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June 26, 2022 1:00 am
God has done everything needed for us to be at peace with. There's not one more step. He needs to take in the negotiation of the new week when you were ungodly when you didn't hear anything about him.
He did everything he needed for you to be at peace with one step remaining nest of welcome to cross the bridge with David McGee.
The amazing truth of the gospel is that God has done everything needed for us to be at peace with find out how you can have this piece today is Pastor Dave continues to repeat open up with Romans chapter 5 verse five… Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given us the Holy Spirit seems a big popping up in a lot of teaching here lately an enemy first clarify when we talk about the Holy Spirit were not talking about an it talking about a him whenever so I start on mother Holy Spirit. And I say well I got it. It makes me wonder what they got because the Holy Spirit is a him it's a person it's a member of the Trinity of God. Now understand when we start time of the Holy Spirit.
People start getting a little nervous.
But here's what I can assure you that everything that were going to talk about teach do is in this book. If it's not in this book we don't want to do it understand we need to look at our doctrine of the Holy Spirit and we need to get our doctrine only from the bottom as all of us up at this point have probably seen things that we were told were the Holy Spirit that had nothing to do with the Holy Spirit is more effective your guest here. Maybe your first second time here and I'm up there talking about the Holy Spirit.
You're probably going to know is one of those churches well.
We believe what the Bible teaches about the Holy Spirit and the Bible indicates many things about the Holy Spirit and we want to hear again to the theology of the Bible.
We don't want to try to torture the Bible to adhere to our personal view of theology and the Bible indicates a strong fashion and I don't bore you with all the details. There's basically three Greek words that describe our relationship with the Holy Spirit. One is Tara that's PAR eight Holy Spirit is walking alongside of us went before he became a believer, the Holy Spirit was walking along the side of you convicting your convincing you of your sin okay now when you asked Jesus to forgive you of your sounds and and you were brought into the family of God and the Holy Spirit was in you. The Greek word there is EN much like our word. I then we believe there's a subsequent act of the Holy Spirit where you ask the Holy Spirit to fill you in the near filled to what's called the EPI are over flowing now. The body points us out. We see this in the life of the disciples.
Jesus breathed on the disciples in John and then they received the Holy Spirit tells us that then we get to ask chapter 1 verses verse eight and are told to wait in Jerusalem to wait for the power to become witnesses and then we see next to what happens now there's some people say we got doesn't act like that anymore and I said okay, show me which chapter and verse you get that from. And no, and I have had have discussed this with people you know, Masters and PhD in theology and so the and they've not been able to convince me that God doesn't act like that anymore. As a matter fact the Bible says this power is still available to us today.
Every single unit fastening I've never heard that were supposed to ask for God to fill us with the Holy Spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit is not just your personal opinion or is actually no Bob, I'm glad you asked. It's actually in the bottom Luke chapter 11 verse 13 says that you, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him wanting another surgeon! At the end of that verse. What that means in the Greek, which was the language. The New Testament was written and it is that's that's like an imperative.
That's what you need to do this you need to ask him to fill you with the Holy Spirit and it's interesting because in this passage Jesus is saying what. If you ask your heavenly father for piece of bread. He's not going to give you a stone or a serpent or a snake actually heard some people say will you ask God to fill you the Holy Spirit you get a demon and that's just nonsense to ask God for something and expect he's gonna you know send the demon the tormentors, and us, understand we talk about me and filled with the spirit and and here it says because the love of God is been poured out in our hearts by what Bob the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Galatians 522 says this but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. These things are the fruit of the spirit.
You could argue since this is a further spirit is love, the love, the rest is just the list of love as it was plural to the fruit of the spirit are fruits of the spirit are love and would give the list. Salaam is the predominant one, certainly, and in Crandon to talk about that we have all this we have this power. We do this we don't have what we don't have anything look at that list, love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, now is there anybody in here that needs more of those things in your life. I know I do. And so have I asked the Lord to fill me afresh with the Holy Spirit.
God fills me with his love, he fills me with his power and all these things.
So if you're wondering about that. Would love to talk to you more about that at the end of the service will be people appear would love to pray for you if you're new here, you know all my goodness in the service. Service don't break loose.
