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Gospel centred sermons, based on the lectionary often in advance.

May 12, 2014

Focus Reading : John 14:1-14  

If you’ve ever wondered what God is like then chapter 14 tells us very clearly. Jesus says to the disciples:-

If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”        Jn 14:7 (NRSV)

... Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.                 Jn 14:9-10 (NRSV)

This is God, the Father who Jesus showed the disciples and through the Bible, us. This is the God we worship, who offers us the free gift of salvation, including new life now and beyond the grave, and who calls us to follow, in acts of love, compassion, and in standing up for what is good and right and just. Our Lord, our boss, our master, our judge, our ruler, but also, our friend, our brother, good and loving Father or parent, our Saviour and our hope. Our servant and our King. Let us live lives which reflect his character by following the example of his Son.

Questions for thought and discussion.

What is your main picture or idea about God? What do you make of Jesus’ statement “If you know me you will know the Father.”