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What are You Seeking?

The Gospel according to John differs from those of Mark, Matthew, and Luke.

John begins with creation, which is brought into being through the WORD that is Christ.

John, similar to Mark, does not include a birth narrative.

John does include Jesus’ baptism, but it is through the witness of John the Baptist to his disciples instead of Jesus. This is where we enter into the gospel this morning.

John the Baptist is excited, this is the One for whom he prepared the way.

John’s disciples were excited for the Israelites had been waiting centuries for their Messiah to come.

And Jesus’ first words, his first impression made, in the gospel of John is a question.

As one who is inquisitive, I appreciate Jesus arriving on scene with a question especially the simplistic yet complex and vastly open ended question posed…
What are you looking for? Or better yet, What are you seeking?

These disciples of John respond ‘to know if you are the long awaited Messiah’. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2020 in Sermons

 

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Proclaim the WORD in Deed

The Gospel according to John reminds me of the letters wrote by the apostle Paul. These texts have long, switch-back styled, confusing sentences of deep philosophical and theological language. Honestly, It is easy to get lost.

Our Scripture, the Prologue in John, is perhaps the most challenging.

There was the WORD.
The WORD was with God.
The WORD was God.
The WORD created all things.
All was created through the WORD.

Who else is confused? (Raising my own hand).

I am not ashamed to admit it. It is confusing.

Again, it is has though this journey through John is switchbacks on a mountain road causing us to lose track of north and south, east and west.

And yet, this idea of the WORD is important in the church.

We, as individuals, witness the power of words in our own lives. The words we speak to ourselves, others, and into our world influences all that hear it.

Words have power, and yet, 80% of communication is non-verbal.

Again, 80% of our communication has nothing to do with selecting the correct word. This 80% includes our tone, because there is a difference between:

  • “Melinda” (regular, conversational),
  • “Melinda” (excited), and
  • “Melinda” (angry, disppointed, or questioning conduct of).

 

Trust me, I have heard that often when I was a child and a couple times this last week while in Arizona.

The tone can speak more volume than the words themselves.

THEN, there is body language or the embodiment of our words.
I talk with my hands, which some people would prefer my hands remained at my side and it drives them crazy… but, it is just how I am.

It is claimed that if the person you are speaking with is listening, interested, and engaged, their body language will mirror your own. Thus, if you are curious if one is engaged, cross your arms and wait to see if they cross their arms.

Plus, we are able to discern the difference in body language from a friendly gesture or one intended to intimidate, assert power, or is aggressive.

The idea of our words, tone, and body language is involved in the Scriptural WORD.

The WORD, within the church, has three separate expressions.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2020 in Sermons

 

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Our Mission, Shall We Accept It.

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Hello. We doing a two for one deal this morning.

On January 8th was a feast day, the Baptism of our Lord Jesus (the) Christ. On January 15th, we cancelled church, but the texts are deeply connected and intertwined with the Baptismal texts of January 8th.

On January 8th, our texts were Isaiah 42, where Isaiah talks about the servant (we associate with Israel) as being a light to the nations. In Matthew 3, we have Matthew’s account of the Baptism of Jesus (the) Christ; where the heavens open, the dove/Spirit descends, and the voice says “this is my Son” leaving us to wonder whether Jesus was the only one or not, who witnessed these events.

This past Sunday (January 15th), the text was Isaiah 49 which is included in the servant songs and the servant, again, is being told to be a light to the nations and that this is a mission, a calling, that existed prior to their birth. In John (John 1), we have a text about John the Baptist, who is pointing the way towards Christ telling people ‘this is the one who I saw the Spirit rest upon during his Baptism’.
They (the people) go to Jesus and ask, ‘Rabbi (teacher), where are you staying’.
He (Jesus) replies ‘come and see’.

The thread that goes through all four of these texts is the thread of mission. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2017 in Sermon Summaries

 

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