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A weekly podcast that seeks to uncover the real Jesus and what it means to be a modern-day follower of him. Our goal is to help you know Jesus better and to become more like him.

A weekly podcast that seeks to uncover the real Jesus and what it means to be a modern-day follower of him. Our goal is to help you know Jesus better and to become more like him.


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A weekly podcast that seeks to uncover the real Jesus and what it means to be a modern-day follower of him. Our goal is to help you know Jesus better and to become more like him.






The One God Honors

Discipleship is the process of becoming more like Jesus. But what does this involve? According to Jesus, it involves several shifts. First, we must love his life more than we love our own. This is at the heart of the great commandment – to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Secondly, we must be willing to go where Jesus goes. “whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant will also be.” The last shift has do with trust – do we trust that the way of Jesus is...


The Triumphal Entry

It’s almost time for the Passover festival in Jerusalem and Jesus decides to stay in Bethany with Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. The family decides to host a dinner in honor of Jesus. During the meal, Mary takes expensive perfume and pours it on Jesus’ feet. Unlike his disciples who see this as an extravagant waste of money, Jesus receives it as a humble gift. The next day is known historically as the “Triumphant Entry” of Jesus, the time when he rides into Jerusalem on a donkey. The previous...


Jesus Wept

Jesus receives word from Mary and Martha that their brother, Lazarus, has become ill. In a verse that doesn’t always get noticed, John simply writes, “Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus” (v. 5). Even so, Jesus doesn’t go to their house immediately. By the time he does arrive, Lazarus has died. Both Mary and Martha say the same thing to Jesus: “If you had been here, my brother would not have died.” Upon hearing this, we’re told that Jesus was “deeply moved in spirit and troubled.”...


The Sheep Know His Voice

The Pharisees weren’t able to recognize the activity of God because they were more concerned with maintaining their traditions. This encounter with the Pharisees leads Jesus to teach about what it means to have a relationship with God. Using a shepherd and his sheep as an analogy, Jesus uses several key phrases to describe the nature of this relationship. “The sheep listen to his voice.” “He calls his own sheep by name.” “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as...


If This Man Were Not From God

This story highlights two interrelated ways of thinking that create conflict and harm. The first attitude is our need to assign blame. When Jesus and his disciples encounter a blind man, the disciples immediately ask: “Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” In their mind, someone had to be at fault. Jesus responds by saying no one is at fault and heals the man. This leads us to the second kind of thinking that causes conflict and harm. When the Pharisees find out that...


The Truth Will Set You Free

This section of John deals with the nature of truth and how Jesus is the embodiment of truth. Several times Jesus will say, “I tell you the truth.” John introduced us to Jesus in chapter one as “full of grace and truth” (1:14). According to Jesus, his claims are valid because God himself has testified to them. This causes the Jewish crowd to ask, “Where is your father?” Jesus responds by saying, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.” He goes on...


Putting It Into Practice | John 6:16-8:11

We’ve learned more about Jesus in John 6:16-8:11, but if we don’t do something with it, then it hasn’t really been helpful information. Ken and Mike discuss different ways that will help you put into practice what we’ve been learning about and from Jesus. This includes how communion and preaching help encounter the words of eternal life; the external implications of a relationship with Jesus; and what does it mean that there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. The discussion is...


Casting The First Stone

While there is some debate among translations whether this section of Scripture is original or not, it certainly fits with how Jesus treated people. The religious leaders have found a lady who committed adultery. Under Jewish law, the punishment for adultery was death. But it’s obvious from the story that these religious leaders are more interested in tripping up Jesus than they are about honoring the law. In fact, they are willing to embarrass and humiliate another person in order to...


Living Water

The religious leaders don’t like having their hypocrisy pointed out and try to seize Jesus. John’s explanation as to why they are unable to do so is theological: his hour had not yet come. In other words, it wasn’t time for Jesus to die. As the festival is drawing to a close, Jesus offers the thirsty a drink. But what is he talking about? It’s obviously not physical thirst, but an internal, spiritual dryness that only he can satisfy. Many people today are thirsty but haven’t found what will...


Stop Judging By Appearances

Jesus is facing the hostility of the religious leaders and the unbelief of his brothers. The Jewish leaders were no longer simply annoyed by Jesus; they were actively looking for a way to kill him. Jesus seems to have understood this. What is unclear is whether his brothers also knew this when they encouraged him to go to Judea – the place where the opposition was the strongest. Later in chapter seven, he will discuss whether it was appropriate for him to heal on the Sabbath. Whether it’s...


