2015-07-26: Luke-The Investigative Gospel – What’s Really Important In Life?

Posted July 26th, 2015 by admin and filed in 2015 Sermons
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Sermon Audio: What’s Really Important In Life?
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Luke 12:13-21
Duration: 17:52
Size: 8.17 MB

Luke-The Investigative Gospel
What’s Really Important In Life?
Luke 12:13-21

The passage from Luke that we are going to be looking at today forces us to look at our lives and ask ourselves What’s really important in life?

It’s amazing how humbling this realization is; to know that the poorest of us in this room are richer than most of the rest of the world and yet do we have enough?

A change of heart, that was what made Jesus’ teaching so different.

Starting in verse 16, Jesus gives us five principles of what happens when our hearts begin to focus exclusively on ourselves and we become greedy.

The First Principle: When we focus on ourselves, we do not give God the credit for things he has done.

The Second Principle: When we focus on ourselves, we make plans but leave God out.

The Third Principle: When we focus on ourselves, we consider spending our resources only on ourselves.

The Fourth Principle: When our hearts are focused on ourselves, we store our treasures in the wrong places.

The Fifth Principle: When we focus on ourselves, we will find ourselves in conflict with God’s Plan for our lives.

So our decision comes down to a very simple question.

Are you going to live for yourself or for God?

2015-07-19: Luke-The Investigative Gospel – Acknowledge Christ Before Men

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Sermon Audio: Acknowledge Christ Before Men
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Luke 12:8-12
Duration: 18:33
Size: 8.49 MB

Luke-The Investigative Gospel
Acknowledge Christ Before Men
Luke 12:8-12

Then he urged his disciples to acknowledge him before men.

I. The Priority of Acknowledging Christ Before Men

A. The Reciprocation for Acknowledging Christ Before Men

It means that whatever we do, whether at work or at school or at home or at play, we do it all for Jesus.

If Jesus has promised to acknowledge us in heaven, then we should take courage and acknowledge him on earth.

B. The Retribution for Not Acknowledging Christ Before Men

Because we did not take a stand for Jesus Christ while we were alive on earth, he will not take a stand for us when we die and stand before God in heaven.

II. The Principles in Acknowledging Christ Before Men

A. There Is Sin That Is Forgivable

A good example of such forgiveness is the forgiveness that Jesus offered the people who taunted him while he was hanging on the cross.

B. There Is Sin That Is Unforgivable

A person who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit is so strongly opposed to Christ that he believes that Jesus is in fact Satan.

III. The Persecution for Acknowledging Christ Before Men

A. The Hostility in the Persecution

They would be dragged before the various religious and political leaders and forced to defend their faith.

B. The Help in the Persecution

When Peter and John were arrested and hauled before the Sanhedrin, the Holy Spirit helped them to say what ought to be said in that situation.

2015-07-12: Luke-The Investigative Gospel – Have No Fear

Posted July 12th, 2015 by admin and filed in 2015 Sermons
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Sermon Audio: Have No Fear
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Luke 12:4-7
Duration: 18:59
Size: 8.69 MB

Luke-The Investigative Gospel
Have No Fear
Luke 12:4-7

Jesus recognized that his disciples struggled with fear. And so he addressed the issue of fear in their lives.

I. Proper Fear

But in Luke 12 Jesus teaches his disciples two very important principles with respect to fear.

A. Do Not Fear People

Jesus urged his friends not to fear people. He urged them not to fear even those who could kill the body.

B. Do Fear God

It is God, and God alone, who has authority to cast into hell, because of our sin against him.

“Fear of God is desperately needed in today’s church.”

How we need this wholesome fear that Jesus commended to his disciples.

II. Preserving Fear

Jesus teaches that a proper fear of God is in fact a preserving fear.

A. God Cares for Sparrows

But, not even the sparrow thrown into the bargain without real value is forgotten before.

B. God Cares Far More for Christians

Jesus was saying that God cares for sparrows. But he cares far more for his children.

If you don’t fulfill the mission God assigned to you, who will?

2015-07-05: Luke-The Investigative Gospel – Beware of the Leaven of the Pharisees

Posted July 5th, 2015 by admin and filed in 2015 Sermons
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Sermon Audio: Beware of the Leaven of the Pharisees
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Luke 12:1-3
Duration: 18:33
Size: 8.49 MB

Luke-The Investigative Gospel
Beware of the Leaven of the Pharisees
Luke 12:1-3

The question is what we will do when we come across signs of them in our lives, sticking up out of the sand?

I. The Example of Hypocrisy

It describes something small that spreads silently, almost secretly, but ultimately pervasively.

We may give people the impression that we are really rather righteous when in fact our hearts are far from God.

Are you doing anything or saying anything or thinking anything or watching anything with which you would rather not have your name associated?

II. The Exposure of Hypocrisy

But the more we do it, the greater our hypocrisy becomes as we try to hide it.

If you do not confess your sins, including the ones you think that no-one else knows about, then you will live your life in fear of being discovered.

There is no sin that is beyond the forgiveness of God.

2015-06-28: Donkey Talk

Posted June 28th, 2015 by admin and filed in 2015 Sermons
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Sermon Audio: Donkey Talk
Speaker: Pastor Frank Clore
Scripture Text: Numbers 22:1-35
Duration: 30:23
Size: 13.9 MB

Donkey Talk
Numbers 22:1-35