Sunday Morning Worship Service
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Aug 4-10, 201910:45am - 11:30pm
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Title: "The Voice that Shattered the Silence"
Text: John 1:14-18
'The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John testified concerning him and exclaimed, “This was the one of whom I said, ‘The one coming after me ranks ahead of me, because he existed before me.’”) Indeed, we have all received grace upon grace from his fullness, for the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. The one and only Son, who is himself God and is at the Father’s side — he has revealed him. '
'We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit.'
The full and ultimate goal of following Jesus is to begin to resemble Jesus.
1. Jesus revealed God. (John 1:18)
'No one has ever seen God. The one and only Son, who is himself God and is at the Father’s side — he has revealed him. '
Jesus is the fullest and final revelation of God.
'Long ago God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at different times and in different ways. In these last days, he has spoken to us by his Son. God has appointed Him heir of all things and made the universe through him. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of his nature, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. '
'Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” “Lord,” said Philip, “show us the Father, and that’s enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been among you all this time and you do not know me, Philip? The one who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? '
Jesus is THE only way through which we can know our Creator.
2. Jesus came to reveal God’s glory. (1:14)
'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. '
In the Trinity, the Father, the Word, and the Spirit we see the seeds of community already formed before the world ever began.
Community helps us negotiate a sea of people and step into a circle that can become the community with which we will navigate our lives. God wired us to live in community not just with each other, but with Him.
'What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have observed and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life —'
3. Jesus reveals grace (John 1:14)
'The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.'
This fullness of grace and truth is the heart of the gospel message.
'Indeed, we have all received grace upon grace from his fullness, for the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. '
Discussion Questions to consider for this week’s life group
- After reading 2 Corinthians 3:18, why is it important for us to stare into the mirror of the glory of the Lord? How do we grow from this exercise?
- On Sunday we learned that God had to reveal His character to us if we were to know Him, in what ways did God do that? What is the clearest revelation we have received from God? Why?
- What does being “made in the image of God” have to do with community? 4. How does being a part of a life group help us to do that?
- How did beholding the glory of God effect John and those He mentions in John 1? How should it affect our lives? How can we tell if we are growing in our faith based upon this?
- What does it mean for Jesus to be “full of grace and truth?”
1. Fix your eyes on Jesus.
2. Look to understand.
3. Look to apply.
4. Look to respond.
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