Key Verse: 5:24
"I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life."
We thank God for showing us the challenging lesson against being complacent in our sinfulness like the man at the pool in Bethesda. We thank Jesus who does not want us to sit down and make excuses, but challenges us to get up pick up our mats and walk with God to the end. Now we pray to do everything for Jesus in the fall semester, especially to help the dying students get up and walk away from their sins. Today's passage is the first half of one of Jesus most powerful lectures. The things he said put his life in danger and describe the way to eternal life at the same time. His sayings are equally controversial even today. One fellow in history felt the things Jesus said about himself like this must be true or else Jesus is a complete madman. Let's hear Jesus' words about himself and those who hear his words then see what we think.
Key Verse: 22
"Noah did everything just as God commanded him."
Thank God for the Summer Bible Conference. Thank God that I could think a long time about Noah’s calling. His life and calling reminded me of God’s calling for today in many ways. I pray God helps me share God's calling for Noah as all things to all those who come to the message.
Key Verse: 3:3
“In reply Jesus declared, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.’”
Last week, Jesus taught the truth of God as he drove out the merchants and moneychangers from the temple. The truth is, God does not want his temple to be a market place. His temple should be a place of prayer for all nations. We also learned a spiritual truth, that Jesus body is the real temple of God and that we become a part of God’s temple when we are in Jesus. This week, Jesus meets a man from the Pharisees and shares some details about how we become part of that temple.
Living As New Covenant People
Key Verse: 22:26
“But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.”
Last week Jesus shared a passover dinner with his disciples in the large upper room. He eagerly looked forward to that hour of fellowship with his disciples because he wanted to welcome them into the new covenant relationship with God. Jesus broke the bread and shared the cup telling them it was his body and blood which he offered to give them life and to secure forgiveness of their sins. It was the greatest moment of their lives. They became the first of God's new covenant people. Sadly, we saw that the disciples were not on the same page with Jesus. This led Jesus to instruct them again about true greatness. We want to consider his instructions as the hope of God for the new covenant people.