Jesus Prays for Us

Upper Room Ministry – John 17:20-26
Jeremy Griffin – October 16, 2019

Context
Jesus has been preparing the disciples for His departure by giving assurance that He is not leaving them without a Comforter, setting a vision and fueling hope. As a conclusion to this time spent with them in the Upper Room, in chapter 17 He now begins to pray.

  • Vs 1-5 Prays for Restoration to Preincarnate Glory
    • “Glory I had with you before the world was”
  • 6-8 Prays about Sharing
    • Manifested Your name
    • Gave them Your words
  • Vs 9-19 Prays for the Preservation of His Own
    • Have unity between them
    • Have Joy
    • Keep from Evil
    • Be Sanctified by Truth
  • Vs 20-23 Prays for Future Believers
    • Unity with other Christians
    • Unity with Christ
  • Vs 24-26 Prays for the Future of Believers
    • Be with Me where I am
    • Behold My Glory

Big Ideas

  • World Might Believe (vs 20-23)
  • His Own Would be With Him (vs 24-26)

Why Does it Matter

  • Important to Him that there is a testimony to His name maintained on earth, so that others will see and believe (major responsibility of the Church) for His Glory
  • His deep love and desire for us to share with Him in His glory should touch our hearts and influence our lives

 Application

  • Demonstrated by the love individuals have for Christ and for others
    • Back to basics i.e. Love God/Love Neighbour
  • Get to know your God and you will fall deeper in love with Him
    • There is nothing that will have a more profound impact or make a greater difference in life
  • In any relationship building venture there is no substitute for quality time
    • Quality time is a test of affection and desires
  • Prayer is a time where affection is fanned
    • Mutual sharing, explicit trust required, remembrance, assurance of love/position

Sorrow Turned to Joy

UPPER ROOM MINISTRY  – John 16:5-24
Marvin Griffin – August  21, 2019

 

John 16:5-15       THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

John 16:16-24    SORR0W WILL TURN TO JOY

 

The Holy Spirit is called: in the Greek – parakletos  (intercessor, consoler) 

In some English translations

– Comforter

-Helper

-Advocate (as in 1 John 1:2 lawyer who pleads your case, one who knows what is best for you and how to get it)

All of these together are helpful as we consider His work! We would be remiss, as we consider the work of the Holy Spirit, not to recap what Jesus has already taught us about Him.

 

Ch 14:16 He will stay with us forever, yes, in us forever!

Ch 14:17 He is the Spirit of Truth. Why is truth so vital to us?

Ch 14:18 The Holy Spirit will come to parent us. The Lord Jesus said,”I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” How and when would He come to them/us?

Ch14:26 He will teach us all things and remind us what Jesus wants us to know.

Ch15:26 He will testify concerning Christ. (He directs the attention of both sinner and saint to the Lord of Glory. –MacDonald) The Holy Spirit will cause us to bear witness, although here Jesus refers to the eleven disciples who were with Him from the beginning. They indeed bore Him witness in their preaching and epistles.

 

What we learn in today’s portion:

Ch16:7 Jesus states, (to console His disciples)” It is to your advantage I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart , I will send Him to you.” What is the advantage?

Ch16:8 The Holy Spirit will convict (reprove) the world of sin, and of righteousness and of judgement.

(MacDonald – This is generally taken to mean that He creates an inward awareness of these things in the life of the individual sinner.) Is there more to it than that?

 

The world in this context is: the man-made system in opposition to, and alienation from, God. The ruler of this world is Satan. Again I quote MacDonald, (The Holy Spirit condemns the world by the very fact that He is here. …The Holy Spirit is here in place of a rejected Christ and this demonstrates the world’s guilt.)

V9- of sin, because they do not believe in Me. Thoughts?

V10- of righteousness, because I go to my Father and you see me no more. Thoughts?

V11- of judgement, because the ruler of this world is judged. Thoughts?

V13- He guides us into all truth and reveals future events. How?

V14 & 15– He glorifies Christ and declares to us the manifold shared things of the Father and Christ.

Conclusion: It is SO to our advantage to have the ministry of the Holy Spirit today!

 

SORROW WILL TURN TO JOY

V5– “But now I go away to Him who sent  Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are you going?’

In Ch 14:5 Thomas had said, “Lord, we do not know where you are going, and how can we know the way?” He admits to not know where Jesus is going. He admits he doesn’t know the way but Thomas doesn’t ask straight out, “Where are you going?” Does Jesus want them/us to consider His feelings and movements?

V6- “Because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.” The Lord goes on to show them the advantage to His going away. As if to say, Cheer up, because of the Holy Spirit you won’t  really be missing me when I’m gone physically from your sight!

