Sun, Feb 18, 2018
In John 8 a group of self-righteous religious folks attempted to put Jesus on the horns of a dilemma. What was their method and means? How did Jesus respond to their test? What can we learn about Jesus and the disposition of His heart toward our own sin? Join Pastor Jim for this gospel-rich story commonly known as The Woman Caught in the Act of Adultery.
Sun, Feb 11, 2018
What question would you ask Jesus Christ, if you had just one question you could ask Him? There are 12 questions posed by the crowds of people listening to Jesus in this passage from John 7. Join Pastor Jim as he shows us what we can learn about ourselves from the kinds of questions we ask; and what we can learn about God from the way Jesus responded to these folks.
Sun, Feb 04, 2018
Biblical faith displayed in both the Old Testament and New Testament is rich with symbolism. What do the feasts, the ceremonies, the rituals, the symbols all mean? How are we to interpret and engage with them? How do they point to Christ and the Gospel of grace through faith in Jesus? Join Pastor Jim for a look at what Jesus said in John 7 and how it relates to Christian belief in our own time.
Sun, Jan 28, 2018
Duration:42 mins 13 secs
John 6 started off with a record of two of the miracle signs of Jesus. These miraculous signs do more than offer up a bit of supernatural entertainment by Jesus; they display His power and authority, reveal His compassion and confirm His identity. The last half of chapter 6 is a record revealing more of the astonishing claims of Jesus of Nazareth about Himself. Join Pastor Jim as he shows us how the works of Jesus affirm the words and teachings of Jesus.
Sun, Jan 21, 2018
Duration:36 mins 42 secs
One of the most astonishing sign miracles of Jesus is when John tells us Jesus came walking out on the water in a stormy Sea of Galilee. Were the disciples hallucinating or did this actually happen? If this really did happen, what is the significance of such an event? What does it tell us about Jesus Christ? And what does it mean for us, so many years later? Join Pastor Jim for this encouraging and inspiring study from John 6:16-21.
Sun, Jan 14, 2018
Duration:39 mins 36 secs
Join TVC guest speaker Tony Giles as he leads us through a study of one of the best known miracles of Jesus Christ, the Feeding of the Five Thousand. How does this New Testament miracle relate to the Old Testament prophecies about God’s promised Messiah? What really happened on that day and what did it reveal about Jesus Himself? What significance do the miracles of Jesus have for us 2,000 years later as we consider faith in Christ? How did the people of that time respond to Jesus after this miracle and how should we respond in our own day and time?
Sun, Jan 07, 2018
Duration:29 mins 47 secs
Join Pastor Jim as he finishes up our study of John 5 with Part 2 of a look at "The Incomparable Christ”. What evidence did the apostle John offer that the astonishing claims of Jesus Christ were actually true? How convincing are these testimonies about Jesus? If Jesus claimed to be able to bring the salvation of God into the world and offer it as a free gift to all who will simply repent and believe, in what ways is Jesus uniquely qualified to do this?
Sun, Dec 31, 2017
Duration:33 mins 2 secs
As we close out one year and begin another, Pastor Jim leads us through a two part series from the last half of John 5 with an emphasis on the Incomparable Christ. What’s so special about this 1st century Jewish person known as Jesus of Nazareth? What bold and unique claims did Jesus make about Himself? Why does the Bible joyfully proclaim that we can receive salvation through faith in Christ? There’s no better way to reboot our spiritual thinking and reset our heart’s affections than to fix our eyes on Jesus, who is the center of the Gospel itself!
Sun, Dec 24, 2017
Duration:37 mins 28 secs
What is the timeless, global, and historic significance of the Incarnation in the birth of Jesus Christ? How does it elevate every Advent season ever celebrated by Christians around the globe? Given the brokenness, conflict and chaos in our world, what difference can Advent Hope make in our own hearts and minds? Join Pastor Jim for this look at what we can learn from the story of an older couple named Zacharias and Elizabeth.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017
Duration:25 mins 4 secs
What is it about the human person that makes us so curious? Why are we magnetically drawn to mystery and transcendence? What is the curious connection between the wonder of Advent and the meaning of life as God intended it to be? Join Pastor Jim as he explores the story of the magi or wisemen from the East who came in search of the baby king born in Bethlehem.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017
Duration:26 mins 59 secs
The Annunciation story in Luke 1:26-38 where the angel Gabriel tells young Mary that she will give birth to the Son of God offers us a beautiful opportunity to discuss humility before the Lord. When we are aware of who God is, and who we are in relationship to him, our position of humility is a more natural stance. Our response to the tasks and circumstances of our lives takes a similar trajectory - “be it done to me according to your word.”. 33 years later, her son and our Savior would go to the cross in similar humility, with a similar prayer.
Sun, Dec 03, 2017
Duration:23 mins 4 secs
Into a world of spiritual darkness, uncertainty and insecurity there came the voice of an 8th century BC prophet named Isaiah. One of the most amazing prophecies given by Isaiah was that God was planning to send a Messiah or, in New Testament language, the Christ.Who would this Messiah be? What would Messiah be like? And what was Messiah's purpose in coming? The Bible makes it clear that Messiah was God’s Anointed One come to rescue us from our spiritual darkness, to reconcile us to God, to satisfy our deepest longing, to renew our joy and restore us to peace. Join Pastor Jim as he connects the dots between the ancient prophecies of Isaiah and Jesus of Nazareth, the very one Isaiah predicted would become our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace!
