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.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

June 8, 2014 | Pastor John Bayles | The Sixth Sign: The Witness of Light Shining | John 9:1-12

Jesus made the declaration that he was the light of the world. This assertion was challenged by the Pharisee on the basis that Jesus had no witnesses to collaborate His statement. Jesus response was that he did not need any witnesses to demonstrate that He was the light. Basically, the fact that He was shining was the only testimony He needed.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

May 4, 2014 | Pastor John Bayles | The Sixth Discourse: When the Son is Lifted Up | John 8:21-30

In this text we see the inclusion of statements Jesus made at some time in His ministry. They may or may not have been spoken at the same time as what has come before, but John deems them so important that he includes them here in this discourse. The death of God’s lamb. The taking away of the Holy One who will take away the sin of the unholy ones. To think that these sinners here and we sinners now will assist in the mission of Jesus most significantly. How will we they and we do it? We will contribute our sins, our selfish arrogance, our denial and rejection of Who He was and is, and the dismissal of His mission and message. All the while, as we assist in killing Him, He is being exalted, He is being lifted up in death. But not His death. The death He dies is the death of our death, our nature redeemed, our sins forgiven.