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The Crucifixion of Christ

Hello again! Yesterday, Pastor Alan taught from John 19:1-37 about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included the outline and links to the Scriptures he references. Enjoy!

The Crucifixion of Christ

John 19:1-37

Introduction: What is the most important thing about Christianity? 1 Corinthians 15:1-5 tells us that it is the death, burial, resurrection, & post-resurrection appearances of Christ.

  1. The Rejection of Christ as King (John 19:1-5)
    • They mock Him.
      • Crown Him, but with a crown of thorns
      • Clothe Him in royal purple
    • Mocking Him is even more than just rejecting (turning away from) Him.
  2. The Reality of Christ as King (John 19:6-11)
    • Pilate needed a reason to crucify Jesus.
      • He is finally convinced that Jesus’ kingship makes Him an insurrectionist, a threat to Caesar.
  3. The Reality of Christ Brings a Decision (John 19:12-16)
    • The Jewish people made their decision:
      • They’d rather have the world (earthly king/Caesar) & all its oppression than the Kingdom of God & all its freedom.
  4. Jesus’ Crucifixion as King of the Jews (John 19:17-22)
    • Pilate wrote “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews” in Aramaic, Latin, and Greek on a sign tacked to the cross.
  5. Jesus’ Crucifixion as a Fulfillment of Prophecies (John 19:23-37)
  6. Jesus Accomplished His Work (John 19:30)
    • Tetelestai (It is accomplished/finished.)
    • The debt of our sin is fully paid in Christ (Hebrews 9:26-28)

Conclusion: Christ finished everything necessary for the forgiveness of our sin on the cross. That was what was accomplished–nothing more, nothing less! The cross was the power for our forgiveness. The resurrection is the power for everything else. The cross itself doesn’t by itself empower you for living out the Christian life. Christ died for the forgiveness of our sins, but He rose to conquer death and impart us with His promised eternal life.

Jesus’ Arrest & Betrayal, pt. 2

Last Sunday, Pastor Alan taught from the final part of John 18, when Pilate spoke with Jesus and asked his ultimate question, “What is truth?” To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included the outline and links to the verses referenced. Enjoy!

Pilate’s Ultimate Question

John 18:33-40

Reason for John’s gospel? John 20:30-31

What is eternal life? John 17:3

  1. Jesus demands we answer for ourselves what we have come to think of Him, not what others have told us to think.
  2. Jesus demands we take accountability for the choices we make in life.
    • John 18:35
    • Pilate was the ultimate “buck passer.”
  3. Jesus answers the question of kingship that the Jews were trying to catch Him on.
    • John 18:36
    • He is a King, but not a threat to Caesar.
    • His kingdom is not of this world.
  4. In Jesus’ kingdom, it’s not about the world’s view of a powerful king.
    • John 18:37-38
    • It’s about the reign of truth.
      • Those who are aligned with Jesus’ kingdom listen to His truth.
      • Others say, “What is truth?”
  5. We all have a choice as to whom we identify with.
    • John 18:39-40
    • The world wants Barabbas (evil/lawlessness/destruction).
    • The Christian wants Jesus (Truth/Life).

Conclusion: There is such a thing as objective truth! Christ is the Truth. It’s never a matter of whether Christ is or isn’t the Truth. It’s only a matter of whether we will answer the question, “What is truth?” with the declaration of Christ: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Me.”

Application: It’s clear that Christ is the King of His kingdom. This calls us to the kingdom living outlined in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), Jesus’ model prayer (Matthew 6:9-13), and the High Priestly Prayer (John 17). The call is to be kingdom people who know that Jesus is the Truth.

Jesus’ Arrest & Betrayal, Pt. 1

Good afternoon! A few Sundays ago, Pastor Alan continued his lessons in the Gospel of John by teaching from John 18. He took us through the first part of Jesus’ arrest and betrayal. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve included the outline, along with links to the verses referenced for you. Enjoy!

Jesus’ Arrest & Betrayal, pt. 1

Introduction: Acts 4:26-28 helps us to understand what is going on in John 18:1-32. Here we see what Jesus allowed to happen to Himself for us!

  1. Jesus is in total control of the events that will unfold.
  2. Jesus’ death would fulfill the prophetic words of Caiaphas.
  3. Peter’s Initial Denial
    • John 18:15-18
    • Just one more proof that Jesus knew how everything would unfold, down to the exact details.
  4. Jesus wasn’t secretly plotting the overthrow of Rome or destruction of the temple.
  5. Peter’s 2nd & 3rd Denials
    • John 18:25-27
    • Peter was warming himself by the fire during his three denials of Jesus.
      • John 21:9, 15-17 – Jesus is by a fire on the shore while He asks Peter three times if Peter loves Him.
      • Three denials by a fire; three affirmations by a fire.
  6. Pilate first meets Jesus.

