Sermon Series: Conversations with Jesus
People have so many different ideas about who Jesus is. Some think he was a good man who had some nice things to say. Some believe he was a wise teacher who founded one of the world’s great religions. Others pay no mind to Jesus, seeing him only as the reason for a long weekend at Easter. If we were to talk to ten different people, we would get as many different opinions on Jesus. And, sadly, even from those who might profess belief in Jesus, most would miss the mark. That’s critical because what we do with Jesus, what we believe about who he was, what he taught, what he did, will determine our eternal destiny.
Throughout his life and ministry on earth, Jesus’ interactions with the people around him broke the mold. It is from these conversations that we discover his true identity. There was no one like him. In the gospels, we discover his divinity in the healings and the casting out of demons, his lordship in forgiving sins and declaring “I am the way the truth and the life” (John 14:6), and his authority in the things he said and the way he taught (Mark 1:22). Jesus was fully God in fully human form, and his life, teachings, and example are what we are called to follow. He is our “great high priest” (Hebrews 14:5), good shepherd, sovereign, and Saviour. He was not just another man, not just another king, not just another prophet and teacher. He was and is the son of God who came to help and heal us.
In his conversations with the people he interacted with during the years of his earthly ministry, Jesus revealed truth about life today. They bring us clarity on important topics often discussed and debated. His words and wisdom inform our perspective on the world. As we encounter Jesus in these conversations, we’ll come to understand our faith and our world with greater clarity as we see it through the words of Jesus.
Conversations with Jesus about…
Religion (Nicodemus – John 3:1-21)
Self-sufficiency (Rich Young Ruler – Matthew 19:16-26)
Morality (Samaritan Woman – John 4:1-42)
Temptation (Satan – Matthew 4:1-11)
Partiality (The Religious Leaders – Matthew 9:9-13)
Authority (Roman Centurion – Matthew 8:5-13)
Peace (Peter – John 21:15-23)