The Gospel of John

A Rest Promised and a Rest Received

Too often, Christians squabble and bog down in external rules and man-made, arbitrary laws. Whose standard do you have to live up to in order to be holy enough? But the gospel is about Jesus setting us free – free from sin, and free, finally, to live in the rest and transformed life that God offer […]

The Most Important Question You Will Ever Answer

Throughout Scripture, several consistent themes are used to describe our fallen condition away from God: We are “lost,” “blind,” “helpless,” and even “dead.” Seeing that is meant to drive us away from self-reliance and self-salvation. But it is far from a negative picture. Seeing our condition is meant to make us stand in awe of […]

Faith, Desperate for Mercy

We have all experienced times when we are desperately needy, crying out for God to hear, to help. Sometimes, we can be left wondering if He is going to act on our behalf at all. At such times, God invites us to come with our requests. He is, after all, our perfect Father and Savior. […]

Taking Our Food to Go

As we begin to see more and more of the beauty and the goodness of Jesus Christ, as we learn to enjoy worshipping Him in Spirit and in Truth, there can be a great desire to simply stay where we are. To soak up more of the good things, to feast on Him….and to withdraw […]

To Be Free of Your Condemnation

Guilt. Shame. Condemnation. What do those words mean to you? What do you feel when you hear them? What do you carry? Today, hear the word of God speak to the reality of those feelings — and the way you can finally and fully be free from them! Text: John 3:16-19

A Fool for Love

When you consider the offense and reality of our rebellion against God, the way that He loves us is radical, amazing, reckless….and even “foolish.” Having loved us so well, He now calls us to love others with the same kind of love. Text: John 3:14-16

The Cost (and Remedy) of Your Sin

Most of us, through denial or excuses, like to pretend that our sin is a little thing. We don’t like to think about it, so we pretend it’s either not there or that it’s not that bad. The Bible says that our sin is poison, and that it will kill us. Thankfully, there is a […]

Why You Must Be Born Again

The message of the gospel is clear: No matter who you are, you are a sinner and in need of change, of conversion. But that change is something only God can give. And seeing that should make all the difference in who we are as followers of Jesus, as families, and as a church. Text: […]

What Do You Hate and Who Do You Love

If we are honest, most of us want a little bit of Jesus. We want just enough of Him to be saved and just enough Him to conveniently fit our own agendas. But Jesus will not be received that way. He is not ours to command. He is Lord, to be worshipped and served. And […]