1. Reasons for Unbelief: Trust in the sovereignty of God (vv. 37-43) Two Reasons for Unbelief 1a. Because of sin, people willfully refuse to believe. They would not believe (vv. 36, 42-43) 1b. In God’s sovereignty, people are unable to believe. They could not believe (vv. 38-40) – God’s sovereignty over belief/unbelief allows us to know peace and rest. – God’s sovereignty over belief/unbelief makes us grateful for our own salvation. – God’s sovereignty over belief/unbelief makes us compassionate toward those still lost in unbelief. 2. Rescue for Unbelievers: Turn to Jesus for......

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If It Dies, It Bears Much Fruit (John 12:12-26)

Key Idea: Death comes before new life for King Jesus and His followers 1. A Different Kind of King (What do you expect?) Two demands that we can wrongfully make of Jesus A. He must serve my mission B. He must follow my schedule   2. A Different Kind of Glory (How do you expect?) A. Die to your preferences B. Die to your (pursuit of) possessions C. Die to your plans D. Die to your privileges...

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The Unexplainable Life (John 12:1-11)

Are there aspects of your life that are unexplainable to an unbeliever, and only really make sense if you understand faith in Christ?  Key Idea: Knowing the worth of Christ leads to an unexplainable life of worship. The worship of Christ makes no sense TO the world.The world can’t make sense of our worship, so it is a detriment to our worship (because it offers a competing worldview, competing priorities, and competing value system). The worship of Christ makes sense OF the worldWhen Christ is in his proper place in our lives, everything......

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What is Our Response to Christ? (John 11:45-57)

Theme of John: To awaken and advance faith by revealing and raising up Christ Is your heart hard or humble towards Christ? Is Jesus a threat to your kingdom or the ruler of your kingdom? Will you trust in your perspective or in God’s perspective of your life?...

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A Love That Waits (John 11:1-44) Part 2

1. We should believe in Christ because of his POWER 2. We should believe in Christ because of his LOVE Key Idea: We should trust Christ because his love is a rescuing love Three truths about Christ’s love to encourage our faith: A. Christ’s love in our suffering is seen in what he hates B. Christ’s love in our suffering is seen in his pursuit of our best C. Christ’s love in our suffering is seen by the giving of himself Application: See you suffering through the lens of Christ’s love...

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The Resurrection Rewrites our Story (John 11:1-44)

1.We should believe in Christ because of his POWER Key Idea: The purpose is to grow our faith by seeing the glory of Christ, as manifest in the power of resurrection. Practical truth: Trust Christ because he is powerful A. Belief is more than faith in ideas; it is faith in a Person Practical Application: a) Connect theological truths to the person of Christ b) To grow in faith, get to know Jesus the object of our faith Approach Scripture differently. See the truths of Scripture less as facts but more as revelation......

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Growing Through Knowing (John 10:22-42)

We often have trouble having faith in Jesus because we barely know the Jesus we are supposed to have faith in. Key Idea – We must believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Key Practical Idea – We grow our faith through knowing Jesus, the object of our faith I. He has greater power ||. He has greater truth |||. He is a greater savior...

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The Lord is My Shepherd (John 10:1-21)

Key Idea: Following the Good Shepherd in faith is to know the abundant life. I. Following… II. …the Good Shepherd in faith… The Good Shepherd knows his sheep The Good Shepherd sacrifices for his sheep III. …is to know the abundant life. 1. It makes boundaries beautiful 2. It shows following means freedom...

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Responding Rightly to Christ in the New Year (John 9:8-41)

Key Idea: To live faithfully, we must humbly allow the truth to build our faith and worship. 1. The core of compromise Two dangers to faithfulness: Religious ritual over carrying a cross A fear of the cost 2. The heart of faithfulness We must humbly allow the truth to build our faith and worship. Humility Truth Faith Worship John 9:38 –  He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him....

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