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Sermons from Overbrook Presbyterian Church
Overbrook Presbyterian Church
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Total Sermons: 199
Total Amens: 5
Scripture: Acts 16:9-15; John 5:1-9; Revelation 21:10, 21:22-22:5 In John 5:1-9, verse four is missing because early scholars determined that as letters from the apostles were hand copied and translated, additional verses were sometimes added by those transcribing and translating the letters as a way to help explain what the apostle had written. In this passage, Jesus offers to make an ill man well. He had been in his condition for 38 years. Jesus healed the man by ordering him to get up and he got up! Perhaps something we can get from this passage is that in order for any of us to be "healed", we first must want to be and to be engaged and trying to be healed. God's power is available. Do you want to be healed? Be engaged!
Scripture: Revelations 7:9-17; John 10:22-30 In these verses from John, the Jews are challenging Jesus as to whether He is the Messiah. To which, Jesus pronounces that they do not believe because they do not belong to His flock of sheep. Jesus concludes "The Father and I are one." As the sheep of God, we should and need to be attuned to hearing God's voice and to follow Him. We do hear the voice of God, but we need to be attuned to understanding what He is telling us. God's commitments to us as His sheep: 1. He knows us. 2. He will lead us. 3. He will give us eternal life and never perish. 4. No one will snatch us out of His hand.
This passage in John is about following Jesus. When Jesus was asking Simon Peter whether he loved Jesus, Jesus was using the word agape for love; agape being the more pure form of love. Just as Peter denied Christ three times, Jesus asked Peter whether he loved Jesus three times. Finally, Jesus hinted how Peter would later die for his love for Jesus and his discipleship. Jesus was telling Peter not to worry about how or when you will die. God already knows when that will come, just follow Him.
Scripture: John 20:19-31 Thomas forever goes down in history as doubting Thomas for his refusal to believe in the testimony of the other disciples about the risen Messiah until he had seen Jesus himself. Thomas could be called an honest inquirer. Perhaps because of Thomas' affirmation of the risen Christ, the faith of the other disciples was strengthened. Thomas' exclamation, "My Lord and my God!" becomes the first declaration that Jesus was both Lord and God.
Scripture: Isaiah 65:17-25; Acts 10:34-43; John 20:19-23 The Jews viewed Jesus as a threat to Israel and the Temple. That His actions would antagonize the Romans, causing them to come and destroy the Temple and Jerusalem. Jesus preached that we are the temple of Jesus Christ, not some building. Jesus declared that He is the center of God's presence, not some building. The Jews viewed Jesus as a radical. Jesus didn't have to die. He could've made alliances with the zealots or with Pilot. But Jesus knew He had to die for our sins. Then Jesus' resurrection proved that it is not over when we die. Instead, it is the beginning of eternal life.