2017-03-19: The Lions and Daniel

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Sermon Audio: The Lions and Daniel
Speaker: Pastor Frank Clore
Scripture Text: Daniel 6
Duration: 36:39
Size: 16.7 MB

The Lions and Daniel
Daniel 6

Daniel knew that if he gave up his practice of daily prayer, he would be joining the rest of the kingdom in their idolatry and he had too much integrity to do that.

For the Christian, “Integrity” means there is similarity between our character and our creed, between our beliefs and our behavior.

First, the events of this sixth chapter of Daniel helps us to understand that Christian integrity shows.

The second lesson Daniel’s life teaches us is that living a life of integrity does not shelter you from the unfairness of life.

The third lesson Daniel’s life teaches us is that people of Christian integrity are people who know the importance of prayer.

In all honesty, for many of us, our natural response of the “Lions of life” is to panic and roar in rage against life’s unfairness or complain or criticize or become paralyzed and slip into a defeated sense of depression.

Eternal life does not just refer to the length of your life. It also refers to the quality of your life.

Another lesson Daniel’s life teaches us is that his example proves that by living a life of integrity we can have an amazing impact on this world.

2017-03-12: Luke-The Investigative Gospel – Jesus Before Pilate-Again

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Sermon Audio: Jesus Before Pilate – Again
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Luke 23:13-25
Duration: 20:39
Size: 9.45 MB

Luke-The Investigative Gospel
Jesus Before Pilate – Again
Luke 23:13-25

What, in your mind, is the greatest injustice in the world?

The injustice of Jesus’ death sentence in Luke 23:13-25 shows us how Jesus was convicted, despite his innocence.

I. The Conclusion of Pilate
(Luke 23:13-16)

Pilate, using the Roman legal system of justice, did not find Jesus to be guilty of any charge. And Herod, using the Jewish legal system of justice, did not find Jesus to be guilty of any charge either.

Of course, to punish someone who is innocent is a travesty of justice.

But there is another reason why Pilate worked so hard to get Jesus acquitted. His wife’s dream.

II. The Choice of the Jews (Luke 23:18-23)

Perhaps he had hoped that the people would back him in his initial assessment of Jesus’ innocence.

The question is: who is responsible for the injustice of Jesus’ death sentence?

All are sucked into the vortex of Satan’s cosmic plan for the destruction of the Son of God.

III. The Condemnation of Jesus (Luke 23:24-25)

The people cried out for the release of one called “son of the father” and rejected the One who really is the Son of the Father!

Like Barabbas, we were dead in our sins and doomed to die; but an exchange has taken place in which Jesus takes our place so that we can take his.

2017-03-05: Luke-The Investigative Gospel – Jesus Before Pilate

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Sermon Audio: Jesus Before Pilate
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Luke 23:1-12
Duration: 19:47
Size: 13.9 MB

Luke-The Investigative Gospel
Jesus Before Pilate
Luke 23:1-12

Because they were not able to impose the death penalty on anyone, they had to get the Romans to convict Jesus of a capital offense, and thereby get him sentenced to death.

I. The Accusations Against Jesus (Luke 23:1-2)

Jesus was simply teaching the people a correct understanding of God’s truth rather than the perversion that was being taught to them.

II. The Question of Pilate (Luke 23:3a)

If Jesus was a revolutionary trying to rebel against Rome, then Pilate would have to take action against him.

III. The Answer of Jesus (Luke 23:3b)

IV. The Verdict of Pilate (Luke 23:4)

Pilate believed that Jesus was not a threat to Rome. And so he declared Jesus not guilty of any crime against Rome.

V. The Disagreement of the Sanhedrin (Luke 23:5)

VI. The Referral to Herod (Luke 23:6-7)

Under Roman law, a person could either be tried in the place where he was accused or in the province where he came from.

VII. The Ridicule by Herod (Luke 23:8-11)

He was simply trying to ridicule Jesus, and so Jesus refused to answer him.

Interestingly, although Luke did not state it in this passage, Herod, like Pilate, found Jesus not guilty of any wrongdoing.

VIII. The Friendship of Enemies (Luke 23:12)

Whatever else they disagreed about, Pilate and Herod could agree to despise and persecute Christ.

Jesus allowed the human injustice to go forward because he knew that it was part of God’s plan for divine justice to be met against sinners like us.

2017-02-26: Luke-The Investigative Gospel – Jesus Before the Council

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Sermon Audio: Jesus Before the Council
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Luke 22:63-71
Duration: 21:14
Size: 9.72 MB

Luke-The Investigative Gospel
Jesus Before the Council
Luke 22:63-71

The Great Sanhedrin in Jerusalem was the final judicial authority in Israel, comparable to the Supreme Court of the United States.

The witnesses were to attest to the identity of the party, and to depose to the month, day, hour, and circumstances of the crime.

But in their zeal to destroy Jesus they committed a number of violations against their own system of jurisprudence.

I. Jesus Was Mocked and Blasphemed (Luke 22:63-65)

Jesus was innocent of all wrongdoing, and the soldiers were mocking him, beating him, and blaspheming him.

II. Jesus Was Charged with Blasphemy (Luke 22:66-71)

The Greek word for Christ is the same as the Hebrew word “Messiah,” and it literally means, “one who has been anointed.”

The title Jesus most often used to refer to himself was “Son of Man.” But this title is often misunderstood. (Daniel 7:13-14)

So, the term “Son of Man” is really expressing the deity – rather than the humanity – of Jesus.

It was this assertion that Jesus is the Son of God that was particularly problematic to the council. They believed that this assertion was blasphemy.

2017-02-19: Luke-The Investigative Gospel – Peter Denies Jesus

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Sermon Audio: Peter Denies Jesus
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Luke 22:54-62
Duration: 21:43
Size: 9.94 MB

Luke-The Investigative Gospel
Peter Denies Jesus
Luke 22:54-62

Peter’s faith did fail him. And as Jesus predicted, before the rooster crowed later that morning, Peter denied three times that he knew Jesus.

Peter’s denial of Jesus in Luke 22:54-62 shows us the danger of following Jesus in our own power.

I. The Path to the Denials (Luke 22:54-55)

Peter wanted to go farther than anyone else down the road that Jesus walked to the cross.

II. The Particulars in the Denials (Luke 22:56-60a)

However, given Jesus’ immense popularity with the people and Peter’s prominence as Jesus’ apostle, it is very likely that she had seen Peter with Jesus, perhaps even earlier in the week.

One does not deny Jesus for no reason. No, there is a process that leads to a denial.

First, proud self-confidence.

Second, indolent neglect of prayer.

Third, vacillating indecision.

Fourth, mingling with bad company.

Fifth, overwhelming fear when suddenly charged with being a disciple of Jesus.

Great sin is always the result of not dealing with smaller sins.

And yet, his courage completely failed him when the environment became hostile, and he was accused of being a disciple of Jesus.

Speak as a follower of Jesus Christ. “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person” (Colossians 4:6).

III. The Pain in the Denials (Luke 22:60b-62)

All his self-confidence was gone, all his bravado was gone, and all his presumption was gone.

Repentance makes a man’s heart soft and his conscience tender, and shows itself in real turning to a Father in heaven.

We know that Peter was with the rest of the disciples, no doubt sad at the death of Jesus, and bitterly repentant over his own denial of Jesus.

Have you fallen into sin? Know that Jesus will do the same gracious work of forgiveness in your life too.