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It would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it would be for someone to pass through to heaven with a shred of self-righteousness upon them.
Paul Washer @ http://heartcrymissionary.com
When some people hear the command in Hebrews 13:17 to "obey your leaders" they may tend to bristle, but the writer of Hebrews appeals to the fact that the leaders are put over you for your advantage. Biblical leaders are not there to hinder you but to help you and so the benefit in submitting to your leaders is your own.
Christ created everything the way He created it to put His glory on display. It is all about Him and all for Him, even including marriage.
Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, (26) that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, (27) so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
Everyone tends to agree that men and women are equal, in that both are created in the image of God. However the big question that comes up is whether men and women are equal in their roles? One side says they are, and the other says the different roles complement each other. Yet we must ask ourselves: What does the Bible say? In this Ask Pastor Tim we go to Genesis to look at both views.
The Christian is called to follow Christ and move into the realm of Him who abandoned comfort and safety and went outside of the camp to suffer and die upon the Cross for our sins.
So often Christians think "I've got to have a ministry", but do you know what ministry means? It means to serve. All of our "ministries" are about serving. It's not necessarily about an official capacity, it's about humbly serving others for their sake, not your own.
In the Old Testament the high priests that served in the temple were never allowed to feast on the great sacrifice of atonement, which was only once a year. Yet as believers we can feast on Christ morning, noon, evening, and in the middle of the night. God gives us the right to feast on His Son.
Jesus Christ has taken the nature of humanity upon Himself forever. That He might be a high priest forever, to make intercession for us forever.
It is so burdensome to me when I want to preach about something like love because it forces me, when I look at the text, to look at the mirror of my own life and see how small my love, how inconstant my love truly is. - Paul Washer
Paul Washer & http://heartcrymissionary.com
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. And His high priestly work of sacrificing Himself to put away sin was once and for all and He always lives to make intercession for us. Therefore we can confidently say, "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?"
Christian love does not undervalue or disregard natural family ties; it gives them their due importance and condemns those who are without natural affection. - David Hiebert
Paul Washer @ http://heartcrymissionary.com
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. - Mark 10:45
This is an excerpt from the full sermon: http://illbehonest.com/the-christians-love-for-the-blood-bought-ones-tim-conway
To resist the love of money is to resist the love of the things that money can get you and what those things promise you. It all comes back to faith. Do we believe the promises made to us in the Word of God or in the TV commercials. Do you believe that your possessions will ultimately satisfy or that Christ will?
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. - Hebrews 13:4
For a Christian to feel condemned by the Law is to be unfaithful to their new husband Christ, and speaks as if they are still bound to their old husband the Law. No matter how they have sinned, the Christian should never put themselves back under the law and condemnation again. Does this give license to sin? God forbid!
Kevin Williams is a pastor at http://gfmanchester.com/ in Manchester, England.
In your evangelism be so careful to make sure that you only point the sinner to Jesus Christ and no other place. Direct them to go to Christ at once, not to pray for a new heart, not to look for a feeling, but to go in faith and trust that Christ will save them from their sins.
Full Sermon: http://illbehonest.com/hyper-calvinism-and-missions-tim-conway
Excerpt from 2014 Fellowship Conference
If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. - 1 John 4:20
What the big things are to mankind is not what the big things are to God. What the world esteems and is impressed by is nothing compared to the glory that God gets through even the weakest saint honoring Him in the midst of severe trials.
MP3 & Info: http://illbehonest.com/what-are-the-big-things-to-god-charles-leiter
Full Sermon: http://illbehonest.com/the-weakness-and-foolishness-of-god-charles-leiter
Charles Leiter is a pastor in Kirksville, Missouri at http://lakeroadchapel.org
Just as you served your old master of sin with all of your heart, soul, and mind, so now present all that you are to your new Master. How much more so, in that the old master was a tyrant and the new Master is love.
Kevin Williams is a Pastor in Manchester, England at Grace Fellowship Manchester http://gfmanchester.com
We must never forget that God uses us as the means by which to reach the man down our street who has not heard the Gospel. The Lord calls us to turn from passivity and command men to come to Christ that they might be saved.
For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. - 1 Corinthians 1:25
Charles Leiter is a Pastor in Kirksville, Missouri at http://lakeroadchapel.org/
God does not supply the Spirit to you because you have fulfilled some legalistic checklist of expectations. He does it simply because you believe the Gospel.
Preached at 2014 Fellowship Conference
Ryan Fullerton is a pastor at http://ibclouisville.org/
Every person who attempts to approach God is trying to do so by either one of these two ways. You either try to come in the way of Cain and will be rejected or you come by the way of Abel and will be accepted. In which of these ways are you trying to come to God?
Kevin Williams is a pastor at Grace Fellowship Manchester, England http://gfmanchester.com
From conception to resurrection the Spirit of God was active in the earthly life of the Lord Jesus Christ. In this sermon Mack looks at the much forgotten humanity of Jesus Christ and how much He depended upon the Holy Spirit. In trying to defend the deity of Christ we must never go to the extreme of lessening His humanity.
Mack Tomlinson is a pastor at Providence Chapel in Denton, Texas http://providencedenton.org/
Asking someone what they think about Jesus Christ is one of the most telling questions you can ask in order to discern where someone is spiritually.
