God, the Author of life, designed man to live it looking up to Him for all good things. Satan, God's enemy, constantly tries to get people to focus on the circumstances around them and/or the weaknesses within them. The way we look to God is to focus on the written Word, which makes known Jesus Christ, the living Word.
This is an enlightening exposition of one of the most critical and most misunderstood aspects of the Christian "faith." Despite much theology to the contrary, God is not running a giant puppet show, but rather works with us in a reciprocal relationship, and faith is the simplest thing He could require of us. Without faith on our part, God cannot do what only He as God can do. But when our "say-so" lines up with His "say-so" (His promises), Cha-ching!
Jesus Christ separates Christianity from "religion" because he showed the world that God wants genuine, reciprocal RELATIONSHIP with human beings, to the end that we "co-labor-ate" with Him in achieving as many of His goals for mankind as possible. If, in regard to the untruths Satan promotes, we ask, "Why the lie?", and let Scripture answer the question, we will discover the practical disadvantage to our lives that comes from believing the lies.
One of the most critical, and most misunderstood, topics in Christianity today is "the Holy Spirit." Very few Christians understand the difference between (1) God, the Giver, the "Holy Spirit" and (2) the gift of holy spirit that He gives each person at the moment he is born again. This has led to rampant confusion in Christendom, with harmful effects to many sincere believers. The gift of holy spirit is not only a Christian's guarantee of everlasting life in the age to come, it is also his power source for living in this fallen world. This teaching answers all the above questions about this vital subject.
The Thessalonian church was born amidst great conflict during Paul's brief stay recorded in Acts 16. His ensuing letters to the brethren there are filled with great heart and pathos based upon the camaraderie he shared with them, even after being with them only a short while--21 days max. To give them hope, Paul addresses the critical topic of the coming again of Jesus Christ, and in so doing debunks some of the same errors still being taught in the Church today. He clearly delineates between the coming of Christ in the air FOR all Christians (the "Rapture") and the coming of Christ to the earth WITH all Christians at the end of the Tribulation and the beginning of the Millennial Kingdom. He plainly shows that the Christian Church, the Body of Christ, is now blocking the Anti-Christ from rising to power on the earth, and that Christ's rescue of all Christians must occur before that terrible time.
Jesus Christ is the lynchpin of God's plan to save all men who choose life over death. As such, he had to step into the abyss of death and trust God to raise him to everlasting life. Jesus based his trust upon the written revelation of the Old Testament, where he learned who he was, what his mission was, and what he would receive for carrying it out. Because Jesus faced and conquered death, He will one day raise from death unto life all those who have believed in him as the Redeemer of mankind. In the meantime, he is the Head of a worldwide Body of believers, each equipped to leave an impact similar to his own.
To what degree Jake and Elwood Blues were "on a mission from God" is suspect, but there is no question that the Body of Christ, composed of every Christian on earth, is on a mission from God. What is that mission, as defined by God and Christ, and how do we carry it out? This teaching elaborates upon two general "mission statements" given us by Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul, and three more specific ones from the same source, as found in Paul's epistles. We will see how those three correspond to the essential doctrines of the Christian faith and to the triumvirate of faith, hope, and love. Has the Christian Church successfully carried out its mission, or has Satan so distorted its understanding of these critical doctrines to the degree that the vast majority of people on earth have yet to hear the Good News in its purest form? Tune in and find out.
Is the thought of death far and away the most repulsive thing you can think of? If not, you might want to re-consider your definition of that surprisingly misunderstood word. You might want to look more deeply into what GOD says about it, given that His favorite bumper sticker is the one we sell in our online store: DEATH SUCKS!
Jesus Christ was mortified by the thought of death, especially his own. That’s why he so agonized in Gethsemane. He realized that if he gave up his life and stepped into the bottomless abyss of death, he would no longer exist, unless God kept His promise to raise him from the dead. AND HE DID!
Early on, Satan offered mankind his definition of death: “No such thing” (Gen. 3:4). Sad to say, his original lie is “alive and well” in Christianity today, so much so that world-famous Christian leaders refer to death as a “graduation” or “going home to be with the Lord.” In fact, there is more “passing” going on at funeral parlors than in the NFL. Speaking of sports, athletic events often hinge upon which competitors’ dead relatives can provide them the most help, and you often see athletes pointing upward to thank them after a key play.
