Can you believe it? It is now January 2020! If you are like me, with the beginning a new year, you are beginning to think about starting some new habits and achieving some new goals. And as your pastor, it is time for me to choose a new sermon series. So, starting in January, we will begin a fifteen week series from the Gospel of John.
So, why John you ask? The answer to that question is that for many believers, the Gospel of John is a favorite book in the bible. John is one of our four Gospels that essentially are theological biographies detailing the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. The first three Gospels – Matthew, Mark, and Luke are sometimes called the “Synoptic Gospels.” The term “synoptic” means “similar” or “the same.” It is used to describe the first three Gospels because they each contain similar stories about Christ’s life. The Gospel of John, however, provides completely new information about our Lord Jesus. In fact, over 90% of the Gospel of John reveals unique information about Jesus. In other words, if we did not have the Gospel of John, we would know a lot less about our Lord’s life and ministry.
So, what should we expect from the sermon series? When studying John’s Gospel, one quickly notices that he loves to use “I am” statements and to present key “signs” that reveal to us who Jesus really is. Based on this, I am giving the sermon series the title, “Jesus Is.” We will see that Jesus is the Word, Jesus is the Savior, Jesus is the living water, and Jesus is the light of the world, etc. On Easter Sunday, we will celebrate that Jesus is the resurrection and the life. As we celebrate who Jesus is, my hope and prayer is that we will have a fresh encounter with him. Understanding what Jesus said about himself and the signs that revealed him to us is foundational to our faith.
So, let me encourage you to get a head start on our study and begin to read through John’s Gospel. Ultimately, we will all be reminded that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life and that no one comes to God our Father except through him. In short, the Gospel of John reminds us of our mission to tell a lost world who Jesus really is!
I’m looking forward to our study and to our service together as Gospel ambassadors in the year 2020. Happy new year Calvary!
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