Jim Thomas

Jim Thomas

Latest sermons by this teacher

John
Sun, Jun 17, 2018
Duration:32 mins 27 secs
Views:10
Jesus made some very bold claims about who He was and is. Among them Jesus claimed to be the True Vine and said that we are all branches. What did Jesus mean by this and what does it mean for us to “abide” in Christ? How does abiding in Christ impact our spiritual fruitfulness? Join Pastor Jim as he helps us explore the metaphor to unpack precisely what Jesus meant by these beautiful comparisons.
John
Sun, Jun 10, 2018
Duration:36 mins 11 secs
Views:18
If the Bible never mentions the Trinity, why do Christians believe in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit? What is the connection between faith, love and obedience in our relationship with God? In what ways does experiencing God’s presence affect our growth and progress in the spiritual life? Join Pastor Jim for this inspiring and insightful study of Jesus’ teachings from what is typically called the Last Supper, delivered in the Upper Room.
John
Sun, May 27, 2018
Duration:38 mins
Views:28
The last half of John 13 is layered with intrigue, betrayal, love, hope and glory. It features the stories of Judas, Peter and John in the context of their relationships with none other than Jesus himself. How are each of us meant to identify with the principle characters in the unfolding drama of redemption in this text? Join Pastor Jim as he helps us see the glorious gospel of God’s grace through Christ recorded in the eyewitness account of John 13.
John
Sun, May 20, 2018
Duration:38 mins 6 secs
Views:44
What is the significance of the account of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples? Was this merely an act of hospitality or humility or did it symbolize something more? What did Jesus want His disciples to learn about the Gospel, about how generous God’s grace is, how they view their own need for redemption, and how they should treat one another? Join Pastor Jim for this study of one of the most famous acts of Jesus and the timeless truths it conveys.
John
Sun, May 13, 2018
Duration:31 mins 43 secs
Views:27
In the last section of the 12th chapter of The Gospel According to John we find two summaries: one of the various responses to Jesus Christ and the second, a summary of the teachings of Jesus. John’s purpose in writing has been explicitly stated and the bold and astonishing claims of Jesus have been illustrated and affirmed in the miraculous signs Jesus performed. Why did some people still not believe? Why were some fearful or timid about believing in Jesus? And what can we learn about belief and following Christ in our own day and time, so riddled with doubt and skepticism?
John
Sun, May 06, 2018
Duration:35 mins 36 secs
Views:45
What does the word “glory” mean? How is it that the Bible describes God’s glory and what does it teach us about our relationship with God and His glory? Join Pastor Jim for this study and find out why The Gospel According to John is often referred to as the Gospel of Glory!
John
Sun, Apr 29, 2018
Duration:41 mins 44 secs
Views:42
On His way back to Jerusalem and His death on the cross, Jesus stopped in Bethany and spent some time with several of His friends, including Mary, Martha and Lazarus. In an expression of extravagant devotion and worship, Mary anointed Jesus with some very expensive perfume. Why did she do that and what did it symbolize? Judas was there and made some rather rude comments, posing a false dichotomy. What do we learn from John’s record of this contrast between Mary and Judas? How did the presence of Lazarus create an additional problem for the agenda of the religious establishment of that time? How did Jesus respond and what does it teach us about Him? Join Pastor Jim for this study of one of the most beautiful examples of devotion to Christ.
John
Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Duration:32 mins 50 secs
Views:42
After Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead, the tension escalated sharply between Jesus and the religious leaders of that time. If Jesus could raise the dead then His bold claims to be one with God started to become plausible, even probable. As the religious leaders scrambled to figure out what they could do to stop Jesus, we learn much about humanity’s conflicting deep need for God and yet our resistance toward God. Join Pastor Jim for this look at one of the final confrontations between Jesus and the religious leaders of the 1st century and how the things we fear often reveal what we are truly worshiping.
John
Sun, Apr 08, 2018
Duration:37 mins 49 secs
Views:61
