May 1, 2014
Does the Bible say that God has “absolute” foreknowledge? Is the future fixed? Is everything going to happen just as God already sees it, or do we actually have freedom to choose for ourselves what we will think, say, and do, and thus play a vital role in determining the future? Can we as human beings limit God Almighty, or is He in control?
How does speaking in tongues perfectly illustrate the reciprocal relationship God and Christ desire to have with each Christian? What did Jesus mean when he said we should be “yoked with him”? What does Scripture mean when it says that each Christian is a “fellow worker” with God and Christ? What rewards do we get for such work? Why is a Kairos moment better than a Kodak moment?
John Lynn will answer all these questions and more in the July 9 WWF. We must understand that the future is comprised of: (1) God’s planned events—made possible by the free will choices of Jesus, (2) Our free will choices, (3) His responses to our choices to involve Him in our lives. Don’t miss this stimulating presentation about being should-to-shoulder with Jesus Christ in the trenches of life.
May 1, 2014
What??? If that title seems self-contradictory, join us Wednesday evening and find out what it means. If we as Christians are to best serve others, we must first “take heed unto ourselves,” that is, honestly take stock of our own spirituality.
As the Head of the Body, our Lord Jesus has a very personal learning curriculum for each member in particular. He is constantly trying to draw us closer to him, teach us how to better represent him, and help us grow up in him. Developing intimacy with the Lord Jesus is paramount to our growth.
Like sunlight illumines every particle of dust in the air, so his loving Sonlight shines into every nook and cranny of our lives—if we invite him to do so. That includes both the deceitful nuances of our sin nature and the kaleidoscope of talent and ability each of us has. I AM the ONLY ME God has. Ditto for you. So let’s get serious about becoming like Christ.
The stirring comparison between Ezra 7:10 and 1 Timothy 4:16 shows us four principles of spiritual growth. You’ll love it!
May 1, 2014
Subtitle: The Magnitude of Being IN CHRIST
The relationship between God Almighty and His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, is absolutely vital to understand, and that is why for 2K years Satan has made it his #1 doctrinal target to distort and obscure. The Devil knows that if we correctly understand who God is and who His Son is, and how they love one another and relate to one another, it will enhance our own relationship with each of them and empower us to live for them.
One of the main goals in this teaching is to amplify WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST. The more we see the magnitude of who we are and what we have IN CHRIST, the more our faith will appropriate the riches of His glory.
The covenant contract, like a marriage, God made with Moses, the mediator between God and Israel, was thus extended to Israel, the Bride of Christ. We’ll see in 1 Corinthians that the Israelites were “baptized into Moses.” A covenant requires two parties, and apparently God wanted Moses to know with whom he was entering into this contract. Jesus is the Bridegroom to Israel, as the Hebrew Scriptures show. But he has no “covenant” with us, the Church. Instead, we are his Body, and thus ONE WITH and IN CHRIST. What we have is far beyond a covenant agreement.
As a member in particular of that One Body, you are permanently IN HIM and have the same rights and privileges that he earned by his obedience all the way to the Cross. IN JESUS, you are also named after your heavenly Father, and filled with His divine nature.
May 1, 2014
Statement of Mankind's Biggest Problem: DEATH. Solution: LIFE. Life begins with BIRTH. Birth begins with SEED. Jesus Christ is the Promised Seed. He is The Friend who came to deliver us from our mortal Enemy, DEATH.
By his free will choice to trust His Father all the way to the Cross, Jesus made it possible for God to raise him from the dead. Thus he became the first (and last—so far—there will be many more) man to conquer death. Jesus reversed the age-old pattern of life unto death. He started the "Resurrection Revolution," and he is recruiting other revolutionaries who want to follow in his steps.
Don't miss this "Christianity 101" teaching that explains why Jesus Christ had to die, and highlights the glory of what God did in breathing new life into his dead Son. The Word of God in this teaching will amplify your Hope of seeing your Lord face to face and being forever united with all those who have ever believed in him as their Lord.
May 1, 2014
The sub-title for this powerful and practical teaching is, "Whoa is Me!" If you plan to hear it, fasten your seat belt, because it may be a rough ride. We'll be going into the blackened hills of the human heart, which, in its old nature, is "deceitful above all things." Not to worry, however, because our Guide and Trail Boss is none other than the Savior from sin, Jesus Christ.
