Have you ever noticed a laxness in your soul after gaining victory: a slowness to turn from sin and a tolerance of small compromises? It is in those moments that we are in desperate need for an egkrateian growl, a fierce determination to let not sin therefore reign. This message is about kicking out sin and keeping it out, giving no space for the flesh to take territory in our souls. Let us set our faces like flint and maintain a growl against anything that would keep us from Christ.
"Yes sir. Right away, sir. Whatever you say, sir." These are the words of a yes-man, the sort of man we typically deem weak and brainless. But is there a right way to be a yes-man? This message examines the principle of control and authority, shining light upon who really holds the voice of power in our souls. As Christians, are we submitted to the voice of God alone, saying, "Yes, Lord, whatever pleases You"? Or are we bowing to the voice of the world, shutting out the wisdom of our Shepherd's Words?
Have you ever thought of the Old Servant as a character in the Bible? Because He is a behind-the-scenes kind of guy, many have paid Him little attention, but the Holy Spirit's work is evident throughout Scripture. His role focuses on revealing the Father and Jesus Christ, instead of making Himself the focus. The modern Church frequently mishandles the Spirit of God and this message attempts to give a clear and biblical perspective on how we are to relate to Him.
How many of us have given thought to the fact that one day, we will reign alongside of Christ? Most of us have no clue how to rule a nation! And yet, in the book of Proverbs, we have been given access to the wisdom of the King of all kings in order to govern our every affair with excellence. This message highlights the purpose and value of the proverbs and how we can begin, right now, to access and apply their wisdom to our lives. Let us train on the small matters so that we rule our domains as Christ rules His Kingdom!
If we were to imagine what a true man looks like, a ruddy shepherd boy would not be our first pick. That is, unless we understood what it truly meant to be a ruddy shepherd boy. In fact, it was a ruddy shepherd boy who destroyed the giant, Goliath. This message is a call for authentic, faith-filled Christianity that is willing to be built in the way that God chooses, for He delights to use humble, faithful, and child-like men and women to accomplish His purposes.
Like its unusual title, this message packs a unique punch in the arena of appetite. Cultural trends encourage us to overindulge in the food we eat, instead of enjoying it with self-control and gratitude. Like many sins, the real core of gluttony is an attitude of self-entitlement, demanding that we have what we want when we want it. Allow the Spirit of God to reveal the remnants of entitlement in your soul so that you can properly enjoy the pleasures God has given.
The idea of faith is at the cornerstone of Christianity. But the fact that God is unchanging and eternal is at the cornerstone of faith. Simply put, God is always the same. And, whereas, this may at first not seem like that big of a deal, it's a game-changer to the soul when you actually stop and begin to really ponder it.
For thousands of years, Jews have trembled to speak the Name of God. Because of Christ, Christians have, not only the privilege of speaking His Name, but bearing His Name as our own. Looking in depth at the meaning of Yahweh, this message unveils the power and beauty of the unspeakable Name which has been given us in Christ Jesus. May we walk in a manner worthy of this glorious Name.
"...in the Name of Jesus, Amen!" Have you used the word "amen" at the end of a prayer, unsure of what you were actually saying? This short Biblical word is traditionally used as a declaration of an agreement in prayer, or as a period placed on the end of a prayer to indicate that it was finished. Although these are proper uses of the word, we see throughout the pages of Scripture that "Amen" is God's name and it means that He has, will, and always will preform what is promised. This message directs our eyes towards the cross to behold the the faithful, merciful, and saving God. Oh, believer, what do you say in response to what God has done? Let us not be afraid to boldly declare "AMEN!".
This message focuses upon our tendency as humans to shift the blame on someone else when we are in the wrong. Wanting to escape the sting of conviction, we make rash accusations and attempt to clear our names of guilt. Therein lies the problem: there is no justification apart from Christ. "Lord, It Was the Woman!" takes us back to the heart of the Gospel and opens our eyes to the ways that we subtly discount the sufficiency of Christ's death.
We are running in a heavenly race and there is a crown to be won, but the way we run often shows that the prize is not worth everything to us. No one promised that running the race would be easy. God desires to make us ready and fit to obtain the reward, and yet we are quick to justify pockets of "me time.” This message reminds us that we are not here to live for the satisfaction of our appetites, but as soldiers, we must be sharp and self-controlled for the task before us. Let the Spirit of God search you through this message for any comfort or indulgence that would weigh you down while running the race with endurance.
"What is my calling? What is my unique role in the Body?" These are questions that we are frequently encouraged to consider, but they can easily tempt us to focus upon how we can be significant on our own. This sermon focuses upon how men were built with a desire to be significant and world-changing. However, God's pattern for making a man significant is not the world's way. God's way of making men world-changers is by taking them through the Cross, through dying to make Christ significant.
