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Jan. 4, 2015 Sermon

“Walking by Faith”
John 1:1 – 18

Ted Jansen  January 4, 2015  Waynedale UMC

 

We begin the New Year and one resolution that we might have is to walk more.  So, I decided that I would walk in my sermon today.  Our faith can be described as our walk with God.     

 

1.)        I am on a walk of faith on earth, not exactly sure where I will go.  I believe I need to take one step at a time and be open to what is before me.  Taking one step in a “faithful” direction is the best thing to do.    

            On some journeys the goal is to arrive at some destination, at a certain time.  On some journeys the goal might not be the destination but having certain people with you.  On some journeys the goal is to look for signs along the way to guide you.  Be open to what you need to learn and do in 2015 in your faith journey.   

            I am going to look, look, look as I walk.  (Have 3 posters in sanctuary that I discover.)

 

2.)        Here is a sign.  Do you see it?  It says, Look to John…Look to John…Look to John.  I wonder what that means?  Here is a verse from the Bible.  (John 1:6) 

            “There came a man who was sent from God, his name was John…He came only as a witness to the light! 

 
3.)        a.)        Look to John.  John was sent by God.    

            John told the people that came to him in the wilderness to repent, to change direction, to get off the selfish path that they had been on.  They needed to walk on a new path.  The journey needed to change.        

            John caused them to inspect their lives and if they desired to change he would baptize them in the Jordan River.  Many people were repentant and ready for change.  John baptized a lot of people.         

            John also told them that someone greater then he would come and bring a message and mission that would change the world.     

            b.)        Look to John.  I know that I have walked on the path of sin and selfishness.  I know that I need to repent, find a new direction and get on a new path.  We all do.      

            Which path is the path I need to be on?  It seems like there are so many people and so many different ideas on what the best path is that I need to travel.  Some seem great, some are evil.  What path would John want me to find?   

            c.)        Who are the people that are a witness to me?  Who are the people that I need to witness to?  John was a witness to the light.   

            *What is Ted’s plan for witness or to encourage people in 2015? 

 

4.)        Here is another sign.   Look to the Word… Look to the Word…Look to the Word.  I wonder what that means?   How does that help me on my walk?    Here is a Bible verse.  (John 1:14)  “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” 

 

5.)        a.)        Look to the Word.  The Word, God, became flesh, human, and lived on the earth.  Is that true?  If so, then each place that the Word made flesh walked on this earth has a story that I need to learn.  The footsteps of the Word made flesh can teach us, guide us, and help us as we walk our journey. 

            The Word made flesh was born and lived on this earth.  The Word made flesh was baptized by John, tempted by Satan, preached to the crowds, healed many people and prayed for His disciples.   

            b.)        The words about the Word are the best words we can read, study and learn from.  Each day that I am on the journey I need to make sure the words about the Word are being received into my heart and spirit.  The Bible, the words about the Word are essential.  

            c.)        What are your reading plans for the Bible in 2015?  Do you have a resource to guide you in reading the Bible?  Is it time to read the entire Bible this year, or read the New Testament, or have a devotional that included scripture.  Start with a Bible that makes the Word come alive. 

            As I walk by faith, lessons I learn come from reading the words about the Word.  I plan to **Ted tell his reading plan in 2015.        

 

6.)        I found another sign.   It says, Look for Glory… Look for Glory… Look for Glory.  I wonder what that means?   Where am I to look for glory?  Why do I need to look for glory?  Here is a verse from the Bible.  (John 1:14)  “We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” 

 
7.)        a.)        Look for Glory.  Glory can be seen and known.  God’s special glory!    

            The disciples spent three years with Jesus and saw the glory of God.   Peter, James and John experienced the glory on the mountain of transfiguration with Jesus, Moses and Elijah.   When Jesus healed, fed five thousand, calmed the storm, set a man free from demons, the glory of God was revealed.  They saw that this glory was from the One and Only, Almighty God. 

            b.)        As I walk I need holy moments, God moments, glory moments when I know that God is with me.  Glory moments give us courage to keep walking.         

            Some of us have traveled a path with challenges, struggles and hardships and we forget to look for God’s glory.  We have darkness, despair, and discouragement and need to be reminded of the glory of the One and Only!    

            c.)        Let us share our glory moments with each other.  We need to share our testimony, our faith story to encourage one another.

             

8.)        a.)        I see bread and juice.  They are gifts for us on our journey.  We are loved by our amazing and incredible God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who by the presence of the Holy Spirit is with us now.    

            The bread is a symbol of the body of Christ, broken for the world, by his death on the cross as a gift of love.  The juice is a symbol of the blood of Christ, shed when he was crucified on the cross, so that all might be forgiven.  

            b.)        It is not enough to see the sign.  We must partake of the bread and juice on our journey.  Receive it and let the Lord speak to you.

 

9.)        My journey that I began leads me to offer this prayer

            “Lord, I come to you desiring a new path.  I repent of my sins.  I want to find your path again.  I believe that the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ, my Savior, walks with me.  Help me to read the words of the Bible every day I am alive.  Let my heart be filled with your glory.  Amen.”