Posts tagged Gospel of John
Loving Like Jesus

 Pastor Bruce Brown

John 13:31-38

September 22nd, 2019

I.      Jesus’ Love is Glorious (verses 31-32)

II.     Jesus’ Love is Gentle (verse 33)

III.    Jesus’ Love is Gracious (verse 36-38)

IV.    Jesus’ Love is Our Goal (verse 34-35)

“The command to ‘love’ is called a ‘new’ commandment, not because it had never been given before, but because it was to be more honored, to occupy a higher position, to be backed by a higher example that it ever had been before. Above all, it was to be the test for Christianity before the world. “By this shall men know that you are my disciples if you have love one to another.” … The very people who care nothing for doctrine, and know nothing of the Bible, can appreciate love. It arrests their attention, and makes them think. For the world’s sake, if for no other cause, let us follow after love more and more.” ~ J.C. Ryle

Humility: Life for God's Glory

 Mr. Tyler Spry

John 3:22-30

September 15, 2019

I.       Know Your True PROVIDER (verse 27)

II.     Know Your True POSITION (verse 28)

III.   Know Your True PLEASURE (verse 29)

IV.   Know Your True PURPOSE (verse 30)

As people this side of heaven, we are all plagued by the temptation of selfishness. Whether it is being jealous of our friend’s latest purchase or frustration that we aren’t getting the attention we think we deserve, we are often consumed with ourselves. John the Baptist’s disciples were no different. They thought that their teacher was getting the short end of the stick when Jesus began to draw a larger crowd than John. However, John’s example shows a life of humility that lives for God’s glory. This goes against every fiber in our sinful body. God’s way of doing things is so opposite of ours, we could even call it the Upside Down Kingdom. In God’s kingdom the way up is down, and we find true joy when we draw attention away from ourselves and towards God. God is calling us to flip the way we think about ourselves upside down and to join with John when he says, “He must become greater; I must become less.”

The Betrayal

Rev. Bruce Brown

John 13:18-30

September 8, 2019

I. A Prophecy About the Betrayal (verses 18-20)

II. The Grief in the Betrayal (verses 21-25)

III. Jesus, Satan, and Judas (verses 26-30)

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“Mine own Apostle, who the bag did bear,

Though he had all I had did not forbear

To sell me also and to put me there:

Was ever grief like mine?” ~ George Herbert

“Passages like these should make us see the amazing love of Christ to sinners. How many cups of sorrow He drained to the dregs in working out our salvation, beside the mighty cup of bearing our sins…” ~ J.C. Ryle

Lowly Love

Rev. Bruce Brown

John 13:1-17

September 1, 2019

I. The Compassion of the Servant (verses 1-13)

II. The Cleansing of the Servant (verses 4-11)

III. The Challenge of the Servant (verses 12-17)

“The fact that you are truly Christ’s is the fountain of innumerable pleasures and blessings to your heart.  Jesus calls us “His own” – His own sheep, His own disciples, His own friends, His own brethren, the members of His own body.  What a title for us to wear, “His own!”… This is how he distinguishes us from the rest of mankind and sets us apart for Himself.  “My name shall be named on them,” says He… surely, this is the highest honor that can be put upon us even in the last great day.” Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Confessing Glory

Rev. Bruce Brown

August 25, 2019

John 12:37-50

I. The Causes of Silence (verses 36b-43)

II. The Consequences of Rejecting Christ (verses 44-50)

III. Confessing Glory (verses 41, 43, 44-50)  

“A believing view of an unseen God, an unseen Christ, an unseen heaven, and an unseen judgment-day--this is the grand secret of overcoming the fear of man. The expulsive power of a new principle is required to heal the disease. "This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith." (1 John 5:4.) Let us pray for faith, if we would conquer that deadly enemy of souls, the fear of man and the love of man's praise. And if we have any faith, let us pray for more. Let our daily cry be, "Lord, increase our faith." We may easily have too much money, or too much worldly prosperity; but we can never have too much faith.” ~ J.C. Ryle

The Power of the Cross

August 18, 2019

Rev. Bruce Brown

John 12:27-36

I. The Glory of the Cross (verses 27-30)

II. The Conquest of the Cross (verses 31-32)

III. The Offence of the Cross (verses 34-36)

“A day shall come when every knee shall bow before the Lamb that was slain, and every tongue confess that He is Lord to the glory of God the Father. He who was "lifted up" on the cross shall yet sit on the throne of glory, and before Him shall be gathered all nations. Friends and foes, each in their own order, shall be "drawn" from their graves, and appear before the judgment-seat of Christ. Let us take heed in that day that we are found on His right hand!” ~ J.C. Ryle

We Would See Jesus!

