Scripture Focus: John 13:31-35In this passage, Jesus gives a clarification of the commandment is gave earlier in John's gospel. What does it look like to love one another? What risks to do we run when we know what we are just going through the motions but don't have love for other people as the root of our actions? Shawn shares some gospel insights on these and other topics in this weeks episode of Gospel Roots.
Look! Signs from Jesus Part 2 [Shawn Saylor] | Gospel Roots | Nov. 17, 2019
Main idea: Jesus uses signs to point to realities about Himself.Purpose of a Sign: Point to something beyond itselfJohn 20:30–31 (ESV)30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.“It is characteristic of them not so much that they arouse wonder and are hard to explain, nor even that they are demonstrations of the divine power, but rather that they point us to something beyond themselves. They show us God at work. They are meaningful.”—Leon Morris7 Signs#1 - Turning Water into Wine (2:1-11)#2 - Healing the Nobleman’s Son (4:46-54)#3 - Healing the Lame Man (5:1-18)#4 - Feeding the Multitude (6:1-15)#5 - Walking on the Water (6:16-21)#6 - Healing the Man Born Blind (9:1-41)#7 - Raising of Lazarus (11:1-57)Sign #4 – Feeding the Multitude (6:1-15)Points to the Jesus is our provider and sustains usThe hungry crowd exceeded 5,000. Not only did they have something to eat, but had “eaten their fill”Excessively and abundantly provided for this picnic“Life” in Jesus is excessively and abundantly satisfying TEACHINGI am the Bread of Life (6:22-66)Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” (Verses 26-29)Sign #5 – Walking on the Water (6:16-21)Points to the reality that Jesus is not confined to the physical limitations present on earthHis presence will calm fears, quiet the storm and take us where we are goingTEACHINGThe Life-Giving Spirit (7:1-52)Jesus points again to who he is because of the Fathers authority. Righteous judgement – They say they are following the law, “Yet none of you keeps the law.” (Verse 19)Jesus working on division of the Jews fruit (actions) are from the wrong root (motive). Their hearts desire to kill him, not for righteousness or the glory of the FatherThe Light of the World (8:12-59)“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (Verse 12)“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (Verses 31-32)Sign #6 - Healing the Man Born Blind (9:1-41)Points to the reality that Jesus is Lord of all things, he heals broken bodies and lost heartsJesus opens the eyes of our heart to who he is and to see the fullness of life in him.Demonstrated by Saul of Tarsus and his persecution of Christians, then encounters Jesus – followed by scales being removed from his eyes when he believed, filled with the Holy Spirit and was baptized, leading him to new life in Jesus (see Acts 9)TEACHINGThe Good Shepherd (10:1-42)“I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture…I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep…No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” (Verses 9-18)Sign #7 – The Raising of Lazarus (11:1-57)Points to the reality that “life” is not how we typically view it – Life begins when we are a follower of JesusThe fullness of life that we crave is satisfied in Christ aloneEternal life begins not at death, but when our eyes are opened to who Jesus is and what he has done for usEternity is now
Perseverance in Suffering [Shawn Saylor] | 1 Peter 4:12-19 | July 28, 2019
This week Shawn rounds out Chapter 4 in 1 Peter. We are faced with some pretty big questions in this section. They should be causing us to think about how we are interacting with others as we suffer for Christ.