In a world where so many people struggle over their identity the Bible has much to say about those who are born again. An understanding of what the Bible says about who we are will keep us free from an 'identity crisis' and leave us empowered to serve the kingdom with confidence.
A great message on how many people are looking for alternative ways of having a spiritual encounter and ways in which we can engage them with the gospel. It includes Simone's testimony of how she came out of that world.
When Jesus set out for Jerusalem to face the cross the Bible says that he resolved to go there, or he 'fixed his face'. To do great things for the kingdom involves sacrifice on our part and we need to learn the power of resolve. Jesus focused on the joy set before him and this is where his resolve came from. Are we focused on the same or do we only see the trials we are facing now?
There are various places where Jesus speaks of people who think they will inherit the kingdom but in fact will not. This shows the importance of seeking the kingdom only and to uphold and maintain the truth of God's word. Kingdom only.
When Jesus told the parable of the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price he was telling us that the kingdom of God has more value than everything that we possess. It begs the question: is the kingdom first in our lives?
Moses' father-in-law gave good advice when he told Moses that he could not do it all. The Bible says that the church will grow as each part of the body does its work. Can we commit ourselves to do our part for the kingdom?
Words are powerful and can have a negative effect or a positive effect. Being free from the effects of negative words spoken against us is essential for us to look like Jesus. This sermon considers the power of the Word of God to help us do that.
Jesus told his disciples that if they loved him then they would obey his command to love one another. Not only that but he said, 'Love one another as I have loved you'. Now that is a challenge. This sermon looks at how we might do that.
Do we really trust God? I'm sure that the answer is 'Yes' to some degree, but we need to trust Him more and more. This message encourages us to do that using some of the teaching of Jesus found in Luke.
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