The Gospel of John

“Reinstated” – John 21

Sunday, March 4, 2012 We are not a society that takes well to celebrities and public figures who make mistakes.  In fact, we really love it when a squeaky clean figure gets all messed up.  Take Jesus’ disciple, Peter, as an example.  He denied Jesus three times!  He’s done!  Finished!  That is, until Jesus reinstates him. Readings: … Read more

“The Gospel with Flesh on It” – John 20

Sunday, February 26, 2012 God became flesh to save us.  It’s the basic tenet of Christianity.  What about those God came to save?  What’s our role? Jesus tells us that as he was sent, so we are sent.  Listen to Bethel’s Director of Christian Outreach Jordan Ray talk about how we are to live incarnationally. … Read more

“I am thirsty. It is finished.” – John 19

Sunday, February 19, 2012 They were two very understandable things to say, considering the situation.  Crucifixion is brutal and one can get very thirsty.  As Jesus’ life neared its end, he simply declared it so.  But there is so much more behind these words.  In these words we see God show his amazing love for … Read more

“Where’s the Kingdom?” – John 18

Sunday, February 12, 2012 In America we don’t know much about living in a kingdom.  We don’t!  So we have to think cross-culturally to fully realize what Jesus talks about when he speaks of the Kingdom of God.  Where is the kingdom?  Is it here?  Is it coming?  Both? Readings: Psalm 4, Romans 10:8-17, John … Read more

“When Jesus Prays” – John 17

Sunday, February 5, 2012 What kinds of things do you pray for?  Often, when we pray, we pray mostly for ourselves.  Is that ok?  What kinds of things did Jesus pray for?  Should we pray like Jesus?  Listen to this challenging sermon by Pastor Seabaugh encouraging us to pray like Jesus did in John 17. … Read more

“Spirit-Echo” – John 16

Sunday, January 29, 2012 They were troubled.  Jesus was talking as if he was going to be killed, and soon.  They were confused, angry and disappointed.  Jesus knew these things, and told his disciples that he would send the Spirit of Truth to them.  He would echo in their minds and hearts the things Jesus … Read more

“Why Hate Jesus?” – John 15

Sunday, January 22, 2012 Jesus gave his disciples some sobering news before he left them to be crucified.  People were going to hate them on account of Him.  Is that still true today?  What should Christians when we find oursleves hated because of Jesus?  Vicar Lusienie Fofana shares his story and shows us how we should also … Read more

“Shalom: Way, Truth, Life” – John 14

Sunday, January 15, 2012 What is peace?  Can you define peace without defining it by what it’s not?  Sure, war is not peace, conflict is not peace, fear is not peace, but what IS peace?  Listen to Pastor Seabaugh speak of a peace that comes only by the Way, the Truth and the Life.  Shalom. … Read more

“Washed” – John 13

Sunday, January 8, 2012 This Sunday we kicked off something we call “Waterlife: Living Baptism, Sharing Stories.”  We believe all Christians are authorized on the basis of their baptism to be the official ambassadors of the Lord Jesus Christ in this world.  We live our baptism every day and  share our stories to encourage each … Read more

“Great Expectations” – John 12

New Year’s Day Sunday, January 1, 2012 With a new year comes great expectations.  It’s as if we started fresh and put the old dusty year behind us.  What do we expect out of 2012?  We can learn a lot about our expectations by examining the expectations of others.  Take John 12 for example.  Lots … Read more