Sunday, May 15, 2022

The Source of Christ's Ministry Power - Nathan Rages

This message explores one question: "Who was the source of the divine power displayed throughout Christ’s earthly ministry?"  

Although we might assume that His power came from the God the Father or by Christ drawing upon His own divine nature, the Bible actually teaches that Christ ministered *as a man* by the power of the *Holy Spirit*.  

These passages teach this truth: Isaiah 11:1-2, Isaiah 42:1, Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:16-21, Luke 3:21-22, John 1:32-33, John 3:34, Luke 4:1, Luke 4:14, Matthew 12:22-32, Acts 10:38, and Philippians 2:6-8.

Here are three reasons why this teaching is important:
1. It shows that our theology must be derived from Scripture alone.
2. It affects how we think about Christ.
3. It affects how we think about ourselves.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Are You Motivated by a Love Relationship with Jesus? - Nathan Rages

A personal relationship of loving trust in the Lord Jesus lies at the heart of Christian experience.  This sermon explores both the positive and negative sides of this reality.

Bible examples of those doing unusually difficult, extreme things because of the motivation of love:   
1. David's Mighty Men (2Sam. 23:13-17).
2. Mary's lavish outpouring (Mark 14:3-9).
3. Paul's whole ministry (2Cor 5:14).

Problems often caused by a defective trust in or love for Christ:
1. Unsuccessfully trying to get saved.
2. Lack of assurance. 
3. Intellectual unbelief.
4. Critical spirit.
5. Bitterness about trials.
6. Boredom in devotional activities.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Nehemiah's Big Ministry Lessons for our Church - Nathan Rages

In this capstone message for our 12-part preaching series through the first six chapters of Nehemiah, we summarize the six biggest lessons and how to apply them to our church -- particularly as we embrace future ministry opportunities:
1. Burdened leadership.
2. Personal sacrifice.
3. Unified workers.
4. Relentless opposition.
5. Constant prayer.
6. Ultimate joy.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Celebrating God's Accomplishments - Nathan Rages

In Neh. 6:15-16 and 12:27-43 we have the joyous conclusion to the Jerusalem wall-building project.  Those events can be summarized with these four concepts:
1. The SPEED of project completion.  (6:15)
2. The HUMILIATION of the enemies.  (6:16)
3. The PURITY of the worshippers.  (12:30)
4. The REJOICING in the Lord.  (12:27-43)

Sunday, April 10, 2022

7 Ways to Destroy a Good Leader - Nathan Rages

In Nehemiah 6:1-14, the enemies of God turn their attention completely on Nehemiah himself, attempting to destroy this good leader using the following seven tactics -- tactics which the Devil still uses against believers today:
1. Isolation (v2)
2. Distraction (v3)
3. Repetition (of temptations) (v4)
4. Slander (v5-8)
5. Fear (v9,13,14)
6. Bad advice (v10-14)
7. Irreverence (v10,13)

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Restoring Unity Among Believers - Nathan Rages

Nehemiah chapter 5 describes the greatest threat to the Jerusalem wall-building project: disunity among the Jewish people.  Through Nehemiah's wise leadership, God quickly and amazingly restored their unity.

1. The *problem* of disunity.
2. Nehemiah’s *response* to the disunity:
(a) His emotion
(b) His courage
(c) His persuasion
(d) His repentance
(e) His integrity

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Devote Yourselves to Prayer - Jon Beary

Col 4:2 "Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving"

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Help for Weary and Vulnerable Saints - Nathan Rages

In 4:7-23, Nehemiah confronts his toughest crisis yet when the Jews' enemies conspire to attack and kill the wall-builders, who have become weary and discouraged.  By God's grace, Nehemiah crafts a 5-part solution to overcome the challenges, all of which can be applied to ourselves.  

The Problem: Threatened attacks and extreme exhaustion.
The Solution:
1. Prayer
2. Watchfulness
3. Encouragement
4. Balance
5. Assistance

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Resisting Ridicule - Nathan Rages

As Nehemiah oversaw the rebuilding of the Jerusalem wall, he had to overcome various hindrances, the first of which was ridicule (Neh. 2:19-20, 4:1-6).

The Problem of Ridicule: 
a. Toward the wall-builders
b. Toward the Lord Jesus
c. Toward us today 
Ways to Respond Righteously to Ridicule:
a. Declaring absolute confidence in God.
b. Praying for vindication.
c. Persevering in the work.

