Hello there! Pastor Alan returned last Sunday, but technical difficulties kept the message about John 8:1-12 from being recorded. Sorry! This Sunday, he finished up John 8, inviting us to know Jesus, know our enemy, and know ourselves. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. And be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post, where you’ll find a special song written for Pastor Alan. 🙂
Questions to Answer:
- How well do we know Jesus? Do we know about Him or do we KNOW Him?
- How well do we know our common enemies and the Enemy? Evil does exist!
- How well do we know who we are to be and what we are to do in Christ?
- Jesus is the Light of the World (John 8:12; Psalm 27:1; John 14:6)
- Jesus is the I AM (John 8:58)
- Jesus was before creation – above with the Father in heaven (John 8:23)
- Jesus judges differently than we do (John 8:13-18; John 8:20, 27-28)
- chronos: chronological time
- kyros: a moment of significant meaning
Our Common Enemies and the Enemy:
- We used to all be enemies of God (Ephesians 2:1-3)
- They don’t really know God (John 8:19, John 5:39-40)
- They are hellish and worldish by nature (John 8:21-24; 1 John 2:15-16)
- kosmos: world order opposed to the truth of God
- They are slaves to sin and have no room for God’s Word (John 8:34-35)
- Their father is Satan, and they enjoy doing his work (John 8:37-38; John 8:42-47)
- We are to hold to Christ’s teaching by being in and knowing His Word (John 8:31)
- We are to be free in the truth (John 8:32)
- We have a permanent place in God’s family be spiritual birth (John 8:33-36)
- We hear what God says because we belong to Him (John 8:47)
- We do not seek glory for ourselves, but we seek God’s glory (John 8:48-50, 54)
- Those who believe and obey won’t see spiritual death (John 8:51; 1 John 5:10-12)
Do you know these things to be true about yourself?
Pastor Alan wanted to share this beautiful song, “I Can’t, You Can,” with the church. Here’s the description from Ashley:
|I wrote this song as a tribute to my stepdad, Alan Brock, on his 60th birthday. “Pops” or “Popsy” as my youngest son affectionately calls him, has persevered in this life only by the strength of God. He is a kind and faithful man, and he loves my mom well. He feels called to teach the Word of God, currently serving as a preacher in a small country church in Colorado. He feels the most at home with flawed people who know they are not perfect. I guess that’s why the words of Major Ian Thomas, founder of the Torchbearers International, are so significant to him; “I can’t, You never said I could. But You can, and always said You would, and that’s all I need to know.” Pops knows we are all flawed, and it’s only by the grace and strength of Jesus that we can have the power to do anything that truly matters in this life.|
Pops has run over 100 marathons, including a 100 mile Ultra-run, and gives all the credit and glory to God for each step. For him, it’s not about winning, but more about faithfulness to finish the race. Even if he comes in near the end, he is faithful to continue each step of the journey. Pops told me one of his favorite life verses from the Bible is Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.”