1 Samuel 15:16-17
Nothing (I believe) so moves the heart of our Heavenly Father more than humility. Consider with me, a verse found in Isaiah 57. “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” (Is. 57:15). Like a magnet pulled with force towards a lump of rusty iron, it readily passes by the gold and the silver (it’s unattracted by them); so our God is drawn towards humility.
In this sermon, we survey the lives of those whom God had called and used, and we note the downfall of some, who though pride fell from their former standing. May we every sense our need for God and in His lifting up of our position, let us remain in a place of humility.
I’ve come to find at length, that there are multitudes of Jonah’s in the land of the living today, occupying the pews and the pulpits of many a church building. There in bodily presence at least, but as pertaining to their true spiritual condition, they’re on the run from God! God has His finger on a matter in their lives that they are simply not willing to deal with. Since God is a Father of love, He delights in the discipline of His children, but as children, we don’t take too kindly to being disciplined.
This sermon is an exhortation and encouragement to believers, to endure in trial under the loving discipline of their heavenly Father. If we are sons and daughters of the Most-High, then we will not be without His chastening hand of God in our lives. The Word goes forth, “My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth” (Heb. 12:5-6). Will we be in subjection to that Father of spirits that we might live?
Knowing the Bible for Yourself (Pt. 4)
When we speak of an epistle, we mean by this a letter. The English word for epistle comes from the Greek word “epistolē” which means a written message. There are 21 such Epistles found within the Bible which comprise a third of the whole New Testament. The New Testament Epistles are vital to the Believer in Christ because they contain the doctrines which he/she is to live by!
In this teaching, we examine some of the key principles for interpreting the New Testament Epistles.
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In the closing chapter of the Book of Acts, we learn that Paul was placed under house arrest for two years in the city of Rome while awaiting trial at the Court of Caesar. No longer being able to be with those he so loved, he was compelled instead to write to them from his place of imprisonment, exhorting and encouraging them in the faith. The letters that he wrote during this time of imprisonment are called the prison letters of Paul. There are four of them in number — Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and the tiny letter to Philemon. In all four Epistles, Paul speaks of his chains for Jesus Christ. For now, Paul’s travelling journeys were curtailed, but his ministry of prayer was not! What he could no longer do in person, he could do via proxy by means of prayer!! You see, the heart of Paul was not only to plant Churches but to see those Churches blossoming. Paul’s business was not only the saving of souls but the discipling of those same souls unto maturity! Thus, to this end, he gave himself to prayer that the Churches he so loved might be established in the faith.
The Parables of the Kingdom are among some of the finest parables given by our Lord in all that He spoke. The Jewish people of His day looked for a kingdom that was coming in power and a king ruling on a physical throne in a physical location. The King had indeed come into their midst bringing with Him a kingdom of power, yet this kingdom was one that was to be established in the hearts of men!
This sermon takes a look at these kingdom parables and in particular, the Parable of the Hidden Treasure. May the Lord stir our hearts and may we meet Him again with passion and zeal, reviving our first-love love for Jesus our King!!
Pastor Jason Wright delivers a very timely word, straight from the Bible, relating to the need in this perilous hour for every believer to have an upper room in their life. A time where we can draw away from the many voices to hear from God.
May you be encouraged by this much-needed message.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the title of this morning’s sermon is a message straight out of a motivational handbook; you’ll be pleased to know it’s not!!
This sermon offers a word of hope to those who have failed the Lord through sin and who are struggling to come back. By looking at Peter’s denial and subsequent restoration, we can find great comfort in the compassionate mercies of God. The same Saviour who restored Peter, can and will restore us if we would but only come to Him.
In this sermon, we examine the Parable of the Ten Virgins and in so doing find that there are those who are going to be ready when the Lord returns to collect His bride, and those who are not going to be ready! Getting ready for the Second Coming of the Lord is not something that we can prepare for when He comes, we must be prepared for when He comes.
May the Lord speak to each one of us on this matter of preparedness.
Knowing the Bible for Yourself (Pt. 3)
In deciding to translate the Bible from one language to another, two questions must lie at the heart of the translation process. #1, Accuracy and #2, Readability. On one hand, one wants a translation that is as accurate and as close to the original languages as possible while at the same time being readable. You may be thinking, why are we discussing Bible translations in a study looking at how to better interpret the Bible? Isn’t the Bible just the Bible? It is, but as will be demonstrated, one can make use of a range of different translations of the Bible in order to make better sense of the Bible.
In this third teaching part, we explore the various translations available to the student of God’s word and the pros and cons of each.
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From the very inception of Paul’s call to faith, there on that dusty Damascene road; this former persecutor of those who followed the Way was himself shown by the Lord “...how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake” (Acts 9:16). The legacy of this man’s life was nothing short of faithfulness unto the Lord. He was sold out to Christ with a one-track mind to finish the course appointed him.
During his third missionary journey, Paul received a number of prophetic warnings from multiple sources, all confirming the same thing that bonds and afflictions awaited him upon his return to Jerusalem. Many pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem so as to spare him from the danger that awaited him there. Paul’s response was decisive and final…he’d purposed to go up to Jerusalem and to there finish the course appointed Him by the Lord! May the Lord grant us such faithful unswerving conviction to ever do what is right by our God no matter what the cost!