“The Relentless Love of Jesus”, John 21: Sermon for the Thames Valley churches of Christ

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I spoke from John chapter 21. My topic: the relentless love of Jesus as shown to Peter. The love of Jesus was displayed by Jesus taking the initiative, reminding Peter of his acceptance and commissioning, and restoring their friendship through a painful but healing conversation.

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“The Eagle’s Eye”: Class 5 John Chapters 13-14

1. Unique

  • John 13-17
  • Unique material
  • Unique relationships
  • Unique identity

Moses/Jesus

“The entire section is controlled by one purpose: Jesus’ preparation of his followers for the immediate future – that is, the trauma and loss resulting from his crucifixion and burial – and the time after his ascension.”

Encountering John, Andreas Kostenberger

2. Love’s Legacy: Chapter 13

  • Sections
    1. Footwashing: 13.1-20
    2. Betrayal: 13.21-30
    3. New commandment: 13.31-38
  • Greater love
  1. John 1-12: 12
  2. John 13-21: 45
  3. “The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God;” John 13.2-3

3. Greater Things: Chapter 14

  1. Preparing a place: 1-4
  2. Knowing the way: 5-7
  3. Greater intimacy of relationship : 8-11
  4. Greater works: 12-14
  5. Another divine helping presence: 15-31

Summary

  • “What has stood out to you from tonight?”
  1. Read John 15 between now and Sunday
  2. Discuss what you’re learning and your questions with your spouse/friends.
  3. Ask God to reveal what aspect of Jesus he would like you to focus on through this series.

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Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.

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God bless, Malcolm

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“The Eagle’s Eye”: Class 4, John Chapters 9-10

1. Water: 7.37-39. John 6:35. “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me, l and let him drink who believes in me. As the scripture said, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” John 7:37-38 Isaiah 12:3; Numbers 20:11; Ezekiel 47:1; Zechariah 14:8; Joel 3:18 1 Corinthians 10:1-5 Revelation 22:1-2

2. Light: 8.12. Bible study suggestion. “What do these passages tell you about the meaning in your own life of the metaphor of light?

Isaiah 42:6; 49:6; 51:4 ___________________________________________

Matthew 5:14-16 _______________________________________________

Colossians 1:13 ________________________________________________

John 4:4 ______________________________________________________

1 John 2:9-11 __________________________________________________

Ephesians 5:8-10 _______________________________________________

3. Expulsion: 9.22. Why aposunagogos? John 9:22; 34-35; 12:42; 16:2 Read the Gospels thinking about what it tells you about the early church and what they were going through. When doing Bible study, ask yourself this question: “What might have been the value to the early church of this teaching, story or example?”

4. Voice: 10.3-5, 8, 14, 16

“Obviously God must guide us in a way that will develop spontaneity in us. The development of character, rather than direction in this, that, and the other matter, must be the primary purpose of the Father. He will guide us, but he won’t override us. That fact should make us use with caution the method of sitting down with a pencil and a blank sheet of paper to write down the instructions dictated by God for the day. Suppose a parent would dictate to the child minutely everything he is to do during the day. The child would be stunted under that regime. The parent must guide in such a manner, and to the degree, that autonomous character, capable of making right decisions for itself, is produced. God does the same.”

E. Stanley Jones

Three aids to hearing the voice of God:

i. Scripture: “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105

ii. Friends: 1 Samuel 3:1-21

iii. Time: Psalm 40:1; Romans 8:25; Hebrews 6:15

Book recommendation: “Hearing God: developing a conversational relationship with God”, Dallas Willard

Summary

“What has stood out to you from tonight?”

Read John 11-12 between now and Sunday

Discuss what you’re learning and your questions with your spouse/friends.

Ask God to reveal what aspect of Jesus he would like you to focus on through this series.

Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.

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God bless, Malcolm

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PPS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John


“The Eagle’s Eye”, Class 3, John’s Gospel chapters 5 & 6

1. “Believe!”

