[5] What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. [6] I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. [7] So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. [8] He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. [9] For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. (1 Corinthians 3:5–9)      Read the rest of this entry »

Eternal life. It might be the grandest, hardest-to-believe promise Jesus offers us. Sadly, we don’t just struggle to believe him; we sometimes struggle to understand what the promise even means!

“Eternal life” means more than existing forever. It’s so much better than eternal consciousness. It’s more than the “life” of a vampire or even the “eternal youth” that Ponce De Leon was after.

When Jesus promises eternal life, he is promising life as it should be — a life marked by satisfaction, joy, strength, and real purpose, even in the midst of trouble and pain — and he promises that this kind of life will last forever. In fact, it will get infinitely better once Christ returns and the power and effects of sin are erased once and for all.

It’s the kind of life only Christ can give us. After all, it is life with God (John 17:3)! It is truly “the good life.”

And how do we get this good life? Christ tells us when he says about himself, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” (John 6:51) Then, again, “Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life…” (John 6:54) It’s shocking language, no doubt. But what does it mean?      Read the rest of this entry »

In John 6:41-47 Jesus Christ faces an unimpressed crowd, but he is undaunted by their skepticism. He knows why they aren’t believing in him, and he knows that only his Father can give them the faith they need. They are unable to clearly see the majesty and mercy of God in Jesus Christ. May the Father give us eyes to see his majesty and mercy as we look at this passage.      Read the rest of this entry »

This past Sunday, Dan Lisa preached a convicting, challenging, but also comforting sermon from John 6:22-40. Here are some questions from the sermon aimed at encouraging deeper discussion:      Read the rest of this entry »