The Master’s Class, Summit Church
JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD (John 8:12-24)

JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD (John 8:12-24)

May 27, 2019

When Bible talks about Jesus being the light of the world it has several meanings, but essentially it means that Jesus is God. Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the light of the world? If not, then how long have you been rejecting Jesus as the light of the world? How many times do you believe that the Holy Spirit will stand knocking on the door of your heart asking to come in? Everyone wants to believe they have forever to decide about Jesus, but the truth is, that there comes a time in everyone’s life when their refusal to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, becomes final, and the Holy Spirit walks away never to return. When this happens, the eternal destiny of that person is sealed forever.

Click on the link below to hear a message on how Jesus is the light of the world, and how the rejection of that truth will cause God to leave you to die in your sins.

Amen.

ARE YOU THIRSTY? PART 1 (John 37-39)

ARE YOU THIRSTY? PART 1 (John 37-39)

May 5, 2019

Let me start by asking a question, how important is religion in your life? You see, I would say that religion is really only a small part of my life. I come to church on Sunday and participate in the form and the structure of a typical Protestant church. Certainly, there are differences in the religious rituals that are performed between the different Christian religions, but there are some basic similarities as well. Now, I am no expert on all Christian religions, but there is generally a sanctuary where everyone meets, there will be some music, some Bible verses read, and some preaching of one kind or another. The music may be contemporary, or it may be traditional hymns. It could be lively, with a bunch of dancing and shouting, or it could be almost silent whispers. The preaching may be fire and brimstone, or much more formal. It could be topical in nature, or it could be expository in nature. It could be entertaining, or it could be a real snoozer. Hopefully, it is someplace in the middle, but I have to admit that I have slept through a good share of the services I have been in. While there are differences, the basic building blocks of a worship service are all there in one form or another.

So, let me ask that question again, but just a little differently, how important is the style of the religion to you? How important are the traditions that created that style to you? How important are the rituals that are performed in that service to you?

Now, most people don't need more religion. We've got enough religion. What we need is a personal, vital relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of God. What we need is true salvation with joy. We need to draw water from the wells of salvation.

Click on the link below to hear a message on how we should stop enduring religion. You need to ask yourself, why do you come to church on Sunday? Do you come to be blessed, or do you come to bless others? The importance of that answer is critical to your attitude as you walk into the doors of your church. Are you coming as a taker, or as a giver? Are you coming to check the box of obedience, or are you coming as a servant?

Are you thirsty?

Amen.

THE SOURCE OF POWER IN A CHRISTIAN LIFE (1 Peter 1:22-25)

THE SOURCE OF POWER IN A CHRISTIAN LIFE (1 Peter 1:22-25)

April 10, 2016
Have you ever been told by someone in authority that you are to go do something that you don’t believe is within your capability to do?  At my workplace, we move people around to different roles a lot.  With a large part of the employees, they are moving to a different role about every two years.  This means that they have to quickly learn how to do a particular role, and then just when they get a basic understanding of how to do it, they move on to another role.  

Quite often they will move a very young, inexperienced, person into a position of greater responsibility and expect them to sink or swim.  I often hear people say that they were intimidated by the responsibility of the new role, and that they did not feel capable of doing it.  However, the company philosophy is one of if you have the right virtues, talents, and philosophies, then they can put you just about anywhere, and you will succeed.  It can be a bit daunting at times.  

The one thing the company does do is provide the right tools to help a person who is humble enough to ask for the help.  I have watched as a person will try to succeed by his own wit and knowledge, and almost always, you will see them fail, many times quite miserably.  I have watched others who were humble enough to ask for help and they can often succeed.  The corporate world can be a real meat grinder of people.  The proud can rise, but they can also fall quite hard.   

The demand that God puts on us as believers is very similar to this.  You take a brand new Christian, and you immediately give them the elevated standing of an ambassador to the almighty Creator of all things.  You then tell them all of the things that God has done for them to provide them with eternal life and redemption, much as Peter has been doing over the last several weeks, and then you tell them all of the things that this new standing, or position, requires of them.  

They are to hate sin, they are to live a life that is uniquely different from the life they led before, and the life of the lost people all around them.  They are to tell people about the gospel message of Christ, but more than that because words can be hollow, they are to live a life that is a testimony to the Christ they serve.  They are to be a light in the darkness drawing people to them so that they can lead them to the cross of Jesus.  

