Just as a person develops a reputation for his works and words, so a church is know by its reputation as well. It is certainly true that the Lord's perspective is often very different from ours. The Seven Churches of Revelation shows us how the Lord deals with Churches – how he encourages right behavior, confronts wrong and warns those Churches that fail to change.
Well, it’s now 2020, which begs the ocular question: What is your VISION of yourself and your ministry in the Body of Christ? Do you see yourself doing great things with the Lord this year? In this initial WWF teaching of the new year, John will take us to a number of relevant and provocative sections of Scripture, including 1 Kings 19, the record of Elijah temporarily losing his vision of who God made him to be and what God would do in working with him. God reminded him of the Big Picture, which is something each of us must keep in view.
With regard to God’s promises to mankind, Jesus Christ is how He “put it in writing,” so to speak. Or rather, how He put writing in flesh. But He had to have Jesus’ total commitment to His will. God made a request of His Son, and also many promises to him, chief among which was that He would raise Jesus from the dead. Because our Lord embraced the will of God, all the way to the Cross, ALL THE PROMISES OF GOD are wrapped up in him. Chief among those promises is his coming for us, which will not be an end, but the BEGINNING of something beyond our expectation, and without end.
You’ve no doubt heard that phrase from Nehemiah 8:10, and perhaps sung the catchy song by that title many times, but what is its context, what exactly does it mean, and how do you apply it? John did this simple and most edifying teaching several times on his recent Western trip, and it was so well received that we want to get it online for future reference.
How would you deal with a person who treated you the way that most Christians are taught that God treats them? For example, He can do anything He wants to do at any time, and He might suddenly decide to “call you home,” that is, end your life without your permission, that is, murder you. But don’t worry, because death is a friend that introduces you to Jesus. Short of that, He might just make you sick for years to test your faith or teach you some kind of lesson.
Beginning with the classic verse in Hebrews 11:6, this teaching cites the record of Elijah and the widow in 1 Kings 17 as a prime example of the often confusing language God uses in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), and why He does so. It will definitely help you to be totally assured that your Heavenly Father is always doing everything He can for you, and that He never “allows” anything bad to happen to you.
Probably more so than I’ve ever seen in my brief 76 years, there is a massive cultural assault on freedom of speech. Why? Because in the spiritual battle raging in the realm beyond our five senses and playing out in the world, the Enemy knows that those promoting his lies cannot defend them in an honest, civil verbal exchange, so, as he tried to do in the Bible, he must shut them up. I’m thankful that we live during WORD WAR 5, with the assurance that our salvation is permanent, that we are righteous in God’s sight, and that we have nothing to fear—except maybe fear itself.
As per Romans 10:14 (“And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”), somebody’s gotta say something! Now that we have been given the Word and the ministry of reconciling men to God, we are on a Treasure Hunt with God and the Lord Jesus, searching with them for humans who want spiritual Truth. Most of that treasure is buried, so we must learn how to get below the surface of people’s often gruff exteriors. Most of them are simply hurt, confused, hopeless, etc., and SELF-centered, because they do not know The One who will love and care for them far better than they can do for themselves.
A subtitle of this teaching could be Grace Unto Works. Much of the controversy about whether salvation is permanent misses the point that BIRTH and GROWTH are two totally different processes, with the former really being a one-time event. God does not get us “out of the soup” (“death unto life”) just so that we can spend the rest of our lives circling the rim of the bowl and worrying about falling back in with the soggy crackers.
God wants all men to both get saved AND acquire a thorough, experiential knowledge of His Truth that we practice daily. He saves and equips us to effectually represent Him and the Lord Jesus in this world.
This teaching is loaded with inspiring truths about how God’s amazing grace should motivate us to unreservedly live and work for Him—and the guarantee we have that He will reward us for so doing.
In Acts 17, while hanging out at Athens waiting for his pals Silas and Timbo, the apostle Paul encountered a gaggle of Greek philosophers who spent most of their time “listening to the latest ideas,” not unlike many people today. The way in which Paul masterfully presented God’s Truth to those steeped in paganism and godlessness gives us some keys to doing likewise in today’s increasingly “post-Christian” culture. We too are called to “contend for the faith” against competing ideologies designed to obscure the true Word of God.
This Wednesday, John will tie together this record with that in Acts 25/26 when Paul appeared before King Agrippa to plead his case, as it were. Once again, his testimony focused on the Resurrection of Christ, and was precise and provocative. In conjunction, John will share a few very pertinent excerpts from the ONE GOD & ONE LORD book about how God has made Himself knowable and not mysterious.
Do you remember your youthful family car trip(s) when you voiced those words? I’m guessing that the more you matured, the less often you asked that—partly because you came to realize how far the trip was and how long it would take. But mostly because as you matured, you developed increasing patience. Thus, we see is that patience—the ability to WAIT with eager expectancy—is tied to HOPE (the promised destination), and Hope is based upon our view of the character of the Promiser.
As per Hebrews 11:6, God is The Rewarder. Our trust in Him stems from the depth of our relationship with Him. That’s one reason why Satan’s primary goal is to besmirch God’s flawless character. Many of us are “control freaks,” but not God, despite contemporary Christian teaching. He never manipulates us, because His true love honors our free will, and He seeks to help us trust and obey Him. What current situations in your life are opportunities for you to apply these keys?
John Lynn will unpack some comforting and encouraging verses regarding what to do in agonizing circumstances when you may see no clear course of action.
It seems that expository, verse-by-verse teachings of sections of the Word of God are too rare in Christendom today. But clearly, for maximum learning and assimilation of His Truth, they are indispensable. Given the God-breathed content, they are also enlightening, stimulating, and provocative.
