Sermon Archives: Gospel of John Sermons

John begins his gospel with “In the beginning was the Word.” This is encouraging, but how is John setting us up to see Christ as the one who brings in a new creation?

Totaled (Canons of Dort 1,3,5,11; John 3)

Apr 23, 2015

Confession: Canons of Dort 1,3,5,11 Scripture: John 3 The Canons of Dort were developed in five heads to respond to the Arminian challenges of the 17th century. The third Canon dealt with Total Depravity which was later placed first in the famous acrostic TULIP. We tend to view human nature on a continuum of good […]

Do You Love Me? (John 21:1-25)

May 29, 2013

I am sure that we are all somewhat familiar with Jesus asking Peter three times if Peter loves him. Have you ever wondered why Jesus has to ask Peter three times if Peter loves Him? I mean if Jesus is the Son of God who knows all things then what is the point of asking […]

The Resurrection that Mattered (John 20:1-31)

May 19, 2013

So often we think that it is the skeptic or the scientist that has the problem with the resurrection. Some people probably think that they are superior in that they do not merely accept these testimonies. I am sure that there are some people who think that they are advanced and developed because they question […]

Heaven Trumps Human Wisdom (John 19:16-42)

May 12, 2013

The death and resurrection of Christ are probably two of the most controversial things in the Christian faith. I mean, how can we say that Christ actually won the battle by dying on the cross? This sounds like we are seriously chickening out of a challenge. How can you win by losing? How can a […]

The Trial that Changed History (John 18:28-19:16)

May 5, 2013

The Lord made a strong promise in Genesis 3:15 that the Lord would definitively defeat Satan. We all know that truly we are no match for Satan. We can see this because Adam in his perfect state did not stand up to Satan. So, what trick does Christ have up His sleeve? How is Christ […]

Ironic Betrayal (John 18:1-27)

Apr 28, 2013

If we are honest we are critical of the words from Hebrews that say, "For we do not have a high priest who has unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin." We do not think that Christ can understand everything we […]

The High Priestly Prayer (John 17:1-26)

Apr 14, 2013

If we were facing a very hard time the chances are that we would be thinking of ourselves and how to get out of trouble. If we were giving ourselves for another person we would want them to vow that this sacrifice would not be a waste of time. What does Christ pray for when […]

Destined to Be Alone and Afraid? (John 16:4-33)

Apr 7, 2013

If we are honest about our view of the Lord we are tempted many times to think that Christ has it easy. I am sure that if we were even more honest we would be skeptical that Christ really has been tempted in every way. If we had our chance to dialogue with Christ at […]

A Funny Pep Talk (John 15:18-16:4)

Apr 4, 2013

If we we know that our time on this earth is finished we are going to choose our farewell words carefully. If we see ourselves as people of destiny then we want people to carry on our legacy. Our words then will motivate our successors to carry on our legacy to make sure that people […]

Abide in Me (John 15:1-17)

Mar 24, 2013

When we listen to the parting speech of Christ there seems to be a bit of a contradiction. On the one hand his father is the vinedresser and Christ is the vine. Yet, we are told that we are to abide in Christ as He gives us new life. So, why do we abide in […]

Building a New Place (John 14:1-31)

Mar 17, 2013

Sometimes when we think of Jesus doing his time in this world he left because he could not hack it. I mean it seems that Christ was eager to return to His ivory palace. After all this world is broken, full of poverty, there is injustice, and there is plain wickedness that is sometimes overwhelming. […]

Ironic Victory (John 13:21-38)

Mar 10, 2013

If someone desires to win a contest you figure that the person is going to train, and it is going to be a close race to keep you in suspense. We would think that a person is crazy if the person thinks that they can show up, and then seem to quit. We would tell […]

The Peasant King (John 13:1-20)

Mar 3, 2013

When we think of leaders or kings we think of individuals that are worthy of glory. They wear expensive clothing, they drive nice cars, and they have the most luxurious mansions. We do not think of them as talking to the lowly people. We do not think of them as having to get their hands […]

Is This Ministry Remotely Effective? (John 12:36-50)

Feb 24, 2013

The idea that God chooses His people is something that is still controversial today. It sounds mean that the Lord only selects some people and not everyone. On the flip side we could see that Christ as the Shepherd securing His sheep offers us rich comfort. What kind of comfort does this offer? What peace […]

