John

John 21:15-25 – The Most Awkward Meeting Ever

What role is there for someone like Peter? –    Peter: a catastrophic failure as a leader and as a friend –    Forgiveness and restoration –    God works through ordinary people. 2 Cor 12:9-10 “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” Feed my lambs –    Jesus entrusts his people to one another –    Is this for Peter…

John 21:1-14 – Gone Fishing

Gone fishing A man on the shore The catch of the day What is happening in this passage? Bizarre interpretations So why was the passage included? A living parable? Firstly – the disciples are still confused Secondly – Jesus’ word can be trusted 100% For us today. Firstly – if this passage is a living parable for the gospel mission ahead Secondly,…

John 20:19-31 – Life In His Name

Images of living a good life? Decisions (career,  spouse, family, house size, car type, holiday destinations, retirement plans, values of what is good and what is bad, decisions about who or what is central in making YOUR decisions) How can we ever live the good life? Thinking about life John 1:4, “in Jesus there is life and that life is the light…

John 20:1-18 – The Empty Tomb

The tomb is open “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb and we do not know where they have put him” Mary’s grief turns to joy Why? “Do not hold into me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, “I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my…

John 20:1-18 – Be Prepared

… to meet with Jesus Are you prepared to meet the risen Jesus? 1)  How do we know he is really alive? How do we know Jesus was really dead?” •  Jewish and Roman writers •  Expert historian “That he was crucified is as sure as anything historical can be”. How can we be sure that he came back to life? • …

John 19:1-42 – Crucified, Dead And Buried

A life changing event Pilate must decide what he is going to do with Jesus A pathetic attempt –    Verse 19 A startling admission … that increases fear –    Verse 15 –    Verse 8 Who has real power? –   Verse 10 –  “Answer me do you not realise I have power … power to release you and power to condemn you!” –  …

John 18:12-40 – Denials And Trials

So far in the story Jesus power and authority Jesus purpose Peter’s denial “You are not one of his disciples are you?” Jesus’ trials Jesus before Annas –  The Godfather of the high priests –  Jesus remains in control Jesus before Pilate –  Pilate was having second thoughts –  A rejection of Jesus’ offer For us today Three different responses to Jesus…

John 18:1-11 – The King Is Arrested

Why? Judas returns Prior attempts –    John 7:30 –    John 7:45 1)    Jesus arrest was no surprise ‘time has come’. John 18:4 2)    Jesus embraces his arrest and none of his disciples are lost John 10:17-18, “The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life – only to take it up again. No one takes it from me,…

John 17:20-26 – Jesus Prays For The Church

“My prayer is not for them alone” – Jesus prays for the next generation of believers. What the first generation believes… …the second assumes… …the third forgets… …the fourth denies. “I pray… that all of them may be one.” – Jesus’ prayer: unity in the church – The purpose of unity: that the world may believe – Unity in community – the…