The Gospel of John

Sunday Morning Sermon Series

John 16:1-33 || Sermon 04/21/24

April 21, 2024 • Erik Miller • John 16

Jesus prepares His disciples for persecution so they aren’t surprised and stumbled by it when it comes. He tells them about the work of the Holy Spirit made available to them by His leaving. They will soon weep and mourn while the world rejoices, but their grief will turn to joy. It seems impossible and perplexing that everything that will soon happen could turn out in any positive way. Jesus arrested? His ministry, healing, and teaching stopped? Him beaten, mocked, and unjustly sentenced? His crucifixion? No human power is capable of such a thing. Only God has the ability to turn evil on its head and bring about life from death, good from suffering, joy from grief.    Marvel with us at Jesus’ words as you prepare for this week’s message by reading John chapter 16.

John 15:1-27 || Sermon 4/14/24

April 14, 2024 • Dakota Searles • John 15

Springtime in Colorado often brings with it wind that blows branches off of our trees. Even if you place that branch into a vase of water, the blooms may open and live for a time, but eventually that branch will die. This is a picture of complete dependency on another source for life. What does Jesus mean when He compares himself to a vine and us to branches? What does it mean to abide, or remain, in Him? To abide, or remain, in His love? How do we do this? What is the outcome when we do?   As you prepare for this week’s teaching by reading John 15:1-27, bring these questions into your study and join us on Sunday as we seek to understand the answers.

John 14:15-31 || Sermon 04/07/24

April 7, 2024 • Erik Miller • John 14:15–31

Returning to our John study, we will pick up in the second half of chapter 14. Jesus is talking with the 11 remaining disciples (Judas has left to betray Him), giving them words of hope, instruction, and comfort. He promises to send the Holy Spirit, a helper who will teach them and remind them of everything Jesus has said to them. He promises that because He lives, they also will live. He connects obedience to Him with love for Him. All these things Jesus tells His disciples to prepare them for what is to come, so that when everything happens, they will know where Jesus is and believe!   Prepare for this week’s message by reading John 14:15-31 

John 14:1-14 || Sermon 03/17/24

March 17, 2024 • John 14:1–14

John gives us the gift of listening into Jesus’ conversation with the 11 remaining disciples after Judas has left to betray Him. Jesus’ knows His hour has come and things are going to get excruciatingly hard, not just for Him, but also for those who love and follow Him. What a beautiful way to begin these last instructions – trust in God, trust also in Me! The disciples ask questions and Jesus answers them by pointing back to who He is and inviting them to believe all they have heard and seen.    Prepare for this week’s message by reading John 14:1-14 

John 13:1-38 || Sermon 03/10/24

March 10, 2024 • Dakota Searles • John 13

John provides more details to the passion week than the synoptic gospels, giving us glimpses into intimate interactions of Jesus. Headed to the cross, Jesus loves his followers to the end and shows them the full extent of that love. He washes feet, he lets them know what to expect, he warns them about their own weaknesses and failings, he prays for them. John provides more details to the passion week than the synoptic gospels, giving us glimpses into intimate interactions of Jesus. Headed to the cross, Jesus loves his followers to the end and shows them the full extent of that love. He washes feet, he lets them know what to expect, he warns them about their own weaknesses and failings, he prays for them.    Prepare for this week’s message by reflecting on the events in John 13 and how Jesus is loving people well.

John 12:37-50 || Sermon 2/29/24

March 3, 2024 • Jonathan Norton • John 12:37–50

In the very first chapter, John says this about Jesus; “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it…The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:4-5, 9-12) We see this playing out in John 12 – Even after all the evidence Jesus has given regarding who He is and why He came, many do not believe and many who do believe are afraid to confess their faith.  And yet, Jesus doesn’t walk away, but continues to respond with the truth that no one need stay in darkness because Light has come!   Join us Sunday as we study these words in John 12:37-50

John 12:12-36 || Sermon 02/25/24

February 25, 2024 • Erik Miller • John 12:12–36

Jesus enters Jerusalem to crowds welcoming Him as King. While, His disciples aren’t putting together the timeline or what is happening, Jesus knows where things are headed. Some Greeks from out of town approach Jesus’ disciples with a request to see Him, and he responds with talk of wheat, death, service and glory. Remember John’s purpose in writing this gospel – that we would believe that Jesus is the Christ, and by believing have Life in His name.   Grow in understanding Jesus’ identity and what it means to follow him with us on Sunday as we study John 12:12-36  

John 12:1-10 || Sermon 02/18/24

February 18, 2024 • Erik Miller • John 12:1–10

Jesus’ last week is near. After raising Lazarus from the dead He had withdrawn to ‘a region near the desert, to a village called Ephraim, where He stayed with His disciples.’ (John 11:54). Now he arrives in Bethany and attends a dinner with Mary, Martha and Lazarus. The dinner is given to honor Jesus and Mary does so in a remarkably humble and extravagant way by pouring expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet and wiping His feet with her hair.  In Luke 10:39, we see Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet to learn from Him. In John 11:32, we witness Mary falling at Jesus’ feet in grief and being led to surrender. Here we see Mary anointing Jesus’ feet to exalt Him.    Join us Sunday as we study this section of John that marks the beginning of Jesus’ last days before the cross. Prepare for this week’s message by reading John 12:1-10.

