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Sermons from White Oak Baptist Church
White Oak Baptist Church
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Total Sermons: 159
Total Amens: 9
The Ephesian Church began a journey with God and Paul prayed for them to have a spirit of wisdom and revelation, to know deeper their understanding of the glorious Father, to know the hope of their calling. What a prayer! When is the last time we prayed in such a way as a church? Pastor Michael challenges us to pray and ask for the Lord for wisdom and revelation to take your faith and understanding to a deeper level than where you are now in your walk with God.
Why does God allow difficult times to happen as a nation, as a church, as an individual? Where are you right now in life? Do you feel you are in the midst of a storm? Does it seem like the world is closing in on you? Are difficult times happening? Do you feel the sentence of death? Do you despair life? Pastor Michael takes a look at the life of Paul and shares how we can have hope in difficult times.
When someone says “I’m a Christian” what does it truly mean? Brennan Manning said, "The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips then walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyles. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable." I don’t think the single cause of atheism in the world today is the lifestyle of the Christian. I think the single cause of atheism in the world today is the lifestyle of people who think they are Christians. The world, especially America, is filled with people who claim to be Christian but their claim has no validity or credibility.
What have we suffered for being Christian? Have we been beaten? Have we lost property or rights or been imprisoned? Have we ever been told not to speak in the Name of Christ? Not to read our Bibles or to burn them? Not to become a Christian? If you were faced with persecution, suffering or martyrdom for being “Christian”, would you be ashamed and deny it, or would you be unashamed and praise God you bear the Name?
In America, about 85% of adults identify themselves as Christian and 33% of the world's population is considered to be Christian. When the world looks at your character, your standards, your beliefs, your daily ways and lifestyle-do they see a Christian, a representation of Christ, or do they see someone who needs to change their name? Pastor Michael teaches how over time, the word “Christian” has lost a great deal of its significance and is often used of someone who is religious or has high moral values but who may or may not be a true follower of Jesus Christ.