- John 1:1-18 Do You Like Beginnings? (Molin)
When I changed my Palm Pilot batteries, I wiped out every event of last year. It was the only record of the things I did - both good and bad - and now it is erased. Likewise the promise to us is, "If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation; the old is gone, the new has come."
- John 1:1-18 Alter Call (Molin)
Another new near is upon us; Happy New Year! And if this New Year is anything like those which have come before it, roughly 33 percent of us will be on diets by Monday, and 80 percent of us will have crafted some sort of New Year's Resolution, deciding to change our lives.
- John 1:1-18 What Child Is This? (McLarty)
It's an age-old question: If Jesus came up to you today, would you recognize him as your Lord and Savior? As importantly, would he recognize you as one of his devoted followers?
- John 1:1-14 Christmas According to John (Wigmore)
(This sermon was delivered to a group recovering from alcohol and drug addiction.) If one of the four gospel writers was an alcoholic, my money's on John. That's not because he's the only one of the four who writes about Jesus turning water into wine! No, my money's on John because: John felt – he felt things deeply.
- John 1:14 God Has a Word for You (Gerhardy)
John Rosen was a doctor in a psychiatric hospital. Unlike all the other doctors who were aloof and separate from their patients, he moved into the ward with them. He placed his bed among their beds. He lived the life they lived. Isn't that what God did through Jesus at Christmas?
- John 1:6-8, 19-28 God’s Doorman (Hoffacker)
Priests and Levites go down from Jerusalem to ask John the Baptist some questions. He works as the doorman, the doorman to God's hotel. But these priests and Levites and those who sent them refuse simply to allow John to open the door for them.
- John 1:6-8, 19-28 A Negative Gospel (Anders)
Would you rather be positive or negative? Most of us want to be positive. I see something unusual about this Scripture. In these two little paragraphs, there are nine negative statements. I kept coming across "no," "not," "neither," and "nor." Those are negative words.
- John 1:6-8, 19-28 Straight Paths in a Crooked World (Molin)
John's the name, baptism's my game. I spent my life in the wilderness, telling people that the Messiah was coming. The crowds that came were astonishing; people whose lives were a mess. I preached repentance, telling them to turn their lives around. Many did; they waded into the frigid waters and gave their lives to God.
- John 1:6-8, 19-28 Paying the Price (Sellery)
Proclaiming Christ still comes with a price--and it is not isolated to far off lands. We pay a price today in an increasingly conformist, secular America. And the price is going up. Start with the growing pall of intimidation that stifles even the most timid reference to faith.
- John 1:19-28 Are You The Messiah? (McLarty)
What an unlikely choice John the Baptist was to announce the coming of the Messiah. For one thing, he didn't look the part. I wish you could see the picture I snagged off the Internet. It showed this mangy creature standing out in the middle of a shallow river beckoning a would-be disciple to come and be baptized.
- John 1:20 Rejoice Always (Sellery)
God calls out to us in the beauty of a sunset, the ugliness of burnt out buildings inhabited for forsaken people, the starved child, the radiant parent, and the selfless teacher who inspires others with hope. God is constantly calling to us in many different guises, saying “Recognize me."
- John 1:29-42 The Lamb of God (Sellery)
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi… Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. In Latin or in English, the words are exquisite. And the concept they capture is far, far beyond that. It is the very kernel of Christianity.
- John 1:29-42 Called And Chosen (Strayhorn)
Hunger for spiritual food drove the two disciples of John the Baptist to seek out Jesus. Once Andrew found the source of spiritual food, he told his brother Peter. That act is the perfect example of evangelism, one beggar telling another where they can find bread.
- John 1:29-42 Come and See, Go and Tell (McLarty)
Today's text hits on two important imperatives of the Christian faith: Come and see--go and tell. First, experience new life in Christ, then share that experience with others that they may experience it for themselves.
- John 1:29-42 Come and See (Strayhorn)
There are two kinds of people at Christmas, Angel People and Star People. The Angel People know the story, and are living in expectation, like the Shepherds. The Star People are like the Wise men, people still on the journey, people still searching and seeking out the meaning of life.
- John 1:29-34 Lamb of God (McLarty)
Whenever you see the Paschal Lamb portrayed, it's anything but a young lamb frolicking in the meadow; it's a mature lamb with horns, standing erect with head held high, looking you in the eye, holding a staff by its right leg with a victory banner waving in the breeze.
- John 1:35-51 Come and See (London)
"A pile of rocks ceases to be a pile a rocks when someone has a cathedral in mind" (Antoine de Saint-Exupery). When Jesus first laid eyes on his would-be disciples he didn't see a pile of rocks, he saw the beginnings of a cathedral, a church.
- John 1:43-51 & 1 Samuel 3:1-20 God Keeps Knocking (Hoffacker)
People follow a calling because they believe it is right for them to do so. The work may be hard and not particularly successful, but they find it rich with meaning and significance.
- John 1:43-51 Your Best Life Now (Butler)
Imagine my surprise when I got to the class and the leader started off saying, "The goal of the pastor, the goal of a congregation should never be TO GROW THE CHURCH. The goal of growing the church is a lousy goal."
- John 1:43-51 Ho-Hum Jesus (Molin)
“Come and see.” That is the greatest invitation in all the world. Come and see fish as big as your leg. Come and see your new granddaughter. Come and see mountains that are three miles high. Come and see the Savior of the world. Come and see.
- John 1:43-51 God’s Dream Team (McLarty)
So far, we've got Andrew, Simon, Philip and Nathanael. God's dream team is getting off to a slow start. If we were to list all twelve disciples, it gets worse. There's the Doubting Thomas, Thaddeus, James the Less, Simon the Zealot and, of course, Judas Iscariot. What kind of dream team is this?
- John 1:29-42 Confessions of an Amateur Preacher (Hyde)
The Gospels give John the Baptist a lot of ink. Christian tradition pays John the Baptist a lot of attention as well. We must conclude that the Baptist was quite important to the Christian story. But you can't tell it by what is said about John, or even by what he says about himself.