Bible Text: Revelation 4:1 | Preacher: Dr. George A. Mulford | Series: Revelation: Behold He Comes! Chapter 4 of Revelation takes us into the very throne room of Heaven where we can see ourselves and what we will be doing when we arrived in our Heavenly home. Revelation 4:1 is a very special verse. In fact, if you don't understand this verse, you will have some difficulty understanding the rest of the book. I believe this verse talks about the day we leave this world together. Let's see how the writer uses this verse as the foundation on which the rest of the book is built.
Bible Text: Romans 7:7-13 | Preacher: Dr. George A. Mulford | Series: Romans: The Gospel of God's Grace As we go through the book of Romans, we should remember that Paul is developing an argument that develops over several chapters. That's why we need to understand the entire context. In Chapter 7, Paul is talking about the Law. Before a person is saved, it's like they are married to the Law. Remember, Mr. Law is a tough husband. He demands perfection, but he never compliments and he never forgives. When we are saved, we are released from the Law, and we have a wonderful union with Christ that's like a marriage. In today's passage, we learn about Paul's life before he came to know Jesus. He takes us back to a time when the Law ruled everything he did and said and he shares with us what he learned about the Law of God. It isn't pretty, but it's something that every one of us needs to hear.
Bible Text: Revelation 3:14-22 | Preacher: Dr. George A. Mulford | Series: Revelation: Behold He Comes! Laodicea was a wealthy, self-sufficient city, but today, there is practically nothing left of it. It was known as a wealth and commerce center, a fashion center, and a pharmaceutical center where it produced an eye salve. Tonight, we look at our Lord's letter to Laodicea which had only words of condemnation and warning. This church received not a single word of commendation as contrasted with the church in Philadelphia which was just the opposite. This letter is particularly relevant today because churches like Laodicea and people who call themselves Christians but have a Laodicean mentality can be found everywhere. This was a church that made God sick. It was only lukewarm with its compromise and self-sufficiency, leaving God out. Has there ever been a time when you loved the Lord more than you do now? When you served Him more fervently? When you cared more for Jesus than you do today? The Lord's warning in this letter is a warning to us today: Be zealous and repent.
Bible Text: Romans 7:1-6 | Preacher: Dr. George A. Mulford | Series: Romans: The Gospel of God's Grace In our text this morning, Paul is trying to get us to understand the relationship of our lives to the Law and sin. He is trying to make clear that we, as believers, are dead to the Law. In the last verses of Chapter 6, Paul used the analogy of slavery to teach us that, in Christ, we are no longer under the old master of sin and death. We have a new master, the Lord, Jesus Christ. Now Paul moves to the analogy of the relationship of husband and wife and marriage as the picture of our new relationship to Jesus. Before we were saved, we were married to the Law. The Law condemned us and told us we were no good, but now we are married to Christ. We have been freed from the Law. Spiritually speaking, we're either married to the law or we're married to the Lord. That's the analogy Paul is using here. What he's saying here is not necessarily about marriage, but he's talking about the Christian life and using marriage as an analogy.
Bible Text: Romans 6:15-23 | Preacher: Dr. George A. Mulford | Series: Romans: The Gospel of God's Grace In our passage today, the apostle Paul uses the issue of slavery to illustrate how sometimes people are in bondage to sin and Christians need to be in servitude to God. When we think of slavery, we usually think of antebellum slavery in the South, which is offensive in our modern minds. But Paul was writing about slavery in a different context. Are you surprised to know there are slaves in this very room today? The only difference is in the master whom we serve. Paul said we used to be slaves to sin; now, we are slaves to the Lord Jesus Christ. The truth is we will continue to be slaves for all of our lives, but we have a choice whom we will serve. So, this morning, I want you to be able to see clearly which master you are serving and to have the opportunity to change masters today if you're serving the wrong one.
Bible Text: Isaiah 43:19 | Preacher: Seth T. Mulford When we look back over our previous year, we might be thinking it's the best ever or maybe we're just glad it's over. But I think we all understand that we serve a God of the impossible and that, while we are limited and finite, He is limitless and infinite in time and space and power. This is a great verse that reminds us of the power of our God and that there is nothing He cannot do.
Bible Text: II Timothy 3:16-17 | Preacher: Seth T. Mulford Most of you are already familiar with our Scripture for today, and it may not jump out at you, but, hopefully, the message this morning will whet your appetite for a hunger and thirst for God's Word. Many times Christians claim to be Spirit-filled, but they aren't really Word-filled. People are sometimes clueless about what is or isn't in God's Word. Just like when the US president said, "The Good Book says you ought not to throw stones in glass houses." Well, that's not in the Good Book. Or like the megachurch pastor who said in an interview on TV that he didn't really know if Jesus and Lucifer were brothers because he hadn't studied it. So, today, we will look at what it means to be Word-filled Christians.