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John - That You May Believe

John - That You May Believe

June 2017 - July 2018
The Gospel of John is unique in its powerful presentation of Jesus. He is presented as the Logos or the Word who existed before creation. John’s vision of Christ has been used countless times to open the eyes of unbelievers to who Jesus is and the way of redemption. The serious student of John will find that each time he returns to the Gospel, Christ will be a little bigger. May we learn the greatness of Christ as we study together.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Jul 08, 2018
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46 mins 1 sec
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Just as the Gospel’s prologue in John 1 serves to “lift” the reader so that he may grasp the full significance of the person and work of Jesus, so the Gospel’s epilogue in John 21 serves to “land” the reader so that he may be guided in the newly established relation with God and mission of God. Having come to believe and know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and having received life in his name, what must the believer do? In our text this morning we learn that life in Christ is not the end, but rather the beginning of a mission wherein Christians are sent to be fishermen and shepherds. May our Lord teach us as we lovingly follow him.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Jul 01, 2018
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47 mins 23 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - C.S. Lewis in, A Grief Observed explained that you never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death! It is easy to say you believe a rope to be strong as long as you are merely using it to cord a box. But suppose you had to hang by that rope over a precipice. Then, I guess we would find out if you really believe in its strength. Belief in the resurrection became a matter of life and death. Many disciples hung from that rope over a precipice, but never relinquished faith in resurrection truth. In the end, the strength and power of the resurrection built the church over the centuries. My friends, Jesus is alive just as he said. He is risen – he is risen indeed! May we learn about our living and loving Lord together this morning.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Jun 17, 2018
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52 mins
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Jesus is the Passover Lamb, the King, and truth, who became the redemptive sacrifice for the world when he, the Son of Man, was exchanged for the "sons of mankind" in order to release them from their enslavement to sin, death, and the foreign power of this world. This text continues to depict the events surrounding the sacrificial death of the Son of God. Jesus has already been arrested and interrogated by the Jewish authorities; in this pericope, he is taken and handed over to the Roman authorities who perform the equivalent of a Roman trial of Jesus so as to respond to the legal requirements and political tension shared between them. The narrative intentionally contrasts Christ with two significant characters and what they represent: "the Jews" (representing the authorities of Judaism) and Pilate (representing the power of Rome).
Sun, Jun 10, 2018
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51 mins 34 secs
Speaker: John Moon - This passage directly follows Jesus’ arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, Judas had betrayed him to the Roman and Jewish authorities and Jesus had willingly allowed himself to be captured. Now Jesus is being taken to the first of several trials before Jewish and Roman courts. In John 18:12-27 there is an interplay of two dramas that brings into focus opposite truths that are foundational to all of Christian Doctrine: the glory of Christ and the sinfulness of man. Those truths are evident from the contrast between Christ’s faithfulness and Peter’s faithlessness; His courage and Peter’s cowardice; His sacrificial love and Peter’s self-preserving lies. The narrative goes back and forth between Jesus’s trial by the High Priest Emeritus Annus, and Peter’s series of denials. In effect, you see both Peter and Jesus encountering different interrogations with very different responses. May God help us to rely on his grace as we encounter his Word.
Pastor Will Galkin
Sun, Jun 03, 2018
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39 mins 13 secs
Speaker: Will Galkin - After finishing the upper room discourse Jesus took His true disciples to place of refuge. Across the Valley of Kidron there was a garden that was within the jurisdiction of Jerusalem that Jesus would often retreat to. That night He and the disciples were betrayed. Roman soldiers and Jewish leaders were shown the way by Judas the traitor. The disciples’ world began to fall around them. All of their expectations of what they thought they knew about Jesus were in doubt. Yet, through it all Jesus was demonstrating that He was trustworthy and in control. Jesus is sovereign in the midst of betrayal, failures and weaknesses and suffering.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, May 27, 2018
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1 hr 0 mins 9 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - John 17 is one of the greatest chapters in the Bible and certainly one of the most treasured. In 1572, John Knox, the English Reformer, asked that this passage be read to him every day as illness took over and he drew closer and closer to death. In his final moments, as he took his last breath, he wanted to hear the whisper of Jesus praying.
Pastor Jon Kopp
Sun, May 20, 2018
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36 mins 22 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - Due to technical difficulties, only part of this sermon was recorded. "Let us be courageous and rejoice always, believing that we are safe. Let us consider that the Lord is with us, who broke evil’s power. Let us consider and lay to heart that while the Lord is with us, our foes can do us no hurt…If they see us rejoicing in the Lord, contemplating the bliss of the future, mindful of the Lord, deeming all things in His hand, and that no evil spirit has any strength against the Christian, nor any power at all over us— they are discomfited and turned backwards. Thus, if we are wishful to despise the enemy, let us ponder over the things of the Lord, and let the soul ever rejoice in hope." (Athanasius) Big idea: In Jesus, we have courageous joy. Because, in Jesus, 1. sorrow is transformed, 2. Prayer is answered, 3. Victory is secure. #1 In Jesus, Sorrow is Transformed. a. Sorrow is inevitable b. Sorrow is productive #2 In Jesus, Prayer is Answered. a. When we pray in Jesus’ name. b. Because the Father Himself loves us. #3 In Jesus, Victory is secure. a. Not secure in ourselves. b. Secure in Jesus - the overcomer.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, May 13, 2018
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1 hr 2 mins 16 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Imagine a beloved family member looking at you and saying, "Trust me, it would be better for you if I go away forever." How would you feel? Confused? Abandoned? Rejected? Afraid? All these feelings and more the disciples felt as Jesus told them he was going to his Father in heaven. But he left something for them, something far better than the typical inheritance we might think about when someone is passing away. he promises them the inheritance of the Helper. He will be what they need and more than what they expect. He will love them, leave them, guide them, teach them. he will glorify Jesus and will convict the world. How will you respond to the work of the Helper in your life?
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, May 06, 2018
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1 hr 2 mins 49 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - “Life is filled with choices and every choice has consequences. In grammar school, a student who befriends an unpopular boy or girl will lose friends and be made fun of. In high school, a student who refuses to give up his or her virginity will lose dates and be laughed at. In the workplace, if you live a life of integrity you’ll be passed over for a promotion. In the senior years, if you invest your time and money in the church you’ll miss out on various memories and material possessions. In the political realm, if you’re vocal about your favorite candidate, there will be those who disagree with you. In the spiritual realm, if you follow Jesus Christ, you will be hated. That’s right: HATED! Whether you like it or not, the Bible is clear that Christians will be hated and rejected by the world.” - Keith Krell
Sun, Apr 29, 2018
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54 mins 4 secs
Speaker: Jotham Manoranjan - Today we continue reading the farewell disclosure of Jesus, to his disciples. We hit a very familiar passage to many Christian, John 15. We find the last of Christ’s “I AM” statements in this passage. “I AM THE TRUE VINE”. The passage is steeped in the metaphor of the vine and its branches. Join us as we take a look, and what it means for Christ to be the Vine, and for us to be its branches. As we do that we will explore what it means to abide in Christ. The term abide is occurs eleven times in this passage. We will see what it look at the truly spectacular privilege of what it means to be a fruit bearing member of God’s vine.