Suffering is a common experience. In this message Pastor Dave looks at a philosophical question generated by pain. He also explores the theological answer to suffering and a few practical reasons for pain. Although we try hard to avoid pain, it has some very good results.
Every believer is equipped to hear from God. Jesus said that the indwelling Holy Spirit would lead us into all truth. In this message Pastor Dave teaches about how we hear from God. He also teaches on the principles guide us in discerning whether we are hearing from God or something else.
In Acts 2:42 we have the job description for every believer. As the church explodes on the scene of history, they begin to establish the key commitments. These four things that we are all to be constantly devoted to will lead to a full Christian life.
Why do verses 9 through 20 of Mark 16 have a parenthesis that says "Earlier manuscripts do not include these verses"? This message explains the manuscript evidence we have and the confidence we can have in the Scriptures.
As Jesus prepared His disciples to be His witnesses he encouraged them to press on, even if the world hated them. The cultural Christianity that pervades the US churches is working towards getting the world to like us, something that Jesus says is an incorrect focus. This does not mean we are to be unkind or obnoxious, but that Jesus makes very clear that the world hated Him first, and because of this, it will be in opposition to the kingdom, to real Christians, and to the Lord Jesus. To love the world is to be an enemy of God.
In this message from John 15:12-17 we look at Jesus' command to "love one another". This was not a call to love the world, but a call to the disciples to love each other, as they were only a day away from being questioned and persecuted for their faith. We look at the command, the example, and the new status Jesus gives us today.
Jesus invites His followers to abide in Him. This high honor is not meant to be something for the Spiritually elite, but is for every follower. We are invited to live every day in a relationship with our Savior. Pastor Dave explains how we abide in Christ and what the results are in this message.
The Bible tells us that the Gospel is the power of God for salvation. This means that the Gospel is the power of God for both our justification as well as our sanctification - not just for the forgiveness of our sins, but also the power to grow in the righteousness Christ has given us. How does this work?
In Colossians 1, Paul prays for believers to lean in to what God has given them and done for them, and lays out a pattern by which God will grow His people through the Gospel.