John Luhmann has served as a pastor since 1999 and has been on the staff of Sovereign Hope Church since 2005, where he oversees preaching and teaching. He is a graduate of Wheaton College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry. He and his wife Korinda have seven children.
God tells us that Jesus endured the cross "for the joy set before him." Looking at how the cross brought Jesus joy takes us right into the mind and heart of Jesus and shows us how we can find joy.
Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-2
Jesus exhibited a very costly love on Good Friday. But the greatest cost was not the physical suffering or human rejection; the most devastating cost was accepting God the Father's wrath.
Scripture: Mark 15:33-39
The church must have an inside focus to be truly effective in its outside mission. We are to be in the world not of the world but for the world.
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
Having a true faith in Jesus means that we follow him as our Lord. This means that we desire to please God in every square inch of our lives, which includes our sexuality.
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
Everything we have has been entrusted to us by God, and he then wants us to use it for his glory. Through this God tests whether we trust in the true promises of God or in the false promises of money.
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Living for experiences in this life misses the mark because it doesn't prepare us for the greatest experience we can ever have, an overwhelming joy which will never end.
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13
What is the gospel message of Jesus, a word from God or simply another manmade tale? Those who belong to Jesus accept the word of God as the word of God, even in the face of strong opposition.
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16
What matters is not only the gospel we proclaim but the manner in which we share it. This is why we need the gospel to transform our motivations and empower our love.
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
The gospel comes to us and decisively changes our lives, and then is to go out from us so that more people can hear the good news of Jesus.
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 1:6-10