Seeing Jesus

SERMON NOTES
Encountering Jesus
John 9:1-7
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
8/10/2014

 

As He walked along, He saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was  born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When He  had said this, He spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of  Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able  to see.

Today we are going to look at the story of healing and confrontation.

Jesus is creator.

Jesus is about something new.

Jesus is power.

Jesus is worthy of Glory.

Those whom the world rejects, Jesus seeks with a love that will not stop.
So let us all open our eyes to what Jesus is doing.

Let’s look and see!

Let us believe, bow down and worship!

 

Justice and Mercy

SERMON NOTES
Encountering Jesus
John 7:53-8:11
8/03/2014
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole

 Then each of them went home, while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought  a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, they said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent  down and wrote with his finger on the ground. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, sir.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.”

Today we are going to look at one of the Rabbis who is present when the religious leaders were about to stone the women caught in adultery in John 8.

Jesus has wisdom

Arise!

SERMON NOTES  
Encountering Jesus
John 5:1-15
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole

Arise!

We have just looked at Jesus through the Old Testament. Now we are going to look at personal encounters with Jesus from the Gospel of John. This series is based on the book “In the Beginning There Was the Verb”, written by our very own Presbytery Pastor Brad Munroe. This will be a unique series, where each week I will act as the narrator to give some of the context and then some brave volunteer will be in character.

Today we are going to look at the character we will call Micaiah who was healed in John 5:1-15.

Jesus has power.

Jesus is about something new.

Jesus brings life.

Jesus brings peace.

Jesus is about making us whole.

Jesus is the Word that became Flesh.

It was to poor Micaiah that Jesus came when he visited Jerusalem. There are those who seem to suffer. It is such folk as these that Jesus sought out. Jesus never sought to consort with kings and rulers but with the poor, the despised, the least of these.

Jesus told Micaiah to arise, to live anew. He has given all of us life anew. So what would it look like for you to live life as one who is truly risen?

The Man Who Came by Night

Sermon Notes

Rev. Carla Williams

7/13/14

Encountering Jesus / John 3:1-16; John 7:45-51; John 19:38-40

The Man Who Came by Night

Today we continue looking at personal encounters with Jesus from the Gospel

of John.  This series is based on the book In the Beginning There Was the Verb written by our very own Presbytery Pastor Brad Munroe.  Today our Scripture

invites us into Jesus’ conversation with a Jewish Pharisee, Nicodemus.

Nicodemus seeks out Jesus after dark and engages in an intense, uninterrupted, heart to heart conversation with Jesus.

Jesus challenges Nicodemus’ Pharisaic, rational but misinformed perspective: 

You must be born anew.

To perceive and enter into God’s reign (Kingdom) is the result of what a person receives by the Spirit, not by one’s own achievements and goodness.

To believe into Jesus is to entrust one’s whole sense of being to the love, grace, and mercy of Jesus.

To be baptized with water is to identify oneself with Jesus.

God takes the initiative and offers new life.  God acts for His own sake through His Son Jesus.  Not wanting to smash people into submission, God is the Hound of Heaven who woos each one into love for His name’s sake.  St. Augustine:  

“God loves each one of us as if there was only one of us to love.”

What new insight has God’s living VERB spoken to you today?

New Wine

SERMON NOTES

7/6//2014 

Encountering Jesus/ John 2:1-11& 4:43-54

Rev. Dr. Jim Toole

We have just looked at Jesus through the Old Testament. Now we are going to look at personal encounters with Jesus from the Gospel of John. This series is based on the book “In the Beginning there was the Verb”, written by our very own Presbytery Pastor Brad Munroe. This will be a unique series, where each week I will act as the narrator to give some of the context and then some brave volunteer will be in character.

 

Today we are going to look at the character, the Roman Official who you find in John 4:43-54. But the story starts all the way back in John.

Jesus has power.

Jesus is about something new.

Jesus brings life.

Jesus brings peace.

Jesus is about making us whole.

Jesus is the Word that became Flesh.

God is not just in the business of healing. God is in the business of restoration. God wants to bring you peace, shalom, wholeness and restoration. New Life!

What would it look like for you to trust Him more?

What would it look like for you to move from observing to trusting?