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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
The decline of obedience to the moral laws of God in society and in the church will ultimately bring upon themselves the redemptive judgments of God. Art examines the root of the offense as seen from Gods viewpoint in His dealings with Israel in the time of Phinehas and Moses.
Are our hearts focused on Christ alone or other things? Paul Washer shares the ultimate important goal of Christian life is to experience and know God Himself. We should never allow ministry or gifts or other experiences to take away from our devotion to God Himself. Christ is the true vine, He is our source of life, fulfillment and joy.
William Macdonald shares on the topic of backslidding. A great searching message on this needful topic and a warning to us lest we feel we stand, we fall. This message will be a safety and encouragement to your walk with Jesus Christ.
J. Glyn Owen speaks about what true religion is. He speaks of the work of the Holy Spirit in the believer and not simply a holding to doctrinal viewpoints but the life of God through us, His power. God manifests His purpose through believers to see His salvation reach others. He shares that our experience of power with God is not a selfish personal experience but for God's greater purpose. Lastly he ties in the Gospel and shares that this is God's ultimate larger picture beyond our own personal experiences for ourselves.
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.