  • ‘pisteuo’ – 100
  • God: 14:1; God as the one who sent Jesus: 12:44; What the Old Testament says: 2:22; 5:46-47; Jesus as the one sent by God: 6:29; Jesus’ name: 2:23; Jesus himself: 3:18; 4:39; 10:42; 12:42, etc.; Jesus as the son of man: 9:35-38; Jesus’s miracles: 10:38; Jesus as the Messiah:11:27; 20:3; What Jesus says: 8.45-46; 14:11; The fact that Jesus is in the Father and that the Father is in Jesus: 14:10; 7:21
  • Faith as ‘allegiance’
  • John 3.36; 8.31-32
    1. Mental affirmation
    2. Professed fealty
    3. Enacted loyalty

2. Digging Deeper: John 5.1-15

  • Bethesda’s pool and 5 Colonnades up
  • Luke’s geography
    • 32 _________________
    • __ cities 
    • 9 __________________
    • __  mistakes

3. “It is I”: John 6.16-21

  • From mountaintop experiences to storms of doubt
  • Power or presence?

Summary

  • “What has stood out to you from tonight?”
  1. Read John 7-8 between now and Sunday
  2. Discuss what you’re learning and your questions with your spouse/friends.
  3. Ask God to reveal what aspect of Jesus he would like you to focus on through this series.

Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community. 

Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.

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God bless, Malcolm

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The Sunday Sample, Episode 66 – “Come and see”, Worship Team Devotional on John Chapter 1

   ““Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.”

(John 1:46 NIV11)
  • Scepticism is a natural perspective 
    • Why should this year be any different from any other?
    • Why should this church have anything to offer me?
    • Why should this service matter?
  • People need leading into faith
  • People need help to ’see’ things clearly
  • To see Jesus clearly
  • Who he really is
  • We are the people who say, “Come and see”

    “When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.””

(John 1:47–49 NIV11)

This is our hope this morning, that people will recognise Jesus as “Son of God…king of Israel”

“Come and see….”

Let’s pray……

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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.”

(Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

God bless, Malcolm

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“How to Ask”, John 4.43-54

Jesus wants us to ask him for things. But, what should we ask for, and how should we ask? In this lesson we do not cover everything to do with the topic, but we learn a valuable lesson from a royal official who asked Jesus for something.


Our key point today: “Requests are heard when we take Jesus at his word”

  1. Go
  2. Asking
  3. Trusting

When we go to the right source, ask and do not give up, and trust in the answers we receive, leading to faithful actions, we can expect to see God move powerfully.

What do you sense God bringing to your attention?  Are you going to him for your help, support and answers? Are you continuing to ask him for his help, comfort, wisdom? And are you acting on what you are discovering?

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God bless, Malcolm

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“The Eagle’s Eye”, Class 2. John’s Gospel series

1. Two ‘Books’

Prologue

01. Book of ___________

02. Book of ____________

Epilogue

2. Seven Signs (semeia)

Miraculous signs (semeia)ScriptureNotable featureArea of power
Changing water into wine 2:1-11
Healing official’s son4:46-54
Healing the lame man5:1-15
Feeding the multitude6:1-15
Walking on water6:16-21
Healing the blind man9:1-41
Raising Lazarus11:1-44

3. Jesus’ Humanity

  1. Grief: 11:33-35
  2. Tiredness: 4:6
  3. Anguish: 12:27; 13:21
  4. Irritation: 2:4; 6:26; 7:6-8; 8:25
  5. Suspicion: 2:24-25

4. New Life: 3.1-21

  1. “The new birth and new life require new family, and only the church can provide that.” DaSilva, Introduction to the New Testament, 447
  2. “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:19–22 NIV11)

5. Jesus is the Hero: 3.22-36

  1. Celebrate _________________________ .
  2. Refuse to entertain __________________.
  3. ____________________ the best of others.
  4. Pray to discern the___________________.
  5. Soberly___________________ and concern yourself fully with that.

Summary

  • “What has stood out to you from tonight?”
  1. Read John 4 between now and Sunday
  2. Discuss what you’re learning and your questions with your spouse/friends.
  3. Ask God to reveal what aspect of Jesus he would like you to focus on through this series.

