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.
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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.
1 Kings 18:36-39
It’s commonly been said, “God helps those who help themselves”. Without a doubt, this is one the most oft-quoted phrases that many are fond of repeating, but did you know, it‘s nowhere to be found in the Bible? All around us, we witness the sobering reality of spiritual dearth across the nation, both in the Church and out. The Church resolves to pull itself up by their proverbial bootstraps; we’ll be alright she says, but Brethren, it’s too late in the hour for such fanciful thinking, the need is too great! We need God!! “In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears” (Ps. 18:6).
The question posed in this featured sermon is this: “When Do We Need Revival?”. The question is answered in three points; the Church of Jesus Christ needs revival when #1. It has lost the fear of God, #2. It has lost the power of God, and #3. It has lost the call of God. May the Lord graciously minister in each one of our lives, as we give ourselves to seek His face for mercy.
There are some things in this life that can only be truly understood by divine revelation. No amount of seeing will ever see, and no matter how many times one might hear a thing proclaimed, it’s not until the penny drops that one really hears for the very first time!! I do not think that one can begin to comprehend, Calvary’s dying love, without the aid of divine revelation, given them by God.
In this sermon, we attempt by God’s grace to walk through the first eleven verses of Philippians and to behold the humility of our Lord Jesus Christ. In light of the depth of such humility, an exhortation is given to s, to walk in the same.
Why is it that so many who name the name of Jesus Christ, can’t ever seem to break free from the cycle of “struggle”; never coming to a place of spiritual maturity in their lives, never seeming to be able to overcome the besetting sins that have so easily entangle them for years?
At the heart of the issue lies a life that is un-surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and until one turns in full repentance, one will never know the taste of victory.
Patience is one of those virtues that we all speak about, but none of us really like to experience it. It’s a bit like “saving”, who likes to save when you can spend! Well similarly, who likes to have to endure the pain of waiting when you can have it now!! The whole of Western consumerism is built on this model— if you want it now, you can have it now!!
Solomon wrote, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life” (Prov. 13:12). Why does God then delay? Does He not want His children happy? Our Heavenly Father is of greater substance than that! He cares for more than our mere happiness, it is character that God’s after!! He wants to work in us the precious virtue of patience so that we might stand complete in Him by faith!
Faith is to undergird our whole Christian experience, without it, we cannot function!! There is an enemy of our souls who well knows this fact. You don’t need me to tell you that we are in a spiritual battle — we feel its effects hourly!! As believers in Christ, we are not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices, lest he should gain an advantage over us (2 Cor. 2:11).
One of Satan’s modes of attack is to sow seeds of doubt into the mind of the Christian so as to take from under our feet, our ground of confidence in God. By looking at three examples in the Bible, we learn more about this scheme of assault and how we are to overcome it!