Luke includes 2 more miracles at the conclusion of chapter 8 to reveal the power & authority of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Earlier in Luke, he showed that Jesus has...
1. power over the storm (8:22-25)
2. power over the demonic realm (8:26-39)
And in this message, there are 2 more miracles that Luke records:
3. power over all disease, defilement (8:43-48)
4. power over death (8:40-56)
Look to Christ and His mighty power & understand that He is accessible and available to save any and all who come to Him in saving faith!
This portion of Psalm 119 (vv.113-120, the Semekh stanza) deals with the psalmist who finds comfort and support from God and His Word while he lives amongst the wicked -- and while the wicked hound him and ridicule him.
The resolve of the psalmist to lean on God, to hope in God, and in loving God's Word provide remarkable lessons for us today so that we would endure as we live amongst evildoers.
"Fighting Sexual Sin With a Heavenly Perspective!"
Pastor Geoff provides biblical counsel from Revelation 21:3 where John says that the tabernacle of God will be among men in the new heavens and the new earth. This must be a powerful motivation for believers to live holy lives, to be consecrated to Christ, and to flee from all forms of sexual sin.
Pastor Geoff preaches the saving gospel of Jesus Christ at the Sunshine Ministry homeless shelter in downtown St Louis. In this message, he pleads with the men to trust in Christ and believe in this simple gospel to be saved from eternal wrath.
"The New Heavens & the New Earth: The Eternal Joy of the Redeemed!"
Pastor Geoff preaches on the text where the demonized man approaches Jesus and Jesus heals him wholly.
This message covers what demon possession is, what the demonic realm is like, the power and authority of Jesus Christ, and how the work of Christ in the soul of a man truly changes him so that he is called to go and declare all that God has done for him.
This story of the healing of the demonized man is a sort of picture of conversion for every person.
Listen to this sermon & speak of all the great things that Christ has done for your soul!
"Light from the Word & Your Obedience to the Word!"
Pastor Geoff continues the verse-by-verse exposition through the Book of Revelation & teaches on the most sobering & majestic event in all of human history -- the great, white throne judgment.
Every nonbeliever who has ever lived will be judged according to the things written in the books -- according to every thing that they have done. God will call them to account for every thought, every deed, every word, every motivation.
All whose names are not found in the Book of Life are cast by God Himself into the Lake of Fire.
Listen to this sobering message & be compelled to proclaim Jesus Christ to the lost & warn them of the coming judgment! Call them to flee to Christ today!
"Jesus Calms the Storm: Jesus Is Fully God & Fully Man, He Owns Creation & Controls Creation!"
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!
"What Is the Gospel? Adoption Through Propitiation"
This message covers the 'mem' stanza of Psalm 119 (verses 97-104) which centers on the theme of receiving God's supreme wisdom from the written Word of God. This wisdom that comes from God far surpasses anything that this world could ever possess.
This message provides 3 encouragements for God's people as we enter the school of Christ's wisdom & grow in grace.
"The Future Kingdom of Jesus Christ on Earth for 1,000 Years!"
This message continues the exposition through the Book of Revelation and it highlights the 1,000 year period when Christ will reign on the earth & believers will reign with Him.
There is much in the Old Testament (scores of texts!) that the New Testament teaching on the Kingdom builds upon. The New Testament does not reinterpret or replace the Old Testament, but it affirms it and validates it.
Listen to this teaching that describes what the future period will be like when Christ rules as King on earth from Zion.
Pastor Geoff preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ and His redemption found from the earliest part of God's perfect revelation -- from the book of Genesis. In Genesis 3:15, God provides the clear promise that a man will come and crush Satan's head!
Pastor Geoff provides a devotional on Jeremiah 23:19 speaking of the coming storm of God's wrath that will overtake and crush all of His enemies. This must be a powerful motivation for all believers to lovingly and yet urgingly proclaim the gospel to the lost so as to see them come to Christ!
Pastor Geoff pleads with the many hundreds and thousands who walk by the busy area in St. Louis, Missouri to turn from their sins & flee to Christ. Jesus will return! And it may be today! And when He returns, He will repay and recompense men for all that they have done.
Turn to Christ today & escape the wrath to come!
"The Word of God Is Eternal & Fixed in the Heavens!"
This message focuses on Psalm 119:89-96 which deals with God's Word being eternally established and fixed in heaven. That is to say, the Bible is not subject to man's opinion nor does it need updating. The Bible will never pass away nor can anyone ever destroy it.
This message presents two truths about the Written (and Living) Wordâ€”
1. The eternality of the Word declared
2. The eternality of the Word described
Download the pdf outline at the Church website: www.CFBCSTL.org
"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!
"Finding Hope in the Dark Despair [Depression] of Your Soul!"
Pastor Geoff preaches this 8-verse stanza (kaph in Hebrew) that deals with the dark despair of the soul. The psalmist battles many enemies who persecute him, they pursue his life, they set traps for him, his body wastes away, and he is emotionally in turmoil.
Nevertheless, God shows two towering ways to cope with the dark despair of the soul (=commonly called 'depression' today):
1. Commit yourself to fervent prayer
2. Resolve wholly to cling to Scripture
Listen to this teaching that incorporates biblical counseling, the sufficiency of Scripture, and the hope that is found in Christ and in His sovereign love.
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.
Pastor Geoff preaches the gospel during the busy lunch hour in downtown Clayton, MO. He preaches Romans 10:9-10 and speaks about how faith alone in Jesus Christ is all that is needed to be saved!
Listen to this gospel pleading on the streets inviting all to come & embrace a sufficient Savior!
"Earnestly Desiring to Accelerate in Godliness & Be An Example to Others"
Pastor Geoff preaches the next stanza of 8-verses in Psalm 119 [the 'teth' stanza] which centers on the theme of the "Goodness of God." God is good & all that God does is good. God even brings afflictions for our good and by His good grace.
This message provides 6 ways that the goodness of God is manifested in these 8 verses.