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Excellent Reminder Pastor Greg, Thank you for this excellent reminder of what a privilege it is to be chosen. We too often take our Christianity for granted and miss out on the attitude of praise we should have. I liked how you tied it together with the responsibility that comes with bing afforded the privilege of salvation. The Vanderbilt example was a good illustration. I always get so much from your teaching.
Food for thought God said: Ezekiel 18:25 â€śHear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way EQUAL? are not your ways UNEQUAL ?â€ťJesus said â€śAll things ye would that(humankind) would do to you, do ye even so to them.â€ť Romans 12:10 â€śBe kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love IN HONOUR PREFERRING ONE ANOTHER;â€ť â€śSubmit yourselves one to another in the fear of God.â€ť â€śThe head of the woman is the man and the head of the man is Christ and the head of Christ is God.â€ťâ€¦well Christ â€śdid not think it robbery to be equal with Godâ€ť, who is His head and therefore headship does not denote a hierarchy or inequality, else we would do despite to the Trinity. â€śLet nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.â€ť Philippians 2:3
Jesus, Eph 2:14-15, "...abolished in his flesh...enmityâ€¦â€ť and therefore: â€śIn Christ there is neither male not femaleâ€ť or as Matthew Henry says, on Eph 2:14-15 â€śJesus Christ is our peace, v. 14. He...came to reconcile, 1. Jews and Gentiles (male and female, bond and free) to each other. â€śGod is no respecter (discriminator, prejudicial, intolerant, partisan,chauvinistic, bigoted, partial, unjust or biased) of personsâ€ť James 2:9 says we sin if we respect persons (discriminate). Yet we are taught this is God's will.
Christ-centered sermon! Dr. Mazak has with Christ-like grace, kindness and compassion, expressed the message of the gospel for those in need. "Godâ€™s Word is the only authority! Jesus Christ is the only Savior! The Gospel is the only answer!" I typed out a transcript and sermon summary and made it available here: http://paulgarnes.com/plodder/2013/07/19/homosexuality-and-the-gospel-10-theses-dr-greg-mazak/
Great Sermon! wonderful exposition of God's word. God is sovereign but He's not a tyrant. All for the benefits of His beloved people. All power and glory belong to Him forever and ever. Thank you Dr Custer! May God give him strength and wisdom to continue to preach the word of God.
Great Sermon! What a wonderful climax, Bro. Greg, to this three part message. I've adopted your prayer of Lord, make me more homesick for heaven. I have no clue of what the intermediate body looks like but I rest in Him on that. Bro. Acorn's books have blessed me in seeing that even the wonders conveyed by his gift of creative imagination are but a shadow of the reality (even the Blue Ridge Mtn countryside!). Eye has not seen nor ear heard nor has it entered into the mind ir imagination what God has prepared for those that love Him. I do know that tents are fun for a short duration on camping trips and vacations ext., but I look forward to a home built by His unseen "carpenter" hands. Tents wear out, grow threadbare and not as reliable to handle the elements of this earth's natural erosions, the zippers get rusty and don't move as smoothly as at one time when it was new, the screen gets worn blocking its once clearer vision. Once I was young and now I am old (seems in a flash), but Christ remains as our Eternal Youth. All glory to God in the highest in Christ Jesus. Bless you Bro. Greg and Bro. Custer.
Great Sermon! The Risen Christ. My only hope. I am a bit stunned to learn that their are today believers who reject the truth of a bodily resurrection. I love these messages of joyful encouragement to endurance. Thank you Bro., but gotta go on to part 3.
Great Sermon with Great Examples! Fantastic message about spiritual gifts with a number of great analogies ... putting some of these principles into better practice in local churches around the world would revitalise our ministry!