Conclusion: Jesus controlled every outcome of His situation. He knew every thought and intention of those involved in His arrest, bogus trial, and crucifixion. He was not a helpless victim or martyr. He orchestrated the plan of our salvation.

Application: Don’t be anxious and afraid of a threatening world. Trust in Christ.

Matthew 10:16-42

5 Reasons Why (we shouldn’t be anxious): [from John Piper’s What Jesus Demands of the World]

  1. We belong to Christ.
  2. Truth will win out.
  3. The worst thing that can happen to us: physical death.
  4. He knows everything about us intimately.
  5. Our lives are valuable to God.

The Upper Room Prayer

Hello again! Today, Pastor Alan taught about John 17, what is known as Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer. To listen to this wonderful message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included Pastor’s outline and links to Scripture he references. Enjoy!

The Upper Room Prayer

John 17

I. Introduction

  • Matthew 6:5-8 tells us that prayer is not to be done to draw attention to oneself.
  • Luke 18:9-14 reminds us that prayer is to be done in a humble and contrite spirit.
  • Prayer is to reorient our priorities toward God, not toward self.
  • Timothy Keller noted that all the prayers in the Psalms fall into two categories: 1) a desire for oneness with God; enjoying His presence (Psalm 27:4). 2) a desire/inner struggle for the kingdom of God to come & God’s will to be done vs. doing what I want to do. Think of the Lord’s Prayer (the Model Prayer – Matthew 6:9-13). How do we hallow God’s name? We approach Him with a sense of awe/reverence.
  • The Westminster Confession: Our primary purpose is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Prayer involves both of these aspects and more, but never less.

II. What Jesus Prayed For

  1. He prayed that God the Father might glorify Him so that He would glorify the Father.
    • We are to pray that God is glorified (vs. 1-5).
    • How can we pray so that God is honored, admired, and valued (i.e., glorified)?
      • We acknowledge His authority and power, especially in giving eternal life. (v. 2) What is eternal life? (v. 3)
      • We acknowledge His completed work of salvation. (v. 4)
      • We acknowledge His eternal existence & current position of intercession. (v. 5)
  2. He prayed in relationship to His disciples (vs. 6-19).
    • He acknowledges the work of the Word in their lives and their obedience. (vs. 7-9)
    • He prays for their safety and unity. (vs. 10-12, 14-15)
    • He prays for their completed joy. (v. 13)
    • He prays for them as they are in the world that they would be set apart in truth. (vs. 16-19)
  3. He prayed for future believers (vs. 20-26).
    • He prays for a unity based on His indwelling presence. (vs. 20-23)
    • He prays for our eternal destination. (v. 24)
    • He prays that we are filled with His quality of love that comes from Him being in us. (v. 26)

Conclusion: The emphasis of Christ’s prayer is broadly the two main focuses of prayer: God to be glorified and for us to be one with God.

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller

Contact info: Dr. Alan Brock, albrock.ab@gmail.com, www.Summit40.com

Prayer

Good evening! I’m trying (again) to get caught up, so this message was actually from last Sunday. Pastor Alan was out of town, and we were blessed to have Terry speak to us about prayer. He focused on Matthew 27:50-53. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included notes with links to verses that Terry references in his lesson. Enjoy!

Prayer

Matthew 27:45-56

When the veil tore (v. 51), it was the culmination of God’s redemptive plan. We now have access to God (Hebrews 4:16).

We must pray through the Son, not in our own power. After all, He is the gate (John 10:9) and the Way (John 14:6), etc.

We pray to unload our burdens (1 Peter 5:7).

Jesus taught that prayer should not be a show for others but communication with the Father (Matthew 6:5-8).

We are to be in constant communication with God (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

God will supply all of our needs, if we ask (Philippians 4:19).

But we have to ask of the Father in Jesus’ name. He will provide, if our desires are aligned to His will (John 16:23).

Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us that if we:

  1. Trust in the Lord with all our hearts AND
  2. Lean not on our own understanding AND
  3. Acknowledge Him/submit to Him in all our ways…

Then He will make our paths straight.

Remember, broad is the way to hell, but narrow is the road to heaven (Matthew 7:13-14).

God has given every one of us a measure of faith. Where are we putting that faith? In myself? Money? Family? Friends? or God?

Wherever we are at with the Lord, He wants us to go deeper, higher, than we ever thought possible.

Unlikely Hero

Good morning! While we missed Pastor Alan last Sunday, we were blessed to have Terry step in to take us through chapters 6 & 7 of the Book of Judges, teaching us about God uses unlikely heroes. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included some notes and links to Scriptures he references. Enjoy!

