Great Sermon! Thank you for addressing this issue. Hit me right where I needed it when you said if you stress in these areas you will miss Jesus. Dont get me wrong, I am saved, but time in thought in these areas robs joy in my daily walk. For me its not so much choosing 'higher' standards... I hate that phrase. I choose the more careful standards. I love this saying; are you living so that you will be accepted by Christ, or because you were accepted by Christ. My standards are careful not to earn merit, but because of what He did for me. I don't want to be found a stumbling block, eyes are always watching. Love limited liberty in Christ. Thanks again.
Strong Sermon! This message focuses on the need for discernment especially in these last days, as false teaching is growing in most churches. There are very good examples on how we need to be strong in the Gospel.
Powerful Sermon! This message is a blessing to True Christians. We all should know that salvation is of God and not of our doing. Too many churches have never preached this truth and people are living under false belief. This message is filled with rich spiritual nuggets.
Revealing Sermon! Our salvation was determined in eternity past, and this message gives us good insight as to the process. As Christians we have to give all Glory to God's Grace for doing this to us. Great message and will give us strength.
Hallelujah! What a Savior! A timely word from our Heavenly Father to my soul! Praise God for speaking through you, brother Jeff.
A wonderful testimony of Spirit-empowered, biblically-faithful preaching that brings the truth of God's Word to bear on the mind and heart.
Mighty sinners find sweet relief from their thirst, brokenness and weariness, in turning to an infinitely mighty Savior!
Amen! Amen! Brother Jeff, praise and thank God for calling and empowering you to preach the clear unvarnished truth of God's precious Word!
Was praying for God to speak unto my heart for assurance of salvation and I trust He's done that graciously through you.
The focus, as and always, is Christ from first to last. Salvation is of the Lord, and if for one instance I ever look to myself I'd have no hope.
It's the strength of the object of faith that saves, not the strength of faith!
Thanks so much, brother.
interesting sermon You make a lot of valid points in this sermon but have left me with a couple of questions. First, are you saying that we have to be regenerated BEFORE the Holy Spirit works in our lives? And second are we not quickened or regenerated SO THAT. We can hear the call, so that we will respond to the call, and so that we will believe when the call comes?
In other words, do we have to accept and believe, to have the Holy Spirit work in our lives, or does the Holy Spirit come up on us, regenerate or quicken us, (save us)so that we have the faith to believe?
I have asked these question of many a pastor, and have had them trivialized repeatedly. But have found the answers to be profound in showing me what pastor believe and teach.
Great Sermon! That is my kind of preaching, rightly dividing the word of truth!
I shout for joy each time I hear the word of truth spoken with God given power, which is not quite often.
Keep preaching in spirit and in truth!
Great Sermon! Powerful sermon and right on the head. If we are not immersed in the Word and humbly obeying it regardless of the cost, we have missed the radical nature of the call of Christ on our lives. Thank you for proclaiming it like a voice in the wilderness calling out. May God continue to bless your ministry and congregation as you seek to live this out.
You nailed it -- a common problem in churches. I recall a Southern Baptist church that spent like 5 days in Vacation Bible School covering the theme, then only the last 10 minutes of the last day getting the kids to accept Christ, in a rushed, hurry up and decide mode. Sickening. Our churches are mostly corrupt and irreversibly worthless. Sad. Laodicean age. Numbers Idolatry. The pastor even spoke of "pastoral exaggeration" (ie, lying) about numbers of baptisms. Woe.