Lord, To Whom Shall We Go?

After the crowd began to leave, Jesus turns to his twelve apostles and asks, “Do you want to leave, too?” In this question, we get a glimpse into the humanness of Jesus – he really wanted to know if they were going to leave. Peter’s answer is still the right answer today: “You have the words of eternal life.” Only Jesus allows us to boldly access God’s throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). Later in John’s Gospel, Jesus himself will affirm that “no one comes to the Father except through me” (John...


Feeding On Jesus

Jesus recognizes that the crowd has followed him for the wrong reasons. It’s not because of his teaching, but because he fed them. Jesus seizes upon this as an opportunity to teach about the cost of discipleship. By the end of the encounter, most of the crowd will have left. What Jesus does is redefine what it means to be religious. Rather than being a set of rules to follow, the work of God is to believe in Jesus. But what does that mean? Calling himself “the bread of life,” Jesus teaches...


Walking On Water

The disciples were initially afraid when they witnessed Jesus’ demonstration of his power over nature. Once he identified himself, they were willing to take him into the boat. This story serves as a reminder that Jesus has ultimate power and authority over everything, and not just “spiritual” things such as salvation, redemption, etc. We live in the universe he created and that he still sustains. Passage: John 6:16-24


Putting It Into Practice | John 4-6:15

We’ve learned more about Jesus in John 4:1-6:15, but if we don’t do something with it, then it hasn’t really been helpful information. Ken and Mike discuss different ways that will help you put into practice what we’ve been learning about and from Jesus. This includes how to handle social and cultural boundaries; our motivation for obedience; and how we allow God to work through us. The discussion is practical and offers tangible ways for someone to start implementing these practices into...


Feeding The 5,000

As more people heard about his miracles, larger crowds began following Jesus. In this particular story, there are at least 5,000 people present. Jesus decides to test the faith of Philip by asking Philip how they could feed so many people. Philip responds with finances – it would cost too much to feed that many people. At some point during this conversation, Andrew went off and found a boy with five loaves of bread and two fish. Although he brought the resources to Jesus, he still had his...


Finding Jesus

While John the Baptist testified to the coming of the Messiah, Jesus has an even weightier testimony – it was God working through him. The miracles Jesus performed were an indication of his connection to God. Scripture itself testifies to Jesus. If fact, he told his Jewish audience that the Scriptures they studied actually pointed to him. Jesus isn’t discouraging diligent Bible study. But he is reminding us that all of Scripture points us to him, the living Word. Only by coming to him can we...


God Is Always At Work

In addressing the objections of the religious leaders to performing a miracle on the Sabbath, Jesus responds, “My Father is always at work.” Jesus and the Father operated in sync with one another. Jesus does what he see his Father doing and this is because “the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does.” What we may perceive as a lack of God’s activity may be the result of our lack of perception. As we draw closer to Jesus, we will discover the many different ways God is already at work...


Do You Want To Get Well?

While in Jerusalem, Jesus walked by the Bethesda pool where “a great number of disabled people” gathered each day. The reason the pool drew so many people was the belief that the waters had magical healing powers. According to legend, an angel would descend and touch the waters and the first to enter would be healed. Jesus encounters a man who has lived with his disability for thirty-eight years. He asks the man what seems to be an odd question: “Do you want to get well?” Not everyone who...


Your Son Will Live

Word about Jesus preceded him to Galilee. The Galileans welcomed Jesus, in large part, because they had seen what he had done in Jerusalem. When Jesus went to Cana in Galilee, he was met by a royal official whose son was sick. While we don’t know for sure, the royal official may have been a Roman or someone in a position of authority. He asks for Jesus’ help and Jesus replies, “Your son will live.” What makes this story so incredible is the response of the official – he took Jesus at his...


The Outcast

To fully appreciate this story, one must be aware of the deep-seated animosity between Jews and Samaritans. These weren’t simply groups who favored a different football team. They were groups who dehumanized the other group. This prejudice is what makes Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan so powerful – no Jewish listener would have made a Samaritan the hero of the story. In John 4, Jesus purposefully went through Samaria on his way back to Galilee. Along the way he encounters a lady at the...