Statement of problem: Something's wrong with me, and that something is SIN. The Lord Jesus has freed us from the penalty of sin, but not from its power. Recognizing the sin that dwells in me, facing it, and going through it by dying to self, is the only way to more abundant life.
Like the Bible, each Christian is "the story of two Adams." If I don't face the first Adam, I won't recognize my daily need for the Last Adam. Each of us must desire to get in touch with the nuances of sin that hide within us, and that can begin with the humble prayer, "Search me…"
Here are two poignant quotes we will examine:
"Rooted deep within us is an inherent antagonism to a redemption accomplished by deep humility rather than by power and glory."
"Apart from sin, we have nothing to be ashamed of."
Hope you'll come along for the ride.
May 1, 2014
The title of this teaching is probably decoupaged or needlepointed on the wall of many homes, and for good reason. It is what our Lord Jesus Christ showed us by his sterling example of self-sacrifice.
This teaching could be sub-titled The Power of Love, because godly love is the greatest force there is to bring to pass the will of God on earth. We focus on the Greek word agape and center this teaching primarily in the fabulous epistle of 1 John.
Each of us is called to love as Jesus loved, and he is ready to teach us how to do that, if we are willing to walk the path of love he blazed for us. The more we do, the more our hearts sing with his joy and his peace.
May 1, 2014
Paul’s priceless epistles to Christians in the ancient world were often born out of his having visited their city and spent time pouring out his life to them. As such, there is a rich connection between the historical account of his previous visit and the letter he wrote by revelation. Such is the case with the Acts 16 record of his first visit to Philippi and the epistle he later wrote to them. In this teaching, John Lynn exposits Acts 16 and the first chapter of Philippians, from which the title for this teaching is taken.
Acts 16 is Hollywood blockbuster movie material, loaded with one poignant and powerful incident after another. Reading it shows how Paul and the fledgling believers there built such a heartfelt bond between them.
Paul’s Christ-inspired epistle to the Philippians was to guide them back to the doctrine in Ephesians after their behavioral deviation from how they should act based upon who they are in Christ. He encourages them to pursue the lofty goal of working out their salvation by pursuing the kind of maturity that is available to all Christians but attained by relatively few.
Despite the fact that Paul wrote from a jail cell in Rome not long before his death, the subject of joy runs through this epistle like a golden thread. You will be greatly uplifted by this exciting teaching.
May 1, 2014
The One True God is the God of PROMISE, and His Word is filled with "exceeding great and precious promises." Jesus Christ is God's greatest promise, and he alone would determine whether any of God's other promises to Israel would come true.
The future fulfillment of all those promises of God in the Hebrew Scriptures was riding upon the Son of Man's free will obedience to the blueprint for his life that God laid out for him from Genesis to Malachi. Every prophecy about what the Messiah would do, first as the Lamb of God and later as the Lion of Judah, was dependent upon Jesus choosing to obey God's "Master Plan" step by step.
And unbeknownst to Jesus, God's then-hidden-and-now revealed promises to the Christian Church also hinged on his willingness to walk the full length of the valley of decision. This teaching magnifies the unparalleled heroism of The Man who was The Plan because The First Man ran, and it will enhance your love for the Lord and your desire to be like him.
May 1, 2014
Since God destroyed the Tower of Babel and scattered the people of earth into different languages to confound their attempt to establish a godless one-world government, there has been no universal language, at least in terms of words. But there is a universal language, that is, something via which every human being who is remotely in touch with reality can connect with and identify with in everyone else, and that is SORROW.
To the extent that we recognize that our new birth enrolled us in The School of Sorrow, and determine to learn the lessons available therein, we can and will progressively move forward to new grades of intimacy with our Lord Jesus, the Man of Sorrows, who speaks that language better than any of us.
Are you currently going through a challenging, difficult, horrible, or excruciating time in your life? Actually, you can't really answer that now, because the pivotal preposition in that question is through. You may currently be in the wilderness, tunnel, crucible, or hurricane, but it is yet to be determined whether you will go through it. Many people don't—they give up and fall apart en route.
Contrary to much teaching among Christians, it is vital to understand that trials and tribulations do not automatically produce fruit in our lives. The key is how we respond to those trials. We must meet the trials of life with aggressive trust in our great big, wonderful Father and our loving Lord Jesus. This teaching will help every Christian learn to do exactly that.
