Wednesday, May 30, 2007

(#3) John 16 Sermon: Most will walk by...

(This is my SECOND sermon on the Work of the Spirit in John. Read John 16:5-15 before reading.)

So 1000 people walked past one of the finest violinists in the world. How similar, in some respects, Joshua Bell is to another Yeshua: to Jesus of Nazareth?
  • Jesus is the 'finest' person in the world (He is the risen and living Messiah of the whole universe);
  • He has the most wonder-filled message in the world (that this planet will be comprehensively and decisively renewed in Him);
  • He has the most valuable instrument of that renewal (The Gospel: The declaration of complete forgiveness thought the merits of Jesus and his cross.)
And yet most will not receive him.

What does John say? John 1:10

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to his own, but his own did not receive him.
So here is my question this morning: How will you be able to recognize Jesus as Messiah? Who will stop you from walking by and not recognizing Jesus?

And John says that there is only one reason why you might stop and listen: Only The Holy Spirit’s work in your life.

Let’s explore together from John 16:5-15: I want to touch on three paradoxes of the Spirit (these paradoxes may explain your experience of God’s Spirit in your life.)
  1. In order for Jesus to Stay, he has to Go. (V5-7 )
  2. In order Comfort, the Spirit has Convict. (V7-11)
  3. In order to teach Something New, he has to remind you of Something Old. (V12-15)
More to come...

PS For points, what is the name of the Garden near where this pic was taken? And what movie(s) were filmed nearby?


Justin said...

Re the pic: Al and Fi Verren, as well as Emma Collett, cannot answer the question!

You may post here saying that you in fact do know, but the guesses have to come from people who were not there when the pic was taken!


jodi said...

"You've Got Mail" but i don't remember the gardens name - just that meg found her man there along with the bouncing barking dog...

fairly sure it's also been shown in 'Hitch'

how long til you guys get here again?

Justin said...

Right you are, JOdi.

Anyone for the name of the park?

(Mid OCt in Sydney).