Sermon Audio: NT Principles of Gathering – Part 2

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“…Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified”

 

Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

 

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

 

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

 

Acts 2:36-47 ESV

 


This sermon was originally recorded February 2, 2014 at Seven Points Christian Assembly, Sunbury, PA.

 

Link: NT Principles of Gathering – Part 1

 

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Audio: Ecclesiastes Chapter Seven

Vintage Railroad TracksIn the first 14 verses of Ecclesiastes chapter seven King Solomon lists 12 different comparisons.

Some of the comparisons are rather surprising, such as “the day of death [is better] than the day of one’s birth” Ecclesiastes 7:1 NKJV. Other comparisons are downright shocking… “Better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting” Ecclesiastes 7:2 NKJV.

How can this be?

What is King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, saying? In this message we take a look at the life lessons that Solomon has for us in the first 14 verses of Ecclesiastes 7.

 



 

Recorded: Sunday November 25, 2012 at the Central Bible Chapel, Millbrook, AL.

 

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Audio: Renew Your Mind

Romans 12 2 Renew Your Mind

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2 NJKV

Paul describes the all out, full on Christian life as a “living sacrifice.” How is this even possible? The answer to this question involves several aspects, however one of those aspects is the renewing of the mind.

How is this even possible? I hope that this sermon will be of help to you in answering this question….

Recorded: Sunday May 27, 2012 at the Memorial Day Weekend Conference convened at the Bethany Gospel Chapel in Worcester, MA.

 

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Audio: Equipping The Next Generation

“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…” Ephesians 4:11-12a ESV

Every generation of God’s people have the solemn responsibility to effectively pass along God’s truth to the next generation. We are told in Ephesians 4:12 ESV to “equip” the next generation.

This goes way beyond simply teaching the next generation! Yes, we do have a responsibility to teach the next generation, but we must also go beyond this by equipping them to carry on the work.

Are you up to the task?

Recorded: Saturday May 26, 2012 at the Memorial Day Weekend Conference convened at the Bethany Gospel Chapel in Worcester, MA.

 

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Audio: The Intergenerational Transfer of Truth

“When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel.” Judges 2:10

Every generation of God’s people have the solemn responsibility to effectively pass along God’s truth to the next generation.

When Joshua was given the responsibility to lead the Nation of Israel “something went right”— After the death of Moses, Joshua and his generation successfully stood up and took on the reigns of godly leadership. Joshua 1:1ff.

Unfortunately, when Joshua’s generation passed away and another generation arose “something went wrong.” Judges 2:7-13 and following. What went wrong? And what can we learn from those failures?

Recorded: Saturday May 26, 2012 at the Memorial Day Weekend Conference convened at the Bethany Gospel Chapel in Worcester, MA.

 

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Audio: Be Strong and Courageous

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“Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:7-9

Three times in the opening verses of the Book of Joshua God tells His servant Joshua to be strong and of good courage (Joshua 1:6,7,9). Many Christians have come to love this phrase. Many have memorized these words and will recite them during difficult times.

Yet, it is important NOT to overlook the context of the verses. When we study the context of Joshua chapter one the significance of these verses only increase.

Recorded: Friday May 25, 2012 at the Memorial Day Weekend Conference convened at the Bethany Gospel Chapel in Worcester, MA.

 

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Audio: Discipleship & The Seeker Friendly Church

Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple… So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:25-27 ESV, Luke 14:33 ESV

In the four Gospels our Lord Jesus Christ spoke often about the terms of discipleship.

When we honestly examine His teaching on this very important subject we will probably arrive at the same conclusion as many of His disciples came to: “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” John 6:60 ESV. In fact, His teaching was so difficult that “many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with Him.” John 6:66 ESV.

What about us? After we have evaluated His teachings will we continue with Him or will we be like the “many” who “turned back and no longer walked with him”?

Recorded: Sunday September 30, 2012 at the North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA

 

 

 

 

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Audio: Jesus Curses a Fig Tree

“On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it.” Mark 11:12-14 ESV

In Mark 11 we are presented with a very curious scene… because of its lack of fruit the Lord Jesus Christ curses a fig tree. How strange! The next day His disciples noticed that the fig tree had, in fact, withered.

Why would the Lord Jesus do such a thing? What is the lesson? If you dig deeper into the passage I believe you will discover a very important lesson regarding fruitfulness.

Recorded: Sunday November 6, 2011 at the North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA

 

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Audio: Ecclesiastes Chapter One

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” What profit has a man from all his labor in which he toils under the sun? Ecclesiastes 1:1-3 NKJV

And so begins King Solomon’s book of Ecclesiastes with a searching question: “what does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?” An excellent question, a question that many have asked. Maybe you have asked a similar question about life… “is all of this worth it?” or “work, work, work and then I die?!”

In the book of Ecclesiastes King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, explores his question with brutal honesty. In the end Solomon comes to the conclusion that life is meaningless if it is lived for the things “under the sun.” But there is hope! And that hope is found above the sun.

What about you? Are you living for those things under or above the sun?

Recorded: Sunday April 23, 2006 at the North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA.

 

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Audio: A False Gospel

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Back Cover of Love Wins

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.” Galatians 1:6-10 NKJV emphasis mine.

About a year and a half ago Rob Bell, who at that time was the pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI, published a book titled “Love Wins”. The book instantaneously became a New York Times bestseller and caused a considerable amount of controversy in the evangelical church and beyond. The book even made the cover of the April 25, 2011 issue of Time Magazine.

As the controversy raged I found myself reading blog posts by both the supporters and detractors of the book. What I read shocked me… the detractors of the book claimed that Rob Bell denied the very existence of a literal hell and that in the end love will “win” — meaning everyone will spend eternity in everlasting bliss.

Could such accusations be true? Could a pastor of an “evangelical” church teach such things? To find out I purchased a copy of the book and read it. What I read in Rob Bell’s book Love Wins astounded me. From my reading of the book it seemed that the book’s detractors had actually understated the severity of doctrinal error!

After studying Love Wins in the light of God’s Word I had the opportunity to speak about it.

Recorded: Sunday April 17, 2011 at the North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA

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