V16– “A little while, and you will not see me; and again a little while, and you will see me, because I go to the Father.” I will give you a simple explanation for the first  2 statements. In a little while, Jesus would be crucified and buried out of their sight. Then in a little while, He would rise from the dead and the disciples would see Him. However, the last phrase doesn’t seem to fit with the first two so the disciples, as well as us, must consider different time frames. Any help here?

The Lord Jesus did not give His disciples a direct answer. He answered in proverbs/figurative language. He told them this in verse 25. In a time to come, He would speak to them plainly. That time is, I suggest, when Christ has died, been buried, has risen again, has ascended on high, and the Holy Spirit has arrived to give the completed Word to us and ultimately and fully upon His second coming.

MacDonald is helpful here.” The precise time-frame of verse 16 is uncertain. It may mean the Lord would be away from them for 3 days, and then He would reappear to them after His resurrection. It may mean He would go back to His Father in heaven, and then after a little while (the present Day of Grace), He would come back to them (His Second Coming). Or it may mean that for a little while they would not see Him with their physical eyes, but after the Holy Spirit was given on the day of Pentecost, they would perceive Him by faith in a way they had never seen Him before.”

V20-22. The disciple’s weeping and lamenting would be turned to joy. Figuratively, childbirth is so fitting here. How quickly a mother forgets the pain for the joy of her new-born!

The Lord affirms,”I will see you again and your heart will rejoice and your joy no one will take from you!”

Does this refer to His resurrection, His sending of the Spirit at Pentecost, or His Second Coming?!?!

V23-24. “And in that day….whatever you ask the Father in my Name, He will give you….Ask, and you will receive that your joy may be full.”( Don’t skip over the qualifying phrase,’in my Name’). Most will agree, I’m sure, that ‘that day’ is now!!

Galatians 5 Outline

Galatians 5 Outline – David Vallance
WESTBANK BIBLE CONFERENCE – August 3, 2019

Galatians 1-2 – Historical – Origin of Paul’s Gospel – Paul defends his apostolic authority.

Galatians 3-4 – Doctrinal – Vindication of Paul’s Gospel – Paul defends justification by faith.

Galatians 5-6 – Practical – Power of Paul’s Gospel – Paul defends Christian freedom.

 

Call to Stand Fast in the Freedom of the Gospel [5:1-6:10]

  1. Freedom from Legalism (Ritual Circumcision) [1-6]
    • “For freedom Christ has set us free” [1a].
      • A call to stand strong in the freedom we now have in Christ [1b].
      • A plea not to be entangled again with a yoke of slavery [1c].
    • Circumcision is No Longer Necessary [2-4]
      • If you accept circumcision, Christ is of no advantage to you [2].
      • A man who accepts circumcision is obligated to keep the whole law [3].
      • Attempting to be justified by the law severs from you from Christ; you have fallen away from grace [4].
    • The Basis of Our Hope of Righteousness [5-6]
      • Through the Spirit and by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness [5].
      • Circumcision is irrelevant; what matters is faith working through love [6].
  2. Freedom That Fulfills the Law [7-15]
    • Beware of Those who Pervert the Gospel by Binding the Law [7-12]
      • They had been running well and were now hindered from obeying the truth—and not by God [7-8].
      • Beware of the influence of “a little leaven” [9].
      • Paul is confident the Galatians will come around, and that the Lord will judge the troublemakers [10].
      • Had Paul been preaching circumcision, the offense of the cross would not be an issue, and he would not be persecuted [11].
      • A strong condemnation of those who were troubling them [12].
    • Proper Use of Freedom will Fulfill the Law [13-15]
      • You were called to freedom—do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; fulfill the law by using it to serve one another in love [13].
      • The whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” [14].
      • Abuse your liberty, and it will end up biting and devouring one another! [13b, 15].
  3. Freedom to be Led by the Spirit [16-26]
    • Liberty is Not an Excuse for License—We Must Walk in the Spirit [16-18]
      • Only then will we not gratify the desires of the flesh [16].
      • The Spirit battles the flesh in order that we may not do the things that please the flesh [17].
      • If we are led by the Spirit, we are not under the Law [18].
  4. The Works of the Flesh Versus the Fruit of the Spirit [19-23]
    • The Works of the Flesh [19-21a]
      • Sexual sins: [adultery,] sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality (3 or 4).
      • Spiritual sins: Idolatry and sorcery (2).
      • Relationship sins: enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, [murder] (8 or 9).
      • Substance abuse: drunkenness, orgies (2).
      • Those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God [21b].
    • The Fruit of the Spirit [22-23a]
      • Fruit is singular: The Holy Spirit produces only one kind of fruit—Christlikeness.
      • Character is an inner state: love, joy, peace.
      • Character benefits others: patience, kindness, goodness.
      • Character pleases God: faithfulness, meekness, self-control
      • Against which there is no law against such things there is no law [23b].
  5. Those who are Christ’s Have Crucified the Flesh and are to Walk in the Spirit [24-26]
    • They have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires [24].
    • Since they live by the Spirit, they should walk by the Spirit [25].
    • They should not be conceited, provoking and envying one another [26].
  6. Freedom with a Sense of Responsibility [6:1-10]
    • For helping those with burdens [6:1-5].
    • For doing good to all, thus sowing to the Spirit [6:6-10].

