Pastor Geoff teaches on this last pericope of Luke's gospel as he records the historical occasion when Jesus literally, bodily, visibly ascended up from Bethany (on the Mt of Olives) into heaven. It was here that He then sat down at the Father's right hand!
"Getting a Burning Heart in Seeing & Savoring this Savior, Jesus!"
Pastor Geoff preaches the gospel at the annual banquet for Civil Servant Ministries in Springfield, IL. Here the gospel goes forth in the very middle of the Lincoln Presidential Museum as many hear the gospel at this banquet.
How to get a burning heart for God? How do we see the glory of this Christ?
1. Embrace Your Savior!
2. Enflame Your Heart!
Listen to more on how this work of God happens in the soul.
"Christ's Commission to All Christians! Go & Preach Christ & Call All to Repent!"
Pastor Geoff preaches on the text in Luke 24:36-43 (and the parallel in John 20) when Christ appears to the disciples when they were locked behind closed doors (and Thomas was absent). He is the solution for the troubled heart.
He COMES to you.
He COMFORTS you.
He COMMUNES with you.
He CONVINCES you.
In this message, Pastor Geoff teaches part 2 on the Road to Emmaus and builds on how the men say: "Were not our hearts *burning* within us as he explained the Scriptures to us on the road!"
How do YOU get a burning heart for God and for Christ and for His gospel?
1. Study the Scriptures
2. Savor Jesus Christ
3. Speak His works
"The Road to Emmaus: Jesus Dispels Disappointment By Preaching Himself from Scripture!"
In this message, Pastor Geoff preaches on the 2 travelers who journey to Emmaus as the Risen Lord meets them on the road. And He then explains the meaning of the Scriptures to them starting with Moses and all the Prophets.
This sermon walks through the narrative in three phases.
Pastor Geoff preaches the 2nd saying of Christ from the cross -- "Today you will be with me in Paradise." Jesus spoke this to a guilty, sinful, rebellious thief who was crucified! All the thief did was recognize his sin, see how holy God is, know he deserved to die, and he cried out in simple faith for mercy from Christ!
This sermon walks through the paragraph in Luke 23 and helps us see how Jesus promises immediate, eternal heaven for every Christian at the very moment of death.
"Jesus Is Crucified: Jesus Is Mocked & He Intercedes for His Own!"
Pastor Geoff preaches on what it means to "carry one's cross". From this text, Pastor Geoff speaks on:
1. the MEANING of carrying one's cross
2. the MAN who carried Christ's cross (Simon)
3. the MULTITUDE who observed Jesus carrying His cross
4. the MANDATE for you to carry your cross
"The Sinless Jesus on Trial Before Pilate: Rejected, Condemned & Crucified!"
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!