"Gospel of Light" Sermon Series • February 14 - March 27

John is the most deeply spiritual of the four gospels. He includes some of the loftiest and most loved verses in the entire Bible: “The Word became flesh…”, “For God so loved the world…”, “You who are without sin cast the first stone…”, “I am the resurrection and the life…”, and “I am the way, the truth and the life.” His writing is filled with rich images and profound truths to help us understand who Jesus is, but John notes that his aim in writing the gospel is that his readers will not only believe in Jesus Christ, but that they “might have life in his name.”

Join us for a Lenten season of spiritual growth and renewal. We invite you to worship each Sunday with us as we explore the major themes of the gospel of John.


February 14:  Very, Very Extraordinary // John 13:12-17, 34-35 -- Click here to view this week's Sermon Notes and Daily Study Guide

Three words are generally used for love in scripture: Philia, Eros, and Agape. In week one of this series we will examine these words and see what they mean for us as followers of Christ. We’re called to build love-filled community everywhere we go, and we are called to do this by sharing with others.  On this Valentine’s Day weekend we will learn how to be like Christ, love like Christ, and do so without fear.

For those interested in gathering with a few friends to dig deeper into the message given the previous Sunday in worship, Pastor Eric has prepared discussion questions based on the sermon topic for you to study and discuss together. Click here for the February 14th Small Group Study Guide. 


February 21:  The Word Made Flesh // John 1:1-5, 10-14, 16-18 -- Click here to view this week's Sermon Notes and Daily Study Guide

The premise of the entire gospel is that Jesus embodies God’s Word.  Human beings have always believed in God, but what is this God like? Prophets and lawgivers and preachers have tried to describe God based upon their experiences of God and their own logic. But in Jesus, God stepped into our world. The Word became flesh and lived among us, full of grace and truth. This is why Jesus is so central to our faith as Christians. In week two of this series we will examine how His birth, life, teachings, miracles, death and resurrection answer the questions, “Who is God? What does God expect of us?"

For those interested in gathering with a few friends to dig deeper into the message given the previous Sunday in worship, Pastor Eric has prepared discussion questions based on the sermon topic for you to study and discuss together. Click here for the February 21st Small Group Study Guide. 


February 28:  The Miraculous Signs of Jesus // John 2:1-5, John 9:1-3 -- Click here to view this week's Sermon Notes and Daily Study Guide

When you read a story in John, part of what makes it interesting and even fun is asking, "is there more to the story than meets the eye? Does this or that detail mean something?" There are always two levels at which each story can be read: There is the straightforward level in which water is changed into wine, or the eyes of a blind man are opened. But often there is a deeper level which is answering the questions, “Who is this man Jesus? How does he affect our lives? And what is required of us?” In week three of this series we will look at the answers to these deeper level questions. 

For those interested in gathering with a few friends to dig deeper into the message given the previous Sunday in worship, Pastor Eric has prepared discussion questions based on the sermon topic for you to study and discuss together. Click here for the February 28th Small Group Study Guide. 


March 6:  The "I Am" Sayings of Jesus // Exodus 3:13-14, John 8:56-58 -- Click here to view this week's Daily Study Guide    

In week four of this series we will turn our attention to the seven “I AM” statements of Jesus recorded in John. Each points to the way Jesus gives life to everyone who believes in him and they point to the divinity of Christ. Each of the seven “I AM” statements is rooted in the Old Testament, drawing from Old Testament, stories, images of God, or images of Israel.


March 13:  The Farewell Discourse // John 15:8-10 -- Click here to view this week's Sermon Notes and Daily Study Guide

In John 13-17, Jesus is preparing his disciples for his death. Though they did not understand it, Jesus knew that following the supper he would be arrested, and the next day he would be crucified. There is urgency on this night. In week five of this series we will examine the last things that Jesus will tell his disciples before his death and see what that means for us today as followers of Jesus. 

For those interested in gathering with a few friends to dig deeper into the message given the previous Sunday in worship, Pastor Eric has prepared discussion questions based on the sermon topic for you to study and discuss together. Click here for the March 13th Small Group Study Guide.


March 20:  The Arrest, Trial and Crucifixion of the King // John 19:14b-20 -- Click here to view this week's Sermon Notes and Daily Study Guide

One major theme in John’s account is that it is precisely in his suffering that Jesus is revealed to be the long-awaited messianic king. It is here we see his glory as he suffers and dies on the cross, giving himself to save the world. Join us this Palm/Passion Sunday as we explore why this matters for us. 

For those interested in gathering with a few friends to dig deeper into the message given the previous Sunday in worship, Pastor Eric has prepared discussion questions based on the sermon topic for you to study and discuss together. Click here for the March 20th Small Group Study Guide. 


March 27:  Easter – Eternal Life // John 19:41-42, 20:1, 11-16, 18-- Click here to view this week's Sermon Notes and Daily Study Guide

The resurrection and the promise of eternal life confirm that evil, sickness, even death will not have the final word. They confirm that “the worst thing is never the last thing.” Christ’s promise “because I live you will live also,” fundamentally changes how we can face the death of people we love, how we approach growing old, and how we look at our own death. Join us this Easter Sunday as we conclude this series by celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and the hope that it brings.

For those interested in gathering with a few friends to dig deeper into the message given the previous Sunday in worship, Pastor Eric has prepared discussion questions based on the sermon topic for you to study and discuss together. Click here for the March 27th Small Group Study Guide.