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Often people will ask if there is a cultural key in evangelism to win souls to Christ in other countries. However, to preach the Gospel is the same all over the world - whether idolatry in India or idolatry in the USA. Whether false ways of salvation in the USA or false ways of salvation in India - the spiritual condition of man is the same. The outward things and customs are different, but man's need is the same in every country. The need is for us to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and not to walk in craftiness (2Co 4:2).
In this APT Tim responds to the following question that was sent in: "Why does God make it so hard for his people to make it into his kingdom? He throws most of his OWN people into the lake of fire forever to be tormented with no hope of getting out. I understand he gives us a way out. But I also understand its extremely difficult and not many will actually be able to do it. What kind of savior is Jesus anyways?"
The greatest problem in the world is sin. Yet as David cried out in Psalm 51, "Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!" and so also do we need the precious blood of Christ that alone can forgive all of our sin. As the hymns say, "Wash me, Savior, or I die..." and "The vilest offender who truly believes, that moment from Jesus a pardon receives."
There is only one explanation of why a person has any family resemblance to Jesus Christ; it is because they have been born of God. Righteousness characterizes the people of God and no one else can truly walk in holiness except the believer.
The person who is unbalanced and lacks Biblical knowledge can become a “Christian fanatic” and harm both the church and the unbelieving world. To the church they lay rules on the Christian that Jesus Christ never made and they burden God’s people like the Pharisees did. To the unbeliever the fanatic makes him stumble at Christianity before he ever gets to stumble at the Gospel. Yet the only thing the unbeliever should stumble at is the Gospel we proclaim. So we must know our Bible’s so that it won’t be said of us “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;” – Hosea 4:6.
Paul Washer | http://heartcrymissionary.com
Excerpt from the full sermon: http://player.subsplash.com/c94fc25
And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. - Philippians 1:6
Don Currin pastors in Tuscumbia, Alabama at http://providencegospelchurch.com/
Mark 10:23 - “And Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, 'How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!'” What is it about a person's wealth that makes it difficult for them to enter heaven? The problem is an issue of trust. Men love how money makes them feel in control and they trust in it rather than God.
To deny a doctrine or alter the work or person of Jesus Christ is to attack Christ and to deny the true Christ of the Bible.
Excerpt from: http://illbehonest.com/antichrists-and-anointings-tim-conway
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. - 2 Timothy 4:1-2
Preached at the ordination service of Brandon Davison of http://gracechurchaustin.com/
An antichrist is opposed to the biblical Christ and doesn't deny the existence of Jesus altogether but they rather they change the Truth about Him. They recreate who Jesus Christ is and distort Him and if you look at every false religion you will find that they all do this.
When it comes to what it is to be worldly, isn't it interesting how we have this tendency to come up with our own definitions of what is and what isn't? We like to define worldliness in a way that doesn't touch us; that's typically what happens. Yet if the truth be known, there is worldliness to some degree in every single person in this room – and some more than others. Yet not a single one of us is overly given to admitting it.
As we consider what fasting is, we can see that as the Christian fasts with the right reason they are worshiping God. Why? Because the believer fasts because Christ the Bridegroom is taken away (Matt. 9:15), and their longing is for Him. The Christian's desire is to be seen fasting by the Father and not by man, so that the Father who sees them in secret will reward them.
As we look at men of prayer in history we find it true as Oswald Chambers said, "Prayer does not fit us for the greater works; prayer is the greater work." We see how their prayer life was the great foundation for the power they had from God to minister.
Mack Tomlinson is a pastor at http://providencedenton.org/
Preached at 2006 HeartCry Conference
Jesus cursed the fig tree in Mark 11 because it withheld and obstructed Him from getting breakfast; and in the same way He tells us that we can pray for mountains that obstruct our way to be removed. He is telling us that there are obstacles that can be removed by your prayers that would not be removed if you didn't pray. Obstacles that are keeping your loved ones from being saved and churches from being planted in the darkest regions of the world.
Tim Conway is a pastor at Grace Community Church in San Antonio, Texas | http://gccsatx.com
God's wrath against sin goes beyond our ability to describe, and yet how much more does His love, displayed in Jesus Christ's death, go even further beyond our ability to comprehend.
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Paul Washer | http://heartcrymissionary.com
If you just think about what pride is, that is what racism is rooted in. It's an attitude of superiority of valuing one race above all others or above another. Racism is a manifestation of the anti-God system that the Bible tells us not to love.
