Sermons on John

Sermons on John

The Power of Words

The Power of WordsSunday, August 22, 2021 at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, IowaJohn 6:60-63Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?” When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you? What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The…

Taught By God

Taught by GodSunday August 15, 2021 at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, IowaJohn 6:44-45 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, “and they shall all be taught by God.” Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me. • IntroductionIt is a wonderful complement to all educators that God is a teacher.…

Bread From Heaven

Bread From Heaven August 8, 2021 at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, Iowa John 6:26-27 Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.  Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food with endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on…

Some of the symbolism of Holy Communion

Some of the Symbolism of Holy CommunionSunday, August 1, 2021 at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, IowaJohn 6:53-55Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is…

The Good Shepherd

The Good ShepherdJohn 10:14 I am the good shepherd; and I know my sheep, and am known by My own.Sunday, April 25, 2021 at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, Iowa• IntroductionLloyd Ogilvie, the former Chaplain of the Senate and Pastor of Hollywood Presbyterian Church tells of being in the Middle East and watching a group of shepherds walk a large flock down a hillside one evening. As they got nearer each man called to his sheep and out of…

Peace

PeaceJohn 20:21 “So Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.’”Sunday, April 11, 2022 at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, Iowa• IntroductionThere’s a joke about peace involving Charlie Brown and Lucy. “In the Peanuts cartoon Lucy says to Charlie Brown, ‘I hate everything. I hate everybody. I hate the whole wide world!” Charlie says, ‘But I thought you had inner peace.” Lucy replies, ‘I do have inner peace. But…

Honor from the Father

Honor from the FatherSunday, March 21, 2021Fifth Sunday of Lent at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, IowaJohn 12:26 “If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.”• Introduction: The Remains of the DayThere’s a famous novel about a man who was the butler to a wealthy British nobleman, a duke or an early or something, who labored for years under the…

The Great Blessing

Numbers 6:24-27 Sunday, January 3, 2021 at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, Iowa   Introduction:  The priestly blessing Our worship service, and most worship services, end with a benediction, a sort of blessing and then sending you back out into the world to make the most of your days until we gather again for worship.  The call to worship and invocation collects and unites us to present ourselves as a community to God Almighty, and the benediction is the…

Life as a Mission

John 20:21  3rd Sunday of Advent Introduction:  purpose in life I remember, just a few days ago, watching part of a documentary about Hasidic Jews, who are fluent in Yiddish as well as English and live in certain parts of Brooklyn.  A resident of the neighborhood was guiding the filmmaker down the street when all of a sudden, a young man steps out of a storefront, looks straight into the camera and says, “We all have a purpose in life. …

More Thoughts on Intercession

Some More Thoughts on IntercessionDaniel 9:2-7; 1 John 5:16-17Sunday, August 2, 2020 at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, Iowa IntroductionLast week I spent some time talking about intercession and felt it warranted a few more thoughts on the subject. Whole books have been written about what Scripture teaches about how to pray and how to pray for other people. We are told specifically to pray for people in authority (1 Timothy 2:1-2) that we have peace in our lives.…

More Than Overcomers

More Than Overcomers Sunday, May 10, 2020 at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, Iowa Romans 8:37  Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. John 16:33  These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. 1 Samuel 17:45-51  David and Goliath   Introduction: My irrational fear of flight and the…
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