 

The True Vine

The True Vine
Presented by Glenn Griffin
July 10, 2019

 

John 15:1-11, 16  Jesus said “I am the true vine”

  • This is the last of the 7 I AM statements in the Gospel of John by the Lord Jesus in relation to His person
  • The Father is the husbandman or caretaker of the vine which includes the branches

 

KEY POINT

The secret as to how a believer can be fruitful and joyful on earth

  • “Abide in Me” – In Christ To stay in this state “and I in You” continue in unbroken relationship

 

The character of the vine

  • True – In contrast to all other for enabling fruit bearing

 

The uniqueness of the vine

  • Fruit is produced only on new branch growth from the vine

 

The conditions to bearing fruit

  • We need the Husbandman – The Father
  • “Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away [lifteth up]…”
    • taketh away – 142 – airo – to take up or away; fig. to raise; by Hebraism(Hebrew expression)-to expiate sin
  • “and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit
    • purgeth – 2508 – kathairo – to cleanse ie (specifically) to prune; fig to expiate
    • “Now[even now] ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you”
    • “Ye are clean, but not all” John 13:10

 

The Vine – Lord Jesus Christ

  • “Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me.”
  • “I am the vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.”

 

The damage of not abiding in the vine – Testimony Lost

  • “If a man abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”
  • withered – 3583 – keraino – to dessicate[dry thoroughly]; by impl. to shrivel

 

The fruit by abiding in the vine – Prayer Answered

  • “If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
  • “As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you: continue ye[abide ye] in My love. If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love.

 

The purpose and value of abiding in the vine

  • “Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit so shall ye be My disciples”
  • “That My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”
  • “Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain[abide]: that whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, He may give it to you.”

 

 

Jesus Promises The Spirit

Upper Room Ministry Part 4 – John 14:15-31
Presented by Jeremy Griffin June 26, 2019

 

Scope

  • Deal primarily with the teaching that is presented in this chapter
    • The Holy Spirit is a massive topic in and of itself
    • The study will focus on His personality and ministry as introduced in this section
  • Found this passage particularly challenging
    • To Grasp the Depths
    • What Understanding it Means

 

Context

  • Jesus informed His disciples He will be returning to the Father’s House resulting in troubled hearts
  • Concern despite His promise to return and bring to the Father
    • Thomas asks, “how can we know the way?”
    • Philip requests “show us the Father!”
    • Judas (not Iscariot) asks “how is it You will manifest Yourself unto us and not to the world”
  • “Let not your hearts be troubled” vs.1
    • Then gives reassuring promise after promise
  • Jesus bares the burden of responsibility for all entrusted to Him

 

Big Ideas

  • Comforter – Introduced to the Holy Spirit as the Comforter
    • His personality is emphasized, and His ministry is explained
    • “The Holy Spirit is not an impersonal influence, nor simply a wave of emotion pouring through the heart and mind, He is a divine Person” ~ HA Ironside
  • Communion – Reality of communion with divine persons confirmed
    • Intimate fellowship and implicit obedience are intrinsically connected
    • Abide With / Shall Be in You
    • Teach You / Bring to Remembrance

 

Outline

  • My Commandments vs. 15 – 21
    • Test of Love
  • My Words vs. 22 – 26
    • Ingredient of Communion
  • My Peace vs. 27
    • Reality of His Presence
  • My Father vs. 28 – 31
    • Exaltation of His Position

 

My Commandments – The Test of Love

  • Vs 15 – Show Me
  • Vs 16 – Comforter (Paraclete)
  • Vs 17 – Spirit of Truth
  • Vs 18 – Orphans or Sons?
  • Vs 19 – Position
  • Vs 20 – Intimate Union with the Godhead
  • Vs 21 – Promise of Manifestation (showing Himself)
    • How does He manifest Himself?
    • What are the effects of His manifestation?
    • What are the conditions I have to meet?