Full Study: http://gccsatx.com/videos/someone-asks-you-am-i-saved-tim-conway/
Refusing God is not always an outright defiance like Pharaoh saying "Who is the Lord that I should obey Him?" It's not always like that. Sometimes you just refuse Him when it just gets to the point where the race is hard and you make excuses and ignore what He says.
Mt. Sinai says "Do this and you will live." Yet Mt. Zion shouts "It is finished!" Mt. Zion is a mountain for those to come to who have nothing to offer but instead trust in Jesus Christ who perfectly kept the Law on their behalf. He promises to save those who come from the penalty and power of their sins.
If men don't come to Christ, their inability to not come is that they love their idols more. There is only one thing that keeps men from coming to Christ and it is because they are wickedly married to their sins and refuse to come.
Watch the full series on "When Calvinism Goes Bad" here: http://illbehonest.com/series/when-calvinism-goes-bad
Someone's bodily presence does not necessarily make loneliness go away. Rather it is someone who cares for you, somebody who loves you and invests in your life. Somebody who you know is thinking about you. We as Christians have the privilege to seek to bear one another's burdens and comfort those in loneliness. Yet at the same time we are ultimately to point them to Christ who is the One who has everlasting comfort that no human can offer.
Hear Charles Leiter's sermon on the Loneliness of Christ: http://illbehonest.com/loneliness-of-the-lord-jesus-christ-charles-leiter
Homeschooling is not Christianity, it is not the badge of you being godly, it is not the great means in order to raise great children. It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ! - Paul Washer
Full Sermon: http://illbehonest.com/a-warning-to-not-stray-from-the-gospel-paul-washer
Paul Washer @ http://heartcrymissionary.com
One great sign of a healthy church is that when sin creeps into your life and you get "unhealthy"; other believers in the church are able to spot it in your life, give you the remedy, and then point you in the right direction. Having fellowship with like-minded believers is a vital part in our sanctification and being made more holy.
Our emphasis must be on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for it alone will produce true godliness. We can emphasize external things all day long and it will not produce true holiness.
Preach on 7/28/2013 Paul Washer of http://heartcrymissionary.com
Once you stop believing that the offer of the Gospel is valid for lost sinners, then it only leads you to no longer evangelize. Yet no lost sinner in the Bible is ever told that they cannot come because there is no sufficiency in Christ's atonement.
Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. - Proverbs 11:14
You will kill gossip in the church if you have a church that won't listen to gossip. We need to not only be able to identify it in us, but also in others so that we can stop them from telling us what we should not hear.
Many adamantly hold to the "KJV Only" as being the only translation of the Bible to use. It seems that constantly new believers are running into this question and wrestling with the evidence of whether it is a valid argument or not. In this Bible Study Tim seeks to put forward the evidence that convinced him that the "KJV Only" position is not a stance that is being faithful to the evidence.
Only once you yourself have seen the glory of the Grand Canyon are you then able to relate to others who speak of it's indescribable beauty. In the same way one can only relate to those who speak of the glory of Christ if they themselves have seen it. Yet so often we find that others cannot relate to this beauty of Christ, and it should remind us of what Paul said "And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing." - 2 Corinthians 4:3.
Does Scripture ever teach fatalism, that "Whatever will be, will be"? No it does not, rather that is the carnal logic that the hyper-Calvinist reasons with. Hyper-Calvinism destroys the Savior, it destroys the Gospel message, and removes the willingness that God has to save sinners. Yet Jesus Christ commands all to come and to find rest in His finished work.
What is it that makes two young men devote themselves as missionaries to the cause of God, to leave father and mother and home and comforts and go into a distant land? It is a thing of power that does that. It is a thing of power that releases men from the comforts of this world to go do that. It is the power of the cross of Christ.
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. - Hebrews 12:11-14
Strong families are those that are functioning in the local church, they are not those that simply focus on their own family to the neglect of the local church.
Discouragement can be a big temptation when starting a church. We must not look at how few people we have but rather we must be thankful that we have any like-minded brothers and sisters to have genuine fellowship with. We must do what we can with the means we have and seek to be faithful to God.
As believers we are called to gather together as a body and to use our gifts to build up one another. Hebrews 10:24-25 says "And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."
Though they can be very helpful, Internet sermons are not an adequate substitute for meeting together with God's people. We must not let them replace real interaction in a local body of believers.
Tim talks about three predominate errors that are being set forth when bringing up the issue of professing Christians using curse words or listening to music with profanity in it.
The Lord is well aware of our "wrinkles", and He so loves us that He is taking them out one by one that "He might present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish." - Ephesians 5:27
Full Sermon: http://gccsatx.com/videos/purity-is-priority-tim-conway/
Wisdom is applying knowledge in a way that honors the Lord. Giving your wealth to honor the Lord is the highest motive of how we can use our money. Is your giving honor driven? That is wisdom.
The propitiation for your sins, was not theoretical, hypothetical, and it was not a mere potentiality, but rather it was an actuality. Christ saved men on the Cross by satisfying the wrath of God through the sacrifice of Himself.
MP3 & PDF: http://illbehonest.com/propitiation-the-removal-of-gods-wrath-randall-easter
Preached by Randall Easter
@The Gospel for New England Conference in Portland, Maine