Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Power and Persuasion of The Scriptures


Watch, listen or download the full message: Almost Saved But Lost by James Curran here.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Are You A Backslider?


Watch, listen or download the full message: "Josiah's Response To The Word" by Robert Dickie here.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Heaven's Checklist

HAVE YOU DONE ENOUGH?

How many things on the list have you done? Some may say, “I can check off all of them—I’m definitely going to Heaven.” Others might say, “I have only done five—but that should be enough to tip the scales in my favor.” What if you can only lay claim to one item? Will you still make it into Heaven? The truth is, it really doesn’t matter how many good things you’ve done, because none of those things will save you from God’s judgment. Are you surprised?

It’s tempting to think we can repay God for the bad things we do (our sins), and earn a place in Heaven by doing good works. But the Bible says, “By grace are ye saved through faith … not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).

DO OR DONE?

Someone has said there are really only two religions in the world: one of them teaches “I must do,” and the other proclaims “It is done.” One of them is our attempt to reach up to God, but the other reveals God reaching down to rescue us. The Bible tells of God’s love in sending His only Son, Jesus, to put away our sin and take upon Himself the punishment we rightly deserve. We read that “God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

As Jesus laid down His life, He cried out, “It is finished” (John 19:30). Jesus Christ has done it all. What can we possibly add to the perfect work of God’s perfect Son?

GOD’S WAY

When the Apostle Paul summarized the way to Heaven, he described it as repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). What is repentance? It is waking up to the fact that our ways are wrong, and agreeing with God that His way is right. God says “There is none righteous, no, not one” and in His sight we are “dead in trespasses and sins” (Romans 3:10; Ephesians 2:1). We need to align our thoughts with God’s; we must recognize that we are sinners, and abandon any idea that we can save ourselves.

What does it mean to have faith in Jesus Christ? It is taking Him at His word—fully trusting in what He has done to wash away our sins, and simply resting in what He has promised. Jesus said, “He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24).“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25).

YOUR CALL

Are you going your way or God’s way? None of us are good enough to earn forgiveness and eternal life; likewise, none are too bad for Him to save. Jesus has promised: “Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). Now is the time for you to repent and believe. Call out to God today. “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).

Source: http://www.mwtb.org

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Does the Church Need The Light or More Entertainment?


Watch, listen or download the full message: The Case for Condemnation by Robert McCurley here.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Do You Know About Christ But Don't Really Know Him?


Watch, listen or download the full message: No One Knows the Hour by David Woollin here.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Christians! Are We Asleep?


Watch, listen or download the full message by Colin Mercer here.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Are You Religious But Missed Christ?


Watch, listen or download the full message: "If God Calls A Man To Preach" by Gabe Stalnaker here.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Otherworldliness of the Gospel


Watch, listen or download the full message by Mark Webb here.

Friday, April 24, 2015

What Does It Mean To Come To Christ?


Watch, listen or download the full message: Come! Come! Come! by Colin Mercer here.

Monday, April 20, 2015

"... make known His deeds among the peoples." (1 Chronicles 16:8)

I would like to share something God did yesterday at church by showing a sequence of events that only God could arrange to complete what He had planned.

Two weeks ago, I spoke with Alan about a message he felt God put on his heart.  I asked if he was ready to preach that Sunday (a week from yesterday) if the other elders agreed.  Alan felt it best to wait since that Sunday was the dedication of his daughter.

So last Tuesday, the elders met with Alan who shared what God put on his heart. After sensing God was indeed moving, the elders shelved the existing preaching schedule to have Alan share God's message yesterday. 

After the service was over, I saw Alan speaking with a man I'd never seen before.  The man was obviously broken and crying as he was speaking with Alan.  His name is Dave.

So when I went over to see if I could help, I saw that Dave was struggling and crying and telling Alan that the message Alan gave spoke directly to his heart.  Dave continued to struggle terribly so we asked Dave if he wanted to go into a side room to talk more privately.

In the side room, Dave said he was on his way back from a serious disappointment in Franklin and extremely upset.  He got a phone call and pulled over to take the call - directly in front of our church.  He told us, "I've been by your church a hundred times and never noticed it before."

This time God told him to come into the church.  So Dave came up the stairs and went to the doors that were locked, rather than the unlocked doors,  and he was going to turn around and leave.  But there was a man in the lobby who opened the doors and simply said, "Welcome".  Dave said hearing that helped him feel it was "gonna be OK".

As he continued to struggle terribly, Dave shared that he was saved and baptized years ago, but he had fallen away.  And that God had spoken to his heart through the message.  Dave shared that he knew he needed a change but he didn't know how. 

So Alan and I spent some time sharing what God gave us to say to Dave - and after a while we asked him if he wanted to recommit to God.  He said through his tears he did but he didn't know what to do.  So we brought him to 1 John 1:9 - about confessing, repenting, and being cleansed by God who still loved him.

Then we led Dave in a prayer of re-commitment.  Praise God!!

I trust you are seeing how God's hand was all over Dave's recommitment:

  • The timing of Alan sharing the message God gave him.
  • God putting it on the hearts of the elders to step aside and let God speak through Alan yesterday, and not some future date.
  • Dave getting a phone call and pulling over directly in front of Life Church.
  • God moving in Dave's heart to come into the church.
  • A man happened to be in the lobby after the service had started to welcome Dave when the door was locked.
  • God speaking through Alan's message directly into Dave's heart - drawing Dave to Himself.
  • God giving Dave a vulnerable heart to sit with two total strangers in a quiet room.
  • God giving us the words to say to Dave to help him see his need to get right with God. 
Please pray for Dave who said he wanted to come back to Life Church next week.  Pray that God will continue to draw Dave back to Himself.

And most of all - give praise to our loving, merciful, gracious God who will orchestrate anything and everything to save the lost and to redeem His wayward children.

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples. Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; speak of all His wonders. Glory in His holy name; let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad.  Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face continually.

Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done ..." (1 Chronicles 16:8-12)