In this 15-minute message, Pastor Geoff provides a number of reasons why believers must engage in the ongoing, never-ending, thrilling study of the Person of God.
1. Because God deserves to be adored and worshiped.
2. Because it drives us to the cross.
3. Because it compels us to proclaim the gospel to the lost.
4. Because it guards us from idolatry (thinking about God wrongly)
5. Because it is the unshakable foundation where joy is found.
"What If I Love My Church But It Doesn't Preach the Word?"
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!
"Why the Original Languages Are Important in the Study of Scripture"
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!
Pastor Geoff provides some foundational goals for Christian parents. The goal of parenting far surpasses time and space in the here and now. It is about preparing our children to stand before God one day. It's about preparing them to die well & stand before Christ at the Judgment.
In this sermon, seven goals are given including such essentials like praying for our children, modeling Christ for our children, instructing their hearts, teaching them to trust God, teaching them to suffer well and persevere through hardship, discipling them and saving their souls from death, etc.
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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.
Pastor Geoff continues the series on "A Godly Home" by teaching, in this session, on the intoxicating delight of sexual intimacy in marriage.
This message looks at selected Scriptures that help provide a biblical understanding of the blessed and God-given gift of sex. It is a wonderful gift, a divinely-given gift, a gift that couples should regularly enjoy in a marriage.
The meaning and blessings of sex are clearly delineated in this message.
"Your Help Is from the LORD: Your Mighty and Loving Keeper!"
Pastor Geoff preaches through the Psalms & here begins the "Psalms of Ascent" (Psalms 120-134). This 'hymnal within the hymnal' was the devotional meditative songbook for the ancient Jewish pilgrims as they traveled from their homes to Zion to worship God in the Temple.
This first of the collection (Psalm 120) recounts the psalmist as he leaves his home and as he is the object of lying and deception. He warns the enemies of divine judgment of fire that will come upon them for their lies (Rev 21:8).
And he longs for, yes he is passionately anticipating, arriving in Jerusalem to worship Yahweh with the people of God!
Let us consider these truths as New Testament believers as we also are journeying on to Zion -- our heavenly Zion!
Pastor Geoff preaches on King Manasseh of Judah and shows how he was one of the most wicked men in Judah's history. Nevertheless, God humbled him and drew him to repentance. No sinner is too far from God's saving grace.
After reading the entirety of Psalm 119, Pastor Geoff preaches on the final 8-verse stanza (tav, vv.169-176) and shows what a life of praising God looks like and how it must be according to the Word of God.
Listen to this message on praising God according to the Word.
"Remember Your Creator in the Days of Your Youth!"
Pastor Geoff proclaims the gospel of Jesus Christ on the St Louis Community College Meramec Campus as the students walk to class. He heralds Ecclesiastes 12.1 â€” remember your creator in the days of your youth.
May God save many young people & snatch them from the fires & use them for His glory & His purposes in furthering the gospel!
Pastor Geoff preaches at a homeless shelter in downtown St Louis, Missouri & calls all the men to understand the clear message from God: unless a man is born again (=from above) he cannot see the kingdom of God.
This message talks about the new birth under the following headings...
A supernatural birth
A sovereign birth
A life-giving birth
A joyous birth
A gracious birth
An available birth
A necessary birth
Listen to this gospel proclamation!
"Jesus Heals a Demonized Boy: The Little Faith of the Disciples Exposed"
Pastor Geoff preaches Luke 9:37ff as Jesus descends from the Mt of Transfiguration with Peter, James & John, and is immediately confronted with a father whose boy has a demon and the other 9 disciples cannot cast it out.
This story exposes the little faith that the 9 disciples had and their lack of prayer. This text calls us as the readers to have a mighty faith in a mighty God which is conjoined with persistent, believing, fervent prayer (as demonstrated by the demonized boy's father).