Sermons by David Longenecker

With Him, Without him

WITH HIM, WITHOUT HIM Jesus died, was buried, and rose again so YOU could be WITH HIM always! 1 Peter 1:3 (NLT) All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation. Life is WAY better WITH Jesus! Romans 1:19-20 (LOVETT) The knowledge of God is readily discernible to the minds of all…

What Matters Most Part 3

OUR MISSION Philippians 1:9 (CP) This I pray: that your love [agape] may keep growing until you have such understanding and keen perception that you can sort out the truly important matters. Matthew 28:18-20 (TLB) Jesus told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and earth. Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and then teach these new…

What Matters Most Part 2

OUR LOVE WALK (GOD, SELF & PEOPLE) Philippians 1:9 (CP) This I pray: that your love [agape] may keep growing until you have such understanding and keen perception that you can sort out the truly important matters. Only agape love can bring clarity to what matters most! Matthew 22:36-40 (NLT) “Teacher, which is the most important commandment.” Jesus replied, “’You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the…

What Matters Most Part 1

CHRIST IN HUMAN HEARTS Philippians 1:9 (CP) This I pray: that your love may keep growing until you have such understanding and keen perception that you can sort out the truly important matters. I want you to understand what matters most! What Mattered to the Pharisees The Bible mentions THREE main things the Pharisees loved. Money. Pharisees loved money! Money drove their decisions. If lying meant more money – they’d lie! Money mattered most. Luke 16:13-14 (NIV) “No one can…

Cry of the Martyrs Part 4

What is Still Not Surrendered? God NEVER asks something FROM you. God ONLY asks that which is FOR you. With God, it’s not about giving something up, it’s about gaining something better! THOSE WHO SURRENDER – Abraham Genesis 22:2-3 (CW) God said, “Take your son, the only one you have, the one you love so much, and go with him three days’ travel to Mount Moriah. There at the top of the mountain I want you to offer up Isaac…

Cry of the Martyrs Part 3

Who Am I Identifying With? Do I want to identify with those in persecution or their persecutors? If I keep my witness to myself, I’m identifying with persecutors. If I share Jesus today, I’m identifying with those in persecution. The church in persecution understands consistent faithfulness. Matthew 4:19 (NKJV) “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” . . . I will transform you into men who catch people for God. – TPT If we’re NOT catching people,…

Cry of the Martyrs Part 2

What Am I Living For? Philippians 1:21 (NIV) To live is Christ and to die is gain. If you’re not denying “self” in order to serve Christ, you’re not “living for Christ,” you’re “living for self.” The early Church was beaten, stoned, thrown to the lions, tortured, and then went away rejoicing that they were considered worthy to suffer for the name of Jesus Christ. What where they living for? The American Church: The best life we can have on…

Cry of the Martyrs Part 1

What Am I Willing To Suffer? Acts 9:15-16 (LDB) Go! I have chosen [you] to carry My name before the Gentiles, their kings, and the people of Israel. Now I will show [you] how much [you] must suffer because of the stand [you] will take for me. We are often presented with the blessings of God, without ever mentioning suffering for God. Don’t misunderstand me. God wants you blessed! 3 John 1:2 (KJV) I wish above all things that thou…

The Lessons of Jacob Marley

THE LESSONS OF JACOB MARLEY 1. “I wear the chains I forged in life.” What we do here, determines our position there! Hebrews 9:27 (NET) People are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment. We’re either storing up treasure or we’re storing up judgment. Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 (TLB) For the living at least know that they will die! But the dead know nothing [about their future] . . . .Whatever they did in their lifetimes—loving, hating, envying—is long gone,…

The Prince of Peace

THE PRINCE OF PEACE We sing Christmas songs and get Christmas cards about peace and joy, but most people have never experienced that peace, or are living in that joy. Luke 2:13-14 (NIV) Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” It’s NOT peace on earth; it’s peace in YOU! John 14:27 (TLB) I am…

Heart Treasure Part 4

THE OVERFLOW PRINCIPLE Matthew 22:37 (NKJV) You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. . . . Love the Lord your God with every passion of your heart, with all the energy of your being, and with every thought that is within you. – TPT Luke 6:45 (VOICE) A person full of goodness in his heart produces good things; a person with an evil reservoir in his heart…

Heart Treasure Part 3

THE HEART’S DEEP ABIDING BELIEFS Matthew 12:35 (NKJV) A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. GOOD – Empowered by God in life, through faith. EVIL – Toiling alone in misery, through distrust. TREASURE – The thoughts we store up in our heart. Research has found that the electromagnetic field of the heart is approximately 5,000 times greater in strength…