Days before the resurrection, Jesus told his disciples again that he would be leaving them. Surely this had to be a crushing blow to his dear friends. But he also promised that he would not leave them “as orphans.”
This message from Pastor Matthew Hoskinson of the First Baptist Church of Manhattan examines that passage (John 14) and dives into what Jesus meant as well as the promise of the Holy Spirit that He sent to his followers (including us today). I hope the truth in it ministers to you today.
Bible link: John 14 (ESV)
Sermon number seven from the Grace to You series I’ve been working my way through, “Pillars of Christian Character,” is about joy. We know from Galatians that joy is one of the fruits of a spirit-filled and spirit-controlled life. It also may be my favorite character trait.
This sermon looks at how it should be a part of church life, the command to rejoice regardless of circumstances, what sin does to joy and other biblical passages about this essential character trait.
Sometimes what makes a sermon good is that it kicks the stuffing out of you. It makes you examine your heart, and convicts you of the sins you’ve been downplaying or ignoring in your own life. Of course, those kinds of sermons are only good when we can also remember the gospel, so we do not just remain weighed down by our guilt and sins. Continue reading
What is the role of good works in the life of a Christian? Titus chapter three shows us:
Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men. For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men.
Titus 3:1-8 NASB
Although the term “trinity” is not found in the Bible, the concept is clearly affirmed in multiple passages as an accurate understanding of the Godhead. While it may seem a headscratcher to believe in one God, in three divine persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), this is supported by the Scriptures. Continue reading
“You do not need another special revelation from God outside the Bible. You can listen to the voice of God every day. Christ still speaks, because the Spirit has already spoken. If you want to hear from God, go to the book that records only what he has said. Immerse yourself in the word of God. You will not find anything more sure.”
Rev. Kevin DeYoung from Taking God at His Word
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Continue reading
“But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ “But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.
John 16:5-11 NASB
This episode of Fighting for the Faith is not to be missed! Pirate Christian Chris Rosebrough tackles the newly released “Holy Ghost” movie and shows that the “miracle” healings are easy parlor tricks and cold readings and illustrates that the theology about hearing from the Holy Spirit promoted by the film makers is wholly in contrast to Scripture.
Don’t fall for it brothers and sisters. Read your Bible and understand how the real Holy Spirit works (John 14-16 is a great start!) so you’re not taken in by stuff like this.
The book Jesus Calling is wildly popular, having sold over 8 million copies as of March 2013, not to mention the many other “Jesus” books Young has written. Disturbingly enough, there’s even an app for that. Amy left a comment on my review of Jesus Calling recently and she asked some questions that I’d like to address. Continue reading