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   Comfort for the Troubled
   John 14:15-26
Sunday Morning Service,  May 21, 2017
The disciples were extremely troubled as they began to realize that Jesus was about to leave them and that they would not be able to go with him. Circumstances were about to change their entire lives and they were feeling insecure and worried about all that the future might bring. Jesus promises them special comfort through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, through his own presence, and through the love of the Father, if they will love him and keep his commandments.

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   Stop Worrying!
   John 14:1-14
Sunday Morning Service,  May 7, 2017
Often the circumstances of our lives don't turn out the way that we expect. In the midst of that turmoil, it is easy to worry about how things are going, what will happen next and if everything will be okay in the end. The disciples have been on an emotional roller coaster leading up to John 14. Their expectations of the Messiah establishing his kingdom immediately have been dashed by his proclamation that he will be laying down his life for them, Jesus has told them that one of them would betray him, and Peter has been told that he will deny his Lord. Yet in the midst of all of this turmoil, Jesus commands his disciples to stop worrying and place their faith and trust completely in Him.

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   A Matter of the Heart
   John 13:21-38
Sunday Morning Service,  April 30, 2017
Your heart drives much of what you do. Because of this reality, Solomon commands us to guard our hearts diligently, because all of our life flows out of our hearts. Jesus has much to teach about man's heart in John 13. He deals with an unregenerate heart, a Christ-like heart, and an overconfident heart. Good intentions are not enough. What is the condition of your heart today?

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   Do You Wash My Feet?
   John 13:1-17
Sunday Morning Service,  April 23, 2017
As Jesus began his final week of earthly ministry, he gave his disciples an object lesson that they would never forget. The washing of the disciples' feet was not only intended to teach them a lesson on servanthood, but also on humility, holiness and true happiness.

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   Four Witnesses to the Resurrecton
   John 20:1-31
Sunday Morning Service,  April 16, 2017
The resurrection of Jesus is the climax of John's gospel which he wrote in order that we might believe on Jesus Christ. One of the amazing details of this story is that immediately after the resurrection, Jesus did not immediately appear to the masses but to special individuals and disciples from his ministry. Jesus' love for the individual comes through clearly in the narration of John. This narration also provides four powerful witnesses to the resurrection.

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   How Will You Be Remembered?
   John 12:1-8
Sunday Morning Service,  April 9, 2017
How do you want to be remembered one day? What would you like to leave as a legacy? The decisions that you make today will determine where you end up and what kind of impact you will make. Mary of Bethany is still remembered today because of her sacrificial giving for the Lord.

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   Four Days Late
   John 11:1-46
Sunday Morning Service,  April 2, 2017
Tragic things occur in all of our lives. Sometimes it may feel as if God is not there or showed up too late. Is God ever late? This passage reminds us that even when we may question where God is, He is always there and always right on time. Often, he allows difficulties in our lives for our good and His glory.

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   Have You Heard His Voice?
   John 10:22-42
Sunday Morning Service,  March 26, 2017
There are only two groups of people: Jesus' sheep and those who are not Jesus sheep. In proclaiming himself as the true Messiah, Jesus also challenges the people to decide on what they believe. Those who believe Jesus are his sheep since they hear his voice. Those who refuse to follow and believe are not and their unbelief will condemn them.

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   I AM the Good Shepherd
   John 10:1-21
Sunday Morning Service,  March 12, 2017
In contrast to the bad shepherding that God's people had received in the past, Jesus proclaims that he is the good shepherd. Not only does he promise to be the good shepherd for the sheep but he also promised life and life more abundant to those who enter the sheepfold by him, the door. The good shepherd proclaims that he will lay down his life for his sheep and then take it up again.

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   Oh, Say, Can You See?
   John 9:1-41
Sunday Morning Service,  March 5, 2017
Sometimes God allows suffering in lives in order to manifest His glory. The story of the healing of the blind man is just such an occasion. Immediately following the miracle, people had to decide what to think and do about Jesus. Coming face to face with the truth always requires us to make a decision.

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   A Study in Contrasts
   John 8:12-59
Sunday Morning Service,  February 26, 2017
Following the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus proclaims that he is not only the light of the world but the great I AM. Those who would believe his message are challenged to follow him.

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   Reactions to the Truth
   John 7:1-52
Sunday Morning Service,  February 19, 2017
While much of John's gospel relates to the signs that Jesus did and the teaching that emerges from those signs, John 7 and 8 do not mention any of the signs that Jesus did. Instead they occur during the occasion of the Feast of Booths. Jesus uses this festival of the Jews to demonstrate that not only is he the fulfillment of the festivals but he came to replace them.

