John was very clear in his letter 1st John to identify those who were in the faith because of the work of Christ in their lives. Their fruit was evidence that they were not impostors. Will you pass the test to make sure you are in the faith, and part of the family of God? This interactive sermon looks at the marks of a true follower of Jesus: Saved by faith in the finished work of Christ, obedience to His commands, love for the family of God, an accurate understanding of the Godhead, and the indwelling presence of Christ and Holy Spirit, etc.
We learn from scripture that it is always time for God's people to stand up against worldly powers to bring change and transformation to the world in which we live. Sadly the world seems to be telling the church what to believe and how to act. It is time for the church to be the church, and to take our rightful place as sons and daughters of the King who turn our world upside down with truth and righteousness. Mordecai and Esther were raised up "for such a time as this" and so are you. Time to be brave and impact the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Naomi is in the land of hardship, suffering the consequences of the sin around her. She needs to get back to her people, and back under the blessing of her God. The book of Ruth is the story of Naomi's journey from bitterness to blessing - a transformation that takes place because she made a choice to allow Yahweh to restore her life. God can do the same for you if you make God your King.
Do you love Jesus? Do you love Him so much, that you just can't wait to see Him? If you answered "yes", then you will be living for Him, obeying Him and making Him known to others by making disciples. As a follower of Jesus, Jesus should be the reason we live and move and have our being. Is He the desire of our heart, as He was for the Apostle Paul in 2nd Timothy 4:8
Hagar and Sarah are examples to us of God being faithful to fulfill His promises despite the circumstances. God has chosen them, and intimately watches over them to bring about His purposes. (Genesis 16 & 21)
What is a genuine faith, that is "not hypocritical"? 1st and 2nd Timothy reveal what true faith entails. For Timothy, his true faith began in his home with his godly mother and grandmother. Mom's are invaluable in ensuring that their children discover a true persevering faith in Christ.
2Tim. 1:5; 2Tim. 3:15-17; Acts 16:1
The power of the resurrection was not only displayed by the Godhead on the day Jesus was raised from the dead, but it is continually on display as followers of Jesus live in the Power of the Resurrection
Jesus said He would build His church, so that it could declare the Kingdom and the King. We exist to fulfill the great commission Christ left us with, in His power and authority. That's why we exist. We are not called to preach the church, nor seek the church, but to demonstrate the kingdom of God to a world living in the kingdom of darkness.
Comfort, Comfort yourself in the fact that God is trustworthy, sovereign, all powerful God who controls all the leaders of the world, He is the beginning and the end, the everlasting and eternal Holy One of Israel who can get us to the finish line. Let us turn from dead idols and put our faith in our faithful God.
Isaiah 40 is a turning point in Isaiah's message. It describes a God who wants to comfort, care for, protect and guide His people. He is a Sovereign King, a Good Shepherd and a Faithful Promise Keeper. He will strengthen us in the difficult times, and comfort us on the journey into glory. Hallelujah!
Revelation 19 is the picture of the reunion of the Bride with her Groom. She has made herself ready. What do we need to change to make ourselves ready to meet Him - forsake the world and the things of the world - devote ourselves fully to our King and Bridegroom.
The laying on of hands for healing is foundational teaching that Jesus modeled, the early church walked in, and the church today is commanded to do as part of declaring and demonstrating the Gospel of the kingdom to the world. It is time for us to get back to our calling - do we really believe James 5, and Mark 16? Let's be the church!
Isaiah 9:6 & 7 declare Jesus to be the Son who will one day reign and rule! It gives Him four or five titles that describe who He is: Wonderful, Counselor, Almighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. As Followers of Jesus we ought to desire to know Him as all of these.
In Luke chapter 1 is a story of Zach and Elizabeth, a couple living in shame and disgrace because they could have no children. They are a picture of a people who appeared to be abandoned by their God for He had not spoken for over 400 years. Then one day....in answer to Zach and Liz's prayers, and the prayer of His own people, God shows up! Their story is our story. God is faithful and His timing is perfect!
God is Moving!!! He has always been on the move seeking and saving. But it seems that as He has in various times and places, He is moving by His Spirit again in these days. I am continually hearing of salvations and deliverances in and through Christ. Acts 2 records a move of God that changed the lives of all involved. A harvest of souls was brought in then, and it is happening again today. Listen and be encouraged!
Alberto brings us a great word on the difference between money and wealth, and God's perspective on how to steward what He has given us as His children. There are two kingdoms; which one do you live from?
Do you have a line in the sand that people are not allowed to cross? What are you willing to do by faith when someone crosses that line? For the women of the opening 2 chapters of Exodus, Pharaoh had crossed that line. They by faith, were willing to defy the king's order to honor God and further His kingdom. It is time for the church to do the same...Obey God not man! How 'bout you?
Psalm 110:3 describes a chosen people following their King into battle - these individuals are willing to fight; set apart from the world, holy unto God; and filled with fresh fire and empowerment for the battle. It is time for followers of Jesus to rise up and advance the kingdom of our King, and resist the enemy advance on every front!
