In this third discourse, John returns to the content of his opening prologue: namely the nature of the Word, the Son of God. This is much more than a man claiming to be God in some independent way from the established revelation of Scripture. The Jewish authorities were hoping that Jesus would simply say that He was a new God. This would be a clear line to a charge of blasphemy.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
November 24, 2013 | Pastor John Bayles | The Third Sign: The Healer at the Pool of Healing | John 5:1-15
What would be more wonderful than the healing of a man crippled for his whole lifetime? What would be more horrible than to accuse the person who performed the miracle of breaking the law? Here in this text Jesus momentarily steps from the crowd and heals a lame man, not only of his ailment, but of his sinfulness. These two healings: physical and spiritual continue to reveal the mission of the Lord: “to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Sunday, November 3, 2013
The disciples went into the town and brought back bread. The woman of Samaria went into the same town and brought back a harvest of souls. What a magnificent teaching lies in the text of scripture today. We have been saved by an amazing grace, we are made alive by Christ, we are set apart as holy by Him to enjoy a relationship with Him, we are commissioned to carry His Gospel to the four winds of the earth, yet we so often forget or set aside these glorious realities and callings to grub from bread and to dig for water.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Today, we will show and speak appreciation and encouragement to our Pastor, John Bayles. Following the service there will be extra “goodies”, so feel free to stay and partake.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
October 13, 2013 | Pastor John Bayles | The Second Discourse: Satisfying the Soul's Thirst | John 4:27-42
"Jesus must go through Samaria." This phrase is filled with insight into the ministry and mission of Jesus Christ. The Scripture today is well known, at least in general understanding. But why did Jesus "have" to go through Samaria? Was it to avoid the popular prejudice of the Jews toward even walking on the real estate of Samaria? Was Jesus making a statement that He was open minded and without the classic hatred for these people held by His Jewish brethren? Or, was he just trying to take the historic short cut because He was in a hurry to get away from the Pharisees and their unexplained hostility to Jesus baptizing (though not Jesus Himself) more disciples than John the Baptist?
Sunday, September 8, 2013
September 8, 2013 | John Bayles | The First Discourse: You Must Be Born Again (Part 1) | John 3:1-21
In this remarkable exchange, Jesus gently, but clearly outlines the elements of what it is to be born again. More than a simple personal decision, or embracing the religion of a parent or spouse as stated in the last chapter (1:13), Jesus tells an inquiring Pharisee, Nicodemus, that regeneration is the entry point to the Kingdom of God.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
What did they see that day? That day in the temple when that huge display took place. Was it that crazy man going off in the temple? An insurrectionist, a militant, a fool? What a spectacle it was, whipping people and cattle, loosing birds from their cages, turning tables over, shouting threats, claiming that the temple was his own property and claiming to be God's son. Or was it a vivid mark of a new age beginning. An age in which a sacrificial system was being replaced for a sacrificed person. And age in which a place of worship, the temple, was being replaced with a person to be worshiped.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
What were the Jewish people of John’s time looking for? Some were not looking for anything, but Jesus appeared, worked some miracles and they followed him – these were the “crowd that was with Him” (Joh.11:17). Others, who had lost all hope of an independent Jewish homeland, passively hoped that perhaps, maybe, but most likely not, the old stories they had heard would perhaps come true one day – but they were not counting on them, and had adhered to the shoe of Rome in their lives – these were “the great crowds” (Joh.11:12). Others, were looking for something specific, signs of the coming of the New Age, particularly the signs of the One who would usher in the New Age, the Messiah foretold in the Scriptures – these were the “large crowd of Jews” (Joh.11:9). Finally, there were those who were Jesus family and those few men He had hand-picked as His disciples. John's goal is to fulfill his purpose in writing this Gospel.