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  • What Do I Want More Than Jesus? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jun 24, 2022

    This is a passage that clearly indicates what Pilate prized more than anything else. What can we learn from him?

  • Five Challenges With Finding The Truth Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jun 9, 2022

    Pilate's iconic "What is truth?" question is the centerpiece of a passage that highlights several of the ways that we struggle with truth in our lives.

  • When We Fail Jesus Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on May 27, 2022

    A look at Peter's betrayal and what we can learn from it concerning the times we fail Jesus.

  • The Forgotten Trial Of Jesus Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on May 17, 2022

    This overlooked portion of the trial of Jesus reveals a deep lesson on power.

  • The Gospel Of Might Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on May 4, 2022

    The arrest of Jesus puts a spotlight on the "Gospel of Might" versus the "Gospel of Jesus." What are the differences? And how does the backward stumbling that's described there sum it all up?

  • The Connections Of Father, Son, And The Disciples Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Apr 13, 2022

    This passage is flooded with information about the connections between the Father, the Son, and the disciples. What specifically can we learn from it?

    - [Probably best to do on a Wednesday evening – lots of points.] - This passage is dense. Lots going on. It’s deep and complex. - One of the things worth pulling from this passage: there is an almost overwhelming about of information on the connections between Father, Son, and the disciples. - more

  • What Is Jesus Praying For Us? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Apr 13, 2022

    Jesus prays for His disciples and for those who will believe through them. What does He pray?

    REVEALING THE HEART: You can learn a lot about someone from how they pray for you. - John 17:9. - I learn a lot about people when I ask “what’s the most important thing I can be praying for you?” That tells me a lot about what their priorities and loves are. - Do they ask for prayer for their more

  • The Consequences Of The Father And Son Glorifying Each Other Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Apr 6, 2022

    This passage highlights the selflessness that exists between Father and Son. What does that bring about?

    - I want to start this evening with something unusual: a tweet that actually stuck with me. (Most are immediately disposable.) - I’m not sure why exactly it has stuck with me, but it has. It’s been a while so I may not have all the details perfect but I do know the gist of the message. - A woman more

  • What Did Jesus Say Will Complete Our Joy? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Mar 29, 2022

    In this passage Jesus previews the new era that He is about to bring. Of great importance is the direct relationship with God this will bring and the accompanying great prayer power.

    WE DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT HE IS SAYING: Jesus starts by telling them a major transition is coming. - John 16:16-22. - There is a lot of uncertainty from the disciples about what Jesus is talking about in these sayings. The meaning is hidden to them. - Of course, we know that He is referring more

  • What Jesus Said The Holy Spirit’s Job Was Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Mar 23, 2022

    In this passage Jesus teaches us several key truths about what the Holy Spirit will do for us after Jesus leaves.

    - While this is not an exhaustive study of the role of the Holy Spirit, this is a key moment. Jesus will soon be leaving, as He reminds His disciples within the passage. In this larger passage, He has several big subjects He wants to cover with His disciples before He leaves. One of those is who He more

  • How To (Mis)interpret The Bible

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Mar 9, 2022

    While this passage teaches about divorce, it also provides an interesting case study in how believer manipulate what the Bible says for their own benefit. We'll look at five aspects of that.

    - Probably the most obvious way to preach this passage would be to preach a sermon about what the Bible says about divorce. That’s an important subject, but I’m interested in something else as I dig in. - This passage provides an interesting case study into how we interpret (or, more accurately, more

  • The Big Problem With The Pharisees, Sadducees, And Herodians

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Feb 22, 2022

    All three of these groups dealt with the same problem: hypocrisy. How do we combat that?

    ACROSS THE BOARD: The Pharisees, Sadducees, and Herodians all get the same criticism. - Matthew 16:11; Mark 8:15. - In our passage we see the Pharisees and the Sadducees criticized. Let’s add another group before we move on. - In Mark 8:15 we have a similar passage. This is after the feeding more

  • The Problem With A Religion Of Rules Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jan 11, 2022

    Two Sabbath stories bring out some key dangers of a rules-based religion.

    - We have two stories here that both look into the rules the religious leaders had back in Jesus’ day concerning the Sabbath. THE PROBLEM WITH A RELIGION OF RULES: 1. WE ARE SELECTIVE ABOUT WHICH RULES WE PAY ATTENTION TO. - Matthew 12:1-5, 9-11. - The Pharisees considered themselves to be the more

  • The Controversy And Confrontation That Jesus’ Kingdom Brings Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Dec 14, 2021

    A look at the three closing promises Simeon makes - all of them challenging. What do we learn from these and where do we see these happening in Jesus' ministry?

  • Marveling At Jesus Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Dec 2, 2021

    They marveled over the things Simeon said about the Child King. What can we learn about Jesus from the other places in Luke where this Greek word for "marvel" shows up?

    The Response to Simeon’s Words: They marveled at Jesus. - Luke 2:33. - Luke 2:18. - Same Greek word in both verses. - We are going to look at places in Luke (and one in Mark) where this Greek word shows up. What can we learn from it? Marveling at Jesus: 1. They marveled at His power. - more