Worship Preparation: January 13, 2019

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Read the sermon text: John 5:1-18

Read the sermon summary: At the end of chapter four, we encountered a transition. In chapters five and following, some things stay the same. Jesus continues to teach and to work miracles. But other things begin to change. In our passage for this Sunday, we encounter the first instance of the Jews’ open hostility toward Jesus. They begin seeking to kill him because of his works and his claims. Beginning in chapter five, the tension between Jesus and the Jews grows as Jesus defies their manmade traditions, until chapter eleven, when Jesus raises his friend Lazarus from the dead. From that point on, the Jews made plans to put him to death. What they didn’t realize is that his authority as one who was equal with God, extended to the laying down of his life and taking it back up again. The truth of the claim for which he was put to death (that he was God) is the truth which enabled him to be raised from the dead. And it is because he is God and has done this for us, that we too can have new life. In preparation for the sermon on Sunday consider the following questions: What is the contrast between Jesus’ concerns and those of the Jews? What difficulties come to your mind on reading Jesus’ words in verse 14? How might we make sense of them? In verse 18, who makes the claim that Jesus was “making himself equal with God,” the Jews or the author? Why might it matter?
 
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
Holy (Jesus You Are)
What heart could hold the weight of Your love
And know the heights of Your great worth
What eyes could look on Your glorious face
Shining like the sun
 
Chorus
You are holy holy holy
God most high and God most worthy
You are holy holy holy
Jesus You are Jesus You are
(Jesus You are Jesus You are)
 
Your name alone has pow'r to raise us
Your light will shine when all else fades
Our eyes will look on Your glorious face
Shining like the sun
Who is like You God
 
Who shall we say You are
You're the living God
Who shall we say You are
You're the Great I Am
The highest name of all
You're all You say You are
 
And You will come again in glory
To judge the living and the dead
All eyes will look on Your glorious face
Shining like the sun
Who is like You God
 
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Music Leader: Landon Pauley