People will fall over dark quivering and RUN around the room like a chicken with it know they're not because I am not afraid to be a pastor.
Okay and and first printed 14 talks about that of all sorts of nonsense and craziness in unscriptural things start to happen then unbelievers are going to come in and think you're crazy.
I've been no services you know and and you can't really invite anybody to come to church with you when you're in the middle. One those churches because they will think you're crazy and you can't really point to verse ago will see writers as and you shall run around the room like a chicken with its head cut off screen and fall on the floor. Check it doesn't say that.
So we don't do that, we do believe since God says we should ask for the Holy Spirit that we should ask for the Holy Spirit chapter 5 verses one through five are timeout trials a little bit. We learned some things about that but we also want to look at a couple other things, the reason we have trial okay one of the things is a trial can keep us from sin. Second Corinthians 12 seven visit even though I received wonderful revelations from God, but to keep me from getting puffed up.
I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from St. to torment me and keep me from getting prime. So Paul says he has been given this revelation used incredibly by God and he says you know in order to avoid being prideful.
This trial came upon my life and so that trial kept them from sin and sometimes Charles can keep us from sin. Also, we learn things through trials that we could learn any other wish sometimes there is a quick way of learning, but often times we think the hard way knowing and and God is the princesses affixed in order to fix us and we just thereafter fixing the fix and we don't understand God's benefits us were to miss the point. Hebrews chapter 5 or six as though he was assigned. Speaking of Jesus, yet he learned obedience by the things which he suffered.
Another thing that it does is it test our commitment to God and other people I'm going back a little bit because it talks in verse three's are my tribulations and tribulations. This is a think you need understand that trials are actually good for you. I know they don't feel like the good for you. When you're in the middle of what they produce good results and and if you understand that you can understand there's a purpose behind the testing. Our commitment Revelation chapter 2 verse 10 says it. Don't be afraid of what you're about to suffer. The devil will throw some of you in the present and put to the test, you will persecuted for 10 days remain faithful even when facing death, and I'll give you the crown of life.
Several times in the Bible. He got places somebody in the midst of a trial, and he does it for their benefit and further good and further blessed probably one of them classic examples was the trial of Peter found himself in Jesus told him it was common. Jesus told him, Luke 22 so this but the Lord said, Simon, Simon, indeed. Satan is asked for you, that he may sift you as we but I've prayed for you that your faith should not fail. And when you return to me, strengthen your brethren done this before, but you place yourself in that position and imagine Jesus come in the I guess what Satan is asked where he wants to sift you like wheat imagine hearing that from Jesus. I know what my response with a minimum like what you told him no right mean you should actually know something today for metered and and I went to the but Jesus didn't telling Jesus. And when this happens, pray for your faith but you stand strong would look at that none of us would want that sifting but when you look at the life of Peter before that sifting I see something that Peter that Peter had a lot of faith in Peter, but after that sifting, I see a man is very different. I see Amanda has a lot of faith in God so he went through that trial in order to take his face from being in himself to placing it in God.
And that's another benefit of trials is that it can cause you to have less faith in yourself and more faith in God and of a trial can accomplish that in your life than we need these things out talks about giving praise and all things will we understand them or not first five verses we got faith, hope and love talks about the love of God is been poured out poured out not dripped out not measured out poured out, and sometimes it's like the love of God is come upon us through others or so minutes like we pull out an umbrella you want to just little God poured out on me done bro down from a pet a dog start snarl at your wonder how many snarling dogs as every time God tries to touch you try to run away as quickly as you can. And yet that is so patient data. So, somebody can snarl with him their whole entire life. They reject God's love.
They reject his offer for forgiveness. God keeps pursuing keeps offering them his love and his forgiveness until the last moment until their last dying breath sadden that moment.
Sadly enough, some so don't receive. Thank you for listening to cross the bridge with David McGee will return to David's teaching in just a moment the tragedy in Benghazi. The bombings in Boston in the current unrest in Egypt are all vivid accounts of terrorism each time an event like this occurs, it often causes us to respond with fear. But it doesn't have to because God knows your future and you can to with David McGee's teaching entitled know your future immune to terrorism. You'll come to understand the realities of radical Islam while rejoicing in God's promises for your future.
