'Crucifixion' Tagged Posts

'Crucifixion' Tagged Posts

The Way of Cain

We must all come to the startling revelation that we too are like Cain and allow Jesus to break us and meld us down and fully make us into new creatures in every way. The only way through is a full surrender and a full crucifixion, are you willing that Jesus would do this in your life? Or would you rather be Cain-like, the choice is yours.

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…

Are You Washed in the Blood?

The question is not, “Are you saved,” but, “Are you washed in the blood of Jesus”? Just as surely as dirt is removed from washed hands, sin is presently and actually removed from a person washed in the blood of Jesus Christ. Of the specific acts of sin from which the apostle Paul indicates that we are saved, the most relevant for the modern, American church is idolatry. This is putting anyone or anything in the place of Jesus–be it…

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…

Higher Ground!

After conversion, many Christians live in the lowlands. Like Abraham, they ask God to bless the work of their own hands, and are unaware that the Holy Spirit left them. Jesus is calling us to higher ground. The Holy Spirit must deal with us to the very bottom before sinners can be brought to Jesus through our testimony–and before we can be truly saved. Can you, like Paul the Apostle, say, “I have been, and still am crucified with Christ?”

Is Jesus Trying to Kill Me? (2009)

The Lord has said, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” But Jesus died so that our soul does not have to die! So how are we to die with Christ? We are to die first to our sinful actions, and second to our sinful nature. The sin nature is not part of our soul—it is a foreigner that affixes itself to our soul and controls it. Genesis 3:15 promises that this control is not total. You can repent! Glory…

Delectable Mountains (or, What Is Your Understanding of the Atonement?)

Your salvation largely depends on what you believe happened at the cross, as our behaviors simply mirror our beliefs. Did God punish God with the literal wrath for the past, present, and future sins of only the elect, who will be inevitably saved from hell? Or did Jesus, as both high priest and sacrifice, lay down his life to make provision for all men to be made holy here and now? The Bible, your own conscience, and saints throughout the ages…

The Foundation of Prayer (Psalm 118) (Encore)

Does God answer your prayers? The foundation needed to prevail in prayer begins with repentance and being made righteous by faith in Christ. Through our suffering, God brings us to the place where we say, “I’m done with games. I will have Jesus!” In this place, the promises of God become stones that build the foundation of prayer. In Jesus, all these promises are “Yea” and “Amen”! Let the Holy Spirit teach you this foundation of prayer! This is the…

Jesus IS the Atonement

For the past 1,000 years, the doctrine of penal atonement, developed by Saint Anselm, has pervaded Christian churches of nearly every denomination. The Puritans, John Wesley, and Charles Finney were some who stood against this false teaching that Christ literally became sin and that believers will always be sinners. An in-depth look at Scripture, in translation and in the original Greek, reveals that Jesus Christ is atonement and that he offered himself to forgive our past sins and to remove sin from us…

The Foundation of Prayer (Psalm 118)

Are your prayers answered in the physical realm? The foundation of prayer begins with repentance, which God brings us to through suffering. After we get honest, give up the game, and earnestly say, “I will have Jesus,” the promises of God become stones that build the foundation of prayer. In Jesus, all of these promises are Yea and Amen! Let the Holy Spirit teach you this foundation of prayer! (Unfortunately we lost much of the welcome due to some technical problems.)

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.

Unspotted by the World (Encore)

The story of Rees Howells shows the necessity of entire sanctification after the new birth. In order for Jesus to live in our bodies, as he intends to do, we must give him complete control of our lives. Revival in America hinges on individuals who will make this total consecration to Jesus.  Beloved, will you go on to perfection? Or will you refuse to submit completely and unconditionally to Jesus? This welcome and sermon were originally preached on October 23,…