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John 4:43-54 (SN)

I know. I KNOW. I haven’t posted in like 2 weeks. I’M SORRY! There’s not really a decent excuse, besides that I’ve been busy going to class and doing homework and sleeping and generally being a college kid. I’ve had free time, kinda. And I know, I should’ve posted these right when I got them. I’m sorry. But here they are now, so at least you have them.

So this week we come to the story of the nobleman whose son was healed by Jesus. Pretty interesting stuff to look at here. This whole section revolves around faith, both the lack of it and the abundance of it.

In verses 43-45, we see a distinct lack of faith.

Vs 44 – For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in His own country.

Kinda reminds me of a child taking advice from his parents. He won’t listen when his parents say something, but if someone else comes along and says the SAME THING, all of a sudden it’s a brand new revelation! Don’t get me wrong, I’m terribly guilty of this too. My mom’s reading this and laughing right now. She knows.

The thing is, when we lack faith, we dishonor and disrespect Jesus Christ. That sounds really heavy, but think about it. He said He is the son of God. He more than proved it. To lack faith in Him is tantamount to calling Him a liar. Eesh. So the question we must ask ourselves is, where is our faith? Do I put my faith in myself, or Christ?

Then we see Jesus entering Galilee, and everybody’s super happy to see Him and they welcome Him in gladly. But the thing is, they only received Him because they saw His first miracle. They did not receive Him as Lord, but rather a show. They believed with their eyes, but they had no faith. Seeing is the opposite of faith (See Heb. 11:1).

Moving on to verses 46-54, we see the blessings that come from having faith.

Ok so now we see this nobleman from Capernaum coming to Jesus. His son is pert near dead, and this guy is desperate. He was out of options, and finally decided to come to Jesus. Isn’t that almost always how it goes? We get into a tough spot and we try to do everything we can on our own to fix it, and when all else fails, we pray. Why is it that Jesus ends up on the “last resort” list? (Ouch, I know.)

But at last he came to Jesus and implored Him, begged Him desperately to heal his son. He didn’t give up. Check this out, this guy knew that Jesus was capable of healing his son, and he continued asking Him for help. This was a demonstration of the guy’s faith. Now check out verse 50, Jesus is like “It’s cool, your kid’s fine. Go on home now.” and the guy just leaves. He didn’t need Jesus to physically come back to the house to heal his son, he was able to take Jesus at His word. The thing is, it’s not about the signs and wonders, it’s about believing. This man obeyed by faith, and his faith was manifested in his actions.

James 2:14, 17 – What does it profit, my brethren, if someone has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? …Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

At the end of the day, our faith isn’t about what we say, it’s about what we do.

Now after this incident, the man didn’t run back to see if his son was really ok. He trusted Jesus. So much so, in fact, that he stayed the night and didn’t go home until the next morning. He had received total peace from Jesus. But here’s the thing, it’s not important how much faith we have, but rather where we put our faith. Faith the size of a mustard seed can still move mountains (Matthew 17:20).

The object of our faith is manifested in our conduct. If you truly believe that Jesus is Lord, shouldn’t your life reflect it?

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Sermon Notes: 1 John 5:6-12

Ok, here’s the sermon notes from last week. Heads up though, unless you have my brain, this will probably not make sense. I did, however, make a conscious effort to put an application at the end, so you can feel free to skip down there if you want.

Love is a necessary expression of a relationship with God

Love is produced by the Holy Spirit in God’s children.

God Himself testifies to the divinity of Christ

  • It’s not man’s opinion.

John 15:26- The Holy Spirit is a helper from the Father. His job is to testify to the Father.

3 who testify: Father, Word, and Son

(Fun fact: Old Testament law requires at least 3 witnesses in agreement)

  • Spirit = Holy Spirit
  • Water = (near as we can tell) Father
  • Blood = (near as we can tell) Jesus

God has given us eternal life in His son

  • Son = Life
  • No son = No life
  • It’s an all or nothing deal.

With God, you can either go all in or fold. If you want eternal life, you must put all your trust in Him, you can’t hold anything back.

