Sermons by David Longenecker

New Year to Worship Part 5

GOD’S WILL, NOT MY WILL If we want to experience the deeper things of God, we have to be willing to purify our hearts. Matthew 5:8 (AMPC) Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous—possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see [perceive, experience, and behold] God! We purify our hearts through God’s love. 1 Peter…

New Year to Worship Part 4

DEEPER EXPERIENCES WITH GOD God does not inhabit any type of worship—only wholehearted worship. Wholehearted worship is the result of getting past our sin, our pride, and the opinions of others. If we want to experience the deeper things of God, we have to be willing to purify our hearts. Matthew 5:8 (AMPC) Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous—possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of…

New Year to Worship Part 3

GETTING OVER YOURSELF John 4:23-24 (TLB) The time is coming when we will no longer be concerned about whether to worship the Father here or in Jerusalem. For it’s not where we worship that counts, but how we worship—is our worship spiritual and real? Do we have the Holy Spirit’s help? For God is Spirit, and we must have his help to worship as we should. James 5:16 (TLB) The earnest prayer of a righteous man has great power and…

New Year to Worship Part 2

SINGING IN THE SPIRIT Throne room experiences only happen with Holy Spirit help—listen and respond to the inward impulses of the Holy Spirit. John 4:23-24 (TLB) The time is coming when we will no longer be concerned about whether to worship the Father here or in Jerusalem. For it’s not where we worship that counts, but how we worship—is our worship spiritual and real? Do we have the Holy Spirit’s help? For God is Spirit, and we must have his…

New Year to Worship Part 1

NEW WORSHIP FOR A NEW YEAR Worship is not a song or action apart from divine aid—it’s not flesh-led. New Testament worship is Spirit-led—listening for and responding to the inward impulses of the Holy Spirit. Throne room experiences only happen with Holy Spirit help. John 4:23-24 (TLB) The time is coming when we will no longer be concerned about whether to worship the Father here or in Jerusalem. For it’s not where we worship that counts, but how we worship—is…

Eternal Life Part 4

TIME SPENT IN GOD’S PRESENCE “We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power.” – R.A. Torrey Luke 6:17-19 (NIV) He [Jesus] went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases.…

Eternal Life Part 3

DELIVERED FROM THE DOMINION OF DARKNESS 2 Corinthians 13:9-11 (NIV) Our prayer is that you may be fully restored . . . . Brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration. When Adam fell he changed places and conditions. He moved out of the spiritual life realm to the death realm. He moved from spiritual life to spiritual death. – Unger’s Bible Dictionary Jesus came to reverse the effects of the Fall. Colossians 1:13 (EXB) God has ·freed [rescued; delivered]…

Eternal Life Part 2

UNION WITH GOD 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV) We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. What you behold you become. . . . In gazing with wonder at [Jesus] the blueprint likeness of God displayed in human form, we suddenly realize that we are looking at ourselves! Every feature of his image is mirrored…

Eternal Life Part 1

THE PURPOSE OF JESUS’S COMING Genesis 1:24-27 (NKJV) God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let Us…

Tithing and the New Testament Part 2

JESUS OUR HIGH PRIEST We learned: The word “tithe” is found in the New Testament, the concept of tithing is also found in the New Testament, and the New Testament teaches us to tithe. The difference is: God’s goal is the same—love. How we get there is what changed. Hebrews 7:11-22 (CW) If the Levitical priesthood could have perfected our relationship with God through the law, then why do the Scriptures talk about a different high priest to come, one…

Tithing and the New Testament Part 1

IS TITHING IN THE NEW TESTAMENT? Luke 11:39-42 (TLB) Jesus said, “You Pharisees wash the outside, but inside you are still dirty—full of greed and wickedness! Fools! Didn’t God make the inside as well as the outside? Purity is best demonstrated by generosity. But woe to you Pharisees! For though you are careful to tithe even the smallest part of your income, you completely forget about justice and the love of God. You should tithe, yes, but you should not…

The Armor of God Part 6

THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT Ephesians 6:11-17 (NIV) Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able…