Rev. Bruce Brown

August 11, 2019

John 12:12-28

  1. A Christ for One and All (verses 12-24)

  2. A Christ of Great Cost (verses 25-26)

  3. A Troubled Christ (verses 27-28

“Forever let us rest our hearts on this most comfortable thought. We have a most willing and loving Savior. It was His delight to do His Father's will, and to make a way for lost and guilty man to draw near to God in peace. He loved the work He had taken in hand, and the poor sinful world which He came to save… He who was a most willing Sacrifice on the cross is also a most willing Savior at the right hand of God.” ~ J.C. Ryle

Fragrant Devotion to Christ

August 4th, 2019

Rev. Bruce Brown

John 12:1-11

  1. Devotion on Display (verses 1-3, 7-8)

  2. Devotion Defied (verses 4-7, 9-10)

  3. Devotion Defended (verses 7-8

She did it under the influence of a heart full of love and gratitude. She thought nothing to great an good to bestow on such a Savior... Greatly loved, she thought she could not show too much love in return. Having freely received, she freely gave.
— J. C. Ryle
What Are We to Do With Jesus?"

July 28, 2019

Rev. Bruce Brown

John 11:45-48

  1. A Council that Plotted (verses 45-48)

  2. A Chief Priest Who Prophesied (verses 49-53)

  3. The Sovereign Christ (verse 54)

“God can make the designs of His enemies work together for the good of His people, and cause the wrath of man to praise Him. In days of trouble, and rebuke, and blasphemy, believers may rest patiently in the Lord. The very things that at one time seem likely to hurt them, shall prove in the end to be for their gain.” ~ J. C. Ryle

Jesus in the Graveyard

John 11:28-44

July 21, 2019

Rev. Bruce Brown

  1. Jesus Sheds Tears of Love (verses 28-37)

  2. Jesus Quakes in anger (verses 33, 38)

  3. Jesus Speaks with Words of Power (38-44)

“There is nothing unworthy of a child of God in tears. Even the Son of God could weep. It shows us, above all, that the Savior in whom believers trust is a most tender and feeling Savior… He knows what we go through and can pity. And He is One who never changes. Though He now sits at God's right hand in heaven, His heart is still the same that it was upon earth. We have an Advocate with the Father, who, when He was upon earth, could weep.” ~ J.C. Ryle

I Am the Resurrection and the Life

John 11:17-27

July 14, 2019

Rev. Bruce Brown

I. The Cry of Faith (verses 20-22,24)

II. The Claim of Jesus (verses 23, 25-26)

III. The Clarifying Question (verses 26-27)

“Many Christians do not feel the inward peace which they desire… yet true Christians strive, as Paul says, to "comprehend what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height, and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge."  As they do, they are amazed at the discoveries they make. They soon find, like Hagar, that there are wells of water near them of which they had no knowledge. They soon discover that there is more heaven to be enjoyed on earth than they had ever thought possible. The root of a happy religion is clear, distinct, well-defined knowledge of Jesus Christ.”  ~ adapted from J.C. Ryle

When Jesus Pulls the Brake

Rev. Bruce Brown

John 11:1-16

July 7, 2019

I. The Desire of a Patient Savior (verses 1- 5)

II. The Delay of a Loving Lord (verses 5-7)

III. The Death that Leads to Life (verses 7-16)

“John 11 elevates our perspective.  It explains to Christ’s praying, devoted children that no matter how it may appear, these inexplicable delays are delays of love.  That is what our text says!  When we are being ravaged by the events of life, it is very difficult to believe that God really loves us.  But John 11 and many other Scriptures clearly claim that these delays are delays of love.  God is all-powerful.  He can do anything.  He knows all.  He even knows when a sparrow falls to the ground.  He knows our trouble, and he cares!”  ~  R. Kent Hughes 

Our Lord and Our God

John 20:24-29

Mr. Jay Krestar

Jesus and Thomas

24 Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (ESV)