It is easy to be intimidated by this requirement of a holy life.  Yet, God formed His plan of redemption for us from the foundation of time.  That plan included the tools and resources that the new-born Christian could depend on to accomplish the task that God had given them.  They just have to be humble enough to ask for the help.  It is absolutely impossible to live a holy life that is acceptable to God under your own wit and knowledge.  You simply cannot do it on your own.  You must use the power and tools that God is offering you, or you will fail, and fail miserably.  

Those tools and resources are the indwelling Holy Spirit of God, and the living, indestructible, incorruptible, and eternal, Word of God.  It is the Holy Spirit and the Word of God who are the true source of power in a Christian life.  God has provided them as part of His plan of redemption, you just have to be humble enough to seek them out and use them.  This is what our lesson is about today.  Listen to this podcast to learn the true source of power for the Christian to live a holy life.   
OUR SANCTIFICATION BY GOD (1 Peter 1:2b)

OUR SANCTIFICATION BY GOD (1 Peter 1:2b)

January 17, 2016
God is both an exterior and an interior decorator.  He is an exterior decorator in that He enables us to stand before Him because He has paid the penalty and removed the guilt of sin from us.  But He is also an interior decorator.  As the Holy Spirit, He moves into our hearts and lives there.  It is by the power and work of the Holy Spirit that He make us the kind of Christians we should be.  God does not leave us in sin when He saves us.  He doesn’t walk away saying well I hope things turn out right for you.  Instead, He moves into our heart and He empowers us to become the Christian that He wants us to be.  

Justification declares the sinner righteous.  It is our position in Christ, we are justified in Christ.  When Christ died on the cross for our sins, God was able to look at sinful, hopelessly lost, man and declare him righteous through the blood of Jesus Christ.  Not because we had earned it, but because God declared us to be righteous.  

Sanctification makes the sinner righteous.  When we are saved the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts and begins the lifelong work of sanctification, or the process of making us more like Christ.  We are purified by the trials that we face.  We are tempered by the persecution that we face.  We are sanctified by the work of the Holy Spirit who makes us righteous.

Justification removes the guilt and penalty of sin.

Sanctification removes the growth and the power of sin.

This work of the Holy Spirit in a human heart begins with conviction.  Before sanctification can occur we must be born again and that begins with the convicting power of the Holy Spirit.  Once we are properly convicted of our need for salvation, He then moves on to our regeneration.  After the Holy Spirit completes our regeneration, He begins the process of our sanctification, and then the climax is our ultimate glorification.

Listen to this podcast to learn how the Holy Spirit of God performs the work of sanctification in our lives.
THE YEARNINGS AND THE HOPES OF THE BELIEVER (Romans 8:23-27)

THE YEARNINGS AND THE HOPES OF THE BELIEVER (Romans 8:23-27)

March 14, 2015

Think about the things that you yearn for.  These are the things that start as a desire deep in your soul and well up into your heart and mind.  These are not our simple wants, but the things that are so passionately desired by our soul that we groan for them.  Now think about how you could ever go about obtaining these things.  Are they even within your power to obtain?

Next, think about the things that you hope for.  Are they the same things that you yearn for?  To hope for something is to look forward to something that you have not seen or realized yet.  Do you hope for a body that is free from disease and pain?  Do you hope for an end to loneliness?  Now think about how you could go about obtaining these things that you hope for.  Are they even within your power to obtain them?

Our lesson today is about the yearnings and the hopes of the believer.  What are the things that a believer wants so badly that they well up from the bottom of their soul?  And what are the hopes of a Christian?  Are they different from a person who has rejected Christ as their Savior?  And best of all, what is the solution for how a believer goes about obtaining these things.  

TO BE A CHILD OF GOD (Romans 8:15-22)

TO BE A CHILD OF GOD (Romans 8:15-22)

March 6, 2015
When I think of the dreams of a child that lives in an orphanage, I think of the loneliness they must feel because they are alone in this world without parents to care for them.  They don’t understand why they don’t have parents.  They just know that they are different from other kids.  They see other children with their families and they want to be like them.  They want what they have.  They want a close personal relationship with their parents.  They want to be able to call someone Daddy, or Father.   They want to feel secure in the arms of a father who will protect them and love them.  They want to feel confident as they face the world because they have parents who will support them.

