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Sermons on John

Chapter 1

Christmas Series: Christmas Viewed from Afar

Sermon on Dec 13, 2009

John 1:1-14

The Lord's Day Evening

December 13, 2009

John 1:1-14

“Christmas Viewed From Afar: Heaven”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Now I'm grateful to Ligon for giving me the honor and privilege this year of preaching a series of three Christmas, or Advent, sermons. And last week we were beginning about as far back from Christmas as we could possibly get, that is in Genesis 3:15 — Christmas from...


Sermon on Sep 1, 2002

John 1:1-18

John 1:1-18 The Word From Above

We are going to look at the gospel of John, and the series is going to be called, “That You May Believe.” Many of you, of course, will be familiar that that is the purpose of John's gospel, because it's in the 20th chapter that “these things are written so that you may believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”


If you’ve got your Bibles, please turn to John chapter 1. That will be the passage we’re studying this morning, John 1:1. I apologize I don’t have the pew page number for you on that, but John 1:1; the fourth gospel of the New Testament. Before we hear God’s Word, let’s go to the Lord in prayer.

Father, the words that were...

The Word Became Flesh

Sermon on Dec 14, 2014

John 1:1-18

Now if you would please take a copy of the Scriptures in your hands and turn with me to the Gospel according to John, chapter 1.  John chapter 1; page 886 in the church Bibles.  Christmas for very many of us is a season of brightness and relief - tinsel and Christmas decorations and lights on a tree in the midst of the gathering gloom of winter.  But...

The Word Became Flesh

Sermon on Dec 7, 2014

John 1:1-18

This morning we are taking a short break from our ongoing studies in the book of Exodus to capitalize on the opportunity afforded by the Advent season and together to think in a sustained and concentrated way about the significance of the first coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  And this year, our thinking will be directed by the prologue to the gospel according to John. ...

Sermon on Dec 15, 2013

John 1:1-14, 9-12, 14, 16-18

Christmas Series: Nine Lessons and Carols

Sermon on Dec 30, 2007

John 1:1-18

The Lord's Day Evening

December 30, 2007

John 1:1-18

Nine Lessons and Carols

The Ninth Lesson

God with God

Dr. Derek Thomas

We come this evening to the Ninth and final Lesson in the series known as “The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols.” Over the month of December, through the Sundays of December (bar one of the services, where we had the “Music of Christmas”) we've been...

Christmas Series: Luke's Christmas Liturgy

Sermon on Dec 4, 2006

John 1:1

The Lord's Day Evening

December 3, 2006

John 1:1, 14-18

Jesus Is God

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to John, chapter one.

Even as on the Lord's Day morning we're going to be working through three Christmas hymns, or psalms or songs...

Christmas Series

Sermon on Dec 25, 2011

John 1:1-14

The Lord's Day Morning

December 25, 2011

“John — On Christmas”

John 1:1-14

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to the gospel of John. We’ll be looking at John 1 verses 1 to 14 this morning. John does not begin his gospel with an account of the nativity of Christ. You’ll find accounts of Jesus’...

Christmas Series: A Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols

Sermon on Dec 25, 2005

John 1:1-14

Now turn with me, if you would, to the Gospel of John and the very first chapter. And as you’re doing that, let me wish you a Merry Christmas — what's left of it. I trust that you’re not too full of what my son calls tryptophan, which is the chemical in turkey which makes you sleepy. I want us now to take up this evening briefly...

Sermon on Jun 7, 2015

John 1:12-13

We’ll turn in our Bibles this evening to Galatians chapter 4. We’ll start there. I’m going to read a couple of different places. As you’re turning there, Jennifer Ouellette, in an article written not long ago, is discussing the way that our things, our stuff, and people’s profiles on Facebook reveal our personality. She says, “We hold onto certain things and display certain things because they remind us...

