Come and See

The next day, John was standing with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this and followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and noticed them following him, he asked them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” “Come and you’ll see,” he replied. So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard John and followed him. and he brought Simon to Jesus. When Jesus saw him, he said, “You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which is translated “Peter” ). The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. He found Philip and told him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the law (and so did the prophets ): Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth.” “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Nathanael asked him. “Come and see,” Philip answered. Then Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said about him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you,” Jesus answered. “Rabbi,” Nathanael replied, “You are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel!” Jesus responded to him, “Do you believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” Then he said, “Truly I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated “the Christ”),  (John 1:35-51)

  • “What are you looking for? ”
  • “Come and you’ll see,” 
  • “Follow me”
  • “Can anything good come out of Nazareth? ”
  • “Come and see,”

In the Beginning, Jesus!

  • In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but he came to testify about the light. The true light that gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was created through him, and yet the world did not recognize him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John testified concerning him and exclaimed, “This was the one of whom I said, ‘The one coming after me ranks ahead of me, because he existed before me.’”) Indeed, we have all received grace upon grace from his fullness, for the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. The one and only Son, who is himself God and is at the Father’s side — he has revealed him. (John 1:1-18)
  • In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
  • John 1:18:
    • No one has ever seen God. The one and only Son, who is himself God and is at the Father’s side — he has revealed him.  (John 1:18 CSV)
    • No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. (John 1:18 ESV)
    • No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. (John 1:18 KJV)
    • No one has seen God [His essence, His divine nature] at any time; the [One and] only begotten God [that is, the unique Son] who is in the intimate presence of the Father, He has explained Him [and interpreted and revealed the awesome wonder of the Father]. (John 1:18 AMP)
  • Listen, Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. (Deuteronomy 6:4)
  • This is what the Lord , the King of Israel and its Redeemer, the Lord of Armies, says: I am the first and I am the last. There is no God but me. (Isaiah 44:6)
  • Jesus answered, “The most important is Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is one. (Mark 12:29)
  • I Am Statements:
    • God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the Israelites: The Lord , the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is my name forever; this is how I am to be remembered in every generation. (Exodus 3:14-15)
    • Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
    • Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58)

Our Template for Pioneer Community Church

At PCC, we want to be like the Mighty Five, shaped by God to draw people to Him.

  1. Be Authentic: 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive. 14 Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. (Colossians 3:12-14)
  2. Be Peacemakers: 15 And let the peace of Christ, to which you were also called in one body, rule your hearts. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:15)
  3. Be Lovers of the Word: 16 Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. (Colossians 3:16)
  4. Give Credit Where it is Due (Grateful): 17 And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17)

“I think there will not be a greater apologetic in our day than grateful people who live out of a sense of gladness in a world that is always looking to be offended.” — Matt Chandler

Advent: Jesus, Our King

Is your view of Jesus complete?

  • 6 For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. 7 The dominion will be vast, and its prosperity will never end. He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from now on and forever. The zeal of the Lord of Armies will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:6-7)
  •  1After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived in Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star at its rising and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1-2)
  • Who’s Your Jesus?
    1. The baby in the manger: “This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped tightly in cloth and lying in a manger.”Luke 2:12
    2. The wise teacher: When he saw the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to teach them…Matthew 5:1-2
    3. The miracle worker: Now Jesus began to go all over Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.Matthew 4:23
    4. The Savior on the cross: He himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world.1 John 2:2
    5. The King of Kings: For this reason God highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow — in heaven and on earth and under the earth —11 and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is LordPhilippians 2:9-11
  • And he has a name written on his robe and on his thigh: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 19:16)

Advent: Jesus, Our Priest

Jesus is our great high priest; once and for all.

