Sermons by David Longenecker

Pentecost Part 1

THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER John 20:19-22 (NIV) When the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and…

Written On Your Heart Part 4

THE TWO TREES OF KNOWLEDGE In the Old Testament, God’s “Spirit” rested over the Ark of the Covenant; leading Israel out of the wilderness into God’s promises. The Ark of the Covenant symbolizes the heart of a believer. Jeremiah 31:33 (NLT) “This is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel after those days,” says the Lord. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their…

Written On Your Heart Part 3

THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT God’s law was never the standard for salvation. God’s law is the standard for personal freedom. Romans 13:8-10 (LBP) If you are loving others you are measuring up to the standard that God’s law has always been seeking . . . . If you really love, you will measure up to the whole law without even thinking about it. Jesus saves us, the Holy Spirit fills us, the Father’s love frees us. Romans 5:5 (CEV)…

Written On Your Heart Part 2

THE LAW OF FREEDOM Matthew 5:17 (NIV) “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish [to do away with, deprive of force, annul, or discard] them but to fulfill them.” “Fulfill,” comes from the Greek root “plḗrēs” meaning, “being full of the presence of the Lord (and His provisions), to take possession of one’s heart, and to make complete in every particular.” Jesus didn’t come to remove God’s…

Written On Your Heart Part 1

THE TWO LAWS OF THE BIBLE Legalism abuses God’s law. It says, “Do this or God won’t love you.” A legalist’s favorite verse is: Psalm 7:11 (CEB) God is a righteous judge, a God who is angry at evil every single day. The legalist uses “God’s law” to manipulate and control others for personal gain. The verse they don’t want you to know is: Romans 3:23-25 (NLT) All have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet now God…

FEASTS = Firstfruits = New Beginnings

THE FEAST OF FIRSTFRUITS—THE FEAST OF NEW BEGINNINGS Today is a special day on God’s calendar—it marks the day, which God established, for New Beginnings! On this day . . . 1. Noah’s Ark came to rest on Mt. Ararat. Genesis 8:4 (NIV) On the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. This day marked a new beginning for the earth. Hundreds of years later, Israel would celebrate, on this day,…

FEASTS = Divine Appointments

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FEASTS While studying the book of Revelation, a major theme unfolds among the Seven Churches of Asia. Judges 3:7 (GW) The people of Israel did what the Lord considered evil. They forgot the Lord their God and served other gods and goddesses—the Baals and the Asherahs. Satan was attempting to draw the Church away from the “Feats of the Lord” and replace them with Baal’s celebrations. 1. The Feasts foreshadow Messianic events. Colossians 2:16-17 (NKJV) So…

Breastplate of Righteousness Part 3

THE SOURCE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS The purpose of righteousness is to put us in a relationship with God that: Inspires confidence. Removes fear. Makes available all God’s blessings and promises. John 3:19-21 (CW) What condemns people is not the fact that they’re in darkness but that they don’t accept the light. People don’t want to be told that their natures are evil [thanatos vs zoe], so they don’t come to the light, because they’re more comfortable with darkness than with light.…

Breastplate of Righteousness Part 2

THE PURPOSE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS The Breastplate of Righteousness produces peace, rest, confidence, security, boldness, no fear, no terror, no oppression. Romans 8:30 (LOVETT) God called those whom He fore-ordained. He also justified them, making them as righteous as Jesus. Easton’s Bible Dictionary—Justification: “The judicial act of God, by which he pardons all the sins of those who believe in Christ, and accounts, accepts, and treats them as righteous . . . . In addition to the pardon of sin, justification…

Breastplate of Righteousness Part 1

THE BLESSINGS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS Proverbs 28:1 (NIV) The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. Isaiah 32:17 (NIV) The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. . . . the effect of righteousness is rest and security for ever. – JUB The Breastplate of Righteousness produces peace, rest, confidence, security, and boldness. Isaiah 54:14 (TLV) In righteousness you will be established. You will be…

Flesh vs Spirit Part 3

THE SPIRIT-LED LIFE Galatians 5:16 (LDB) I challenge you to think, speak, and act in obedience to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Hebrews 3:12-13 (TPT) Search your hearts every day, my brothers and sisters, and make sure that none of you has evil [toiling alone] or unbelief hiding within you. For it will lead you astray, and make you unresponsive to the living God. Psalm 50:1 (AMP) THE MIGHTY One, God, the Lord, speaks and calls the earth from…

Flesh vs Spirit Part 2

THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Galatians 5:16 (LDB) I challenge you to think, speak, and act in obedience to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Then you won’t be in any danger of gratifying any selfish or wrongful [fleshly] desire. I challenge you to think, speak, and act in obedience to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (JOHN) When anyone turns to Christ, the veil is removed . . . . This is God’s Spirit at…