Scripture says that Abraham was justified by faith, but it also says that he was justified by works. Have you ever struggled with understanding faith vs. works? This message takes on the challenge and exhorts us not to have one or the other, but to have a "faith that goes to work." True faith is not limp and passive, but it labors hard and exerts itself to believe God regardless of the evidence of the natural realm. Let us exert the faith we have to joyfully believe an eternally trustworthy God—He will not fail us!
Sheep are pathetically weak, dumb, and slow. It's not a label any of us would prefer for ourselves. But the longer we walk with Christ, the more we have to admit that it is a fitting description. Despite weakness, the saving grace of the sheep is the fact that they have a Shepherd who leads and cares for them. This message reminds us of the profound truth that our Shepherd is just as powerful to keep as He is to save. We do not need to fear moral failure because He has promised to complete the work He began.
"He did that which was right in the sight of the Lord…but the high places were not taken away." This phrase is repeated throughout the biblical history of Israel, but it also describes many of us. We are too content to worship the Lord with half of our hearts, putting some of our sacrifices on the altars of high places. God desires for us to destroy those high places and turn to His most high and holy place for salvation and security. Allow the Spirit to search your soul through this message and unite your heart to fear His name alone.
In this message, Eric Ludy describes the vision and goals for Ellerslie Training and establishes twelve principles that are needed in Christian leadership. Using King David’s youthful years of development as a muse, a clear picture emerges, in and through this message, for how God disciples a young life and grows them from a novice to a great leader.
What is truth? Pilate asked this question before Christ's crucifixion and it is a question the world is still asking today. We as Christians have the answer, but our relationship with truth usually remains merely intellectual. We should be asking the question: Who is Truth? This message forces us to examine whether we really love Christ as Truth or if we avoid the discomfort of the conviction He brings. Glad surrender to Truth is the only way we can offer the person of Truth to this world's questions, and not just factual answers.
Are there things that you are afraid to pray? We feel more comfortable praying for those things which seem reasonable for God to give. This message defies small praying and challenges us to make God-sized requests. We pray safe prayers because we do not really believe that God will answer big prayers. Let us no longer be afraid to pray with boldness and audacity, because God delights to answer. Even better, He promises to do abundantly more than our most audacious request!
Christ was the ultimate Revolutionary. Set aside your mental images from history textbooks and behold Christ as the Redeemer who overthrew the kingdom of darkness and ushered in the Kingdom of Heaven. His battle-cry was "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!" This message explores the promise of Judgment in Scripture and takes a long look at Christ as the One who brings judgment upon darkness. Listen to this sermon with a soft heart, for it's a doozie!
Though we know that we have victory in Christ over principalities and powers, we find ourselves not walking in that mindset. We reason from a position of weakness, as opposed to one of strength. This message encourages us to walk in bold confidence, for Christ has indeed crushed the head of the serpent and defeated every last enemy!
Sometimes, we just need to hear a message again. This sermon strikes the oft-needed note of the necessity of immovability in the life of a Christian. When the winds and rains are raging, wisdom tells us that we must take our refuge in the Rock. It is there, in Christ our Spiritual Rock, that we will be unshakable, impenetrable, and ultimately, untouchable.
This message is about Jesus, the Bread of Life, who came to save all who partake of Him. The showbread in the tabernacle was much more than just bread, it was a foreshadow of the One born in Bethlehem, the House of Bread. Jesus came to show forth the Father and in Him we behold the Great I AM. Come and see what the Showbread revealed!
This message is a study in the discipline of readiness, of being fit to rise in strength, grit, and confidence to meet the adventures of life in Christ. As Christians, we must be prepared for whatever difficulties or foes we might encounter. We must be instant, immediate in our responses. However, our hearts are usually crowded with distraction and sluggishness and we prove spiritual snails when spiritual sprinters are required. Are you ready?
Knowing and believing that Christ died for our sins and rose again is basic Christianity. But we so often glaze over the fact that the Cross was a mystery hidden for ages and generations, revealed to us only by His miraculous grace. Let us not lose our wonder, for our God is a Revealer of mysteries and we are exceedingly privileged to have eyes to see.
The command to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ is familiar to many of us and yet we often struggle to practically implement it in the realm of purity. Let us freshly consecrate ourselves to walk in the way of holiness and allow no mixture in the temple of Christ, for the Man without mixture Himself, Jesus Christ, now dwells within us as believers. We have been given the authority to stand strong against the pull of temptation to impurity.