Sermon on Mar 25, 2007

John 1:14

The Lord's Day Morning

March 25, 2007

John 1:14

“The Saving Word”

Mr. Jerry Bridges

Would you open your Bibles with me to John, chapter one. With our Bibles open before us, would you bow with me in prayer.

Our gracious and loving heavenly Father, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the sovereign God of the universe, we come to You this morning. In the words of...

The Word Became Flesh

Sermon on Dec 21, 2014

John 1:14-18

Now would you please take a Bible from the pockets in the pews in front of you or turn in your own copy of God’s Word to the gospel according to John, chapter 1.  John’s gospel, chapter 1.  If you are using one of our church Bibles you’ll find that on page 886.  Before we read, it is our custom to pray and ask for God to help...


Sermon on Nov 13, 2002

John 1:19-34

John 1:19-34 A Voice in the Boonies

Turn with me to the gospel of John. Everybody loves John's gospel. It's the gospel Billy Graham sends every recent, new-born convert to read. I was wondering as we were praying together this evening, when was your first experience of reading John's gospel? And you can never tire of John's gospel. Every time you read it, there is something new and...

Sermon on Oct 15

John 1:19-51

 John chapter 1 begins with those famous and staggering truths about Jesus Christ. That, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” And that “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we have beheld his glory, as of the only son from the Father.” It’s almost as if John is beginning his gospel with a hymn of...

Chapter 2


Sermon on Nov 20, 2002

John 2:1-11

John 2:1-11 Invitation to a Wedding

“On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee and the mother of Jesus was there; and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, "They have no wine." And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour...

Scandalous Grace: Jesus' Meals with Sinners

Sermon on Jan 8, 2014

John 2:1-10

If you would, take your copies of God’s Word or turn in your bulletin to the back of the bulletin where you’ll find our passage for this evening - John’s gospel chapter 2 and the first eleven verses; John 2:1-11.  

At the Table with Jesus

Who you eat with says a very great deal about you.  Who is welcome at your table speaks...


Sermon on Nov 27, 2002

John 2:12-25

John 2:12-25 Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness

We've just been looking together in John, chapter two, at the story of the wedding in Cana of Galilee at which Jesus gave the first sign of His native glory and deity, the changing of water into wine-180 gallons of it. This, as John comments, was the first of His signs which He did in Cana of Galilee. Many have studied...

Chapter 3

Found: When Ordinary People Meet Jesus

Sermon on Aug 31, 2014

John 3:1-15

Let me begin by thanking you again for coming to our evening service, especially if you are here at the invitation of a friend.  We’re so very glad that you are here.  In the pockets in the pews in front of you, you will find copies of the Bible.  If you would, please take one in your hands and turn with me to page 887 to John’s gospel...


Sermon on Dec 4, 2002

John 3:1-21

John 3:1-21 Born-again Christians

We come now in our study to one of the most familiar passages in the Scripture in the third chapter of John. Hear now the inerrant, infallible word of God:

“Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, ‘Rabbi, we know that You have come from...

Apostles' Creed

Sermon on May 23, 2003

John 3:1-16

John 3:1-16 I believe in the Life Everlasting

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to John, chapter three. We've come to our final lesson in our study of the Apostles’ Creed, and we will look at the final clause, “I believe in the life everlasting.” We want to look at what the Bible calls eternal life and ask ourselves, what do we...

Sermon on Nov 17, 2013

John 3:16

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to the gospel of John.  We’re taking a break from our series in the book of Hebrews to look at the Gospel - what is the Gospel?  There are wonderful summarizing statements of the Gospel all through the New Testament; there is none more familiar, more beloved, or clearer than this one.  This passage comes in...

The Word Became Flesh

Sermon on Dec 24, 2014

John 3:16

Well, it’s almost here!  For some of you the excitement is at fever pitch; for others of you you’re holding on until the day after.  There’s still a lot of cooking and a lot of preparation and in-laws are descending upon you and yet it’s almost here, with all the joys that it brings.  You’ve watched the piles of presents under the tree grow over the last few...


