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God has made promises to us and He who has made them always fulfills those promises. Now here is the question: Why have we not entered in to more of these promises? And the answer is that we have become sluggish as Hebrews 6:12 says, “that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises."
MP3 & PDF: http://illbehonest.com/god-has-made-promises-to-us-charles-leiter
Full Sermon: http://illbehonest.com/inheriting-the-promises-charles-leiter
The Bible calls us to testify of the facts of Jesus Christ, who is the eternal Word of God, who took on flesh, and in His ministry healed men to show us that He can heal us of our sins. He died in our place to pay for our sins and then rose from the dead and ever lives in heaven to receive those who come to Him.
Full Sermon: http://illbehonest.com/men-who-turned-the-world-upside-down-tim-conway
As the disciples spoke, God came in power, and they were called by the crowds as those who "turned the world upside down". Things that were one way were turned another way entirely. Men who were slaves of their sin were now set free. The early church we read about in the book of Acts was in the same place we are today. A place where we must pray for God to come down in order for things to be turned upside down.
2015 Fellowship Conference
The Bible says we are those who “through faith and patience inherit the promises.” We must remember that the Bible is full of promises made by God who cannot lie. Not only this, but God has all the power to keep these promises He has made. Now here is the question: Why have we not entered in to more of these promises? God Himself says, “Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.” So may we by faith and patience be those who are inheriting the promises that God has given to us.
2015 Fellowship Conference
Charles Leiter pastors in Kirksville, Missouri at Lake Road Chapel | http://lakeroadchapel.org/
What is a true Christian? Someone who has been brought to the end of himself in repentance; and if someone is genuinely looking to Christ this shows that they have repented of their sins. The true Christian forsakes any confidence he has in the flesh, in himself, and in anything he can do to produce something to save himself. He trusts that Christ’s finished sacrifice is the only way to God and his only hope.
From 2015 Fellowship Conference
Mike Morrow pastors in Marion, Kentucky at Union Baptist Church | http://thetheolog.com/
Sadly a lot of carnality in the church can hide in the shadow of great preachers. Though some at Corinth said "I follow Paul”, yet practically they had jealousy and strife among them. It is fearful to think of Paul addressing us as he did them when he said he “could not address you as spiritual people”. In this sermon Ryan reconsiders what the Bible teaches us on what has been commonly called the 'carnal Christian'.
Ryan Fullerton pastors at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lousville, Kentucky | http://ibclouisville.org/
How many today, in an overreaction to easy-believism, have made the way of salvation to seem blocked. In this sermon Kevin deals with the balance between God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility. He also deals with the error of waiting for a new heart or an experience before believing upon Christ’s work. In the end the Gospel demands a response from the sinner today, to put their faith in Jesus and follow Him. It is either a yes or no response, there is nothing in-between.
Kevin Williams pastors in Manchester, England at Grace Fellowship Manchester http://gfmanchester.com/
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. - Isaiah 40:28
2015 Fellowship Conference
Mack Tomlinson pastors in Denton, Texas http://providencedenton.org/
The Christian alone has the special treasure of the knowledge of how a man can be reconciled to God and be set free from his sins and to come to know the God who is there. We are ambassadors and stewards of the mysteries of God and there is no greater privilege.
Preached on 9.16.2012 before Bob died of cancer on 11.6.2012.
If you are pouring out your life for others it is going to have a direct impact when you go into the prayer closet. When we love the brethren, John says it gives us assurance that we are Christians and that makes us confident to approach God in prayer. As 1 John 3:22 says, “and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.”
Preached on 3.8.2015 @ http://gccsatx.com
You are very unwise to let your thoughts dwell upon the faults of Christians at all; and when you do so, you hunt up a few professors of religion, who are not by any means a fair specimen of our church-members, and you take them as samples of all the rest. That is unfair. I am sorry you have run into this way of thinking. It will only lead you into error, and call all your attention from the eternal interests of your own soul. The fault of others cannot save you. I beg of you to think less about other people’s sins, and more about your own. - Ichabod Spencer
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In Mark 1:24 the demons said to Christ, “Have you come to destroy us?” and as 1 John 3:8 says, “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” Yet what work of the devil is this referring to? The devil’s work to get men to practice sin and to sin against God. Christ has appeared to destroy the practice of sin in a person’s life. His power alone can destroy such a practice; as 1 John 3:9 says, “No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.”
Until the conversion of Paul he was the one doing the talking, but when the Lord came to Paul his mouth was shut. He was no longer boasting in his own righteousness, but instead was like Job who said, "I lay my hand on my mouth." In true conversion God shuts the mouth of the self-righteous boasting sinner. Paul had been the one thinking that he was lord and thinking Christ was an impostor. Yet upon true conversion a person sees that Christ is Lord of all and they bow to Him.
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“Do you think I am self-righteous?” said he.“I know you are. That is your grand difficulty. You have been trying to save yourself. You are trying now. When you tried to repent, your heart aimed after repentance, as something to recommend you to God, and constitute a reason why he should forgive and save you. It was just an operation of a self-righteous spirit. It was just an attempt to save yourself, to have your religion save you, instead of relying by faith upon Jesus Christ, to be saved from wrath through him." - Ichabod Spencer
MP3 & PDF: http://illbehonest.com/i-cant-repent-ichabod-spencer
The book: http://grantedministries.org/pastors-sketches-ichabod-spencer/
In 1 Thessalonians 4:13 the apostle Paul tells the brethren, "we do not want you to be uninformed". As Christians we need to be growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and not to be swallowed up in ignorance. Being uninformed and ignorant in areas of the Christian life leads us to unnecessary grief.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
Christ Church Radford
It's easy to say, "I'm not like Cain, I didn't put a knife in my brother." However, hatred is more subtle than sticking a knife in your brother. Hatred begins in your heart and manifests itself in many ways that are all contrary to Christ and love.
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."
MP3 &PDF: http://illbehonest.com/christian-dont-sin-tim-conway
Tim Conway is a pastor at Grace Community Church in San Antonio, TX | http://gccsatx.com