Name It And Claim It! (John 14:12-14)
February 5, 2017 Speaker: Rev. Dave Dorst, Associate Pastor Series: The Most Misused & Misunderstood Verses of the Bible
Topic: Sermons Passage: John 14:12–14:14
Welcome to February! I have no idea if the groundhog is going to see his shadow or not, but I know that this is not the winter I always hope for, with lots of snow and days off of school and work. And while we’re speaking of things not going well, this is not the Super Bowl matchup I was hoping for, with the wrong team playing in their 9th Super Bowl. Go Falcons! And more importantly, we are still praying fervently for Nathaniel Wang to be able to breathe and eat on his own so that his parents can bring him home after spending the first few weeks of his life in the hospital. And there are more terrorist attacks and so much anger in our national conversation. There’s a lot that’s wrong with the world, I wish I could wave a magic wand and change things, bend them to my will. Luckily, I think I’ve found just the Scripture that tells me I can do that! John 14 says that if I ask anything in Jesus’ name, then Jesus will do it for me. So I’m going to just pray about Him fixing all those things, and then I’ll get everything to work just like I want it to. Right? Right?!?
To adapt a phrase from “The Princess Bride”: “I do not think that phrase means what you think it means.” That’s probably one of those most misunderstood and misused verses in the Bible. Which makes it a great text for this Sunday in our sermon series. Come worship with us and we can wrestle together what Jesus meant by asking for things in His name. And it’s communion Sunday with a new setup that should help it run more efficiently. See you then, -Rev. Dorst