Humbled or Hardened? (John 7:40-52)

Would it surprise you to hear that a significant amount of the Gospel of John centers around conflicts Jesus had during His ministry. From Herod’s wrath at Jesus’ birth to angry mobs seeking His death, Jesus was acquainted with grief (Is 53:3). John prepared us for this reality when he wrote: “The true light, whoContinue reading “Humbled or Hardened? (John 7:40-52)”

He Satisfies My Soul (John 7:37-39)

Some Bible translations print the words of Jesus in red. Some in black. There is even a version of the New King James that prints Jesus’ words in blue. J.C. Ryle said concerning our text this morning: “It has been said that there are some passages in Scripture which deserve to be printed in lettersContinue reading “He Satisfies My Soul (John 7:37-39)”

Stiff-necked and Hard-hearted (John 7:1-36)

One characteristic of Jesus’ ministry is that a lot of people didn’t know what to think of Him. He defied expectations and shattered preconceived notions. One out of many examples is that Jesus didn’t drive the Romans out of Jerusalem, but drove the Jews out of the Temple. Speaking of defying expectations, the Galileans wereContinue reading “Stiff-necked and Hard-hearted (John 7:1-36)”

The Feeding of the 5,000 (John 6:1-14) 

First Baptist Church Scott City, MO · Feeding of the 5,000 (John 6:1-15) We all know that tests are important, but that doesn’t mean we have to enjoy them. It has been said that during a test, “people look up for inspiration, down in desperation, and left and right for information.” After a particularly painfulContinue reading “The Feeding of the 5,000 (John 6:1-14) “

The Woman at the Well (John 4:1-42)

First Baptist Church Scott City, MO · The Woman at the Well (John 4) I love the song “Indescribable” by Chris Tomlin. In extolling the glory of God, he sings: “You see the depths of my heart and You love me the same. You are amazing, God.” In John 3, Jesus met a well-respected religiousContinue reading “The Woman at the Well (John 4:1-42)”

Advent: O Holy Child of Bethlehem (Ruth 4)

First Baptist Church Scott City, MO · Advent: O Holy Child of Bethlehem (Ruth 4) Sermon begins at the 37 minute mark. Last week we left with a “To Be Continued” and now we resume with a resolute Boaz ready to settle the matter of redemption. Previously, Naomi told Ruth, “Wait, my daughter, until youContinue reading “Advent: O Holy Child of Bethlehem (Ruth 4)”

Our Great Savior (Hebrews 2:5-18)

First Baptist Church Scott City, MO · Our Great Savior (Hebrews 2:5-18) Let us recap the message of Hebrews thus far. We learned in Chapter 1 that God is speaking to us. God has spoken to us in the past through the prophets, but now He is speaking to us through His beloved Son. JesusContinue reading “Our Great Savior (Hebrews 2:5-18)”

Paradox of Giving (Philippians 4:14-23)

There is a very important principle in Scripture: The more you give, the more you get; the more you surrender, the more you gain. If this sounds strange to you, it’s because it is. The world tells us to horde, Jesus tells us to give away. The world tells us to be served, Jesus tellsContinue reading “Paradox of Giving (Philippians 4:14-23)”

The Battlefield in Your Mind (Philippians 4:8-9)

Martin Luther has been quoted as saying, “While you cannot prevent birds from flying over your head, you can prevent them from building a nest in your hair.” You will never have a joyful, enduring faith if you surrender the fight raging on the battlefield in your mind. Far too many Christians have let theContinue reading “The Battlefield in Your Mind (Philippians 4:8-9)”

Jesus: Fully God & Fully Man (Philippians 2:5-11)

In Philippians 2:5-11, Paul used Jesus as the perfect example of humility. Jesus humbled Himself by entering our world and further humbled Himself by dying on the cross so that we may be reconciled to the Father. Before we go further into Paul’s letter to the Philippians, we shall dive deeper into what Paul meantContinue reading “Jesus: Fully God & Fully Man (Philippians 2:5-11)”