Tim Conway is a pastor at http://gccsatx.com
When John tells us "do not love the world", the main thing he has in mind is not the possessions in the world. Rather his emphasis is on not falling in love with the world's attitudes and and mindsets. To love the world is to love what is opposed to God.
It's amazing how often the authors of the New Testament do not quote the ten commandments, but rather they tell us to imitate the example of Christ and so fulfill the law of Christ (Gal. 6:2). Husbands are called to love their wives as Christ loved the church (Eph. 5:25). We are called to forgive others as Christ has forgiven us (Col. 3:13). We are called to welcome one another as Christ has welcomed us (Romans 15:7). What a high standard that we can only live out in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Watch the rest of the series: http://illbehonest.com/series/galatians
When you seek to be perfected by any other way than by the Spirit, you are not going to succeed. Instead, Paul says what you will succeed at is "biting and devouring one another." (Galatians 5:15) However as you seek to be perfected by the Spirit, you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
Text: Galatians 5:16-25
Find the full series at http://illbehonest.com/series/galatians
The enemy of your soul will seek to condemn you because of your failures, but you know what? You can answer the devil and say that 1 John was written to me saying that my "sins are forgiven for His name's sake." (1 John 2:12) It does not say I'm forgiven because I've kept these tests, but I've been forgiven for "His name's sake." Every time the devil brings up accusations, you bring up the Name, the blood, the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ. You know what you don't want to do? You don't want to argue your performance with the devil. You rely absolutely and utterly upon Jesus Christ.
One of the great tests of true Christianity is that God puts in His people a special love for other true Christians. 1 John 3:17 – But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?
We must realize that anxiety accomplishes nothing. What will being fearful and worried change one bit about that difficult situation you are in? Nothing. Overcoming anxiety will only happen as we turn from our fears and unbelief and trust the Lord in all our circumstances.
Mack Tomlinson pastors at http://providencedenton.org/ in Denton, Texas
The Christian is not under the law, but is being changed into Christ's image as they live a life looking to Him. Looking to law will only cause men to "bite and devour one another". The church where you are going to find true righteousness is where you find Christians who are most enthralled with Christ; those who study His person and glory in Him.
Men are imprisoned under the law but due to the weakness of the flesh they do not want to be there. But now God has done what the law could never do, in sending His Son He has now provided a way by which looking to Christ in faith we walk in the power of the Spirit.
Galatians 3:23 to 4:20
The book of 1 John shows us that the difference between the lost and saved man is so clear that it is discernible and recognizable. John asserts that rather than it being vague, it is something that is evident when he writes verses like, “Whoever says 'I know Him' but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him...” - 1 John 2:4.
In this sermon Tim deals with questions about the Lord's Supper such as this: How consistently should a church be taking it? What does it mean to eat "without discerning the body" and by doing so "drink judgment" on yourself?
God does not intend for the Christian to always approach everything they do from a negative perspective by asking, "What's wrong with that?!" Rather we should be focusing on doing the good that we know we should be striving after!
Watch the full sermon: http://illbehonest.com/christian-dont-sin-tim-conway
The Galatians were wanting to be perfected and grow and advance in the Christian life, and yet Paul came in and rebuked them for being conceited and biting and devouring one another. Why? Because they had gotten their eyes off of Christ and Him crucified and had turned back to the works of the law.
So often as Christians we can fall into the lie and trap that our sins are too great for us: that their grip is simply too strong and we will never be free. This sermon by Bob Jennings exposes that lie for what it is, and he sets besetting sin in the believer’s life in the proper light, and exhorts the listener to greater efforts and resolve in fighting sin.
1 John 2:1 shows us that what is normative for the Christian is that they don't sin. However, so often professing Christians have the mindset that sin is what is normal, but that is not the way John talks. He "writes these things to us so that we may not sin; but if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous."
Tim Conway is a pastor at Grace Community Church in San Antonio, TX | http://gccsatx.com
What does it mean to confess my sins? The Greek word means “to say the same thing”, it's agreeing with God; agreeing that you missed the mark. Confessing of sin is an evidence of someone who is in the light and has fellowship with God.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. – 1 John 1:7
MP3 & PDF: http://illbehonest.com/the-blood-of-jesus-cleanses-us-from-all-sin
This message was preached at Richard Gonzales' funeral on October 19, 2014.
