What’s important about being baptized in the Holy Spirit? Not speaking in unknown tongues! It’s about personal character defined by love and power. Message delivered 11/1/09.
The previous messages in this series explored how it was the ministry of the Holy Spirit that turned ordinary people into the heroes of the Book of Acts. When it comes to the Holy Spirit, the church has sometimes been guilty of trying to make God more real than He is. And as a reaction, some of of the church has been afraid of letting Him work. But the Holy Spirit is practical, not goofy. Message delivered 10/25/09.
The ministry of the Holy Spirit is at the heart of the adventures described in the Acts of the Apostles. But who is the Holy Spirit, and what is His purpose? A lot of times the things we apply as “spirit-led living” have absolutely nothing to do with what He really does in our hearts and the character that we are supposed to have. Message delivered 10/18/09.
The Acts of the Apostles reveals the life of the Holy Spirit in everyday life. In it we see 30-some years in however many pages, and often we think that’s what they did every day … woke up and did miracles. But if we will let the Holy Spirit minister in our lives to empower us to do things for Him, rather than expect Him to just give us stuff or make us feel good, we will make a difference in our world. Message delivered 10/11/09.
Who were the people in the book of Acts? What were they all about? Often we look at them and think they’re different from us, that somehow God’s call on them was more important than on us. Nothing could be further from the truth, as we’ll examine in this message series called “Uncommon adventures for common men and women.” Part 1 delivered 10/4/09.
When we read about the Church at Laodicea, we usually think of it as the bad church, the lukewarm church. But Jesus’ message to the church is one of hope, of possibilities. The church had been hot. It had been cold. At the time of the letter it was … comfortable. But by His grace it could be more, and so can we. Message delivered 9/20/09.
The letters to the churches in Revelation 2 and 3 all addressed both specific situations in that time, but they also apply to things in our lives and our churches today. For Philadelphia, the message was to endure. Everything about the World System separates us from God, but He said in the letter to Philadelphia to endure, because he is in control. Message delivered 9/13/09.
The church at Thyatira drew a warning from Jesus because it was tolerating “that woman Jezabel” — permitting and tolerating a lifestyle that leads away from the truth. Pastor John observes that our society is so fame-oriented that it doesn’t matter if the source of that fame is infamous. In that respect, we’re no different from the church at Thyatira. Message delivered 8/30/09.
In the letter to Pergamum in Revelation 2, Jesus warned the church against hanging out with the Balaam crowd. Why? Not because the Balaam teaching was to walk away from God. Rather, it is an active influence even today: “Take a look over here … why don’t you try this … it’s not so bad …” and leads us to tolerate and then to embrace sin. Message delivered 8/23/09.
Jesus’ letter to the church at Smyrna in Revelation 2 teaches us that experiencing hard times in our lives does not mean we are doing something wrong. It could, in fact, mean we’re doing everything right. Message delivered 8/9/09.