Sermons on John

Sermons on John

Philip Harding – “Let not your heart be troubled” (27 min)

Philip Harding (1932-2017) grew up in a godly home in South Wales, but in his teen years he learned to gamble, to drink and to dance, though he kept up a respectable image and continued to attend church. But God intervened in his life in January 1951, when a stranger approached young Philip and his friends and challenged them about their sin and danger of judgement. God used this incident to convict Philip of his need of salvation. He was…

When Life Doesn’t Seem Fair (30 min)

Eric Parmenter passes on a word of encouragement from John Ch 11, a chapter in which two sisters, Mary and Martha, are mourning the death of their brother. Their experience highlights 4 problems believers often face in life: the problem of suffering, the problem of delayed answers to prayer, the problem of ‘inequalities’ (perceived unfairness), and finally, the problem of the silence of God. Eric’s word is gentle, insightful and comforting, and comes from a man with many years’ experience…

What is “the World”? (48 min)

Phil Coulson preaches on the neglected subject of “the world” and the believer’s relation to it. After providing some technical information about the various words used in the New Testament for “world”, Phil deals with 4 items. The believer is “out of the world” in salvation; “in the world” in situation; “not of the world” in sanctification, and “into the world” in service. A helpful, practical and challenging word of ministry. Readings: John 17:4-5, Eph 2:1-2, Rev 12:7-9. (Message preached…

Sign No 8 – The Catch of Fish (38 min)

PART 9 – John Salisbury preaches on the 8th sign in John’s gospel – the miraculous catch of 153 fish. After some introductory remarks about the setting and pairing of the final sign, John divides his remarks into four: the importance of 1. obedience, 2. love for Christ, 3. shepherding and 4. following. He gives an explanation for the counting of the 153 fish, as well as discussing the interplay between two Greek verbs for love (agapao and phileo) in…

Sign No 7 – Raising of Lazarus (44 min)

PART 8 – Gordon Stewart preaches on the 7th sign in John’s gospel – the raising of Lazarus from the dead. This was the pivotal climactic sign that led quickly to the Lord’s crucifixion. After some helpful introductory remarks about the “delays of Christ” in Scripture, Gordon outlines 7 lessons from John Ch 11 in connection with this mighty sign: about Christ’s glory, His promise, His sympathy, His troubled soul, His prayer, His shout of authority, and His worthiness of…

Sign No 6 – The Blind Man (39 min)

PART 7 – Peter Scarsbrook preaches on the 6th sign in John’s gospel; the giving of sight to the blind man at the Pool of Siloam in Ch 9. Why did the Lord deal differently with this man, compared to how He dealt with Bartimaeus? Why was he sent to the pool of Siloam, not the pool of Bethesda? After answering these two related questions, Peter looks at a number of theological and practical issues thrown up by this remarkable…

Sign No 5 – The Storm on the Lake (39 min)

PART 6 – Michael Penfold preaches on the 5th sign in John’s gospel, the calming of the storm on the lake (and the walking on the water), from John Ch 6. After an introduction about how John in his first 12 chapters interweaves the “words” and the “works” of the Son, Michael looks at how the 5th sign proves that Jesus is the Son of God. He also explains how God’s dispensational dealings with the nation of Israel are seen…

Sign No 4 – The Feeding of the 5,000 (45 min)

PART 5 – Jonathan Black preaches on the 4th sign in John’s gospel, the feeding of the 5,000. He highlights the significance of the location, the provision and much else about the event. As with all the signs, this one proves the deity of Christ – that He is the Son of God. The sign reveals the One who can fill those who come to Him. Are you satisfied and filled or are you “running on empty”? Jonathan also extracts…

Sign No 3 – The Lame Man at the Pool (49 min)

PART 4 – Dan Rudge preaches on the third sign in John’s gospel, the healing of the lame man at the pool of Bethesda on the Sabbath day. Dan looks at this sign historically, thematically, dispensationally and practically. The man is a picture of Israel, in his 38 years of weakness and his expressions of unbelief. The act of the Lord in healing the man on the Sabbath was hugely significant and led to the persecution of the Lord and…

