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  • Sold Out To Jesus Or A Sell-Out To Jesus? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Apr 28, 2021

    A stark contrast between Mary and Judas sets the stage for the beginning of the of Jesus' ministry.

    THE END IS NIGH: Amid many unanswered questions, everything in this passage makes it clear that Jesus will be gone soon. - John 12:1-11. - Some of the unanswered questions: a. Why anoint six days early? b. Why did no one notice that Judas was stealing? c. How ridiculous is it to think that more

  • Why Power Blinds Us Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Apr 9, 2021

    The Pharisees desire for power blinds them to the point where they acknowledge Jesus is doing miracles but still want to kill Him! What can we learn from their lust for power?

    THE PHARISEES WANT TO KILL THE GUY DOING MIRACLES: Power creates blind spots. - John 11:47-48, 53. - The connection between v. 47 and v. 53 is almost unbelievable. - In v. 47, the Pharisees admit that Jesus is doing many miraculous signs. - Yet in v. 53 they plot to take Jesus’ life. - What in more

  • Jesus Face-To-Face With Death Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Mar 23, 2021

    What can we learn from Jesus' resurrection of Lazarus?

    THE MOST IMPORTANT SIGN: Jesus has definitive power over death. - John 11:17, 25-26, 47. a. This is a sign. - v. 47. - Throughout John we see Jesus doing miracles as signs. This is not just a sign, but the most important sign. - John 11 is the high point of the gospel, in a literary sense. more

  • Where Can I Feel Safe? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Mar 12, 2021

    We want to feel safe. But Jesus has other goals in mind.

    WARM AND SAFE: It’s a human instinct to want to feel safe. - There is a part of all of us that wants to feel safe. - We get anxious and concerned when we feel unsafe. - In fact, for many of us, feeling safe becomes the goal. We take out all kinds of insurance to keep our financial status more

  • Why Does The Bible Say, ‘you Are Gods’? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Mar 9, 2021

    This is one of the most challenging passages in the New Testament. Why does Jesus say, "You are gods"?

    - This is a difficult passage that needs to be unpacked carefully. And so we are going to walk through it step-by-step and verse-by-verse to see if we can make it all add up. - Also, bonus question as we start: can anyone name the gospel passage that happens at Hanukkah? No? Well, let’s see more

  • Three Questions About Our Good Shepherd Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Feb 24, 2021

    There is a lot in this passage. This message tries to boil it down to the big truths by asking three questions about our "good shepherd."

    - At one level, this is a simple passage: Jesus is the Good Shepherd. - At another level, this passage is not simply understood. There is conflicting imagery (how is Jesus the shepherd and the gate?). It is difficult to get all the pieces to fit cleanly. - I echo a little the sentiment of v. 6 more

  • When Your Theology Bumps Into The Facts Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Feb 16, 2021

    A lengthy story about a man born blind provides a clear picture of what happens when your theology bumps into inconvenient facts. Will you reach for God or cling to your predetermined ideas?

  • If Only People Understood What Jesus Was Offering Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Feb 9, 2021

    The problem here is not so much that the religious leaders didn't understand Jesus. It's more that they actually do understand Him. What's He saying that is so provocative?

    THE CLIMAX OF THE CONVERSATION: The more they understood Jesus, the more they thought He was crazy. - John 8:48, 52a, 55-57, 59. - This is the climax of a long conversation in John 8 that we’ve handled in several sermons because there is so much content there. The further the conversation went, more

  • The Test Of Whether God Is Your Father Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Feb 5, 2021

    The religious leaders were proud of their heritage as children of Abraham, but that kept them from receiving what Jesus was offering. This message looks at the test of whether God or Satan is our father as well as four danger signs that we are heading in the wrong direction.

    THE TEST OF WHETHER GOD IS YOUR FATHER: The answer is found in what you do with Jesus. - John 8:42. - John 8:39b, 44. - Many focus on a generic God. - The teaching of the Kingdom is not a generic morality. - We each need to make a decision for or against Jesus. DANGER SIGNS: 1. Counting on more

  • Experiencing The Freedom Christ Gives Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Feb 3, 2021

    This passage gives us a nice roadmap to moving from our spiritual slavery to the freedom that Christ offers.

  • What Jesus’ Light Helps Us See Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Feb 2, 2021

    This passage is complicated and challenging. This sermon attempts to cut it down to the four interactions and what is going in each. What's the key to seeing Jesus' light?

    - This is a very challenging passage. There is a lot going on here in general. There are questions and answers that don’t always flow from one another. There are a lot of theological statements that are not easily processed. - When you add it all up, there’s a lot to handle here. I struggled more

  • Shouldn’t I Trust What The Preacher Says? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jan 27, 2021

    This passage showcases the myriad of problems created when you have self-confident religious leaders. How do we avoid that problem with today's preachers?

    OF COURSE I SHOULD: If the preacher is God’s messenger, shouldn’t I trust what he says? - Many presume that they should just trust everything that the preacher says. - This passage is a reminder to us in a myriad of ways that religious leaders aren’t always on point. SO MANY MISTAKES IN THIS more

  • What Does The Bible Say About The Christian’s Relationship With The Government?

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jan 25, 2021

    What do Paul and Peter have to say about the Christian and government? Is the church allowed to pursue the violent overthrow of secular governments? What should be our focus if it's not the accumulation of earthly power?

  • What Is Having The Spirit Supposed To Look Like? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jan 15, 2021

    Jesus cries out on the last day of the Feast. This is a big message and He gives us insight into what will happen when He is glorified: streams of living water flowing from His believers through the Spirit. But, sadly, we today are not experiencing that the way that we should.

    INTRO: - This is a climactic moment. We’ve been talking the last few weeks about this extended scene that happens at the Feast of Tabernacles. There have been debates and discussions. There have been misunderstandings and confusion. Now we come to a moment when Jesus has something to shout more

  • Why Were The Religious Leaders So Blind About Jesus? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jan 11, 2021

    This passage speaks to the ignorant confidence that the religious leaders possessed. How do we avoid their mistake?

    WHAT'S THE HEART OF THIS PASSAGE? The religious leaders had all that knowledge and yet they didn’t know God. - John 7:28d – “You do not know Him” - The religious leaders, of course, thought they were the epitome of knowledge and understanding. They loved the status they had among the people. more