Sermon on Dec 11, 2002

John 3:22-26

John 3:22-26 Trust or Reject Him

Please open your Bibles to John 3:22, as we continue our study of John's gospel.

“After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He was spending time with them baptizing. John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there; and people were coming and were being baptized— John had not...

Chapter 4

Found: When Ordinary People Meet Jesus

Sermon on Sep 28, 2014

John 4:1-26

Each week over the last several Sunday evenings we’ve been looking at some of the encounters between Jesus and ordinary people in the Gospel stories.  These people come from different backgrounds, different ethnicities even.  Their problems, as we’ve begun to see, are complex; they are varied.  But in each case so far, they leave their meeting with Jesus changed forever.  Tonight we’re going to be thinking about what...

Encounters with Jesus

Sermon on Jul 19, 2009

John 4:1-42

The Lord's Day Evening

July 19, 2009

John 4:1-30

“A Shady Lady”

Rev. Billy Joseph

If you have your Bible, turn with me to John chapter 4 Now, you all know that the series we're doing this summer was assigned to us by Derek. I've yet to figure out why I got this assignment. He also assigned me the title, and I haven't figured that part out yet...

Sermon on Aug 7, 2011

John 4:1-42

The Lord's Day Evening

August 7, 2011

“Our Loving God and His Going Son!”

John 4:1-42

The Reverend Mr. Elbert McGowan, Jr.

(Brian Sorgenfrei) We’re going to be reading from John 4. Starting in verse 1:

“Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that...

Sermon on May 1, 2007

John 4:1-26

Good morning. What a joy it is to worship together. Let me ask you to take your hymnals in hand and prepare to sing. As we hear God's call to worship, turn to No. 52.

O come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker, for He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, the flock...


Sermon on Dec 18, 2002

John 4:1-26

John 4:1-26 Temptation at the Well

Please turn with me to the gospel of John, chapter 4.

The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John, although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but His disciples. When the Lord learned of this, He left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. Now He had to go through Samaria. So He came...


Sermon on Jan 8, 2003

John 4:27-42

John 4: 27-42 Revival in Small-town Samaria

Turn in your Bibles to the gospel of John, the fourth chapter verse 27-42. This is our Missions Conference week, and this morning we were focusing in the worship service on Psalm 67, the theme for the entire conference. We were reminded of the theme of that Psalm summarized by the title of John Piper's book Let the Nations Be Glad...


Sermon on Jan 15, 2003

John 4:43-54

John 4:43-54 Another Sign

If you’ll open your Bible to John 4:43. This is the healing of the Nobleman's son. Hear the word of God.

After the two days he left for Galilee. (Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.) When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem...

Chapter 5

Sermon on Nov 6, 2013

John 5:1-18

Sermon on Apr 21, 2013

John 5:1-17

The Lord's Day Morning

April 21, 2013

“Do You Want to Be Healed?” John 5:1-15

The Reverend Mr. Ralph S. Kelley

If you would open your Bibles to the gospel of John, the fifth chapter of the gospel of John. As you’re turning there I just want to make you aware of one text issue that we have in our passage this morning. If you have a King...


Poolside Miracle John 5:1-15

After these things there was a feast of the Jews and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem a sheep gate a pool which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porticos. In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame and withered waiting for the moving of the waters. For an angel of the Lord went...


Sermon on Jan 29, 2003

John 5:16-25

John 5:16-47 I've No Idea Who He Was

“For this reason the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath.But He answered them, "My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working." For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own...

Chapter 6

Sermon on Aug 13

John 6:1-14

I came across a book this week, started flipping through it – Junk. The subtitle of it was, “Digging Through America’s Love Affair with Stuff.” Junk was the first title of the book, written by Alison Stewart. And here’s the deal. She was talking about how much stuff we have, how much abundance we have in this culture we live in, so much so that, she says this. “Self-storage has its...


John 6:1 to 15 What Difference Does a Few Thousand Make?

After these things Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberias). A large crowd followed Him, because they saw the signs which He was performing on those who were sick. Then Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat down with His disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of...


