FOLLOWING GOD’S PATHWAY EBP-01b How To Be Really Sure You’re Saved 201014PM Short Clip God is the source of true wisdom. God is reflected in a person’s life to the extent that they exhibit the wisdom that He produces. God gives us a sure-fire way to see if we are wise, and those around us […]
2020Rev-07c End Of Days Health 200413PM Short Clip This is the only attribute of God that gets the ultimate emphasis. Remember that Jesus never calls Himself love, love, love. He is holy, holy, holy. So this letter is coming from the holy, holy, holy One from the holy, holy, holy place. If you read Revelation […]
2020Rev-07d End Of Days Health 200413PM Short Clip Jesus speaks the truth, not as the scribes did, but as the last word. In today’s world, there’s always someone higher up on the food chain. If you don’t like what they tell you in the aisle, you can go to the service desk. You don’t like […]
2020Rev-08c Avoiding End Of Days Spiritual Blindness 200414AM Short Clip Jesus Explains the Work of Salvation in Acts 26:18: to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are […]
From EBIs-01b Jesus Believed The Bible Was True – Do You Believe The Bible As Much As Jesus Did 201024AM https://youtu.be/hk1RJUiWmpQ Short Clip The Book of Isaiah (and all its doctrines) was BELIEVED & TRUSTED BY—Jesus, Paul, John, Luke, Peter & the Early Church Isaiah is the PRIMARY SOURCE ON THE VIRGIN BIRTH OF CHRIST […]
210123PM God commands each of us to ask ourselves a series of questions. These questions are all targeting the one very most important issue of all—the reality of our eternal destination. As we turn to 2 Corinthians 13:5, Listen to what God commands us two times in this one verse, to be asking ourselves this […]
210131AM OUR REGENERATION IS MIRACULOUS Regeneration is a: “supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which the divine nature and divine life are given (John 3:3-8; Titus 3:5). Regeneration occurs when God sovereignly acknowledges a person’s belief of the gospel. Regeneration is the most dramatic change in a new believer; when we are “born […]
MOI-42 990829AM The death of John Wesley, the father of Methodism, occurred in his room on City Road, London. The end was very beautiful. No pain, only a growing sense of weakness, and a tranquil acceptance of the inevitable. He slept much and spoke little, but sometimes the dying flame flickered up, and the inner […]
ESH-18 140608AM We each are part of the miracle of God called salvation that from the start began to turn the world upside down (Acts 17:6). SALVATION: THE MIRACLE FROM GOD Salvation is also the most amazing miracle that we get to see up close throughout our lives as believers. That we were […]
ESH-20 140622AM When we were born again, we become citizens of Heaven. Salvation was when we entered and began to live in the Kingdom of God, while still living here on Earth. That tension between our citizenship in Heaven, and our stay here on Earth is what so much of the New Testament is written […]
EBIs-12 The (ONLY) Gospel By God – In The Greatest Chapter In The Bible – Do You Understand Salvation 201030AM Short Clip THE ONLY TRUE & LIVING GOD There is only one God, the Creator. There is only one Savior, named Jesus Christ. The only True God is that Creator and Redeemer introduced to us […]
ESH-24 210224AM Test #8—SALVATION IS: ENTERING GOD’S KINGDOM & FOLLOWING GOD’S WAY AND NO LONGER MINE MESSAGE EIGHTEEN (Paul): The next Gospel Presentation is in Acts 19:8-26 where salvation is described as a Kingdom, following a Way, which people follow instead of their own way. Acts 19:8-26 SALVATION IS: REPENTING & BELIEVING IN THE […]
ESH-24 210223AM Test #6—ARE YOU TURNING AWAY FROM WORTHLESS THINGS WITH A NEW GOD-PURIFIED HEART? SALVATION IS: TURNING FROM USELESS THINGS TO THE LORD MESSAGE ELEVEN (Paul): The next Gospel Presentation is in Acts 14:15, 21, 27 where salvation is described by Paul after his journey through Asia Minor as turning to God who opens […]
ESH-24 210223AM Test #5—SALVATION IS: KNOWING THE PEACE OF SINS GONE MESSAGE EIGHT (Peter): The next Gospel Presentation is in Acts 10:35-43 where salvation is described as believing, receiving the remission of sins, and God granting repentance. Acts 10:36, 39-43 (NKJV) The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus […]
