Sermons on In Christ

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…

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 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…

Endure till the End Part 1

OUR POSITION IN CHRIST Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Romans 9:15-16 (LDB) God told Moses, “I will be merciful to whomever I wish. If I wish to show kindness to someone, I will. This shows that it was not we who had intense desire and put forth great effort to be saved,…

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…

Sin No More Part 3

LEAVING SIN BEHIND—The Spiritual Side 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (JOHN) When anyone turns to Christ, the veil is removed . . . . This is God’s Spirit at work and wherever the Spirit of God operates, he sets persons free. With the veil lifted from our eyes we see the ultimate purpose of God [sons and daughters] reflected in Christ, and as we keep this vision before us we are continually transformed by it. We move from one area of fulfillment…