Some times we are led to believe we must choose between science or the Bible. But this is a false choice. As Christians we can believe and trust the Bible and use science as a way of gaining knowledge of nature.
The Samaritans are often portrayed as being a group of ethnically and religiously mixed people at the time Christ lived. While their origin is debated among scholars, history reveals they considered themselves "Keepers of the Torah." The animosity between first century Jews and Samaritans was greatly linked to the place of worship. When Jesus' kindness opens the door for a conversation with a seemingly out-casted Samaritan woman it leads to an apparent conversion of many in her village. But the event also provides an occasion for a shift in how Godly worship is perceived. Our worship is spiritually centered not physically oriented because Jesus transforms how worship is done.
We continue our study of worship with a focus on 1 Corinthians 14.
Jesus said He is the bread of life. What did He mean by this? Jesus goes further to say that people must eat His flesh and drink His blood. This is a grotesque image. How is Jesus' message reasonable and relevant to modern readers?
When Jesus said, "I Am the light of the world" he spoke to a Jewish crowd for whom the phrase would have had special meaning. Jesus is communicating a position of authority and significance for His words. How should we respond to Jesus' words todady?
Sunday AM Sermon 2015-12-27
How is Jesus the Door? Jesus wasn't talking to just anyone when He made this statement. He had a specific group in mind. Yet, His statement impacts our coming and going.Sunday AM Sermon 2015-12-27
He healed a blind man. He did it on a Sabbath. The Jewish leadership was not happy with Jesus' miracle working on such a day so they to great lengths to ridicule the blind man and Jesus. Its at this point that Jesus identifies Himself as the Good Shepherd. What was Jesus really doing in this passage? Did the phrase, "Good Shepherd," have a unique meaning to the Jewish leadership? What makes Jesus a good shepherd for us today?
What did Jesus mean by claiming, "I Am the Good Shepherd?" He was claiming to be the Messiah. He was claiming authority. But He was also explaining His care and great love for you and me. Will we follow this Shepherd?