In this sermon, Pastor Geoff expounded Ephesians 3 on the Christian ministry. In Ephesians 3:8-13, Paul exposes his heart by discussing the glory of Christian ministry -- preaching the unsearchable riches of Christ. This sermon brings out 5 marks that describe every Christian who views ALL OF LIFE as a ministry (=service) to God:
1. A proper perspective of self
2. A consuming love for Christ
3. A precise grasp of theology
4. A clear understanding of salvation
5. A heartfelt concern for believers
Listen to the Word of God and let us respond accordingly and apply it to our hearts and lives!
Pastor Geoff provides helps for interpeting the Book of Revelation properly:
Interpret the Book of Revelation:
Canonically (how it fits into the canon at large)
Remember: God does not wish to HIDE truth from us.
Remember the Genre - it is prophecy, prophetic literature (from God/re: the future)
Remember the OT - interpret Scripture with Scripture
Remember authorial intent — what did the A/author mean by what he wrote
Remember progressive relation - start w/ OT & build on this foundation when coming to Revelation & NT
Remember straightforward, plain, normal interp - interpret it normally whenever this is permitted by the context or comparing scripture with Scripture
Remember figures of speech & symbols - note the key words: “Like/As"
Pastor Geoff preaches through the results & effects of Hezekiah's great Reformation. One of the great results is that God's people provided tithes and offerings so that the priests and Levites could "devote themselves to the study & teaching of the Law of God"
Pastor Geoff preaches 5 descriptions of an elder...
He must be ...
1. a humble servant of the Lord
2. an intentional teacher of the gospel
3. a sacrificial minister of Jesus Christ
4. a diligent guard of God's flock
5. a personal discipler of believers
Pastor Geoff provides 5 traits for godly leadership.
1. Prayerful (dependent)
2. Biblical (theological -- men of God; men who pursue God)
3. Trustworthy (integrity)
4. Humble (servants)
5. Encouragers (care about others genuinely; seek to delegate to others; use others; train others; support & encourage them)
Pastor Geoff concludes Luke 12 and preaches the unit where Christ was addressing the massive crowds (Luke 12.1, many thousands) and here in this paragraph Jesus exhorts all the hearers to urgently make a decision to be reconciled to God through Christ before it's too late.
The door of grace is open! The door of opportunity is available! Come to Christ now! Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts!
"3 Things to Be Actively Praying for & Observing In Your Local Church!"
Acts 15.35 - preaching the Word of the LORD (Paul and Barnabas)
adapted & edited from AW Pink (20th c)
Find a man (no easy task today!) who has . . .
the doctrine of Christ on his lips, (LIPS)
the Spirit of Christ in his heart, (LOVE)
the example of Christ in his life, (LIFE)
and you find one of His genuine ministers.
"3 Reminders for Us As We Pray for Every Saint at CFBC!"
Pastor Geoff continues the exposition through Philippians and begins the introductory section on Paul's praying for these believers. In these opening verses of 1:3-5, Paul expresses why he prays for and gives thanks to God for them.
He prays for every single saint by name. He intercedes for them in fervent and urgent entreaties to God. He loves them and prays for the believers with joy.
Let us learn from Paul's example and emulate this as we pray for one another in the local church.
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