Sunday, October 31, 2021

Jesus' Fearful Warnings - Nathan Rages

In this concluding sermon to our series on Jesus' Greatest Sayings, we survey our Lord's strongest *warnings* in six areas:
1. JUDGEMENT: He will judge everyone when He returns. Matt. 25:31-46 plus Matt. 11:23-24,12:36; Luke 12:2.  
2. HELL: He will send every non-Christian to Hell. Matt. 13:40-42 plus Matt. 25:30,41,46; Mark 9:47-48; Luke 12:4-5,16:23-24. 
3. CONVERSION: All without repentance and faith will perish. Luke 13:1-5 plus John 8:24.
4. DECEPTION: Many people are deceived about their salvation. Matt. 7:21-23 plus Matt. 22:11-14. 
5. UNFORGIVENESS: Unforgiving people won’t be forgiven by God. Matt. 6:12-15 plus Matt 5:7,18:21-35; Mark 11:25; Luke 6:36-37.
6. PHARISAISM: Hypocritical religionists are cursed. Matt. 23.

Personal applications:
1. Examine yourself first.
2. Let the warnings send you to Christ.
3. View others with compassion.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

The Rewards of Walking by Faith - Nathan Rages

Last week's sermon was about the "riskiness" of living by faith in God; this week's is about the flip side, the great REWARDS of such a life:
1. Keeps us humble. Prov. 3:5
2. Prompts constant prayer. Psalm 55:16-18
3. Prioritizes Bible promises. Heb. 6:12
4. Builds endurance. James 1:2-4
5. Overcomes the world. 1John 5:4-5
6. Encourages fellowship with believers. Rom. 1:11-12
7. Produces inner peace. Isaiah 26:3-4
8. Fills us with joy. Psalm 5:11
9. Brings glory to God. Rom. 4:20-21
10. Draws us nearer to God Himself. Heb. 11:6

Sunday, October 17, 2021

The Riskiness of Walking by Faith - Nathan Rages

A survey of thirteen Bible characters whose faith in God resulted in actions that appeared "risky": 
1. Noah - Genesis 6. 
2. Abraham - Genesis 12 and 22; Hebrews 11:8,19.
3. Moses - Exodus 2; Hebrews 11:24-27. 
4. Rahab - Joshua 2,6; Hebrews 11:31.
5. Ruth - Ruth 1.
6. Gideon - Judges 7.
7. Jonathan - 1Samuel 14.
8. David - 1Samuel 17.
9. Daniel - Daniel 6.
10. Daniel’s Friends - Daniel 3, Hebrews 11:35-38.
11. Esther - Esther 4.
12. Peter - Matthew 14.
13. Jesus - Luke 21:2-4; Matthew 13:44-46, 25:14-30; 1Peter 2:23; Hebrews 12:2.

Observations from this study:
1. These are not examples of “blind" faith.  
2. These are not examples of reckless presumption.
3. These believers were actually safest when their actions appeared most risky.
4. We'll have similarly challenging tests ourselves.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Sunday October 10th Worship Meeting Location

Because most Redeeming Grace Church members will be participating in the Fall Fellowship Camp, October 7-10, the worship service on Sunday the 10th will be held at the chapel of the Turkey Hill Ranch Campground near Freeburg, MO at 10:00am, with lunch served afterwards.  Anyone is welcome to join the meeting at the Campground.  Our regular weekly schedule will resume, Lord willing, after the Camp.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Jesus' Wonderful Promises to Believers - Nathan Rages

1. You’ll be helped by the indwelling Holy Spirit. “...He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;” (John 14:16)
2. You’ll enjoy fellowship with the Father and the Son. “...we will come to him and make Our abode with him.” (John 14:21-23)
3. Your prayers will be answered. “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:13-14) 
4. Your work will be successful.  “...the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do...” (John 14:12) 
5. You’ll have authority over Satanic powers. “...I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy...” (Luke 10:17-19)
6. Your sacrifices will be rewarded. “ to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.” (Matt. 10:41-42)
7. You’ll be with Christ forever in heaven. “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3)