  • 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens ​— ​Jesus the Son of God ​— ​let us hold fast to our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)
  • Three functions of a Priest:
    • Represents the people before God: For every high priest taken from among men is appointed in matters pertaining to God… (Hebrews 5:1a)
    • Makes sacrifices for sins: God for the people, to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he is also clothed with weakness. (Hebrews 5:1b-2)
    • Was a shadow of things to come
: So the previous command is annulled because it was weak and unprofitable 19 (for the law perfected nothing), but a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God. (Hebrews 7:18-19)
  • Christmas reminds us that Jesus…
    • Lived like us: For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)
    • Died for us
: For this is the kind of high priest we need: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 He doesn’t need to offer sacrifices every day, as high priests do ​— ​first for their own sins, then for those of the people. He did this once for all time when he offered himself. (Hebrews 7:26-27)
    • Intercedes for us
: Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died, but even more, has been raised; he also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. (Romans 8:34)

Advent: Jesus, Our Prophet

Jesus calls himself a prophet. What else does he say about himself?

  • 1Long ago God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at different times and in different ways. 2 In these last days, he has spoken to us by his Son. God has appointed him heir of all things and made the universe through him. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of his nature, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. 4 So he became superior to the angels, just as the name he inherited is more excellent than theirs. (Hebrews 1:1-4)
  • Prophet – one who, moved by the Spirit of God and hence, his organ or spokesman, solemnly declares to men what he has received by inspiration, especially future events, and in particular such as relate to the cause and kingdom of God and to human salvation. (Strong’s Dictionary)
  • 22 Moses said: The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers and sisters. You must listen to everything he tells you. 23 And everyone who does not listen to that prophet will be completely cut off from the people. (Acts 3:22-23)
  • Jesus called himself a prophet.
    • Luke 13:33  “Yet it is necessary that I travel today, tomorrow, and the next day, because it is not possible for a prophet to perish outside of Jerusalem.”
    • Matthew 13:57 … Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his household.”
  • Jesus is the true and better Moses who stands in the gap between the people and the Lord and who mediates a new covenant.

Advent: Why Jesus Came

Our kickoff for Advent, Jesus’ mission statement. — Luke 4:16-21

Give thanks to him and bless his name

Are you a practical Jedi?

  • 1 Let the whole earth shout triumphantly to God!
    2 Serve the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.
    3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God.
    He made us, and we are his—
    his people, the sheep of his pasture.
    4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise.
    Give thanks to him and bless his name.
    5 For the Lord is good, and his faithful love endures forever;
    his faithfulness, through all generations. (Psalm 100)
  • Our Lord and God,
    you are worthy to receive
    glory and honor and power,
    because you have created all things,
    and by your will
    they exist and were created. (Revelation 4:11)
  • 10 But the Lord is the true God;
    he is the living God and eternal King.
    The earth quakes at his wrath,
    and the nations cannot endure his rage.
    11 You are to say this to them: “The gods that did not make the heavens and the earth will perish from the earth and from under these heavens.”
    12 He made the earth by his power,
    established the world by his wisdom,
    and spread out the heavens by his understanding. (Jeremiah 10:10-12)

How to Ruin Your Life: Seeking Fulfillment in the Wrong Things

True satisfaction can not be found under the sun. — Ecclesiastes 2:1-17

Inside Out: Principle of the First

You get so much more by “Seeking first the kingdom of God” than by chasing after any “good” thing.

  • But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.(Matthew 6:33)
  • 8 Then the word of the Lord came to him: 9 “Get up, go to Zarephath that belongs to Sidon and stay there. Look, I have commanded a woman who is a widow to provide for you there.” 10 So Elijah got up and went to Zarephath. When he arrived at the city gate, there was a widow gathering wood. Elijah called to her and said, “Please bring me a little
    water in a cup and let me drink.”  11 As she went to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a piece of bread in your hand.” 12 But she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I don’t have anything baked ​— ​only a handful of flour in the jar and a bit of oil in the jug. Just now, I am gathering a couple of sticks in order to go prepare it for myself and my son so we can eat it and die.” 13 Then Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid; go and do as you have said. But first make me a small loaf from it and bring it out to me. Afterward, you may make some for yourself and your son, 14 for this is what the Lord God of Israel says, ‘The flour jar will not become empty and the oil jug will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the surface of the land.’ ” 15 So she proceeded to do according to the word of Elijah. Then the woman, Elijah, and her household ate for many days. 16 The flour jar did not become empty, and the oil jug did not run dry, according to the word of the Lord he had spoken through Elijah. (1 Kings 17:8-16)
  • For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)