Malchi, the last book of the Old Testament, is a call to true worship of the King of the Universe, who deserves complete devotion and obedience. God does not want half hearted devotion, but a people who bring glory to His name. Are you a Sunday Christian only? Allow the Purifier to change your heart, and return to the Lord.
The Book of Zechariah is one of the most encouraging books in the Bible. It is written to encourage a people to keep doing God's work, by focusing on God's future plan for His people and not the immediate circumstance we find ourselves in. Jesus is coming back! He will save and deliver His people! Press on till the end!
A call to the Church to focus on the Lord's work, not our own. When we work for Him and His kingdom, He promises to be with us. Dr. Wendy Tolmie preaches from the book of Haggai. A great, timely word for the church of 2022.
Zephaniah, a prophet who teamed up with a righteous King Josiah, to call the people back to God, by proclaiming the word of the Lord, repentance and the hope and joy of a victorious Savior who desires to sing over His people with songs of love and joy.
Micah was a prophet to God's people to declare their condition, the judgment coming because of their sins, but more importantly, he had a message of hope announcing a coming Deliverer and Shepherd to redeem His people and lead them to Zion. What a message for the faithful in the church who are persevering through to the end! Keep Following Jesus!
Obadiah - a book declaring the Kingdom is promised to God's people, but judgment reserved for those who reject God, and don't do as He says. Key Issues:
Deal with your pride
How do you treat your brother
What side of eternity will you be on
Choose jesus and experience the Kingdom of God!
Today's sermon is preached by Dr. Wendy Tolmie. It is on the whole book of Hosea - A story of how much God loves His people, is jealous for them, but they continue to reject Him, event commit spiritual adultery against Him. Yet, despite God's anger and judgment, He continues to extend mercy and grace, and desires them as a pure spotless bride. What a message to today's church!
A message from the book of Amos, addressing issues in the Church, God's people - sexual sin, abuse of the needy and poor, luxurious living and false worship. What plagued Israel 2800 years ago, still plagues God's people today. God is calling us to repentance and true faith in Him.
The book of Jonah is the story of a follower of God, who does not want others to be saved. He knows the truth; his theology is good, but his life does not result in sharing the good news revealed to him, with those who need to hear it. What a message to a church, that is amiss on fulfilling the great commission it has been given. Read Jonah and realize that as a follower of Jesus, we might not be much different.
The last 12 verses of Colossians teach us that being the church involves being a body where each member does its work. We meet a whole team of people who were necessary to make the body run healthy and strong. They were committed, in love with Jesus and each other, and faithful.
Colossians 4:2-6 instructs us how to live out our faith in the world, as new creations that we are in Christ.
Three things characterize a true follower of Jesus:
They are people who are devoted to prayer;
They are people who are devoted to proclamation of the gospel;
They are people who are devoted to practically living out their faith.
The first two and a half chapters of Colossians talk about Jesus as the Pre-eminent One at the center of everything and Lord of our lives as His followers. In Chapter 3:18-4:1, that truth changes a family and a home.
The truckers' freedom convoy happening in Ottawa has united millions of people together for a common cause. It is time for the church to unite and declare freedom in Christ. There is power in numbers! Colossians 3:12-17 is a passage encouraging unity amongst believers, working together to serve one another. The church needs to rise up and demonstrate the importance of living life together, not in isolation and division.
Colossians 3 describes our position in Christ, raised up with Him, seated on the throne. Our physical person has to line up with our heavenly reality. That is achieved by "putting off the old me" and "putting on the new me" as I let God do His pruning transformative work in me. I need to submit to Him, to mold me into the image of His Son. (Col. 3:1-14)
Colossians 3:1-4 - If there was ever a time to focus on Jesus, this is it. We are raised with Christ and seated with Him in heaven. If that is where we are, why do spend so much time chasing the world, and so little time seeking Him, and the things of heaven. Let's agree that it's time for a shift!
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Legalism and mysticism can be heavy burdens to carry, especially for the young Christian. No one should be bound by someone's false expectations. Let us strive toward freedom in Christ, led by Holy Spirit, building each other up, growing together in our love for Jesus and one another.
Today's sermon begins with three prophetic words delivered by three different people, warning the Church of difficult times ahead. Although things will be challenging, we are reminded that the battle belongs to the Lord. Our madate in overcoming the deception and delusion all around us is to KNOW Christ. Do you really KNOW Christ as truth, to be able to discern the error?
This teaching starts out with a word for the church for today - a warning we have been hearing along with others in the body of Christ. Then the teaching focusses on maintaining a spirit of unity, through the bond of peace and love, especially in our relationships.
We are living in crazy times of pandemic and fear. The world is quickly changing and devolving towards a one world government, and persecution of the church is right on the horizon. It is time for the Church to be the Church! Using Paul as an example in Colossians 1:23-29, we can see that we are called to warn and teach as he did, and prepare for what is ahead.
NEW: SERMON SERIES ON COLOSSIANS This Book, written by the Apostle Paul, deals with heresies and false teaching in the church. It speaks to our day and addresses the issue of how to deal with dangerous teaching that leads Christians into confusion and defection. This first sermon introduces the main characters, and the heart of the book - it's about Jesus...period!