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The Spirit’s Trifecta July 14, 2024

John 16:5-15 (ESV)

Our Sanctification

5: But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’

6: But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.

7: Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.

The Gospel

8: And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:

9: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me;

10: concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer;

11: concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

His Sufficiency

12: I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

13: When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

14: He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

15: All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

Who’s Your Shepherd? July 7, 2024

Psalm 23 (ESV)

Rev. Jim Phillis

1: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2: He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
3: He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5: You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Christ’s Master Class on Teaching June 30, 2024

John 15:26-16:4 (ESV)

The Nature of Testimony

26: “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.

27: And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.

The Power of Knowledge

1: “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away.

2: They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.

3: And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me.

4: But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you. “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.

The Church in the Vine June 9, 2024

John 15:1-11 (ESV)

The Vinedresser

1: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.

2: Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

3: Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.

The Fruit

4: Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.

5: I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

6: If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.

The Glory

7: If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

8: By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

9: As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.

10: If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.

11: These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

Three Ways How Not to Trust in the Lord May 12, 2024

John 13:36-38 (ESV)

Demanding Answers and…

36: Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.”

Demanding Explanations

37: Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now?

Demanding a Lesson in Humility

38: I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times.”

Upper Room Glory May 5, 2024

John 13:31-35 (ESV)

His Glory

31: When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.

32: If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once.

His Work

33: Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’

His Love

34: A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

35: By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

“The ‘Why’ of Betrayal April 28, 2024

John 13:21-30 (ESV)


21: After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”

22: The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke.

23: One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table at Jesus’ side,

24: so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking.


25: So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, “Lord, who is it?”

26: Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.

27: Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.”


28: Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him.

29: Some thought, because Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor.

30: So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.”

“Of Submission, and a Sign” April 14, 2024

John 13:12-20 (ESV)

The Example of the Messiah

12: When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you?

13: You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am.

14: If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.

15: For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.

16: Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.

The Testimony of the Betrayer

17: If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

18: I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’

19: I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he.

20: Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”

The Last Public Self Portrait of Christ. April 1, 2024

John 12:44-50 (ESV

The Father

44: And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me.
45: And whoever sees me sees him who sent me.

The Light

46: I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.

The Word

47: If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.

The Commandment

48: The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.
49: For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak.
50: And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”

The Great Divide March 24, 2024

John 12:37-43 (ESV)

The thing About Faith and Understanding

37: Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him,

38: so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Lord, who has believed what he heard from us, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”

39: Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said,

40: “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them.”

41: Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him.

The thing About Love and Fear

42: Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue;

43: for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.

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