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2/19/2018

Pastor Phil Perry

John 6

Who is the Christ: John’s Gospel to the World!
I am the Bread of Life

John using the first of the “I Am...” statements in this passage when He quotes Jesus as saying I am the Bread of Life. This quote is well developed, following the feeding of the 5,000 and Jesus discussions about bread, manna and the Will of the Father. Jesus is all we need in this life, Is He enough for you?

2/11/2018

Pastor Phil Perry

John 6

Who is the Christ: John’s Gospel to the World!
Walking on Water

Immediately proceeding after the miraculous meal is another famous story about Jesus walking on water. Many doubt the actuality of this story, but John retells this personal story as only an eyewitness can explain. The crowds play an integral part of the story too as they flit about Galilee looking for more miracles, while those who had experienced them seem to have forgotten all about them...

2/4/2018

Pastor Phil Perry

John 6

Who is the Christ: John’s Gospel to the World!
Feeding of the 5,000

This mosaic is on the floor of the church at the reported site of this miracle. This miracle is the only one recorded in all 4 gospels making it both powerful and unique. Why does John include it when there were so many miracles to record? I think it’s the emphasis upon the ordinary in Jesus ministry. A one-time event that didn’t have lasting results from a physical perspective but did from a spiritual perspective. God meets us where we are and we can find satisfaction in Him.

1/28/2018

Pastor Phil Perry

John 5

Who is the Christ: John’s Gospel to the World!
Equal with God

Healing the paralyzed man at Bethesda brought confrontation with the religious leaders incensed at Jesus’ healing on the Sabbath. He uses this as an opportunity to speak in an in-depth way about who He is, why He came and His status as the God-man. John does not give us the immediate reaction, but it must have been one of shock and concern. Not only does He demonstrate a lack of their passion for Sabbath keeping, but He has expressed equality with God the Father! He is either crazy, a liar/con man or He is the Messiah, they bet on one of the first two...

1/21/2018

Pastor Phil Perry

John 5

Who is the Christ: John’s Gospel to the World!
Healing at Bethesda

A pool in the North of Jerusalem is the location for this next section during an unnamed feast. This begins a section in John (chapters 5-7) where opposition to Jesus begins to grow from skepticism to rejection of His person and His message. What is also remarkable about this miracle is the lack of faith or thanksgiving for what Jesus did for this man. In many ways this paralyzed man is too much like us...

1/14/2018

Pastor Phil Perry

Communion
Communion

We remember the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in song, word and by partaking of the communion elements together.

1/7/2018

Pastor Phil Perry

John 4

Who is the Christ: John’s Gospel to the World!
Healing of the Nobleman’s Son

We are confronted with another no-name person that John presents as a character witness. John makes much about the need to believe who Jesus is and what He came to do. Belief though is not always neat and tidy, it often is messy and complicated. This nobleman presents another type of believer, one who wants to trust but also wants proof of what he is putting his trust in. Jesus meets him, and us, where we are; not where we should be...

12/31/2017

Pastor Phil Perry

John 4

Who is the Christ: John’s Gospel to the World!
Savior of the World

The reaction of the Samaritan woman is the same reaction that true converts of Jesus have had over the last 2,000 years—go and tell others this good news! Jesus of course uses this in a variety of ways to reach the lost, teach the redeemed and ultimately to bring glory to His Father!

12/17/2017

Pastor Phil Perry

John 4

Who is the Christ: John’s Gospel to the World!
The Living Water

One of a couple stories tells of unnamed women who advance Jesus building of the kingdom. This, like the other women, is a woman looked at with disdain in the community. She is a sinner, for sure, but also from an ancestral line that is polluted and corrupt. To this woman, Jesus ministers and connects to her people. Using simple metaphors and deep spiritual truths, He demonstrates her need for Him to save her!

12/10/2017

Pastor Phil Perry

John 3

Who is the Christ: John’s Gospel to the World!
He Must Increase

John the Baptist final words of testimony about Jesus are presented next by John. We see here the attitudes we should have about ministry, covetousness and sincerity. John’s simple statement: He must increase, I must shrink is a powerful testimony about what the Christian life is supposed to be all about. May we all live lives to the point that He is magnified, and we are put in our proper place!

