Scandal! Impropriety! This is simply not done! And yet Jesus did it…but why? Pastor Richard teaches some of the cultural background of John 4 and the Samaritan woman at the well.
You’ve probably heard that you must be “born again” to be saved. But did you know that you can’t actually do that? In fact, in the same way you had nothing to do with your first birth, you have no active role in your second birth! Nicodemus didn’t get it either. But here’s John 3 and Pastor Richard sharing what Jesus meant when he said we must be born from above.
Looking for a reading plan this Lent? This one takes you through the Minor Prophets, an often overlooked section of the Old Testament.
There are many ways to talk about baptism. Some good, some bad and some downright awkward. And then there are the times we speak of baptism in a way that not even Scripture speaks.
John the Baptist faithfully witnessed to Christ. He is the one foretold in Isaiah 40:3 and Malachi 3:1. But Jesus is the fulfillment of the promises of the OT. The Lord is in His temple.
Last week Pastor Richard talked about signs pointing to Jesus. This week he talks about shadows pointing to Jesus! Specifically, the sacrifices in the temple. And once you get what the shadows point to, you understand why Jesus made a whip and cleaned house!
The miracles that Jesus performed were signs. But signs don’t point to themselves, they point toward something else. What were Jesus’ signs pointing toward? Pastor Richard answers that question as he walks you through John 2 and Jesus turning water in to wine at the wedding in Cana.
It’s a simple invitation that we often overly complicate. But when you recognize that both the Old and New Testament point to Christ, you can’t help but tell your friends, “Come and see!”
How do we know God? John 1:18 teaches that Jesus is fully divine and the one who was seen in the Old Testament when people saw God. John’s Gospel portrays Jesus as the one who reveals God.
Sometimes we’re tempted to divert our faith away from the true God who comes to us with flesh and blood. We’re tempted to turn to some abstract imaginary force somewhere in the universe that does things from time to time. But that’s not the God we’re looking for.