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.
In this passage Jesus gives us the distinguish mark of the church: love. Well, it’s supposed to be the distinguishing mark. And why? Because people will take notice of a church that loves like Jesus did. In this message we look at what love is, how it is sacrificial and even ugly sometimes–and how God empowers us to love.
In an act of great humility (and humiliation!), Jesus stooped to wash his disciples feet–something that was unheard of in a leader-follower relationship. This sets the tone for the Christian life. If our Master was willing to do the most menial and task, we should be too. This sort of teaching inspires us and challenges us to change the way we look at our position in this world.
In this message from Christmas Eve, Duane R. Nisly, one of our leaders, expounds the message of the birth of Jesus from Luke’s Gospel, where the angels announced the good news of great joy, the birth of a Savior for humanity. Duane breaks down this concept of great joy surrounding the coming of Jesus on a rescue mission for humanity.
In this message we maybe ask the unaskable (is that a word?): was Jesus an ugly man? This message looks at the mysterious passage of Isaiah 53:2-3 and tries to discern what Isaiah may have been saying about Christ–and what that says about how God works and how we are to treat other people.
In this message Baker Nicholaou, a leader in one of Union’s Community Groups, explores the biblical teaching of joy and how to acquire it. This is a great time of the year to remember what true joy is and how God provides it for us through the saving life of Christ.
In this section of John 12 Jesus confronts “his hour,” the moment when he will be tried, whipped and then crucified. He is troubled to the point of despair, but he knows this is necessary for the good of the world.
In this chapter Jesus accomplishes his greatest miracle: giving life to the dead, and seals his identity as the Son of God. This message looks at the events surrounding Lazarus’ death and resurrection–and what this story means for us today.
In the growing conflict with the religious leaders (false shepherds) of his day, Jesus lays out what it means to be a true “shepherd” of God’s people. In this teaching about the Good Shepherd Jesus touches on something central to the gospel: in receiving him we get the promise of abundant life. In this message we’ll look at what this means.
Jesus heals a blind man. The man is then plunged into two interrogations about his healing, including a hashing out with the religious leaders in Jerusalem–after which they excommunicate him from synagogue participation. Then Jesus finds him and welcomes him. The chapter ends with Jesus’ teaching on the blind and the sighted.