12/3/2017

Pastor Phil Perry

John 3

Who is the Christ: John’s Gospel to the World!
Nicodemus, Part 2

Some of the most beloved and important verses are found here in John 3. We want to experience God’s love; Jesus tells us how God demonstrated that love for us. We think of it in much more material ways. God thinks of it in relational ways. We either are loved/accepted by God or we are condemned. That is the true state of everyone on the planet, and the most important question we will ever hear is, “What have you done with my Son, Jesus?”

11/26/2017

Missionaries Ethan & Melissa Molsee

1Peter 3

Missionaries
Hope in Difficult Times

Medical missionaries, Ethan and Melissa Molsee on furlough give an update on their ministry in Togo, West Africa and share from1 Peter 3:13-17 on how we can have hope in themidst of difficulty. 

11/19/2017

Pastor Phil Perry

John 3

Who is the Christ: John’s Gospel to the World!
Nicodemus, Part 1

After the temple cleansing, one of the religious leaders comes to Him at night to discuss what He believes. Jesus patiently describes for Him what God expects, yes even demands of His followers—to be born again. This section is rich in meaning, it’s no wonder that Nicodemus, at least initially, is confused and almost overwhelmed by what Jesus is saying. Some of these verses are the most familiar in the Bible and that can lead us to gloss over these important verses...

11/12/2017

Pastor Phil Perry

John 2

Who is the Christ: John’s Gospel to the World!
Cleansing the Temple

Following the first miracle, John describes Jesus first visit to Jerusalem as the Messiah. Of course, He has been there before, at the least as a baby and then for His Bar Mitzvah; but this is the first visit after His reveal as the Lamb of God by John the Baptist. The occasion is to celebrate Passover, one of the highest and holiest days in Judaism. He demonstrates God’s passion for purity in worship...

11/5/2017

BNN Director Dave Lunsford

Philippians 4

Guest Speaker
Living in Peace with Where You Are

BNN Director, Dave Lunsford challenges us with the question, "How is it possible to be at peace with wherever we find ourselfs?"

10/29/2017

Pastor Phil Perry

John 2

Who is the Christ: John’s Gospel to the World!
Water into Wine

Jesus’ first miracle is not the one you would expect for a new preacher in a new ministry. It’s not flashy nor necessarily memorable. Most probably didn’t even know what happened, and to this day there is debate about what actually did happen. It was an incredible act of grace, that clearly marked Jesus ministry as unique and grace-filled. Water plays a significant role in the next 3 chapters and in some ways, represents the old way of doing things under the Law as compared to the new Kingdom Jesus is offering, if they are willing...

10/22/2017

Pastor Phil Perry

John 1

Who is the Christ: John’s Gospel to the World!
Responding to the Call of God

Jesus’ ministry begins by finding partners to help proclaim the Kingdom of God is here. John presents these events happening fairly quickly, over a period of a couple of days; the truth is God has been preparing these men for responding to His call for years. These men will tirelessly serve Jesus for about 3 years, committing the best of their working days and energy; only to see Him crucified quickly. You can imagine how shocked and disappointed they were, maybe even thinking we embarrassed ourselves and wasted our time...

10/15/2017

Pastor Phil Perry

John 1

Who is the Christ: John’s Gospel to the World!
The Witness of John

John calls his first witness: John the Baptist. John of course is long dead at the time of writing, but his message and words would have been remembered by many, not just his disciples. He is remembered by those inside and outside the church as a powerful preacher, a prophet in the likes of Elijah, who died a martyr’s death for speaking truth to power. He was a throwback, emphasizing repentance to God, when Israel was looking for progressives who would overthrow Rome.

10/8/2017

Pastor Phil Perry

John 1

Who is the Christ: John’s Gospel to the World!
The Word Became Flesh

John concludes the prologue to His book with a remarkable statement about the incarnation of Jesus (putting on of flesh) as well as His nature. He doesn’t elaborate on the details of his birth but of the fact of His birth and pre-birth existence. These simple verses form the heart of orthodox teaching of who Jesus is and define what is heretical and false teaching. John makes it clear that Jesus had both the favor of God and man in backing up His claims of Divinity and Humanity.

10/1/2017

Pastor Phil Perry

Communion
Communion

We remember the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in song, word and by partaking of the communion elements together.

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