In this sermon, Pastor Geoff continues the verse by verse study through the Gospel of Luke (and, the Passion Week) and here we see Jesus confronted by the Jewish elite -- an official delegation of rabbinical scholars.
And Jesus totally baffles them and confounds them and traps those who came to trap Him!
This sermon traces what happens and shows that Jesus does, in fact, have all authority!
"Jesus Clears the Temple: God's Judgment on False Religion"
Pastor Geoff preaches Luke 19:41-44 and heralds this pericope unique to Luke during the Triumphal Entry procession. As He rides on the donkey presenting Himself as Messianic King on Sunday of the passion week, we see 3 characteristics of our Messianic King:
1. He wept compassionately
2. He prophesied judgment
3. He offers salvation
Marvel at this glorious Christ who has such a tender compassion for the lost & for the doom that those who reject Him will receive.
"Hosanna! The Day of Messianic Presentation! See the King!"
Pastor Geoff begins the Passion Week (cf. Acts 1.3) with this important event of Christ presenting Himself as the Messianic King. He travels with the crowds of people and then, on Sunday morning, enters Jerusalem publically on a donkey as the masses are shouting "Hosanna" (Psalm 118).
Listen to the background of this event and the meaning of this messianic presentation!
"How Faithful Are You to the King in His Absence? He's Coming Back Soon! Are You Faithful?"
Pastor Geoff continues preaching through the Gospel of Luke and teaches on the parable that Jesus tells because people supposed that He was going to start the kingdom immediately.
But Jesus tells a parable to show that He, as the King, will depart for a while and then He will return and call all of His slaves to account for how faithful they have been.
This message is a call for all of God's slaves to serve Him faithfully. Let God deal with the results. Our duty is to remain faithful.
It's also a warning to those who are lazy, idle, unbelieving, and self-congratulating. The warning is sober because when the Master returns He will slay all His enemies and cast them to judgment forever.
Turn to Christ today! Serve Him with faithfulness!
"Zaccheus: What Happens When Jesus Seeks & Saves the Lost!"
Pastor Geoff preaches on the healing of Blind Bartimaeus as Jesus approaches Jericho before the final week (Passion week) of His life. This is a remarkable healing account and in this sermon, pastor Geoff provides 4 remarkable truths so that we can follow the story as Luke unfolds it for us.
We must ask ourselves if we see our salvation-story in the healing of the blind man. The desperate condition meets sovereign grace. And then the instantaneous healing of Christ results in discipleship, obedience, and rejoicing.
Has this happened to you? If not, come to Christ by faith alone today!
"Behold the Man of Sorrows! Jesus Prophesies His Own Rejection!"
In this account, children & babies are brought to Jesus for Him to touch them, bless them, and pray for them. But the disciples rebuke those who brought the children and Jesus, when He saw this, became indignant & welcomed all the children to come to Him -- for to such as these belong the kingdom of God.
This message builds on our Lord's statement & provides 12 compelling reasons for all young people to come to Christ early in life!
"The Folly of Self-Righteousness & the Free Grace of Justification"
Pastor Geoff preaches Luke 18:1-8 -- which is continuing the end-times discourse that our Lord gave in Luke 17:20-37 -- and this story teaches the important lesson of importunity, persistence, relentlessness of prayer.
How does a Christian respond when unjustly treated in this world? What should Christians do when we're persecuted for our faith, unjustly treated, observing the society spiral down into more godlessness? Our Lord commands us to pray at all times and not lose heart. We are to come to God repeatedly knowing that as a loving Father, he will bring about justice for His elect!
Cry to Him! Speak to Him! Pray to Him! Trust in Him!
Pastor Geoff continues the verse by verse exposition thru the Book of Luke and teaches on this eschatological (end-times) 'little Lukan apocalypse' as Christ conveys truths about His future coming & His kingdom.
Don't be caught off guard! This text provides us with 5 features of the coming of the Son of Man.
"Be Awestruck at the Glory of Christ! The Healing of the 10 Lepers!"
Pastor Geoff preaches on Christ's healing of the 10 lepers and the return of the one to worship and give thanks to Christ. This is a message not only on gratitude but also on the sovereign glory of Christ & His grace toward the outcast sinners (like the lepers, even a Samaritan leper!).
This message concludes the long discourse that Jesus gave with both the disciples & the Pharisees present (15:1-17:10) and here our Lord provides 3 crucial lessons for all of His disciples...
1. TOTAL Forgiveness
2. TRIUMPHANT Faith
3. TIRELESS Faithfulness
Listen to this exposition & apply these ambitions to your life to be an obedient & glad disciple in the blessed Lord!
