I don’t know if you’ve ever had the pleasurable experience of tracing the path of a river as it meanders through the iconic English countryside. It is a sight to behold. The ’S’ curved bends of the river as it winds its way round hill and gully. The flowing currents, sometimes gentle, sometimes fierce. The exposed banks of the river with their clayey substrate. All makes for a most tranquil experience amidst the dragonflies and bees! But with that said, this picturesque scene is not complete without mention of the mighty trees that hug the river's course. If you know anything about trees, you will know that beneath the surface of the soil there lies an extensive root system. Oftentimes, the tree’s roots will spread as wide as the tree is tall. It’s through these roots that the tree will absorb the vast majority of its water intake and it’s through these roots that stability is offered to the tree.
A tree with no roots is a dead tree! A tree with shallow roots is a vulnerable tree! But a tree with good strong roots is a healthy tree!! It is the will of God for all of His children to grow up unto maturity and to become as mighty oaks. May this sermon be of edification to you, to this end.
Part 1 of 2
Having asked the question last week, “Which Covenant?”, and having answered it conclusively with authority from the Word of God; I want now in this second teaching part, to go on to look at the nature of this New Covenant as it pertains to justification and sanctification.
When one understands the true nature of the Old Covenant as contrasted with that of the New, how could anyone ever want to go back? “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Gal. 5:1).
I stand as a watchman to lift my voice in warning, against a movement that is fast growing in momentum across the evangelical world. Some call it Hebrew Roots, others call it Torah Observant Christianity — call it what you like, the overriding emphasis is the same. They tell us that the Gentile Church has been infected with Greek culture and needs desperately to return to its Jewish roots from whence it came!! When asked what this “returning to its Jewish roots” looks like, one is speedily pointed to Moses and told that in order to be a faithful follower of Yeshua, you must keep Torah! Dietary Laws, Sabbath Laws, the Feasts and Festivals; if we are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, then we must do so as Torah observing Christians!
When everything has been said and done, the golden question that every professing believer in Jesus Messiah must answer is this; “Which Covenant are you Under?”. To whom will you pledge your allegiance, Moses or Jesus Christ? You cannot serve both!
Rebecca Cranch shares a powerful and moving testimony of God's faithfulness in the birth of her precious son Tobias!
2 Samuel 21:15-22
As I look at the spiritual condition of the Church in this country, I’ve no other way to explain it, except to say that we’re in a spiritual crisis. As you turn on the news this evening, the headlines sound loud and clear, there’s a coming global famine, and we must prepare for it!! Headlines like this, make us sit up and take note, yet what if I was to tell you that we are already in the midst of a famine, right here in Great Britain. You say what!! I didn’t know that!! I ate breakfast this morning, and I have a lovely dinner in the fridge waiting for me when I get home! Now of course, when I speak of famine, I’m not speaking of famine for bread, I speak of famine of hearing the Word of the LORD!!
This sermon is a call and a challenge for leadership to rise up in this hour and be counted for the Lord. It’s no time for cowardice, God is looking for men of courage.