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
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.
Dating from late 1982 and given to a Canadian gathering, this sermon is a cry against the shallow, me-first "gospel." The true Gospel of repentance and intimacy is presented forcefully: "some of the greatest men the world has ever seen are going to stand there [the judgment] naked and have nothing." The starting point is the text of Isaiah 59 and 60. (The powerful file "Another Gospel" is taken from the middle portion of this sermon.)
Denominationalism is a prison for many and the spirit of this many need to be freed from. This sermon points out how the denominational spirit is the same that impelled the Pharisee's to emphasize their spiritual purity due to their Abrahamic pedigree. Brother Zac makes a strong case for the building of local bodies that are not connected through denominational structures that have leadership that use and abuse the sheep, but are overseen by truly spiritual brothers.
Art Katz gives a very prophetic and important message for current evangelicalism to embrace. This message is a profound statement of the true humility that God’s people are called to as illustrated in our Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. God is calling His Church to embrace the humility, simplicity and nothingness that our Lord displayed here on earth.
Vance Havner preaches this message at a special meeting at Moody Bible Institute. He ministers on the theme of repentance in the Bible. The last word of our Lord to the Church was repentance in the book of Revelation. Repentance is sorely missing and lacking in our day in modern gospel messages. This message is a call for believers to the place of repentance before God.
Hans R. Waldvogel speaks on maintaining a bridal intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Christ is the most wonderful subject to dwell on, to think about, to meditate on. Do I love Him? If I don’t love Him, it’s because I haven’t believed in Him sufficiently. I haven’t walked with Him far enough. Oh, “the love of Jesus, what it is, none but His loved ones know.” But the Bible, the New Testament, says such marvelous things about the love of Jesus. “Do I love You, Jesus? Has the Holy Ghost been able to reveal to me the love of God? Has He been able to set my heart on fire with the love of God?”
From chapter four of First Corinthians, verses one through five and fifteen through twenty-one, Dr. A. W. Tozer stresses the absolutely indispensable role that the Holy Spirit plays in convicting men of sin, in the teaching of the Gospel, and in the preaching of the Word.
Ben Torrey shares a short talk on the unity of the body of Christ. He clearly shows how Paul the Apostle speaks of unity and his passion for all early believers to be unified under the Lord. When we are not in right relationship with others in the Church we blaspheme God's name and authority over our lives. We must be one with each other as we are one in faith in Christ Jesus.
Chuck Smith shares principles of people who God uses. The series goes through Acts 3 showing lessons from that chapter. There is a need to be filled with the Spirit of God and thus be useable by God. The flesh profits nothing and nothing done by the flesh will be used of God to build His kingdom.
Br. Zac Poonen speaks of the weapon of the Word of God in the life of the Christian believer. He speaks of how the enemy of our souls can bring condemnation and hurt but we must look to the Word of God to fight against satan. The Scriptures tell us we are justified in Jesus Christ and need to stand in our position against satan, discouragement and condemnation.
Paul Washer argues that the Song Of Solomon is more than just a book about the relationship between a man and a woman, and he uses these verses to expound aspects of the church’s living relationship with Christ. It is easy to learn principles about holiness, he says, but how much time do we spend in the presence of Christ? As Martin Lloyd Jones warned, our lives will become nothing but a bunch of cold principles if the presence and power of God is not in our life.