May 1, 2014
Countless evangelists have preached on John 3:1–10, exhorting the unsaved to get "born again" as Jesus encouraged Nick O'Demus to do. But how could Nick be born again before Jesus had even died to pay the price for his sins? This misunderstanding is another example of Christians not understanding which parts of the Bible are written about them and which parts are written about Israel, past or future. What was Jesus really saying to Nick O'Demus, and how could he expect Nick to know about something that is absent from the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament)? Join us for a line-by-line, crystal clear explanation that will magnify the wonderful precision of God's matchless Word.
May 1, 2014
CAUTION: This teaching is only for Christians who REALLY want to put off the old man and put on the new man.
What is Jesus' job? To save us—that's why he's called "The Savior." Save us from what? Sin and death. How did he save us from sin and death? By dying. To what did he die? His self-will ("Not my will, but yours…"). This shows us that although Jesus had no sin nature, which as we will see is our main problem, he did have to subjugate his will to that of his Father. Jesus did not want to go through the horror that lay ahead of him, but his love for God and mankind prompted him to will to do so.
Just as it required Jesus to be crucified for our sins, so he will now help us crucify our flesh, that is, die to our self-will. How did it feel to Jesus to be crucified? Agonizing. He remembers that. How does it feel to us to crucify our flesh? Agonizing. But how did RESURRECTION feel to Jesus? Ditto for us!
This teaching shows the difference between "guilt" and "shame," as well as identifying some of the internal idols to which we too often bow: looking good, feeling good, being right, being in control. And how does that work? It doesn't, because an idol just stays idle when you call—and we are left alone. But when we cleave unto THE MAN, we are never alone.
May 1, 2014
In this teaching, John Lynn looks at the unique personality of the most human being who ever lived. We know from 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 that Satan's goal is always to obscure or distort the Son of God, who perfectly showed us the heart of God. Throughout the centuries, religion has in large part removed Jesus Christ from our reach by grossly diminishing his humanity and his heroism on our behalf. If you want deeper intimacy with the Lord Jesus, check out this teaching.
May 1, 2014
In this WWF, John Lynn is reprising his extremely popular (and humorous) teaching from 1991.
Given that the Devil is the "god of this age," and that he has millions of demons working for him with the goal of destroying Christians, it is most comforting to know that the Lord Jesus has assigned twice as many good spirit beings to protect and direct us. There countless ways to die daily, and we need help in the massive unseen spiritual battle raging around us.
John will answer five questions: What angels are not? What are angels? Where did they come from? How many are there? What are they doing? In four scintillating scriptural accounts, we will see how angels act as agents of God to serve Christians. And you might be able to hug one.
May 1, 2014
We know that God SO LOVED that He GAVE HIS SON, and that Jesus SO LOVED that he GAVE HIS LIFE. When your life is over, what will its storyline be? To what degree did your love for Jesus Christ motivate you to give your life for the one who died for you?
May 1, 2014
John Lynn sets forth what we as Christians should be expecting from the Devil, and, in light of that, what we should correspondingly expect from our God and our Lord. Too many Christians are being deceived by a short-term "health and wealth" gospel (the "more abundant life") that is out of touch with reality. Many whose unrealistic hopes have been dashed by the cruel reality of "life" have turned away from the Lord. Some have blamed God for not keeping His promises; some have blamed themselves for not having enough faith.
Consider the record of Job. He was a stalwart believer, and he got hammered. What did his friends say? "Come on, bro, you must have done something wrong? What's your secret sin? Are you tithing? Are you going to church?" In response, Job accurately maintained his righteousness. Of course he thought it was God who was afflicting him, and he did bug God about it, saying that if only he could present his case to Him, surely He'd knock it off. And what happened? God honored Job's faithfulness and mightily turned his situation around—partly in his lifetime and partly in the life to come when his first batch of kids will be resurrected.
Because they knew that this world under Satan's domination is hostile to godliness, both Jesus and Paul prepared their followers for short-term suffering and hardship that would bring them long-term rewards. We too must be prepared to live with PMS (Persecuted Minority Syndrome). As we do, we can still enjoy the more abundant life, which is first in our relationship with God and the Lord, and then in our relationships with our brethren in Christ.