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The world is not going to be drawn to Christ by seeing Christians live just as worldly as they can. They’ll be drawn to Christ by seeing a new life and radical change that Christ has so wonderfully worked in us. This excerpt is from the full sermon, “Children of Light, Awake!“.
As ambassadors of Christ, we need to be balanced; we must not dare compromise the message, but we must also be respectful and compassionate to those we are sent to. In this excerpt, Mark shares how he sought to be faithful to Christ while sharing at the funeral of a lost person. This excerpt was taken from the full sermon, “Transformation For Proclamation (Part 4)“.
‘; jQuery(“#listen”).html(htmldata); flag = 1; } }); }); One of the hardest decisions we have to daily face as Christians is how to best use our time. We have so many choices to sort through and wrestle with. How can we make the best use of our short time?
‘; jQuery(“#listen”).html(htmldata); flag = 1; } }); }); We often find ourselves needing to awaken the lost to the coming judgment and their need for a Savior. But are there times when we ourselves need to be awakened? May God keep us from falling asleep and letting our light go dim in this dark world.
Do you believe God can make you happier than anything else in the world? Do you believe that God can strip of you something dear, and yet fill you with more joy from Himself? The excerpt is from the full sermon, “Covetousness: One of Those Respectable Sins“.
In this sermon, we look into the Old Testament and see that most of the good leaders start out well but finish badly, suffering moral failures later in their lives. Their sins all seem to fall into four problem areas: 1. Pride. 2. Choosing personal comfort (over personal sacrifice). 3. Putting family relationships first. 4. Friendship with the world. Knowing about their failures should help us avoid the same outcomes and cause us to appreciate the moral perfection of Christ in the Gospel. Gideon (Judges 6-9) Samuel (1 Samuel) David (1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles) Solomon (1 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles) Asa (1Kings 15, 2 Chronicles 14-16) Jehoshaphat (1 Kings 22, 2 Chronicles 17-20) Uzziah (2 Kings 14, 2 Chronicles 26) Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 29-32, 2 Kings 20)
Do you believe the lie that your life consists in the abundance of possessions? Have you been deluded into chasing after something in this world thinking it’s going to fill the void in your life? Wake up from that delusion and seek Jesus Christ as your all in all. View the full sermon, “Covetousness: One of Those Respectable Sins“. Covetousness is the desire to have. It’s a desire fed by the belief that my life consists in what I have. My life isn’t going to be right unless I have a certain thing. I’m not living. It’s not really life. I’m not really living unless I have that. It’s that void. What’s the void in your life? The thing that there is this emptiness there. I’ve got to have that. You keep feeling like: Well, if I’m really going to be happy in this world, I have to have that thing. You see, that’s what’s happening here. The man in the parable – what was it he wanted? Many years of relaxing, eating, drinking, being merry. I will, I will, I will… he laid up treasures for himself. The man who wants the inheritance? He has the same mindset. What’s the mindset? That that inheritance was crucial to his life. His happiness hung on it. You see, the man who has a bunch, even more than he knows what to do with, his happiness – he’s got it all calculated – his happiness rests on what he has. This man who doesn’t have, he’s got the same mindset. He’s thinking his life isn’t going to be right as long as his brother’s running around. This isn’t fair. His brother’s got all the cash. He’s got all the goods. He’s got all the possessions. He’s got all the cattle, all the… Read More
Covetousness is a heinous, horrible, damnable sin that will lead to everlasting punishment and unspeakable torment for those who practice it. And isn’t it fearful how few people seem to even realize how wicked this sin is? May God help and keep us from being deceived by covetousness. Ephesians 5:5 – For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
A prominent sin in the day we live in is sexual immorality, and this sin is also given fierce warnings in the Bible. We need to remember that warnings of sexual immorality aren’t just for the pagan world; they’re for many people who go to church and call themselves Christians.
One of the effects of believing that the creation account in the Bible took a long time is that it makes God look like a God who acts slowly. But every Christian knows that we don’t need a God who acts slow; we need a mighty God who can act immediately on our behalf. This excerpt was taken from the full sermon, “How Should We Interpret the Creation Account?“.
As Christians, we have the high calling of imitating God and loving others as Christ loved us. But we must never forget that our obedience must come from the reality that we’re now God’s beloved children. We’re not slaves or criminals; we’re adopted children loved by God.
Bitterness and unforgiveness can have such a strong grip on the heart. The only thing that can melt it is looking at Christ on the cross dying for our sins. If the cross of Christ doesn’t melt your heart and allow you to truly forgive others who have wronged you, there’s only one explanation: you don’t truly believe what happened on the cross. Excerpt from the full sermon, “Put Off Bitterness, Put On Tenderness“.
As we seek to be diligent to grow in the Lord, one means it can be through is attending conferences. This will be the 11th year of Fellowship Conference, in which we come together for fellowship, preaching, and singing that center on the glory of God. To view registration details go here, to view some photos from past conferences go here.