Messages on Gospel of John

Messages on Gospel of John

Loving the Light

The sermon on John 3:1-21, delivered by Pastor Wayne, delves into the symbolism of Nicodemus coming to Jesus by night, exploring the themes of darkness as spiritual blindness and the transition from ignorance to understanding. Nicodemus represents those who question Jesus and struggle with his teachings, yet also embodies the journey of seeking truth and enlightenment. The sermon emphasizes the need for believers to confront their spiritual blindness and expand their understanding of God’s teachings. Nicodemus’s nighttime visit symbolizes the…

Turning Tables

The scriptures for today are: Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19:1-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; andJohn 2:13-22 In Pastor Wayne’s sermon, he juxtaposes the idealized image of the Amish community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with the harsh reality of the region’s puppy mills. He challenges the theological justifications for animal exploitation while weaving in an allegorical story about the creation of dogs and cats to highlight the unique bond between humans and animals. Transitioning from this exploration of human-animal relationships, Pastor Wayne delves…

Rules to Live By: Stay in Love With God

This is the third and final message in a series dealing with the General Rules of the Methodist Societies: 1) Do No Harm; 2) Do Good; and 3) Stay in Love with God. These rules stand at the very heart of what it means to be Methodist. If implemented, they could change the world. They definitely change the lives of the very folks who make them a rule of life. The Scriptures for today’s message revolve around James 5:13-20 and…

Boot Camp for the Soul: Dead End

On this Fifth Sunday in Lent, we deal with themes of death and resurrection, an appropriate topic since the celebration of Resurrection Sunday is only 2 weeks away! Our scriptures are: Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; and John 11:1-45. We joyfully welcomed Beverly Capps back to church following a long illness and we welcomed Liz Jones as a new member at McFarland by transfer of letter from Jones Memorial UMC in East Ridge. Holy Week services are as follows:Sunday,…

Boot Camp for the Soul: Redefined

The scriptures for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year A:1 Samuel 16:1-13Psalm 23Ephesians 5:8-14John 9:1-41 When we encounter God, we find our lives changed. The encounter redefines who we are in relation to whose we are.

Bootcamp for the Soul: Hydrate

Water is essential to our daily living. We can fast from food for some time, but we cannot fast from water for more than a day or two. On this third Sunday in Lent our theme is water. From the water that Moses provides to the stick-necked people of Israel to the living water that Jesus offer to the Samarian woman at the well.

Boot Camp for the Soul: Reset

This is the second sermon in our lectionary series for Lent, Boot Camp for the Soul. Looking at the text primarily from John 3:1-17, we see that transformation is at the heart of discipleship.

Easter 2022

It was early in the morning on that first Easter Sunday. The sun had just come up and the women who followed Jesus were coming to the tomb to finish preparing his body for burial, a task that they had no time to complete on the day of his crucifixion. It had only been a few days, but it seemed like an eternity. As they approached the tomb, they realized that something was wrong. The stone was rolled away. As…

Everyone Who Belongs

Our Scripture this morning is John 18:33-38. We find Jesus face to face with Pilate, the Roman Governor. Pilate has found no reason to hold this man, much less sentence him to death by crucifixion. Pilate asks Jesus if he is King of the Jews, Jesus replies that his kingdom is not of this world. They spar verbally and Pilate finally asks Jesus, “what is truth?” And that is our question for the day: What is truth? Join us as…

On Peace

When Jesus meets with the disciples on the night of the Last Supper, he shares a word with them: Peace (see John 14:27). What is this peace that Jesus brings? Join us as Pastor Wayne explores this topic.