Sermon on Feb 5, 2003

John 6:15-25

John 6:15-25 Treading Water

So Jesus, perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone. Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, and after getting into a boat, they started to cross the sea to Capernaum. It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them....

Sermon on Jan 26, 2014

John 6:16-21

Now let me invite you please to take your copies of God’s Word in your hands and turn with me to the gospel according to John, chapter 6.  John’s gospel chapter 6.  You will find that on page 891 if you’re reading from one of the church Bibles.  We’re going to be focusing our attention this morning on the words of verses 16 to 21.  Before we read...

Sermon on Aug 20

John 6:16-21

When four-year-old Sidney Fahrenbruch moved to Colorado, she did what any sensible new homeowner would do. She found the nearest police officer and asked him promptly to check the home for monsters. She'd done her own spade work but wanted to make sure there were no monsters. So Officer Bonday of the Colorado Police Department showed up at her house and walked through with little Sidney to make...

Sermon on Oct 19, 2014

John 6:24-40; 60-69

Please turn with me in your Bibles to John chapter 6, John chapter 6.  It begins in the church Bible on page 891.

Starving Souls and Hungry Hearts

 And before we read, something to consider.  My wife could tell you that sometimes, especially when I am hungry, that I can be pretty forgetful.  Sometimes, especially when I am hungry, I...


Sermon on Jan 5, 2003

John 6:25-72

John 6:25-72 Questions and Grumbles

Turn with me to the gospel of John chapter 6 beginning at verse 25. Jesus has just walked on the Sea of Galilee over to Capernaum. The folks who had gone to the eastern shore of Galilee have now made their way back to the northwestern shore hiring water taxis, perhaps, in order to do that. Since Jesus had been left on the...

Sermon on Aug 27

John 6:44

If you have your Bibles, please take them and turn to the gospel of John, chapter 6; you’ll find it on page 892. If you’re using a pew Bible, 892. Just one verse tonight, but I’ll read beginning at verse 41 of John chapter 6. Before we hear the Word of God, let’s go to Him in prayer.

Our Father, we long for the...

Chapter 7


Sermon on Jan 8, 2003

John 7:1-53

John 7 Who is He?

Turn with me to John 7. We’re working our way through the gospel of John and we are going to attempt to look at the whole of this chapter this evening. Hear the word of God as we find it in chapter 7 beginning at the first verse.

John 7

May God bless the reading of His word. May we...

Sermon on Mar 8, 2015

John 7:37-39

I want to look at this passage and really just focus on Jesus’ words in this passage and think about a few phrases that He says. The three points will be from those three phrases. He says, “If anyone thirsts.” Secondly He says, “Come to me and drink.” And then thirdly He says, “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” So rivers of living water.


Chapter 8

Sermon on Jan 19, 2014

John 8:1-11

A little commercial please.  Number one, you need to pray for Ligon.  He has great responsibilities as he leaves you to become chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary.  And I know you will continue to pray for him and thank God for the great ministry that he’s had here.  Number two, you need to be thankful for this staff here.  I’ve gotten to know them better and better just...


Sermon on Jan 12, 2003

John 8:12-30

John 8:12-30 The Light of the World

Turn with me to John 8. We are going to pass over for this week the story of the adulterous woman, the account we find in verses 1-11, there is an enormous textual problem with that story; but that's not the reason I'm passing over it tonight. I hope to include an illusion to that next week in the next passage....


Sermon on Jan 19, 2003

John 8:31-59

John 8:31-50 B’nai Abraham

Turn in your Bibles to the gospel of John 8:31 and we’ll be reading through to the end of the chapter. Hear the word of God.

“Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”


Chapter 9


Sermon on Jan 26, 2003

John 9:1-41

John 9:1 to 41 Who Sinned

Turn with me now to John's gospel, the ninth chapter, as we read this story of the healing of a man who had been born blind. Hear the Word of God.

As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?" Jesus...

