Pastor Geoff speaks to the issue of people not know what to do or where to serve in the church. And he shows some benefits and some practical ideas as to how people can plug in and begin to involve themselves by serving in the life of the local church by serving others in the body of Christ.
"Not Everyone Who Says 'Lord Lord' Enters Into Heaven! Examine Yourself!"
Luke 6:46 and Matthew 7:21 are the concluding exhortations to many religious people as Christ calls them to examine themselves and see if they truly are doing the Father's will or if they are paying mere lip service to Christ.
Many will say "Lord Lord" on that final judgment day & yet Christ will declare to them: "I never knew you, depart from me, you who practice lawlessness." May these piercing and thundering words never be heard by any who are warned by Christ!
O this is a message for the American church today! Scores, millions of people 'profess' Christ but don't possess Him. Multitudes what heaven but they don't want holiness. Masses of people want the blessings from God but they will not be in submission to God.
Those who do not surrender to Christ and follow Him pay mere lip service to Him and will hear those thundering and shocking words on that final day: "Depart from me!"
Pastor Geoff pleads with sinners on the streets of ST Louis & shows how sinful all humanity is & how Christ is God's provision to escape punishment for our sin. No one can ward off God's hand.
"No Matter What Comes in Your Life, Pray and Trust in God!"
Pastor Geoff continues the verse-by-verse exposition through Romans 8 and shows why there is 'now no condemnation for those who are in Christ.' There is no condemnation because of the work of the Father, the work of the Son, and the work of the Spirit. Truly this is an eternal salvation!
My role is a SERVANT (of the LORD)
My role is a SHEPHERD (of the FLOCK)
My role is a STUDENT (of the Word)
***I want 5 marks to characterize me as a pastor…
By God’s grace, I want to be...
Faithful (to serve, to remain, to suffer, to continue, to finish well)
Fruitful (fruitful to have many converts; to sanctify many; to see many come to faith NEAR and FAR)
Useful (useful to God as a TOOL IN HIS HAND/ instrument in HIS HAND; Not useless; not profitless; not a hindrance)
Prayerful (prayerful individually, with my family, with my church) — desperately, importunate
Powerful (powerful in my preaching of TRUTH, of CHRIST, of SCRIPTURE, of the GOSPEL) —> powerful b/c of the message!
"My Focus to Obey God & Lead the Church Biblically"
Pastor Geoff continues the exposition through Luke's gospel and teaches on "Simeon." Simeon was an elderly man waiting for the Messiah to appear. And when God providentially brought Simeon into the Temple to behold the newborn baby, the God-Man, Simeon praised God and gave a prophecy of the future life & work of Jesus. He would, in fact, be the dividing line so that many would receive Him for eternal life & many would reject Him for eternal death.