 

My Words – The Ingredient of Communion

  • Vs 22 – A Line Between Believers and World
  • Vs 23 – Desire to Please God
  • Vs 24 – Lack of Affection
  • Vs 25 – Not Gone Yet
  • Vs 26 – Divine Teacher

 

My Peace – The Reality of His Presence

  • Vs 27 – The Gift of Peace

 

My Father – The Exaltation of His Position

  • Vs 28 – Greater than I
  • Vs 29 – Abiding Faith
  • Vs 30 – Has Nothing in Me
  • Vs 31 – I Love the Father

 

Jesus Washes Feet

The Farewell Ministry of Jesus Christ
Presented by Lucas Griffin on May 8, 2019
Highway Gospel Hall, West Kelowna, BC

 

Click Here for PDF Presentation of Upper Room Ministry – John 13

 

INTRODUCTION:

  • John chapters 13-17 have been called a number of things:
    • Upper Room Ministry – because Jesus teaches this before, during, and after The Last Supper in the Upper Room
    • Farewell Ministry of Jesus Christ – Jesus is preparing them for his departure and farewell. These teachings will act as a transition from His presence to the Holy Spirit.
    • The Last Words of Christ – these are the last teachings of Jesus to his disciples. Often, we put a tremendous amount of weight on someone’s last words. These should be no exception!
    • Summary Teachings of Christ – before He leaves earth, Jesus wants to summarize all that he has said and taught and shown. “These five chapters of the Gospel of John are the very heart and core of Christ’s teaching, and of Christianity itself.” (T. Ernest Wilson)
  • “Jesus was no longer walking among the hostile Jews. He had retired with His disciples to an upper room in Jerusalem for a final time of fellowship with them before going forth to His trial and crucifixion.” (MacDonald 1541).
  • “In the earlier part of the Gospel, recording the public ministry of Christ (ch 1-12), the emphasis is on the word LIFE (50 times) and on LIGHT (32 times). But in this section (ch 13-17), the emphasis is on LOVE, which occurs 31 times.” (T.Ernest Wilson 20)
  • “We might have expected this incident to be in the Gospel of Mark, the Gospel of the Perfect Servant. But the fact that it is in John, the Gospel of the Son of God, makes it all the more remarkable.” (MacDonald 1542)


John 13:1-17 – Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet


Main Lessons

  1. The immeasurable love of Christ for his disciples, despite their faults and failures.
  2. The perfect example of the Perfect Servant.
  3. The importance of practical service to one another.


Notes

Verse 1a – It was just before the Passover Festival.

  • This is a little hint and reminder that Jesus Christ is the final Passover Lamb.
  • Jesus had been under observation of God for 33.5 years and the Nation of Israel for three and a half years.
    • He had proved to be without blemish and without spot.
  • John 1:29 – “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
  • Revelation 13:8 – “…the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
  • “Jesus is that once-for-all Passover Lamb. Jesus knew He was about to die and become the fulfillment of what the Passover meal pointed to.” (Quicknotes 190)

Verse 1b – Jesus knew that his hour had come.

  • This proves the omniscience of Jesus Christ. He knew what was about to happen
  • The complete knowledge of Christ is emphasized three times (vs 1, vs 3, vs 11)
  • It also shows us that God has a plan for the ages. Everything was happening exactly when and how it should happen. “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (Galatians 4:4-5)
  • “The term “His Hour” occurs ten times in John. Five times we read that His hour had not yet come, then in John 12:23 for the first time, He intimates that His hour had come.” (T. Ernest Wilson 19)
  • The word “hour” refers to the whole period of His capture, abuse, crucifixion, burial, resurrection, and ascension.
  • “John is making the point that Jesus knows He is ending His full-time public ministry and, therefore, will die, then ascend into heaven, completing the task of redemption.” (Quicknotes 190)

Verse 1c – Having loved his own which were in the world.

  • Chapter 13 opens and closes with love – vs 1 – Christ’s immeasurable love and vs 35 – our love for one another.
  • Jesus loved each of his disciples even though they were not perfect.
  • Peter was an impetuous man; James and John wanted pre-eminent places in the Kingdom, Thomas was a doubter, and all had their faults.
  • Jesus knew he would be betrayed by one of his disciples, denied by another, and deserted by all of them for a time. Still he loved them to the very end.
  • Jesus loved them all despite their faults and failures and shortcomings.
  • “We cannot know the depth of Jesus’ love unless we are willing to face the fact that he knows us completely. Otherwise we are fooled into believing he must love the people we pretend to be, not the sinners we actually are.  John and all his disciples convince us that God is able and willing to accept us as we are.” (Life Application Study Bible)
  • Jesus loves us with a matchless, immeasurable, unconditional love.