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Lessons (About Serving Christ) from a Lengthy List of Long ago Laborers ...

Nehemiah chapter 3 is just a long listing of the people responsible for working on different sections of the Jerusalem wall.  Yet even this unusual passage contains many helpful lessons for believers as we serve the Lord today: 
1. Your service is holy.  
2. Your fellow-servers are diverse.
3. You usually serve best near home.
4. You need personal accountability. 
5. Your zeal is inspiring to others. 
6. Your service is remembered forever.

Sunday, February 27, 2022

How Christians Comfort Each Other - Nathan Rages

In 2Corinthians 1:3-7, the Apostle describes how Christians give comfort to each other, teaching these three main truths:
1. God Himself is our Comforter.
2. Those who’ve received God’s comfort can then give it to others.
3. This God-centered comfort will be effective.

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Motivating God's People to Do God's Work - Nathan Rages

In Nehemiah 2:16-18, this remarkable leader met with the influential men of Jerusalem to convince them to join him in the massive wall-building project.  In that meeting Nehemiah did four things which contributed greatly to his success -- things *we* can imitate to more effectively influence others toward righteous labor:  
1. He exposed the problem.
2. He identified himself with others. 
3. He pointed everyone to God. 
4. He called for specific, united action.

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Sunday, February 13, 2022

Diagnosis, Discretion, and Doing - Nathan Rages

Curiously, when Nehemiah arrived at Jerusalem he secretly inspected the city walls during the night.  His description of the inspection process (2:11-16) illustrates several major practical principles for us:
1. Diagnosis - getting a clear, firsthand understanding of the problem.
2. Discretion - being careful with communication and trust.
3. Doing - being ready to take action without being bogged-down by analysis.

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Celebrating a Special Collection - Nathan Rages

1Chron. 29:1-22 describes a special collection King David initiated for the construction of the Temple.  The successful collection was then followed by a worshipful celebration.  Throughout the passage, these four main things were happening: 
1. God was exalted (v1,10-13,16,18,20-22).
2. People were humbled (v14-16).
3. Hearts were revealed (v3,6,9,17-19).
4. Joy was expressed (v9,17,22).

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Seizing a New Ministry Opportunity - Nathan Rages

In Nehemiah's conversation with the King Artaxerxes in Neh. 2:1-8, he entered a major new sphere of service to God's people by doing these seven things: 
1. Excelling in his current position. 
2. Patiently waiting for God to open the door.
3. Admitting his fear of taking personal risk.
4. Submitting to God-ordained authority. 
5. Eagerly volunteering himself.
6. Developing definite plans. 
7. Seeing God work through him.

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Praying Powerfully by Praying Biblically - Nathan Rages

Nehemiah's powerful prayer (Neh. 1:5-11), which God wonderfully answered throughout the rest of the book, is recorded for us to learn from and imitate in our own prayer lives.  The prayer was:
1. God-centered.
2. Repentant.
3. Promise-pleading.
4. History-remembering.
5. Persistent.
6. Practical.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

A Heart Burdened for God's Cause - Nathan Rages

In Nehemiah 1:1-4 we see the burdened heart of this godly man and we consider these 5 aspects of his burden, making application to ourselves: 1. His burden was concerned with God’s glory. 2. His burden caused deep mourning. 3. His burden persisted despite his personal comforts. 4. His burden led to concentrated prayer and fasting. 5. His burden focused and guided his future work.

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Why We Baptize - Nathan Rages

Four reasons why we practice water baptism:
1. It’s commanded by the Lord Jesus.
2. It’s practiced in the New Testament.
3. It’s a public commitment to follow Christ for a lifetime.
4. It’s a symbol of our spiritual salvation.

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Reasons for Optimism this New Year - Nathan Rages

1. God does not change (Mal. 3:6, Jam. 1:17, Heb. 13:8, Ps. 100:5).  
2. God provides all needed resources (2Pet. 1:3, Eph. 1:3). 
3. God has a good plan for your life (Rom. 8:28, 5:3-5, Eph. 2:10).
4. God’s grace covers your failings (Jam. 3:2, Rom. 8:1, 1Jn. 1:9).
5. The Enemy is defeatable (Rev. 12:11, 2Cor. 10:3-4, Matt. 16:18).
6. Growth is always possible (2Cor. 3:18, Phil. 3:12-14, Ps. 92:14).