ESH-24 210222AM Test #3–SALVATION IS: SEEING JESUS CHRIST AS THE ONLY DOOR TO SALVATION MESSAGE THREE (Peter): We come to the third Gospel presentation in Acts 4:12: “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” #3—SALVATION IS: FINDING […]
ESH-24 210222AM #2—SALVATION IS: WANTING JESUS MORE THAN MY SIN MESSAGE TWO (Peter): As we move on we find the second Gospel presentation in Acts 3:19,26: v. 19 “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, v. 26 […]
FTGC-28 210420AM How can a sinner be right with God so as to escape hell and enter heaven? How can a man be made right with God? That’s the most important question. Our world thinks it has the answer, many answers—but none of them right. There are 21 declared major religions if you search on […]
BYT-46 090426AM Salvation is Amazingly Simple When Jesus explains it Jesus explains to Nicodemus the scholar, the man who had done it all how these obscure verses from Numbers 21, were actually an Old Testament picture of salvation only through Jesus Christ. As Peter later says, He is Jesus who “bore our sins in […]
ORS-32 120408AM UNLEASHING CHRIST’S RESURRECTION POWER IN JOHN 20. As we open to John 20, think of what God accomplished at Christ’s Resurrection. Think of the very first Sunday after the Crucifixion: When Jesus stepped from the Tomb on Resurrection morning, God unleashed the greatest power of all. Not only had Jesus paid the […]
ORS-34 140420AM GROUND ZERO: RESURRECTION SUNDAY MORNING At least five women have gathered, and then begin their mission on that very first Sunday morning following Christ’s crucifixion and burial. They have started walking through the Jerusalem of Christ’s ministry, Palm Sunday arrival, Crucifixion, and burial; walking before dawn, it was quiet and strangely silent as […]
ORS-2016a Jesus Stretches Out His Hands to Us Today How about practicing those three life-changing words this Easter Sunday with me? In a moment, with you own voice, whisper aloud to Jesus: Lord—Save—Me Okay, ready? At the count of three everyone who wants to practice this amazing truth cry out to Jesus. 1, 2, 3— […]
BYT-36 081116AM “THE ARK OF SAFETY: IT IS CHRIST!” (1 PETER 3:18-22) Are you absolutely sure that you are headed to Heaven when you die? If you believe that you are Heaven bound, have you checked to make sure that your faith is genuine saving faith? The best way to be absolutely sure is to […]
EBIs-12 201030AM The deepest need we all have are concerns about our mortality. Down deep we all know we are fragile, we need God. So here’s the question—How can a sinner be right with God so as to escape hell and enter heaven? How can we be right with God? That’s the most important question. […]
EBP-01 201014PM The Last Word on Salvation, Heaven & Hell is Jesus! Listen to what Jesus the Judge said in the Sermon on the Mount: Matthew 7:16-20 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a […]
Since the birth of Christ’s Church, from the dark passages of the catacombs to the private chambers of homes along the streets of Roman cities across the Empire, to this gathering this morning, every believer of all the ages have shared something.
There is a tie that binds every believer to Christ and to each other. Tonight, we share that amazing connection. We have a common confession with every individual believing servant of God alive today either on earth or in Heaven.
As we turn to Romans, think of this: Christ’s death on the Cross is the heart of our salvation. His substitutionary death paid the penalty of our sin, removed the record of our transgressions, and purchased our eternal salvation.
Christ’s life, now lived in and for us, opens to us His sanctifying power to save us from sin’s destructive power and keep us useful for his glory.
One of the greatest works of God in salvation was opening our blind eyes to see.
Protecting spiritual sight is the final of the three elements we are to deliberately pursue, according to Christ’s Last Words. Jesus counsels His Church in life-long, spiritual vision-care, promoting healthy eyes.
Christ Desires Us
To See Clearly
Please open with me to Rev. 3, and listen again to Jesus, telling the church at Laodicea what they needed to have lives that pleased Him. Please give attention to the public reading of Scripture.
