Well the words of an old hymn serve to adorn the passage of Scripture before us – A Living Sacrifice. “I fail to find a sacrifice, or fitting gift to bring: Earth’s treasures have too little worth to offer to my King. My gift is small, it is my all, accept it Lord I pray; let self be slain, let Jesus reign, within my heart alway”. Oh, dear soul…is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid? What yet remains to give Him who gave all to us?
The world is ever seeking to fashion us into its pattern but we must hold fast and withstand that temptation. The exhortation given by the Apostle Paul in this twelfth chapter of Romans is for Christians to be transformed by the renewing of their mind in order that they might prove that good and acceptable and perfect will of God and in so proving to grow up in maturity.
When one surveys that peculiar and special people group known as the Jews; one would think them to be altogether cast off by God. How so few it seems have come to saving faith in Messiah; how many vehemently oppose the gospel of Jesus Christ!! With a deep groaning and an inescapable burden for his people, Paul lays down the case as to why it is absolutely not the case that God has cast off His covenanted people Israel!!
With careful exegesis and passionate preaching, the case is made in this sermon teaching in favour of Gods continuing plan for national Israel in the salvific purposes of God. Their rejection on account of divine judgment has proven to be the blessing of the nations; their partial hardening, the coming in of the Gentiles!! Yet there is coming a time when God shall turn His mercies back again to His covenant people as foretold by the prophets and in that day all of national Israel shall be saved!!
2 Corinthians 13:7-11
David delivers a very challenging message on the great need for believers in Christ to become mature in the faith. So many are waddling around at the first stages of infancy when they ought by now to be young men and fathers in the faith. Many are content to sit inactive on the side lines and wonder why there is no spiritual growth and maturity in their lives.
In love and gentleness, David sets the record straight and exhorts the body of Christ to walk in obedience to the call of God upon their lives as it pertains to Christian service. It’s not in the "sitting" that one grows spiritually, but rather it is in the “doing” of Christian service that one develops spiritual muscles and begins to grow in spiritual maturity.
For the Roman Catholic, the sacraments are more than just outward symbols of inward realities but rather it is believed that these visible rituals (ceremonies) carry actual power, to impart divine life and saving grace to those who are the recipients of them in true faith.
Rome believes that it’s through the sacrament of Baptism that one is freed from original sin, reborn as a new creature, adopted as a son of God and made a partaker of the divine nature being made a member of the Body of Christ. What compounds this problem even further is that the overwhelming majority of such baptisms are performed on little babies!! In this teaching we ask a number of very important questions; does the Bible teach the necessity of baptism for salvation? Is a person regenerated in baptism? Are our sins washed away in baptism? Can babies be born-again? Using the Bible alone as our infallible guide, we endeavour to provide answers to these questions and more.
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In his final teaching, David Nathan concludes by delivering a stirring message on the person and work of The Holy Spirit in and through the end-times church. David Nathan begins by dispelling unbiblical teachings and long held traditions regarding the agency and ministry of The Holy Spirit, followed by a very strong rebuke and impassioned plea for the body of Christ to once again seek the baptism of The Holy Spirit that we may be His witnesses amidst the impending persecution in this last and wicked hour.
David shares his hearts burden regarding the coming wave of persecution that he very strongly believes the Church in the west is set to experience. David cries aloud for believers to prepare themselves for such an hour as is yet to come. God will give us the grace needed to stand, but we must understand and recognise the times and the seasons we are living in and in so doing to make the preparations necessary for the coming storm!!
Persecution is no longer some detached notion concerning oppressed Christian brothers and sisters from some distant land, but the reality of impending tribulation for believers is happening right here and now! The very foundations of the Christian faith are being eroded right before our eyes; society and governments are becoming increasingly secular and anti-Christian; the trampling and disregard of biblical values is taking place at an alarming and unprecedented rate! Are we really ready for the coming storm? Paul M. Williams challenges the church to faithfully prepare for what’s ahead!
In this teaching session, Chris Lawson exposes the dangerous occult practices of visualisation, guided imagery and inner healing, its implications and how it is influencing the church.
Probably one of the most disturbing trends in the evangelical church today is the increase of “heavy shepherding” and “Spiritual Abuse” being inflicted on church members by their leaders. What are the identifying marks or symptoms of spiritual abuse? Are there any Biblical/practical steps that can be taken if you or a loved one are ensnared? In this session, Chris Lawson warmly and candidly shares first-hand experiences of how he himself was a victim of spiritual abuse and how he found complete victory in Christ!
All around souls give way…a war is raging and to the battle the Christian soldier is called! On the left they peel away to deception, and on the right they fall on account of sin. This sermon is an exhortation for Christians to finish well the race that set is before them. Prepare to be challenged, prepared to be encouraged, Onward Christian soldier the clarion call has sounded forth!!