In this sermon, Pastor Geoff continues the verse by verse exposition through EPHESIANS. Ephesians 2:10 is the glorious conclusion to Paul's magnificent explanation of God's Work of salvation for sinners (2:1-9). In 2:10, we see that we are God's workmanship -- handiwork -- and he Created us (regeneration/new-creations) for good works.
God has saved us and He will sanctify us. He changes our hearts and he will conform us to Christ!
"Amazing Grace! You're Saved By Grace, Thru Faith, In Christ!"
In this sermon, Pastor Geoff continues the exposition through the book of Ephesians and shows how all of this glorious work of redemption is a work of God. The main verb in these verses is "You have been saved."
Then, in vv.8-9, Paul fleshes this out with 5 supporting phrases/clauses. **HOW ARE YOU SAVED?**
1. By grace
2. Thru faith
3. Outside yourself
4. From God
5. Without works
Why? So that no one may boast (in self and in our accomplishments) -- but we boast ONLY in Jesus Christ!
Psalm 82 reveals the reality that all human rulers and authorities are under the sovereign rule of God. All rulers will have to give an account to the Supreme Ruler on the final day. We should pray for our leaders and long for justice.
Remember >> 28% of black pregnancies result in abortion!
> abortion is the #1 killer of black people in America.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, abortion kills more black people than HIV, homicide, diabetes, accident, cancer, and heart disease … combined.
>> already about 19 million abortions worldwide THIS year
This much is true: In the United States, the abortion rate for black women is almost five times that for white women. Antiabortion activists, including some African-American pastors, have been waging a campaign around this fact, falsely asserting that the disparity is the result of aggressive marketing by abortion providers to minority communities.
> the greatest civil rights issue in our day is the SLAYING OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN DAILY
Geoff preaches Psalm 117 at the Bridge Bible Fellowship & calls everyone to grasp a greater view of God and his glory that will come among the nations. Geoff calls everyone to consider a life of total surrender to serving Christ — even on the foreign mission field so as to take God's gospel to the unreached & be used by God to see more sinners become worshippers of the one, true God. Listen & Apply.
Pastor Geoff begins the exposition through Psalm 119 and begins with the first stanza of 8 verses - the aleph stanza (all 8 verses begin with the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Aleph).
This stanza extols the joy and blessedness that comes to the man of God who commits himself to walk in the way of God and who is obsessed with diligently keeping God's laws!
The Bible is under extreme attack today by countless sides and yet the Bible is like a "Lion that will defend itself."
This opening portion of the psalm speaks to the joy that believers have in God's Word and the diligent obedience that we must have to His Word as well.
CFBC Daily Word of Truth: Attend Worship Weekly!
Psalm 122.1 & Heb 10.25
Aggressively Fight to Attend Weekly For the Following Reasons:
God is eminently worthy
Christ commands It
It protects & equips you (theologically/practically)
It nourishes you for the week
The lost must see your priorities
Your church family lacks without you
Pastor Geoff gives counsel to the young children (say, ages 6-13) and calls them to: "never underestimate how God can use young boys and girls to serve Him mightily and powerfully and globally." Consider Joseph, Daniel, King Joash, King Josiah, and Jesus as a 12-year old boy in the Temple. Live for Jesus!
Pastor Geoff provides a piece of counsel to all pastors/elders: "Be often and intimate and communing with Christ." The greatest need of our people is our personal holiness! Commune with your Savior often!
Pastor Geoff preaches the gospel from Psalm 51 at the homeless shelter in downtown St Louis. He preaches Psalm 51 and shows how God's mercy is so great that even the worst of sinners can be forgiven:
1. Own your sin!
2. Confess your sin!
3. Turn from your sin!
4. Humble your heart!
May God grant forgiveness & grace to great sinners to magnify His greater grace!
"Adoption—God Takes Sinners & Brings Them Into His Family"
In this message, pastor Geoff covers a very real and troubling topic so that we as believers will understand what the Bible says and that we will view this issue through the lens of Scripture with a biblical worldview.
Abortion is the murder of children -- the taking of human life.
in this message, Pastor Geoff defines what abortion is, shows why it's sinful, exhorts us to take action and gives many practical steps, and even shares how to conduct oneself and what to say while at the abortion mills calling out to the dads and moms.
Listen to this message and let us courageously stand for life and speak for those who have no voice.