• Encountering Jesus: Cleansed and Commissioned

    Throughout the Bible, God has a pattern of cleansing people before He launches them into service. John 13 is an example of that. Jesus is pointing the disciples to the cleansing work that He will do, and then commissioning them into service for Him. What we see is: Jesus washes...

  • Encountering Jesus: The Division of the Cross

    As we’re continuing through John’s gospel, we come to a watershed moment for those listening to and following Jesus. We see that while, initially it appears that everyone is in close proximity, our response to the gospel leads us to radically different destinations. We see that: the mission of God...

  • Encountering Jesus: Resurrected Unto Life

    Having perspective changes how we look at things. To be given a vantage point that offers a fuller view allows us to see the totality of a situation. In John 11, Jesus’ healing of Lazarus is an incredible miracle, but throughout the account, Jesus is giving us perspective to help...

  • Sanctity of Human Life: Human Flourishing

    This past weekend, we stepped away from John to speak toward the notion of human flourishing. By examining a handful of different texts, we saw that: As believers we endeavor to bestow honor and dignity on every person because they bear the image of God. 1. The Significance of Our...

  • Encountering Jesus: The Good Shepherd and His Sheep

    I’m guessing at some point in your life you have been lost. Maybe, you’ve lost your bearings in a new community and gotten turned around. Maybe, found yourself in nature wondering where exactly you parked the car. Maybe you’ve been to Ikea, which in my opinion, ensures you will get...

  • Encountering Jesus: True Sight

    Have you ever had the experience where you know you can see, but you’re clearly missing something? Maybe you’re looking at an optical illusion, maybe you’re looking at a where’s Waldo but he’s nowhere to be found. Whatever it is, you are physically capable of seeing, but you’re aware that...

  • Diverging Ways: The Righteous vs. The Wicked

    Psalm 1 As we reflect on 2019, and set goals or resolutions for 2020, it is important for us to evaluate which way we are currently headed, and which way we desire to go. This week, Psalm 1 showed us that there are really only two ways: 1) The way...

  • Encountering Jesus: “I AM” Part 1 & 2

    Over these past two weeks, we have been walking through this tense exchange that takes place between Jesus and the religious leaders. In John 8, Jesus is making decisive declarations about Himself while issuing forth a judgment on the people. Over the course of this discourse, Jesus is making clear...

  • Encountering Jesus: The True Judge

    As Jesus returns to the temple, He continues His teaching. He is interrupted by the religious leaders bringing a woman who was caught in adultery. She is nothing more than a pretext to accuse Jesus of something more serious. But what Jesus does in this account is show us that:...

  • Encountering Jesus: Provision and Division

    We all know what it is to be thirsty. We have all been in that place where our mouth is dry; we are parched and longing for water. In John 7, Jesus speaks to the ways that He is God’s provision of living water for us. It’s here that we...