Norbert Link | December 30, 2000
Justification is God’s forgiveness of our sins. It is a process that BEGINS with our repentance from sin. God then grants us His pardon, His forgiveness, His mercy. It is a GIFT, not a REWARD for what we do; thus, the law cannot justify us. Conversely, those who refuse to keep the law will not be justified because they cannot obtain forgiveness if they don’t repent of breaking the law! This two-part message will clarify common misunderstandings of this very important topic.
Dave Harris | December 30, 2000
Our knowledge can lead to life, or our knowledge can lead to death. By Adam and Eve’s deception and disobedience, man chose death. The increase of worldy knowledge increases sorrow and is mere vanity. Because of solomons disobedience, God removed his blessings and many died. The reward of obedience and righteousness is life. But not Man’s righteousness, rather, God’s statutes of life. Christ gives us the knowledge necessary to attain eternal life and be released from the penalty of death. Compromise, the neglect of Godly knowledge leads to death.:35 Minutes
Edwin Pope | December 22, 2000
Repentance is the first act toward salvation. Unless we repent, we will never attain eternal life. Real repentance is a complete change from our way of thinking to God’s way of thinking. It is a continuous process of examining ourselves for sins and sincerely working to get rid of them, with the help of God’s Holy Spirit. Only with such a repentant attitude can God’s Spirit dwell in us.
Edwin Pope | December 16, 2000
“Whatever I command you, be careful to observe to do it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.” God is very specific in His instructions to us so that we would worship Him in a way that is pleasing to Him. The world has other ideas about worshiping God, ways that are contrary to God’s instructions. Learn in this sermon how the doctrines in Hebrews actually outline and parallel the Holy Days that God commanded in the O.T., further explaining their meaning for us today.
Norbert Link | December 15, 2000
Did Paul teach that we don’t have to keep the law? Not at all! This first in a two-part study of Romans and Galatians will show that the point he was trying to put across was that keeping the law does not justify us–does not make us righteous. There is still the death penalty, and only God can provide the means to remove that penalty. Man cannot make himself righteous.
Edwin Pope | November 11, 2000
God is looking for a people who are willing to CHOOSE to live by His laws and REFUSE to go the way of this world! We are to learn from the past, but not dwell on it. God is judging us for how we live now, with a focus on our future. We are called to be DOERS! We are to be INVOLVED in the fulfillment of His purpose. This sermon will help you understand God’s purpose and what it is we are called to do.
Norbert Link | May 20, 2000
Why is sin so bad? God’s laws are living laws–they produce results no matter what we do. If we please God, He blesses us. If we do wrong, we cause harm to ourselves and others. We truly reap what we sow–either good or bad. The Bible gives many specific examples of how wrong actions actually return to the sinner in the same manner as was intended for someone else.
Edwin Pope | May 19, 2000
It is not God’s intent to destroy His people, but He deals with them as is necessary so as to bring about repentance. Israel would not repent and faced serious punishment unless they did. God urged Israel to seek Him spiritually, individually, with a repentant heart and a changed attitude. What about us? Do we sincerely seek God in this way?
Norbert Link | May 5, 2000
Why did God allow Satan to try Job? Because Job was so righteous in his own eyes that he thought he should not suffer trials. He focused on what he had done according to the law and failed to see the intent in his own heart. God says that there is no one who who doesn’t sin. God had to bring Job to repent of his self-righteousness so that he could eventually be in the Kingdom. God also works with us through various trials so that we can learn the lessons that we need to learn in order to be in His Kingdom.
Edwin Pope | April 29, 2000
After Christ died and was resurrected, He still had to be accepted by the Father, as represented by the Wave Sheaf Offering. He was the FIRST of the firstfruits. In Ancient Israel, the firstfruits of the early harvest were given to the Levites–the priesthood. We who are spriritual Israel today–spiritual firstfruits–BELONG to Christ. God intends that we make use of His gifts to us–His Word and His Spirit–to make changes in our life. What changes? Putting sin OUT! God is in the process of enlarging His family, and He will not allow sin to come before Him!
Norbert Link | April 14, 2000
Job was “blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil.” Why, then, did he suffer such affliction? While Job’s friends groped for answers to this question, Job sought only to justify his own righteousness. He had, in fact, become proud of his righteousness, but failed to see that that was his problem.
Edwin Pope | April 7, 2000
The people of ancient Israel (descendants of the 12 sons of Jacob) were a people who were chosen by God for a special purpose. However, they turned against God, becoming self-centered, covetous, and inflicting social injustice. Amos brought a warning message from God about their impending punishment if they didn’t repent and change their ways. There is a parallel lesson for true Christians today, who are called “the Israel of God.” Judgment is now on us and we must repent and to turn to Him before it is too late.
Edwin Pope | April 1, 2000
Sin is like a drug–it never satisfies–and its grip on us is totally destructive. Sin destroys the will–the mental faculty by which the mind makes choices and then carries out the choice. We can become hardened and calloused to the fact that we are even sinning. But God has called us to RULE OVER SIN. Just how can we do that? This sermon will help you understand the nature of sin and how to put it out of your physical life, indeed, for the sake of your eternal life.
Edwin Pope | March 24, 2000
God used Amos to warn Israel of the error of their ways. They had become wealthy and prosperous but instead of setting the right example for the nations around them so that they, in turn, might learn about God’s way, Israel had became corrupt and idolatrous, mixing truth with error. This book could just as well have been written to the end-time churches of Philadelphia and Laodicea.