In one way, the Bible reads somewhat like a grocery list, as it speaks of milk, water, bread, meat, salt, fruit, and “let us.” Together, its ingredients give us a delicious recipe to “taste and see” how good it really is.
In this teaching, John Lynn will take us through 2 Corinthians 3:17—6:2, a veritable feast of biblical truth that contains vital knowledge and wisdom about a number of key issues.
In 2019, the Christian Church calendar celebrated Pentecost this month. The glorious truth of what happened on that day, as recorded in Acts 2, is unintentionally given short shrift by too many Christian teachers and their pupils, mainly because they have not been taught what parts of Scripture are written TO WHOM. You may know that 1 Corinthians 10:32 sets forth the only THREE kinds of people who have ever lived on the earth: Jews, Gentiles (non-Jews), and Christians. But mankind can also be divided into TWO groups: those who could not be born again of incorruptible seed” and those who could. And that monumental Day of Pentecost is the dividing line between the two.
John Lynn sets forth these truths, primarily focusing on John 3:1-10, a section that has been cited countless times in “evangelistic” sermons and crusades to get people saved. But, of course, no one could be “born again” until Pentecost, so what is that section really talking about, and can you thoroughly explain it (citing the relevant verses in Psalm 2, Isaiah 26, and Ezekiel 37) to someone seeking truth?
In the beginning, God created life. As life’s creator, He is invested in life, sustaining it and affirming it. The fact is, God was pro-life way before “pro-life” was a position one could support. All of life finds its source in God, and outside of God there is no life. With regards to mankind, He has committed himself in his son, Jesus Christ, in whom we find God’s way, God’s truth and God’s life. In this teaching Jon Touchstone explains how God is the creator of all life, and it is He alone who qualifies it.
Holy Courage is a requirement for EVERY Christian believer. There is no substitute. Our Lord Jesus exhibited this courage throughout his life and especially when he went to the cross for us. John and Peter, his disciples, in turn exhibited this same holy courage when they stood before the ruling class of Israel and defied their threatenings. We too exhorted to forsake our timid spirits and rise up in holy boldness for the Lord.
That’s the question we should ask ourselves when we read Acts 4:13 and see what even those who despised the apostles thought of them. In this teaching, John Lynn will exposit all of Acts 3 and 4, including references from the Hebrew Scriptures that the apostles used in their declaration of God’s Truth. This scintillating account of our brethren Peter and John doing exactly what you are now equipped to do—preach, teach, and heal—is LOADED with pertinent principles relevant to many aspects of our Christian walk.
The times in which we live are in many ways akin to the first century, when the stalwart followers of Jesus Christ boldly proclaimed his Name despite aggressive opposition. We are still fighting "WORD WAR 5," and this teaching will greatly encourage you to stand for our Lord in today’s “post-Truth” world.
There were two qualities that the scripture says characterizes the life and Ministry of Jesus Christ. Those two qualities are Grace and Truth. As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we too are supposed to walk in Grace and Truth. Sadly, in many cases contemporary Christianity either emphasizes Grace over truth or truth over Grace, to the injury of the Gospel. This teaching explores our need for both.
The cross means many things to many persons. Ultimately, it represents Jesus’s victory over sin. But Jesus was a man, and as scripture tells us, was called to endure the cross and despise the shame it represented. He was tempted in all points, just as all of us are, yet he never sinned. His endurance is an example to us all. In running the race of life, we not only look at the exaltation of Jesus at the end of his race, but the motivation he needed to get to the finish line.
Who are the Godly? Who are the ungodly? Scripture shows us a clear distinction between the two, and the wide differences they hold in both principle and practice. In this teaching we take a look at why our culture seems to maintain choosing the path of error, rather than the heavenly perspective God has proclaimed.
Have you ever seen the poster in a jail in an old western movie that says, “WANTED: DEAD and ALIVE”? No, because that would be ridiculous. In fact, there is perhaps no more stark contrast between two adjectives than the words “DEAD” and “ALIVE.” Think about the warmth and vitality of LIFE vs. the coldness, total silence and finality of DEATH—man’s mortal enemy.
In this teaching, most appropriate for the month in which we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, John Lynn will do a critical thinking critique of a Colson Report titled “Happy Lent. Seriously.” It is about our culture’s fear of mortality, and the lengths some people go in order to deny it. On the other hand, it seems that not many of our Christian brethren are aware of the truth that millions of us WILL NOT DIE. Thus too many for “all their lifetimes are subject to the fear of death.” Conversely, understanding what Jesus accomplished for us will negate any such fear and help us be “steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.”
Throughout the history of the Church, Christian Ministry has been defined in a variety of ways. While some ministries bring glory to God, others unfortunately bring disgrace. What does scripture say about true ministry?
This teaching looks at some of God's expectation for the minister, as well as those attributes that the true minister, Jesus Christ, exhibited in his earthy walk.
This teaching on Romans Chapter 9 looks at some thorny theological issues regarding God's predetermined will on salvation, asking the question, Does the bible teach that God in his sovereignty choose those who will be saved and those who will spend eternity in Hell?
Set in the electrifying context of Philippians 3, we find this most practical truth, and the theme verse for this teaching: “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me” (3:12).
Understanding the absolute assurance of our salvation is critical if we are to maximize our spiritual potential. It is perhaps the most pressing issue for many Christians, and one that few Bible teachers are accurately addressing for them. This WWF teaching makes clear the vital differences between Standing, Sonship, Birth & State, Fellowship, and Behavior.
Like you, we have no idea when our Lord Jesus is coming for us, and, like you, we want to leave behind a legacy for future generations. We’ll look at what that means, as well as what it means to be a catalyst for change in another person’s life.