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07-14-19 - Kevin Goins - Confrontation, part 3

“Confrontation!” (pt. 3) John 8:13-20

In our return to the Gospel of John we have been asking the question, “Who is Jesus?” John 8:12 says he is the light of the world. Today we see that Jesus is one who is not afraid to confront. In our text we find seven principles that can guide us when we need to confront:

I Confrontation should only take place when there is a real reason for it.
II Confrontation must overcome ignorance
III Confrontation must make the truth known without condemnation.

IV Confrontation must never exclude ______ or _______ ________ (8:16).
A. Sometimes we get upset about things that are only matters of ____________, but we still try to confront.
1. When we try to make a matter of personal taste a __________ issue, we get into __________.
When we act like a biblical issue is ______ a matter of personal taste, we get into _______ trouble.
B. We have a problem today because there are _____ supposed authorities which have taken the authority that belongs to ______.
1. First, there is __________ authority.
2. Second, there is ____________ authority.

V Confrontation, if at all possible, should not be done ________ (8:17-18).
A. Jesus says, “In fact, I am not alone. There are ______ who support my statement that I am the light of the world.”
1. One is _____.
2. The other witness is the ________ who _____ me.
B. A Qal Wahomer argument is an argument from the ________ to the __________.
C. Why should we not confront alone?
1. First, it is better for the one who is _______ confronted.
2. Second, it is better for the one who __________.

07-07-19 - Kevin Goins - Confrontation, part 2

Posted in sermon, Gospel of John, Christianity, Dr. Kevin Goins, Bible, Who is Jesus?, Confrontation by facatl on July 9th, 2019

“Confrontation!” (pt. 2) John 8:13-20

In our return to the Gospel of John we have been asking the question, “Who is Jesus?” John 8:12 says he is the light of the world. Today we see that Jesus is one who is not afraid to confront. In our text we find seven principles that can guide us when we need to confront:

I The first principle is this: Confrontation should only take place when there is a real reason for it.

II The second principle: Confrontation must overcome ______________.
A. Jesus says, “Even if you ignore all my witnesses you should believe me because of where I am ______ and where I am ________.
1. Where is he from? He is from _____.
2. Where is he going? He is going to _______.
The Pharisees should have recognized where Jesus was from and where he was going, but they didn’t, because they chose to be ____________.
C. People who need to be confronted are people who have been
deceived, either by __________ or by the _________ around them.
D. Ignorance makes confrontation necessary, but we must ________ the ignorant.

III The third principle: Confrontation must make the truth known without ______________.
A. Jesus could judge perfectly, and that is what makes the following statement so ___________ - He says, “I pass judgment on ____ _____.”
B. Only when he _______ from the Father, and the Father _________ his judgment, only then does Jesus judge.
C. We humans can’t listen to people who condemn us – Our emotional s_______- p____________ instinct won’t let us.

IV One of the most common ways we condemn people today is by using __________.
-This is how condemnation works: We condemn people in our ________, then we ____________ them by giving them a label, and then we feel free to ______ them.

06-30-19 - Kevin Goins - Confrontation

“Confrontation!” John 8:13-20

In our return to the Gospel of John we have been asking the question, “Who is Jesus?” Last Sunday we saw that he is the light of the world. Today we see that Jesus is one who is not afraid to confront. In our text we find seven principles that can guide us when we need to confront:

I The first principle is this: Confrontation should only take place when there is a r________ r__________ for it.
A. Some believe they have been given the ministry of a____________.
B. Confrontation is a legitimate tool to rescue people from self-deception, but confrontation must not be entered into q_______ly or l________ly.

II What made this confrontation necessary?
A. The Pharisees denied the _________ of what Jesus had just said.
1. They did not deny what he said on the basis of the _________.
2. They denied what he said on the basis of an obscure _________ principle.
B. The Pharisees were not only using an obscure legal principle to discredit Jesus, but they m_____________ it.
C. The Pharisees were not only accusing Jesus of lying about himself, they were also trying to _________ _____.
D. Jesus had already d_______ with their objection and had answered it c__________.
1. Beginning with John 5:32, Jesus lists five witnesses who can give evidence that he speaks the truth: John the Baptist, _____ the _______, the work that Jesus is doing, _______, and the ___________.
2. The fact that the Pharisees bring up this issue of witnesses after Jesus had already dealt with it shows that the Pharisees were not only blind, they were ___________ blind.

III The issue is: should ___ ever do what Jesus does here?

06-23-19 Kevin Goins - Jesus the light?

“Jesus the Light?” John 8:12

Christianity raises many questions in the minds of both believers and non-believers, but there is no more fundamental question for both groups than this: Who is Jesus? We now enter a passage of the Fourth Gospel where answering this question is John’s directive. Who is Jesus?

