Posts from January 2017

Posts from January 2017

John 16 | The Power of Conviction

“And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:  concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged” (John 16:8-11). The third major section of John’s gospel shows Jesus ministering to his disciples on the night before his death (John 13:1-17-26). In chapter 16, Jesus tells them that in his…

Christ our Comforter | John 14

By: Ally Seiple How many times have you been faced with a desperate situation that has left you with a troubled heart? When I was a senior in high school, I remember being at a crossroad in my life and searching for direction to find my best path. I didn’t quite know where I was going or what exactly I was going to do, I just knew I had to decide… And soon. I remember spending that summer after graduation…

Eyes Wide Open | John 9

As soon as you mention the ninth chapter of John, people immediately say: “Oh the chapter where the blind man is healed” and they are correct. Theologians have written entire books about this incredible chapter while I see a couple of things that may seem less important but I believe to be interesting. When I think of it, my attention is drawn to two other thoughts. First, this young blind man’s IQ is quickly raised and secondly, the real message…
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The Great Offense

“And he said, ‘This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.’ After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him” (John 6:65-66). The sixth chapter of John contains an in-depth teaching of the Lord regarding the way he saves men. It is a long discourse between himself and many Jews after the miracle of feeding the five thousand. It also contains our…

Getting Our Worship Right | John 4

We were born to worship. That is why when we worship God from our hearts we feel so fulfilled. The instinct to worship is in the heart of every human being; history teaches us that it has always been this way. That is why it is important for us to get it right, and in John chapter four Jesus makes some important adjustments that set our worship right if we will learn from them. First, Jesus teaches us that if…

Launch the New Year with the Gospel of John/John 1

How many times when you think of John’s Gospel can you visualize a sporting event such as a football game and behind the uprights see someone holding a sign that says “John 3:16”? Or for decades when someone first gets saved we tell them the next steps they should take which almost always included “start reading your Bible and begin with the Gospel of John. So why is the Gospel of John so often the launch pad for new Christians?…