ACL-24 971207AM JAMES 1.18 59-20 “SAVED BY GOD FOREVER” JAMES 1:18 James was a master of word pictures. In his pastoral letter to his beloved sheep he paints a picture of God’s love and our responses. He describes the morbid darkness of death that oozes from the unbridled lusts of fallen human flesh. Then from […]
ACL-25 971214AM “THE HAVE’S AND THE HAVE NOTS” JAMES 1:18 Have you ever considered the confident assertion of the songs of Christmas? They declare the incredible gift of God’s grace in salvation. One of the greatest songs is Handel’s Messiah. Perhaps the biography of how we received this great song will stir our love for […]
God’s Authentic Word Pt2 JET-07 150726PM A Jet Tour Of The Majestic Life Of Christ & God’s Authentic Word – Part 7 One spot, so many blessings. Abraham meets Melchisadek here. Kidron Valley by the Water Tower Gates Hezekiah prepares for God’s deliverance here. Hezekiah’s Tunnel Jesus gives His 6th Sign here. Pool of Siloam […]
960929PM WFJ-04 New Life in Christ “Turned to God” I Thessalonians Series Part # 5 Paul entered one of the largest cities in the world in the middle of the 1st Century. There at that cross road of land and sea trading routes he nurtured a group of believers that literally turned the world upside […]
NR3-21 TAB-13 980315PM God is a Terrible God. Have you pondered that lately? When Jonathan Edwards did, he wrote out his thoughts into a message and upon reading it the people listening grabbed the backs of the pews fearful of the fires of His wrath. Look with me at some Scriptures: Deuteronomy 7:21 “You […]
GOS-06 070715PM Today we remember Christ’s death upon the cross. Most communion tables in most churches used to have the words from the New Testament engraved upon themsay, “This do in remembrance of Me.” The climactic end of Christ’s redemption as the Lamb of God was captured by John as he stood at the […]
GOS-05 070218PM Join me for the greatest theme in all the Bible—the redemption of lost sinners by the God who so loved the world that he gave His Son to die on a cross and shed His blood to pay the price of sin! And where better to see that theme than the way […]
FJC-02 091206AM Christmas: Religious BUT Lost How Close Can You Get And Still Miss Him? Salvation is Knowing Him Matthew 2:1-6 Here is a sobering thought from the Christmas story—there were a group of very good, and very religious people in Christ’s day—who missed Heaven by only 18 inches. Can you imagine how horrible it […]
EBG-03 GOS-04 070204AM As we open to Revelation 5, we are seeing ourselves in the future. And what is it we are doing when God lets us see ourselves? Singing praises to our Redeemer! There are few times that God’s Word allows us to actually see what we will be doing in Heaven, and they always […]
EBG-02 GOS-03 GCM-37 070107PM We are continuing to look at our connection to Christ in salvation, the only gift everyone really needs. We have seen that the gift of salvation has seven key elements; and have examined forgiveness and justification. We have come to regeneration. Regeneration is a word that is much wider than the Bible […]
061210AM EBG-01 GOS-01 GCM-33 Christmas–The Only Gift Everyone Really Needs Luke 1.78-79 .doc Christmas: God Came In the Darkest Night The Only Gift Everyone Really Needs Luke 1:78-79 Christmas is all about gifts; gift giving, give buying, and gift receiving make up so much of these weeks of the year. Many are looking for the […]
Take Up Your Helmet Daily
If you have never tried this, I’d encourage you to start a new dimension of your spiritual life by starting one of the more wonderful spiritual exercises you can ever do.
As you begin each day, one of our greatest privileges is to take up the helmet of the salvation God has given to us.
As Bonnie & I set out for our ride through the shaded woods and sunny breezes of the tall grass prairies of the Al Sabo Nature reserve, we had no idea of the spiritual lessons we would glean.
Moments after gliding onto the Texas Township Bikeway we crossed paths with some serious bikers. They had the gear, the cadence, and the helmets.
We had none of those things. But, they swept past us so quickly they hardly saw us.
Geography is very important to Bible study and interpretation. Everything happened somewhere; and if God repeatedly uses a special place, we should take note.