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   I AM the Bread of Life
   John 6:22-71
Sunday Morning Service,  February 12, 2017
Although the feeding of the 5,000 was an incredible miracle, its purpose was much deeper than just demonstrating the power of Jesus. Jesus performed this miracle to teach a much truth regarding Himself. Jesus performed this miracle leading up to a lengthy discourse to confront the multitude with the truth that He is God and that He would give himself to provide eternal life. Confronted with the truth, the multitude was forced to make a decision regarding their response to the truth.

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   Faith Come in All Shapes and Sizes
   John 6:1-15
Sunday Morning Service,  January 29, 2017
Often during difficult time or times of uncertainty, our faith is tested. How will you respond when your faith is tested? Jesus used the dilemma of the feeding of the 5,000 as an opportunity to test the faith of the disciples as well as give them an opportunity to have their faith strengthened as they observed the compassion and power of Jesus.

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   A Question of Authority
   John 5:1-47
Sunday Morning Service,  January 22, 2017
John chapter 5 begins a new section in the study of the ministry of Jesus. The next four chapters deal with the opposition that Jesus received for doing good and the will of His father. Have you ever received opposition for doing the work of God, for witnessing, for doing the right thing? This section in the Gospel of John has much to teach us about persevering during times of persecution and opposition.

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   Faith in Action
   John 5:45-54
Sunday Morning Service,  January 1, 2017
The start of new year always brings promise and excitement with it. However, it may also bring great sorrow and tragedy. Sorrow and tragedy test our faith. If we place our faith and trust in Jesus, we can find peace, contentment and growth in the midst of difficulty.

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   Relief for the Thirsty Soul
   John 4:1-42
Sunday Morning Service,  December 18, 2016
Jesus trip to Samaria was God's divine appointment for the evangelism of the Samaritan people. Jesus went out of his way to minister to a simple Samaritan woman and share with her the gospel message. Not only is this conversation a wonderful example of evangelism but also Jesus teaches the Samaritan woman what real worship is.

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   The Greatest Gift Ever Given
   John 3:16-21
Sunday Morning Service,  December 11, 2016
Christmas tradition for Americans has become a time filled with gifts and giving. We give out of hearts filled with love and good cheer to people who are special to us. John 3:16 describes the greatest gift ever given by God out of a heart filled with love for us. A gift given even though we were not only undeserving of the gift but the enemies of God when he gave it.

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   You Must Be Born Again!
   John 3:1-15
Sunday Morning Service,  December 4, 2016
Being a good person is not enough. Being religious is not enough. In fact, nothing that you can do will ever earn eternal life for us. You must be born again!

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   The First Sign: Creative Power
   John 2:1-12
Sunday Morning Service,  November 27, 2016
While the turning of the water into wine was a great sign, it was certainly more than simply meeting a desperate need and saving a family from embarrassment. Jesus' turning the water into wine was a manifestation of his glory and a demonstration of his creative power and ability to make all things new.

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   A Unique Invitation
   John 1:35-51
Sunday Morning Service,  November 13, 2016
In the calling of his disciples in this passage, Jesus issued invitations to come and see, and to follow him. For Andrew and Philip, these calls were not only life changing, but they were also followed by an excitement to reach out to others and share the truth of Jesus Christ with them.

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   Who Are You?
   John 1:19-34
Sunday Morning Service,  November 6, 2016
John the Baptist had such an influential ministry that the Jewish leaders decided to investigate it and attempt to shut him down. The questions remain for us to investigate: Who was John? Why was he baptizing in the wilderness? What was the heart of his message?

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   What Will You Do with Jesus?
   John 1:6-18
Sunday Morning Service,  October 30, 2016
After being confronted with the reality of who Jesus is (God in the flesh, the creator, the light that leads to life), the question remains as to what you will do with Jesus. John the Baptist, the world, and the Jews all responded in different ways to Jesus and the truth. What will you do?

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   Who Is This Jesus?
   John 1:1-5
Sunday Morning Service,  October 23, 2016
With three synoptic gospels already having been written, why did the Apostle John write his gospel? Amidst all of the miracles and teachings of Jesus, John had a special burden to present selective miracles and encounters in the ministry of Christ so that his readers would not only have the facts of Jesus’ life and ministry, but so that they might believe and have life.

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   The Filling of the Spirit of God
   John 7:37-39, Ephesians 5:18
Sunday Morning Service,  June 26, 2016
 
The filling of the Spirit is a topic talked about a lot, but seems to be experienced very little. Vance Havner in his book, Pepper and Salt, stated, "We spend much of our time in church these days trying to work up what is not there." Being filled with the Spirit is not something that can be worked up and yet this is so important to the spiritual maturity of the believer and his effectiveness as a servant of God.