Jesus' Closing Arguments

Rev. Bruce Brown

John 10:30-42

November 11, 2018

      I. The Claim Jesus Makes (verses 30-31)          

II.    The Charge Jesus Refutes (verses 32-39)

III.  The Call We are to Embrace (verses 40-42)

“Do not give me a Christ whittled down to man’s measure.  Do not throw me a truncated Jesus.  I want the Christ of the Gospels – the One who is both man and God, who died but who also rose again in triumph, who came once but who is also coming again, who is love but who is also filled with wrath against sin.  In short, I want the true Jesus, preached by John and by all who are faithful…. God grant that it might be said of us after we have gone and men reflect on our testimony: “He did no miracle, but all that he said about Christ was true.” 

 ~ James Montgomery Boice

Safe in the Shepherd's Care

Rev. Bruce Brown

John 10:22-30

I.         The Shepherd’s Plain Words  (verses 22-26)          

II.       The Shepherd’s Strong Grip (verses 27-29)

III.     The Shepherd’s Unique Identity (verse 30)

“Christ declares that His people "shall never perish." Weak as they are they shall all be saved. Not one of them shall be lost and cast away--not one of them shall miss heaven. If they err, they shall be brought back; if they fall, they shall be raised. The enemies of their souls may be strong and mighty, but their Savior is mightier; and none shall pluck them out of their Savior's hands.” ~ J.C. Ryle



The Good Shepherd Gathers His Flock

October 28, 2018

John 10:14-21

Rev. Bruce Brown

I.       Other Sheep Not of This Fold  (verses 14-16a)          

II.      Gathered Into One Flock (verse 16)

III.     By the Only Omnipotent Shepherd (verses 16b-18)

“Our Shepherd – King has greater thoughts than the most large-hearted of his servants. He delights to enlarge the area of our love.”  Charles Haddon Spurgeon



Beautiful Shepherd, Blessed Sheep

John 10:1-21

September 16, 2018

Rev. Bruce Brown

  1. The Shepherd’s Relationship to His Sheep (verses 1-6)

  2. The Shepherd is the Door (verses 7-10)

  3. The Beautiful Shepherd (verses 11-18)

    “Such is the shepherd we proclaim.  He is altogether lovely – this beautiful Jesus, our shepherd.  Why is He so beautiful?  Because of the way He relates to us, calls us by name, and knows us, and because we know Him and He sees our every need.  Why is He so beautiful?  Because He is the door, and when we go in, we find protection and salvation.  And when we go out, we find pasture and abundant life.  Why is He so beautiful?  Because of His heart.  Because He laid down his life for His sheep.”  ~ Kent Hughes



The Way of Seeing


 The Way of Seeing

September 9, 2018

Rev. Bruce Brown

I.  The Controversy Over Christ’s Miracle(verses 13-23)           

II. The Confidence of Spiritual Sight (verses 24-34)

III.The Clarity Jesus’ Kindness Empowers(verses 35-41)

“Even though conflict will come, you can know that God will not abandon you in the conflict – any more than he abandoned the man who had been born blind…. In his hour of need divine grace did not fail him but rather enabled him to witness a good confession.” ~ James Montgomery Boice




Displaying the Works of God

September 2nd, 2018

I.     The Predicament of this Man's Sorrow (VERSES 1-2)           

II.    The Purpose of God in Pain (VERSES 3-5)

III.   The Power of Christ in Our Weakness (VERSES 6-12)

Pastor Bruce Brown

 “I thank God for bitter things; they've been a "friend to grace"”  They've driven me from paths of ease to storm the secret place.  I thank Him for the friends who failed to fill my heart's deep need.  They've driven me to the Savior's feet, upon His love to feed.  I'm grateful too, through all life's way, no one could satisfy. And so I've found in God alone my rich, my full supply!"  

~ Florence Willett



You Will Never Taste Death

I.     The Attack that Brings a Reminder (verses 40-50)           

II.    An Astonishing Promise that Offers Strength (verses 51-53)

III.   The Assurance that Comes from Christ’s Deity (verses 54-59)

 “Jesus is greater than Abraham, and greater than the prophets, for they hoped in Him and proclaimed His coming.  As the Eternal Lord and Creator, He is able to deliver on His promise to overthrow death for all who keep His Word.”  ~ Richard D. Phillips