Verse 1d – He loved them to the very end.

  • He could not love his disciples any more than he did. He loved them to an
    infinite degree. He loved them to the uttermost.
  • His love could go no further, in fact his love would take him to the cross.
  • But he also loved them right to the very end of his life. His love never ceased, his love didn’t grow cold, and loved them right to the very end.
  • He will continue to love them (and us) throughout eternity.
  • “To love someone to the end means to love someone to perfection. It’s unconditional love. The cross is the place where Jesus’ perfect and complete love is manifested.” (Quicknotes 190)

Verse 2 – And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him,

  • Again, we are reminded of the deity of Christ through his omniscience
  • Jesus knew that Judas would betray him. He was not concerned, he did not feel threatened, and at this point he even showed love to Judas.
  • Judas was not the obvious betrayer. After all, he was the one the disciples trusted to keep the money.
  • “In betraying Jesus, Judas made the greatest mistake in history. But the fact that Jesus knew Judas would betray him doesn’t mean that Judas was a puppet of God’s will.  Judas made the choice.  God knew what that choice would be and confirmed it.” (Life Application Bible)
  • Knowing everything, Jesus still washed the feet of Judas in the coming verses.
    • Jesus fulfilled his own teaching in Matthew 5:44 – “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.”

Verse 3a – Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands

  • NIV – Jesus knew that the Father had given all things to his power.
  • It’s interesting to note that Jesus does not seem to have power over his enemies throughout the next 24 hours. It seems as though his enemies have power over him. However, we are reminded by Christ himself that all power is given to Him.
    • Everything that is about to happen, will happen according to God’s will.
  • Mark 2:10 – “The Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”
  • Matthew 28:18 – “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” he said to his disciples before going to heaven.
  • John 16:33 “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Verse 3b – He had come from God and was returning to God.

  • God was His master, who had sent Him on a mission. Jesus Christ would soon finish the mission for which He had come and then return to his father.
  • We sing “He came from Heaven to Earth to show us the way.”
  • “The Son of God became the Son of Man so that the sons of men may become the sons of God.”

Verse 4 – He got up from the table, took off his outer garment, and wrapped himself with a towel.

  • This is so symbolic of his life work. Phil 2:5-8 describes this downward stoop.
  • He veiled his glory in human flesh. He was Emmanuel, God With Us. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. And we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the father, full of grace and truth.
  • The towel was the garb of a lowly servant. Christ was the perfect servant.
  • “In 1 Peter 5:5, he exhorts us to be clothed with humility. The word ‘clothed’ is the term used in John 13:4-5 where the Lord ‘girded’ Himself with the towel! Peter never forgot this lesson of humility and cleansing.” (T.Ernest Wilson)
  • Isaiah 42:1 – “Behold my servant, mine elect, in whom my soul delights.”
  • Luke 2:49 – “Don’t you know that I must be about My Father’s business?”
  • John 4:24 – “Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.’”
  • John 6:38 – “For I have come down from heaven,not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”
  • His outer clothing is symbolic of his glory from that outer realm of heaven.
  • “It was the consciousness of who He was, and of His mission and destiny, that enable Him to stoop down and wash the disciples’ feet.” (MacDonald 1542)

Verse 5a – After that he poured water into a basin.

  • I wonder if he was reminded of those prophetic words, “Isaiah 53:12 – He poured out his soul unto death.”
  • Psalm 22:14 – “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.”
  • He was and is the Water of Life, and He soon would pour out his life at the cross.
    • John 7: 37 – “On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.”

Verse 5b – And began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

  • Jesus had said earlier in Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
  • Feet washing was “servant’s work”, but it was a very practical, necessary task.
  • “In that day people usually wore sandals. Walking on dusty, sometime filthy roads would make their feet dirty. It was the role of the lowest slave to actually clean the feet of the guests as they arrived.  At the home the disciples used for this meal, there were no servants, and therefore, their feet did not get washed.” (Quicknotes 190)
  • This is the ultimate example to us to provide basic, practical help to one another.
  • Literal feet-washing is probably not necessary today, but what about mowing lawns, fixing plumbing, helping grocery shop, helping move, and so much more. These are the things that Christ would do if he lived among us.
  • As Christians, we are his hands and his feet. It is our responsibility to help those around us in this way.
  • Galatians 6:10 – Let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
  • Our good works should be to both saint and sinner.

Verse 6-8a “Then He came to Simon Peter. And Petersaid to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!”

