Sermons on In Christ

The Armor of God Part 2

THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS Ephesians 6:11-17 (NIV) Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes . . . that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place. The Breastplate of Righteousness is to protect your heart. Satan…

What I CAN Do In Christ

WHAT I CAN DO IN CHRIST Growing up, I was told what I couldn’t do: “You can’t drink, smoke, chew, or hang out with the girls that do.” However, Christianity is really about what we CAN do now that we have Jesus in our lives! Without Jesus we had limits and boundaries. Matthew 10:1-8 (NIV) When He [Jesus] had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all…

Pentecost Part 3

THE NEW TESTAMENT TABERNACLE OF WITNESS Numbers 11:29 (NLT) Moses replied . . . “I wish that all the LORD’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put his Spirit upon them all!” Acts 1:8 (GNT) When the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses for me . . . . to the ends of the earth. In the Old Testament God had the “Tabernacle of Witness.” The Tabernacle was…

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…

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 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…

Made to Conquer

TRUST CHRIST TO HELP 1 John 5:4 (AMP) Everyone born of God is victorious and overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has conquered and overcome the world—our [continuing, persistent] faith [in Jesus the Son of God]. . . . God’s “heredity” within us will always conquer the world outside us. – PHILLIPS . . . by trusting Christ to help. – TLB E. W. Kenyon said, “The reason the majority of Christians are weak, though they are…

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…

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…