That brings us to the “most mentioned” place in God’s Word: Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is BIG in God’s Word
The most mentioned place in the Bible is a city called Jerusalem.
The center of the world and the prophetic universe is the same city.
Jerusalem is the city that God has chosen for Himself. 1 Kings 11:13 (NKJV)
Ancient maps put Jerusalem In the center of the world, and I think they were right.
The Eternal, Infinite God of the Universe is a Savior, and offers to anyone who will call upon His Name some amazing, supernatural transformations within. That is what the Gospel has been doing from the start: changing humans from the inside out. That is what Paul watched happen across the pagan world of the Roman province of Asia.
God has given us an amazing picture of salvation in Acts. Salvation has only one Door (Christ), but has many descriptions (these accounts). Every one of us who comes to Christ, finds that He does what these accounts describe when He enters our lives.
Each of us as followers of Christ, have been commissioned by Him to spend our lives going and sharing the Gospel. Some of us preach, some of us pray, some of us go to other lands, others of us serve in the nursery, adult, youth, or children’s ministry; but each of us are seeking to be a part of bringing others to Christ.
I’ve spent the past 35 years of my life preaching the simple Gospel, because I believe that Jesus Christ can change every life He’s allowed to touch.
For most of us sitting in this clean, comfortable, well-lit church auditorium, surrounded by hundreds of believers, that sounds very reasonable.
As we open to Colossians 3 we begin with four verses that declare the wonder of our salvation. Baptism is a look back at what Christ did to us, Communion is a look back at what Christ did for us on the Cross.
Follow along as we read the first four verses:
Colossians 3:1-4 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
Have you ever wondered how people in the Bible shared the Gospel, and did evangelism way back then? Last week we looked at our Discipline of Discipleship and saw that we have the very same Gospel, the very same Mission, and the very same power source of the Spirit of God. This week we need to go onward to examine exactly how they communicated that Gospel.
This morning as we open to John 3:16, one of the best known verses in the Bible, we also open to just one of over 100+ different times the New Testament records the good news of salvation, or the Gospel, being explained.
While turning to John 3, see if you can repeat with me the best know verse in the Bible. Here we go:
“For God….so loved…”
Yes, there you have it—the best know verse in the Bible; and starting at this passage we are considering the implications of Christ’s convictions about salvation.
The waters of baptism symbolize our new life in Christ. Baptism portrays or pictures what God has done in us through Christ. Open to Colossians 2:11. Actually, v. 8-12 are one long sentence with one primary clause starting in v.8, and six secondary clauses, each with a verb extending all the way down to v.12.
As we open to First Thessalonians 5:23 we are going to read the plan God gave to Paul to start a recovery program is a rough, tough, vice-filled, seaport city named Thessalonica.
In AD 50 or 51, the Gospel had arrived in this thriving commercial transportation hub where intercontinental caravans met at the docks of a huge seaport. In less than three weeks, a group of drunkards, sex-addicts, greedy and dishonest business people, as well as normal well-adjusted lost pagans and Jews had come to Christ.
There is no heart God can’t change. There is no life, no past, no sin, no stain, no failure, and no habit that God can’t change if you will let Him. Are you letting the Lord change you? Are you responding? Is Jesus Christ controlling you more each day?
The Power of Christ’s Regenerating Work
Twenty-six hundred years ago God explained regeneration in Ezekiel. Turn there with me and see what He says in Ezekiel 36:26-27:
Titus 3 this morning is God wonderful good news to all of us. God wants to abundantly pour out His mercy and saving grace upon anyone who will come to Christ. Please open there with me.
As a new pastor fresh out of seminary and starting into my very first pastorate, life sure was full of surprises 20 years ago. I was sitting behind the desk of a historic congregation, as the 25th man to lead that 175-year-old church. As I sat, studied and prayed for God to show me how to reach New England with the Gospel, I never knew how powerfully and directly He would answer my prayer.
Forgiveness: One moment before your last breath, one thing will matter more than anything else—whether you are dying forgiven or unforgiven.
Forgiven: Nothing matters more to any who have sinned—and God says all have sinned.
The peace you can have one moment before you die, is available on a daily basis, if you understand what God has done in Christ and if you choose to respond by faith to Him.