Bold Statements of Deity

Text: John 5:16-30 Theme: Jesus claims to be the Son of God. Key verses: “…the Father judges no one. Instead, he has given the Son absolute authority to judge, so that everyone will honor the Son, just as they honor the Father…I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life…and I assure you that the time is coming, indeed it’s here now, when the dead will hear my voice–the voice of the Son of God…The Father has life in himself, and he has granted that same life-giving power to his Son” (v. 22-26). “And he has given him authority to judge everyone because he is the Son of Man…the time is coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice of...

Do You (Really) Want to Be Well?

Text: John 5:1-9 Theme: Some people aren’t ready to be healed. Key verses: “One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?’ ‘Sir,’ the invalid replied, ‘I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.’ At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked” (v. 5-9). What God said to me: Dwayne, are you listening? Are you focused on me and my Word this morning? You are often distracted by your busyness and...

Whatever It Takes

Text: John 4:43-54 Theme: Sometimes Jesus did signs and wonders to help people believe in Him. Key verses: “…There was a government official in nearby Capernaum whose son was very sick. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged Jesus to come to Capernaum to heal his son, who was about to die. Jesus asked, ‘Will you never believe in me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?’ The official pleaded, ‘Lord, please come now before my little boy dies.’ Then Jesus told him, ‘Go back home. Your son will live!’ And the man believed what Jesus said and started home” (v. 46b-50). “Then the father realized that that was the very time Jesus had told him, ‘Your son will...

Two Stages of Belief

Text: John 4:39-42 Theme: There’s hearing about Jesus; then there’s hearing from Jesus. Key verses: “Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, ‘He told me everything I ever did!’” (v. 39). “So he stayed there for two days, long enough for many more to hear his message and believe. Then they said to the woman, ‘Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world” (v. 40b-42). What God said to me: Dwayne, how good of you to meet with me at this time and in this way. It’s been a while. Be careful that you don’t assume you can skip your quiet times and times of...

Planters Matter Too

Text: John 4:35-38 Theme: Harvesters reap the benefits of the planters who’ve gone before them. Key verses: “The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true. I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest” (v. 36-38). What God said to me: Look closely at this passage, Dwayne. There is something you’re not seeing here. Look beyond what Jesus obviously said to what he was also implying. His disciples were the “harvesters” of the fields of people who needed...

The Best Meal

Text: John 4:26-34 Theme: Jesus’ food was doing his Father’s will. Key verses: “Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked to find him talking to a woman…” (v. 27). “Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, ‘Rabbi, eat something.’ But Jesus replied, ‘I have a kind of food you know nothing about.’ ‘Did someone bring him food while we were gone?’ the disciples asked each other. Then Jesus explained: ‘My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.’” (v. 31-34). What God said to me: Good Monday morning! So glad you would meet with me this morning. I love investing time with you and speaking to you through my Word. Dwayne,...

Explaining Worship

Text: John 4:19-26 Theme: Who better to explain worship than The Messiah? Key verses: “Jesus replied, ‘Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem…But the time is coming–indeed it’s here now–when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.’ The woman, said, ‘I know the Messiah is coming…When he comes, he will explain everything to us.’ Then Jesus told her, ‘I AM the Messiah.’” What God said to me: Good morning son. Glad you got to...