Great Kickoff to Merry Ministries!

I am so excited that we had a great kickoff to our Merry Ministries year! I am praising God!!! We had such a wonderful turnout. I want to thank our coordinators, Kathy Huebner and Cintia Listenbee, our worship leaders, and our entire leadership team for their part and their commitment to excellence.And of course, I want to thank all of YOU who showed up!!! I am also thanking God for you! We had a wonderful turnout both on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

I LOVE introducing any book of the Bible and that is especially true of John’s Gospel. I think that as we understand the background, history and setting, we can better comprehend the book itself.

If you missed it, you can listen to the podcast or watch it on Vimeo. We even have the handouts and the small group discussion questions online. Just go to the Messages page.

This Gospel was written by the Apostle John, also known as John the Evangelist, the Beloved Disciple, or in John’s own words, “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” (That was John’s way of saying, “I was Jesus’ best friend.”) John was an obvious close eyewitness to the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

Rather than tell the Good News (which is what Gospel means) of Jesus like Matt, Mark and Luke, John builds his story around 7 statements of Jesus and 7 signs. A sign is a miracle that carries a message with it. John focuses on Jesus as the divine Son of God. Jesus is God in the flesh. Any questions?

John uses many titles to describe Jesus. The one he begins with is the WORD. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. … And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, the glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” In these verses we see Jesus’ divinity and His role from the very beginning.

You’re the best!
Mary Willis

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. … And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,  and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:1, 14.

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