SermonIndex.net Classics Podcast
Summary: The work and ministry of SermonIndex can be encapsulated in this one word: Revival. Concepts such as Holiness, Purity, Christ-Likeness, Self-Denial and Discipleship are hardly the goal of much modern preaching. Thus the main thrust of the speakers and articles on the website encourage us towards a reviving of these missing elements of Christianity
Brother Paul Washer here describes something that is drastically wanting in the modern movement that calls itself Evangelicalism. There is a great need to see God-focused worship, and not man-centered humanism in the Church. We have lost our right focus on things eternal and become a Church that caters to the needs of the people. This message also is a cry for individual believers to develop a private walk with the Lord in sincerity of worship, God for God Himself.
Hans Royer shares the story of the Ark of God being brought back by David. He highlights the fact that we sometimes try and coupe with our strength and mind until a disaster then we start to rely on God. God's ways must be sought first. It seems the lessons we learn many times is when we fail. We need to come to God on His terms and not our own.
Festo Kivengere, a Ugandan Anglican bishop converted during the East African revival, speaks passionately about the glory of Jesus Christ and what that glory really means. "This is Jesus praying to His Father," says Kivengere, "almost lifting ordinary, simple people into an unspeakable, incredible kind of experience." He contrasts the formidable, unapproachable glory of the Old Testament through the experiences of Abraham, Moses and Isaiah with the glorious triumph of Christ's death and resurrection that has passed the glory (the radiant character of the living God) on to each child of God!
Don Currin shares on the topic of coming persecution to North America. From modern events he gives a prophetic sense of what is coming from the Lord. He exposits 1 Peter 4 to give us clear direction from God of what to do when persecution comes to believers. Through examples martyrdom is shown to be a way of great glory for believers and God will give us grace in our hour of trial and pressure.
William MacDonald ministers on the subject of brokenness. God has great purposes for broken people and cannot resist the humble. Broken things are honoured by the Word of God. God's ways are not mens ways. This is a challenging message on this vital subject for Christian living.
Brother Bakht Singh speaks a message on the glory of God departing. Hophni and Phinehas the 2 sons of Eli were doing wickedly before the presence of God. There comes a point when God's people transgress and God withdraws His presence. This is a warning to us in the New Covenant that we are not to test the Lord and not presume His presence with us without following Him in obedience.
Paul Washer shares a passionate and encouraging message on the presence of God and following god in relationship. In the beginning pastor Washer is speaking of verse 4 of chapter 8 in Song of Solomon, which reads, "Come with me from Lebanon, my bride, come with me from Lebanon. Descend from the crest of Amana, from the top of Senir, the summit of Hermon, from the lions' dens and the mountain haunts of leopards." He shares on the need for the Presence of God in believers lives and having a passion for seeking and knowing God and His love.
Erlo Stegen speaks a powerful word on failure in preachers and calling ministers to be lights in the evil dark world. Why is it so dark in the world? Because many stars have fallen, the preachers of the Gospel have fallen. Ministers and preachers are being caught in evil things. It is getting dark in the world. It seems as if the sun is indeed going down. It seems as if we’re coming to the end of the world and the end of time. We read that in the last days it will indeed go difficult, and that the powers of heaven will be shaken (Matt 24:29).
Bill Mcleod clearly deals with the subject of the occult in this message. He exposes much of the practices that Christians are involved in and shows how to get biblical deliverance. This is a great message to burn and hand out to those you feel could be involved in any areas of occult.
With all the emphasis on revival presently occurring, Art examines what true revival should lead to, namely, a mode of apostolic understanding that identifies with and embraces the imminent coming Kingdomthe rule of God in the earth. The message touches on the subject of spiritual authority and sonship.
Accommodate means to adapt, to make suitable and acceptable, to make convenient. A gospel of accommodation is creeping into the United States. It's an American cultural invention to appease the lifestyle of luxury and pleasure. Primarily a Caucasian, suburban gospel, it's also in our major cities and is sweeping the nation, influencing ministers of every denomination, and giving birth to megachurches with thousands who come to hear a nonconfronting message.
Sandeep Poonen ministers on a vital passage concerning the last days and those who are loving self more then loving God. He clearly shows that we can be deceived into this loving of self through many ways which exclude mercy and cherishing God's Son. This is an important message for us to consider as we are living close to the time of the appearing of our Lord. We are a bride waiting for Jesus the Bridegroom.
Leonard Ravenhill shares on the Holy Spirit and some of the groups in Christendom that speak of the Spirit but not the reality of a person made holy in experiencing Him. The Holy Spirit is a person, not a doctrine, experience or idea. The Holy Spirit will transform the life, He is the indwelling person of God in us. Jesus died to transform your personality and not just forgive your sins.
The word holy at it's very core means 'cut' or seperate, God is so far beyond what we think He is like that we cannot truelly concieve of how what He truelly is. In christianity today we have such a small God that bares little resemblence to the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity. The Lord said to Moses 'I am that I am' meaning that there is no-one like Him, unlike us when He looks about He see's none like Him, except for a Carpenter who walked the earth 2000 Years ago. The essence of seperation (holiness) is not what we are seperated from but what or in this case Who, we are seperated to. There is no point seperating ourselves from the world if we don't then seperate ourselves unto God.
Brother Edward Miller shares about the breaking of God in the life of the Christian. He speaks of how God needs to break saints in all areas of their live so that the Spirit of God can have full sway and power in our life. Tears are the response to God that we have been broken, sensitive to His work and will. A challenging message for personal revival and Holy Spirit surrender.