Sun, Nov 26, 2017
Duration:41 mins 34 secs
We’ve all heard the phrase "God helps those who help themselves.” But in John 5:1-18 Pastor Jim shows us how the great news of the Gospel is that God helps those who cannot help themselves. In the passage, Jesus came upon a man who had been sick for 38 years. Frustrated by his circumstance and failed by everyone who claimed to love him, this man had run out of options. His condition was actually far more hopeless than he actually realized. But on the day Jesus called him out, everything would be different.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017
Sun, Nov 12, 2017
Duration:43 mins 23 secs
It was midday when Jesus came to the ancient site of Jacob’s Well in the village of Sychar of Samaria. There Jesus encountered a woman whose life had been a sad series of failed relationships, self-loathing and public shame. But on that day everything would be forever changed as she encountered the mysterious man who was willing to hear her story and then offer her a drink of living water. Join Pastor Jim as he unfolds this story of God’s initiating love and amazing grace.
Sun, Nov 05, 2017
Duration:37 mins 17 secs
John the Baptist and the apostle John both agreed that Jesus Christ was the most unique individual who ever lived. What did they see in and know about Jesus? What difference does it make to us in our own day and time? What’s so special about Jesus Christ that makes Him the most talked about person in human history? Why does it make so much sense to consider placing your faith in Jesus? Join Pastor Jim for this fascinating look at the preeminence of Christ in all things.
Sun, Oct 29, 2017
Duration:37 mins 57 secs
The Gospel of John includes several one-on-one conversations between Jesus and a wide variety of individuals. What did Jesus mean when He talked with the religious leader, Nicodemus, about being “born again?” What does one of the most well known Bible references, John 3:16, have to say and why do so many people write it on signs and then hold them up at football games? Join Pastor Jim for this interesting study of the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ from John 3:1-21.
Sun, Oct 22, 2017
Duration:42 mins 58 secs
Have you ever wondered what makes God mad? In this study from John’s Gospel, Pastor Jim leads us through a passage that is typically entitled “The Cleansing of the Temple.” Jesus was swinging a whip and turning over tables, people were scattering, sheep bleating, goats running, doves flapping their wings to escape, and an avalanche of coins were rolling across the floor. What ever happened to “Gentle Jesus meek and mild look upon this little child?” Exactly what was it that stirred up the anger of Christ? More importantly, what good news does the Christian Gospel have to offer those of us who realize we too are sinners in the hands of an angry God?
Sun, Oct 15, 2017
Duration:42 mins 52 secs
The first miracle of Jesus recorded in the Gospel of John takes place at the celebration of a wedding. But something had gone wrong as the caterers ran out of wine before the celebration had ended. And so the last recorded words spoken by Mary, the mother of Jesus, are “Do whatever he tells you to do.” Jesus’ instructions are followed but only a few present actually notice that water had become wine. What can we learn from this supernatural intrusion of God’s power into a seemingly everyday event? How does it apply to each of us as it relates to our faith in Christ? Join Pastor Jim as he points us to the glory of God and the life transforming power of Jesus Christ.
Sun, Oct 08, 2017
Duration:44 mins 29 secs
Who was John the Baptist and what role did he play in the New Testament story of redemption? Who were the first disciples Jesus called to follow Him? Why did Jesus choose and call them? And just what does it mean to “follow" Jesus these days? Join Pastor Jim for this practical and helpful study from John’s Gospel.
Sun, Oct 01, 2017
Duration:42 mins 47 secs
“In the beginning…” Those three words open the entire Bible in Genesis 1 and they also open the first chapter of the Gospel of John. It’s as if John wanted us all to sit up straight and get ready because with the arrival of Jesus there comes the opportunity to begin life anew. What else does John have to say about Jesus Christ and the mysteries of who He was, His miracles, what He taught, His death and Resurrection? Join us as we begin this new verse by verse study of one of the most beautiful books of all time, the Gospel of John.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017
Duration:35 mins 6 secs
Guest speaker Pastor Tony Giles walks us through Psalm 77, another of the Bible's ancient songs overflowing with both honest desperation and bold confidence in our loving God. Here we find God's grace enabling us to face anxieties, ask tough questions, and trust God's steadfast love and faithfulness.
Sun, Sep 17, 2017
Duration:44 mins 57 secs
After hearing the Teacher’s deep and sometimes despairing assessment of life under the sun, how should we respond to a book like Ecclesiastes? Are there timeless truths and practical wisdom that apply to us in our own day and time? Join Pastor Jim as he wraps up our study of this fascinating ancient book that overflows with honesty, humility, and hope!
Sun, Sep 10, 2017
Duration:42 mins 3 secs
In another bricolage of pithy proverbs Ecclesiastes 10 shows the sharp contrast between those who are given to wisdom and those who are given to folly. Many years after the time of Qoheleth, Jesus drew the same kind of contrast in the closing part of the most famous sermon ever preached, the Sermon on the Mount. Join Pastor Jim as he draws our attention toward the characteristics of godly and practical wisdom that can be found in both Ecclesiastes 10 and Matthew 7.
Sun, Sep 03, 2017
The Irish rock singer Bono calls Ecclesiastes one of his favorite books of the Bible and describes it like this: “It’s a book about a character who wants to find out why he’s alive, why he was created.” In Ecclesiastes 9 Qoheleth talks about the unavoidable certainty of death, the frustrating unpredictability of life and the unique fullness of joy found in a right relationship with God. Join Pastor Jim as he walks us through these timeless truths from the ancient sage known as Ecclesiastes.