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   Partakers of Christ's Suffering
   1 Peter 2:21, John 12:9-19
Sunday Morning Service,  March 20, 2016
 
On Palm Sunday, we see, in the scripture, what we refer to as the Triumphal Entry. Jesus riding into Jerusalem on the back of a borrowed donkey's colt that had never been ridden before. The masses, religious leaders and the disciples all had different perceptions as to why this was taking place. The purpose of Jesus was far different than all of their perceptions. What about our perception? What is the significance of Christ moving toward Calvary's Cross for us today?

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   Hope in the Midst of Darkness
   Isaiah 9:2, John 1, 1 John 1
Sunday School,  December 27, 2015
 
Isaiah 9:2 speaks of a time when the people in Judah walked in darkness due to threats and attacks from Syria, Samaria and Assyria. In the midst of this darkness, God gave a message to Isaiah to give to King Ahaz that spoke of great hope as the result of a light that would shine upon them. Jesus Christ was that light and He walked and ministered in the area of Galilee, the place where it was the darkest in the eighth century. The prophecy related to the light that would continue to shine giving hope to all who would follow that light. Darkness is all over the world today and still Jesus Christ remains that light that can never be put out. That is what we celebrated on Christmas day. We also were at one time in darkness, but now are light in the LORD. As such, it is our responsibility to walk as children of the light (Eph. 5:18).

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   The Glory of Christ
   John 1:14
Sunday Morning Service,  November 1, 2015
 
In the Jewish Scriptures (our Old Testament), “glory” referred to something heavy, or weighty in significance; something that would cause a person to stand back in awe and wonder. In his Gospel, the apostle John directs our attention to the glory of Christ. What is it about Jesus Christ which caused John to declare, “We beheld his glory”?

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   Diotrephes and Demetrius
   3 John 1:9-14
Sunday School,  October 11, 2015
Revelation 2-3 gives us a cameo picture of seven churches, each made up of different church members possessing different characteristics. The Apostle John focuses his attention on two totally different individuals, possibly in one of these churches. Demetrius is much like the church member every pastor wants in his church while Diotrephes would be shunned. Each are in most of our good churches today. There are four different kinds of Christians described in today's lesson and they are in all of our churches. Both Diotrephes and Demetrius would probably fall into one of these categories. Consider these two men and the four categories and honestly conclude what kind of church member you are.

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   Gaius the Beloved
   3 John 1:1-8
Sunday School,  September 27, 2015
First John was addressed to all Christians, most of them in the seven churches of Revelation to whom John would have had close fellowship. Second John was addressed to an unnamed lady, which was in actuality one of the seven churches, probably the church at Ephesus. Third John is addressed to Gaius, a beloved brother in one of the churches, again, probably the church at Ephesus. It is obvious that Gaius was a dear friend of John and it appears that he was later appointed to pastor the church of Pergamum. John instructed the saints to "love one another" in his first and second letters. In this third epistle, he demonstrated in the person of Gaius how this was to be accomplished.

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   Second John
   2 John
Sunday School,  September 20, 2015
How do we deal with people who do not hold the doctrine of Christ?

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   Tying Up Loose Ends
   1 John 5:13-21
Sunday School,  September 13, 2015
There are five truths presented in this passage that form a summary for the first epistle of John. All five are important in the Christian life - 1) Eternal life, 2) Answered prayer, 3) Victory over sin, 4) Our relationship to God and 5) a reaffirmation that Jesus Christ is the true God. In the midst, the assurance of the believer's salvation is emphasized. Those who know for certain that they belong to God and have everlasting life believe that Jesus is the Christ, love all others who believe that Jesus is the Christ, obey the Word of God, have overcome the world, have their prayers answered, do not live in continuous sin and have the evidence of the divine nature within them affirming their relationship with God.

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   The Witness of God
   1 John 5:6-12
Sunday School,  September 6, 2015
"Witness" is the key word for this session and the object of the witness is Jesus Christ, affirming that He is God. Verse 8 declares that there are three that bear witness in earth - the Spirit, the water, and the blood. This passage was very important to the Christians during John's ministry because there were many false prophets claiming that Jesus was merely a man on whom "the Christ" came when He was baptized and that His divine nature left Him prior to Calvary. If Jesus did not possess His divine nature at the time of his death, He would not have conquered sin and death on our behalf. In the midst of these three witnesses, God provided a witness at Christ's baptism at the beginning of His earthly ministry and at His death at the end of His earthly ministry.

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   Overcomers in Christ
   1 John 5:1-5
Sunday School,  August 30, 2015
All who are born of God live in a godless world and therefore will face formidable obstacles in an attempt to accomplish the purpose of our creation and salvation. Many have found it much easier to drift with the world, to do their own thing instead of obeying God. Some even think that they can be worldly Christians, doing everything the unsaved crowd does and seeing nothing wrong with it. When a person becomes a Christian, he is a believer in Christ, born of God, justified by faith, given eternal life and washed in the blood of the Lamb. One who is truly born of God loves God's Word, believes His Word and obeys His Word. Today's text will make it clear whether you are an overcomer or deceived by the enemy of our souls. You can be an overcomer today, tomorrow and forever.