Chapter 10


Sermon on Feb 16, 2003

John 10:1-21

John 10: 1-21 The Lord's My Shepherd

Tonight we come to chapter 10 in John's gospel and we're going to read the first 21 verses. We’re going to read the parable of the good shepherd. Let's hear together the Word of God.

John 10:1-21

Thus far God's holy and inerrant word. Let's ask for God's blessing; let's pray together.

Our Father in heaven, we turn now to your...

Sermon on Jul 23

John 10:1-21

What is it that drives you? We’re going to come back to that question in just a little while, but for now, what motivates you? Why do we do the things that we do and pursue the goals that we pursue? What occupies our thoughts when we have moments when we are not distracted? It seems like a pretty basic question, doesn’t it? But I would guess that...

Pilgrim's Progress - Christiana's Story

Sermon on Nov 28, 2007

John 10:7-18, Ezekiel 34

Now turn with me if you would first of all to the map. If there are hardened “Bunyanites” here who have now learnt to bring their map with them on Wednesday nights, we have one more lesson to go next week. We need to get to heaven! We need to cross the River and get to the Celestial City, and we’ll do that next week.


Chapter 11

Sermon on Apr 14, 2013

John 11:1-15

The Lord's Day Evening

April 14, 2013

“When Jesus Waits” John 11:1-57

The Reverend Mr. William E. Dempsey

Father, how we thank You for Your Word. It is rich, it is true, it is sweetness to our souls. Now Father, let us lay aside everything else. We have nothing better to do than sit at Your feet and hear from You and learn of You. We would ask...


Sermon on Feb 23, 2003

John 11:1-57

John 11:1-57 A Bad Odor

Turn with me to John 11. We have a lengthy portion of Scripture to read and perhaps one of the most exciting narratives in the Scriptures, let alone the gospel of John. It would be wonderful if we could pretend to read passages like this as if it we’d never heard them before because the climax comes right at the end of the...

The Lord's Day Evening

August 16, 2009

John 11:17-27

“Two Loyal Sisters”

The Reverend Mr. Nathan D. Shurden

We have spent these long, hot summer months in the gospels looking at many individuals with a variety of different backgrounds, each unified by the fact that they have had an encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ. We continue our series tonight by looking at one of the more famous,...

Chapter 12


Sermon on Mar 2, 2003

John 12:1-11

John 12:1-11 “La Perfumerie

Last week we looked together at the raising of Lazarus from the dead. We didn't get to it last week due to time, but let me go back for a moment to John 11 and ask the question, “Why it is that John doesn't record anything at all of Lazarus’ reaction to being brought back from the dead.” He had been dead for...

Sermon on Jul 29, 2012

John 12:1-8

The Lord's Day Morning

July 29, 2012

“Greater than Our Sin, Greater than Our Deeds; So Great is Jesus”

John 12:1-8

The Reverend Mr. Joshua M. Rieger

If you would, this morning, open with me in your Bibles to John chapter 12. If you’re reading along in your pew Bibles, you’ll find that on page 898. This morning, in John chapter 12, we're going to be looking at...


Little Donkey John 12:12-50

We continue our studies in John's gospel and we come now to chapter 12 and I'm going to read from verse 12 to verse 36.

On the next day the large crowd who had come to the feast when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout,...

The Lord's Day Morning

April 29, 2012

“The Stones Cry Out: Sir, We Would See Jesus”

John 12:20-26

The Reverend Mr. Claude E. McRoberts III

Please turn in your Bibles to the gospel of John, chapter 12. You’ll find this on page 899 in the pew Bible so you are without excuse. If you don't have your own copy, then if you would, please reach for one in...

Sermon on Jan 30, 2011

John 12:27-43

The Lord's Day Morning

January 30, 2011

“I Want to Be in That Thunder: The Gospel as Warfare”

John 12:27-43

The Reverend Dr. Russell D. Moore

Would you please turn in your Bibles to the gospel of John 12. I'd like for us to look this morning at verses 27 through 43 in John chapter 12. While you’re turning there, let me tell you what a joy it...