  • “Imagine being Peter and watching Jesus wash the others’ feet, all the while moving closer to you. Seeing his Master behave like a slave must have confused Peter. He still did not understand Jesus’ teaching that to be a leader, a person must be a servant.” (Life Application Bible)
  • This is not a comfortable passage for leaders who find it hard to serve those beneath them.
  • How do you treat those who work under you (whether children, employees, or volunteers)?
  • “Peter’s interpretation of leadership was that of being served, not of serving. Once Peter understands the cross, the foot washing will make more sense.” (Quicknotes 190)

Verse 8 – “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”

  • Jesus here is reminding Peter that salvation is through Christ alone.
  • We must be washed in the blood of the Lamb. If we are not washed, we are not saved, and we are not fit for heaven.
  • What a searching statement for all of us – have we been washed in the blood of the Lamb? Are we part of the family of God?
  • On a practical note…unless Peter submitted to him and allowed Jesus to minister in this way, Peter would never learn the lesson of humility.
  • “As Christians walk through this world, we contract a certain amount of defilement. We need to be constantly cleansed. This cleansing takes place by the water of the Word.  As we read and study the Bible, as we hear it preached, and as we discuss it with one another, we find that it cleanses us from the evil influences about us.  On the other hand, the more we neglect the Bible, the more these wicked influences can remain in our minds and lives without causing us any great concern.” (MacDonald 1542).

Verse 10 – Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet, and their whole body is clean.

  • Even as Christians, we will fall, and we will fail – just like the disciples did.
  • But the Word of God is clear that we can “confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.” 1 John 1:9
  • “The priests had a twofold washing: the bathing when they were consecrated (Lev. 8:6), which was once for all, and the subsequent frequent washings of hands and feet whenever they entered the sanctuary (Ex.30:19). We receive the once-for-all bathing when we are born again, but we need daily cleansing from the defilement contracted in our walk through the world. (T.Ernest Wilson 26)
  • “The bath speaks of the cleansing received at the time of ones’ salvation. Cleansing from the penalty of sin through the blood of Christ takes place only once.  The basin speaks of cleansing from the pollution of sin and must take place continually through the Word of God.  There is one bath, but many foot-washings.” (MacDonald 1542)
  • You do not need to go beyond what Jesus offers for salvation. His work is enough for a lifetime, and for all eternity.

Verse 10b-11 – Ye are clean, but not all. For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.

  • “The disciples had received the bath of regeneration, except Judas. He had never been saved.  With full knowledge of all things, the Lord knew that Judas would betray Him, and so He singled out one as never having had the bath of redemption.” (MacDonald)

Verse 12a. He put on his clothes and returned to his place.

  • This is what he would do in 50 days. He would return to his place in heaven, glorified and victorious.
  • Jesus would again have his outward Glory – it would no longer be veiled in flesh when he sat down on the right hand of the throne of his Father in heaven.

Verse 12b. He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?

  • The questions of the Saviour form one of His most effective methods of teaching.
  • “Jesus did not wash his disciples’ feet just to get them to be nice to each other. His far greater goal was to extend his mission on earth after he was gone.  These men were to move into the world serving God, serving each other, and serving all people to whom they took the message of salvation.” (Life Application Bible)

Verse 13-14 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.

  • His example showed that the highest rank in the power structure of the kingdom is that of servant.
  • Wash one another’s feet – practical helps
  • Keep each other clean by constant fellowship over the Word

Verse 15 – I have given you an example to follow.

  • What an example He was in every way.
  • If even He, God in the flesh, is willing to serve, we his followers must also be servants, willing to serve in any way that glorifies God.
  • Are you willing to follow Christ’s example of serving? Who can you serve today?
  • “If pride or personal animosities prevents us from stooping to serve our brethren, we should remember that we are not greater than our Master. He humbled Himself to wash those who were unworthy and unthankful.” (MacDonald 1543)
  • “The example that Jesus has set is that of humility. True love is an enduring love that seeks to serve others at expense to self.” (Quicknotes 191)

Verse 17. Now that you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

  • There is truly a blessing when we follow the example of Christ in anything.
  • “To know these truths concerning humility and unselfishness and service is one thing, but one can know them and never practice them. The real value and  blessedness lie in doing them!” (MacDonald 1543)
  • In this passage, Jesus is promising that if we offer practical help to those around us, we will be blessed. Amen!

Gifts of the Spirit

Gifts of the Spirit
Presented by Matthew Scott
Westbank – April 2019

 

Click Here for Spiritual Gifts Definitions & Worksheet

 

OUTLINE

What are Spiritual Gifts?

