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In this sermon, Pastor Vince Larson examines this hard saying of Jesus, that we must eat his flesh and drink his blood to have life in him. He discusses 3 things: 1) Why Jesus Said It 2) What He Meant By It 3) How We Can Apply It
What is your first reaction to Jesus’ words, “Deny yourself?” My guess is you feel you are being asked to miss out on life and not get what you want. Well, you are not alone is those feelings. Yet, in a closer look at how much benefit is found in doing this is a most worthy pursuit. It is truly part of the “Good news” and rescue from the many weaknesses and brokenness that we each have and operate from. As you study through the following Scriptures and reflections on this “deny yourself” statement, I ask you begin with the mindset that this is truly “good news” and then zero in on why. May God deliver each of us in a new way as we embrace this truth in a new way and appropriate it daily in our lives as part of His “Good news.”
What is Addiction? Addiction is the pursuit of pleasure or the avoidance of displeasure.
Has the Son Set You Free? 1. Who are you and what is your identity based on? (v33) 2. We are sinners enslaved to sin, and cut off from God’s family. (v34) 3. Jesus is the Son of God who can set us free. (vs35-38) 4. Believe and obey Jesus Christ: by faith & in the fellowship of His church. (vs31-32; John 1:1-18; 15:1-11; 21:15ff) Living in Christ’s Freedom 1. Live godly lives through the Holy Spirit’s power. (Gal 5 & Rom 8) 2. Live as a loving-unified church for the glory of God. (Rom 14:1 - 15:13) 3. Use our freedom to serve God and His gospel. (Heb 9:14; 1Cor 9)
This sermon examines what the Word of God says about how to Destroy (Pull Down) Stronholds.
Uncovering our past (sermons on 6/17 & 6/24) is not done simply to look into the past. It is done so that we might break free from what we have learned and been shaped by in order to live a life God desires us to live. Are you propelled by a pain that pushes you to action rather than controlled by a pain that makes you cower in fear?