Chapter 13

Sermon on Mar 2, 2008

John 13:1-17

Sermon on Jan 25, 2015

John 13:1-17

You know if we’re not going to sing the fourth verse at least let me read it to you because it’s great! “Fierce may be the conflict, strong may be the foe, but the King’s own army none can overthrow. Round His standard ranging victory is secure, for his truth unchanging makes the triumph sure. Joyfully enlisting, by Thy grace divine, we are on the Lord’s side; Savior...


Sermon on Mar 23, 2003

John 13:1-17

Foot Washing John 13:1-7

As we continue in our studies in the gospel of John, we come to chapter 13, and to this incident that is recorded for us in the opening verses of the chapter of the washing of the feet of the disciples. Hear with me the word of God as we find it in the first verse of John 13.

“Now before the Feast of...

Sermon on Dec 7, 2008

John 13:15-17

The Lord's Day Evening

December 7, 2008

Ordination and Installation of Elders and Deacons

John 13:15-16

“Called to Serve: Not so much a promotion;

Rather, an opportunity to be humble”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please open your Bibles to John's Gospel, chapter 13, and we're going to read verses 15 and 16. [And, yes…the children were to be dismissed during the singing of that [laughter],...


Sermon on Apr 23, 2003

John 13:21-38

John 13:21-38 Letting Jesus Down

Please turn in your Bibles to John 13. We are in the upper room and will be for some time as we follow the words and the actions of Jesus in these final hours before He is arrested and taken to be tried and crucified. In chapter 13, He has just predicted and prophesied the betrayal of Judas Iscariot and the denial of...

Chapter 14


Sermon on Apr 6, 2003

John 14:1-14

John 14:1-14 Comfort

Turn with me, if you would, in your Bibles, to the gospel of John. We are in the upper room, and are following the words and actions of Jesus in these final hours before He is arrested and taken to be tried and crucified. He has just, in chapter 13, predicted and prophesied the betrayal of Judas Iscariot, and the denial of Simon Peter, two...


Sermon on Apr 20, 2003

John 14:15-31

John 14:16-31 The Other Counselor

As we continue our study of John's gospel, we come to chapter 14, beginning at verse 16, hear the word of God:

I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you...

Chapter 15

Sermon on Sep 17

John 15:1-11

Jim Carrey, hilarious actor. One thing I’ve enjoyed about him over the past few years is he’s made some pretty serious films and he won some awards for those films. And he was called upon in 2015 to give a speech at the Golden Globes. And when he walks on stage, he’s just kind of funny, so these A-listers in Hollywood, he just walked out and they all...

Sermon on Jan 11, 1948

John 15:1-11


Sermon on Apr 27, 2003

John 15:1-16:4

John 15:1 - 16:4 Friends

Turn with me now to the gospel of John chapter 15.

Let's pray together.

Our Father in heaven, we pray now for the work of Your Spirit to come and illuminate the words of Scripture that words that are perhaps so familiar to us might come to life. Holy Spirit, pour light upon these words which you caused to be inspired and write...

Sermon on Mar 19, 1989

John 15:9-17

March 19, 1989

John 15:9-17 Love and the Cross

Dr. James M. Baird

Let us continue our worship as we take God's holy and infallible Bible. Open to the Gospel of John, chapter 15 of the Gospel of John. As you open your Bibles, it is in this week, almost 2000 years ago, a week just like this one, that Christ on what we call “Good Friday” died...

Chapter 16


Sermon on May 4, 2003

John 16:5-33

John 16:5-33 Give Me Joy in My Heart

Please turn with me to the gospel of John. We have been in recent days in the upper room discourse beginning with the wonderful and extraordinary event of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet in John 13, and now this evening we are in chapter 16 and we pick up the reading at verse 5.

Almost every book on preaching that...

