Sermons on John

Sermons on John

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Body Armor

August 22                   “Body Armor”           Rev. Patrick Mecham           Ephesians 6:10-20             John 6:56-69 13th Sunday after Pentecost We all understand that, when a new recruit joins the military, he or she goes through extensive training and physical fitness preparation before they are sent into action. But we wouldn’t think of deploying them without a helmet or body armor—that would be just plain foolish! In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he’s saying something similar: Christians need to put on body armor…
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Becoming or Behaving

August 15, 2021              “Becoming or Behaving”          Rev. Patrick Mecham           Ephesians 5:15-20             John 6:51-58 I once heard a teacher describing the kids in his class.  He said that some of the kids looked at him while he talked, nodded their heads when he made a point, chuckled when he said something funny, raised their hands when they wanted to speak—basically making his day easier.  And then there were others—kids who didn’t seem to listen to him, who never seemed…
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The Words of My Mouth

August 8, 2021            “The Words of My Mouth”     Rev. Patrick Mecham           Ephesians 4:25-5:2            John 6:35, 41-51 11th Sunday after Pentecost                            When you were growing up, I’ll be you were told, “If you can’t say something nice—don’t say anything at all!”  Some attribute this to Bambi, but Bambi was just quoting our mothers, right?!  Be nice.  Be sweet.  I’ll agree that we need to teach our children to be KIND, to hold back on those words that hurt. …
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Works or Faith?

August 1            “Works or Faith”     Rev. Patrick Mecham           Ephesians 4:1-16               John 6:24-35
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“Who Are You, Jesus?”

Romans 5: 1-11————John 3: 1-21————John 4: 1-30 July 25, 2021—————-Rev. Kate Freeman—————9th Sunday after Pentecost Good Morning, Spanish Springs Church. It is good to be back together with you all.   Today I invite us to take a look at two familiar conversations which involve Jesus and someone who is seeking to know, “Who is this man?” Want to get to know someone, have a conversation, right? Let’s discover how Jesus reveals his Identity and what that means for us. These…
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The Work of the Spirit

The Work of the Spirit              Pentecost Acts 2:1-21       May 23, 2021    John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 The book I want to highlight today is called The Hiding Place.  It’s a true story about the amazing things God did with Corrie ten Boom during the Nazi occupation of Holland.  Corrie and her family had been hiding Jews so that they wouldn’t be sent off to concentration camps (or extermination camps, as they turned out to be).  When they were caught, they were…
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The Wide Family of God

The Wide Family of God ———–Mothers’ Day ————–6th Sunday of Easter Acts 10:44-48 —————May 9, 2021—————-John 15:9-17 Today’s story comes from the pen of C. S. Lewis, from his book called The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  One of the main characters is described in the opening sentence: “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”  He is described as an annoying, spiteful, friendless know-it-all who gets dragged into Narnia with his cousins (who had been there before). …
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The First to Love

The First to Love                 5th Sunday of Easter 1 John 4:7-21   May 2, 2021    John 15:1-8 The story I want to share with you today is my favorite from Leo Tolstoy.  His title is Where Love Is, God Is but you might know it as “Martin the Cobbler.”  It’s about an older man whose home and shop were in the basement, and he had one window looking out on the sidewalk.  He was able to recognize his…
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In the Name of Jesus Christ

In the Name of Jesus Christ              4th Sunday of Easter Acts 4:5-12 ———–  1 John 3:16-24 ———-  April 25, 2021 ———-  John 10:11-18 A few weeks ago, it was Easter Sunday.  We celebrated the resurrection, and were reminded that we are “Easter People.”  William Willimon explains it this way: “Resurrection is not just something that happened to dead Jesus.  Resurrection is also something that happens to the dead followers of Jesus!  Easter keeps happening, as Jesus keeps talking to us, keeps revealing and…
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Recovering Believers

Recovering Believers                 2nd Easter Psalm 133   April 11, 2021   John 20:19-31 Back in 1935, a man suffering from alcoholism was told that there was no medical cure—and then he was encouraged to find a spiritual means to sobriety.  He sought out others who might be able to help—and Alcoholics Anonymous was born!  Using a 12-step program, AA helps people face their situation with honesty, integrity, as well as mutual encouragement and support.  It has spawned thousands of chapters, as well…