Jeffrey Harrison – The Coming of the Lord (40 min)

Jeffrey Harrison (1909-1990) grew up in a religious home in the North West of England, but was not converted until he heard the gospel in his late teens. Soon after WW2 he launched forth in full time preaching and teaching. Working with a Gospel Tent and a caravan in the country of Norfolk, he saw numerous souls saved and a few assemblies established. Back in Merseyside in 1960 he began to travel widely expounding the scriptures. He was well versed…

Sign No 2 – The Nobleman’s Son (37 min)

PART 3 – David West preaches on the second sign in John’s gospel, the “healing at a distance” of the nobleman’s son (4:43-54). After some introductory remarks about the fact that the 8 signs in John’s gospel are written as an inversion of 4 pairs, David points out the main features of the sign. David believes 1. the nobleman was a Gentile, and 2. all Gentiles are healed at a distance (Centurion’s servant, Syrophenician’s daughter etc.). The sign is a…

Sign No 1 – Water into Wine (51 min)

PART 2 – Gordon McCracken preaches on the first sign that the Lord Jesus performed – turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana of Galilee. He starts in v11 where John explains that this first sign “manifested the Lord’s glory”. But in what way? It manifested the 1. Lord’s creatorial supremacy, 2. His perfect humanity, 3. His sonship and 4. His grace. Gordon then works through the passage verse by verse drawing out some practical lessons for his…

The 8 Signs in John’s Gospel – Introduction (45 min)

PART 1 – Mervyn Hall introduces the 8 signs in John’s gospel by asking three questions: “What is a sign?”, “What are the signs in John?”, and “What is the purpose of the signs in John?” He works through the signs giving their significance and both their evidential and evangelistic purpose as part of John’s great intention: “These things are written that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God and that believing you might have…

How to Know The Lord Better (35 min)

Colin Hutchison preaches on 4 people in John’s gospel who “knew the Lord”, even though the world did not know Him. Why did they know the Lord and not others? The servants knew because when Christ said “do” they did it (2:9) The nobleman knew because when Christ said “go” he went (4:53) The blind man knew, because when Christ said “wash” he washed (9:25) Martha knew because when Christ said “remove the obstacle” it was removed (11:22) If we…

Even So Send I You (48 min)

EASTER 2019 – After showing how the Upper Room appearance of the Lord in John 20 is a picture of the local assembly, Ian Jackson preaches a powerful and challenging message on how to serve God when He sends us…with a “consecrated heart”, with an “undivided loyalty”, within a “separated pathway”, with a “submissive mind”, and with the “strengthening of the assembly” in view (Message preached 22nd April 2019)

The Judgment of the Cross (39 min)

THE JUDGMENTS OF SCRIPTURE PART 7 – Jonathan Black preaches on the judgment of the cross, and points out that God pronounced a judicial verdict on a number of things and persons on the day the Lord Jesus died. The world system was judged (John 12:31), as well as Satan the prince of this world (Heb 2:14-15, Col 2:13-15). God passed sentence on “the old man” – our former self in Adam (Rom 6:6). Not only did the Lord Jesus…

You Must Be Born Again (48 min)

PART 4 – After giving some general remarks about John’s gospel, Jonathan Black expounds the first 17 verses of John Chapter 3. This is the key New Testament passage from which we can learn about the nature and need of the new birth. Some questions answered in this message include: What does it mean to be “born of water and the Spirit”?; Is baptism anything to do with “regeneration”?; Is the “world” of John 3:16 “the world of the elect”…

In the Beginning Was the Word (48 min)

PART 3 – Dan Rudge expounds the first 18 verses of John’s gospel (John 1:1-18). He explains that the passage has a chiastic structure that makes vvs12-13 the centre of the passage. He addresses a number of important issues throughout his thorough exposition: when was “in the beginning”?; what is the significance of “the logos”?; why would “the Word was a god” be an inadmissible translation in v1?; and what does “grace for grace” mean? (Message preached 18th Oct 2018)