Chapter 17

We’re on the doorstep of our Mission Conference as Gabe reminded us. Our theme this year for the conference is “Deep and Wide.” You’ll receive something in the mail from the church, a Mission Conference booklet, with a letter of explanation, even a pledge card, an invitation to engage, to pray, to invest yourself, even to sacrifice for the sake of this mission that is rooted in this...

Sermon on Jan 31, 2016

John 17:1-9

Thank you very much, David. I always feel so much love and gratitude to be back in this wonderful congregation. My wife and I and five children spent some of our best years here and we brought up the children in worship here three times a week and then at Presbyterian Day School and what a benefit and a blessing it has been in their lives...


Sermon on May 11, 2003

John 17:1-26

John 17:1-26 “Inner Sanctum”

Turn with me to the seventeenth chapter of John's gospel and we’ll read it together. Hear the Word of God.

“Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him,...

Worldviews Summer

Sermon on Sep 1, 2004

John 17:14-19

Worldview Summer 2004 September 1, 2004
John 17:14-19
The Battle for the Bible Derek W. H. Thomas

Turn with me to the Gospel of John, the so-called “high priestly prayer” of Jesus in John, chapter seventeen. As you’re turning to that passage, I do want to welcome some senior highs who are here, I think, this evening, and intending perhaps to join us this fall. Welcome.

This is...

Sermon on Feb 27, 2011

John 17:18

The Lord's Day Morning

February 27, 2011

“The Mission of God and the Mission of God's People”

John 17:18

The Reverend Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to John chapter 17. As we prepare for the Missions Conference this week, I want to direct your attention to one sentence of a large prayer that Jesus prayed, not...

Chapter 18


Sermon on May 25, 2003

John 18:1-27

John 18:1-27 Wanted: Dead or Alive!

Turn with me to John 18 where we come to, if I may say such a thing, some of the most sacred sections, not just of the Scriptures or the gospels, but of John's gospel in particular. We’ll be walking in the shadow of the Lord Jesus as He now inexorably makes His way to the cross and to crucifixion. And in...


Sermon on Jun 1, 2003

John 18:28-40

John 18:24 — 9:16 Truth or Fiction

Turn with me now please to John 18:28. Jesus has been brought out of the Garden of Gethsemane. He has been betrayed by Judas, brought first of all, to Annas, the high priest. Peter, you will recall, has denied Him three times. The rooster has crowed in fulfillment of Jesus’ prediction, and now we begin at verse 28:

So Annas sent...

Worldviews Summer

Sermon on Aug 11, 2004

John 18:33-38

Wednesday Evening
August 11, 2004
John 18:33-38
“Christian World View” — Postmodernism II
Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III

Before we begin tonight I have just a few announcements some of which pertain to our study this summer, and some which don't. And the first announcement has to do with books. I've mentioned the two books that I'm about to tell you about a couple of times during the...

Worldviews Summer

Sermon on Aug 25, 2004

John 18:38

Worldview 2004

August 25, 2004

John 18:38

“No Place for Truth”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Turn with me if you would to the Gospel of John, chapter eighteen, and especially verse 38. And it's a verse that's very familiar to all of you, this question which Pilate puts ostensibly to Jesus, but perhaps also to others who are listening amongst the Praetorian Guard and other officers of...

Chapter 19

Sermon on Oct 17, 2010

John 19:1-22

The Lord's Day Morning

October 17, 2010

John 19:1-22

The Heart of the Cross” (1)

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Amen. Now please turn with me in your Bibles to gospel of John chapter 19.

As you may have heard at the beginning, Ligon is away for a couple of Sundays in South Africa and I thought I would do a two-part sermon looking at the 19...

Sermon on Jan 5, 2014

John 19:16-30

Now please turn in your Scripture to the Gospel according to John.    If you’re using the pew Bibles that are in the racks for you, you may find our Scripture printed beginning on page 905, in the middle of the nineteenth chapter.  I do count it a privilege to open the Word of God, to worship with you this morning, this, of course, the first Lord’s Day...

