Jesus in His Own Words
The True Vine
April 9, 2017 • Gilbert Foster
Jesus says He is the “true vine” We'll explore what He means by that statement and how this image relates to Jesus and His people. Fruit for Jesus comes from our relationship with Him-not by our efforts to make it happen. Branches that do not bear fruit are cut off those that produce fruit are pruned to bear more fruit. We will discuss what “fruit” means and how we can know whether we have any in our lives.
The Way the Truth and the Life
April 2, 2017 • Pastor Bill West
Jesus is having a private conversation with his disciples’ hours before his arrest and crucifixion. His last words to them have incredible significance. Many people today reject Christianity because it is exclusive in its claim that Jesus is the only way to God. Many admire Jesus as a great prophet, a good teacher and someone that made a significant impact on history. But there are many who do not believe that He was the Messiah, the Savior of the world. C S Lewis said: Since Jesus said that He is the only way to God, then there are only two possible options about Him: His claims are true: If His claims are true then we must take him seriously or there will be serious consequences His claims are false: If his claims are false, then there are two possible options One he knew they were false and still said them anyway-he purposefully led people astray and lied to them. So, he cannot be a great teacher or prophet. The second option is that he actually believed that He was the Messiah and was delusional or crazy. Each person must decide for themselves. I am the way-the way to what and why does it matter? People who like what Jesus taught think Jesus was teaching how to order your life when He was actually teaching them who was life.
The Good Shepherd
March 26, 2017 • Pastor Jose Skinner
Hired hands are in it for what they can get out of it, they take care of themselves first. They are only in it for what they can get out of it and if they no longer get anything out of it, they are gone. The Good shepherd is in it because he loves the sheep and will do whatever is needed to take care of the sheep-even if it means giving up his life. This Good shepherd will defend and protect His sheep-even if it means giving his life for them. This Good Shepherd has other sheep that goes beyond those who are already under His care.
The Light of the World
March 19, 2017 • Pastor Bill West
The context for Jesus’ discussion with the Pharisees happened very close to the Feast of Tabernacles. During this feast people carried lighted torches to celebrates God’s provision for them. Jesus uses this ceremony to tell them that He is God’s provision for them. We will talk about the way that Scripture contrasts light and darkness. We are called to let our light shine in a dark world. Matt. 5:16 Let your light so shine before men…
The Bread of Life
March 12, 2017 • Pastor Bill West
Jesus performed two miracles prior to this exchange, the feeding of the 5,000 & walking on water, that caused the crowd to come after him for more. The “more” they wanted had to do with getting their stomachs filled. The “more” that He offers goes far beyond satisfying physical needs. We will contrast the “manna in the desert” with the “bread from heaven”. Jesus, who was born in Bethlehem, which means house of bread is the bread of life that comes down from heaven. (Which he says seven times in this exchange). Those who “eat” from him will never die.