This message introduces us to the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. We also look at alternative theories to the resurrection proposed by skeptics. Given its centrality to Christianity, if one could disprove the resurrection of Christ, they would show the Bible to be false. In this sense, Christianity is historically falsifiable. Therefore it’s crucial to spend some time looking at the historical grounds for the resurrection.
This final message on the Gospel of John looks at Mary Magdalene’s discovery of the empty tomb, Thomas’ doubts, and Peter’s restoration to ministry after denying Jesus. We sum it all up with a look at John’s purpose statement in 20:30-31, that people may find life in Christ.
This message focuses on the spectacle that crucifixion was. We go into detail about the suffering of Christ on the cross–both physical and spiritual–and then look at the possible implications of his example for us today.
This chapter is built around the three trials (interrogations) of Jesus and the three denials of the Apostle Peter. It is the night before Jesus is crucified. His betrayer Judas has gone off and secured a mob to come and arrest Jesus. They take him to two Jewish high priests and ultimately to Pilate, the local Roman governor. The chapter ends with Jesus’ self-identification as King–but with a twist: his kingdom is not going to be established right now. In this sermon we ask what impact Jesus’ kingly authority should have on our daily lives.
This entire chapter is Jesus’ prayer to the Father the night before he is put to death. He prays for himself, asking to be glorified again, and he prays for his disciples, as their lives are going to be turned upside down by his death.
In this message we take a look at the topic of service. How does God want us to serve each other and the world? This message also provides a quick introduction to the ministries of Union Church.
In this message we take a look at the topic of prayer: the who, what, when, where, how, and why of prayer. This message gives a good overview of the basics of prayer.
In this chapter Jesus comforts his followers right before he is arrested and taken off to be tried by the State. In this farewell speech, he gives special instructions about the Holy Spirit, whom he will send to be with his disciples after his departure. In the process, Jesus reveals a little bit of what the Holy Spirit does for the world and believers during this age.
In John 15 Jesus touches on the reason for our existence: to “bear fruit” by remaining in him. But what does he mean by bear fruit? And how does this work in our lives? This message seeks to explain what spiritual fruit is and how we produce it.
What does love for Jesus look like? Is it just a feeling, or is it something else? In this section of John’s Gospel, Jesus tells us what it means to love him.