Sunday, August 24, 2014

August 24, 2014 | Pastor John Bayles | A Love Greater than Treasure | John 12:1-7



This is one of the most non-complex and simply presented passages in all the Gospel of John. As we first read it, we see something that seems on the surface to be incidental - very much just a narrative report. Mary pours expensive perfume on Jesus's feet and wipes it with her hair. Judas rebukes her action as wasteful, Jesus makes the curious statement that the poor would be in the world always, and John comments that Judas was driven by his thievery. But what would move Mary to such an action? Was she unconcerned about using the expensive oil as a foot wash because she was very rich? Is this the lesson of this passage - because Mary is rich, she is out of touch with the real world? Or maybe John is simply identifying Judas as the reprobate thief he was.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

August 17, 2014 | Pastor John Bayles | The Seventh Sign: The Separating Savior | John 11:45-57



Whenever Christ is presented, the result is division. Not the immediate view of division as disruption of groups or people who hold the same general views, but are thrown into confusion and conflict with each other, such as in a church split.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

June 22, 2014 | Reverend Tom Mabie | The Flow of the Gospel | 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10



The Gospel flows through natural, relational networks. This is evident throughout the growth of the early church as recorded in the the Book of Acts. Jesus taught and modeled his ministry along relational networks. When he sent out his disciples to minister he told them to find a person of peace and to stay with them. A person of peace is someone who is seeking a relationship with God and who is moving towards Christ, from whom we can gain access to their network of family, friends and coworkers.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

June 15, 2014 | Pastor John Bayles | The Sixth Sign: Who is the Blind Man? | John 9:13-41



The narrative resumes in the chamber of the Sanhedrin. This is the power center of all Judaism. The very place was enough to intimidate anyone who went there. Even the Roman officials would not enter this place, but summoned the Jews to their location in order to maintain the power advantage in political matters. Jesus is absent from the scene. Only His witness is present.