Sermons by Donnie Johnson
As we age we tend to forget the faith and wonder surrounding Christmas that we had as children. John marvels in the wonder of the incarnation, and he encourages us to do the same.
There are certain things in life that people face with a fair amount of skepticism; things like getting a letter saying you have inherited 1 million dollars. In Christianity, one such event that receives a lot of skepticism is the resurrection. Here, we explore the resurrection and reasons why it should be believed.
The most significant death for the Christian is the death of Christ. Unknowingly, every one involved in the death of Jesus was a part of Scripture being fulfilled.
John 18:1-14 1. Jesus is courageous2 Timothy 1:7John 18:28-40 2. Jesus is the truthJohn 14:6John 19:1-16 3. Jesus has all power and authority, but humbled himself
John chapter 17 contains one of Jesus’ prayers; often called the high priestly prayer. He knows that the time has come for him to do that which he came to earth to do. Jesus spends his night in prayer, praying for himself, his disciples, and ultimately us.
As Christians, we are no longer of the world. We are part of a community that has been called out of the world, and the world works overtime to try to force us to conform to itself.
The main emphasis of John 15 is abiding in Christ. Just like a branch broken from a tree, once it is removed from its source of life it is no longer able to continue to grow. We need to be sure that we stay connected to Jesus.
John 14:15-31Ephesians 3:14-19
How do you know how to get where you are going? Today we use technology like GPS. The disciples needed different kind of directions. They needed spiritual directions. Jesus tells them to believe in the “great hope” of his return. He said that He is “the way, the truth and the life.”
Jesus took on the role of the lowliest person present to wash the feet of his disciples. Jesus models absolute humble service, teaching us how we ought to serve others. The way others know that we are followers of Christ is how well we love one another. We need the cleansing of Jesus if we are going to live lives of love.
Jesus Meets us where we are in life, based on our true need. Jesus loved both Mary and Martha, but he responded to each of them differently because of their needs. You, likewise, are the one who Jesus loves, and he knows where the struggles and the pain are.
Who is Jesus? Jesus makes many claims about himself and who he is. Some are fairly subdued claims, and others are quite overt and controversial. We need to recognize that Jesus is God, and not a bit less.