Pastor Geoff preaches on the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus. Two men. Two deaths. Two destinies. The rich man who lived comfortably in this life immediately went to hell at death. The poor man who had nothing in this life immediately went to heaven at death.
This sermon also provides 13 sobering realities about eternal hell that we need to understand.
"The Biblical Truth Regarding Marriage, Divorce & Remarriage"
Pastor Geoff preaches Luke 16:14-18 and shows how this is a paragraph characterized by confrontation. The Pharisees hear Jesus speak on wealth and godly giving (16:1-13) and they respond with mockery and scoffing.
In this paragraph, Jesus responds to them by providing them 3 stern warnings.
Listen to this message to ensure that you are walking in the truth & not walking like the hypocritical false-teachers.
"Handling Our Wealth Rightly: Faithfulness Now, Preparing for Eternity!"
Pastor Geoff preaches part 2 on this long parable of the LOST SON. In this message, the focus specifically centers on the joyful reception of the Father as the penitent, wayward, Prodigal son returns home.
Then, the sermon focuses on the older son, the older brother, who was the self-righteous hypocrite who felt that he always obeyed the Father and deserved to be rewarded for his conduct.
Listen to this gospel message and the pleas to repent and trust in Christ at the end of the sermon.
"The Lost Son, Part 1: The Breathtaking Love of God!"
Pastor Geoff preaches on the well-known story of the "Prodigal Son" and shows that the hero of the story is not the younger, Prodigal son, nor is it the older brother. Rather, the hero is God Himself -- pictured as the loving and gracious and joyful father in this story who receives back penitent sinners.
This message covers the downward spiral of the Prodigal into sin and the full repentance that he demonstrated.
Listen to this message.
"The Lost Coin: The Joy fo God Over Repentant Sinners"
Pastor Geoff continues the verse-by-verse exposition thru the Gospel of Luke and teaches on the parable of the Lost Coin. In this story, as with the other parables in Luke 15, the theme centers on the happy joy of God over one sinner who repents!
This message looks at the story that Jesus told of the lost coin and the message concludes with an 'excurses' (a mini bible-study) on joy in heaven.
"The Parable of the Lost Sheep: The Happy Joy of God in the Salvation of Sinners!"
Pastor Geoff teaches on the parable of the 'lost sheep' -- and shows how this is an indictment against the Jewish leadership of the day since they couldn't be further from the heart of God that rejoices when God's people are saved in Christ.
But it also shows the great joy that God has when He seeks and saves His lost ones!
Pastor Geoff teaches on a very important unit of Scripture when Jesus, our Lord, sets forth the terms of discipleship. He lays down the requirements for ALL of His disciples. These aren't just the qualifications for the missionaries, or the pastors. Rather, these are the terms that Christ gives for all those who wish to be Christians.
Listen to this message & count the cost! Salvation is free! But it'll cost you everything!
"The Cleansing of the Leper: Jesus Heals the Walking Dead!"
Pastor Geoff preaches the parable that Jesus tells while at a home of one of the rulers of the Pharisees (Luke 14:1ff). In this story that Jesus tells, a host provides a large, gracious, lavish banquet and calls those who were invited to come for everything is ready!
But they all -- alike -- begin to make excuses and they refuse to come! O the tragedy of wasted opportunity! O the many millions that now perish in hell because of excuses!
Christ tells His slave to go out and compel men to come in to the feast so that His house may be full!
This is our mission -- every Christian's mission! -- to go out to the lost and compel them to come in! We are to urge, press upon, plead with, and compel all sinners to come to Christ and to enter this most glorious banquet!
Let us obey our Savior's call & go out to the lost & plead with them to come to Christ!
"Father Forgive Them..." Jesus' Words from the Cross
Pastor Geoff provides a word-study on the word "compel" in Luke 14:23 when the Master says to the slave: "go out into the highways and along the hedges, and COMPEL them to come in, so that my house may be filled."
What does it mean to "compel" people to be saved? What does this mean for you personally?
"Jesus Exposes the Sin of Pride & Provides Counsel for What to Replace It With!"
Pastor Geoff preaches on the story where Jesus has been invited into a home of a ruling Pharisee and it is in this context where Jesus rebukes:
1) the invited guests for seeking to take the places/seats of honor at the dinner feast.
2) the host himself for he invited only his friends (that could repay him!) and did not invite the poor, crippled, lame, blind, and outcasts.
This message and text deals with the sin of pride. And in this message, pastor Geoff concludes with 7 ways to practically wage war with your pride & replace it with humility.