Saturday Classics

Saturday Classics

An Undivided Heart (2006)

Is your heart for Jesus undivided? The promise of the new covenant reads, “I will give them an undivided heart and a put a new spirit in them” (Ezekiel 11:19). This is the normal state of a person born again by grace. On the other hand, a person with a divided heart will participate in both religious and worldly activity. Perhaps you go to church on Sunday and pay your tithe. Then, you go home and kick back with a…

The Wheat and the Tares (2002)

The parable of the wheat and the tares teaches the final separation of the righteous and the wicked. Romans 6 shows that this righteousness is real–not imputed. Tares resemble wheat, but are weeds. Similarly, half-converted Christians appear saved, but they are not. Their checkbooks and activities reveal a carnal heart. Do you say, “I try to stop sinning, but sin overtakes me?” The truth is, you love sin. No sin can withstand submission to the blood of Jesus Christ. If…

The Holy Spirit’s Prayer (2006)

In this encore message, Pastors Ray and Jan ask, “Was the cross enough for our salvation? Can you be saved from hell while still living in sin?” A look at the words of Jesus, Paul, and John answer, “Absolutely not!” The cross opened the way for total salvation now, but we must appropriate that gift by being crucified with Christ and born again as a new creature. Is this the gospel that you believe? Are you walking free from sin…

Renounce All Sin (2006)

Are you inclined to run from God because there is shame in your life? This isn’t a psychological problem–it is a real problem, because it means that there is sin from which you haven’t repented. Repentance and confession are not the same. You can confess a sin and then go right back to it. But to repent of sin means to renounce it and make restitution. If you’ve not repented, none of the knowledge you acquire about Jesus will bring…

The Cost of Ownership (2009)

This powerful, terrifying message exposes the true cost of rejecting self-denial. Beginning in the Garden of Eden, Brother David shows that Adam did not sin spontaneously. Sin began to fester in Adam’s heart when he declared of his wife, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh,” thereby seizing ownership of Eve and his own life. This ownership–which is really stealing from God–cost he and Eve their covenant shield with the Almighty. Adam, no longer clean…

The Mission of God’s People (2008)

The church’s mission picks up where Jesus left off: “to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion” (Isaiah 61:2-3a). How we can proclaim the fear of God in such a way that causes people to break down and get right with God, if we haven’t gone through it ourselves? Jesus’ warning, “Judge not, that ye be not judged,” addresses…

Hindrances to the Narrow Path (2008)

After Jesus lays out the moral requirements of the new covenant, he concludes the sermon on the mount with a warning. What will hinder someone from finding the narrow gate, entering the narrow path, and staying on it? Namely, false prophets, hypocrisy, intellectualism, a defensive spirit, and a performance mindset will. Have you been ensnared by any of these?

Two Paths Clearly Marked (2008)

Unlike forest trails, which are quickly overgrown, the path of light and the path of darkness have many clear markings. The first is identified by an active faith, bold confession, and absolute, sold-out dependence on Jesus; the second, by a divided heart, hiding one’s sin, and self-reliance. In spite of these clear markings, we may trick ourselves about which path we’re walking. Just because the path of light leads through a dark area doesn’t mean we’ve sinned. Likewise, temporal ease…

A Place of Standing (Encore Sermon Clip)

As you decide to give yourself fully to Jesus, a great battle quickly ensues as satan and his minions pursue you to kill, steal, and destroy you. You must quickly recognize this and not only go to Jesus, but also remain in full submission to Him. Jesus is not out to destroy you but rather to destroy the works of the devil. Be encouraged to see the devil’s design, and make that determination in your heart to go all the way…

Precious Treasures of the Heart

Jesus said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…” This touching sermon from the Sermon on the Mount series shows that this passage isn’t just about money. We collect many things in our hearts, such as memories, hardness, a double mind, fasting, prayer, giving alms, and sacrifice for Jesus. But our hearts were intended not to store these, but to…

Only a Single Seed (2005)

In today’s sermon, Pastor Ray focuses on what it means to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Jesus, as laid out in all of the Gospels. It’s so easy to have misconceptions about what this death to self means and how it impacts our daily lives. My prayer is that you will make the decision to be fully crucified with Christ as Paul did in Galatians 2.

Lord, Pull Me Through!

Using the story of Paul’s imprisonment, Pastor Ray makes the case for being a Christian and then for being entirely sanctified. The Gospel is not a self-help, self-improvement program but does require a volitional submission to Jesus. Even with this awesome call, our heart cry must be, “Lord, Pull Me Through!” Share this message with your friends, families, and co-workers, and don’t hold the position of King Agrippa, who accused Paul of madness, rather than surrendering his life into the hand…