Sermon Notes – 1/1/23

A request was made, via the text line, for the list scripture verses I covered on Sunday, January 1.

Here is the ppt outline – it’s been transposed enough that the formatting is shot, but the verses are available

Return to Cana
John 4:43-54
John’s Second Sign

  • Entering Galilee (John 4:43-45)
  • Having spent two days in Samaria, Jesus loops back to his home turf
    • Where His is not honored (cf. Matt 13:57; Mark 6:4; Luke 4:24)
    • But the Galileans in Cana received Him
  • No conflict to my mind
  • Healing Requested  (John 4:46-47)
  • A Royal Official (a Herodian?)
    • A deathly sick son
      • Likely the official’s heir
  • Begged Jesus: “Heal my son!”
  • “Unless you see signs”
    • The pleading continues
  • Jesus spoke healing
    • The official believed
  • Faith in Jesus (John 4:48-54)
  • Not in His works (4:44; 48)
  • Not in Seeing  Him (John 20:24-29)
  • In Him!
    • In His Identity (Matthew 16:33; cf. John 11:27)
    • In Him as Savior (Galatians 2:16; Titus 2:13)


This is NOT teaching us not to pray! (Philippians 4:6; Matthew 6:33)

We can too easily treat God like we treat a politician

            “What have You done for me lately?”

Jesus says believe in Me because I am God, the Son, period!

I’ve got Jesus, how could I want more?

Saving Faith in Christ is objective

Living in Faith is the challenge

The serpent is still active!

Resolved to be more “Filled” in 2023 (Ephesians 5:18-21; Colossians 3:16)

  • Turn worry in prayer
    • And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?; Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God;Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. (Matt 6:27; Phil 4:6; 1 Peter 5:7)
  • Have a plan for Bible reading/devotions
    • In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice;
      In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch;In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there; My eyes anticipate the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word. (Psalm 5:3; Mark 1:37; Psalm 119:148)
  • Edit my entertainments
    • I will set no worthless thing before my eyes;
      I hate the work of those who fall away;
      It shall not fasten its grip on me. (Psalm 101:3; cf Ephesians 5:1-17)
  • Stop trying to be a lone wolf
    • Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.  For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.
    • Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.   Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Hebrews 10:19-25)
  • Remove and/or avoid all idols
    • Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  Matthew 6:21

þ        Turn worry in prayer

  •      Have a plan for Bible reading/devotions

þ         Edit my entertainments

  •      Stop trying to be a lone wolf
  •      Remove and/avoid all idols

Resolved to turn my eyes upon Jesus; as often as needed

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