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The Farewell Discourse: Receiving & Reflecting the Love of God

John 13:1-15, 34-35

March 10, 2019 • Rev. Adam Feichtmann

To receive love is sometimes more difficult than to give love. This is especially true for many of us in relation to God. Often, we are happy to serve God by giving love to others; however, we have a hard time sitting and letting God love us. Is that true of you? Do you find it difficult to sit and simply let God love you for who you are? Or do you feel like God loves you only if you are serving him? This Sunday is the first Sunday in the season of Lent. During our journey together toward the celebration of Easter, we will begin a new sermon series. We will study Jesus' Farewell Discourse to his disciples in the Upper Room on the night before his crucification, recorded in the Gospel of John chapters 13-17. In chapter 13 Jesus begins his time with the disciples by washing their feet, an act that only the lowliest of servants would perform. Some of the disciples awkwardly let Jesus wash their feet, but Peter won't receive Jesus' love at first. He doesn't want to receive love from someone who is acting like a servant. In preparation for this Sunday, read John 13, meditate and pray through the themes of love, discipleship, and servanthood. If you have extra time, read Jesus' entire Farewell Discourse in John 13-17. This will help you understand Jesus' view of the essence of discipleship, and the parting words he spoke prior to his crucifixion. I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday, as we journey together through this Lenten season. Pastor Adam

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The Farewell Discourse: Union with Christ & Bearing Fruit

John 15:1-5 • March 24, 2019 • Rev. Adam Feichtmann

Who are you? How do you become generative? Not many questions in life are more important than those. This Sunday we will study John 15:1-5. Jesus' teaching in this text discusses some of the most foundational life topics: our identity, and what we create. In preparation for Sunday, take 5 minutes to read, meditate, pray, and contemplate Jesus' words in these 5 verses and then ask yourself: Who am I? How can I become a generative person? I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday! Pastor Adam

The Farewell Discourse: Peace for Troubled Hearts

John 14:1-11 • March 17, 2019 • Rev. Adam Feichtmann

"Peace I leave with you... Let not your hearts be troubled." Jesus says these words to his disciples on the eve of his crucifixion. When our hearts are troubled, may we remember that Jesus gives us peace. This Sunday we will continue our Lent sermon series through Jesus' Farewell Discourse recorded in the Gospel of John. In chapter 14 Jesus knows his disciples' hearts are troubled. He gives them peace by telling them three things. Three things that we can still hold onto today. To prepare for this Sunday and to see how Jesus calms the hearts of his disciples, read, meditate, and pray through John 14:1-11. These verses are well-known and often discussed outside of their direct context. As you sit with them, try not to get lost in the heavy (but important) theological debates, but rather reflect on how these verses brought peace to the disciples' troubled hearts and can do the same for you. I look forward to worshiping with you all this Sunday! Pastor Adam

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Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 • March 6, 2019 • Rev. Louis Suprenant