On Sunday, Pastor Bryan opened to John 13:34-35 to discuss Jesus' instruction that we love one another as he has love us. If you weren't able to join us, you were serving and missed the sermon, or you'd like to share it with a friend, you can listen with the player below.
This Sunday, we will open God's Word, the Bible, and look at John 13:31-35, among other verses. In these verses, Jesus commands his followers to love one another as he has loved us. That's a tall order, impossible without Christ in fact. The second week of our series is specifically focused on Serving the Faith Family as a way to love and learn to love others as Christ has loved us.
As we hear the instruction to love others as Jesus loves us, we should start thinking of where we've seen Jesus show his love to others. And as we want to learn to love through serving the Faith Family, we should zero our survey on those passages where we see Jesus serving others out of his love for them. Of course, all the passages of what he did on the cross prove his overwhelming love for us, but we're not going to love and serve others like that. We can't because we're not the creator or the savior of the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. But there is a passage where we see Jesus service and love that we can emulate.
In John 13:1-16 Jesus gives us a picture of how to love and serve others. He even said, "For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done for you" (John 13:15). What did Jesus do in John 13 just before he said these words? He washed the disciple's feet. That's right, Jesus served his friends.
(Here's a story from the Jesus Storybook Bible on Jesus, the Servant King. Enjoy!)
Before you ask if we'll be physically washing feet on Sudany, the answer is no. Washing feet is a little different these days. In our day, the timeless principle of this passage looks more picking up the dishes after the party or cleaning up after others. More specifically, it's like scrubbing the toilets and cleaning the bathroom.
Have you ever been in a really gross bathroom? Might it have looked like a couple hundred careless people used it? Every part of the bathroom was messy or wet, soup and water were all over the counter, paper all over the floor, and the trash brimming over. There was that putrid smell. Yeah, you know the one I'm talking about. The Servant Lord, Jesus would stop and clean that bathroom up for others, even if it weren't his job. You and I might, if we had time, tell the management. But do we ever consider serving the next person to need that bathroom? That's serving and loving like Jesus.
How about at the church building? If you see water spilled on the bathroom counter, or the toilet paper is out, or the trash needs to be emptied, do you consider serving your brothers and sisters who will use the bathroom after you? What a window into our heart for serving out of love as Christ serves and loves us.
After Jesus told his disciples to follow his example and serve one another as he did in John 13:15 he gave this gem of instruction. He said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a master greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them" (John 13:16-17). Now you know, so enter into the blessing of Christ and serve others as he has served you.
We'll see you Sunday, if not before. For the Kingdom!
tarting on Sunday, August 19th, we will participate in the Lord's Support together in the 11am service every week. The only exception will be on Sunday's when we have baptisms. That will be too much for the 1 hour and 15 minute service. If you typically participate in the Lord's Supper during the early House of Prayer time, please plan on partaking at the 11am worship service instead. We will no longer have Communion available at the early time. Thank you.
We've started a new series titles, "Love People." This morning, Pastor Bryan Catherman directed us to Matthew 22:34-40 to look at God's command to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. God calls up his people to love others. But there's good reason to love others and we get a great deal from loving others.
Starting September 9th, Pastor Bryan will lead a study through the book of Hebrews. This will be a verse-by-verse, section-by-section study and lecture from a side of our pastor we don't see too often--Dr. Catherman. There will be handouts and he's planning on setting up the whiteboard each week.
Following the study, we'll have time for corporate prayer. Then enjoy some time to catch up and chat with the faith-family before the 11am service.
The Redeeming Life Youth will mirror the study and prayer, only Pastor Derek is taking them on a journey through the book of Luke. They'll also have some prayer time together. Lisa will watch RightNow videos and play Bible-based games with the K-6th graders. They'll also have prized for memorizing Scripture and they too will have some corporate prayer time. And there will be child care for the Pre-K kids too.
Starting September 9th.
Redeeming Life Church
2070 N. Redwood Road, Salt Lake City
In John 11, Jesus called Lazarus from the dead into physical life. He did so, according to John 20:30-31, so you might believe that Jesus is the Christ and answer Jesus' call from death into spiritual life. Pastor Bryan preached from John 11. He examined the origins of life, physical and spiritual as well as death, both physical and spiritual. John 11 show us the goon news the Jesus is Lord over death and life. Jesus is also the only one who can give us spiritual live in his name. Listen to Pastor Bryan's sermon here:
The disciples asked Jesus a question from bad theology but Jesus answered with remarkable Truth. They asked who sinned to cause a man to be born blind. It's like when we ask what se did to deserve our struggles and trials. The story was about much more than a man who was blind but now can see. There's so much more about the God of Glory. This is the 6th sign in our series, The Seven Signs of Jesus. Listen to Pastor Bryan Catherman's sermon from John 9:1-41 here.
Pastor Bryan Catherman opened the Bible to John 6:16-21 and discussed the event when Jesus walked on water. What does this account mean and why is it so important?
Jesus feet the 5,000 plus people to prove that he is the Prophet they were looking for. Jesus is the fulfillment of prophecy. Jesus is also the perfect and last prophet for his church. Listen to Pastor Bryan Catherman's sermon from John 6:1-15.
Most Christians know the narrative about when Jesus took 5 loaves of bread and two fish and fed 5,000 men, plus all the women and children who were with them. But do we know why Jesus did such a thing?
Some scholars estimate that there were 15,000-20,000 people who flocked to the hillsides countryside of Galilee, "because they saw the signs he was doing on the sick" (John 6:2). They wanted to see Jesus heal people or they wanted to be healed. They wanted to be a part. Now, many say that number seems too large. To them, I ask if they've ever seen the lines that assemble for a free Slurpee day at Seven-11 or how many people dress up like cows and line up for a free chicken sandwich at Chick-fil-A. Even just recently, Build-a-Bear had to shut down because thousands of people cued up around a local mall to save $12 on a stuffed animal. If thousands of people would gather for these simple, trivial things, how many more would line up to be healed or see such a miracle?
Jesus took five small loaves of bread and broke them and passed them. He did the same with two fish. Think about that moment. How long does it take to pass the unbroken rolls around the dinner table at Thanksgiving? How about when you go out to eat at a place where they give you bread you have to cut or tear apart? Think about even how long it takes just to pass the bread and cup for the Lord's Supper at church? With this in mind, how many hours did the disciples watch the bread and fish just keep coming? That must have been overwhelming!
Back to our initial question: Why did Jesus feed all these people bread?
The answer is found in John 6:14. It reads, "When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, 'This is indeed the Prophet who is come into the world!'" It wasn't about their physical hunger (because Jesus rebukes them for that later). It was to show them that Jesus is the Prophet they were waiting for. The last and final Prophet the Moses told them about. The Perfect Prophet who would never die. The Prophet forever, never to have a successor.
This Sunday, I'm going to discuss the manna from heaven in the Old Testament, Moses' prophecy in Deuteronomy 28, and why Jesus feeding the masses proves he is the Christ who they were waiting for. He's God and our Savior. He's the living Prophet who speaks to us. Prophet Jesus is the one who reveals Truth and God's will to the world.
I hope you'll join us for worship and a study in God's Word as we continue with our series, "The Seven Signs of Jesus." See you Sunday!
For the Kingdom!
Pastor Bryan Catherman