Triumphant by Whose Standard? (John 12:12-36)

Feb 17, 2013

It is always interesting to me that when Christ enters Jerusalem we call that "His Triumphal Entry." Yet, Christ does not see it as triumphal at all. In fact, Christ speaks against the entry being triumphal, and almost rebukes those who greet him. Why does Christ react this way? Why not avoid the cross and […]

Ironic Anointing (John 12:1-11)

Feb 10, 2013

Some think of Jesus as an ethical teacher, or maybe an example of ethics. There is some truth to this reality, but yet Christ rebukes Judas for being concerned about the poor. Why does Jesus rebuke Judas? How come Jesus does not rebuke Mary for wasting expensive perfume? Why does Mary pour perfume on Jesus' […]

The Settled Verdict (John 11:45-55)

Jan 28, 2013

Man thinks that he is very wise, and can determine his own destiny. This is not something that is new, but we see this mindset especially at the time of Jesus. How can we be sure that the Lord is more powerful than all the rulers of this age? How do we know that God […]

I AM the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:1-45)

Jan 21, 2013

hope that as Christians we see the resurrection as a great blessing. This is the assurance that we will be raised from the dead. While this is nice to know today, how do we know that it is really something that is fully beneficial? In other words how can a blessing that happens at the […]

The Shepherd's Trial (John 10:22-42)

Jan 13, 2013

You can see in scripture in many places that God is a shepherd of His people. I hope that we find our hope in the reality that God is our shepherd. Yet, what does it mean that He is our shepherd? How did we ever receive the privilege of being called His sheep? What comfort […]

Do You Follow the Good Shepherd? (John 10:1-21)

Nov 25, 2012

In today's world it would sound strange to say that we cherish the Lord being a shepherd. One might wonder what does that mean? Does that mean that we are just sheep who aimlessly follow along with the herd? Does that mean that God does not love us as individuals? Does that mean that we […]

Blinded by Righteousness (John 9:1-41)

Nov 18, 2012

I bet that if you went out into the street and asked people about a pharisee I am sure you would get a variety of answers. I bet if you asked in the church you would get a variety of answers as well, but most people would agree that they wanted to be righteous. Is […]

Who is a Son of Abraham? (John 8:31-59)

Nov 11, 2012

There are many debates about who is in Israel. Who is the true Israel? There are some who say that you literally have to have your genealogy trace you back to Abraham. There are others who say that Israel is the church. I think one of the key ways to settle this is to listen […]

A Flickering Light (John 7:53-8:30)

Nov 4, 2012

As Christians we sometimes quote Scripture saying, "Jesus is the Light of the World." This is from the Word of God so what Christian will challenge this claim? However, if Jesus is the light of the world then why is He in heaven? Did Jesus go to heaven because He was sick of it? Is […]

Drinking At Zion (John 7:25-52)

Oct 28, 2012

It always hurts my ears when people talk about Jesus being a moral teacher or when people speak of Jesus being some sort of a guru. Yes, Jesus taught morals and yes he was a teacher, but why does this bother me? What is wrong with speaking about Jesus being only a moral teacher? How […]

Realizing the True Sabbath (John 7:1-24)

Oct 14, 2012

I think it is pretty much common that if someone wants to get their ideas into the public square they generally need to be assertive. They have to promote themselves or they need to have others spend much time and energy promoting on their behalf. This is common sense right? Well, this is along the […]

How Do you Get Eternal Life? (John 6:60-71)

Oct 7, 2012

One could make the case that Christ always seems upset and cranky in the gospel accounts. When we look at John 6 Christ uses some strong language about being the bread from heaven. The jews are not happy with this message, but yet Christ does not back down or recant anything that he stated. Why […]

Feeding the World (John 6:22-59)

Sep 30, 2012

What do we mean when we talk about the Christian life? Really? Do we mean that we work harder to please God? Do we mean that we struggle through this age? Why do we want to live the Christian life? I think the core of this question is: what is the basis, the hope, the […]

Why Walk on the Water? (John 6:16-21)

Sep 16, 2012

It is interesting that in society it has become a cliche to say something along the lines of, "When is the last time you walked on water?" The point of this saying is to communicate that someone is not in a place to judge another person. We find that Christ did in fact walk on […]

