|TEN GIFTS OF JESUS IN THE
GOSPEL OF ST JOHN
In this sermon we outline 10 of the
wonderful gifts Jesus gave to us, the Church. Many times we forget all the
precious promises He gave us. May we be truly thankful for all He has done for
I. GRACE AND TRUTH
- John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by
In the Bible there are three distinctive meanings of grace; it means the mercy
and active love of God; it means the winsome attractiveness of God; it means the
strength of God to overcome. Charles L. Allen
If God wants you to do something, he’ll make it possible for you to do it, but
the grace he provides comes only with the task and cannot be stockpiled
beforehand. We are dependent on him from hour to hour, and the greater our
awareness of this fact, the less likely we are to faint or fail in a crisis.
Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of
forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline,
communion without confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace
without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate. Costly
grace ... is the kingly rule of Christ, for whose sake a man will pluck out the
eye which causes him to stumble, it is the call of Jesus Christ at which the
disciple leaves his nets and follows him.
* Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Thou art the way, the truth and the life.
Without the way, there is no going.
Without the truth, there is no knowing.
Without the life, there is no living.
The truth is mightier than eloquence, the Spirit greater than genius, faith more
than education.- Martin Luther
II. LIVING WATER
- John 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of
God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have
asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
A. Jesus is the true Living source of living water. When we receive Him
and His Word we receive from the eternal spring of LIFE.
III. HOLY SPIRIT.
- John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and
cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. .
- John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his
belly shall flow rivers of living water.
- John 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him
should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not
Every time we say, "I believe in the Holy
Spirit," we mean that we believe that there is a living God able and willing
to enter human personality and change it. - J. B. Phillips
Great messages can be sent along slender
wires. The peace-giving witness of the Holy Spirit can reach the heart by
means of a threadlike faith, which seems almost unable to sustain its own
weight. Think more of Him to whom you look than of the look itself. You must
look away even from your own looking and see nothing but Jesus and the grace
of God revealed in Him.
* C. H. Spurgeon
A. God has made us to be the temples of
the Holy Spirit. Wow? No wonder Paul could say in Romans 8:31, 37. Peter also in
1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because
greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
IV. PERFECT EXAMPLE
- John 13:15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have
done to you.
The Son of God became man to enable men to
become the sons of God.
C S. Lewis
Love when you expect no love in return.
Do good without expecting thanks.
Lend when you do not hope for a return.
This will make us act like the sons and daughters of the Most High.
* Henrietta Mears
A. In my earlier ministry I worked for a
famous evangelist. I used to pray and beg God that I might be like and have the
ministry of this evangelist. The Lord let me do this for some time while I was
growing in the knowledge of God. Then one day while praying, He spoke that He
did not want me to be like this Brother. I felt discouraged, the He spoke to my
heart that He wanted me to be like Jesus. Praise God, it is not man but the Lord
who is that perfect example. I love that old song my wife sings, ’To be like
V. GOD’S WORD
- John 17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them,
because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
All that I am I owe to Jesus Christ, revealed to me in his divine book. David
* This great book is the best gift God has given to man. But for it, we could
not know right from wrong.
VI. GLORY OF GOD
- John 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they
may be one, even as we are one:
Resolved: that all men should live for the glory of God. Resolved second: That
whether others do or not, I will. - Jonathan Edwards
VII. . TRUE BREAD
- John 6:32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses
gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread
A. With this Bread we can live forever with Him.
VIII. ETERNAL LIFE
- John 6:33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and
giveth life unto the world.
As I grow older, I care less what people think about me and more what God thinks
of me. I expect to be with him much longer than with you.
A. We shall never die.
- John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the
world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be
Our trouble is we want the peace without the Prince.
Peace is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of God.
X. ANSWER TO PRAYER
- John 16:23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say
unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. (KJV)
God always answers us in the deeps, never in the shallows of our soul.
If you have so much business to attend to that you have no time to pray, depend
upon it, you have more business on hand than God ever intended you should have.
I love the words to this old song:
’God Answers Prayer’
I woke up this morning and rushed right into the day.
It seemed I was so busy, and I didn’t take time to pray.
I felt overwhelmed by the pressures of this life.
It was then I was reminded I need to talk to Jesus Christ.
God answers prayer in the morning.
God answers prayer in the evening time.
God answer prayer every moment of the day,
If we’ll take the time to pray,
God answers prayer.
Sometimes I feel so far away from God.
Other times I feel His love so near.
Through it all whatever circumstance I’m going through,
I’ve learned that Jesus hears.
He’s only a prayer away,
If we’ll just take time to pray.
You must believe, have faith,
God answers prayer
God bless you and yours!
On behalf of this generation,
Your friends in the service of Christ,
Tony and Marge Abram
Abundant Life Crusades
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