Sun, Sep 02, 2018
What kind of life is it that we find when we answer the call to follow
Jesus Christ as His disciples? As we close out our study of the Gospel of
John, Jesus presents to his disciples, and specifically to Peter, a series of
questions, commands and promises. Join Pastor Jim as he takes a look at
what the apostle John thought would be the appropriate focus for the
closing thoughts of his record of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
Sun, Aug 26, 2018
Duration:31 mins 43 secs
After His resurrection, Jesus Christ appeared multiple times to diverse individuals and a variety of different groups of people who recognized Him and thereafter, became eyewitnesses to the vindication of the claims of Jesus to be the Messiah, the Son of God. How does this fit in with the overall theme of the book we call John’s Gospel? What is the significance and impact for those who place their faith in Jesus in our own time? Join Pastor Jim as he looks at the story of the person who has come to be known as “Doubting Thomas,” when the risen Christ appeared to him, along with the other disciples.
Sun, Aug 19, 2018
Duration:46 mins 33 secs
Sun, Aug 12, 2018
Duration:39 mins 56 secs
The most famous life in history is also the most famous death . Collectively referred to as the Passion, Jesus' suffering and substitutionary death by crucifixion are two central events in redemption history, especially as they relate to the Biblical teachings on atonement and salvation. Join Pastor Jim as he walks us through the crucifixion of Christ, its historicity and eternal significance for all who believe.
Sun, Aug 05, 2018
Duration:35 mins 53 secs
Before His crucifixion Jesus endured difficult trials before the religious leaders and Roman government officials of His time. What crime was Jesus accused of? Why did Jesus allow Himself to go through this amount of suffering? What does it all mean to us in our own day and time? Join Pastor Jim for a look at what the Bible teaches about the Passion of Christ leading up to His crucifixion and the glorious Gospel of grace that drove Christ to the Cross.
Tue, Jul 31, 2018
Duration:38 mins 19 secs
The story of Peter’s denial of Christ is recorded in all four gospels. I’m not sure how most of us would feel about having our worst moment documented indelibly in the best selling book of all time for everyone to read. At the same time, this story tells us something very important about someone else. It reveals what kind of a Savior Jesus is and we’ve got it on pretty good authority that after all the dust had settled, Peter was more than ok with that. Join me for this grace-filled study of the failure of one of Jesus’ closest disciples and the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Sun, Jul 22, 2018
Duration:34 mins 3 secs
The Gospel of John was written so that we might believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that in believing we might have life (20:30-31). In John 18 we find Jesus and his disciples in a garden, a garden that will be the setting for betrayal and arrest. However, John is clear that Jesus is the one with power and authority, not his betrayer Judas and not the Roman cohort seeking to arrest him. Christ is in charge and he willingly gives himself up so that he might drink the cup the Father has given him. Join us as we study this extraordinary event that marks a turning point is John’s gospel.
Sun, Jul 15, 2018
Duration:44 mins 53 secs
Have you ever noticed how you can learn a lot about someone when you hear them pray? In John 17 we have a record of what has been called the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus. What was important enough to make it into this prayer of Jesus Christ? And as His followers, what does this prayer tell us about what Jesus desires for us as individuals and for all of us as the body of Christ, the church? Join Pastor Jim as he unpacks the riches of grace found in this prayer of Jesus.
Sun, Jul 08, 2018
If you could ask Jesus one question, what would it be? Many people would probably ask Him about the role of pain, evil and suffering in this world. Just what did Jesus say about such things? Join Pastor Jim as he explores some of the astonishing things Jesus said about sorrow, perplexity, and tribulation, and some of the reassuring promises Jesus made for those who place their trust in Him.
Sun, Jul 01, 2018
Duration:41 mins 25 secs
What did Jesus teach His disciples about the Holy Spirit? What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the individual believer? Why is this such great news for those of us who follow Christ in our own day and time? Join Pastor Jim as he helps us understand the often misunderstood third member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit.
Sun, Jun 24, 2018
Duration:37 mins 14 secs
What does it mean to be an authentic disciple of Jesus Christ? How do we actually live in union with Christ? Can living as a Christian in this broken world really change anything at all? Join Pastor Jim for this look at what Jesus taught about faithful and true discipleship and how it affects our relationships with God, with others and even the way we view our own identity.
Sun, Jun 17, 2018
Duration:32 mins 27 secs
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.
Sun, Jun 10, 2018
Duration:36 mins 11 secs
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.
Sun, Jun 03, 2018
Sun, May 27, 2018
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.
Sun, May 20, 2018
Duration:38 mins 6 secs
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.
Sun, May 13, 2018
Duration:31 mins 43 secs
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?
Sun, May 06, 2018
Duration:35 mins 36 secs
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!
Sun, Apr 29, 2018
Duration:41 mins 44 secs
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.
Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Duration:32 mins 50 secs
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.
Sun, Apr 15, 2018
Sermon synopsis for Tony Giles’ 10AM sermon...
“All of us will at some time suffer the experience of a season of disappointment, loss, confusion or pain. As people of faith, how are we supposed to navigate these difficult seasons? What do we do when God’s timetable seems to be so very different from our own? Join TVC’s Ministries Staffing Advisor, Tony Giles, for this hope-filled study of the account of Jesus recalling Lazarus from the dead.”
Sun, Apr 08, 2018
Duration:37 mins 49 secs
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
Sun, Mar 18, 2018
Duration:37 mins 17 secs
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.
Sun, Mar 11, 2018
Duration:44 mins 27 secs
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.
Sun, Mar 04, 2018
Duration:33 mins 27 secs
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!