Synopsis: The number of people who commit suicide after experiencing the fame and fortune of worldly success is astonishing. They and many others have proven the truth of what Solomon said in Ecclesiastes - a man's prosperity and pleasure does not bring lasting satisfaction and fulfillment! Society has taught us what its definition of a prosperous life is, and it has deceived us. While prosperity has ruined a lot of people, it does not ruin the man who sees God as His greatest treasure! We must "learn from above how to live life below." Gaius is a great illustration of that! If we would be genuinely prosperous people, regardless of where we are on the social, economic or relational spectrum, we must embrace the same perspective of life Gaius had!
Synopsis: Wouldn't it be great if we could forget our troubles just as easily and quickly as we forget our blessings that God sends our way? In tonight's text, God's Word teaches us that there is something very important we must constantly keep before us in our thinking or we will get discouraged when hardships come. What is it we are to remember? Why must we remember it?
Synopsis: What specifically were these ladies to remember about what Christ taught regarding His resurrection? Because we must remember the same! In today's message, learn two specific things that must be remembered about Christ's triumphant exit from the tomb on the third day after His death!
Synopsis: Passion week climaxes with the crucifixion of Christ. The cross of Christ is not only the central fact of history, but it is also the central theme of Scripture. That being the case, we should not be surprised that Hebrews 12:1 admonishes us to "look unto Jesus...who endured the cross." It is good for saved sinners to look at the Cross in order that our love, appreciation and gratitude might be rekindled. It is good for unsaved sinners to look at the cross so the sight of the sacrificial Lamb of God might rescue their souls from sin's penalty. As we look tonight at Luke 23, there are four things we need to see as we "Look at the Cross."
Synopsis: Matthew 21:10b asks a thought-provoking question about Christ to which we must all give answer: "Who is this?" Your view of Christ directly impacts/shapes how you live life and what you do with and do for Christ. On that first Palm Sunday long ago, our text introduces us to "The Character and Coming of the King." Here are three important lessons we should learn from our text today.
Synopsis: The detailed description of the New Jerusalem in Revelation 21 led one scholar to call this holy city, "The Crown Jewel of the New Heaven and New Earth." Is this a literal place or a symbolic place? What is it like? This message is part 1 of a study on the New Jerusalem, the City of God that has been prepared for all those who are born-again.
Synopsis: Identifying this man named Gaius is not as important as identifying the reasons for John's commendation of his life mentioned in vv. 1-8. Gaius' life was characterized by four qualities that each of us would do well to imitate today. This message covers just one of those qualities--walking in the truth.
Synopsis: The good news of the Bible is that Heaven is a real place, a perfect place, because God is there. Tonight we note seven characteristics about this prepared place for a prepared people. Has God qualified you for entrance there?
Synopsis: In this shortest of all NT books, the last surviving member of the original twelve disciples whom Jesus personally handpicked and trained for gospel ministry, delivers only one command in his letter to Gaius. Its message can be summarized this way: the person you choose as your role model and after whom you pattern your life, must possess and display Christ-like character since one's testimony is critically important!
Synopsis: In part 2 of "How to Change" we zero in on a particular part of v. 18 that helps us better understand the two components of change: "the glory of the Lord" and what it means to "behold...the glory of the Lord."
Dr. Jim Berg's illustration of a sun tan helps us to visualize exactly what it means to give ourselves increased exposure to God's truth.
Synopsis: How does biblical change take place?
In this follow up message following our week of Revival meetings, it is important to remember that a decision to change a particular aspect of your life so that you start honoring God in that area, is only the beginning and not the end of your responsibility to change. Our text of Scripture presents hope and a clearly marked pathway for meaningful and substantial change in Christ-likeness.
Synopsis: Tonight's passage reveals not only the fourth characteristic of those who enjoy a personal revival from God, but it also offers a message of hope to those looking to God for revival: Because God is Who He is, He can do what He purposes to do. Revival will come when we meet the condition presented here and when our eyes are opened to see the Source of grace, the reason for grace, the wonder and splendor of God's grace and the display of God's grace.