Chapter 1

The Creative All-conditioning Word

November 17, 2008  |  Joe Boot

Christ establishes his new covenant community, where fellowship, communication and the meaning of all things is in and through the Word of life.

Scripture: John 1:1-18

The All-Personal Word

November 23, 2008  |  Joe Boot
Because of our moral rebellion against God, since the Fall, men and women have sought to establish their own word, their own truth outside of God.
Scripture: John 1:1-18

The Word of Life and Light

November 30, 2008  |  Joe Boot

The nonbeliever must deny the infallible God in order to remain his own god, defining right and wrong and truth from falsehood for himself.

Scripture: John 1:1-18

The Power of Two-ism and the One-ist Lie

February 5, 2014  |  Joe Boot
An address to Christians who are trying to understand how to share the gospel, and non-Christians who are interested in the Christian answer to the questions of life.
Scripture: John 1:1-14

The Uniqueness of Christ and the Christian Worldview

February 27, 2015  |  Joe Boot
The Judeo-Christian worldview stands alone among every view of reality; all other worldviews ultimately eliminate distinctions, but the distinction of creator-creature makes Christianity utterly unique and ultimately, our only hope
Scripture: John 1:1-18

Chapter 2

The Gift of the Groom

January 13, 2013  |  David Robinson

If you drink what Christ offers, you will become a spring, overflowing to the blessing of others.

The First Sign: The Beginning of Miracles

March 8, 2009  |  Joe Boot
In the book of John, Jesus' teaching focuses on new creation or new birth. The book contains seven 'signs' or miracles which are meant to help us understand what our redemption in Christ means for the new creation. The signs that Jesus performed never compel belief, but rather illustrate spiritual realities for believers: for those granted spiritual sight, the signs or miracles of Jesus serve to confirm and establish their faith.

The Gift of the Groom

January 13, 2013  |  David Robinson

If you drink what Christ offers, you will become a spring, overflowing to the blessing of others.

Chapter 3

The First Discourse: The New Birth

March 15, 2009  |  Joe Boot

After Jesus had deeply offended the Pharisees by cleansing the temple, Nicodemus came to him, asking a genuine question: "Rabbi, we know that you are from God..." Although Jesus appears to change the subject, he is actually answering the assumption underlying Nicodemus' concern: the faulty Jewish view that he would be a military Messiah. King Jesus would bring liberation and change to His people by individual regeneration from the power of sin, not by political liberation from Roman rule. Jesus is answering the central question of all true seekers: how is Christ's kingship manifested?

Chapter 4

The Second Discourse: A New Kind of H2O

March 29, 2009  |  Joe Boot

The entire life and ministry of Jesus communicates that living water ministered by the Holy Spirit alone can bring satisfaction to human beings. By offering the woman at the well living water, Jesus creates a new desire that only He can fulfill. He reveals a need in the human heart that can be met only in Himself.

Chapter 5

The Third Sign: The Sign of Grace

April 26, 2009  |  Joe Boot

The healing at the pool of Bethesda is a miracle where no evident faith is manifest in the recipient, and no request is made of Jesus for healing — it is purely a sovereign act of kindness and power.

The Third Discourse: Prerogatives of Sonship

May 3, 2009  |  Joe Boot

In this passage we see the equality and unity of the Godhead, and the voluntary submission that exists within the Trinity.

The Third Discourse (Part 2): The Fourfold Witness

May 17, 2009  |  Joe Boot
The question of Jesus' authority is answered by a fourfold witness: 1) John the Baptist, 2) the signs or miracles, 3) the Father, and 4) the Scriptures. All four of these witnesses defend Jesus' identity. Jesus does not need human confirmation for his claims because His testimony is self-attesting, but He provides the witnesses so that His hearers may be changed. The primary testimony is the Spirit's. There is nothing more ultimate by which to authenticate God.

Chapter 6

The Fourth Sign: Bread from Heaven

May 10, 2009  |  Scott Masson
Jesus is the new Moses: He liberates from harsh bondage and brings into the promise land.

The Fifth Sign: The Sign of Transcendence

May 24, 2009  |  Joe Boot

If Christ is enthroned by man, He can be de-throned by man. In refusing man's coronation, He affirms His kingship emphatically. Jesus has total and complete control of all of nature. The King of the universe is treading under His feet all fear, all confusion, all doubt, and all our enemies. When we accept Christ into all of our circumstances we can totally trust Him to take us to the right destination.

Believing in the Bread of Life

June 7, 2009  |  Joe Boot

God does not answer our questions merely to satisfy our human curiosity; He addresses our spiritual needs.

Chapter 7

The Fifth Discourse: The Living Water

June 14, 2009  |  Joe Boot

Jesus' teaching is from God, not His own authority. If anyone wants to do God's will in his heart, he will begin to understand who Jesus is and what God's requirements are.  Every believer should be filled with the Spirit, becoming a conduit of His grace to nourish the world. God's re-creation started with the resurrection and continues to flow out and transform the world.

