The Doulos Mandate series #6 – Joyous Slavery

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This final message of the series recaps the essential themes of the series and highlights the way in which the paradoxes of slavery to Christ transform a negative thing into a thing of joy.

 

A Must Read series #8: Chapter 7: Bathwater Spirituality

message title:  Chapter 7: Bathwater Spirituality

message text: Revelation 3:14-22

message date: 05.23.10

These days it seems that everyone has a strategy, opinion, plan, or formula for how the church should look and operate.  However, only one voice really matters, the voice of the one who gave His life for the church, Jesus Christ.  The book of Revelation contains 7 letters to 7 churches in which God tells us what His church should look like in order to reflect His image.  He shares what to avoid and what to embrace as we reveal the image or our glorious Groom, Jesus Christ.  The church at Laodicea was a church that had become self-sufficient and useless to God, thereby turning His stomach.  From their legacy we can learn that to be a follower of Jesus Christ means to be dependent on and useful to Jesus Christ.

 

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A Must Read series #7: “Chapter 6: Doors of Opportunity”

message title: Chapter 6: Doors of Opportunity

message text: Revelation 3:7-13

message date: 05.16.10

These days it seems that everyone has a strategy, opinion, plan, or formula for how the church should look and operate.  However, only one voice really matters, the voice of the one who gave His life for the church, Jesus Christ.  The book of Revelation contains 7 letters to 7 churches in which God tells us what His church should look like in order to reflect His image.  He shares what to avoid and what to embrace as we reveal the image or our glorious Groom, Jesus Christ.  The church at Philadelphia had a unique opportunity to be a gateway to the gospel for the city and surrounding cities.  From this church we learn that God will open doors of opportunity for us to spread the gospel and we must be zealous about taking full advantage of those opportunities.

 

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A Must Read series #6: “Chapter Five: Sleepwalking

message title: Chapter Five: Sleepwalking

message text: Revelation 3:1-6

message date: 05.09.10

These days it seems that everyone has a strategy, opinion, plan, or formula for how the church should look and operate.  However, only one voice really matters, the voice of the one who gave His life for the church, Jesus Christ.  The book of Revelation contains 7 letters to 7 churches in which God tells us what His church should look like in order to reflect His image.  He shares what to avoid and what to embrace as we reveal the image or our glorious Groom, Jesus Christ.  The church at Sardis was a church that appeared alive to everyone except for God.  His verdict was they were dead and therefore, in order to experience His life they must risk everything to awaken renewed life in the Spirit.

 

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“A Must Read” series #4: Chapter Three: Unholy Accommodation

message title: Chapter Three: Unholy Accommodation

message text: Revelation 2:12-17

message date: 04.11.10

These days it seems that everyone has a strategy, opinion, plan, or formula for how the church should look and operate.  However, only one voice really matters, the voice of the one who gave His life for the church, Jesus Christ.  The book of Revelation contains 7 letters to 7 churches in which God tells us what His church should look like in order to reflect His image.  He shares what to avoid and what to embrace as we reveal the image or our glorious Groom, Jesus Christ.  The church at Thyatira was a church that was standing strong against a full frontal attack by the enemy, Satan, but they were struggling to lock arms and guard the subtle flank and rear attacks of the enemy that were bringing compromise into the lives of many in the church.  The lesson we can learn is that resisting stumbling blocks in our daily walk with Christ is a community effort.

 

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“A Must Read” series #3: Chapter Two: A Rich Poor People

message title: Chapter Two: A Rich Poor People

message text: Revelation 2:8-11

message date: 03.21.10

These days it seems that everyone has a strategy, opinion, plan, or formula for how the church should look and operate.  However, only one voice really matters, the voice of the one who gave His life for the church, Jesus Christ.  The book of Revelation contains 7 letters to 7 churches in which God tells us what His church should look like in order to reflect His image.  He shares what to avoid and what to embrace as we reveal the image or our glorious Groom, Jesus Christ.  The church at Smyrna was a church that knew hard times and in His letter to them Jesus informs them that things are getting worse.  Yet, Jesus has only praise for this church facing such persecution calling them rich even though they are poor.  Following Jesus has its price and its reward, and we are richest when we cling to Christ no matter what the cost.

 

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“a must read” series #2: chapter one: a heart two sizes too small

message title:  Chapter 1: A Heart Two Sizes too Small

message text: Revelation 2:1-7

message date: 03.14.10

These days it seems that everyone has a strategy, opinion, plan, or formula for how the church should look and operate.  However, only one voice really matters, the voice of the one who gave His life for the church, Jesus Christ.  The book of Revelation contains 7 letters to 7 churches in which God tells us what His church should look like in order to reflect His image.  He shares what to avoid and what to embrace as we reveal the image or our glorious Groom, Jesus Christ.   Jesus words to the church of Ephesus include encouragement and correction.  The bottom line is that if we abandon love then our right practice and right beliefs become mechanical and merciless.

 

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“a must read” series #1: introduction: a message from the Almighty

message title:  Introduction: A Message from the Almighty

message text: Revelation 1

message date: 03.07.10

These days it seems that everyone has a strategy, opinion, plan, or formula for how the church should look and operate.  However, only one voice really matters, the voice of the one who gave His life for the church, Jesus Christ.  The book of Revelation contains 7 letters to 7 churches in which God tells us what His church should look like in order to reflect His image.  He shares what to avoid and what to embrace as we reveal the image or our glorious Groom, Jesus Christ.  This first message is a word of encouragement that Jesus Christ is presently standing among His church speaking and acting.  It is also a call for his followers to be sure to listen and heed his voice.

 

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The core series #5: Final Verdict

thecoremessage title: Final Verdict

message text: Revelation 20:11-15

message date:  November 1, 2009

Our faith is built upon non-negotiables, that if compromised erode our evangelical foundation.  One of these non-negotiables is the reality that all mankind will be given the opportunity to have their lives judged according to what we have done.