Trinity Talk (Page 2)

Trinity Talk (Page 2)

2 John | Love and Truth Belong Together

The apostle John was known as the disciple whom Jesus loved. He was in the Lord’s inner circle that included Peter, James, and John. He was part of the dynamic brother duo: James and John, who were called the “Sons of Thunder”. In one vivid incident, we observe the siblings exhibiting some truly thunder-like qualities. Jesus and His disciples were traveling through Samaria on their way to Jerusalem when they ran into trouble. Jesus attempted to find one place for…

1 John 5 | Joyful Obedience

Throughout his letter, John has tied together the love of God with the keeping of his commandments. He would have us know merely professing one loves God without expressing love through obedience is a misnomer. This is important in view of the fact a certain group of so-called believers in John’s day claimed God loved them and they loved God, while they lived lives of disobedience to God. John reminds us (again) those who love God will always keep his…

1 John 4 | The Way of Love

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7 In Luke chapter 10, the parable of the Good Samaritan, a lawyer asked Jesus “What must I do to inherit eternal life”? Jesus responds “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” The lawyer replied, and he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all…

1 John 3 | The Ultimate PK

I was born a PK (that’s pastor’s kid, if you’re wondering). With that title comes certain responsibilities and certain benefits. For example, my life may very well be a sermon illustration at any point and growing up I had a much higher standard put on me (disclaimer- my dad is very considerate and always asks us before sharing anything deeply personal from the pulpit). One of the benefits is that I also have the access to many things simply as…

1 John 2 | My Dear Children

“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense–Jesus Christ, the righteous one.” (1 John 2:1) I believe this verse from our daily readings really sums up the main purpose of every epistle. They all encourage us towards holiness and at the same time, remind us that our salvation is through faith in Christ alone. In this verse, John says…

1 John 1 | Love Is A Fuzzy Word

Is there a more ill-defined word than love? We use it to describe our feelings for God and for pizza, for our spouses and for sports. We use it so much that it has lost its meaning, its depth, its cost in our lives. Within the past year, the words of 1 John have been messing with me. The Apostle John is not ashamed to use the word “love” – and he knows exactly what it means. Love changes our lives, our motives and…

John 21 | Deja Vu

Have you ever experienced a déjà vu moment? That’s the strange feeling that you get when you’re in a situation that feels like you’ve been in the exact same situation before. In John 21, we see several of these kinds of moments. Did you recognize them when you were reading this passage? If not, take a moment and read it again looking for these times and then come back to this conversation. I’ll point out just a few of these…

John 20 | Real Life

“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:30-31) I have a friend that loves to use the phrase, “Real life”, when referring to big things that have occurred. I love to hear him say this and I have even tried to use it myself…

John 19 | The Death of Christ

John now shows us the great sign to which his gospel has been pointing – the cross of Christ.  He has carefully selected seven statements and seven signs to answer the question, “Who is Jesus and how can I be certain that his claims are true?” These statements each begin with the declaration “I am”: “I am the bread of life” (6:35, 41, 48-51) “I am the light of the world” (8:12, 9:5) “I am the door of the sheep”…

John 18 | In the Beginning was Truth

“‘What is truth?’ Pilate asked.” (John 18:38) An interesting question, especially when you take a peek into the world Pilate lived in. In the Roman Empire you had the Greco-Roman mythology. You had the Greek philosophy of the likes of Socrates, Aristotle and Plato. You had the paganism of the Near Eastern nations and Egypt. Then you had the Judaism of the day and now Pilate stood face to face with this Nazarene who claimed to be a king, but…