Outlines of the Johannine Sermons/Bible Studies during the Passion Week in Ahmadabad, Gujarat

Posted: March 31, 2013 in General

preach1-300x199The following are the outlines of the fifteen sessions (i.e., Passion Week sermons and Bible studies, 24th till 31st Match 2013) I (Johnson Thomaskutty) delivered in the churches of Raikhad area in Ahmadabad, Gujarat, India. The meetings were convened under the auspices of Ahmadabad Pastors’ Association.

First Session: Palm Sunday Worship Service @ The Simpson Memorial Alliance Church, Jamalpur. Message: “Four Contrasting Identities”. Text: John 12:1-43. Sub-topics: (1) Mary Anoints Jesus, but Judas Iscariot Opposes (vv. 1-8); (2) Official Judaism Plots against Jesus/Lazarus, but the Crowd Sing Hosanna (vv. 9-15); (3) The Disciples Misunderstand, but the Greeks Request to See Jesus (vv. 16-26); and (4) Jesus Reveals Himself, but the People Unbelieve (vv. 27-43). Rev. Rasin Vasaiwala (President of Alliance Synod) is the pastor-in-charge of the church. Translation from English to Gujarati: Mr. Enan Roziya.

Second Session: Evening Session @ IP Mission School Compound (of CNI), Raikhad. Message: “I AM the Bread of Life” (John 6:1-59). Sub-topics: (1) Jesus Feeds the 5000 with Physical Bread (vv. 1-15); (2) The Crowd’s Claim about another Bread (the Manna in the Desert) (vv. 30-31, 52); (3) Jesus Says, “I am the Bread of Life” (vv. 35, 48-51, 53-58); and (4) The Provider of the Physical Bread is the Read Bread. Translation: Rev. Robinson Christian, Pastor of Ellis Bridge (CNI) Church.

Third Session: Bible Study @ CNI Ahmadabad Church, Victoria Garden, Raikhad. Topic: “Five Models of Discipleship” (John Chapter 1). Sub-titles: (1) John the Baptist (one who was ‘Sent from God’); (2) Andrew (Hearing about Jesus and Following); (3) Simon Peter (one who was ‘Brought to Jesus’); (4) Philip (one who was ‘Found by Jesus’); and (5) Nathanael (one who was ‘Found by a Follower of Jesus’). Translation: Rev. Robinson Christian.

Fourth Session: Evening Session @ IP Mission School Compound (of CNI), Raikhad. Topic: “I AM the Light of the World”. Text: John 8:12 and 9:1-41. Sub-titles: (1) Light Symbolism of the Feast of Tabernacles (8:12); (2) Disciples’ Request and the Healing of the Blind Man (9:1-7); (3) The Healed Man under Trial (9:8-34); (4) Jesus and the Healed man Face-to-Face (9:35-38); (5) Jesus Reveals the Blindness of the Religious Leaders of Judaism and the External/Internal Sight of the Healed Man (9:39-41); (6) Jesus is “The Light of the World” (8:12; 9:5); and (7) Jesus said: “You are the Light of the World” (Matt. 5:14). Translation: Rev. Robinson Christian.

Fifth Session: Bible Study @ CNI Ahmadabad Church, Victoria Garden, Raikhad. Topic: “The Newness Motif in John Chapters 2-4”. Sub-titles: (1) New Wine–New Joy (2:1-11); (2) New Temple–New Identity (2:13-22); (3) New Birth–New Beginning (3:1-21); (4) New Water–New Worship (4:1-42); and (5) New Life–New Belief (4:46-54). Translation: Rev. Robinson Christian.

Sixth Session: Evening Session @ IP Mission School Compound (of CNI), Raikhad. Topic: “I AM the Door/Gate of the Sheep”. Text: John 10:1-10. Sub-titles: (1) The Imagery of the Door/Gate; (2) The Central Contrast of the Shepherd and the Bandits; (3) Jesus Says, “I AM the Door/Gate of the Sheep”; (4) Thieves and Robbers; and (5) How Can We Enter Jesus, the Gate/Door of the Sheep? Translation: Rev. Robinson Christian.

Seventh Session: Bible Study @ CNI Ahmadabad Church, Victoria Garden, Raikhad. Topic: “John the Baptist: A Great Witness of Jesus”. . Texts: John 1:19-36; 3:22-36; Matt. 3:13-17; 11:11. Sub-titles: (1) John the Baptist testifies/cries out concerning the pre-existence of Jesus (Jn. 1:15); (2) He confessed that “I AM NOT” (Jn. 1:20); (3) He accepts his impersonality by saying that “I am the Voice” (Jn. 1:23); (4) He proclaims: “Make straight the way for the Lord” (Jn. 1:23); (5) He pointed out Jesus as “The Lamb of God” (Jn. 1:29, 36); (6) He baptizes Jesus and witnesses the glorious scene (Matt. 3:13-17); and (7) His aim of life was: “He must increase and I must decrease” (Jn. 3:30). Translation: Rev. Robinson Christian.