  • An ability or person, given by God to the people of God, for the people of God

 

Purpose of Spiritual Gifts

  • So that we can serve one another – 1 Peter 4.10
  • For the building up of the saints – Ephesians 4.12
  • To equip the saints for the ministry – Ephesians 4.12
  • So that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ – 1 Peter 4.11

 

 The Body

  • Every part is dependent on the other parts (members)
  • Each member has an important and distinct function
  • The importance of a particular member is not determined by appearance

 

How are we to use our gifts?

  • In love.

 

Gifts of Grace

  • Teaching – Ability to clearly communicate an understanding of Scripture
  • Speaking – Ability to preach or teach the word of God publicly
  • Exhortation – Ability to motivate others to respond to Scripture
  • Service/Ministry – Ability to discern needs and serve others
  • Giving – Ability to liberally share resources to meet the needs of others
  • Helps – Ability to meet the practical needs of the Church
  • Mercy – Ability to come alongside with compassion to attend to someone in need
  • Faith – An extraordinary amount of faith in God and his word
  • Lead/Rule – Ability to guide others in the Way
  • Administration – Ability to guide and direct the affairs of the Assembly
  • Evangelist – The gift to effectively communicate the Gospel
  • Shepherd/Pastor – One who cares for and spiritually nurtures believers

 

What is your spiritual gift(s)?

  • Encouragement of others
  • God given desire
  • See a need and meet it

The Will of God

The Will of God
Presented by Glenn Griffin
March 13, 2019

 

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scrptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4

 

The Will of God

  •  To know the Will of God is not complicated
  • God has communicated His will unto us by words
  • To know the Will of God requires diligent reading and study of the Word of God, the Bible, in dependence upon the Holy Spirit

 

The Holy Spirit

  • “He shall teach you all things” John 14:26
  • “And bring all things to your remembrance” John 14:26
  • “He will guide you into all truth” John 16:13

 

Doing the Will of God is out of love and single devotion to the Lord Jesus

  • “Jesus answered and said unto him, “If a man [anyone] love Me, he will keep my words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth Me not keepeth not My sayings [words]”” John 14:23-24
  • “But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave Me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.” John 14:31
    • The Lord Jesus moves out to Gethsemane and Golgotha
    • The greatest example of love to the Father
    • The greatest example of carrying out the will of God
  • “And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved if our heart condemn us not, then we have confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” 1 John 3:19-22

 

Because God has communicated to us by words it is then essential to understand the meaning of the words

The computer program E-Sword available today free of charge is an invaluable tool using the Strong’s definitions of the original Hebrew and Greek words to understand the meaning of the words in the Word of God

Will – 2307 – thelema – a determination[act of settling beforehand] (properly the thing), i.e. (actively) choice (specifically purpose, decree; abstractly volition [act of willing]) or (passively) inclination [tendency]

Attributes of the Will of God – Romans 12:2

  • Good 28 – agathos – A primary word; “good” (in any sense, often as a noun) properly intrinsic [belonging to a thing by its very nature]
    • [for every sphere of the Christian life]
  • Acceptable2101 – euarestos – fully agreeable
    • [in every aspect of the Christian life]
  • Perfect5406 – teleios – complete(in various applications of labour, growth, mental and moral character, etc.)
    • [complete for a full rewarding Christian life]

 

How can I Know the Will of God – Romans 12:2

  • “Be not conformed to this world”
    • [Outward]
    • Conformed – 4964 – suschematizo – to fashion alike i.e. conform to the same pattern
    • World – 165 – aion – properly an age; by implication world
  • “But be ye transformed”
    • [Inward]
    • Transformed – 3339 – metamorphoo – to transform(literally or figuratively “metamorphose”) [complete change of character, appearance or condition]
  • “By the renewing of your mind”
    • [controls the thoughts, words and actions]
    • Renewing – 342 – anakainosis – renovation [restore to a good condition]
    • Mind – 3563 – nous – the intellect i.e. mind (divine or human; in thought, feeling, or will)
  • “That ye may prove”
    • [to experimentally approve that the will of God is the best way]
    • Prove – 1381 – dokimazo – to test (literally or figuratively); by implication to approve
  • “What is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God”

 

The Will of God in Relation to a Pure Life – 1 Thessalonians 4:1-3,7

  • “How ye ought to walk and to please God”
  • “For[reason] this is the will of God, your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication”
    • Sanctification – 38 – hagiasmos – properly purification i.e. (the state) purity[clearness, cleanness & innocence in relation to mind e. morally and body i.e. physically]
  • “For[reason] God hath not[absolute negative] called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness[purity]”