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Now let's return to pastor David's verse by verse teaching in the book of Romans verse six when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
We were without strength so they have to be strong become the God who evidently not.
Actually, you need to recognize how weak you really are before you understand that you really need God in your life you need is power you need his forgiveness as long as you think you can earn it, then you're going to continue to try to do that Christ died for the ungodly ungodly simply means you not like God being godly means like God's best different question. How many of us can actually claim that were godly that were like God in all we do and always say what's more is if somebody declares himself in their own strength in their own power to be godly in Christ God for the ungodly and you're making the statement that Jesus did not die for you is you got it all scoped out. You've got it figured out. Mark chapter 2 verse 17 when Jesus heard this, he told help the people don't need a doctor.
Sick people do come, the call centers, not those who think they are already good enough CVs think you're good enough to get in the habit, then you're missing the point is interesting. I often take people on the simple way to figure out where they are spiritually. To question test are you going to heaven all yeah yeah most people you asked this though. Yeah, I'm going, but then you say why do you think you're gonna that's where the conversation begins to get interesting because people give you a bunch answers this I will because I'm basically a good person because I go to church because I believe in God in different understand the Bible says none of those things will get you. Now let's consider the list is go to church going church is great.
I'm also going to church is a good thing. It encourages spiritually helps you learn the Bible, but that alone won't get you in that basically good person well bodices you're not bodices all fallen short of the glory of God. All sent so you're not a good person.
Nothing about. I believe in God, maybe three, only A couple of you will not. But the book of James is even the demons believe, and tremble suggest this belief. Mental acquiescence into yeah your God and your there. I'm sorry does not allow you entrance into heaven and what you're thinking you can earn it, you're going to continue to try to earn was interesting. Friday night God sent out a email to all the righteous people tell them exactly what to do this Sunday you didn't get one right see none of us are righteous. None of us are righteous were all sinners that are weakening Navarro's strength second Corinthians 521 says for God.
May Christ, who never send to be the offering for our sin so that we could be made right with God through Christ Jesus never sent. He never messed up. He did not know sin until he knew ours. When ours was dumped on him at the cross. I don't think we can get a sense of what that was like yours. Jesus lived the perfect and sinless wife and everything that he ever did everything that we ever did dumped on him. Minimum God's nature will not allow sin in his presence is not a decision is a holy God is simply that it won't stay in his presence. It's is to nature's God nature is holy, send is is bad, it's evil is corrupt and think of it like this.
If you if you're if you have a fireplace and there's a fire and it burning and there's a dry leaf in their the fire doesn't make the decision to consume the leaf because the properties of the two parties simply delete this consent.
God cannot abide sin in his presence either consumes it returns from that moment on, cross, Jesus knew something you never know separation from his father as the sins of the world were placed on his son.
He had to turn away was the first time Jesus said ever since this is his father.
Why have you forsaken me. Many times in the Gospels, Jesus referred to God as God.
But in that moment he referred to him as father wanted to do that for us her story, describes the transaction if you will, was a man who operated a bridge that went over a river in the canyon and one day his son went within the work, seven-year-old son son was playing with name and he got busy and then he heard a whistle as the train began approach, and then he looked around to see where his son was an saw that his son was playing in the gears of the bridge and he looked at the train that was quickly approaching and he know he had to engage the gear because if he didn't, if his son lived all these people and train the so painfully engage the gear and he allowed his son to the so that others could let in as the train went by people smile and people way unknowing of the sacrifice adjustment to great story.
In describing the gospel, but really the gospel even goes one step further because imagine of the little boy was aware of everything that was going on and look to his dad and said that know what has to happen. Engage the gear. I'll give you my life. That's what happened from and why you are doing great. Going to church, studying your Bible notes on what is when you are weak when you are ungodly life lesson here, God is done everything needed for us to be at peace with him.
