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   Jesus Before Pilate - Part 2
   John 18:30 - 19:16
Sunday Morning Service,  October 8, 2017
Though some blame Pilate and the Romans for the death of Christ and others blame the Jewish authorities and people in general, the truth is that your sin and mine are responsible for the death of Jesus Christ. At an even more profound level, no one was able to murder Jesus Christ. He clearly stated that no man could take his life from him. He had the authority to lay it down and he had the authority to take it up again. Jesus was not a victim of the courts, he was in full control when he gave his life for our sin.

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   Jesus Before Pilate - Part 1
   John 18:28-38
Sunday Morning Service,  September 24, 2017
Jesus entire trial, before the Jewish authorities and before Pilate, was a blatant miscarriage of justice. Jesus innocence was apparent to all, especially Pilate. Throughout the first phase of Jesus' trial before Pilate, Pilate had to ascertain two important facts: (1) What was the truth and (2) what would he do with Jesus based on that truth. Just like Pilate, we have to determine what we believe about Jesus and the claims of the Bible and then what we will do with Jesus based on the truth we have found.

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   Trial and Denial
   John 18:12-27
Sunday Morning Service,  September 17, 2017
John provides us with the interplay between the Jewish trial of Jesus and the denial of Peter as they both take place simultaneously. Jesus demonstrates humble submission to the will of God while Peter waivers in his faith. Jesus prepares to sacrificially give of himself while Peter is concerned with his self-preservation.

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   Jesus' Betrayal and Arrest
   John 18:1-11
Sunday Morning Service,  September 10, 2017
Jesus was not a victim of the circumstances surrounding his arrest and death. He directly states that no man takes his life from him, but that he laid it down voluntarily. Jesus was in absolute control of all of the events of His life. Yet, in submission to the Father, he willing laid down his life for the sins of mankind.

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   Jesus Prays for Us
   John 17:20-26
Sunday Morning Service,  September 3, 2017
Just prior to his betrayal, arrest and crucifixion, Jesus takes the time not only to pray for his disciples but also for those of us who would become Christians in the future. The main focus of Jesus' prayer request for Christians in the years to come was and is unity. What does he mean by unity and what does he not mean? What is our responsibility with regards to that unity? How important is our unity really?

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   Jesus Prays for His Disciples
   John 17:6-19
Sunday Morning Service,  August 27, 2017
John 17:6-19 gives us a special look into the heart of our savior as he prays for his disciples. Although he was soon to be headed to the cross, the disciples were on his heart. Many of things that Jesus has just taught his disciples, he now prays that God the Father will make a reality in their lives.

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   The Real Lord's Prayer
   John 17:1-5
Sunday Morning Service,  August 20, 2017
The gospels record frequent times of prayer as a part of Jesus' life and ministry. However, although we have many of his sermons and parables recorded for us, there is only one lengthy prayer recorded in John 17. What makes this prayer so special? Why is this the real Lord's prayer as opposed to the model prayer he taught his disciples? What is the significance of this prayer and why did Jesus pray it?

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   Getting to the Point
   John 16:25-33
Sunday Morning Service,  August 13, 2017
At the end of four chapters of in-depth teaching with his disciples, Jesus summarizes everything with a simple and plain description of his ministry and provision for his disciples. In the midst of their anxiety and confusion, Jesus reiterates the importance and privilege of prayer, promises peace in the midst of tribulation and reminds his disciples that in spite of the trouble they will receive from the world, he has overcome the world.

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   Getting to the Source of Joy
   John 16:16-24
Sunday Morning Service,  August 6, 2017
All of us will go through difficult times. Those time can cause us to be frustrated, anxious, bitter or sorrowful. That is why we must place our trust in the God of all comfort. The disciples were in just such a state of mind when Jesus shared with them the secret of enduring joy.

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   Getting to the Source
   John 16:12-15
Sunday Morning Service,  July 30, 2017
We all need guidance at times. The circumstances and responsibilities of life can leave us wondering what the right thing is to do in order to live like Christ and bring him glory with our lives. God has not left us without help in this area. Guidance is available if we get back to the source of guidance for our live - the Word of God and the indwelling Spirit of God.

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   The Ministry of the Holy Spirit
   John 16:1-15
Sunday Morning Service,  July 16, 2017
Although conflict with the world is inevitable for the true disciple, Jesus did not leave his disciples without hope and good news. Though he was going away, he would send them the Holy Spirit whose unique ministry would not only change their lives but the entire world.

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   The Believer and the World
   John 15:18-27
Sunday Morning Service,  July 9, 2017
Jesus never promised his disciples that the world would love them. Although most of us want to fit in and get along with everyone, Jesus promised his disciples that they would be hated and persecuted because of their association with him. The world hated Jesus, yet he brought them the truth. The world will also hate his disciples, yet Jesus expectation is that his disciples will also take the truth to the world.

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   Friends of Jesus – Part 2
   John 15:12-17
Sunday Morning Service,  July 2, 2017
Jesus elevates the status of his disciples from servants to friends. Yet, he also gives the characteristics that must be a part of the lives of his friends. Not only does he describe the benefits of being his friend, but also the mission that he has chosen his friends to accomplish. Are you the friend of Jesus that he describes in John 15?

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   Friends of Jesus – Part 1
   John 15:12-17
Sunday Morning Service,  June 25, 2017
Of all of the names and privileges that the Bible gives to Christians, one of the most special and intimate is that of the friend of Jesus. Just prior to going to his death, Jesus shares with his disciples that he does not consider them to be servants but friends. However, to be the friend of Jesus, we are given four characteristics that must be a part of our lives.

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   Abiding in the Vine
   John 15:1-11
Sunday Morning Service,  June 18, 2017
Our lives are built around our relationships, family, friends, co-workers, etc. In John 15, John discusses our relationship with Jesus, our relationships with one another and our relationship to the world. Of all of these relationships, the nature of our relationship is critical since it will determine our relationship to God, our eternal destiny, and will impact all of the other relationships in our lives. So the question remains, what is your relationship to Jesus Christ?

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   A Follower of Christ
   John 12:25-26; Mark 8:34-38
Sunday Morning Service,  June 4, 2017
What does it truly mean to follow Christ? Jesus' summon to deny oneself and follow him was an invitation to salvation, not an offer of a higher life or a second step of faith following salvation. Every Christian is a disciple of Christ and needs to understand the requirements and realities of following Him.

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   Peace that the World Cannot Give
   John 14:25-31
Sunday Morning Service,  May 28, 2017
People long for peace in their personal lives. They long to have relief from the pressures and problems of life, to be without trouble and have no worries. While the world offers peace in many different temporary forms, the world's peace will always disappoint. In its place, Jesus offers his disciples real, lasting peace that will eliminate their worries and fears.

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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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   Making Disciples
   Matthew 29:18-20
Sunday Morning Service,  January 15, 2017
Why are you here? What is your real reason for being as a Christian? Are you living up to the expectations of Jesus Christ for you as a Christian?

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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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