Bible Text: Revelation 5:1-14 | Preacher: Dr. George A. Mulford | Series: Revelation: Behold He Comes! In our text this evening, the apostle John pulls back the curtain to give us a glimpse of our eternal home. Here, we discover that Jesus Christ will still be our focus in eternity. This rare glimpse of Heaven displays the victory of the Lamb who was slain.
Bible Text: Romans 8:12-17 | Preacher: Dr. George A. Mulford | Series: Romans: The Gospel of God's Grace I wish I could say as some universalists and secular humanists do that we are all the children of God, but it's just not so. The Bible never teaches the universal fatherhood of God and brotherhood of man. Not every person on Earth is in the family of God. If the universalists were correct, Jesus would never have said, "If God were your father, you would love me" (John 8:42), or what He told the Pharisees, that they were of their father, the devil (John 8:44). The Bible says we are the children of wrath and the children of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2-3). We are not by nature the children of God, but we can be adopted into the family of God by receiving Jesus Christ as Savior. Our text this morning talks about what it means to live in God's family.
Bible Text: Romans 8:5-11 | Preacher: Dr. George A. Mulford | Series: Romans: The Gospel of God's Grace If you could think of the Bible as a mountain range, then the book of Romans would be the Himalayas and Chapter 8 would be Mount Everest, towering over the rest of Scripture, because this chapter gives us the key to living a victorious Christian life. In the first seven chapters of Romans, the Holy Spirit is mentioned only once (Romans 1:4), but in Chapter 8, the Holy Spirit is referred to 19 times. In our text today, Paul explains how our mindset determines our lifestyle, and the key concepts in this chapter are "Two Kinds and Two Minds," two kinds of people and two different minds. So, if you are struggling in your Christian walk, I challenge you to read Romans Chapter 8 every morning for one month, and at the end of 30 days, see how it has made a difference in your life.
Bible Text: Romans 8:1-4 | Preacher: Dr. George A. Mulford | Series: Romans: The Gospel of God's Grace Chapter 8 of Romans is one of the all-time great chapters of the Bible, along with Psalm 23, Isaiah 53, John 3, Hebrews 11, and many others. This chapter is all about experiencing new life, living in the fullness of the power of the Holy Spirit. Those who know Jesus Christ as Savior can make four wonderful affirmations. So, let's take a look at those in our text for today.
Bible Text: Revelation 4:1-11 | Preacher: Dr. George A. Mulford | Series: Revelation: Behold He Comes! Seldom has the veil of Heaven been drawn back, enabling us to see that place of God's abode, the third heaven, which is the farthest atmosphere beyond the first heaven where birds fly and the second heaven where the constellations and galaxies are located. Scientists estimate that, to go from one end of our galaxy, the Milky Way, to the other would take 100,000 years traveling at the speed of light, which is 186,000 miles per second. It boggles the mind to think of the expanse of the universe, and in our text tonight, we'll see the clearest picture based on what the Bible tells us of what Heaven will be when we get there.
Bible Text: Romans 7:14-25 | Preacher: Dr. George A. Mulford | Series: Romans: The Gospel of God's Grace I've been the pastor here for almost 25 years, but there's one member of this church who has given me more trouble than anybody else. I stay angry at him most of the time, and he just makes me miserable. So this morning I want to identify him and ask him to stand up... but he's already standing because I'm talking about myself! While I do want to be a great person and a great pastor, sometimes my performance doesn't match my desire. You see, I've got a sin nature that I still struggle with even though I'm a Christian. If you do not, then maybe you've got a secret that the apostle Paul and I have not learned. Our passage today gives us the portrait of a maturing Christian, and if we are honest, I think most of us would say we can identify with everything Paul says here in these verses.
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.