Sermons & More

You and the World – Part 2 (9/17)

God calls us to obedience to take the Next Step of faith so that we learn to trust in Him, so that our faith  will grow, so that when life hits us hard (and it will) we will naturally have that faith and trust; and with confidence can say My God Saves!!!

We are told in Chapter 15 to abide in Christ to make our home in Him. The Church is the body of Christ, His church is not brick and mortar or wood and stone but is made up of flesh and blood, believing, Christ followers. These believers are engaged in the activity of His Church, what we are called to do and that is to love God, love one another, and make disciples. The church does this by abiding in Him.

You and the World (9/10)

Is there enough evidence in the life you are living to prove that you are of God, in the Kingdom, to prove that you are an ambassador of reconciliation, that you are His friend, that you abide in His love, that you abide in The Vine? IF you think so where is the fruit?

There is no such thing as a nominal Christian, let alone a carnal one!

Either you are serving as a friend of Christ in the Kingdom as a part of His Church or you are in rebellion!

Chosen (9/3)

We have been given response-ability through what was accomplished on the cross…

“Without God’s grace, we cannot be saved; while without our (grace empowered, but unforced) participation, God’s grace will not save.

We are response – able, or we have the response-ability because of Grace! To answer the Call, to abide in the vine and we have been given the Helper who empowers/enables us to live the life of Christ here and now!

If We Abide, Part 2 (8/27)

We cannot love with the Love of God if we are not attached to that Love; we cannot produce fruit that lasts in and of ourselves, we cannot love like Jesus did apart from Him…

To love placing no conditions on the other person, to accept them as they are, where they are, and not leave them… Jesus never left anyone, he gave them the choice… If you abide…

Abode in Christ (8-21)

A-self-centered life is its own punishment. When we expect and demand things of others, that they do what we want, there is stress, anguish and disappointment. Which usually comes from hurt because of our expectations. Yet they may not have known our expectations or been able to live up to them if they had…

But when we abide in His love, when we are expressing that love in all that we say and do, we discover the deep and abiding joy that friendship with our Savior brings.

What is Love? (8-13)

The truth is that if we are not walking in obedience out of love we are outside of God’s will!

True Church Growth was, is, and will be, a byproduct of obedience! Acts 2:42 – And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

The most convincing evidence that the Helper is alive and active in the church is when the love of God is seen and practiced in the lives of its people! By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” – John 14:35.

The Helper: Faith and The World (7/30)

We as Believers, followers of Christ, are empowered/helped by the Spirit to overcome the world and, as His, the world has no claim on us until we forsake the way the truth and the life given us in Jesus.

The world tells us ‘You are it,’ you are all on your own, it is all about you. and the moment we believe all of that we start to charge through life independent of others, 10 ft tall and bullet proof, we have all the answers and we think we have no need of help!

At one time we all were of the world, dead in our sin; we lived it, walked it, and were involved in spreading it’s message. Live and let live, it’s all about me, if it feels good do it.

The Helper (7/24)

The Holy Spirit doesn’t need to help you in what you’re not going to do, so if you’re in rebellion against Jesus and refusing His right to be Lord, not walking in obedience; unwilling to take the Next Step, He doesn’t need to send the Holy Spirit to equip you for service. And, in your rebellion, you miss out on the joy that He brings, on the blessings that He desires for you. 

The Holy Spirit not only teaches be but also empowers me to live the life of Christ now, enabling me to take the Next Step of obedience! 

Loving Jesus (7/16)

The Lord does not give me rules, but He makes His standard very clear. If my relationship to Him is that of love, I will do what He says . . . If I hesitate, it is because I love someone or something more than Him; I have placed something or someone in competition with Him,  and sadly it is usually myself.

When we are obedient, we show God that we love Him and have more faith in Him than we do in ourselves.

Our Helper in Prayer (7/9)

Helps us: The Spirit’s intercession is not carried on apart from us. In other words we have to take the Step of obedience to pray before he Helps us. This is Divine assistance, this is the grace of God manifested in us. He Helps us, BUT He does not do it for us! The Holy Spirit comes alongside of us in our weakness. He helps us to bear our burden to the Lord.

He will only help us to bear that load if it is something that the Lord Jesus would carry… (According to the Will of God)

Dependence or Independence? (7/2)

People filled with the Spirit were different! They were empowered and led by something/someone beyond themselves who enabled them to go further than what was humanly possible. The Spirit provided strength, wisdom, patience, and revelation and enabled them to do what they were called to do!

Only our obedience to God’s Word allows engagement with the Spirit. It is only when we are obedient to the commands of Jesus that our lives will change; that we become more Christ like.

In Jesus Name (6-25)

Our authority only exists as His representatives, when we speak His Words. When He is our all in all, we will have the faith to step out and be His people, we will see those dead in sin raised to life in Christ, the kingdom grow, and our buildings filled with those seeking the Lord! But not until we start believing and acting on that belief, stepping out into our Jordan, and walking by faith! Because it won’t be our will that we pray for, but His.