The Glory of Christ In the Gospel of John

The Glory of Christ and Knowing God – John 17:1-3

The Glory of Christ and Knowing God Nick Esch, 7/15/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction An old Scottish preacher once noted, “The best sermon that was ever preached was followed by the best prayer ever offered up…” He was speaking of Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer in John 17… John Knox, the Scottish reformer, would have his […]

God’s Spirit, God’s Word, God’s People, God’s Purpose – John 16:12-15

John 16:12-15 (ESV) “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the […]

Spirit-Filled Means Jesus-Centered – John 16:4b-11

Spirit-Filled Means Jesus-Centered Nick Esch, 5/20/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction When I say Spirit-filled life, what comes to your mind? Perhaps you think primarily of charismatics or miraculous spiritual gifts… Perhaps you get a little nervous… We Baptists tend to think of the Trinity more as the Father, Son, and Holy Bible than we do […]

Witnesses for the Sake of the Name – John 15:21-16:4

  Witnesses for the Sake of the Name Nick Esch, 5/13/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction In 1839 John Williams and James Harris, from the London Mission Society, went to the New Hebrides (islands about two-thirds of the way between Australia and Hawaii) with the intent to take the gospel to the people there… But, within […]

The Great Gospel Love Of Christ And Our Call To Love – John 15:12-17

The Great Gospel Love Of Christ And Our Call To Love Nick Esch, 4/22/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Context For the last few chapters of John, in what is known as the Upper Room Discourse, Jesus has been addressing His disciples, and seeking to prepare them to live in the world as His disciples after He […]

Abiding In Christ For The Glory Of Christ – John 15:6-11

Abiding In Christ For The Glory Of Christ Nick Esch, 4/8/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction John Wesley was an instrument of God used to bring about the Great Awakening in the 1700s; a great revival, that’s still impacting us today… He boldly preached the gospel and the necessity of being born again. You may recall […]

Apart From Jesus We Can Do Nothing – John 15:5

Apart From Jesus We Can Do Nothing Nick Esch, 3/25/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church John 15:5 Last week we began working our way through John 15:1-11. We made it through the first four verses, and today we’re really just going to focus on one verse—verse 5. There’s so much here that I want us to take […]

Trusting the Vinedresser – John 15:1-4

John 15:1-4 (ESV) “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. […]

Jesus’ Peace, Our Purpose – John 14:25-31

Jesus’ Peace, Our Purpose Nick Esch, 3/11/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction If I say the words holiness, sanctification, righteousness, or Christ-likeness what comes to your mind? One thing that comes to my mind is my brother; not because he is any of these, but because he’s referred to me before as a holy roller… And […]

Loving Jesus – Living For Jesus – John 14:21-24

Loving Jesus—Living For Jesus Nick Esch, 3/4/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Context Our text is a part of the Upper Room Discourse, where Jesus addresses His disciples the night before His crucifixion. Jesus has finished His public earthly ministry, they just had the last supper, Judas has left to betray Jesus, Jesus has just told His […]

Another Helper – John 14:15-24

John 14:15-24 (ESV) “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with […]

True Love Obeys – John 14:15

True Love Obeys Nick Esch, 2/18/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction Augustine taught that we are most fundamentally shaped not as much by what we believe, or think, or do, but by what we love… And I think he’s on point in his assessment… We spend most of our time and effort on our family or […]

Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled – John 14:1-11

John 14:1-11 (ESV) “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come […]

Loved By Jesus To Love Like Jesus – John 13:31-38

Loved By Jesus To Love Like Jesus Nick Esch, 1/28/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction Just recently I went to Washington DC for the Evangelicals for Life conference and the March for Life. The point of the conference was to equip Christians, and especially leaders in the church to be pro life holistically—from the womb to […]

The Power of Last Words – John 12:44-50

The Power of Last Words Nick Esch, 1/7/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction Last words are powerful, because last words leave a lasting impression. Last words often display a person’s hopes and a person’s heart. Some of my favorite last words come from John Newton, the author of Amazing Grace, who just before he died said, […]

Consumed With Glory – John 12:37-43

Consumed With Glory Nick Esch, 12/31/2017 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction Here we are on the eve of the New Year. It’s a time of new beginnings and fresh starts… No doubt many of you have been thinking about resolutions… You’ve been thinking about ways to improve yourself or your life in the upcoming year… And […]

The King of the World, a Treasure Greater Than Life – John 12:12-26

The King of the World, a Treasure Greater Than Life Nick Esch, 12/17/2017 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction One of my favorite teachers and theologians, R. C. Sproul went home to be with the Lord this past Thursday. I was struck by the announcement of his death for many reasons; but one thing in particular in […]

The Devotion Of A True Christian And The Glory Of Jesus – John 12:1-11

The Devotion Of A True Christian And The Glory Of Jesus Nick Esch, 12/10/2017 Cornerstone Baptist Church Our passage picks up just after the resurrection of Lazarus. Jesus powerfully raised Lazarus from the grave, but in so doing He stirs the Jewish leaders and authorities to both fear and anger, to the point that they […]