How and why does Satan’s original lie in Genesis minimize the accomplishments of Jesus Christ and dilute the glory of resurrection life? What are the practical consequences of believing that lie? How are the words “heaven” and “hell” used in the Bible? How does Hell actually freeze over? Join us for this enlightening and enriching teaching!
Jesus Christ is the subject of the Bible from Genesis 3:15 to Revelation 22:21, but there are only four sections that could be called “biographical.” Actually, they are auto-biographical, as it was he who by revelation gave his four friends what he wanted them to say about his unique life.
Only in “The Four Gospels” do Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John take us up close and personal with The Man of God’s dreams, and ours. Thus it behooves us to study these records diligently, expecting our Lord Jesus to make himself known to us just as he did for those who walked and talked with him.
Why are there four different accounts of Christ’s life? What facet of Jesus’ life does each one emphasize? What is the key Hebrew word in the Old Testament that unlocks the answer to those questions?
As the announcer introducing each 1950’s TV episode of The Lone Ranger used to say, “Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear.” Well, Jesus Christ was the true “Lone Ranger,” and as John Lynn expounds upon excerpts from each of the Gospels, your heart will be thrilled as the exploits of the Son of God come alive for you.
This teaching is money. It magnifies Jesus Christ, The Living Truth, who is your one and only true love, your everlasting Valentine. It was Jesus who defined love for mankind by showing us what he learned from his Father, God, who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.
- What does the Bible say about the relationship between God and Jesus?
- How was Jesus’ earthly ministry a “preview of coming attractions”?
- Why in the Old Testament does God refer to men (including His coming Son) as “gods”?
- Who will raise from the dead all people who have ever lived, judge them all, destroy the wicked, and bring to earth a restored Paradise—God or Jesus?
- How many times is the word “Lord” used in the Church Epistles, and how often does it refer to God?
- Why is Jesus God’s favorite subject?
- What is Jesus doing now, as “Lord” and Head of the Body, the Church? All these questions, and more, are answered in this thrilling exposition of the precision and magnificence of God’s wonderful Word.
The epistle to the “Hebrews” was written early on to formerly Jewish converts to Christianity. God’s goal was to show the Jews that the promised Messiah in the Old Testament had to suffer and die, and that Jesus of Nazareth was The Man of whom all the Messianic prophecies spoke.
As we go through some fabulous excerpts in Hebrews, we’ll see the focus on JESUS CHRIST as the perfect reflection of God’s heart, the supreme sacrifice, the mediator of a better covenant to Israel (and the high priest thereof), the ultimate example of faith, and the one who will help us stand for God amidst the trials of life.
The epistle to the Hebrews begins and ends with Jesus Christ, the Captain of our salvation. He is the one we follow to achieve maturity through faith-full obedience to the will of God no matter the circumstances or the cost. That is the theme of this teaching.
Jesus Christ is The Man, the Lover of our souls, our Player/Coach, our Mentor in the art of faith, and our CAPTAIN. He is the Lord of our past, our present, and our future. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
On the eve of his birthday (and that of Sesame Street—seriously), John Lynn shared this teaching about the immeasurable significance of each human being in the Body of Christ, and the potential of each to be a human doing great things with the Lord.
Since the dawn of time, what happened on the day you were born had never happened before, and will never happen again. Of all the billions of people who have lived, are living, or will live, YOU are the only you ever. You came into existence with a clean slate on which to write the story of your YOU-nique life. As a Christian, YOU are the only you God has.
What is a birthday? New life! Amazing possibilities. Every saint and every sinner began as a helpless baby, subject to nature (genetic proclivity) and nurture (family environment). The Father, God, looks on each new life with great hope, knowing that no matter what one’s initial disadvantages are, that free-will, created-in-the-image-of-God human being has the opportunity to choose LIFE and thus tap into his true potential.
Near the end of the teaching, John reads Romans 16, a chapter seldom taught. Containing 37 believers' names, it is Paul's "Facebook page." This teaching will help you see God’s vision for your YOU-nique life, your significance in the Body of Christ, and how to work with Him to bring that to pass. You can leave your footprints in the sands of His-story.
In this teaching, John Lynn will go into the Word of God for an expose of our heavenly Father’s archenemy, the spirit being known by many names in Scripture, and to most people as “the Devil” or “Satan.” We will see four lies that Satan has very successfully gotten most people to believe, beginning with the big one: he doesn’t exist. Of course, that leaves God as the one responsible for tragedy and suffering.