2019-04-28: Acts: Life In The Spirit — Breathe Into You

Sermon Audio: Breathe Into You
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Acts 1:1-8
Duration: 22:34
Size: 10.6 MB

Acts: Life In The Spirit
Breathe Into You
Acts 1:1-8

“How many Christians have been living their entire lives without ever knowing what it is like to have the overwhelming Power of the Holy Spirit operating within them?”

Now to learn about the Holy Spirit, you have to go to the writings of Luke which include the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts.

It is the Holy Spirit which makes us a witness of the Good News of Jesus Christ.

You cannot live the Christian life and do the things of Jesus until you have received the Holy Spirit.

It really comes down to how bad you want it! It’s not passive waiting. It’s active waiting.

As we look at the Book of Acts to see what it really means to live in the fullness of the Spirit, it really comes down to two things: desire and discipline.

When you are baptized, you are literally dying to your former way of life because you realize that’s not cutting it and you are surrendering to life in God.

The power of the Holy Spirit must precede witness and the problem of the church is that our witness gets ahead of the Holy Spirit.

That leads to the discipline of prayer, Bible study and the fasting and then surrendering your entire life and will to God.

2019-04-07: The Minor Prophets — Malachi: God Speaks We Listen

Sermon Audio: Malachi: God Speaks We Listen
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Malachi
Duration: 20:38
Size: 10.1 MB

The Minor Prophets
Malachi: God Speaks We Listen
Malachi

The interesting part about this book is that each time God speaks, the people responded with a rebuttal–a question of defense or denial.

They have turned cold towards God and the things of God. God has lost His place in their heart and lives.

God is actively engaging with His people in a personal and loving way. He is communicating, but are His people listening.

It is not so much a matter of IF God is speaking, but rather, whether we are listening.

It is those little sounds, soft and inward, quite imperceptible sometimes, that distracts us from distinguishing God’s Word.

Guard those short spans of time you have when you are alone and not doing anything, like commuting from home to work.