Human beings are inherently "glory-robbers." And one of the most insidious ways we try to bring glory to ourselves is through self-made religion. In this sermon, Pastor Jesse unpacks Col. 2:20-23, showing us the error and emptiness of self-imposed regulations. You'll see how the rules you impose on yourself have no value - and how only believing in Christ can bring about true change in your life.
The Gospel of the Kingdom - Message 106 - Whitewashed Tombs - Matthew 23:23-28. Jesus condemns the religious leaders as false teachers and hypocrites and demonstrates the dangerous beliefs and practices that are leading them to judgment. In these 3 woes He focuses on the drastic difference between what they do on the outside and who they are on the inside.
How do you know if you, or anyone else, is a true Christian? Paul warns us that there are many false ideas about Christianity, and so identifies for us the marks of the circumcision—those things which invariably attend a regenerate heart, found in the life of a man or woman alive in Christ. Here he gives us three things: true worship, true joy, and true confidence, all in marked contrast to the external and carnal forms of those who might imagine themselves religious but who do not know God in Christ. These are the marks of the circumcision, the indicators that we belong to Christ and are part of the new covenant community of believers.
The Gospel of the Kingdom - Message 104 - Binding with Heavy Burdens - Matt. 23:1-12. Israel's rejection of God's messengers through the ages has now reached the point of no return as they reject both the message and the Person of His Son. It is time for judgment to fall on this generation and Jesus begins by condemning the religious leaders as false teachers, ravenous wolves, and hypocrites. This is Jesus' last public sermon (23-24).
So common is the desire to want to do something "Great" for the Lord, yet so many feel stuck doing "Stupid" jobs. Remembering that work is good, that we were designed to work, we are exhorted in this passage to do our work heartily as unto the Lord, because it is the Lord Who has redeemed us. In this way, our "Stupid" jobs become avenues by which we adorn the Gospel in this world.
Dr Jeff Riddle looks at the translation of John 1.18, 'No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.'
The following points are three contemporary challenges related to this verse:
The text of John 1.18.
The translation of John 1.18.
The theological significance of John 1.18.
While the Christian life is indeed lived in the power, comfort, and guidance of the Spirit, we are yet a work in progress. God has in Christ fully accomplished our redemption, but we have yet to full realize that redemption. For now, we rejoice in the Lord, and we at times, also groan inwardly, and struggle with external sin as well.
Pastor Joey DeRuntz continues his series on Ephesians in chapter 1, verses 19 through 23. This sermon is titled "Our Father's Glorious Power, Part 1".
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Verse by verse exposition through the book of 1 Kings.
19 So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him. 20 And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah, and said, "Please let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you."
And he said to him, "Go back again, for what have I done to you?"
21 So Elisha turned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them and boiled their flesh, using the oxen's equipment, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and followed Elijah, and became his servant.
The Pharisees took aim at Jesus' disciples for failing to perform all the rituals their religion required. But in what would be a revolutionary response, Jesus uses the Pharisees' accusations to cut straight to the heart of humanity's problem.
Ironically, the celebration of the Prince of Peace can be the least peaceful time of the year! Pressure from family and friends, expectations, and financial strains can rob us of the gift of divine peace. In this message, Pastor Brad Wells outlines the steps to knowing peace– eternal, internal, and external.
….. these are the kind of women, the bible says are most fixed upon, concentrate on, and draw attention to their externals, are often the kind of women with the most ill-intentioned internals
The issue was not mere opulence, it wasn't just expensive excess, there is a heart issue.
From the heart flow all the issues of life, including your dress!
The Bible shows A connection is assumed between the attitude of the heart and the outward appearance of a person.
This is Important to Christian character, their hearts, not just clothes and jewlery… is being called into view, the whole attitude, deportment, and projection of a women.