Renewed in the Spirit of Your Mind

Text: Ephesians 4:17-24 Christians are to be different from the world – not just in our actions, but also in the way we think. Paul outlines the contrast in this passage. This is a Divine Calling “So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord” (v. 17) – not one man’s opinion; the inspired […]

Three Reactions to the Gospel

Text: Luke 8:8, 18 After telling the parable of the sower, Jesus said we must hear (Luke 8:8). But it is not just important that we hear, but how we hear (Luke 8:18). Luke records three examples of those who heard Paul give his defense (Acts 25-26) – Festus, Bernice, and Agrippa. When they heard […]

Steps of Salvation for the Christian

Text: Revelation 2:5 We regularly teach the “steps of salvation” for non-Christians (hear, believe, repent, confess, be baptized). After baptism, we must live faithfully (Revelation 2:10). How do we live faithfully? The same steps that led to one getting into Christ provide an outline for the steps we must take in our Christian walk. Hear […]

The Honest and Good Heart

Text: Luke 8:15 What The Honest & Good Heart Will Do Hear the word — interested in the truth (Luke 8:8), seeking answers (Matthew 7:7) Be honest — examine what is taught to see if it is the truth (Acts 17:11), examine himself (2 Corinthians 13:5) Do what is right — completely (Acts 2:37-42), not […]

“I Am the Lord Your God”

Text: Leviticus 19 Chapter begins with a call for holiness (v. 2; cf. 1 Peter 1:15-16) — What will holiness look like? Honor God Keep My sabbaths (v. 3,30) — consistent, ongoing action; reminded them of God’s work in creation (Exodus 20:8-11) Revere My sanctuary (v. 30) — respect the place of worship; specifically for […]

Preaching in Ephesus

Text: Acts 18:19-19:41 Interest in the Gospel (Acts 18:20; 19:10) Recognition of the Need for a Savior – John’s disciples, waiting for the Savior (Acts 19:1) Honest Hearers – Willing to change when presented with the truth (Acts 18:24-28; 19:1-7) Committed Disciples – Continued with Paul despite the opposition (Acts 19:9) Reasoned Preaching – Paul […]

The Transfiguration

Text: Luke 9:28-36 Connection between Jesus and the Law – Matthew 5:17 Connection between Jesus and the Prophets – Luke 24:44-48 Jesus is the Son of God – Matthew 3:16-17; John 10:30 We Must Listen to Him – Galatians 3:24; Hebrews 1:1-2 Be Careful What You Decide to Do – Luke 9:33; Proverbs 14:12