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!
Pastor Geoff provides biblical counseling to those who find themselves battling postpartum depression.
5 encouragements to mothers:
you can feel disconnected, hard to concentrate, tired/weary/weak, sad, not bonding with baby, feel overwhelmed.
1. CHILDBEARING is designed by God & it's good!
2. CHILDBEARING is a blessing & children are miracles from God & Gifts to us
3. CHILDBEARING comes with pain, travail & hardship as a result of the FALL (not the way God designed it)
4. CHILDBEARING (that is, motherhood) is the greatest privilege that God could ever bestow on a woman w/ child
5. CHILDBEARING is a picture of how GOD deals with His people (Hosea 11.1-4 & 1 Thess 2)
And, here are four words of biblical counseling to women struggling with these hardships:
FOCUS - on gospel, Word, truth, God's character
DEPEND - on God's grace
INVOLVE - in church
DISCIPLESHIP - a godly woman to walk thru this with you (Titus 2)
In this podcast, Pastor Geoff provides biblical counseling help & hope to believers who battle with "psychotic depression."
Here are some of the thoughts he brings out ...
In the IMMEDIATE, see a Dr and get a physical -- see what is going on physiologically.
Then, remind the sufferer of:
The CONSTANT LOVE of Christ (Rom 8 - nothing separate us from Him)
The ULTIMATE PURSUIT of Christ (2 Cor 5 - live to be pleasing to Him)
The COMING CONSUMMATION w/ Christ (2 Cor 5 - we will be brought to Him; likeness to Jesus
The PERFECT EXAMPLE of Christ (Luke 4; tempted by Satan; in the Garden, tempted; Luke 4- Satanic speaking, voices.
Let us always remember - JESUS COMBATTED THE DEVIL'S LIES WITH SCRIPTURAL TRUTH.
So what does that mean for the hurting person? What can be done to find hope in the times of trials?
1) FEAST ON SCRIPTURE
2) MEDITATE ON IT CONSTANTLY
3) PREACH TO YOUR SOUL
4) INITIATE REGULAR DISCIPLESHIP-RELATIONSHIP
5) REMEMBER CHRIST'S COMPLETED WORK (in feelings of worthlessness
"Epaphroditus: A Man who Risked His Life to Serve Christ!"
Pastor Geoff talks about "Seasonal Depression" or "Seasonal Affective Disorder" (SAD).
What is it? What does the Bible say about how believers can cope through it and find hope in God while in it?
What can we do? Is there any hope available?
Pastor Geoff takes us to the Word & then provides 5 concluding words of exhortation to those battling SAD:
In the *SAD* seasons...
Focus on God's UNCHANGING attributes
Prioritize the Daily STUDY of Scripture
Involve yourself in REGULAR church gatherings
Journal How you RESPOND in times of struggle
Anticipate future HEAVEN that's soon-coming
"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 teaches through Philippians 2:19-24 where Paul wishes to send Timothy, his trusted and faithful ministry companion, to the Philippians to encourage them and bring a report back to Paul in Rome.
Here we see 5 brushstrokes of ministry faithfulness from the character portrait of Timothy.
Let us learn and emulate the godly example of Timothy.
Pastor Geoff defines what is often called "bipolar disorder" and then shows the emptiness of the world's attempts to treat the real issues. Then he shows how to biblically deal with and cope thru and endure through the very real and common struggles of life.
Where is God in our thinking? How can we persevere? How can we have joy in sorrows?
Listen to this podcast for biblical counseling help from the sufficient and authoritative Word of God.
Pastor Geoff Kirkland provides the answer to a simple question: "why do so many cheer and champion LGBT/Pride Month?
4. Future (long way to go) (discrimination ideas)
So how do we as evangelical Christians respond to these and lovingly, biblically, and winsomely proclaim the saving gospel of Jesus Christ as we unashamedly and courageously speak the Truth.
"Passover, the Lord's Supper, & Christ's Great Love for You!"
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.
In this message, pastor Geoff provides the context which is absolutely crucial for a proper understanding of the meaning of these verses. Then, he defines what sanctification is and asks what is the believer's role to play in growth in Christlikeness? Should you be passive? Active? Zealous? 'Let go and let God?' Earnestly pursuing holiness?
This sermon provides 4 vital characteristics of sanctification.
Pastor Geoff preaches on the glorious pronouncement that Jesus Christ is LORD! But how does the Lordship of Christ relate to eschatology (end times)? What does it mean that 'every knee will bow' and 'every tongue will confess' that Jesus Christ is LORD? What about demons, devils, angels, saints, nonbelievers, those in hell? What will they do? Will they all declare Jesus is LORD?
This study examines Philippians 2:9-11 and shows how all rational creatures on that future day will most certainly affirm and pronounce that Jesus Christ is LORD!
"Disciplining Your Children With Gospel-Grace â€” Practical Steps"
So your child has sinned and you've taken them to the room for discipline. So what do you do then? What, practically, does discipline look like?
Gather the facts - "what happened?"
Reach the heart -- "how did you respond?" Why?
Expose the sin -- Specify the sin (heart of selfishness, control, anger, etc.)
Prove it biblically --- ideally, open a Bible and show them the Scriptures.
Give the discipline -- use the rod.
Express tender love -- hold them, hug them, verbally tell them: "I love you"
Give the gospel -- do you know why I did this? You've sinned. God is holy. You're a sinner...
Pray with them -- Pray for them and move on tenderly, lovingly, caringly.