In this sermon, Pastor Geoff teaches on the meaning of joy, how we get joy, and how to cultivate joy in our lives!
Biblical joy is a settled confidence that God gives to believers that He is sovereignly in control.
True joy is independent of circumstances. In hardships, we can still be joyful because our joy is dependent on God and His unchanging character, not ourselves and our changing circumstances.
Pastor Geoff answers a common objection that people pose to street evangelists and fervent soul-winners: "You're just driving people further from Jesus with your bold, hell-fire preaching of coming judgment." "You don't win people this way." This isn't "effective".
What can be said? What is a biblical response to such objections?
In this sermon, Pastor Geoff preaches Philippians 4:1
and provides 2 lessons for us to glean from Pastor
Paul's example. Paul overflows with love for the
believers and lavishes love upon them.
So, for us, what can we learn?
1. Cultivate affection for the believers.
2. Stand firm in the Lord!
"The Darkness of God, the Work of Christ, Propitiation Won! Christ's Death at Calvary!"
Pastor Geoff preaches the 2nd saying of Christ from the cross -- "Today you will be with me in Paradise." Jesus spoke this to a guilty, sinful, rebellious thief who was crucified! All the thief did was recognize his sin, see how holy God is, know he deserved to die, and he cried out in simple faith for mercy from Christ!
This sermon walks through the paragraph in Luke 23 and helps us see how Jesus promises immediate, eternal heaven for every Christian at the very moment of death.
Pastor Geoff preaches in the open air during a busy lunch-hour rush in Clayton, Missouri and heralds the text when Jesus passes thru Jericho and comes across the blind man! Jesus has the power to give sight to the blind!
Do you see?
"Guard Who You Follow! Consider the Lost & Their Everlasting Destruction!"
Pastor Geoff preaches the text from Philippians 3:17-19 as Paul pastorally exhorts the congregation to guard who they follow and to emulate him as he pursued Jesus Christ (v.17).
Then in verses 18-19 Paul weeps as he considers the lost -- enemies of the cross of Christ! He describes them:
-their end is destruction
-their god is their appetite
-they glory in their shame
-their mind is on earthly things
O let us weep for the lost & pursue them with loving, urgent passion & plead with them -- earnestly warn them! -- to turn from sin and to trust in Christ to escape everlasting torment!
"College Campus Open Air Preaching: Jesus is LORD!"
Pastor Geoff preaches on what it means to "carry one's cross". From this text, Pastor Geoff speaks on:
1. the MEANING of carrying one's cross
2. the MAN who carried Christ's cross (Simon)
3. the MULTITUDE who observed Jesus carrying His cross
4. the MANDATE for you to carry your cross
Pastor Geoff continues the verse-by-verse exposition through the Gospel of Luke and preaches on this final phase of Christ's trials before Pontius Pilate.
Pilate affirms that Jesus is innocent. The Jews roar for the murderer, Barabbas, to be released and for Jesus to be crucified. Pilate caves and capitulates to the shouts of the crowd and hands Jesus over to be scourged and crucified.