 

The Will of God in Relation to my Testimony1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, Ephesians 5:18

  • “Study to be quiet”
  • “Do your own business”
  • “Work with your own hands”
  • “That[in order that] ye may walk honestly toward them that are without”
  • “And that ye may have lack of nothing”
  • “Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess”

 

The Will of God Regarding Relationships – 2 Corinthians 6:14, Ephesians 4:32

  • “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers”
  • “Be ye kind one to another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

 

Danger of Going Outside the Will of God

  • “And whoso breaketh a hedge, a serpent shall bite him.” Ecclesiastes 10:8

 

Danger of Having our Minds Corrupted from the Singleness of Devotion to Christ

  • “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3

 

How do I, how will I know and put in practice the Will of God in my life?

  • “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:17
  • “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
  1. I will consistently read the Bible as part of my day and memorize verses
  2. I will attend all the meetings of the local assembly
  3. I will set aside time to study the Bible in detail – Considering the context and overview
  4. I will talk to God about what I have learned and would like to learn
  5. I will meditate about what I have read, memorized or studied
  6. I will allow the Holy Spirit to teach me as I prayerfully meditate
  7. I will make what I learn a part of my daily life

Frances Funnell Funeral

Frances Annie Funnell
MAY 22, 1923 – JANUARY 8, 2019
Graveside Service, Westbank, BC
January 17, 2019

         
Today bears sadness, because it marks our final earthly goodbye to Frances Annie Funnell, our mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, friend, and more.  We are sad, because we will miss her.  However, I want to make it very clear to all of us today that there is hope beyond this grave.  This is not the end OF Aunt Frances, and this is not the end FOR Aunt Frances.  In fact, this is the beginning of her abundant, eternal, everlasting life.  A life with no more pain and struggles, a life with no more frustrations and disappointments, a life forever with her Saviour Jesus Christ. Today we lay her body to rest, but resurrection awaits! Jesus Himself said:

John 5:28-29: Don’t be surprised; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.

Do you believe in the hope of resurrection?  I do! Aunt Frances did! In the Bible we read of a day when Jesus stood near the grave of a close friend, just as we are now.  He knows how we feel, because he felt the same.  He loved the person who had died, just as we love Aunt Frances.  He wept, just as we weep today. But then…in the midst of the sorrow, Jesus spoke with the grieving family, and shared these words of great hope:

John: 11:25-27: Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, yet shall he live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

These are big claims that you and I would not expect any other human being to make.  In fact, if someone did, we would think they were crazy and want to admit them for psychiatric help.  But just a few minutes later, Jesus proved that He indeed spoken the truth, and proved that He is the resurrection and the life:

John 11:43-44 – Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, Loose him, & let him go.

Just as He claimed, Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life, raised Lazarus from the dead. Now, it was one thing for Jesus to resurrect physical life just by His spoken Word, but in order to be the eternal, everlasting, spiritual Resurrection and Life for you and I, Jesus had to give up His life.  He had to die.  He passed through death, and therefore he understands death.  Just as we are laying Aunt Frances to rest, there was a day when the body of Jesus was taken down from the cross, and laid in a tomb.  He has been this way before!  Not only does He understand how you and I feel as we grieve, but Jesus knows firsthand what Aunt Frances has entered into.  I love the words of Paul:

1 Corinthians 15:3-6: Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,  and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.  After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once

Yes, Jesus died for sin, BUT the amazing truth that brings hope is that Jesus is alive!  There were literally HUNDREDS of eye-witnesses who attested to this fact.  When he rose from the grave, in essence Jesus proved that He had conquered sin, and death, and Hell and has brought us eternal life.  Because He rose from the dead, WE HAVE HOPE of eternal life here beside an open grave today! We have the promise of Scripture:

 1 Corinthians 15: 52-57 For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality… then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O[n] Death, where is your sting?
O grave, where is your victory?” Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

For many of us here today, this is not GOODBYE to Frances Annie Funnell.  It is simply GOODNIGHT.  We WLL see her again when morning dawns bright and fair in Heaven.  I am so thankful for this hope we have, and my prayer is that all of you share this glorious hope we have because of Jesus Christ.

By Lucas Griffin

I Will Rise – By Chris Tomlin

There’s a peace I’ve come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There’s an anchor for my soul
I can say, “It is well”

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God, fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

There’s a day that’s drawing near
When this darkness breaks to light
And the shadows disappear
And my faith shall be my eyes

And I hear the voice of many angels sing,
“Worthy is the Lamb”
And I hear the cry of every longing heart,
“Worthy is the Lamb”

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God, fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise