Pastor Geoff continues the verse-by-verse exposition through the Gospel of Luke and preaches on this final phase of Christ's trials before Pontius Pilate.
Pilate affirms that Jesus is innocent. The Jews roar for the murderer, Barabbas, to be released and for Jesus to be crucified. Pilate caves and capitulates to the shouts of the crowd and hands Jesus over to be scourged and crucified.
"Jesus on Trial Before Herod: Unshakably Silent & Shamefully Mocked!"
Pastor Geoff preaches the portion of the Roman Trials when Christ Jesus stands before Herod Antipas. Herod questions Jesus and after Jesus remains silent, Herod turns to mocking, jeering, and contemptuous behavior toward Christ, the King.
This sermon provides 4 features to see in this narrative.
"Jesus On Trial Before the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate"
Pastor Geoff preaches through this final phase of the Jewish trials of Jesus Christ. It is just after daybreak, probably about 5 or 6AM and Jesus is now brought before the Council (=Sanhedrin, 71 Jewish 'Supreme Court' leaders) and they will put Jesus on trial so as to attain a charge to then take Him to Pilate.
This message covers the trial of Christ. It also surveys the unjust accusations that He faced. This message reveals how we can face unjust and unfair times of suffering/accusations as well.
"Peter Denies His Lord: The Danger of Following Jesus at a Distance"
Pastor Geoff leads the congregation through the events that transpire in the middle of the night as Jesus is tried before Caiaphas and Peter is, at the same time, outside in the courtyard -- where he will deny his Savior on three different occasions.
The events will be laid out under three headings as we go back to this scene and observe the denials of Peter and as we learn from this episode so we can walk closely with Christ, by God's grace, and for His glory.
"Betrayed with a Kiss! The Light of the World Betrayed in the Hour of Darkness"
Pastor Geoff continues the verse-by-verse exposition of the Gospel of Luke and paints a full picture of this betrayal-event. All four gospels are brought together and harmonized in this sermon.
Judas is the prime example of a false disciple. What a tragedy!
What a Savior -- the Light of the world -- rejected by the world but come to seek and save that which was lost!
Pastor Geoff preaches on the Garden of Gethsemane narrative when our Lord agonizes in prayer just hours before the cross.
In the Garden, he pours out His soul to the Father and begs that the "cup" may pass from Him. This message focuses on the glorious Savior that we worship -- he is a suffering Savior, a praying Savior, a compassionate Savior, and a praiseworthy Savior!
And he drank the cup -- the cup of God's almighty wrath -- for His people. He quenched God's thunderous wrath aimed at sinners! He took it all for us!
Consider this text and rest in God's great love for His people!
"3 Crucial Lessons for You Concerning Difficulties that Come in Following Jesus"
Pastor Geoff teaches through Luke 22:31ff which is the final conversation in Luke's gospel while Jesus is with the eleven disciples still in the Upper Room after they had the Passover Meal and after Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper.
The 3 crucial lessons are:
1. Satan wants to destroy you
2. Jesus powerfully prays for you.
3. It will be a fierce ministry before you
May God write His eternal truths upon our hearts as we study God's Word, verse by verse, together.
Pastor Geoff preaches on the text when Jesus is in the upper room having the Passover meal with the Twelve. This message brings us into the Jewishness of the feast and brings out the highlighted features of the night:
1. The theological moment of the Passover.
2. The true meaning of the Passover.
3. The tragic betrayer at the Passover.
Pastor Geoff teaches on living in light of the Lord's coming. We must be observant of the signs of the times and we must always be on the alert and watchful so that the day of His coming does not take people by surprise.
Let all God's people heed the words of Christ and be alert, sober, ready and anticipating His soon-return!
"The Prodigal Son, Part 2: The Breathtaking Love of God"
Pastor Geoff preaches on the next unit in this 'end-times' discourse that Jesus gives to His disciples on the Mt of Olives (see parallels in Matt 24-25 and Mark 13). In this sermon, Jesus speaks of when the stones will fall from the Temple and not be left upon one another.
Jesus answers the question of "when" the temple will be destroyed here in 21:20-24. It is a severe, divine, just, and swift punishment -- for sin. It occurs because Israel did not recognize the day of God's visitation (in Christ).
But all of this foreshadows, it pictures, it points to a coming day of ultimate vengeance not with human armies, but with God's Son when Christ returns in power & glory to judge the world for its unrighteousness!
Flee to Christ! Be saved from divine wrath! There's safety only in Him!
Pastor Geoff preaches through this Olivette Discourse (since Jesus preached it on the Mt of Olives) as he answered the disciples' question about when the Temple will be destroyed, what the signs will be of His coming and of the end of the age.
This first sermon deals with Jesus' answer of the 'signs that will come' that lead to the end (vv.5-19).
In this sermon, Pastor Geoff continues to preach through the Gospel of Luke & here looks at the Passion Week of our Lord. This section is when Jesus asks the Jewish leaders whose son the Messiah is -- David's!
But Messiah is NOT ONLY the son of David; He's David's Lord & sovereign One over all! Implication? Bow before Him! Believe in Him! Surrender to Him! And live!
"A Self-Righteous Man & A Desperately Humble Man!"
Pastor Geoff preaches at the Senior Living Home in Ellisville, MO and preaches on the Tax Collector and the Pharisee and the parable Jesus tells of these two men going up to the Temple to pray.
One is the self-righteous man -- the Pharisee -- who praises himself all throughout his prayer. He dies in his futile self-exaltation and is humbled as he eternally goes to hell.
The other is the desperately humble man -- the tax-collector -- and he humbles himself and begs for God's mercy -- His propitiation -- so that he can be saved. He humbles himself and is exalted at death to enter heaven: all by God's grace!
"An Intriguing Question on Marriage, the Resurrection, & the Afterlife!"
In this sermon, Pastor Geoff teaches on the odd, hypothetical question that the Sadducees raise to Jesus in order to show that his doctrine of the resurrection is totally illogical & foolish.
Jesus responds with brilliant directness & clarity. He shows that there IS a future resurrection and He shows it with a theological argument and an exegetical (biblical) argument.
Learn from our Savior and see how masterful and clear He responds to those who posed this question to Him.
"A Loaded Political Question & A Brilliant Spiritual Answer"
Pastor Geoff preaches on the story (parable) of the wicked vine-growers who worked the owner's vineyard and mistreated the slaves he repeatedly sent over and over and over. All this symbolized the history of Israel and their rejection of God and of His Beloved Son, Jesus the Messiah.
See the story about Israel
See the prophecy about Christ
See the judgment on unbelievers
Be warned! Don't trip over this Stone who is Christ and be judged! Don't let Him fall on you in utter judgment & irresistible wrath! Come to Christ, the Beloved Son and know Him as Savior!
"Who Gave Jesus His Authority - A Controversy With the Jewish Scholars"
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!