The biggest thing I got this week: God is all or nothing. You can’t give Him half of your life, or bits and pieces. It’s everything, or nothing. Handing over everything is a frightening proposition, which is why it is paramount to know that you trust Him entirely. If you don’t allow Him complete control over your life, it’s because you don’t trust Him. He’s outlined the reasons we have to trust Him here, the question is: Will we?

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Sermon Notes: Prequel

Jeremiah challenged me to post sermon notes up here, but since we’re near the end of 1 John in church, I felt the need to lead into it. During the last few weeks of Bible class last year, I really dug in to the book of 1 John. It’s an awesome book, and it’s full of super practical stuff. I’ll stop rambling now and get to the notes. I would highly suggest grabbing your Bible right now and opening it to 1 John, because I can’t exactly post the whole book up here.

1 John 1

Main point #1: Word=Jesus

God’s word has been made a physical object which we are able to use, interact with, and experience on a physical, human level. Also significant here is that the Word is described as the Word of life. If you flip back to the gospel of John, you’ll see that he was referring to Jesus. He makes it abundantly clear that the Word is Jesus. He appeared, and so became manifest to all of humanity. People were able to see Him, experience Him. Jesus. The Word. We know what/who He is and what He says, and we can testify to it.

Main point #2: Walk in God’s Light

God is light. He is absolute perfection. There’s no darkness, shadow, no gray area when it comes to the things of God. That means that anyone who claims to have fellowship with Him must follow suit. If one says they have fellowship with Him, yet does not show the evidence of that, they’re lying to themselves and to God. Light and darkness don’t mix. Try lighting a candle in a completely dark room. The light will completely swallow up the darkness. It’s not like you can have like a floating orb of dark in a room that is unaffected by the presence of light. Darkness can only live in places where there is no light. So obviously, you can’t walk side by side with someone who is Light if you are living in sin and darkness. It just doesn’t work. However, that’s not to say that those who are in Christ don’t sin. We’re fallen creatures. It happens. But if we strive to walk in the Light, Christ has promised that His grace will cover us and cleanse us, allowing us to have fellowship with Him. It doesn’t mean we’ve never sinned at all, it means our sins have been paid for by the blood of Jesus.

Fact of Life: This took way longer than it was supposed to, I’m sorry. More to come soon. And when I say soon, I mean like 2 weeks maybe.

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Happy Holidays!

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Time for mad dashes through shopping malls, kamikaze runs through Wal-Mart and Kohls, and “last-minute stops” at Best Buy that see you planted firmly at the rear of a three-hour line. Best of all, it’s time to greet EVERYBODY you see with a nice, happy “Happy Holidays!!!”.

Or maybe not. This is not about gifts and decorating and cookies and pie (although cookies and pie are a big deal), it’s about remembering the birth of Christ. Christmas should be a reverent time of year, not a crazy, rushed season of stress. We’re celebrating what ranks as one of the top two or three most important days in the history of the universe.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Almighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

And that’s what it’s all about, folks. A child was born two thousand years ago who changed the face of this planet. He broke the iron rule of sin and death, and replaced it with grace. He who knew no sin became sin for us, so that we could become His righteousness. And it all started about two thousand years ago, Christmas morning. Ignore the historical inaccuracies in that last sentence, I’m in a happy place here…moving on!

Anyways, it seems like everybody finds a reason to be upset at somebody else this time of year. Whether it’s a Christian getting mat at someone for saying “happy holidays”, a liberal getting mad at a Christian for saying “merry Christmas”, or a shopper in line getting mad at the ATM for saying “insufficient funds”, we all seem to be mad. This is the real “War on Christmas”.

Let’s face it, Satan does NOT like Christmas, and he’s going to do all he can to ruin it. Except he’s a whole bunch more effective than the Grinch ever was. The thing is though, he could care less whether we say “Christmas” or “the holidays”, as long as we’re not focusing on Christ. So instead of focusing on the rampant commercialism or humanist conspiracies that plague this wonderful, reverent time of year, focus on Christ. Do that, and you’ve won the war, because Christ has won the war.

Oh, and merry Christmas. 🙂

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