“He must become greater; I must become less.” (John 3:30 NIV11)

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God bless, Malcolm

“The Blend of Grace and Truth”: Quiet time coaching: Episode 70

Let’s reflect today on the perfect blend of the fullness of grace and truth which came in Jesus the Christ.  

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

(John 1:14 NIV11)

Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community. Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.

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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.”

(Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

God bless, Malcolm

PS: If you would like some coaching in spiritual disciplines, look me up here

PPS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John

“The Eagle’s Eye”: Class 1

Background to John’s Gospel

Introduction

“John, oh John,
Thou honourable bird,
Sun-peering eagle.
Taking a bird’s-eye view,
Even of Calvary and Resurrection.”

D H Laurance – “St John”

“In the other gospels, Jesus’ story takes place in the horizontal dimensions of the geography and history of Israel; John brings in the vertical – Jesus is above and beyond all that……John’s Jesus is nothing less than God himself, coming down like an eagle from the heights of the world above to save the reader from darkness and evil, if only we allow ourselves in faith to be found by him.”

“Four Gospels, One Jesus? A symbolic reading”, Richard Burridge

1. John’s gospel is biographic

“In each of my friends there is something that only some other friend can fully bring out. By myself I am not large enough to call the whole man into activity; I want other lights than my own to show all his facets…” 

 C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

2. John’s gospel is “Spiritual”

“…John, last of all, conscious that the outward facts had been set forth in the Gospels, was urged on by his disciples, and, divinely moved by the Spirit, composed a spiritual Gospel.”

Clement of Alexandria (ca. 155-220 CE)

3. John’s gospel has different areas of focus

The Synoptics (Matthew, Mark, Luke)John’s Gospel
Story parables (prodigal son, man building bigger barns etc.)
Stories using symbolism (such as the vine and branches in chapter 15 etc.) 
Teaching on the Kingdom of God
Teaching on eternal life
Short, catchy sayings (e.g. ‘For the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost’ – Lk 13).
Long teaching sections (e.g Jn 5, 6, 13-18)
Teaching on the last days still to come (eschatology).
Teaching on the last days that are already here.
Sermon on the Mount and the Lord’s Prayer.
Farewell address (chapters 13-17)
Jesus’ own baptism by John.
Jesus’ interactions with John the Baptist.
Jesus’ temptation by Satan and demon exorcisms.
Satan as Jesus’ main enemy working through Judas.

4. Jesus (John 1.1-14)

  1.  His Identity
    1. “What can you see in the first 14 verses that tells us about the identity of Jesus the Christ?”
  2. His Capacity
    1. “What can you see in the first 14 verses that tells us about the capacities of Jesus the Christ? What he can do?”

Summary

  • “What has stood out to you from tonight?”
  1. Read/skim the whole gospel between now and next Friday.
  2. Discuss what you’re learning and your questions with your spouse/friends.
  3. Ask God to reveal what aspect of Jesus he would like you to focus on through this series.

“New Year, Newer You!” Ephesians 2.19-22, Thames Valley churches of Christ

“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:19–22 NIV11)

Audio

1. New Identity, v19 – this is what has been done for us by Christ: vv4-22
2. New Foundation, v20 – Revelation 2:1–7
3. New Purpose, v21-22 – We have a new purpose – Ephesians 2.10

Therefore we…

a. Pay attention to our personal relationship with God: Matthew 4:4; Luke 6:46–49; John 15:42.

b. Pay attention to our relationships with one-another in church: 1 Peter 2:5; Ephesians 4:15–16.

Questions for reflection

1. How “joined together” do you feel with God, and with the rest of the church?

2. What is it about Jesus (see the rest of Ephesians 2) which will provide the inspiration for you to grow, serve and sacrifice for others in the year ahead?

3. How do you anticipate us experiencing the presence of God by His Spirit dwelling in us as a congregation in 2019?

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Thanks again for listening. Have a terrific Tuesday, and a wonderful week.

God bless,

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