JOHN 14 – “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” *

Eric Hepperle

May 9, 2010

(Religion: Protestant Christian Theology)

Brooks, minus shirt …

Today I attended KAIO church in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  The services were nothing like what one can expect to find in any other regular Sunday church session in the local area.  Pastor Brooks Hanes, dressed in blue jeans, a button down shirt and wearing several  bracelets at first glance appears more like a mix of frat-boy and surfer-dude than a man of God.  For those that find church sermons dull and boring, this only adds to Pastor Brooks’ seductive ability to present Biblical lessons in a light-hearted and entertaining, yet educational manner.

Today’s service focused on the book of John, chapter 14.  Verse 15 sums up one focus of this chapter;  Jesus said: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”  Jesus, knowing he was going to die, told his disciples that even after he was dead he would still always be there for them.  In this way, Jesus fulfilled the role of a mother, being the one his disciples turned to for guidance, support, and encouragement in times of confusion and troubles.  Jesus also asked his followers to continue to do good works and to follow his example: “…whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do”(John 14:12).  He admonishes them to believe he is God and to love other the way that Jesus has loved the least among them.

Overall, a great sermon for Mother’s Day, which covered characteristics of all moms including guidance, support, and unconditional love which Jesus died on the cross for and thereby paid for the sins of all mankind.

* NOTE:  All verses from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version 


Contact Info: KAIO Church815 Orchard DrCedar Falls, IA 50613 (map)

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