can produce peace. • Be careful not to assume that God’s work in your life, in our church, in our nation, and around the world is being halted because of this. “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2). RESOURCES: app and website • Prayer guide to keep us oriented to God • Family resources for the next couple of weeks • Updates – we will send notifications and will post a video update on Wednesdays LOGISTICS: • Programs – all cancelled until further notice • Prayer requests (email or reach out to your elder) • Elder contact with spiritual/ physical needs • Benevolence/ Harriet’s • Small groups o please avoid gathering in groups per the governor’s recommendation o Facetime/ video chats and dinners • Giving – online giving via website or app
March 15, 2020
Online Message :: Be still, nothing can keep you from God’s love • March 15, 2020 • Pastor Phil Burggraff and Pastor Josh Kee
“Glory and Grace” Sermon Series // Be still, nothing can keep you from God’s love. Passages: Psalm 46; Romans 8:18-39. Family resources in the link above. Main Point: Times of uncertainty and fear test our faith by revealing what we really believe. In this way, God uses these times to purify his people and to produce character, which leads to greater hope. Psalm 46 Discussion Q’s: • What are the circumstances in which God’s people are commanded to “be still and know that [He is] God”? • Why is stillness necessary? Is stillness passive? • Why is stillness so difficult, especially in tense times? • How do these verses inform how we should respond to our current situation? Romans 8:24-39 Discussion Q’s: • What is God telling us about himself in these verses? What does he promise? • Perhaps you are familiar with these verses. How are they informing your present hope and joy? • What points are difficult for you to believe? Take them to the Lord in honest confession. • How are these verses able to nourish our hearts and minds in order to lead us to rest in Christ?