The sermon this week was on John 1-8. It was a review of the highlights of what we saw so far in the book of John. I have to admit, I find preaching on large sections difficult because large sections are hard to summarize. What’s the single idea of all of John 1-8? I couldn’t boil it down to one idea. So I have two ideas: (1) Jesus comes as the revelation of God. (2) As the revelation of God we must believe in Jesus in order to have life.
You can listen to the sermon here.
- Do you merely believe Jesus? Or do you believe in Jesus? To ‘Believe Jesus’ is to confess that what Jesus says is true, that is, it corresponds to reality. Now, I assume that you believe Jesus. However, you (I hope) also believe the apostle Paul, as well as many other trusted sources in your life. However, to ‘believe in Jesus’ is to place your hope in Jesus. It means confessing he is the one who will save you, and all your hope depends on him. This is a type of belief that is different than you could ever have in any human person.
- Does believing in Jesus lead to a sense of wonder and awe of who Jesus is? The advantage of preaching on large sections is that patterns and themes emerge more clearly. And one of those patterns and themes was that believing in Jesus leads to wonder and awe. So ask yourself, is that part of your belief?
John 1:1-5 ESV [1:1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.