Crucial Testimony

Pastor Jay continues the series on War of the World – A Training Manual for “My Little Children”, with this week’s sermon “Crucial Testimony” from 1 John 5:6-12.

1 John 5:6-12 (ESV)

This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

There is crucial testimony you must judge concerning Jesus Christ.

  • The crux of the testimony.
  • The witnesses who testify.
  • The reliability of the testimony.
  • The two possible verdicts.
  • The content of the testimony.
  • The consequences of the testimony.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Who and what are the three witnesses that John mentions?
  • What must we believe concerning Jesus?
  • What makes for a reliable testimony?
  • What are the two possible verdicts we could arrive at concerning Jesus?
  • What is eternal life? Who has it? Who does not have it?

VBS 2018

Clap Your Hands, Stomp Your Feet
VBS 2018 – June 4-8, 6-8pm

Our 2018 Vacation Bible School theme was “Clap Your Hands, Stomp Your Feet.” We explored the life of King David and learned what it means to respond to God in praise and worship! For more information about this curriculum you can check out this post by the curriculum’s author, Jared Kennedy.

Living in Contrasts

Pastor Jon preaches on “Living in Contrasts” from 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (ESV)

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Our acknowledgement of despair can exist with our future hope.

  • Charge – Don’t lose heart
  • Realities – momentary pressure
    • things seen
    • transient
  • Hope – eternal weight
    • things unseen
    • everlasting

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What was the last thing you had to do that you didn’t want to do?
  • Why didn’t you enjoy it?
  • Did you learn anything while you did it?

Certainty of Birth

Pastor Jay continues the series on War of the World – A Training Manual for “My Little Children”, with this week’s sermon “Certainty of Birth” from 1 John 5:1-5.

1 John 5:1-5 (ESV)

Overcoming the World

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Children of God can know that we have been born of God.

  • …if we believe that Jesus is the Christ.
  • …if we love and are loved by God’s children.
  • …if we overcome the world.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What was birth like? What do you remember?
  • Can we know that we have been born of God? How?
  • What leads a person to confess that Jesus is the Christ?
  • What does it mean that love God’s children?
  • How are God’s commandments connected to love?
  • What does it mean that God’s children overcome the world?

Good Shepherd-Good News

Pastor Jay preaches for Easter Sunday on “Good Shepherd – Good News” from John 10:14-18.

John 10:14-18 (ESV)

I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”

Our souls need a fuller appreciation of our good shepherd.

  • He knows us.
  • He laid down His life for us.
  • He has graciously added us to His flock.
  • He is loved by the Father.
  • He had authority to lay down His life and take it up.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Why is it important to have a fuller picture of our good shepherd?
  • What does it mean when we say that Jesus knows us?
  • Jesus said “I lay down my life for the sheep?” What does that suggest?
  • Who are the other sheep that Jesus mentions? Are you included? Why?
  • What authority did Jesus have regarding  his death and resurrection?