TO BELIEVE IS TO BE RADICAL: Believing Jesus Never Makes Sense

Kaiti spoke again this week, and preached over John 8:31-59. These verses recount a dialogue between Jesus and his followers that shows the hard questions which Jesus asks His disciples. There is no mid-range disciple. The claims Jesus makes require radical faith and living a life of real devotion and sacrifice, and this radical faithfulness is a matter of life and death.

WHAT DO WE DO WITH THIS WOMAN?

This week, Kaiti taught on John 8:1-11 and the woman caught in adultery. Listen as she relates some of her own story and gives a unique perspective to this well-known story, and learn how Jesus shows us we are to treat women caught in sexual scandal or abuse. Our culture and our Church does not know how to treat these women, and has been guilty of a gross double standard, but Jesus shows us in this passage what to do with the woman caught in adultery.

THE THIRSTY ONES

Ryan is transitioning to a faster journey through the rest of the book of John by hitting certain major passages. This past week, he taught from chapter 7, and preached on what it means in the book of John to do the will of God. This is a question of admission of need, and realizing that everyone is thirty for the living water which Christ provides. These truths cut through our attempts to leave our neediness behind, and brings to light the pretenses and lies we tell ourselves to distance ourselves from our own brokenness.

FOR JEWS HAVE NO DEALINGS WITH SAMARITANS

Ryan Ford returns to the book of John this week by teaching from John 4:1-26. The story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman is a classic Sunday school narrative, but it is not a story about an individual sinner coming to faith. It is primarily one about the kinds of maps we draw to divide us. These demarcations are not necessarily physical, and are tied up in our sense of selves, the ways we defend ourselves, and the ways we ignore others.

THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS: John 31-36

Ryan finishes the third chapter of John by analyzing and discussing the closing speech often credited to John the Baptist. These few sentences contain concepts such as belief, majesty of God, parallels with Nicodemus, the trinity, and the wrath of God. In addition, Ryan preaches on the gift of eternal life and the gift of faith which pierces the darkness of our ignorance.

FROM DISMAY TO JOY: John 3:22-30

This Tuesday Ryan explored how John can have such joy when he is looking at the end of his decline and eventual death. This is a joy which scares us, because of what we may be need to let go, and understanding this joy necessitates an understanding of the ancient Christian teachings of attachment vs detachment. Are we willing to take the risk to have the kind of fullness of joy which Jesus gives?

WALKING IN DARKNESS TO LIGHT ITSELF: John 3:16-21

This week Kaiti preaches about the Light that has dawned in our world. The sermon is about God’s ability to illumine our lives and reveal things we have never seen before, the pale imitations and false lights which deceive us, and how we are often still lovers of darkness and fearful of knowing our own selves.

BORN FROM ABOVE: John 2:23 - 3:15

This first Well of the Winter Quarter is on the story of Nicodemus visiting Jesus. Ryan focuses on the dynamic of the conversation between them, and how we, like Nicodemus, try to “get a handle” on Jesus instead of letting the Holy Spirit transform us though grace upon grace.

GOOD WINE: John 2:1-12, Isaiah 65, and the Song of Songs

This week Ryan speaks about wine, marriage, sex, and Jesus’s love for humanity. This passage is from the well known story in John 2 where Jesus turns water into wine, but the significance of this miracle is often missed. The wedding in Cana is the beginning of Jesus’s ministry and the coming of his hour. In addition to including amusedly awkward discussions of sex, this sermon highlights how marriage points us towards the selfless and pure marriage between Christ and the Church.

COME AND SEE: Testimony, Trust, and Seeing

This week Alana is preaching, and she continues the “Grace and Truth” series by looking at John 1: 35-51, and the testimonies that are told in that passage! Listen and consider the kinds of things we give our trust to, our worship of objectivity, and the way we see others and let ourselves be seen.

Lamb of God

Ryan is back this week and is continuing “Grace and Truth” with John 1:19-34 and John the Baptist. In this passage we see a man who points others away from himself and towards the Lamb of God who is the sacrifice for the world. The talk focuses on our ability to be relieved of urgently narrating ourselves to others, and what John’s confidence rests in.

Jesus: Not Just the Christ But Also the Son of God

This week one of our interns, Emma Rankin, preached the latest installment of the “Grace and Truth” series. She spoke on the mystery of the trinity and the types of distortions we tend to apply to it. In this message, you’ll get a taste of the the ancient and pivotal teachings of Cyril of Alexandria, and even a cameo of some superheroes from The Flash tv show.

OF MACKERELS AND MEN: John 1:1-5 and the Grammar of Participation

This is the first installment of Ryan’s series on John, titled “Grace and Truth.” He addresses the ubiquitous, mythical fear of losing our faith and spotlights the often unchallenged rival metanarrative of the natural sciences. He also delved into topics such as the very nature of being, our formation as Christians and the narratives we exist in, and how Eucharist teaches us to live in the story we read in scripture.