Category Archives: Gospel of John

  1. The magi’s star, and us (Matt. 2.1-23) [sermon 1-6-19]

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    January 9, 2019 by jmar198013

    Long ago, God placed a star to shine in the sky, to lead strangers to Christ. Now God has placed the church in the world, to shine and lead other people to Christ.

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  2. Out of the darkness (1 Peter 2.9) [Sermon 12-9-18]

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    December 9, 2018 by jmar198013

    1 Peter 2.9 says believers are called to tell the story of how Jesus has called us out of darkness, into his amazing light. This message retells three stories from the Gospels of Luke and John of people who were called from the darkness, into Christ’s amazing light. What about you? What’s your story? And how will you tell it?

  3. The light shines in the darkness (Genesis 1.3; John 1.5) [sermon 12-2-18]

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    December 9, 2018 by jmar198013

    For the last 1500 years, as the dark days of winter set in, the church has celebrated Advent. A time of waiting for Christ, the light of the world, to be born. John 1:5 says: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.” This is the gospel of Christ in one sentence. The darkness of sin, shame, and death cannot extinguish His light. But He can and will chase away the darkness in us.

  4. One holy Christian church, the communion of saints [sermon 11-4-18]

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    November 5, 2018 by jmar198013

    Manuscript of my sermon at Central Church of Christ for November 4th, 2018. From our ongoing series,¬†We Believe, using the …
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  5. Shepherding like Jesus (John 10.1-16) [sermon 8-26-18]

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    August 26, 2018 by jmar198013

    The Bible has several different names for those who lead the church, like: elders, bishops, overseers. But there’s one description of the leaders of God’s people the Bible returns to again and again: shepherds. In this message, we explore how Jesus is the model and pattern for every shepherd of God’s church, because he is “the good shepherd.”

  6. The feedback loop of joy (1 John 1.1-4) [sermon 6-24-2018]

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    June 24, 2018 by jmar198013

    The main themes 1 John keeps returning to are light and love. 1 John 1.1-4 prepares us to open our eyes to God’s light, and open our hearts to God’s love. These verses show us a feedback loop for sharing our faith with others. It begins with our relationship with God through Christ, and then sharing our story with others to bring them into fellowship. The feedback is joy, which is our incentive to share our stories with even more people.

  7. God bless Doubting Thomas! (John 20.19-31) [sermon 4-8-18]

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    April 4, 2018 by jmar198013

    Thomas is famous for his doubt, but how often do we notice Thomas’ faith? This message calls our Doubting Thomases in the church to be skeptical enough to doubt their doubts. And for the rest of church to abide with our doubters, just as the other disciples did for Thomas.

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