The Gospel of John: Life, Death, and Life Again

Life, Death, and Life Again

As we rejoin the Gospel of John, Matthew Watson tells the story of Jesus and his friend Lazarus, and reminds us that God is with us in our disappointment and grief, and that it isn't about how we start that counts. [John 11:1-44]

After the Miracle

We rejoin the story after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and find him facing tremendous pushback from the religious leaders. Why does he encounter such opposition for doing good? Andrea Ackermann explains the threat that Jesus poses -- to systems and structures ... and to us. [John 11:45-57]

Jesus’ Purpose and Process

In order to fulfill one's purpose, one must have a process for getting there. Matthew Watson unpacks how Jesus' purpose -- bringing life, light, and salvation -- necessitated a process that involved going through death, darkness, and isolation; and how that gives us hope. [John 12:20-50]

Servanthood: Life, Death, and Life Again

As we journey through John, we've reached the account of Jesus washing the disciples' feet as a example of servant leadership. Lisa Watson teaches on the love, knowledge, and vulnerability behind servanthood and the marks of a servant. [John 13:1-17]

Looking to the End

Elder Marisa Stubbs delivers the word of John 13:21-38 which predicts both Judas' and Peter's betrayals. She speaks to the hearts of the betrayed while pointing to the glory, grace, and mercy of Jesus in the midst of betrayal. John 13:21-38

Abiding

Dallas Willard describes joy as "a pervasive and constant sense of well-being that is infused with hope because of the goodness of God." Jesus promises that that joy is available to us and that he will make our joy complete. Justin Fung unpacks how Jesus gets us there. [John 15:1-25]

Peace Amidst the Trouble

On our first Kids City Sunday, Jaemin and Nathan read our passage of Scripture and Brian Lomax, one of our Kids City volunteers, gives the message about Jesus' promise: "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." [John 16:16-33]

That We Might Be One

The idea of unity in the church can seem like a pipe dream when we look at all of the different Christian churches and denominations, all of the ways we section ourselves off, all of the issues we’ve splintered and separated over, all of the ways we’ve forced others out or made folks feel so unwelcome that they had to start somewhere new; it’s easier to name situations where we’ve failed than where we’ve succeeded. Nevertheless, Jesus prayed for unity among his followers. Justin Fung considers what unity is and what it isn't — and what we are called to do in the face of difference and division. [John 17]

Palm Sunday

Jesus entered into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey to shouts of adoration and acclamation. Andrea Ackermann examines how the different responses to Jesus challenge us to examine our own responses. [John 12:1-19]

Good Friday

As part of our contemplative Good Friday service, observing the Way of the Cross (also known as the Stations of the Cross), we hear from Amy Sawyer, Tommy O'Keefe, and Tiffany Pyen. [John 19:13-30] (Some elements of the service were not able to be included in the podcast for copyright reasons.)

John 21: The Aftermath

We are nearing the end of our "Life, Death, and Life Again" series on John as we reach the John's final chapter. Pastor Matthew Watson offers questions and prayers that can move us forward as we come face to face with a resurrected Jesus. [John 21]

The Promised Holy Spirit

We say goodbye to our series on John and hello to a series on the Holy Spirit. Pastor Matthew Watson opens up Jesus' promises for an Advocate, a Comforter, and Helper - the promised Holy Spirit. [John 14:15-18]