Sermon Text and Topics for March 2019

 


 

 

March 3

John 17:1-4

“The Glory of the Father's Only Son”


What is the first thing that comes to your mind when I say the word “glory?” I think of scenes like the trophy presentation after the Super Bowl when Tom Brady hoisted his 6th Lombardi Trophy to the cheers of an adoring multitude; or the Duke/Carolina basketball game that airs tonight at 9pm. To the winner goes all the glory. If they’re lucky, the losers get a pat on the back and a “better luck next time.” Jesus defines glory in a completely different way. To Jesus, and to his Father in heaven, the ultimate symbol of glory is a CROSS. Defeat becomes victory; disgrace becomes honor. How can this be? How can the world’s definition and God’s definition be so very different? What does Jesus accomplish on the cross that brings glory to his Father, and hope to the world?      


 

 


 

March 10

John 17:1-4

“The Essence of Eternal Life”


The Bible speaks a lot about “eternal life.”  Jesus refers to it often in his teachings.  Paul, Peter and other apostles talk about it in their letters.  But what does it really mean?  It has to be important, otherwise why would Jesus promise it to his followers as a precious gift?  Jesus wants us to know here that eternal life is more than just living forever.  The old “everlasting life” translation from the KJV leaves a lot to be desired.  Eternal life is more than just an endless number of days.  It’s living in the companionship of the one, true God and God’s love in Christ!  The awareness of God with us brings true meaning our days, both on earth and in heaven.  Today we’ll explore how living in the awareness of God’s presence changes everything. The Bible speaks a lot about “eternal life.” Jesus refers to it often in his teachings. Paul, Peter and other apostles talk about it in their letters. But what does it really mean? It has to be important, otherwise why would Jesus promise it to his followers as a precious gift? Jesus wants us to know here that eternal life is more than just living forever. The old “everlasting life” translation from the KJV leaves a lot to be desired. Eternal life is more than just an endless number of days. It’s living in the companionship of the one, true God and God’s love in Christ! The awareness of God with us brings true meaning our days, both on earth and in heaven. Today we’ll explore how living in the awareness of God’s presence changes everything.

 

 


 

March 17

John 17:6-8

“To Whom Do You Belong?”


One of the sacred mantras of the modern age is “self-determination:” the idea that nations and individuals should live life and make decisions from a position of freedom, autonomy, independence and self-sufficiency. In modern, democratic societies, self-determination is an inalienable right, and it should be. It is an essential part of becoming a self-supporting, autonomous person/nation who contributes more to society than he/it takes. But when it comes to being a faithful follower of Jesus, “self-determination” isn’t what He has in mind. Jesus’ whole way of expressing his love and commitment to his disciples revolves around the truth that we belong to the Father, and that by virtue of our free choice to believe, we now belong to the Son. That “belonging” begets dependence, not independence; it elicits something more similar to self-deprecation than self-determination. The way to become a productive citizen in the Kingdom of God is quite different than in society at large. Kingdom citizenship is all about being subjects of a Sovereign Lord and making decisions on the basis of that lordship. The truth is: human beings either belong to the One who made us and loves us, or the one who seeks our destruction. To whom do you belong?


 

 


 

 

March 24

John 17:9-12

“Jesus' Prayer for His Disciples: Part 1”


When you take time to read this text and understand it, you discover that Jesus makes some awesome petitions to the Father on our behalf. Jesus doesn’t take our surrender to his Lordship lightly. He honors it and adores us for it! Contrary to the world’s example, being subjects of Jesus brings us great blessing and freedom! Today we will take a closer look at some of the things Jesus asks the Father for on our behalf.

 


 

 

March 31

John 17:13-19

"Jesus' Prayer for His Disciples: Part 2"

 

Once we declare our loyalty to Jesus he begins filling us with His truth and holiness. This miraculous change is something the world cannot understand. And things the world cannot understand, it abhors. Please do not succumb to the lie that Christian disciples will get along fine in this world with no troubles. Our lives are to be the antithesis to many of the basic tenants by which the world lives! We cannot live in harmony with many of the things that motivate the world. We are called to allow God to redefine who we are and what we believe! Jesus knows that when we do this the world will hate us. That’s why he prays for strength, protection and a dogged determination to remain committed to God’s truth and holiness.   Are you ready to be made holy by God’s truth?        

 

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