It was the Feast of Dedication aka the Feast of Lights or, Hanukkah, and the religious leaders had surrounded Jesus in Solomon’s Portico on the eastern side of the outer court of the Jewish Temple. Tension was rising and they had murder on their minds. But first they confront Jesus, demanding to know if he claimed to be Messiah or not. What questions did they pose? What answers did Jesus give and what impact does all this have on those of us who claim to follow Jesus? Join Pastor Jim for this enlightening and encouraging study from John 10:22-42
Holiday Sermons
Sun, Apr 01, 2018
Duration:40 mins 2 secs
Views:46
Was the Resurrection of Jesus Christ a hoax or is it a real event in history? What does it say about the God of the Bible and why is it central to the Christian Gospel? What is the significance of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ to us so many years later? Join Pastor Jim for this Resurrection Day study from the Gospel According to Mark.
Holiday Sermons
Sun, Mar 25, 2018
Duration:31 mins 56 secs
Views:37
The day Christians commemorate as Palm Sunday reflects upon the approach of Jesus Christ as He traveled into Jerusalem to lay down His life on the cross in atonement for our sin. This is the beginning of what many churches call Passion Week or Holy Week. What happened that first Palm Sunday? What do we learn about God, about ourselves and the Gospel? And what significance can Palm Sunday have for us today? Join Pastor Jim for this insightful look at a well established tradition and the timeless biblical truths behind it.
John
Sun, Mar 18, 2018
Duration:37 mins 17 secs
Views:62
Jesus claimed to be the Good Shepherd. Just what did He mean by that? How would the people of His time have understood what Jesus was claiming? And what does it mean for us in our own day and time? Join Pastor Jim as he explores the metaphor and helps us see who we belong to and how a faithful God has committed Himself to taking care of His own.
John
Sun, Mar 11, 2018
Duration:44 mins 27 secs
Views:56
John 9 records the 6th of 7 miracles of Jesus contained in John’s Gospel. These signs were designed to be more than a bit of supernatural entertainment, they were meant to arouse curiosity about Jesus, display His power & authority, reveal His compassion and confirm His identity as the Son of God, the only One who can credibly offer to be our Redeemer and Savior. This time Jesus heals a man born blind but since it was done on the Sabbath, it heightened the tension between Jesus and the religious leaders of that time. But Jesus claimed to be the Light of the World and offered Himself to all who will believe. Join Pastor Jim for this interesting study of contrasts between how a variety of people responded differently to Jesus and to this miracle.
John
Sun, Mar 04, 2018
Duration:33 mins 27 secs
Views:57
In John 8:32 Jesus said, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Precisely what did Jesus mean by saying we will know the truth? Is that really possible? And what is it that truth will set us free from? Join Pastor Jim for this look at the mysterious but liberating teaching of Jesus on what it means to be a genuine disciple of His!
John
Sun, Feb 25, 2018
Duration:34 mins 56 secs
Views:46
John’s Gospel records at least 7 of the astonishing “I AM” statements of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. What can these statements tell us about Jesus’ own self-understanding, His mission and purpose? How can they lead us to a greater understanding of the riches of glory for those who put their faith in Christ? Join Pastor Jim as he leads us through this inspiring and up-close look at Jesus, our Savior, Redeemer and King!
John
Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Duration:43 mins 21 secs
Views:52
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.
John
Sun, Feb 11, 2018
Views:64
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.
John
Sun, Feb 04, 2018
Duration:41 mins 16 secs
Views:36
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.
John
Sun, Jan 28, 2018
Duration:42 mins 13 secs
Views:46
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.
John
Sun, Jan 21, 2018
Duration:36 mins 42 secs
Views:44
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.
John
Sun, Jan 07, 2018
Duration:29 mins 47 secs
Views:46
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?
John
Sun, Dec 31, 2017
Duration:33 mins 2 secs
Views:39
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!
Holiday Sermons
Sun, Dec 24, 2017
Duration:37 mins 28 secs
Views:16
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.
Holiday Sermons
Sun, Dec 17, 2017
Duration:25 mins 4 secs
Views:16
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.
Holiday Sermons
Sun, Dec 03, 2017
Duration:23 mins 4 secs
Views:19
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!

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