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?
"Ezekiel: A Jet Tour. Judgment Is Coming But Restoration Will Follow!"
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.
The doctrine of the Bible is sorely attacked by many in our day -- not only from outside the church but also from *inside* the church.
But what was Jesus' view of Scripture? How did He view the Word of God?
INFALLIBLE (cannot be broken) - John 10.35
USEFUL (have you not read...)
KNOWABLE (Mark 12.10 - have you not even read)
SUFFICIENT - Luke 4 - temptations (fought Satan with Scripture)
RELEVANT -- he used it in communication (Matt 19 - divorce; Deut)
TRANSFORMING --- John 7.38 - whoever believes, from his innermost being will come rivers of living water
GOD-BREATHED -- God's very words: Has not GOD said (Matt 15.4)
Since this is Jesus' own view of Scripture, let us recover and wholeheartedly embrace this high view of God's Word and trust everything it says -- from beginning to end.
Pastor Geoff preaches the simple gospel that one is saved by the works and merit -- of Jesus Christ alone! The only way one can enter life is to believe in Christ alone and trust in Him entirely for salvation!
Here's a message preached on the streets of ST Louis, Missouri.
"Christian! Serve in Missions By Praying: Here's How!"
Pastor Geoff talks from Ephesians 6:19-20 and gives practical counsel to Christians on how to practically and daily serve in worldwide missions.
Pray for your missionaries...
Pray for their FAITHFULNESS (faithful to truth, to the Word)
Pray for their PERSEVERANCE (persevere thru hardships, changed situations, visa problems, etc.)
Pray for their PROCLAMATION (faithful to evangelize)
Pray for their HUMILITY (for them to stay lowly and Christ-like)
Pray for their USEFULNESS (God may use them)
Pray for their COMMUNICATION (with their local church & other believers)
In this message, Pastor Geoff preaches on the 2 travelers who journey to Emmaus as the Risen Lord meets them on the road. And He then explains the meaning of the Scriptures to them starting with Moses and all the Prophets.
This sermon walks through the narrative in three phases.
"Be Saved from the Bowls of God's Wrath Outpoured on Sinners!"
In this message, Pastor Geoff teaches part 2 on the Road to Emmaus and builds on how the men say: "Were not our hearts *burning* within us as he explained the Scriptures to us on the road!"
How do YOU get a burning heart for God and for Christ and for His gospel?
1. Study the Scriptures
2. Savor Jesus Christ
3. Speak His works
Pastor Geoff tells why God gives spiritual gifts to every believer and also what some of the results are when we use our spiritual gifts.
How to find your spiritual gift? Here is some counsel:
1. study your Bible
2. pray about it
3. examine your motives
4. consider your abilities in the context of the church
a list & write out the following in 4 categories:
1) CAN DO (ways you're able to serve)
2) HAVE DONE (ways God has already used you)
3) DOING BETTER (areas in which you're improving)
4) WANT TO DO (ministries you'd like to serve in)
5. ask others
6. take opportunities to serve
Pastor Geoff talks about the preaching of Jesus Christ. How did he preach?
Note 5 characteristics of Jesus' preaching from Luke 8:1 --
the ongoing work -- he began going...
the itinerant work - going around from one city & village to another
the public work - going from one city & village to another...
the preaching work - proclaiming & preaching
the gospel-work -= the kingdom of God
"Benefits to Having a Paper, Printed Bible On Your Lap at Church"
Pastor Geoff provides some benefits for having a printed, paper bible that is open and on your lap at church (as opposed to using a tablet or digital device). This is merely pastoral advice and counsel for using a Bible.
it aids you in focusing in Scripture alone rather than the temptations a device may bring.
it prevents the endless distractions that could come with an electronic device (text/popup/reminder/internet)
it sets an example for the children/teens to have an open Bible
it serves in cross-reference study to have fingers in 2 or more scriptures to compare.
it helps you learn the order of the books of the Bible better.it familiarizes you with the text & with locating Scriptures for future reference.it may allow you to mark in your Bible a note or two or a cross reference.it contributes to the benefit of reading books (chapters) and not just reading clips/quotes (from a device)
it presents a kind of priority & seriousness as you carry and open and study your Bible.
it will not die if you use it constantly for 10+ hours. there's no battery life to the written text of the Bible.