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   Salvation by Grace Alone - What Are You Trusting?
   1 John 5:1-5
Sunday School,  August 23, 2015
What kind of FAITH saves? What are ways we make ourselves liars? What are ways we make God a liar? If God says you can't earn eternal life but wants to give it to you does it make any sense to try to earn it?

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   Love Because Love Is from God
   1 John 4:7-21
Sunday School,  August 16, 2015
For the third and climactic time in 1 John, John urges us as believers to love one another. The focus of this passage is on the reason John uses: "for love is from God." The message seeks to define what love is, explain what it looks like in real life, and really delve into the text to see what it means that "love is from God."

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   Antichrists vs. the Anointing of the Spirit
   1 John 2:18-27
Sunday School,  July 12, 2015
Our anointing is our defense against the perversion of the antichrists.

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   Our Sinful World
   1 John 2:15-17
Sunday School,  June 28, 2015
So many sermons have been preached on this text and youth pastors have used it over and over again with their young people and yet there is usually one thing missing. It is seldom mentioned what the world is and if there is an explanation, it usually boils down to behavior instead of belief, activities as opposed to a system or philosophy. We are told not to love the world and yet we are told in Scripture that God loves the world of people and sent His Son to save it (John 3:16; 4:42; 6:51; I John 2:2). Obviously, there are some different shades of meaning as to what the word "world" means and John provides more than one sense in his writings

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   The World and Us: There Is a Difference
   1 John 2:3-15
Sunday School,  June 21, 2015
Christians are constantly being pressured to fit in with the ways of the world around us. Even worse, many people who claim to be in fellowship with God criticize those who desire to live holy lives according to God's word. But these pressures are not new. God allowed John to address the same need in his day with a resounding message: you cannot walk in the dark and have fellowship with God in the light. In the first part of chapter 2, he gives us two specific characteristics of those who are truly in fellowship with God.

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   The Prohibition of Sin
   1 John 2:1-2
Sunday School,  June 14, 2015
John writes his epistle as a safeguard so that we might not practice sin in our lives (I John 2:1). We all know that there is never a need to sin and yet we find ourselves sinning, most of the time without even realizing it. Sin affects our entire being and hinders our blessed fellowship with God. It affects our spiritual reasoning and our ability to understand and do the will of God. As genuine Christians, God has provided for us two Advocates - one with the Father in heaven, Who will come to our defense when we confess our sin (I John 1:9) and one Who dwells within us, Who convicts us of our sin and guides us into all truth (John 16:1-13). There is both joy and comfort in knowing that confession of sin will bring God's faithful forgiveness.

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   Light vs. Dark
   1 John 1:5-10
Sunday School,  May 31, 2015
We walk in the light while occasionally stepping into the dark.

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   First John's Prologue – Part 3
   1 John 1:1-4
Sunday School,  May 24, 2015
First John is a wonderful epistle providing both doctrinal and practical insights for living the Christian life. First John 1:1-4 provides the introduction to this great epistle of the Apostle John. It will take us two weeks to cover it for in it is this great preface statement revealing the subject matter of the book. In these four verses, we will note the essence of true Christianity, the evidence for our Christian faith, and the message that we are to continue to proclaim. Verse 1 closes with the "Word of life," speaking of Jesus Christ Himself and referring us back to John 1:1 and 14 - "In the beginning was the Word...And the Word was made flesh. John and the other apostles experienced the Living Word daily for three years and writes from the perspective of that personal relationship.

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   First John's Prologue – Part 2
   1 John 1:1-4
Sunday School,  May 17, 2015
First John is a wonderful epistle providing both doctrinal and practical insights for living the Christian life. First John 1:1-4 provides the introduction to this great epistle of the Apostle John. It will take us two weeks to cover it for in it is this great preface statement revealing the subject matter of the book. In these four verses, we will note the essence of true Christianity, the evidence for our Christian faith, and the message that we are to continue to proclaim. Verse 1 closes with the "Word of life," speaking of Jesus Christ Himself and referring us back to John 1:1 and 14 - "In the beginning was the Word...And the Word was made flesh. John and the other apostles experienced the Living Word daily for three years and writes from the perspective of that personal relationship.