I We who have been Christians for years sometimes find it easy to
overlook the basics of our faith, and for Christianity it cannot get any more basic than _________.

II If you want to know who Jesus is you will not find a better answer than the “__ ____” statements of John’s Gospel. In John 8:12 Jesus says, “I am the ________ of the world.”
As important as the word ______ is, we need to start with “I am….”
B. The words translated, “I am,” can also mean something very
different: “__ ___ ___ __ ____.”
C. In Hebrew “I am” is the word Y__________, which is the personal name of God in the Old Testament.
D. Who is Jesus? He is “I am.” He is the third person of the trinity – God in the _________

III On this particular occasion Jesus adds a ___________ to ego eimi – He says, I am the light of the world.”
A. When Jesus looked at the world he saw __________, and that is what we see.
B. There is a reason the world is filled with darkness – it’s because ____ are filled with darkness.
C. The light of Jesus is not only for certain peoples, races, or nations. Jesus says, “I am the light of the c__________.”

IV Then, Jesus makes a ____________: “Whoever follows me will n______ walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
A. Many want the light of Jesus, but they want Jesus to b_______ his light to where t_____ a____.
B. The light of Jesus is on the move, and if we want that light we must ________ him – We must ________ Jesus.

11-25-2018 Kevin Goins - I Love A Mystery

“I Love a Mystery” (conclusion) John 7:53-8:12

Someone has said, “We all love a good mystery.” If that’s true, then we should really enjoy the passage we’re looking at today because it is loaded with mysteries.

I The first mystery is the mystery of the misplaced story.
II The second mystery is the mystery of iniquity.

III The third mystery is the mystery of the m___________ a___________ (8:3-6a).
A. The fact that only h______ of the wrongdoers were brought to justice tells us that something s____________ is taking place.
B. Putting Jesus into what they thought was a “No-_____” situation was their ______ reason for accusing this woman.

IV The fourth mystery is the mystery of the w______ in the s_________ (8:6b-9a).
A. It’s not w______ Jesus wrote in the dust that is important – For two reasons:
1. If what he wrote was important, we would have been t_______ what it was.
2. When John says (8:9) that the accusers went away, he says it was because of what they h_______ from Jesus, not because of what they s____ written in the dirt.
B. In response to their question, Jesus i________ the Pharisees, showing them that he doesn’t take their show of righteousness s____________.

V The fifth mystery is the mystery of the Holy Spirit’s power to c___________ us with our sin (8:9).
A. When these men first dragged in the girl, they felt no g_______ at all.
B. Jesus said sentence against the woman must be carried out only by those who are not guilty of the s_______ s_____.

VI The sixth mystery is the mystery of the g________ of the Lord Jesus Christ (8:9-11).
A. The one who had every right to c_________ her, chose not to,
because his mission was not to condemn, but to s_______.
B. When Jesus said, “I do not condemn you,” he knew what those words would cost him - they would cost him the ________.

11-11-18 Kevin Goins - A Mysterious Story

Posted in sermon, Gospel of John, First Alliance Church Atlanta, Christianity, Dr. Kevin Goins, Bible by facatl on November 13th, 2018

“A Mysterious Story”
John 7:53-8:12

Someone has said, “We all love a good mystery.” If that’s true, then we should really enjoy the passage we’re looking at today because it is loaded with mysteries. This morning we are going to focus on two of these mysteries:

I The first mystery is the mystery of the m____________ s________.

A. Most New Testament scholars are convinced that this incident d____ n____ b_______ to John’s Gospel. Why?

1. First, there is the t___________ evidence.
2. Second, when this account did begin to show up in copies of John’s Gospel, some scribes found a way to let readers know there was a p________.
3. Third, in later Greek texts where it does appear, it is found in d___________ places.
4. Fourth, it doesn’t f______ well after John 7:52.
5. Fifth, the l__________ and s________ of these verses are not like John’s Gospel.

II Does it weaken our faith to know that this story, which is so loved by so many, was not originally a part of the Gospel of John? Not if we know something about h_____ we g_____ our Bible.

A. For 1500 years before the invention of the printing press all copies of the Bible were h______________.

B. What is so significant about the Bible is just how many c________ we have. How many manuscripts do we have of the New Testament? Total: _______.

C. Doesn’t the fact that there are so many copies mean that there are likely to be ________ mistakes?

1. First, because there are so many copies, mistakes are s_____-c_____________.
2. Second, these differences in texts are m_______, not m__________.

III The evidence against this story originally being a part of John is s________, but that does not mean this incident _______ happened.

IV The second mystery is the mystery of i_____________.

