Sermon: Unbelief’s Believable Deception John 7:1-13

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Unbelief’s Believable Deception

John 7:1-13

Primary Truth Taught- Saving faith sees past Christ’s benefits and embraces Christ Himself 

Introduction

We have been utterly surprised so far in the Gospel of John. The Apostle reports so many strange events. These events work to take away our false views of Jesus, salvation, and what it means to follow Christ. Sometimes we’re left with our mouths hanging open and scratching our head.

Why does John report so many things that seem to stretch us and cause us to wonder? It seems that what John is doing is to take away anything that is false in our understanding of who Jesus is and what we might be tempted to see as saving faith and show us who Jesus really is what true saving faith is. The reason he does this is because John is a pastor who loves his flock and who loves you. He doesn’t want anyone to think anything false when it comes to Jesus and the Gospel because to get either of those wrong is to place your soul in jeopardy.

Here’s how important it is to get Christ and the Gospel right, look what Paul tells the churches in Galatia…

Galatians 1:6–9 (ESV)

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.

I pray we see the importance of getting the Gospel right and understanding who Jesus really is…

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Sermon: God’s Sovereignty Seen in Human Resistance John 6:48–71

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God’s Sovereignty Seen in Human Resistance

John 6:48–71

Primary Truth Taught- God’s is sovereign over all things including things that seem to resist Him and His Gospel

Introduction

This chapter ends on what seems, at least on the surface, to be utter failure. When Chapter 6 begins we see the amazing event when Jesus feeds the 5,000. All eat until they are full and desire to make Jesus King. However, by the end of Chapter 6 almost everyone leaves. The crowd is gone; they are immensely disappointed with Jesus. The reason they leave has to do with the words Jesus speaks; they believe the words are too hard. To the crowd the words of Jesus are offensive, degrading, and utterly unmanageable.

We must be ready to accept all the Words of Jesus. There are some that are easy because they have to do with love and peace and comfort. Then there are words of Jesus that are offensive and challenging. Here’s an example…

Matthew 11:28 (ESV)

28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

John 6:44 (ESV)

44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.

Jesus is not controllable. He will not be placed into a box or controlled by men. He is sovereign and all-powerful and He will do as He pleases and say whatever He wants and we must believe it all and obey it all or take our place with the crowd who we’ll see walks away claiming His Words are just too hard.

Human Need Met

Consistency in the Christian life can be greatly aided if we understand that God is even involved and going further, has decreed our own personal setbacks or trials. God sovereignly dictates things in this life that seem to be working against us for our good. This passage is a wonderful example of how Jesus understood what would have been seen by practically everyone else as resistance to the Gospel and a major setback. Because His knowledge of God is perfect and He completely understood how things work, He was not the least bit phased by this event.

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Sermon: Whoever Believes Has Eternal Life John 6:41–47

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Whoever Believes Has Eternal Life

John 6:41–47

Primary Truth Taught- When the dead sinner is brought to life, he/she will come to Christ.

Introduction

There is a shift in scenery here in this passage but the same message. Now Jesus is no longer on the shore teaching but has made His way to the synagogue in the City of Capernaum. The large crowd, of some ten thousand plus, was still following Jesus. Now their demeanor begins to change as much as the scenery does. They begin to understand that Jesus isn’t the Messiah they thought He was. They are no longer wanting to take Him by force and make Him king but are disappointed in Him because while they thought Jesus was the One to free them from Roman rule and set up a kingdom of peace and prosperity, they’re learning that Jesus has something else in mind altogether.

Human Need Met

We must see today that Jesus’ purpose in coming to us was not to make us rich and prosperous. His purpose was not comfort, peace, prosperity or any other earthly reason. Jesus came to us to forgive our sin and in order to do that He had to die on the cross. When the Bible promises an abundant life it means a life free from the slavery to sin not abundance of possessions. To be freed from sin’s grip is why Jesus came.

Our deepest need is met in Jesus Christ not our deepest want. This passage reminds us of this truth.

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Sermon: The Better Exodus with the Better Moses (Part 4) John 6:30-40

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The Better Exodus with the Better Moses (Part 4)

John 6:30-40

Primary Truth Taught- Jesus’ ministry parallels Moses’ ministry proving that He is the Messiah/Prophet who was to come into the world.

 Introduction

Deuteronomy 18:15–19 (ESV)

15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— 16 just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ 17 And the Lord said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.

We are back at it again. We’ll see today the crowd that followed Jesus across the Sea of Galilee. Remember why they followed Him? They are following Jesus not because they want Him and see Jesus as their treasure but because they see Jesus as useful. They want more stuff and more food not more Jesus.
John 6:26 (ESV)

26 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.

I want us to consider the truth of this passage today. There is an old saying that seeing is believing. However, that old saying is not true. Seeing is not believing. In fact, the very opposite is true, believing is seeing.

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Sermon: The Better Exodus with the Better Moses (Part 2) John 6:16-21

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The Better Exodus with the Better Moses (Part 2)

John 6:16-21

Primary Truth Taught: Jesus’ ministry parallels Moses’ ministry proving that He is the Messiah/Prophet who was to come into the world.

Introduction

Deuteronomy 18:15–19 (ESV)

15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— 16 just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ 17 And the Lord said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.

Jesus has just fed the 5000 with a few loaves and a couple of fish. If you remember from last time that this was proof that Jesus is a better Moses and the Prophet who was to come because Moses prayed and God supplied manna for the people. In John 6, Jesus gives thanks but feeds the five thousand by His own power. Showing His divine nature and power.

These people, for the most part were not believers, they were there because of the miracles Jesus was performing…

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Sermon:The Better Exodus with the Better Moses (Part 1) John 6:1-15

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The Better Exodus with the Better Moses (Part 1)

John 6:1-15

Primary Truth Taught: Jesus’ ministry parallels Moses’ ministry proving that He is the Messiah/Prophet who was to come into the world.

 

Introduction

At the end of Chapter five, if you remember, we saw Jesus bring up Moses. He did so with the idea that the Jews who were accusing Him did not, better yet, could not understand that Moses was actually writing about Him. According to Jesus, then we understand that the writings of Moses and Moses himself have great allusions to our Lord Jesus.

At the end of chapter 5, Jesus complained that his opponents did not understand or believe what Moses had written (John 5:39-47). We then are ushered immediately into a scene that not only takes place at Passover, one of the great events associated with Moses, but into a text that overflows with echoes of the Passover event.[1]

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Sermon: The Three Witnesses John 5:30-47

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The Three Witnesses

John 5:30-47

Primary Truth Taught-The fact that Jesus is the Son of God is made clear as the three witnesses come forward.

Introduction

Our modern day justice system in America is in shambles. From repeat offenders being released to those of the elite getting away with crimes going unpunished to law enforcement often being portrayed as the bad guys. Times are tough when it comes to justice these days.

A well working legal system is built on a functioning courtroom and due process. Due process is the state must respect all legal rights that are owed to a person. Due process balances the power of law of the land and protects the individual person from it.

Today’s text is best understood in a courtroom setting. The Jews were placing Jesus on trial and requiring an account. The charge was being a Sabbath breaker and one guilty of blasphemy. The reality is that He’s not a Sabbath breaker because He is the Son of God. Being the Son of God, He makes the rules concerning the Sabbath not them. He has already told these Jews that He’s not breaking the Sabbath because He is doing the same type of work God the Father is doing on the Sabbath, namely the work of redemption…

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