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.
In this message, Pastor Geoff preaches the text where Christ demonstrates courage & compassion.
God's sovereign plans cannot be thwarted or overcome by any opposition. And Christ Himself has such overwhelming compassion for the lost & laments the unwillingness of the people to come to Him -- who is so willing to receive sinners!
Pastor Geoff preaches Luke 13:18-21 where Christ provides 2 parables (short stories with spiritual meaning):
1. the parable of THE MUSTARD SEED
2. the parable of LEAVEN
The simple point in these parables is this: the kingdom of God grows -- and it will grow -- till it reaches and permeates the world & nothing can stop or hinder this growth!
This message also covers what the kingdom of God, how the Old Testament & New Testament speak of this Kingdom & surveys the concept of the kingdom in Luke's gospel.
Listen to this message & be encouraged that God's Kingdom cannot be stopped!
"Jesus Heals a Sick Woman on the Sabbath: Some Glorify God & Some Rage Against God!"
Pastor Geoff continues the exposition through Luke's gospel. In Luke 13:10, Luke begins a new travel unit narrative that journeys through the final couple of months of Christ's life before the Passion Week. In Luke 13:10-17:10, we have the final travels and teachings and conflicts of the final months of Christ's life.
This story in 13:10-17 is of Jesus healing a 'bent double' woman in a Synagogue on the Sabbath. Christ by His power supernaturally heals and reveals His overwhelming tenderness toward the hurting woman & His overwhelming power of Satan, the Evil One.
Pastor Geoff continues the verse-by-verse exposition through the Gospel of Luke. Luke 12:1-13:9 is one unit -- it's a traveling narrative as Jesus speaks to thousands of people as He journeys in Judea.
In this text, Luke 13:1-9, Jesus calls all those who hear Him to repent for if they do not they will perish!
This message speaks of the DEMAND for repentance (unless you repent you'll perish) and the DESCRIPTION of genuine repentance (fruitbearing & the parable of the barren fig tree).
Listen to this exposition & ask yourself: "have I genuinely repented?" Turn from your wicked ways and live!
"3 Urgent Matters to Understand Before Fiery Judgment Falls!"
Pastor Geoff concludes Luke 12 and preaches the unit where Christ was addressing the massive crowds (Luke 12.1, many thousands) and here in this paragraph Jesus exhorts all the hearers to urgently make a decision to be reconciled to God through Christ before it's too late.
The door of grace is open! The door of opportunity is available! Come to Christ now! Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts!
Pastor Geoff preaches Luke 11:5-8 at the Grace Bible Conference hosted by Rockport Baptist Church in Arnold, MO.
This message centers on the theme of shepherding one another through persistently praying to God. Pastors, fathers, husbands, and leaders must remember to shepherd one another through persistently praying for one another.
Let us remember the power of persistent praying.
"Be Watchful for & Faithful Till the Coming of the LORD! Don't Receive Greater Condemnation!"
Pastor Geoff continues the exposition through Luke and teaches Luke 12:41-48 as our Lord teaches the crowds that all must be ready for the coming of the Son of Man.
Those who know the Master's will and do not act accordingly and prepare themselves will receive many lashes (in hell). Those who do not know his will but still do deeds worthy of condemnation will receive but few (in hell).
With greater light and exposure to the gospel, the condemnation of sinners will be greater. Don't fall into the lowest depths of hell from the pew of your bible-teaching church! With much light comes great responsibility!
"Jesus Is Alive & Returning! Be Ready for His Soon-Coming!"
Pastor Geoff continues the exposition through the Gospel of Luke & preaches 12:22-34 on the 'sin of worry.' Even though all people battle with sin and anxiety it is not to be tolerated and shoved aside as simply an 'issue' that everyone deals with.
It is sin and we must call it such. And there is, by God's glorious grace & clear revelation, a divine remedy for the sin of worry/anxiety -- faith in God & active, intentional & frequent thanksgiving to God (Phil 4:6ff).
Pastor Geoff continues preaching expositionally & verse by verse through this discourse in Luke 12:1 which continues through Luke 13:9. He teaches before myriads of people who swarm him as he travels in the open air.
In this message, Jesus warns His listeners to be on guard against every form of greed (or, covetousness).
This message defines greediness, cautions against greediness, illustrates greediness, explains how to mortify (kill) greediness, and shows why God indicts greediness.
Listen to this message & draw near to Christ with fervent love for Him in your soul!
"Sins That You Must Guard Against As Followers of Christ!"
Pastor Geoff continues the exposition through Luke's gospel and concludes chapter 11 with the lunch 'meal-scene' that Jesus has at the home of a Pharisee. In this astounding text, our sovereign Lord pronounces six 'woe' (eternally damning) curses upon the Pharisees and the lawyers [=scribes] of the day. He exposes their hypocrisy, their pride, and their hatred for the people of God and for the Lord Himself.