Chapter 8

The Sixth Discourse: The Light of the World

June 21, 2009  |  Joe Boot

Jesus is the light of the world which illumines all things and rejects the pluralism which is re-emergent in our day.

Chapter 9

The Sixth Sign: 'The Searchlight'

June 28, 2009  |  Scott Masson

Jesus claims to be the real Moses: feeding the people, walking on the sea, and providing bread in the wilderness.

Chapter 10

Hearing the Master's Voice

July 12, 2009  |  Scott Masson
By our inherited sinful nature, we are blind and deaf; we need to be born again in order for us to hear the voice of the shepherd. Power is the capacity to achieve a purpose. God's purpose is to win a covenant people for Himself. When Christ seemed powerless on the cross, His life was most powerful in accomplishing God's purpose. Jesus is working with the Father for the eternal security of the sheep; we need to listen to Him.
What is Christ the King of?

What is Christ the King of?

November 15, 2016  |  Joe Boot

To say that Christ is King requires that He have a kingdom where He rules as sovereign. Just what is Christ the king of, according to Scripture?

Scripture: John 10:10
Article (Jubilee Journal)

The Origins of Family Law

December 1, 2010  |  Joe Boot

The Christian faith had a profound impact on the beginnings of legal protection for women, children, and the family.

Topic: Law
Scripture: John 10:10
Article (Jubilee Journal)

If My People: Family Healing and Regeneration (Part 1)

April 1, 2012  |  Jennifer Forbes

Strong and faithful individuals build faithful families, churches and societies. Churches and families must reclaim responsibility for the care of others and the education of children if they are to play a relevant role in the world.

Chapter 11

The Seventh Sign: Life From the Dead

July 19, 2009  |  Joe Boot

The purpose of the signs are that we might believe on Christ and have life by His name.

Chapter 12

The Power of the Cross

The Power of the Cross

March 25, 2016  |  Joe Boot

The cross is a stumbling block to Jews and folly to the Greeks, but Scripture highlights the power and the glory of the cross and shows us who Jesus really is. Christ's death was a real death, evidenced by real sorrow, not the fatalistic death of a Greek hero.

Golgotha's Hill or Mt. Olympus?
Blog Entry

Golgotha's Hill or Mt. Olympus?

April 12, 2017  |  Joe Boot

Several Greeks witnessed Jesus' triumphal entry and desired to see Him. This event leading up to the Lord's crucifixion parallels the Eastern magi coming to the manger at His birth, fulfilling Jesus' words that many will come to Him from the East and the West.

Topic: Salvation
Scripture: John 12:20-26
Spanish Sermon (TGA Good Friday Service)

The Power of the Cross

March 25, 2016  |  Joe Boot
The cross is a stumbling block to Jews and folly to the Greeks, but Scripture highlights the power and the glory of the cross and shows us who Jesus really is. Christ's death was a real death, evidenced by real sorrow, not the fatalistic death of a Greek hero.

Chapter 14

Christ: The Way and the Truth

August 3, 2009  |  Joe Boot

We do not need to be troubled by problems in the world because of who Christ is.

Chapter 15

The Teaching Calling of the Church

October 28, 2012  |  David Robinson

In Ephesians 4, the office of teacher is given to equip the saints for the work of ministry that they might grow to maturity.

The Teaching Calling of the Church

October 28, 2012  |  David Robinson
In Ephesians 4, the office of teacher is given to equip the saints for the work of ministry that they might grow to maturity.

Understanding Persecution

August 16, 2009  |  Michael Boot
Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before Him. The most mature Christians have often suffered greatly and yet experience great joy. The Comforter helps us and guides us in our persecution. Persecution cements the truth together with the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church.

The Work of the Holy Spirit

August 9, 2009  |  Joe Boot

As we see spiritual success in Christian mission, we are reminded of our total dependence on the work of the Holy Spirit.

Chapter 16

The Gospel of the Kingdom

The Gospel of the Kingdom

November 14, 2016  |  Joe Boot

The good news is that in the person of Christ, the Kingdom of God has arrived among us, thus beginning the restoration of all things.

Topic: Theology
Scripture: John 16:33

Chapter 17

The High Priestly Prayer

August 23, 2009  |  Scott Masson
In contrast to the world's man-worshipping glory, John shows us a new category of glory reflected in the cross. John uniquely connects Jesus' suffering with glory. The cross is not the condition of glory. The Cross is God's glory. In giving the Father glory, Jesus reveals the nature of the Father's glory. We're being transformed from one degree of glory to another.

Chapter 21

Epilogue Part 1: Peter Restored

August 30, 2009  |  Joe Boot

Through the grace of God in Jesus Christ, God wants to restore and recommission and send out His people even when we have failed.

Epilogue Part 2: Two Disciples, One Calling

September 6, 2009  |  Scott Masson

The path of discipleship is to follow as the Lord sovereignly leads us.