Synopsis: This message is the second of four from John 15 in which Jesus declares "I am the true vine." This statement presents a sharp contrast between the fruitlessness of Israel (a failing and imperfect type of Christ) and the fruitfulness of Christ. He is the true vine Who does not fail to produce the fruit the Father wanted to see and which glorifies Him. Christ's fruitfulness is seen in two distinct ways in our text. As Christ considers you, would He be able to say "you are one of my branches?"
Synopsis: In this first of four sermons from John 15 in which Jesus identifies Himself as the true vine, there are three main substantive ideas being communicated. This message covers the first of these truths about the person and work of Christ. He is uniquely qualified to the Savior of sinners. His unique perfection, His unique person, and His unique passion declare His fitness as the true Vine.
Synopsis: Peter's address to the Jewish crowd filled with scoffers and those curious about the miracle at Pentecost is a model for us to follow in our own proclamation of the gospel. In part two of this "Message at Pentecost," special attention is given to the character of Peter's message: it was Scriptural. His reliance upon God's Word instead of his own is a pattern for us to adopt. Furthermore, Peter explains it was the reality of Christ's resurrection, verified by present-day witnesses and predicted in the Old Testament by credible sources, that served as the catalyst for the proclamation of the gospel to the visitors in Jerusalem in the unique manner in which it was done. The reality of the resurrection ought to prompt us to use God's Word to boldly proclaim the same gospel the early disciples did.
Synopsis: In this final message on John 11:25-26, a third key truth is emphasized - genuine faith personally applies Christ and what is known about Christ to one's personal encounter with life and death. The fact of the matter is that a person only really believes what activates him. The way a person currently lives his life, the way a person views life and death reveals what has been accepted and believed to be true--regardless of what one's mouth claims!
Synopsis: In this fourth of five messages, we look at the second great truth Jesus intended to reveal about Himself that distinguishes Him from any ordinary man. The first great truth was a revelation of His deity as He claims the same name Jehovah did when commissioning Moses at the burning bush (cf. Exodus 3:14). He exercises the privileges and power unique to deity and has the perfections of deity. The second great truth concerns the consolation He gives to sorrowing believers. Christ intended this promise to not just extend to the future to teach truth about the resurrection and eternal life but also as a promise for the present that was to have immediate value to Martha, Mary, and all who are His people.
Synopsis: In part three of five, this message focuses on yet a third way that Christ's perfection, privileges, and power reveal Him to be God in human form: Christ sustains the life of His people. Their lives continue despite physical death. Their lives are renewed in times of failure. Their lives are also revived in times of fainting. Whether a believer's need is for restoration, renewal, or revival, the only One Who can meet that need in any substantive manner, is Christ the Resurrection and the Life.
Synopsis: This message looks at the message that Peter preached on the day of Pentecost. One of the vital lessons we learn is that if we are to be effective in proclaiming Christ, we must have God's power. Another lesson is the absolute necessity of depending upon God's Spirit, like a hand that fills a glove, to be useful and usable to impact souls for Christ.
Synopsis: In this second of five messages, the pastor takes a closer look at Christ's unique privilege and power in giving life to the physically dead and to the spiritually dead. It is precisely because He is the Possessor of Life that He is also the Provider of Life. Christ raised others from the dead in His day. He raised Himself from the grave.There is a coming day of resurrection in which each person will rise again. For the spiritually dead, Christ shares His own life with those who are saved--the same life that is shared within the Trinity. Those who are born-again have the assurance of eternal life as a present possession because they have been given the very life of God Himself! He presently has it to give!
Synopsis: Our attitude about the Bible has much to do about the degree of our spiritual growth in Christ. If we see it as nothing more than the work of men, then its authority is on par with our opinions about various matters of life. We therefore see no problem with living life our own way and obedience to God is seen as optional. However, if we see it as it is in truth, the words of God, then there is a complete adjustment that needs to be made about the way we view God, His expectations of us, our view of life and the way we live life.
Synopsis: When Jesus made the claim "I AM the Resurrection and the Life," He not only was making a claim to the name of Deity but also made a claim to the perfections, privileges, and power of Deity. As such, He is the Possessor of Life and Provider of Life. This message is part 1 of 5 that expounds the meaning of this 5th of 7 pictorial descriptions of Christ as the great "I AM."