A. First, there is the iniquity of i____________ carried out by the Pharisees.

B. Second, there is the iniquity of i________________ carried out by the woman.

08-19-18 Kevin Goins - Introduction to the Spirit, part 3

“Introduction to the Spirit”  John 7:37-52 (Pt 3)

John 7: 37-52 is Jesus’ introduction to the ministry of the Holy Spirit. What do these verses tell us about the ministry of the Holy Spirit?

I First, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is the alternative to religion (7:37a).
II Second, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is essential to everyone (7:37b).
III Third, the ministry of the Holy Spirit excludes no one (7:37c).
IV Fourth, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is for those who are thirsty.

V Fifth, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is only for those who are willing to t_______ a___________ of it (7:37d)

A. If we want what Jesus is offering us, there are ____ things we must do:

1. First, we must _______ to Jesus.
2. Second, we must ________.

B. There are three kinds of people:

1. Those who do ____ have the Spirit.
2. Those who are m_______ by the Spirit.
3. Those who s________ be led by the Spirit, but they are ____.

C. All Christians ______ the Spirit, but not all drink d________ of the Spirit.

VI Sixth, the ministry of the Holy Spirit gives life __ us and _______ us (7:38).

VII In verse 39 John makes sure we know that by “living water” Jesus means the ______ _______ (7:39).

VIII Seventh, the ministry of the Holy Spirit calls forth _______ different responses (7:40-52):

A First, there is c___________.

B. Second, there is c___________.

C. Third, there is c___________.

08-12-18 Kevin Goins - Introduction to the Spirit part 2

“Introduction to the Spirit”   John 7:37-52 (Pt 2)

John 7: 37-52 is Jesus’ introduction to the ministry of the Holy Spirit. What do these verses tell us about the ministry of the Holy Spirit?

I First, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is the alternative to religion (7:37a).
II Second, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is essential for everyone (7:37b).
III Third, the ministry of the Holy Spirit e_________ no one (7:37c).

A. It is easy to think that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is only for s________ people --

1. -- If we look at the h______ in Acts.
2. -- If we look at the s______ in church.

B. But “If anyone….” means more than simply that the Holy Spirit is meant for every b_________ - It means the Holy Spirit is for e__________ p_________.

IV Fourth, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is for those who are t__________.

A. There are two main mechanisms for maintaining our water balance: (1) the sensation of t__________ and (2) the k_________.

B. The simplest symptom of dehydration is thirst, but there are other symptoms:

1. difficulty thinking c_________
2. halitosis (b_____ b__________)
3. food c__________
4. f________ or lethargy
5. r________ heart
6. s____________.
7. j_______ or m________ pain
8. h__________ or d_________.
9. k_______ problems
10. s_______, d______ skin or lips

C. Thirst is not only the key to physical health, it is also the key to _________ health:

D. How can we tell if we are thirsty for the Holy Spirit?

1. Do we have spiritual h__________?
2. Are we spiritually l___________?
3. Do we have cravings for things we know we do n____ n______?
4. Do we have h_______ problems?
5. Do we have b_______ aches and pains?
6. Do we have difficulty t________ c_________?
7. Are we d_______ u____?

07-29-18 Kevin Goins - Introduction to the Spirit

“Introduction to the Spirit”  John 7:37-52 (Pt 1)

Our text today begins John’s introduction to the Spirit. Jesus will have a great deal more to say about the Holy Spirit in chapters fourteen through sixteen, but this is his introductory statement and it comes at the Feast of Tabernacles. What do these verses tell us about the ministry of the Holy Spirit?

I First, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is the a__________ to r____________ (7:37a).

A. Jesus stands up to speak at the very time the Jews are celebrating a f________, and taking part in a ceremonial feast is a p_________ of religion.

1. We can use the word “religion” simply in the s___________ sense.

2. Religion is about whether or not people have some space in their life for _____ and for the s____________.

B. But there is also a sense in which Christianity is _____ a religion. In fact, there is a sense in which Christianity is _______-religion.

1. First, in no religion except Christianity does God become a ________ ________ in order to save human beings by __________ in our place.

2. Second, only Christianity tells us that the way to God is not by d________ s____________.

a. Religion is about doing - doing the things religion says will make God a_______ us.

But Christianity says there is _________ we can do to make God accept us.

b. Religion is about m__________ the religious looking things religious people do.

Christianity is about having our own p_________ relationship with God.

II Second, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is for e__________, especially a believer (7:37b).

A. First, it is important that Jesus s__________.

B. Second, it is important that Jesus spoke “In a _________ voice.”

III So, we can have religion, and religion makes ___ feel good about _____________, or we can have a _______ relationship with God.


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