Listen to this message and 'examine yourself & see whether you are in the faith'. Make sure these 7 marks do NOT describe you. For if they do, you must repent, turn from your sin and trust in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation from divine judgment.
"Jesus Warns You of 2 Common (& Tragic) Responses to Him!"
Pastor Geoff preaches Luke 11:14-26 which comprises an exorcism miracle and then a subsequent conflict that erupts because of Christ's powerful works.
It is an amazing narrative because the miracle itself (the exorcism) only occupies one verse! All of the remaining verses in the chapter deal with the virulent hostility and the surging animosity that soars because of Christ's powerful and undeniable works.
Listen to this message which focuses on Christ's almighty power over Satan, over the kingdom of darkness, and over sin! Our Savior, the Lord Jesus, has come and has defeated and destroyed the works of the devil!
Let us rejoice in Him! Let us cast our souls on Him! Let us rely fully and comfortably in Him!
"The PROMISES of Prayer. Ask! Seek! Knock! Believe that God Gives Good Gifts to His Children!"
In this message, Pastor Geoff continues the study through prayer from Luke 11:
1. The PRIORITY of prayer (v.1)
2. The PATTERN of prayer (vv.2-4)
3. The PERSISTENCE of prayer (vv.5-8)
4. The PROMISES of prayer (vv.9-13)
This message deals with the great and large promises that God gives to us as His beloved children. We are invited to Ask! and Seek! and Knock! Let us pray with confidence and hold God to His Word!
"The Persistence in Prayer -- Shameless Boldness in Coming Before God!"
Pastor Geoff preaches on the section in Luke 11 where Jesus teaches His followers to be importunate (persistent) in prayer. Like Jacob, we should wrestle with God until He blesses us. Like the Syro-Phoenecian woman, we must humbly bow and beg God till He listens and answers. Like Elijah, we should pray earnestly and expectantly till God fulfills His promises. Like blind Bartimaeus, we should cry out (and cry out louder) until the Lord stops, hears us, and answers our plea.
We must urgently come to God and press our longings upon His heart until He answers us! Let us not grow discouraged or fainthearted. But let us be a people who pray with persistence!
"The Priority of Prayer, Part 2: Learning from the Pettern of Prayer from Our Savior"
Pastor Geoff concludes the 2-part series teaching on the 'Disciples' Prayer' from Luke 11:1-4 and shows what each phrase means and how we can learn from our Savior's pattern of prayer for us.
Let us enjoy God on earth as we commune with Him in prayer.
"The Priority of Prayer: Principles to Guide You in Meeting with God in Prayer"
This is part 1 of looking at the "Disciples' Prayer". This message provides the background of prayer, the importance of prayer, a biblical survey of prayer, and the template/model of this prayer that Jesus gives in teaching us how to pray.
This message covers Luke 11:1-2.
"One Thing Necessary: Sitting at Jesus' Feet Hearing the Word of God!"
Pastor Geoff preaches on this wonderful passage of Scripture which reminds God's people that there ultimately is one thing necessary for us. With all the businesses and distractions of life, we must keep the main thing the main thing.
This message provides 4 simple helps so that we can remember the one thing necessary (sitting at the Lord's feet hearing His Word) amidst very busy lives.
"The Good Samaritan: Those Whom God Saves Will Love Their Neighbors"
Pastor Geoff preaches on the text of the familiar "Good Samaritan" account. The religious scholar, the 'lawyer' or, scribe, comes to Jesus and asks what he must do to inherit eternal life.
In speaking to this self-righteous, works-righteous, self-deceived man, Jesus shows the absolute bankruptcy of all works-based faiths (=religions) and shows how it is absolutely impossible to get to God by trying to keep the Law.
God truly hides spiritual truths from the wise and intelligent of the world. But He reveals gospel truth to infants. And it is these who in turn love God and love their neighbor because God has opened their eyes to the gospel!
"Rejoice that Your Names Are Recorded in Heaven! The Cause for Joy in Ministry!"
Pastor Geoff preaches through Luke 10:17-24 -- the return of the 70 after they fulfilled their evangelistic mission. And Christ reminds them not to rejoice in temporary results in ministry but ultimately to find their ground for rejoicing in the unchangeable and eternal reality that their names are 'recorded in heaven'.
This is the surest ground for joy in the Christian's life -- that one's POSITION before God (=name in heaven) is the foundation for joy that catapults my PRACTICE (=serving Christ in ministry) for His glory.
In this sermon there are 2 main causes for joy that are presented:
1. Rejoice that your names are eternally recorded in heaven!
2. Rejoice that your salvation is sovereignly given by Christ!
"The Need for, the Work, and Privileges of Christian Ministry"
Pastor Geoff preaches on Jesus' sending out of the 70 to do the work of ministry. In this message, we learn a number of important elements so that we can be equipped as laborers for Christ in Christian ministry.
"Jesus Begins His Journey to Jerusalem: Lessons on Compassion and Discipleship"