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.
In this message we are taking a break from our series in the Gospel of John to look at the topic of abortion. Specifically, we’re addressing what seems to be the most important–if not the only–question: Is the unborn human?
If the unborn are human, then shouldn’t they be afforded the same rights as already-born humans–including the right not to be killed unjustly? We explore this argument in depth, looking at common questions such as, “Shouldn’t abortion be available in the case of rape?” “What does God think of me if I’ve had an abortion?” among others.
This passage touches on one of the most controversial topics in the Bible: whether or not Jesus is the only way to God/heaven/eternal life.