In this account, the Sadducees approach Jesus with a hypothetical, ludicrous, insincere question. How will Jesus respond to these mocking opponents?
Jesus speaks Truth. He stands on Scripture. He confronts them boldly. He calls them out as being mistaken, deceived and duped because they do NOT know the (1) WORD of God, nor the (2) POWER of God.
"Jesus Summons the Worst Sinner: See the Scandal of Grace!"
In this sermon, we see the key phrase: "your sins are forgiven" (4x). Jesus performs the miracle of healing the paralytic to SHOW that He, the Son of Man, truly is divine & has all authority to forgive sin!
1. The Faith of the sufferer.
2. The forgiveness of the Savior.
3. The fury of the scribes.
Jesus upholds the beauty & dignity of marriage -- God's design for marriage. But in Matthew 19 Jesus does permit one reason for divorce, the ending of a marriage, and that is for ongoing, perpetual, unrepentant sexual sin. Only then, the believing spouse is permitted to pursue marriage. He does not need to do so, but he may do so if he so chooses.
Pastor Geoff preaches Luke 19:41-44 and heralds this pericope unique to Luke during the Triumphal Entry procession. As He rides on the donkey presenting Himself as Messianic King on Sunday of the passion week, we see 3 characteristics of our Messianic King:
1. He wept compassionately
2. He prophesied judgment
3. He offers salvation
Marvel at this glorious Christ who has such a tender compassion for the lost & for the doom that those who reject Him will receive.
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.
Pastor Geoff preaches on the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ which is most certainly sure to come in the future. All who are not reconciled to God thru faith in Christ alone will be punished under His everlasting judgment.
This is a wake-up call on the streets of St Louis, MO calling all men and women to believe in Christ to be saved from coming wrath!
"Jesus! Meditate Diligently, Zealously & Satisfyingly in Him!"
Pastor Geoff preaches Mark 1.21-28 in the Wednesday night prayer meeting & Bible study. We see the *unrivaled authority* of Jesus Christ -- in 2 ways:
1. Christ's authority WHEN HE TAUGHT THE TRUTH (21-22)
2. Christ's authority WHEN HE EXPELLED THE DEMON (23-28)
What power our Savior has! What authority! What a commanding boldness He exemplified!
"Jesus' Authority Over the Demonic Realm! Learn of the Maniac Who Became a Missionary!"
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!
"Jesus' Authority to Heal! His Priority to Pray! His Mission to Preach!"
This message continues the "Busy Day" of Jesus' Great Galilean (18-month) ministry. In this text, we see the great power, the glorious authority of Jesus Christ:
1. Jesus' authority over all disease
2. Jesus' authority over all demons
3. Jesus' priority in his praying
4. Jesus' primacy in his preaching
This sermon covers Mark 1:9-11. We observe the Baptism of Jesus around 3 key words:
1. Identification -- Jesus identifies with John and his message (9)
2. Preparation -- this baptism is the last event in the private preparation for Jesus' ministry that He will inaugurate. Also, the Spirit of God comes upon Him (v.10)
3. Affirmation / Authentication -- this is the Father's vocal affirmation from the heavens that Jesus is the Beloved Son and in this Son, the Father is well-pleased (v.11)
In this sermon, Pastor Geoff preaches/expounds Mark 3.13-19 -- the choosing of the 12 Apostles.
We need men -- ministers! -- who pursue great likeness to Jesus Christ, who are conformed to Christ, who are zealously ardent in their affection & love for the Savior.
3 applicational statements from this paragraph:
1) VIGILANTLY PRAY! The intercession for the 12 (v.13; **Luke 6:12 - Jesus spent all night in prayer)
2) EMBRACE WEAKNESS! The identification of the 12 (v.16-19)
3) PROCLAIM CHRIST! The mission of the 12 (v.14-15)
"Jesus' Compassionate Lament for a Nation That Has Rejected Him!"
In this message, Pastor Geoff preaches the text where Christ demonstrates courage & compassion.
God's sovereign plans cannot be thwarted or overcome by any opposition. And Christ Himself has such overwhelming compassion for the lost & laments the unwillingness of the people to come to Him -- who is so willing to receive sinners!
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"Jesus' Identity & Mission & His Call for You to Come & Die!"
Pastor Geoff continues the exposition through the Book of Luke and preaches on the text where Christ asks the 12 disciples: "who do people say that I am?"
Peter responds with an amazing affirmation of Christ's identity (the Christ, the Son of the Living God, Matt 16.16) and then the Lord Jesus assures His followers that He would suffer, be rejected, be killed, and then rise again on the 3rd day.
After this, Christ sets the terms for discipleship. All of His followers must surrender entirely to the Lordship of Jesus Christ -- without exception. All who are truly saved have died to themselves, taken up their cross, and have wholeheartedly committed to following Christ with absolute allegiance to Him!
Pastor Geoff preaches at the homeless shelter in downtown St Louis, MO and calls the men to behold the beauty & power of Jesus Christ and to hear His call to His Church -- to repent of sin!
Rich rewards await all those who are "overcomers." Trust in Christ and follow Him and repent of all known sin!
This sermon surveys the Temptation narrative in Mark 1. Matthew 4 and Luke 4 provide more details regarding the account.
This sermon focuses on Christ our CHAMPION by looking at the Temptation in 3 ways:
1. consider the LEADING OF THE SPIRIT (preparation in the desert)
2. consider the TEMPTATION OF SATAN (hostility from the Devil)
3. consider the MINISTRY OF ANGELS (worship from the angels)
Pastor Geoff open air preaches at the Central West End Metrolink station at Barnes Hospital. This is a gospel presentation about new life and the new birth and God's sovereignty from John 11.
Pastor Geoff now discusses with the CFBC family Jesus' view of homosexuality. Many may (wrongly) claim that since Jesus never directly addressed homosexuality, then he didn't really care about it. He didn't probit it.
But what do the gospels teach? Is there clarity here?
Yes! Pastor Geoff provides a handful of headings to equip us about the clear and unambiguous teaching of Jesus in upholding and affirming marriage a covenant between one man and one woman (Matt 19).