Matthew quotes Jesus four times using the phrase, "O you of little faith," and in each situation He reveals an important factor that works in humans to diminish our faith. Will Christ find faith on the earth when He returns? That depends on how well we understand and fight these enemies.
For a human to receive the Spirit of God is truly a marvelous miracle. This sermon explores how the Church came to understand about the spirit in man, and examines the scriptural implications of what it means for a human to receive the Holy Spirit.
The recent Ministerial Conference focused on God's overriding purpose in creating humans--to bring many sons to glory in His family.
The book of Hebrews tells us about the New Covenant and says it was established on better promises. While eternal life is a part of that, that isn't the only promise involved. In fact, the New Covenant could not come into existence until the fulfillment of an ancient promise that is intimately tied to Pentecost.
God shared His mind and His love with the nation of Israel by giving them the ten commandments. For the Church He has added the Holy Spirit to make it possible to keep the commandments in the spirit and to repent when we fail. Jesus said all the law and the prophets hang on the two great commandments: love toward God and love toward neighbor.
Education is important historically in the Church. We are all disciples which means pupil or student. What does it take to be a good student?
God ordained a special offering of firstfruits, linked to the Feast of Pentecost, to be presented to Him by the Israelites. This ceremony attending this offering teaches important lessons for Christians today.
This message analogizes four athletic coaching/playing approaches to biblical strategies God's people must implement as we "run the race" toward our finish line (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).
Our experiences in life can be a great educational tool--if we learn from them.