John 11:1-57 || Sermon 02/11/24

February 11, 2024 • Erik Miller • John 11

Jesus’ friend is sick, yet He waits to go and as a result arrives too late to save his life. Lazarus has died and been buried, and the family is grieving. These are close friends; they know what Jesus has done for strangers. He’s performed so many miracles at this point of his ministry, He’s healed many sick, restored sight to the blind and walking to the lame. Why does He delay? We like to tie this passage up in a bow with words of God’s perfect timing and bigger plan. That is absolutely true, but these friends are living in the present and their why is a poignant why.    Jesus’ response to both sisters and to Lazarus reveals a God who both weeps with compassion and is angry about death and the suffering it brings. He is a God who responds individually and personally. He is the resurrection and the life, whoever believes in Jesus will live, even though he dies.   Do you believe this?  Take your why to Jesus – He comforts like no other.   To prepare for this week’s message read and reflect upon John chapter 11

John 10:22-42 || Sermon 02/04/24

February 4, 2024 • Dakota Searles • John 10:22–42

Jesus is in Jerusalem during Hanukkah walking in the temple when the Jews ask Him; “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” This begins another conversation with Jesus explaining that He has told them plainly and that those who are ‘His sheep’ listen, follow, and cannot ever be snatched away from His hand.  The Jews understand Jesus’ direct claim to be God and determine to execute judgement upon Him for blasphemy. If Jesus wasn’t who He claimed to be, their judgement would be just. But Jesus is who He claims to be.   To prepare for this week’s message read and reflect upon John 10:22-42

John 10:1-21 || Sermon 1/28/24

January 28, 2024 • John 10:1–21

 Having just pointed out their blindness, Jesus continues his conversation with the Pharisees using word-pictures to explain who He is and who they are.  They don’t understand what He’s telling them so He explains further. The religious leader’s treatment of the man born blind stands in stark contrast to Jesus’ demonstration of God’s care, His heart, and His expectations of those who have been given the job of helping people to know God.  Jesus’ words drive home the truth about what it means to be loved, protected, and cared for like a shepherd cares for his sheep.   To prepare for this week’s message, spend time pondering Jesus words found in John 10:1-21 

John 9:1-41 || Sermon 1/21/24

January 21, 2024 • Erik Miller • John 9

What does it take to see? The man who was born blind knew he couldn’t see and received the light that was given to him – both in physical healing and in seeing Jesus as Savior and Lord. In contrast, the pharisees did not admit their spiritual blindness. Although they were talking often with the Light of the world and witnessing evidence of Him as their Messiah, they refused to see. Let us open our hearts to the Light of the World this Sunday through our study of John’s gospel. Prepare for the message by reading John chapter 9.

John 8:12-59 | Sermon 1/14/24

January 14, 2024 • Erik Miller • John 8:12–59

In this next section of John, Jesus converses back and forth with the Pharisees about His identity. The conversation is bookended by these two statements: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” The pharisees could not see Who was standing before them, not because the Light of Jesus had failed to shine but because they were blind. We too must determine how we will respond to who Jesus actually is rather than who we assume Him to be.    Join us this week as we study Jesus’ testimony recorded for us John 8:12-59.

John 8:1-11 | Sermon 1/7/24

January 7, 2024 • John 8:1–11

There is no debate in this passage over what is sin, or necessarily who the sinners are. The debate is what Jesus has to say about it. His response is remarkable in that He is the only one present without sin and therefore the right to both judge and condemn.  The Bible says this about sin, condemnation and Jesus; -There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. -But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord -Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=romans+8&version=niv#fen-niv-28119a] free from the law of sin and death.   -For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.   Let us receive Jesus’ forgiveness with gratitude and go and sin no more! Prepare for this week’s message by reviewing John 8:1-11 with Romans 3:22-24, 6:22-23, 8:1 and John 3:16-17.

John 7:25-53 | Sermon 12/31/23

December 31, 2023 • Jonathan Norton • John 7:25–53, Matthew 2:1–18, 1 Corinthians 1:20–25, 1 Corinthians 2:6–14, Ephesians 3:16–19

With all the presents opened and food eaten, are you finding yourself unsatisfied? Do you sense something missing, or empty? Even with the best of Christmas celebrations, there is still a joy that is only found in a relationship with Jesus. He promises to fill those who hunger and thirst with Himself – a quenching like no other! Join us Sunday as we pick back up in our study of the Gospel of John. We will hear Jesus’ teaching during the Feast of Tabernacles, one of the most popular festivals of the Jewish year. At this feast, the priests would pour out water in memory of the water that God brought out of the rock when the people were wandering through the desert on their way to the Promised Land. It is here at this feast that Jesus invites anyone who is thirsty to come to Him and drink. He is helping the people understand who He is as their promised Messiah so that they will believe in Him and receive from Him life and satisfaction!