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.
Description In this sermon, Pastor Geoff exposits Mark 7:1-13 on how the Pharisees/scribes set aside God's Laws to uphold their own traditions.
We see the account unfold in 3 ways:
1. CONFRONTATION -- tradition of man (1-5)
2. CONDEMNATION -- Truth of God (6-8)
3. CORRECTION -- Tragedy of error (9-13) www.CFBCSTL.org
From the Mount of Transfiguration now we descend to the mess in the valley. The 9 disciples have failed to cast out a demon from a boy. A desperate father comes to Jesus and tells the story (in detail) and Jesus will cast out the demon.
The disciples were over confident and did not pray (and fast); nor did they have great faith (cf. Matt 17).
In this lengthy account, John the Baptist battles with some doubts as to whether Jesus is in fact the "Expected One". Jesus gently, compassionately & biblically reminds John of who He really is (from texts in Isaiah) and reminds the people that John is the greatest of those born of women -- yet anyone born in the new era (under the New Covenant) have far more blessings and benefits that John enjoyed.
This message provides 7 ways for you to battle with doubt in your life.
"Dear Flock — Love Each Other & Excel at Christian Work!" Part 2
Pastor Geoff continues the practical commands of Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4 and talks about work. In this sermon, he provides some helpful truths from this text on how we can work in such a way as to glorify God, evangelize others & not exploit the church. Form your biblical theology of work & then begin working out that biblical theology of work!
Geoff preaches 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10 where Paul challenges us to excel still more in our love for one another. Geoff exposits this passage of Scripture & shows how we can practically love one another.
Pastor Geoff provides counsel to seek wisdom from others -- from Godly counselors -- before making decisions:
Make decisions (when you have to decide between two good options):
- biblically -- be biblical, read/survey/carefully go thru the Word
- seek counsel from your shepherds
- multitude of counselors
- the motive of your decision(s)
- where's Christ in your thinking
- what could best serve your local church?
Pastor Geoff shows how there is a great depth to a Premil understanding -- a literal, grammatical, historical interp of the BIble will inevitably lead to Premil. A faithful hermeneutic and consistent one will lead to Premil.
Far from being superficial or a surface level understanding, Premil is actually quite deep in its thoroughness and comprehensive cohesion of Scripture. It employs a faithful hermeneutic and results in a right and accurate interpretation of the Bible.
Pastor Geoff speaks to the issue of how to train leaders and how pastors can do this well and effectively in the local church. This is vital for obedience to Christ and for the well-being of the local church.
Pastor Geoff speaks to the importance of men of God having others who hold them accountable. It is vital that men of God have others who love them enough to walk with them, speak truth into their lives, reprove them when they've sinned, and help walk with them in confession, repentance, mortification, and obedience.
In this sermon, Pastor Geoff provides 5 descriptions of pastoral, elder, shepherd leadership so that we can (1) know what biblical church leadership is to be like, (2) pray and ask God to raise up leaders at CFBC that meet these qualifications, and (3) affirm those whom God is raising up in our midst to serve His flock.
Listen to this exposition of Acts 20 & pray for your leaders!
"Devastating Tragedies about Man's Sin & Depravity"
5 utterly devastating tragedies about SIN>
Man’s sin is EXTENSIVE — every part of his being
Man’s sin is INTENSIVE — it’s rebellion against God; it will incur divine wrath
Man’s sin is OFFENSIVE — it slays human pride/self love; condemns him fully
Man’s sin is COMPREHENSIVE — man can’t do anything but sin in unregenerate state
Man’s sin is INTRUSIVE — we inherited it from Adam; he can’t do anything about it
"Disciplining Your Children With Gospel-Grace â€” Practical Steps"
So your child has sinned and you've taken them to the room for discipline. So what do you do then? What, practically, does discipline look like?
Gather the facts - "what happened?"
Reach the heart -- "how did you respond?" Why?
Expose the sin -- Specify the sin (heart of selfishness, control, anger, etc.)
Prove it biblically --- ideally, open a Bible and show them the Scriptures.
Give the discipline -- use the rod.
Express tender love -- hold them, hug them, verbally tell them: "I love you"
Give the gospel -- do you know why I did this? You've sinned. God is holy. You're a sinner...
Pray with them -- Pray for them and move on tenderly, lovingly, caringly.