What Is Truth? – Charles Pope

Pilot asked him, “What is truth?” (John 18:38a)

  1. Pilot confronts Jesus with a question.

“Are you the King of the Jews?” (John 18:33b)

  1. Jesus offers Pilot a great truth.

“You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. (John  18:37a)

  1. Jesus tells Pilot that He is “Truth.”

“Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to My voice.” (John 18:37b)

You Are to Be Perfect – Tommy Artmann

  1. Context is Everything – Matthew 5-7; especially 5:43-48

You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy.  But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (5:43-44)

  1. Not “perfectionism,” but fulfilling our purpose

 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. (5:45)

  1. The High Calling of Christ

You are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect. (5:48)

I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. (Philippians 3:13,14)

The Unforgivable Sin – Charles Pope

Unforgivable Sin

  1. Jesus’ popularity is growing.

…and a great multitude from Galilee followed him; …they came to him in great numbers from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan and the region around Tyre and Sidon (Mark 3:7b-8)

  1. Jesus’ family came to separate Him from the crowds.

When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for the people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.”

(Mark 3:21)

  1. The scribes from Jerusalem separate themselves from Jesus and His work.

And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul. And by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” (Mark 3:22)

  1. Jesus informs the scribes that there is a sin that cannot be forgiven.

“But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin” – for   

 they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”  (Mark 3:29-30)

  1. When we acknowledge and rejoice in God’s acts of healing and forgiveness through Jesus Christ, we are

no longer separated from God.

“Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter.” (Mark 3:28)

Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man – Josh Gray

When the Bible Doesn’t Make Sense

“Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man”

So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you cannot have eternal life within you.  (John 6:53)

  1. Context is everything.
  2. Metaphor
  3. Manna from Heaven

.  “Your ancestors ate Manna in the wilderness…” (John 6:47)

  1. Jesus is God incarnate.

“The Word became flesh and dwelt among them…” (John 1:14)

  1. What does it mean for us to eat of Jesus’ flesh and drink of HIs blood today?

Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.”

  1. Communion is an act of worship in which we partake of bread and wine, body and blood.

The Gates of Hades – Tommy Artmann

   The Gates of Hades

I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not

overcome it. (Matthew 16:18)

  1. Context Is Everything.

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples,

“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” (Matthew 16:13)

  1. Jesus Is the Messiah.

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16)

  1. The Good News of Jesus Will Prevail Over All.

On this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. (Matthew 16:18)


Head Scratching Scriptures: When the Bible Doesn’t Make Sense – Tommy Artmann


Hate Your Father and Mother

   If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers  

   and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. (Luke 14:26)

  1. Context Is Everything.
  2. Superficial or Serious?

Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me cannot be my disciple.  For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? (Luke 14:27-28)

  1. Full Devotion Builds Great Families.

Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!” – Jesus (Luke 14:35)


Head Scratching Scriptures: The Violent Bear It Away – Tommy Artmann

When the Bible Doesn’t Make Sense

The Violent Bear It Away — Matthew 11:2-15

And from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent bear it away. — Matthew 11:12 (Douay-Rheims Version)

1. Context is Everything.  (Which is it?)

From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing and the forceful layhold of it. NIV, alternate reading

From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. NRSV

2. Is Jesus the Savior, or Is There Someone Better?

John the Baptist, who was in prison, heard about all the things the Messiah was doing. So he sent his disciples to askJesus, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?” (Matthew 11:2,3)

3. We Are All Conquered by Someone or Something.

Choose today whom you will serve. – Joshua 24:15

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. – James 4:7

Head Scratching Scriptures

Sometimes the Bible is inspiring. Other times, it’s comforting. But, sometimes, it’s confusing. This summer we are studying HEAD SCRATCHING SCRIPTURES: WHEN THE BIBLE DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. Join us as we discover the truths behind these difficult passages!

Listen to the sermon series audio.

He Ascended into Heaven – Tommy Artmann

Acts 1:6-11

After Jesus said this, as they were watching, He was lifted up, and a cloud hid Him from their sight. Acts 1:9

What the ascension means for Jesus:
1) Jesus resumes the intimacy He had with the Father before coming to earth.

Now, Father, bring Me into the glory We shared before the world began. (John 17:5)
2) Jesus exercises His full power and authority as God.

The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them a

footstool under your feet.” (Psalm 110:1)
3) Jesus has become the intercessor for humanity.

Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and He is sitting in the

place of honor at God’s right hand, interceding for us. (Romans 8:34)

What the ascension means for Followers of Jesus:
1) We experience a personal walk with God through the Holy Spirit.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Cor. 13:14)
2) We are empowered to overcome evil and suffering.

You belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in

you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. (1 John 4:4)

3) As Jesus intercedes for us, we are called to intercede for the world.

We are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making His appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to

God!” ( 2 Cor. 5:20)

Who You’re Becoming – Josh Gray

Living as Those Made Alive in Christ

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.[b] You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other,since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free,but Christ is all, and is in all.

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each otherand forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.