God has called us to an abundant life. Our prayer is that you will be blessed by these sermons and discover that they are a great resource that will help you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as well as to come into a life of freedom, destiny and adventure.
Glory is a big topic. It relates to the goodness of God. But what we also find in scripture is that it relates to the unity found in the body of Christ. A glorious church is a unified church because you cannot have glory where there is no unity. The body of Christ becomes glorious when we are united around Jesus Christ. Jesus is the image of God who is love. When Christ is at our center (the hope of glory) then love is at our center which is able to hold everything together.
Pastor Phil and Shawn share about Gateway Church and the importance of service and community (Partnership and Fellowship).
Unity Releases God's Blessing. Division Causes Desolation
Jesus's last words to his disciple before facing the ordeal of the cross, was to prayer for Oneness with God and one another. Earlier he had warned the disciples that any house divided against itself would be brought to desolation or abandonment. Division in a church is an absolute disgrace, considering the waste of people's time, the trashing of reputations and the disregard for all the sacrificial giving invested in the church. People are quick to focus on social sins as an evil in society, but Solomon places division among brothers as the worst of all sins in God's book. Conversely unity is the key that releases God's blessing, revelation, anointing, victory, love joy and peace; something really worth fighting for!
Change Is A Beautiful Thing
We are all changing all the time. We change physically as we age and with these changes come different seasons of life. We also change jobs, schools, locations, homes, churches and friends. Life is in constant flux and we ought to learn to embrace change as a beautiful thing. Yet strangely we are creatures of habit and often resist change and thereby stagnate. A beautiful God is changing us from one degree of glory to the next to be like Him and with each change comes upgrade.
The treasure-box of God's grace
Grace is much more than mercy but includes mercy. Mercy is not getting what you deserve. Grace is getting what you do not deserve. Grace is the treasure-box of all God's promises in Christ. In this message Pastor Phil speaks about the keys that unlock the treasure-box. We are co-heirs with Christ by God's grace, but how do we grow in grace and access this inheritance?
God's mercy endures forever
Mercy is not getting what we deserve. Grace is getting what we do not deserve. God is essentially merciful and gracious in deed and character and His mercy endures forever. It stands therefore that God continues to forgive the undeserving even in the next world. We stand before a judge who is merciful and who desires to show mercy and our defense attorney is none other than the Judge's Son! Mercy will therefore triumph over judgement, but His grace is much much more.
Recognize the Season
Just as there are natural seasons of winter, spring, summer and fall, there are seasons in our lives both natural and spiritual. The church also goes through different seasons with the Holy Spirit emphasizing necessary changes. It is very important to recognize the season you are in, with it's corresponding joys and trials, in order to live life to the full.
Hebrews is the book of better things. The writer starts by conveying that Jesus is better than angels. He takes it further by stating the Jesus is better than Moses and the new covenant is better than the old. Jesus is a better Mediator and a better high priest. His sacrifice is better. His blood is better. And His Kingdom is better. The writer wanted his audience to know of all these better things because we are called to believe for better things. So what are you currently believing God for today? In this message Pastor Shawn shares about the importance of belief and the greatest stand you can make with your life. Enjoy.
How Do You Picture God's Church
How do you picture God's Church? A boring church is a crime against humanity. If it is boring it is a reflection of the people in it. God's church should be a reflection of heaven... full of color, joy, life, love and wonder. We also need to start believing for a church that could be described as amazing, awesome, miraculous, spectacular, marvelous, astonishing and fabulous.
Longevity vs. Legacy Mentality
There is a major difference between King Saul and King David. Saul was a man who spent his life trying to hold on to a kingdom that was slipping out of his grasp, while David was a man after God's own heart. Saul tried to preserve his longevity and in the end lost everything. David was a man who left a legacy for all generations and for all mankind!