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 provides some pastoral counsel to someone who may ask: What if my church isn't evangelizing?
1. Be praying.
2. Be communicating (with your pastors)
3. Be initiating (start)
4. Be developing (find someone and bring them with you
5. Be hoping (many may be evangelizing yore not aware of -- moms, family worship, work, etc)
6. Be conversing (about gospel conversations you have. Share this with others)
"What If My Children Don't Like Our [Good] Church?"
PODCAST: What if my kids don’t like our Church?
A few encouragements...
Pray — seek the elders’ help and encouragement and prayer
Persevere — keep enduring and persevering patiently and prayerfully
Inquire — for help/encouragement/accountability
Engage — even more in ministry life
Capitalize — use it as opportunity to shepherd them on what a local church is to be/do
"What If I Love My Church But It Doesn't Preach the Word?"
Pastor Geoff answers the question: "What if a pastor/elder continues in sin?" What if a pastor does not repent of a known sin and brings reproach on Christ, no longer lives a blameless/above-reproach life?
How should this situation be handled with a pastor/elder who persists in sin?
The Bible, in 1 Timothy 5:20, provides clear biblical help in this situation.
"What If a Friend Tells You About Sins of Another?"
In this sermon, Pastor Geoff preaches 1 Thess 4:13-18 on the coming of the Lord Jesus for His people. This text discusses how the dead in Christ will rise first & then how living saints will be raptured up/caught up to meet the Lord in the air. Listen to this practical sermon on Christ's coming for His church!
"What Happens to Babies Who Die? 10 Reasons Why Babies Go to Heaven"
In this sermon, Pastor Geoff preaches through the narrative of Mark's account of the crucifixion. He provides background on crucifixion, the ironies that happened on the cross, the perfection & propitiation that Christ accomplished as well as some helpful application principles.
Listen to this sermon & apply the teaching of the Word of God.
Acts 15.35 - Paul and Barnabas … teaching and preaching the Word of the Lord…
Authorial intent (2 Tim 2.15)
Care for every word (2 Tim 3.16)
Hard work (1 Tim 4)
Desperate prayer (Acts 6.4)
Progressive revelation (1 Pet 2)
Exalting the Word (Ps 119)
Divine illumination (1 Cor 2)
Ministerial courage (1 Thess 2)
Expounding the meaning (Rom 10)
Thoughtful application (Acts 2.38)
"What Does the Bible Say About Marriage and Divorce?"
God hates divorce. It was never His intention for marriage since the beginning of time. The only reason why God allows divorce is because of the "hardness of man's heart." And there are two, and only two, allowances for divorce. But divorce must never be the first option, it must always be the last resort. What God has joined together in the covenant bond of marriage, let NO man separate.