God has done everything needed for us to be at peace with him. There's not one more step. He needs to take in this negotiation of peace with them. This is one of the things that makes Christianity distinctively different. There are several things that make Christianity distinctively different from all other world religions and I enjoyed looking at world religions and understand a lot about about a hobby I don't spend a lot of time because I'd rather study the real thing and study the counterfeit, but it's interesting because most other world religions like we do this and you got to do that and then when you do this and that and God will respond to you. You have to do this you have to you have to kill yourself or kill others and you'll get paradise near you know what, so but in Christianity God is the initiator when you will week when you are ungodly when you didn't hear anything about him.
He did everything he needed to do for you to be at peace with one step remaining net step is yours. It's interesting Jesus tells us he came for the sick people are another way, another word he uses Luke 1910 he says.
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to say that which was lost.
That which was lost week we use that word. Sometimes we I jokingly refer to that week we begin to speak our own language want to go to church long enough. I called Christian.
These but this word lost. We use some time off center lost world that's really really Jesus said that which was lost.
He didn't say that.
What was mean that which was spiteful, evil, ugly, stupid, lost, lost print there's people in this world that are lost. What we use the phrase. What is lost me lost as being unable or not knowing how to find the way out losses been unable or not knowing how to find a way for man suggest that you remember this next time you're talking to somebody that doesn't yet know Jesus but there lost their either unable or they don't know how to find their way home and may God grant you compassion. In that moment, the way that God had compassion upon you before you know it there's one thing about me lost it just it just it's a feeling of being vulnerable and it you don't know where you are and you feel so helpless and and you know and and then at least half the population will stop for directions. I guess there's just something about us. We don't start only to stop for directions to where I am of myth go around in circles seven some spiritual you wouldn't understand honey just praise God for GPS is fuel less vulnerable.
You gotta be careful. GPS was down in Florida pastor's conference and there's this intercoastal waterway and end up in a fun way to restaurant and and so you know when on the beach side and came around and I was sitting there in a while as big intercoastal waterway had the car sitting there right at the edge of the cursor waterway and the GPS goes forward 200 feet is trying to kill a man like howler something in 2001 me ask you question to. If you're out three corner working whatever and so my conceptions is you know what I don't. I don't know how to get where I'm going try to find this one location can is anyway you can help me what he saying that moment you know you going now you say here's how here's how you you find your way. As followers of Jesus say this is the way you need to go God has made it so simple and so plain in these offer to the class and if you've accepted that you get to tell other people verse seven. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die, yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.
This is an amazing part of her symptoms were like. Will God saw that innate spark of human goodness in me and decided to say no, he just loved. He doesn't need anything from me. He's got a self-contained self submission. Yet he still loves so this is a matter of Jesus died for some good people, not for a righteous person, not for a good person for an ungodly person, friend. You know for sure that your sins have been forgiven.
You can know right now only Jenna short, simple prayer simply telling God you're sorry and asking him to help you to live for him. God wants you to pray this prayer so much that he died to give you the opportunity and the ability to ask him to forgive you. Please pray this prayer with me out loud right now. Dear Jesus, I believe you died for me that I could be forgiven and I believe you were raised from the dead that I could have a new life not done wrong things I have sent and I'm sorry.
Please forgive me of all those things.
Please give me the power to live for you. All of my days in Jesus name, amen it friend of you prayed that prayer according to the Bible you've been forgiven you've been born again. Jesus said he would not turn anybody away who comes to him and he came for those people who knew they needed forgiveness.
Those who were sick, not the righteous to congratulations you just made the greatest decision that you will ever make. God bless you if this was your first time praying that prayer with pastor David we would love to hear from you. You can call us toll-free at 877-458-5508 to receive our first steps package with helpful resources to help you begin your walk with Christ. Also, if you been blessed by cross a bridge ministries would you consider supporting us with a financial gift when you call with your gift. Make sure to ask them about this month's special offer entitled know your future be immune to terrorism. This insightful teaching will fill you with hope and also help you understand the truth about Islam donate today and will send you a CD or DVD copy right away as a way of saying thank you for your support. Our number is 877-458-5508 677458508 or go online to cross a bridge.com. While there, take a moment to sign up for David's free email devotional or browser large library of teacher again.
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