Glory in His Face

Sermon on Sep 8, 2013

John 19:16-37

Now if you would please, turn with me in your copies of God’s Word to John’s gospel, chapter 19.  John chapter 19.  We’re going to be reading from the sixteenth verse, halfway through the sixteenth verse, through verse thirty-seven.  You’ll find that on page 905 if you’re using one of the church Bibles.  So far in our reflections on the person and work of Christ, we’ve considered the...

Sermon on Oct 24, 2010

John 19:16-42

The Lord's Day Morning

October 24, 2010

John 19:1-22

The Heart of the Cross” (2)

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Our help is in the name of the Lord who made the heavens and the earth. Let us worship God.

Lord our God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we come into Your presence clothed in the righteous robe of the finished work and obedience of Jesus Christ...


Sermon on Jun 4, 2003

John 19:16-42

June 4, 2003

John 19:16-42 “The Cross”

Dr. Derek Thomas

Turn with me if you would to the Gospel of John, and we are this evening in chapter 19. We begin at the sixteenth verse. John 19. We come to John's account of the crucifixion, verse 16.

The Crucifixion Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying...


Sermon on Jun 8, 2003

John 19:38-20:9

John 20:1-23 Conjuring Tricks with Bones

Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw the stone already taken away from the tomb. So she ran and came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we...

Chapter 20

Sermon on Apr 5, 2015

John 20:1-29

Sermon on Feb 9, 2014

John 20:19-31

I am grateful for the opportunity again to open the Word of God and to be with you under it.  As we turn to the gospel according to John, we’re reading a portion of the twentieth chapter.  If you are using the pew Bibles, which are in the racks before you, you may find the Scripture printed beginning on page 906 and continuing to page 907.  The late...


John 20:24-31 Doubting Thomas

Please turn with me to the penultimate sermon of John's gospel. This particular section at the close of the chapter records for us the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ in the upper room to the disciples at a time when Thomas, who is also called Didymus, was with them. We pick up the reading at verse 24:

But Thomas, one of the twelve...

Chapter 21

Sermon on Jan 1

John 21:1-19

Richard Sibbes was a 16th -century writer and he wrote a little book called, The Bruised Reed. And in it, he unpacks Isaiah chapter 42 verse 3, “A bruised reed he will not break.” And in that little book, Sibbes writes that “God’s children are bruised reeds, before their conversion and many times after. For usually God empties men of themselves and makes them nothing before He will use...


Sermon on Jul 2, 2003

John 21:1-24

July 2, 2003
John 21:1-25
“When Fishing Just Won't Do”
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Turn with me now to John, chapter twenty-one. We are coming to the very last study in the Gospel of John, chapter twenty-one, and I want to read the chapter in its entirety, beginning at the first verse.

“Afterward Jesus appeared again to His disciples by the Sea of Tiberias....” “It happened this...

Sermon on Jun 29, 2014

John 21:1-17

If you would, open your Bibles to John chapter 21, John chapter 21.  If you’re using one of our pew Bibles that reading can be found on page 906.  John chapter 21.  I’ll remind you that our senior minister David Strain is on vacation and so this would be a good time to remind you to be praying for him.  He works hard and he’s earned a good...

Scandalous Grace: Jesus' Meals with Sinners

Sermon on Mar 19, 2014

John 21:1-23

Good evening.  It’s a pleasure to be with you all this evening.  I usually am downstairs with the junior high students where I do enjoy being and I’m grateful to have been down there almost eight years, so thank you for the opportunity of getting to pour into the lives of these junior high and senior high students.  And every now and then folks will ask, “How can...

Sermon on Jun 28, 2015

John 21:15-25

If you would please turn in your copy of the Scripture, or as I’m learning to say, “swip,” to John chapter 21. We’ll be reading in just a moment the last half of John chapter 21. “It is a far, far better thing that I do than I have ever done. It is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.” Those...

Sermon on Jan 27, 1946

John 21:15-22

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