Unlikely Hero

Judges 6 & 7

God has called us: not the mighty or the famous, but those who are willing to let Him work through us. (1 Corinthians 1:22-29)

  • Judges 6:1 – shows the rebellion of God’s people & the sovereignty of God over all things
  • Judges 6:2-7 – Midian laid waste to Israel until the people finally “cried uncle”
  • Judges 6:8-10 – God sent a prophet to remind the Israelites of all He had done for them, and of their disobedience.
  • Judges 6:11-12 – Gideon, hiding from the Midianites, was approached by the angel of the Lord, who called him “mighty” (God can use any willing heart – 1 Corinthians 1:22-29).
  • Judges 6:13 – Gideon essentially asked the question we all are probably asking in these days, “Why are things the way they are?”
  • Judges 6:14 – Instead of answering his question, God began to impart His strength.
  • Judges 6:15-16 – Gideon told God he was unworthy to be sent out, but God reminded Gideon that He was with him.
  • Judges 6:17-21 – Gideon asked God for a sign to prove that this calling was really from Him
  • Judges 6:25-27 – God told Gideon to tear down the idols, but Gideon (still fearful) did it at night.
  • Judges 6:34 – the Spirit came upon Gideon
    • In the Old Testament, the Spirit came when needed, but then departed.
    • In the New Testament/Covenant, the Holy Spirit ABIDES in His people
  • Judges 6:37-40 – Gideon, still wanting to make sure this is from God, asked for more signs.
  • Judges 7:1-8 – God winnowed down the Israelite forces until only 300 remained to go against over 135,000 Midianite forces, so there’d be no doubt Who defeated the Midianites.
  • Judges 7:9 – God had already won the battle, already knew the outcome. All that was left was for Gideon and his 300 men to remain faithful.
  • Judges 7:10-14 – God knew Gideon’s heart, so He gave Gideon a fourth sign.
  • Judges 7:16-22 – Gideon & his men were “armed” with trumpets, torches, and pitchers to cover the torches. God did the work – He confused the enemy & they destroyed themselves. Not one of Gideon’s 300 men were killed!
  • The story of Gideon shows us that the idols in our lives must come down first before God can prove Himself mighty in/through us.
    • Hebrews 12:1-2 – throw off those things holding us down, so that we can finish strong
  • We need to redeem the time, for the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16)

The Holy Spirit’s Work

Good afternoon! Pastor Alan recently continued his message series from the Gospel of John by teaching about the work of the Holy Spirit. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included Pastor Alan’s outline with links to the verses he references. Enjoy!

The Holy Spirit’s Work

John 15:26-16:15

  1. The Holy Spirit bears witness of Jesus (especially through the Word).
    • As we live by the Spirit, we witness/testify/tell the truth about Jesus. (John 15:26-27)
  2. The Holy Spirit keeps us from falling away.
  3. The Holy Spirit is the cure for our self-first perspective & for seeing life only in light of our current circumstances.
    • Joy is not based on circumstance. (John 15:11)
    • People will never see Christ in us if they only see us. (John 16:5-6)
  4. The Holy Spirit is our indispensable help & our biggest advantage.
  5. The Holy Spirit is the One who convicts & convinces us of 3 things: (John 16:8-11)
    • our sin/unbelief
    • our lack of righteousness (Matthew 5:20)
      • A great definition of grace: it’s no longer my righteousness that God sees when He looks at me, but the righteousness of Christ.
    • the judgment (1 John 2:15)
  6. The Holy Spirit guides in truth & allows us to do many things in the truth. (John 16:12-15)

Conclusion: My hope is we have seen how indispensable it is to ask for the Holy Spirit’s help in our lives.

Contact info: Dr. Alan Brock, albrock.ab@gmail.com, www.Summit40.com

Relating to Christ, Believers, & Haters

The first Sunday in July, we joined Ridgway Community Church for the 35th Annual Sunday in the Park in Ridgway (always a wonderful time & highly recommended, if you’re in the area). Last Sunday, Pastor Alan taught us about John 15 and how to relate to Christ, to our fellow believers, and to those who stand against us. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below.

