Feet are divisive: people either like them or they don’t. But for most of us, they are personal, and we’re not always comfortable having them touched. In first century culture, though, in Palestine, foot-washing was as common as wiping your shoes at the door is to us. What can we learn from Jesus’ example of washing his disciples’ feet? Watch this message (which starts at 34:30), based on John 13.1-17.
When Jesus concluded his public ministry to the Jewish people (John 12.37-50), John remarked at how few people actually believed in Jesus, despite his presence, his words and his miracles. This was to be expected, though, given the prophecy John noted at the beginning of the gospel (1.11) and that he quotes from Isaiah. “Unbelievable” is what some people thought Jesus’ ministry was; but others knew better. How can we share our faith story with others? Learn that by watching below. (The message itself starts at 30:53.)
Ever wonder why, from a first-century perspective (as opposed to a theological one) that Jesus went to the cross and rose from the dead? Every story has a back story, and the message in this gathering from John 11.45-57 helps us understand it. It also helps us consider the importance of comparing any new movement against Scripture, keeping our preferences in check, and being mindful of healthy unity. (The whole service is here; you can skip ahead to 35:50 to watch the message.)
On Easter, we highlight the resurrection of Jesus (which we otherwise celebrate each Sunday). But what can we say to those who ask, “So what?” about the resurrection? The story of the raising of Lazarus in John 11.1-44 gives us some ideas. Here’s the whole service; you can fast-forward to 27:00 to watch the message.
Our Good Friday service in 2019 featured a message entitled, “Father, I Entrust…”, from Luke 23.46. There was also a time to entrust matters we have held back from God, and place them at the foot of the cross. (If you want to get to just the message, you can fast-forward to 30:25.