Who is the Christ Child? Paul in Philippians 2 teaches the amazing condescension of God coming in human form to die. Secondly, Isaiah teaches the baby would be Messiah, the Sent One of all of Israel. Finally, Psalm 110 shows the picture of Christ's return at his second coming.
Passages: Galatians 2:11-31
Francis Chan teaches on Galatians 2:11-31 where the apostle Paul confronts Peter with the sin of hypocrisy. Peter separated himself from the Gentiles because they were uncircumcised and Paul reminded him that all men are saved by grace and not by Jewish laws. There can be no conditional love. We must freely receive the grace of God.
Francis Chan uses the television show "24" as an illustration to remind us that we must live for eternity. God is in control, and we must not be complacently. Many people believe that they are believers and yet show no fruit in the daily lives. We must enter the narrow gate and make Jesus our Lord! Preached at Bayside Church. Linked to YouTube. Transcribed by Preach It, Teach It.
Series: Valley of the Shadow (Psalm 23)
Passages: Psalm 23, 139.
This compelling message reassures us that God's goodness will pursue us relentlessly throughout our lives. Psalm 139 said He has every day formed in advance. It is His sovereignty and power that decides our future. Because He is a Good Shepherd, we need not fear death. We can truly be fearless. Preached at Reality Church, Santa Barbara, Britt Merrick, Pastor.
Series: Valley of the Shadow (Psalm 23)
Passages: Psalm 23
The presence of Christ in our darkest times should give us boldness and confidence. The whole passage is about peace in the midst of the storms, the threats in our lives. Francis Chan relates the miraculous experiences he has had with God when God would lead him to do the impossible and then provide supernaturally to meet those needs. Preached at Reality Church, Santa Barbara. Britt Merrick, pastor.
Series: Courageous Love by Francis Chan
Passages: James 5:1-6
James indicts the rich for using their wealth as a false sense of security. They oppressed the poor by their hoarding and lived in luxury and self-indulgence. He warns of upcoming judgment and the urgency of repentance. James 5:1-6 Preached at Cornerstone Church, Simi Valley California. Used by permission.
No one wants their garbage revealed. You have this picture of this big God. Jesus said to the church at Sardis, "Recognize who I am, and that you are dead inside." All of my righteousness hides the truth: is it Christ I desire? I may be in love with the concept of God, but not God Himself. Pastor Chan explores the reasons we may lie to ourselves about our spiritual conditions. Preached at Reality Church, Santa Barbara: Britt Merrick, pastor.
Francis Chan teaches four short lessons infused with compelling videos of teenagers who have struggled and found victory in surrender to God. Video one teaches that we need to surrender our possessions, our materialistic lifestyle and trade it for God's riches (2 Corinthians 8:13-14). The second video features the principle that when you surrender to God, you take on His identity. You are different from the world (John 15:18-19). The third video teaches that sin is something God hates. If we love Him, we will keep His commandments (John 14:15). Video lesson four encourages us to surrender to God because life is fleeting and we need to make our life count for eternity (Matthew 10:39).
Passages: Philippians 2:14-18
Paul teaches in Philippians 2 that God's children are to be positive, not grumbling or doubting so that they shine like lights in the midst of a wicked, dark world. Christian's faith and peace should be contagious. Paul doesn't mind his suffering in jail if his spiritual children are ready for the return of Christ. Preached at Cornerstone Church, Simi Valley under the title of "Living Graciously." Used by permission.
We must recognize that Satan is actively trying to destroy us. We have and unseen enemy and we must resist him daily. We learn much about his schemes from Genesis 3 and the account of Man's fall. The lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life are all snares that tempt our sinful nature. But God has given us the power to resist temptation and become victorious Christians. Cornerstone Church, Simi Valley. Used by permission.
Passages: Psalm 127; Ephesians 1:1-3
In Psalm 127, we are encouraged to allow God to "build our house," or build our lives. We can rest because He is in charge and nothing can be done apart from Him. The apostle Paul in Ephesians lists the blessings and power of God He offers us. We are rich beyond measure! Preached at Cornerstone Church, Simi Valley California. Used by permission.
When we live in the light of eternity rather than "in the now," we will suffer. We will be rejected because of the message of Christ, we will have financial sacrifices to make for the Kingdom and we must live lives of radical obedience. When we live only in the present and past, we become depressed. But when we look toward the future life with Christ, we are encouraged and reap a great reward. Preached at Cornerstone Church, Simi Valley. Used by permission.
Passages: Matthew 25
One day we will know just how much God has blessed us. God has made us to be His hands and feet-to touch the hurting and feed the poor. We assume that to have a "real church" we must have a building, a sermon, a band, etc. But the Biblical characteristics of the church must go much deeper. Sharing the gospel honestly and openly means some will receive and some will reject the truth. It's one thing to preach exegetically, but to live exegetically is something entirely different. Part of Gospel Conference, Part Five. Preached at Cornerstone Church, Simi Valley.
God is serious about our commitment to Him. Our prayers must be carefully crafted and come from an obedient heart and an expectant faith. Chan summarizes examples from Scripture where God shows His holiness by punishing sin. The flood and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah indicate His holy wrath. The judgment of Joshua upon the family of Achan shows God's use of His people to carry out His justice. We must be careful to make our own lives pure and pray for the purity of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Passages: 1 Corinthians 15
What are the implications of the resurrection for our lives? How will the Good News of Jesus impact the way you live?
Passages: Numbers 11:31-35; 12:12-16
God's favorite posture is kneeling. Humility is the key to knowing God.Miriam, Moses' sister and Aaron, Moses' brother, questioned God's leadership. Miriam was punished by God and contracted leprosy. Although God healed her, she, like us, learned a powerful lesson in humility. We must never question God's choices, and submit to the authorities He places over us.
Be careful of your wild, impetuous words, because you are in God's presence. Christians are the temple of God. Don't rush into His presence, come before Him with reverence and awe.
Passages: Hebrews 11
Finding faith can transform us. Hebrews 11 teaches us that because we belong to Christ, we can have confidence with God that He will guide our lives, forgive our sins and act on our behalf. Preached at Cornerstone Church, Simi Valley California. Used by permission.
Passages: Selected Scriptures
Francis Chan teaches that in order to live the Christian life you must follow Jesus and not give up. He will strengthen you to make the journey with Him. Though difficult, you will have the grace to follow him no matter how great the obstacles become. Finish the race!
Passages: Colossians 1:1-13
The Apostle Paul commended the Colossian believers for their faith, their love for the saints and their hope of heave. Paul prayed for them to live a life worthy of the Lord, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Many of us have such a limited view of the love and power of Jesus. When we expand our view of God, our whole life changes and impacts others in a radical way.
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