Christ in the Gospel of John (43 min)

PART 4 – Peter Scarsbrook preaches on “Christ in the Gospel of John”. After some helpful introductory remarks, Peter takes up numerous statements that other people made about Christ, starting with the words of John the Baptist in John Ch 1. Through these positive and negative comments, a fascinating portrait of the Son of God is brought before the hearer (Message preached 28th Sept 2017)

The Mount of Olives (38 min)

Thomas West preaches on the topic of the Mount of Olives in relation to the Lord Jesus. The Mount of Olives is where the Lord “went apart”, was “alone”, was “arrested”, from where he “ascended” and to where He will “arrive” on His return. An instructive and practical look at this interesting subject. Readings: John 7, Matt 26, Acts 1 and Zech 14 (Message preached May 11th 2017)

An Overview of the Gospel of John (46 min)

Gordon Stewart gives an overview of the gospel of John. He highlights John’s content, context and purpose as he sets out the themes and format of the 4th gospel. He speaks of Christ as the soul winner (Chs 1-4), the Shepherd (Chs 5-12), the School teacher (Chs 13-17) and the Sacrifice (Chs 18-21) before rounding off his message with a look at the glory of Christ in the gospel (Message preached 25th Feb 2016)

The Feeding of the 5,000 (47 min)

Dan Rudge preaches on the feeding of the 5,000 from the Gospel of John. He works through John 6:1-13 drawing out numerous spiritual truths and practical lessons for his audience. Faced with an overwhelming need and a scant supply, take encouragement from what the Lord is able to do! (Message preached 26th June 2014)

Consider Him! The Humility and Meekness of Christ (24 min)

PART 6 – Joshua Jacob speaks on the humility and meekness of Christ. He bases his remarks on two passages, John 13 and Phil 2. From John 13 Josh illustrates the Lord’s humility from the narrative of the washing of the disciples’ feet. From Phil 2 he presses home the lessons from the supreme example of Christ’s humble stoop into humanity (Message preached 24th Nov 2013)

Consider Him! The Glory and Majesty of Christ (23 min)

PART 2 – Mervyn Hall speaks on the “glory of Christ” under 3 headings: His essential glory, His official glory and His moral glory. Starting in John 17 and drawing from other sections of John’s gospel, Mervyn gives a helpful overview of this grand subject that will reward further meditation, exploration and development (Message preached 27th Oct 2013)

Zacharias, Elizabeth and John the Baptist (34 min)

Alan Barber preaches on the lives and testimonies of Zacharias and Elizabeth, and their son John the Baptist. He challenges his audience with various features of their godly lives and draws lessons from incidents connected with these three characters in the gospels of Luke and John (Message preached 2nd May 2013)

The Godly Discipline of Fruit-bearing (42 min)

Gordon Stewart preaches on the godly discipline of fruit-bearing in the Christian life. John Ch 15 presents Christ as the Vine and believers as branches and describes ways in which the Lord designs to produce fruit, more fruit and much fruit for His glory (Message preached 23rd June 2011)

The High Priestly Ministry of Christ (40 min)

HIGH PRIESTLY MINISTRY OF CHRIST – Gordon Stewart handles the ascension of Christ and His high priestly ministry in heaven. He gives insights from Christ’s prayer in John 17 and from the the High Priest in Exod 28 (Message preached 26th March 2009)

That They May Be One (40 min)

Ian Jackson preaches on the meaning of the statement ‘That they may be one’ (from John 17) and gives a much-needed warning against the Ecumenical Movement, which misuses this statement of Christ (Ministry given Easter Saturday 7th April 2007)

Lessons from John Chapter 1 (26 min)

Phil Coulson preaches from John 1 on unity among believers, devotion to Christ, humility and the importance of service in the local assembly (Message preached Monday 17th April 2006)