Staying connected to Jesus, as a branch to a vine, is important, because it’s how we naturally bear fruit. Instead of focusing on bearing fruit, we’re called to focus on being disciples of Jesus, which means we’ll naturally bear fruit. Based on John 15.1-8, you can listen to “Spiritual Viticulture” at 28:05, or watch the whole service below.
Jesus introduces the coming of the Holy Spirit to his disciples in John 14.15-31 by referring to the “Advocate”, a translation of the Greek term transliterated ‘paraclete’, which means ‘one who comes alongside’, usually in a legal sense. What’s involved in all this? Why does it matter? That’s what I address in this Sunday’s worship gathering, which you can watch below. The message itself begins at 29:17.
In John 14.1-14, Jesus seeks to encourage his disciples about his impending departure. He tells them that they know where he is going, but they claim not to know the way. Jesus tells them that he is the way! He also tells them that they are capable of undertaking miraculous signs just like he did. So what can we learn from this? The message begins at 28:18.
Sometimes, as a pastor, I prepare with a particular goal in mind and when I’ve finished preaching my message, I have found it does not come out quite as I had hoped. Today was one of those days. It was not a bad message at all; but I’m not sure it said all that I hoped it would say. I may tackle the same passage next Sunday and see where that goes. But for now, here is the worship gathering from June 23, 2019 with a message, “Raising the Bar”, from John 13.31-38. The message itself starts at 32:28.
This worship gathering was primarily led by young people, and their theme was the Holy Spirit; my job was to integrate with their theme, so I chose to bring a message from Acts 2.42-47 that shows a picture of the early church as it responded to the giving of the Holy Spirit. The message itself starts at 39:37, or you can watch the whole service below.
Bonus: an audio recording of the message is below, if that suits you better…