Sunday, January 27, 2019

Freedom. John 19:25

Delbert Enns
Been here 24 years and never left. We are challenged to hold unto our faith. Jesus died for all of us. All are called to serve and love one another. 
We make Christ known. Leadership needs prayer. 
Sometimes I feel trapped enslaved bound by chains. I want to be free. 

Freedom is a good word. When I'm free I'm good. 
Free from what? How? 
Freedom stands for equal opportunity and the pursuit of happiness. 
I'm not an island. Freedom is not drive anywhere do anything. 
Freedom is the right to worship as long as I'm not infringing on others. 
The Jesus way is freedom. Humility and sacrificial love.
Chains keep us from freedom. How do we get there. 
Freedom versus equality. Adam and Eve wanted to be equal to God.
The song leader has freedom but not equality.
Free from something. Jesus does what the Father wants. Spirit of submission. 
Bear witness to the truth. We all want to be equal to God. 
Jesus spoke up and said, "You are all from the earth; I am from above. I am not from this world like you are.
John 8:23 TPT
Then an argument broke out among the Pharisees over the healing of the blind man on the Sabbath. Some said, "This man who performed this healing is clearly not from God! He doesn't even observe the Sabbath!" Others said, "If Jesus is just an ordinary sinner, how could he perform a miracle like that?"
John 9:16 TPT

This story is tucked into the story of the Passover. Celebration of freedom. 
Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, "When you continue to embrace all that I teach, you prove that you are my true followers.
John 8:31 TPT

So if the Son sets you free from sin, then become a true son and be unquestionably free!
John 8:36 TPT
We worship tradition, wealth, etc.
Jesus said, "Then if God were really your father, you would love me, for I've come from his presence. I didn't come here on my own, but God sent me to you.
John 8:42 TPT
When we worship what's not of God you are in unbelief.

Let me make this clear: A single grain of wheat will never be more than a single grain of wheat unless it drops into the ground and dies. Because then it sprouts and produces a great harvest of wheat—all because one grain died. So believe and cling to the light while I am with you, so that you will become children of light." After saying this, Jesus then entered into the crowd and hid himself from them. Jesus shouted out passionately, "To believe in me is to also believe in God who sent me.  For when you look at me you are seeing the One who sent me.  I have come as a light to shine in this dark world so that all who trust in me will no longer wander in darkness.
John 12:24‭, ‬36‭-‬36‭, ‬44‭-‬46 TPT

The Lord's supper is an expression of freedom. Leave your chains at the cross. Be free in love.

The bread and the cup are a celebration of what Jesus did for me.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

John sermon 3

Delbert Enns 
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
John 13:34‭-‬35 ESV

Loving the enemy is difficult because we live in tension. 
Am I living for me or for God? 
200,000 people would gather in Jerusalem for a week each year. Remember there is only one God.
Jesus said destroy this temple and I will rebuild in 3 days. 
What does it take to live in the intersection between heaven and earth?
Greeks made gods to meet everyone's faith. Spirituality. Mystical god and churches we like. But not a demanding God. 
Following Jesus has nothing to do with spirituality. 

The woman at the well 

The woman said to him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 
John 4:11 

Jesus, full of grace and truth. Live counter cultural. 

Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, "What are you seeking?" And they said to him, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?" He said to them, "Come and you will see." So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.
John 1:38‭-‬39 ESV

The way we live the Jesus way. Abide in him. 
Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."  Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
John 3:3‭, ‬5‭-‬5‭, ‬8 ESV

This Jewish leader comes by night to ask questions of the good teacher. 

Thomas says are you the messiah? Come touch my wounds. 
Jesus will meet us in our brokenness. Christ in us. You can't understand this without being born again. 

We are called to live it out. I invite you Jesus to come into my life. 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

John. Relationships

Delbert Enns
Last Sunday justice
The book was written to the gentiles. Logos the Word Jesus was from eternity. 
Because of sin and brokenness we are separated from God. Grace. 

The way people interact with each other. 
We live in a culture of democracy individualist. What is in it for me? 

Who was the disciple Jesus loved. The author John 

One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table at Jesus' side, so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, "Lord, who is it?"
John 13:23‭-‬25 ESV

I'm in love with Jesus John said. 
John and James were brothers. They wanted a special relationship. 
And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory."
Mark 10:37 ESV

Jesus redefines relationship. James died as a martyr. John died of old age in exile. 

John adopted Jesus's mother at the cross. 

John wrote love 25 times. Love to know God. Sacrificial love. That's the essence of God. 

How do we build healthy relationships? We were not in sacrificial love. Now we love more than ever. 

John recorded Jesus prayer for us. Ch17

Jesus loved the world to his very end. Not perish. Jesus loves me. 

He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" and he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep.
John 21:17 ESV

Follow me, Jesus said. 

Challenge. Love one another. Lay down your life.

Forgive. At the cross. Find healing. 

Sunday, January 06, 2019

The gospel of John

Delbert Enns 
The gospel of John was written later to supplement the other gospels. 
John was a fisherman and one of the first disciples. He called himself the disciple whom Jesus loved. 

Greek society
Not much difference from our society
John explains the gospel. Jesus was before all creation.
Logos - The Word among us. Not a far away deity
Unity in the Trinity. 
He is the Greatest. Greater than Abraham 
In him there are no hierarchies
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and God was the Word. He was with God in the beginning. All things were made through Him, and nothing that was made was made without Him.
John 1:1‭-‬3 CPDV
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
John 1:29 ESV
Jesus is the son of eternal God. 


Read John 1

How is justice done? 
We have an innate sense of justice and fairness. How do we do justice? 
A child cries when a toy is taken away.
When do we know when to fight for justice? 
Do you make things right? 
Adam and Eve were willfully disobedient. Genesis 3
We want to make things right. 10 Commandments were given as a guide for justice. 
John 12.20,33
Putting things right. Unless a grain of rice dies it can't bear fruit. 
Life is greater out there. We are only here for a minute.