Pastor Geoff preaches the next section in the study through Luke's gospel. This narrative covers the disciples & Jesus on a boat crossing the Sea of Galilee when a massive storm breaks. The disciples are full of worry, anxiety, doubt, and worry & they run to Christ & beg Him to act. He rises up, commands the winds and the waves to cease, and they obey Him immediately. The disciples reply: "Who then is this?" You must answer this question as well! Who, then, is Jesus?
Jesus is fully man (sleeping) as well as fully God (controlling creation).
He deserves our worship!
"Take Care How You Listen! Properly Understanding the Parable of the Soils, Part 2"
This sermon is part 2 on the study of the "Parable of the Soils."
Part 1 covered the overview of the parable, what parables are, why Jesus spoke in parables, and the first two soils -- the seed cast on the road and the seed cast on the rocky soil.
Part 2, in this message, covers the final two soils: the thorny soil and the good soil.
Take note that 3 of the 4 kinds of hearers of God's Word do not persevere and have no lasting fruit and are thus unconverted. Only 1 of the 4 soils that our Lord speaks about truly are converted.
Take care how you listen! He who has an ear, let him hear!
Examine yourself as you hear our Lord's teaching and make certain that you are in faith!
"Take Care How You Listen! Are You Saved? The Parable of the Soils, Part 1"
Pastor Geoff preaches on the parable of the soils. The Lord Jesus, at a very important turning point in his public ministry, began teaching in parables to conceal spiritual truth from the masses who have rejected Him.
In this parable, Jesus tells of the seed of the Word which goes forth & there are four kinds of soils (=hearers). Three of them are unconverted while only one of them is truly saved.
This message journeys through the text and looks at it under four headings.
"Essential Features in the Ministry of the Gospel"
In this lengthy account, John the Baptist battles with some doubts as to whether Jesus is in fact the "Expected One". Jesus gently, compassionately & biblically reminds John of who He really is (from texts in Isaiah) and reminds the people that John is the greatest of those born of women -- yet anyone born in the new era (under the New Covenant) have far more blessings and benefits that John enjoyed.
This message provides 7 ways for you to battle with doubt in your life.
Pastor Geoff continues the exposition through Luke. This account in Luke 7:11-17 shows how Jesus is in fact the true prophet of God as He raises a widow's son from the dead. By His spoken Word alone, Jesus Christ raises the dead -- he gives life to dead men by His grace & by His initiative.
This historical account also pictures the spiritual reality of regeneration.
This sermon provides 4 ways that we can go back in time and see and experience the events as they unfolded in the ancient city of Nain.
In this closing message, Pastor Geoff preaches on the final, concluding part of the Sermon on the Mount -- when Christ presents two builders who build on very different foundations.
This sermon is all about how you 'listen to' and 'hear' the Word of God. Lots of people hear Christ's Words but few people 'do according to what they have heard.'
How do you hear Christ's Words? Do you come to Him, hear His Word, and act accordingly?
This final, concluding illustration in Christ's Sermon on the Mount needs to be heard by the professing church today. Scores of people hear Christ's Words, but there are masses that do not do what He says.
Let him who has an ear, listen to what Christ says.
Luke 6:46 and Matthew 7:21 are the concluding exhortations to many religious people as Christ calls them to examine themselves and see if they truly are doing the Father's will or if they are paying mere lip service to Christ.
Many will say "Lord Lord" on that final judgment day & yet Christ will declare to them: "I never knew you, depart from me, you who practice lawlessness." May these piercing and thundering words never be heard by any who are warned by Christ!
O this is a message for the American church today! Scores, millions of people 'profess' Christ but don't possess Him. Multitudes what heaven but they don't want holiness. Masses of people want the blessings from God but they will not be in submission to God.
Those who do not surrender to Christ and follow Him pay mere lip service to Him and will hear those thundering and shocking words on that final day: "Depart from me!"
Pastor Geoff preaches Luke 6:43-45 in the final "exhortation" section of Christ's Sermon on the Mount. In this portion of the sermon, he has just pleaded with the crowds to enter through the narrow gate and how he shows them WHY they must do so -- because the heart is the root that brings forth fruit. He shows that one's conduct, thoughts, words, and ways of life all come from the heart.
Listen to this message & examine your own heart & the fruit of your life that reveals what kind of tree you are!
"Should You Judge Or Not? A Lesson on the Right Kind of Judging!"
Pastor Geoff continues the study on the Sermon on the Mount and looks at the section on 'loving our enemies.' This section contains the conduct of Christ's kingdom citizens -- what sort of lives should we live?
In this message, two main points are discussed:
1. The ultimate exhortation to love your enemies
2. The ultimate example to love your enemies
Listen to this sermon & specifically apply it to your life.
"The Blessings & Woes of Christ's Sermon on the Mount/Plain"
In this sermon, Pastor Geoff provides the background and introduction to the Sermon on the Mount (or in Luke, "the Sermon on the Plain"). This sermon occurs in Matthew 5-7 and in Luke 6:20-49.