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   First John's Prologue - Part 1
   1 John 1:1-4
Sunday School,  May 10, 2015
First John is a wonderful epistle providing both doctrinal and practical insights for living the Christian life. First John 1:1-4 provides the introduction to this great epistle of the Apostle John. It will take us two weeks to cover it for in it is this great preface statement revealing the subject matter of the book. In these four verses, we will note the essence of true Christianity, the evidence for our Christian faith, and the message that we are to continue to proclaim. Verse 1 closes with the "Word of life," speaking of Jesus Christ Himself and referring us back to John 1:1 and 14 - "In the beginning was the Word...And the Word was made flesh. John and the other apostles experienced the Living Word daily for three years and writes from the perspective of that personal relationship.

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   Introducing John's Epistles
   1 John 1:1-4; 5:13
Sunday School,  May 3, 2015
John says that he writes his first epistle to those who believe in Jesus, "that you may know that you have eternal life" (1 John 5:13). But John's epistle is far more than a test for genuine salvation. In this introduction to John's first epistle, we observe John's concern for the transmission of apostolic doctrine to subsequent generations of believers in the church. We also note that, because of the attacks of false teachers, John's purpose that we may "know" we have eternal life is also that we may discern whether others have it as well. We will note the date, author, provenance, and general backdrop of the letter, with special attention given to the first four verses.

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   With Jesus by the Sea: Peter's Re-Commissioning - Part 2
   John 21:15-25
Sunday School,  April 26, 2015
Having introduced this text and its background in Part 1, this part focuses on three ideas which John uses to close his Gospel: (1) the conversation Jesus has with Peter after Peter has denied the Lord three times; (2) the resolution of the competition in the Gospel between Peter and John; and (3) the exaltation of Jesus. Jesus' challenge to Peter is reminiscent of his call for his disciples to "take up the cross" and follow him (cf. Matt 16:24). Looking back over the entire Gospel, John begins with the exaltation of the eternal divine Word, and ends by putting it in our minds that the Person and truth and actions of the Son of God can go on for eternity. The Gospel of John, with all of its profound observations about Jesus of Nazareth, is but a tiny snapshot of all that we could know about him.

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   With Jesus by the Sea: Peter's Re-Commissioning - Part 1
   John 21:15-25
Sunday School,  April 19, 2015
In this last section of John's Gospel, John brings specific events to a climax and finishes the Gospel with an exaltation of the Person of Jesus. Part 1 of this lesson reviews the structure and message of the entire Gospel. The remainder of the time is spent on the structure and Greek text of John 21:15-25, with special attention given to the well-known observation that Jesus uses different Greek words for "love."

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   Jesus Appears to the Disciples
   John 21:1-14
Sunday School,  March 29, 2015
Jesus Christ chose when and where all of His post-resurrection appearances would take place and this appearance was set up especially for Peter. Peter, having failed the Lord, sensed that he could never be accepted by Him again and decided to go back to fishing. Six other disciples joined him and they fished all night catching nothing. The account is well known and the stranger on the shore gave instructions which led to a net filled with fish. John and Peter immediately recognized the stranger as Jesus, who once again became their Master. He gathered them around the fire for breakfast and He became their host. The purpose was to reintroduce Peter to Himself and to restore his commission as an apostle. Jesus took Peter's shame and turned it into something good so that Peter could once again serve the Lord and glorify God.

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   Believing in the Fourth Gospel
   John 3:16, 20:30-31
Sunday School,  March 22, 2015
One of the most important words in John’s Gospel is the word “believe.” Not only does the verb “believe” occur more frequently in John than any other New Testament book, but in fact the author’s very purpose for writing his Gospel is that his readers may “believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” (John 20:31). In this lesson we will take a closer look at John’s use of this essential word, examining four aspects of the verb “believe” in John: (1) The Language of Belief in John’s Gospel, (2) Belief and John’s Seven Signs, (3) Belief and the Twelve Disciples, and (4) The Significance of Believing.

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   Jesus Transitions His Ministry to Us
   John 20:19-29
Sunday School,  March 15, 2015
As John begins to bring his book to a close, he powerfully draws together both key themes: Jesus' words draw people to believe in Him, and now He calls us to speak His words in His absence. Here are some very encouraging words for those who want to witness but find themselves fearful or uncertain.

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   Christ Appears to Mary Madalene
   John 20:11-18
Sunday School,  March 8, 2015
Of all the people Christ could have appeared to, He chose Mary. Why her? Where were the disciples? Who is the center of our world?

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   An Adulterous Woman Forgiven
   John 7:53 - 8:11
Sunday School,  March 1, 2015
This lesson looks at the three main personalities in this passage which are the Pharisees, the adulterous woman, and Jesus. While it is necessary to look at the first two, Jesus is the center of attention. A brief look at the canonicity of this passage is included.

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   Jesus Resurrected
   John 20:1-8
Sunday School,  February 22, 2015
The empty tomb is the center of our faith.