Eighth Session: Evening Session @ IP Mission School Compound (of CNI), Raikhad. Topic: “I AM the Good Shepherd”. Text: John 10:11-21. Sub-titles: (1) Hired Hands; (2) Good Shepherds; (3) Jesus says, “I AM the Good Shepherd”; (4) The basis of Jesus-and-Believer relationship is the Father-and-Son relationship; and (5) Shepherd-and-Sheep relationship in the present day context. Translation: Rev. Robinson Christian.

Nineth Session: Bible Study @ CNI Ahmadabad Church, Victoria Garden, Raikhad. Topic: “What Is the Measure of Your Faith?”. Texts: John 4:46-54. Sub-titles: (1) Royal Man in Cana with ‘Partial Faith’; (2) Royal Man on the way with ‘Developing Faith’; and (3) Royal Man in Capernaum with ‘Matured/Grown up Faith’. Translation: Rev. Robinson Christian.

Tenth Session: Evening Session @ IP Mission School Compound (of CNI), Raikhad. Topic: “I AM the Resurrection and the Life”. Text: John 11:1-45. Sub-titles: (1) The Concept of Resurrection; (2) The Troubled Sisters of Lazarus; (3) Jesus says, “I AM the Resurrection and the Life”; (4) Jesus proves that He is the Resurrection and the Life by His own Resurrection from the dead; and (5) The Resurrection of the Dead is Definite. Translation: Rev. Robinson Christian.

Eleventh Session: Good Friday Service @ Methodist Church Ahmadabad West, Ambawadi. Topic: “It Is Finished…”/”Tetelestai…” Text: John 19:19-30. Sub-titles: (1) Jesus ‘accomplished’ the promises of the OT; (2) He ‘finished’ the act of performing sacrifices; (3) He ‘finished’ the powers of Satan and death; (4) He ‘finished’ the power of Sin; (5) He ‘put an end’ to the old priestly order; (6) He ‘finished’ the rule of the Law; (7) His earthly ministry in human form is ‘finished’; (8) He ‘fulfilled’ the Will of the Father; (9) He ‘finished’ the age of the covenants; and (10) He ‘finished’ His very blood for humanity. Translation: Rev. Ashok Parmar (the Pastor-in-Charge, Methodist Church Ahmadabad West).

Twelfth Session: Evening Session @ IP Mission School Compound (of CNI), Raikhad. Topic: “I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life”. Text: John 14:1-12. Sub-titles: (1) Jesus is the Way; (2) Jesus is the Truth; (3) Jesus is the Life; (4) Jesus says, “I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life”; and (5) Walk Jesus the Way, Follow Jesus the Truth, and Attain Life through Jesus who is the giver of Life. Translation: Rev. Robinson Christian.

Thirteenth Session: Evening Session @ IP Mission School Compound (of CNI), Raikhad. Topic: “I AM the True Vine”. Text: John 15:1-14. Sub-titles: (1) Jesus is the Provider of the ‘Best Wine’ (John 2:1-12); (2) Jesus says, “I AM the True Vine” (John 15:1-14); (3) Jesus as the ‘True Vine’ works with God the ‘Gardener’; (4) The Believers are the ‘Branches’; and (5) Jesus’ Life as a ‘True Vine’ is Symbolic of His Shedding of Blood on the Cross. Translation: Rev. Robinson Christian.

Fourteenth Session: Easter Sunday Service @ CNI Ahmadabad Church, Victoria Garden, Raikhad. Topic: “I Have Seen the Lord!” Text: John 20:1-18. Sub-titles: (1) The Resurrection and Events of that Day (vv. 1-9); (2) Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene (vv. 10-18); and (3) Mary is the ‘Apostle to the Apostles’: She (a) ‘took initiative’ to come to the tomb; (b) ‘saw’ the stone was moved away; (c) ‘conveyed’ the rolling away of the stone; (d) ‘stood’ outside the tomb crying; (e) ‘witnessed’ the empty tomb; (f) literally ‘saw’ Jesus face-to-face; (g) ‘heard’ the voice of Jesus; (h) ‘touched’ Jesus; (i) was ‘commissioned’ by Jesus; and (j) ‘went out’ in order to convey the message of resurrection. Translation: Rev. Emmanuel J. Christie.

Fifteenth/Last Session: Evening Session @ IP Mission School Compound (of CNI), Raikhad. Topic: “My Lord and My God!”. Text: John 20:19-29. Sub-titles: (1) Jesus Appears to the Disciples, while Thomas is Absent (vv. 19-23); (2) Jesus Appears to the Disciples, while Thomas being Present (vv. 24-29); and (3) Thomas is the ‘Believing Thomas’: (a) as an ‘outspoken man’ (without hypocrisy); (b) as a man ‘wounded inside’ (after seeing the crucifixion of the master); (c) as a ‘genuine witness’ (of the resurrection); and (d) as a ‘staunch proclaimer’ (of the divinity of Jesus). Translation: Rev. Robinson Christian.

By Johnson Thomaskutty, Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India

Comments
  1. Rev. Sanjay Gaikwad says:

    Wow, you had a great ministry within a week Praise the Lord

  2. Yes, it was a great event! There were more than 2000 people attended the evening sessions. On Good Friday evening, it was more than 3000 people. Thanks galore to Ahmadabad Pastors’ Association.

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