A Greater Feast than Cana (John 6:1-15)

Sep 9, 2012

We have all be in those situations where friends might be in town, and we know that we do not have enough food. Sometimes we might even find ourselves in a situation where we are hosting a meal and something does not turn out right. What are you going to do? You have this responsibility, […]

The Defense's Case (2) (John 5:31-47)

Sep 3, 2012

Many times we think that we are very advanced today. Our mode of transportation is advanced compared to just a few decades ago. Many people in developed nations live in houses with climate control. We are people who understand science, and are in a position to question things that just were not possible in years […]

The Defense's Case (John 5:19-30)

Aug 26, 2012

Many times as Christians we think about our resurrection as being one of those difficult doctrines to explain to non Christians. It seems so absurd. Yet, why is the resurrection encouraging for us today rather than just in the future? Why is the resurrection so important to Christianity? What does the resurrection have to do […]

The Problem of Religion (John 5:1-18)

Aug 19, 2012

I think if you talked to most people about why they do not like Christianity that you will discover that it is not Christianity that is a problem, but Christians. Sometimes when people fall they affirm their righteousness until the end, or make excuses for their sin. Why are self righteous people such a problem? […]

Cana Still Bears Witness (John 4:43-54)

Aug 12, 2012

When we consider our time today it is hard for us to believe because we do not have Christ performing miracles in our presence. We cannot evaluate whether Christ is really the Messiah or not. This is somewhat frightening, but what do we see in the text that assures us that the Word of God […]

It Takes a Village (John 4:31-42)

Aug 5, 2012

It is sometimes easy for us to look at the disciples as individuals who are not that sophisticated. It seems that Christ will say something and it just flies right over their heads. Yet, are we really any better? Or maybe we think this because we are so sophisticated that maybe we have missed the […]

Who is Welcome? (John 4:1-30)

Jul 29, 2012

If stranger pointed out wrong things we have done we would probably be offended. We would say that this person has no right to confront us on matters that are not his business. So, why does the woman in Samaria almost take joy in Christ doing this to her? How does Christ's dialogue with this […]

Becoming Significant by Being Insignificant (John 3:22-36)

Jul 8, 2012

Sometimes we can say that competition is a good thing. This is what can push athletes, and even individuals to excel at particular goals. However, sometimes this competition can create rivalry which can escalate into a big fight. This is what we see with John's disciples as they observe the ministry of Christ. Why are […]

You Are Not Clean Enough (John 3:-21)

Jul 1, 2012

You do not have to be the most dedicated sport fan to notice that there always seems to be a guy holding a sign that says, "John 3:16." There is no doubt that this verse in scripture is very encouraging, but how does the context make it down right shocking? How does the verse communicate […]

True Temple Worship (John 2:12-22)

Jun 24, 2012

If we encouraged someone who did not know anything about Christianity to read the gospel of John they might be curious about why Jesus throws people out of the temple. The world says that Jesus is supposed to be a great philosopher, teacher, or guru of ethics. If this is true then why does Jesus […]

Previewing Our Wedding (John 2:1-12)

Jun 11, 2012

I am sure that you have seen the reality show where a team of people take a person with physical blemishes and the team works to improve the person's physical image. If we are honest it is impressive to see what a physical trainer and a plastic surgeon can do with their hands. However, how […]

The Messianic Tower (John 1:35-51)

Jun 3, 2012

One of my favorite stories is Jacob's ladder in Genesis 28. I cannot tell you how many times I read that story and catch myself thinking that I have really been shorted a great Christian experience because I have never had such a vision. Yet, when we turn to John's gospel it is almost like […]

Encountering the Lamb of God (John 1:19-34)

May 27, 2012

John is the one who goes before Christ to announce that the Christ is here. When you look at the other gospels they say that John is one who is Elijah, but yet in John’s gospel John denies that he is Elijah. Why does John deny this identity? Why does John refer to Christ as […]

Our Tabernacle (John 1:1-18)

May 20, 2012

You can read in Exodus 25 the call for Israel to offer precious metals, stones, and even material to Moses for the building of the tabernacle. This is probably something that would be encouraging because now there is a visible meeting with God. Does this mean that now that we are in a New Testament […]