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   Jesus' Perfect Timing in His Death
   John 19:31-42
Sunday School,  February 15, 2015
The details John emphasizes show that Jesus did not die as a victim, but as a willing sacrifice at exactly the perfect time to fulfill the Scriptures. We are compelled to believe in this great Lord Jesus, not only for salvation but on an on-going basis when His timing is not what we want it to be in our daily lives. His timing is always right.

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   The Crucifixion of Jesus
   John 19:1-30
Sunday School,  February 8, 2015
The details of the crucifixion of Jesus are horrible and gruesome beyond words. It is probably for this reason that none of the Gospels dwell on the physical agony. It is important to understand that it is the central event of God's Holy Word. We spend far more time celebrating the incarnation of Jesus which was only a means to an end. Jesus Christ came into this world to save sinners (I Timothy 1:15). I Corinthians 15:3 states that He died for our sins. The greatest amount of material in each Gospel centers on the crucifixion of Jesus, in terms of prophecy, preparation and the actual event. When Jesus cried out, It is finished, victory over sin was won and the provision for our salvation was secured. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

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   Jesus before Pilate: Who Are You Listening To?
   John 18:28 - 19:16
Sunday School,  January 25, 2015
Pilate had Jesus standing right in front of him and he did not recognize Him as The Truth. Jesus' destiny was a Roman cross and Pilate could not stand in the way of God's plan, but do we not walk in the path God desires for us, because we listen more to the world than to God? The connection of Jewish feasts to the timing of Jesus's death and resurrection is explored as well as the much overlooked declaration by Jesus that he was born "to testify to the truth."

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   Christ before Annas
   John 18:12-27
Sunday School,  January 18, 2015
Christ submits to trial while Peter comes to realize what is really at stake.

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   The Glory of Christ in the Gospel of John
   John 1:14; 2:11; 7:39; 12:12-16
Sunday School,  January 4, 2015
The apostle Paul speaks of Jesus and his high exaltation (Phil 2:9), and we imagine Jesus in his glorified body at the Father's right hand. Yet in his Gospel, the apostle John declares, "We beheld his glory," and connects the glory of Jesus—the same same glorious manifestation we see in the OT—with his humiliating death on a Roman cross. The ironic glorification of Jesus is anticipated in the first half of John, The Book of Signs (Chs. 1-12) and is brought to reality in the second half of John, The Book of Exaltation (Chs. 13-20).

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   Reviewing Christ's Earthly Ministry
   John 17:6-19
Sunday School,  December 21, 2014
John 17 is the high priestly prayer of Jesus for Himself (1-5), His disciples (6-19) and for all of His church (20-26). In the prayer for His disciples Jesus reports the various aspects of His ministry to them. He revealed the Father unto them (6-7), gave them the Father's Words (8, 14), prayed for them (9, 10), kept them safe (12), sanctified them (17, 19) and sent them into the world for ministry (18). Priorities for the disciples and the church include glorifying God the Father, unity in the body of Christ, the sanctification of the believer, and the believer's separation and protection from all evil and the evil one.

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   Jesus Prays for Himself
   John 17:1-5
Sunday School,  November 30, 2014
What if you could hear Jesus praying for you in the next room? In John 17, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is praying to God the Father. It is the longest of our Savior's recorded prayers in the book of God. John 17 is sometimes referred to as the "Holy of Holies." Obviously, this term could refer to the entire Bible, but it is a special privilege to enter into this holy conversation. The prayer breaks into three paragraphs though we will only get through the first one. Jesus prays for Himself in verses 1-5, His disciples in verses 6-19 and for future believers in verses 20-26. The prayer provides for us a perspective on the life, ministry, office and Person of our Lord and Savior Who loved us and redeemed us to God the Father by His own blood. It is vital that we dig into the depths of this prayer for a greater

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   Advantages in Christ's Departure
   John 16:16-33
Sunday School,  November 23, 2014
There are times in all of our lives when circumstances look very bleak leaving us with confusion, frustration, stress, and a sense of helplessness. This is the way the disciples of Jesus felt when it was made known that He would be departing from them. Then Jesus revealed that they would be facing great opposition from the world, yet they could be confident knowing that He had overcome the world. In the same way, we are over-comers in and through Jesus Christ transforming any sorrows and cares into joy and victory.

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   It Is All about Jesus
   John 15:18 - 16:15
Sunday School,  November 9, 2014
Jesus introduces a new topic into His parting message to the disciples: persecution. He promises that it will come and does not promise safety. Rather, He promises that His name will be glorified as they share His words. This passage leads to some compelling applications for 21st century American Christians in light of the current needs of believers in North Africa and in the Middle East. We have heard from Jesus and must share what we have heard at any cost.