Relating to Christ, Believers, and Haters

John 15

  1. Our Relationship to Christ (John 15:1-11)
    • Life flows from Jesus, and if there is life there will be some degree of fruit.
    • This is the last of the seven “I Am’s” in John’s gospel. All of them show the uniqueness of Jesus.
      • Jesus doesn’t say, “I am a vine.” He doesn’t say, “I am the vine.” He emphatically says, “I am the true vine.” So, in essence, Jesus is saying you don’t have to be of Israel to be right with God. You only need to find life in Him.
    • So, what is the evidence of being a living branch that is abiding in Christ?
      • There is pruning.
        • Those the Lord loves, He disciplines.
        • A constant conviction, perhaps to get rid of the dead wood in life. (v. 2)
      • There is assurance.
        • Yes, there needs to be personal examination but don’t become depressed and paralyzed by over-examination.
      • Abiding is putting His Word in you and asking of Him through prayer.
        • Connection is strengthened by communication. (v. 7)
        • What we ask for is shaped by the Word.
      • There is love.
        • Obedience doesn’t earn love, but it’s the evidential measure of love.
      • There is joy.
        • Joy is linked to connection, obedience, and assurance.
        • It’s ultimately not letting the world get you in a state of constantly being overwhelmed. (v. 11)
        • If you grew up in an environment that dished out portions of love in connection to your performance and obedience, this concept may be hard to grasp.
        • Jesus wants you to have a joy that overcomes a dark world.
  2. Our Relationship to Believers (John 15:12-17)
    • In a word, we are to love one another, and that often involves giving a part of our selfishness up. It’s called making sacrifices.
    • Jesus would have His followers primarily see Him as their friend. As a friend, Jesus does three things:
      1. He reveals His Father’s will to us.
      2. He chooses us.
      3. He appoints us to bear the fruit of love and joy.
  3. Our Relationship to Haters (John 15:18-27)
    • If we are connected to Christ, have even the slightest conviction about His teaching, and reflect His life, we will be hated. The hatred toward Christianity in this country is growing. How should we respond?
      1. Don’t be surprised.
      2. Remember who you belong to. (Acts 5:40-42)
      3. Don’t be an obnoxious jerk in response.
      4. Remember, no one likes being exposed. In a sense, a person living for Christ exposes those who aren’t.
      5. Don’t judge the world as if it knows the way, the truth, and the life. Pray for them and witness to them when you are ready for their responses.
      6. Rely on the Spirit’s protection and comfort as you confront the world — He (the Spirit) will bear witness.

Salt & Light

Good evening! I’m trying to get caught up, and I apologize for the late postings. This message was from the last Sunday in June. Pastor Alan was away, so we got to learn from Terry about Matthew 5:13-16. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below.

Salt & Light

Matthew 5:13-16

  • Jesus said He was the light of the world, while He was in the world. (John 9:5)
  • When He ascended, He passed the torch onto us. (Matthew 5:14)
  • Though “good itself does not dwell in me” (Romans 7:18), God makes us salty and puts His light in us.
  • v. 16 is a command, not a suggestion.
  • The Church of Laodicea is the church of the last days. (Revelation 3:14-22) But, Jesus doesn’t talk to the CHURCH who overcomes… He speaks to the ONE who overcomes… (Revelation 3:21) It’s an individual calling to rise above, be salty, and shine your light.
  • v. 16 is also an INDIVIDUAL command, not a corporate one. Don’t wait for the Church to shine; it’s on you!

Peace, Love, & the Holy Spirit

Good evening! Last Sunday, Pastor Alan shared another wonderful teaching in the book of John. He continued his lessons on what occurred in the Upper Room, focusing this week on “Peace, Love, and the Holy Spirit.” To listen to this message from John 14, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included Pastor Alan’s outline with links to the verses on Bible Gateway. Enjoy!

The Upper Room, part IV: Peace, Love, and the Holy Spirit

John 14:15-28

  1. Jesus’ words on love. (John 14:15, 21-24, 28)
  2. Jesus’ words on the Spirit. (John 14:16-20, 25-26)
    • Various translations of John 14:16
      • Advocate, Counselor, Helper, Paraclete
      • The idea is this: Jesus will send the Spirit as His ambassador (notice the word “another”). As that ambassador, He:
        • reveals truth
        • brings truth to remembrance
        • indwells
        • gives guidance and strength when we are helpless (as orphans)
        • is instrumental in our salvation (John 3:6-8; John 6:63)
        • sanctifies us/helps us become more like Christ (Galatians 5:22-26)
        • gives gifts to serve God & others (Romans 12:6-13)
    • Father’s Day note: It’s tough to lose a person you turned to the most for strength and guidance. The disciples had Jesus as their spiritual father for strength and guidance. He was going to leave them physically but would be with them always through the Holy Spirit.
  3. Jesus’ words on peace (John 14:27-28)
    • Peace is linked to Jesus
    • There are two kinds of peace (worldly peace & godly peace)
    • Peace can’t really be found without being right with God and living in faith to God (Matthew 5:2-10).
      • “Trust & Obey”
      • “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”
    • Romans 5:1-5 ties it all together.

Father’s Day note: What is the legacy we would most like to leave behind? Jesus leaves us peace. Are we peacemakers?

Conclusion: Are our lives marked by a sense of peace and obedient love and being guided by the Spirit?