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. - Acts 20:24
The Apostle Paul was being accused of preaching a different gospel to the Jews and to the Gentiles. Yet Paul comes along in Galatians and says “by works of the law no one will be justified.” for “if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.”
Part 1: http://illbehonest.com/pauls-gospel-is-not-according-to-man-galatians-part-1
There are all sorts of subtle ways that we can turn from Christ and the purity of the Gospel. Men will come along and say, "If you really want to be perfected, you need 'Christ plus something else'". In Galatians Paul is adamantly arguing that his Gospel came by the authority of Jesus Christ and that this is the Gospel that we want to lay a hold of.
The task of taking the Gospel to the lost is to be taken not only occasionally, but intentionally; which is when you set aside time in your weekly schedule to go share the Gospel with the lost. If you do that on a consistent basis, you will find it is not easy. It is because at the point you decide to be intentional in sharing about Christ, you cross a certain line, and that is the territory of the evil one. You invade Satan's territory and he is really strong there, but we must not be intimidated but go in the power of God.
To be walking in darkness does not just mean that you are living in scandalous sins, but it means your life is not regulated by the Word of God. Do you start out your decisions by what you want to do and then come to the Bible and say "I hope it lines up"? Yet when it doesn't you just kind of justify it away? Rather to walk in the light is to start out with the Word of God and let it control your decisions.
I'll Be Honest, will you?
The doctrine of regeneration is one of the foundational doctrines of our faith and lack of clarity on it can lead to deadly error.
Some passages in the Bible are very hard to understand. However Hebrews 13:17 is not hard to understand, rather it's hard to hear. In our culture when people hear, "Obey your leaders and submit to them", they tend to cringe; whether it's because of abusive leaders or because of how individualistic a person may be. No matter what the reason, in this message Ryan Fullerton pleads with the Christian to seek to hear what the passage is saying and obey it because it is for your advantage.
Ryan Fullerton is a pastor in Louisville, Kentucky at http://ibclouisville.org/
Is your Christianity a reflection of the God who is light in whom there is no darkness at all? The fundamental difference between the true Christian and false Christian is that the true Christian is reflecting God's character.
How is your fellowship with God? Can you boldly say, "Yes, my life is one of fellowship with the Father and with His Son--that is normative and descriptive of my life! No, it's not where I want it to be, I want more, but overall I know what it is like to be walking with God."
Tim Conway is a pastor at Grace Community Church in San Antonio, Texas | http://gccsatx.com
False teachers will tend either to legalism, adding works to be saved or majoring on the minors; or lawlessness, living a sinful life while saying you are “forgiven and OK”. Also, as is so common, they will simply be greedy and in the ministry for money. May we "beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves." - Matthew 7:15
This is the final part of Charles Leiter's series on False Teachers/Prophets.
False teachers often quote the Bible but they twist and misapply the real meaning of the Word of God in order to promote their own agenda.
Charles Leiter is a pastor in Kirksville, Missouri at http://lakeroadchapel.org
This sermon, and the following two in the series, are especially helpful for Christians wondering about a particular teacher, whether he falls into this category of “false prophet.” May the Lord help you to identify false teachers so that you may avoid and, when necessary, expose them.
Charles Leiter is a pastor at Lake Road Chapel in Kirksville, Missouri | http://lakeroadchapel.org
Jesus Christ went to the Cross to open the door for us to share in the peace He had when facing the Cross. The world has forms of peace; financial peace, peace treaties, but Christ offers a peace that He earned for us and that is beyond any form of peace this world offers, it is to have peace with God.
This is an excerpt from the full sermon: http://illbehonest.com/what-does-fellowship-with-god-look-like-part-2
You will either be offended by the Lord Jesus and the way He does things or you will trust Him entirely even though there are many times God does things that we don't understand. There are only two possible responses to Jesus Christ, to stumble over Him or believe in Him. Luke 7:23 says - And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.
This message is on one of the forgotten beatitudes.
Charles Leiter is a pastor in Kirksville, Missouri at Lake Road Chapel http://lakeroadchapel.org
What do we have in common with those who deny what the Scriptures teach about Jesus? We have nothing in common with them. It is right that doctrine divides us from those who "do not abide in the teaching of Christ," because they "do not have God." (2 John 1:9-10)
Excerpt from: http://illbehonest.com/what-does-fellowship-with-god-look-like-part-1