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   Christ's Farewell Discourse
   John 15:1-17
Sunday School,  October 26, 2014
Christ explains the new relationshiuop between believers and the new covenant with God.

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   Be Encouraged
   John 14:15-31
Sunday School,  October 19, 2014
Do you ever feel overwhelmed, troubled, or inadequate for the challenges God has given you? John 14 begins and ends with "Let not your heart be troubled." In this wonderful farewell message, Jesus provides the powerful encouragement we need to hear: He is still with us.

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   Three Troubling Predictions
   John 13:18-38
Sunday School,  September 28, 2014
The three troubling predictions include the DEFECTION of Judas, the DEPARTURE of Jesus and the DENIAL of Peter. All of these were possible because Jesus knows what is in the heart of every human being. He fully knew that Judas was going to betray Him. Ephesians 1:4-5 reveals that God knew and planned for every believer before the world ever existed. He loved us and proved that love in giving His life for us on Calvary's Cross. Christ shared how we are to love one another, just as He has loved us, even when we were unloving (Romans 5:8, 10).

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   The Cleansing of the New Messianic Community
   John 13:1-17
Sunday School,  September 21, 2014
Two major events occur in this passage: 1) Satan put into the heart of Judas to betray Jesus and 2) Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. There is a third emphasis revealing His knowledge as God. He knew that His hour had come and where He came from and where He was going. He knew that Judas would be betraying Him and that the Father had given all things into His hands (13:3). In the washing of the disciples feet, He taught them two great lessons: 1) The importance of serving one another and 2) that true happiness comes from humble service.

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   The Coming of the Greeks
   John 12:20-36
Sunday School,  August 31, 2014
This passage is a major transition passage for both 1) the ministry of Jesus Christ and 2) in the makeup of the Church of Jesus Christ. The title refers to the truth that God's great plan of salvation is not any longer just for the Jews but also for Gentiles and this is what opened the door for the Church of Jesus Christ. The other transition is found in the words of Jesus in verse 23, "The hour is come." Up to this moment it was impossible for the Jewish leaders to seize and kill Him. In each attempt, Jesus said, "Mine hour is not yet come" (John 2:4; 7:30; 8:20). It is interesting that Gentiles came to Christ to worship Him at the time of His birth and here they come to Him just prior to his death. They may have surmised that Jesus was the promised King of the Jews even as the Jewish people were rejecting Him.

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   The Triumphal Entry
   John 12:1-19
Sunday School,  August 24, 2014
What did first century Jews believe about Jesus? What did they expect? What was going on during His entry to Jerusalem?

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   Raising Lazarus from the Dead
   John 11:1-57
Sunday School,  August 17, 2014
By raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus performs a supernatural act that points to His deity, foreshadows His own resurrection, and gives believers purpose. The last of the "signs" that John records has even more to teach us about Jesus and about ourselves.

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   A Contrast of Shepherds – Part 3
   John 9 - 10; Ezekiel 34; Psalm 23
Sunday School,  August 10, 2014
A significant backdrop for John 9 and 10 is found in Ezekiel 34. There the prophet declares judgment against the wicked shepherds (leaders) of Israel who neglect and take advantage of the flock (God’s people). God promises that he himself will one day come to lead and care for his sheep. In John 9, Jesus, acting as the Good Shepherd, heals, seeks, and cares for one of his sheep, while the religious leaders abuse him and excommunicate him. In John 10, Jesus makes his identity as the Good Shepherd explicit, again in contrast with the wicked shepherds who would not receive him. These two chapters help us to understand the profound care our Good Shepherd offers us as his sheep, and challenge us to follow him as we should.

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   A Contrast of Shepherds – Part 2
   John 9 - 10; Ezekiel 34; Psalm 23
Sunday School,  August 3, 2014
A significant backdrop for John 9 and 10 is found in Ezekiel 34. There the prophet declares judgment against the wicked shepherds (leaders) of Israel who neglect and take advantage of the flock (God’s people). God promises that he himself will one day come to lead and care for his sheep. In John 9, Jesus, acting as the Good Shepherd, heals, seeks, and cares for one of his sheep, while the religious leaders abuse him and excommunicate him. In John 10, Jesus makes his identity as the Good Shepherd explicit, again in contrast with the wicked shepherds who would not receive him. These two chapters help us to understand the profound care our Good Shepherd offers us as his sheep, and challenge us to follow him as we should.

