For Thomas and for You

The later part of John’s Gospel recounts two times that Jesus came to his disciple and showed them that he lived and had risen from the dead. As Thomas and the others believed, they received eternal life from their God and Lord. These things were written down and preached throughout the world so that you would also believe that Jesus is the living Christ, the Savior of the world, and receive eternal life by faith in him.

Where Is Your Confidence?

As his meeting with Nicodemus drew to a close, Jesus set before him why God had sent him, what he would accomplish, and why Nicodemus’s friends would not receive him.

Outline

  1. Why everyone needs a savior, even good people.
  2. How religious people like Nicodemus and his friends get trapped by spiritual darkness and illusions.
  3. The source of all good.
  4. Why prayer should be a constant part of our Christian lives.

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Holy Places, Holy People

There are holy places, holy things, and holy people. In John 2, Jesus cleanses the temple by making a whip of cords and driving out the people who were using it as a market and the animals they were selling. People can be holy, too. Jesus, of course; but also, you!

Outline

  1. Introduction: A young woman with a sense of the holy.
  2. The holiness of God’s temple and how it was abused.
  3. The action Jesus took.
  4. Holy spaces today and their proper use.
  5. Why Jesus considered his body to be a temple.
  6. His prophecy concerning his death and resurrection.
  7. How you are made holy by baptism and holy communion.
  8. You are holy to the Lord.

Christ and His Word

For a short time Peter became Jesus’ adversary because he was unwilling to accept what Jesus was trying to teach him. We also need to give attention to God’s Word; especially, when it is hard to accept.

A Good Summary of Jesus’ Teaching

There are many different ways that people summarize what Jesus taught. Unfortunately, the more popular summaries of his teaching leave a lot to be desired. The Mark’s Gospel summarizes it this way, “The Kingdom of heaven is at hand. Repent and believe the good news.”

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