In this sermon, Pastor Geoff begins the series by teaching on the "Blessings and Woes" of the sermon. Christ draws the line in the sand and puts all men into one of two categories -- either those who are His kingdom citizens or those who are not; those who are like the world or those who are not; those who are blessed by God or those who are cursed by God.
Listen tot his message & examine your heart and see whether you truly are characterized Christ's own kingdom citizens.
Pastor Geoff describes the 'pulpit' of the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus did not preach this in a large cathedral or at a church conference. He preached this in the open air with masses of crowds that had gathered around Him.
"The Monumental Moment of Selecting the 12 Apostles! God Uses Ordinary People for His Glory!"
In this sermon, Pastor Geoff continues the verse-by-verse exposition through the Gospel of Luke and speaks about how Christ prayed all night, how he chose the 12 Apostles, and how he possessed all power to heal disease and manifest His glory.
Be encouraged that God uses weak, ordinary people to serve Him so that He receives all the glory!
Pastor Geoff concludes a 6-part study going through Luke 5:1-6:11 as Christ shows His authority & drives people to respond to Him. In this final episode, 6:6-11, Christ PROVES that He is LORD over the Sabbath by healing the man with a withered hand. He also shows the utter bankruptcy of the legalistic, works-centered, cold-hearted Pharisees.
Listen to this message & marvel at the compassion & authority of Jesus Christ!
In this message, Pastor Geoff walks through this narrative & provides four points in understanding the text. He also shows how the Pharisees of old 'fenced the Law' by adding many (many!) additional laws to keep the Sabbath.
Jesus proclaims His unrivaled authority over the Sabbath by declaring that He Himself is, in fact, LORD over the Sabbath. Bow to His authority & worship Him!
"Levi the Tax-Collector: His Conversion & Witness!"
In this sermon, Pastor Geoff continues the verse-by-verse eposition through Luke's gospel and preaches on Levi's conversion account and his subsequent dinner-party for Jesus.
This sermon teaches about TRUE DISCIPLESHIP. Jesus' call of Levi and Levi's response proves what a true disciple really is: one who renounces everything & yields totally to the cause of Christ. True Christianity is absolute & full submission to His Lordship & supremacy over all things.
Listen to this sermon & "examine yourself to see whether you are in the faith". If these three points do not describe you, then repent & believe today!
"The Cleansing of the Leper - Jesus Can Cleanse the 'Walking Dead'"
As pastor Geoff continues the exposition through Luke's gospel, he shows how Jesus cleanses a leper by His compassion and with His touch and how even the most dirty, filthy, rejected outcasts can be healed by Christ & cleansed by Him!
Christ graciously and tenderly welcomes all who come to Him in saving faith! The leprous disease of sin can be totally cleansed by the Lord Jesus Christ and His marvelous forgiveness! Call upon Him like this leper did and find cleansing!
Pastor Geoff provides a few thoughts from Luke 5:16 about the prayer life of Jesus. His was a prayer life of being alone with God, it was of paramount importance, it was communion with the Father, and it was strength-giving for Christ.
Let us learn to prioritize prayer like our Savior did so we may be effective for God.
"The Miraculous Catch of Fish: Behold, You Are a Fisher of Men!"
In this sermon, Pastor Geoff preaches on Luke 5 and describes the miracle of our Lord and then how this miracle is a pointer to the mission that He gives to Peter â€” and all disciples that follow (including us today!).
This sermon provides 4 essentials of a disciple. Every disciple, a learner and follower of Christ, must be characterized by these 4 essentials that we see in the text.
Furthermore, every Christian is a fisher of men and must actively and diligently busy himself in the work of the Lord â€” casting the net into the sea of humanity to catch 'fish'!
"Jesus in Capernaum: He Proves Himself as Messiah By Means of Miracles!"
Pastor Geoff preaches Luke 4 and shows Jesus in the early part of His public ministry where He performs miracles in Capernaum -- he heals a demon-possessed man, he heals Peter's mother-in-law, and many other crowds.
Listen to this message as Pastor Geoff provides 4 ways that Jesus proves Himself as Messiah!
"Jesus In Nazareth: He Proclaims Himself as Messiah!"
Pastor Geoff preaches Luke 4:14-30 which begins the Galilean Public Ministry of Jesus Christ -- a period of about 18 months where Jesus will saturate the land of Israel with His teaching, preaching, and miracles.
In this text, Jesus reads Isaiah 61 in the synagogue in Nazareth and proclaims Himself as THE fulfillment of that Messianic text. Today that Scripture is fulfilled in their hearing; they must, today, respond to Him. Will they receive Him or reject Him.
YOU must also respond to Jesus today. Will YOU come to Him or will you refuse Him?
"The Temptation of Jesus Christ: His Spiritual Credentials that Qualify Him for Ministry!"