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   A Contrast of Shepherds – Part 1
   John 9 - 10; Ezekiel 34; Psalm 23
Sunday School,  July 27, 2014
A significant backdrop for John 9 and 10 is found in Ezekiel 34. There the prophet declares judgment against the wicked shepherds (leaders) of Israel who neglect and take advantage of the flock (God’s people). God promises that he himself will one day come to lead and care for his sheep. In John 9, Jesus, acting as the Good Shepherd, heals, seeks, and cares for one of his sheep, while the religious leaders abuse him and excommunicate him. In John 10, Jesus makes his identity as the Good Shepherd explicit, again in contrast with the wicked shepherds who would not receive him. These two chapters help us to understand the profound care our Good Shepherd offers us as his sheep, and challenge us to follow him as we should.

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   Abraham's Children
   John 8:31-59
Sunday School,  July 20, 2014
When Christ confronts the religious leaders, they are confounded to discover who their father is.

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   Dispute over Christ's Authority
   John 8:12-30
Sunday School,  July 13, 2014
Jesus often used metaphors and similes to illustrate divine truth related to life. In John 8:12-30, we are going to look at Christ's Personal Disclosure where He bears record of Himself and Christ's Peculiar Departure revealing what will take place after His finished work on Calvary's cross. In so doing, Jesus refers to His authority over mankind by being the Light of the World. The dialogue that follows clearly reveals man's refusal to submit to Christ's authority. The religious leaders did not know Christ, where He was going and where they were going, revealing that they were in the dark spiritually.

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   Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles - Part 2
   John 7:1-53
Sunday School,  June 22, 2014
The Feast of Tabernacles took place about six months after the events in John 6. This event occurred just after the fall harvest. It was a time of celebration looking back to God's protection and provision during Israel's journey from Egypt through the wilderness to the Promised Land. It also looked forward to the promised kingdom of Messiah and was one of three yearly feasts requiring all Jewish males twelve and over to attend in Jerusalem. Jesus met this requirement but did not travel with His brethren or disciples. He went secretly because of those who wanted to take His life. "I go not up yet unto this feast; for My time is not yet full come" (John 7:8). Note also John 2:4; 7:6, 8,30; 12:23, 13:1; 17:1.

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   Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles - Part 1
   John 7:1-53
Sunday School,  June 15, 2014
The Feast of Tabernacles took place about six months after the events in John 6. This event occurred just after the fall harvest. It was a time of celebration looking back to God's protection and provision during Israel's journey from Egypt through the wilderness to the Promised Land. It also looked forward to the promised kingdom of Messiah and was one of three yearly feasts requiring all Jewish males twelve and over to attend in Jerusalem. Jesus met this requirement but did not travel with His brethren or disciples. He went secretly because of those who wanted to take His life. "I go not up yet unto this feast; for My time is not yet full come" (John 7:8). Note also John 2:4; 7:6, 8,30; 12:23, 13:1; 17:1.

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   The Bread of Life Discourse
   John 6:22-71
Sunday School,  June 8, 2014
Jesus has just fed the 5,000 and walked across the Sea of Galilee. The crowds came searching for him, looking for him to meet their physical need for food. Jesus, knowing why they are come and what their greatest need is, consistently directs the dialogue to spiritual things. The crowds are so set on physical food that they miss the incredible truth Jesus speaks of. The contrasting responses to Jesus' words are instructive for us today as we also respond to the Lord Jesus.

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   Why We Turn from the Truth to Embrace Falsehood – Part 2
   2 Corinthians 2:11; John 8:44; Genesis 3:1-5; Matthew 4:1-11
Wednesday Evening Service,  June 4, 2014
If we would learn to be faithful to the truth of God’s Word, then we must first learn why we would ever allow ourselves to turn to error in the first place. This lesson will take us into the garden in Eden to examine the first instance of a turn to error. We will then briefly survey the course of human history since the garden, littered with examples of this same turning from truth, repetitions of the Fall. In our journey, we will discover that there are two basic answers to the question, Why do we turn from truth?

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   Introduction: So What's the Big Deal?
   Genesis 2:7-8, 15; John 4:23; Hebrews 12:28
Sunday Afternoon Service,  June 1, 2014
Bombarded with so many varying views and attitudes about the church’s worship, its format and music and style, it is easy for us to become apathetic about this important area of our Christian walk. “Why bother?” we wonder, and resign to our own opinion. If we take a closer look, however, we will realize that the issue of how we worship is of great significance and deserves our attention for at least three important reasons.

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   The Fifth Sign
   John 6:1-21
Sunday School,  June 1, 2014
In the Gospel of John, we have been centering our attention on the signs or miracles that were performed by our Lord during His earthly ministry. These signs not only validated His deity but they are recorded so that we might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing ye might have life through His name (John 20:31). We must keep in mind that a miracle is merely the result of God doing something in a way He does not ordinarily do them. This fifth sign is considered by some as Christ's greatest miracle because of the number of witnesses that saw it firsthand. Following the miracle, the people wanted to make Christ their king. As Christians, we ought to give Him His rightful place in our lives - King, Lord, God and Savior.

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