Many followers of Jesus live a spiritually defensive life--one that waits for Satan to attack and then hopes to have the strength to cope with it and endure. What if we had an offensive weapon to help fight off satanic oppression instead of just wait for him to leave? We do--the Word of God. In this sermon Pastor Jacob shares about the why'd how of renewing our minds.
What should we do when we become anxious? God's Word tells us what we can do--give it to God in prayer. But before we can do that we have to realize that our being anxious is the fruit of a lack of confidence in God's hand working in our difficulty.
Mental health is not just a physical thing. It's a spiritual thing. There's something that needs to be believed in order to think about ourselves the way God wants us to. This sermon lays the foundation for the freedom God wants us to have from anxiety and worry.
Sometimes it seems like evil people are more blessed than godly people. Is that true? Esau's descendants seemed to be more prosperous than Jacob's. What do we do about the fact that it appears that ungodly people are more blessed on earth than those who serve Jesus? Pastor Jacob seeks to answer that question from Genesis 36.
Sometimes as followers of Jesus, we need to return to the places where God spoke to us in powerful ways. Why? To be reminded and restored in order to keep pressing on to the mark of God's call on our lives. This sermon is about Jacob's return to Bethel--the place where God spoke to him in a dream. What is your Bethel? What do you need to remember about how God has spoken to you in the past?
Sometimes it appears that being faithful to God is not the best decision. Abram was faced with three situations like this. How are we faced with similar situations? And is faithfulness to God always the best decision even when it feels like a risk?
The reason Jesus gives us in Matthew 10 as to why He came is one that flies in the face of what many want to feel when they think about Christmas. "Peace on earth" is a key theme of Christmas. But Jesus said He didn't come to bring peace, but a sword. What did He mean? And what are the implications for those who want to follow Jesus?
Nicodemus was a man who likely thought he was right with God because of who he was. He was a Jew and leader among the Jews--very respected among society. When we think that way, we believe God accepts us and condemns those not like us. But John 3:16-17 tell a different story. Jesus actually didn't come to condemn the world, but to save it.
There are two ways to look at the world. One is the way Lot looked at the world, and the other is the way Abram did. Which characteristics define us? How is that important? How can we see our lives the way God wants us to?
Not all of our Bible heroes were upright their entire lives. In Genesis 12:10-20, Abram showed a lack of faith in God's promises and substituted his wife for his own sake. How do we show a willingness to let others suffer so we can gain the benefit? And how can we become free from that tendency and desire?
Following Jesus involves cost. Sometimes we get scared about what it does cost to serve Him and find ourselves reclusive to go into the darkness to speak a word of truth or be Jesus' representatives. Abram wasn't that way though. How can we pursue obedience to God like Abram did?
We tend to find hard work and creativity as endearing characteristics. People like Michael Jordan draw us in and make us want to root for them because of their sheer will power and internal drive. But is there any danger to self-sufficiency? If so, what is it? We find the answer in the account of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11.
One decision can make a huge impact later on in life. Shem, Ham, and Japheth learned that through the way they treated their father, Noah, after they got off of the Ark. What kind of forever are we building based off of our today?
Everything went wrong in Genesis 3. The beautiful garden that God created to live in with Adam and Eve was not to be. Why? Sin. In Genesis 3 observing Adam and Eve's fall, we learn why we sin, what sin does to us, and ultimately, how sin loses. May God bless the preaching of His Word.
Lady Gaga said, "I'm on the right track, baby, I was born this way." As shocking as that artist is, she is kind of right. It does matter how we were made. The question is, "How has God designed us to function?" And perhaps a bigger question is, "Is the way I was born how God designed us to function?" These questions are answered in this sermon from Genesis 2:4-25.
Many people claim that in order to believe in God you must check out of any discussion related to science. But is that necessarily true? Gary Faust, Physics Teacher and former engineer for Chrysler, says that isn't necessary. In this message, he gives evidences for the reality that science and faith actually are compatible.