These same feelings exist within many people who are not a born again, regenerated, adopted child of God.  They look at a true Christian and they notice a difference in them.  They don’t know what it is, but they see the Christian handle the problems and trials in their lives in a more confident way.  So the non-believer will ask the Christian how they can face trouble with more confidence, and their reply is that it’s because they are a member of the family of God.  They have a close personal relationship with God.  They have the authority to call our heavenly Father, Abba, Father.  The word Abba is an Aramaic word that is the equivalent of the English word Daddy, or Papa.  It speaks of the close emotional relationship that a believer has with God.  They know that God loves them and will provide for them.  They feel secure in the arms of the almighty God.  This is their confidence.  This is how they face adversity in their lives.  

If you are looking for a close personal relationship with God, then listen to this podcast to learn what it means to be a true child of God.
TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD (Romans 8:9-14)

TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD (Romans 8:9-14)

February 27, 2015
Are you a born again, regenerated, adopted child of God?

Romans 8:9
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
KJV

That is the real test.  Paul states very clearly if anyone has not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.  The true mark of a born again believer and a genuine Christian is that he is indwelt by the Spirit of God.  A believer is a new creation.  Paul is telling us that if you are truly saved you will answer yes to these questions.  Do you love God?  Do you want to serve Him?  Are these things uppermost in your mind and heart?  

If you are a true believer then you will have the indwelling Spirit of God empowering you to want the things of God. A believer has been granted a new law which liberates him from sin. He has been granted a new Lord who is none other than the third Person of the Triune Godhead.

It is a basic truth of the gospel that a person must be born again before he can be viewed as a child of God.  

John 1:11-13
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
KJV

Paul tells us that it is the Holy Spirit that places the believer as an adult son, with all of the privileges of an adult son, into the family of God.  

Romans 8:14
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
KJV

One evidence of the believer’s sonship in the divine family of God is the cooperation of the believer with the guiding and leading ministry of the Spirit of God.  Those that are led by God’s Spirit are the sons of God.  The phrase, sons of God, appears in the New Testament as a name for people who are in a covenant relationship with God.  The process is described as one of adoption, by which the believer becomes a child of God, and thus an heir of God, a joint-heir with Christ.  Listen to this podcast to learn what it means to know that you are a child of God.
THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE BELIEVER (Romans 8:5-9)

THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE BELIEVER (Romans 8:5-9)

February 19, 2015
How do you know, that you know, that you are a born again, regenerated, adopted child of God?

You went down at the time of the invitation and you said the prayers the preacher asked you to say.  The preacher told you that you were saved, yet sin still plaques you.  You try as hard as you can to do what you think God wants you to do, yet your desires to do the things of this world are still there in your body.  So are you really saved?  Are you really born again?  How do you know? 

First, to be saved there must be more than just mumbling a few prayers at the direction of the preacher.  Accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord requires more than a mere mental prayer, there must be a true desire in your heart to turn away from the sin that is in your life and turn towards Jesus Christ.

There must be a change in your heart.  You are walking down the path of the world, Satan is your master.  In order to be saved from an eternity in hell, you must stop, turn around, and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and begin to follow Him.  The Bible doesn’t say make Jesus your Savior, although He becomes that, it says make Jesus Christ your Lord.  This is what it takes to become a born again, regenerated, adopted child of God.  But how do you know if you have done this?

First and foremost, you know that you are saved because the Word of God tells you it is so.  It is not about signs, or feelings.  You know that you are saved because God tells you that you are in His Word.

John 5:24
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
KJV

This verse, and many others with the same message, are your rock solid birth certificate as a born again Christian.  Your knowledge that you have been saved comes from the very Word of God.  

The second answer is what our lesson is about today.  You know that you are saved because the Holy Spirit has made known to you that He is indwelling in your heart.  How do you know this?  Listen to this podcast and find out.  
THE GREATEST POWER OF ALL (Romans 8:1-4)

THE GREATEST POWER OF ALL (Romans 8:1-4)

February 14, 2015
When you look at the world around us, what would you say is the greatest untapped source of power in the entire world?

Is it nuclear?  Is it hydrogen with all of the water on the earth? 

For the vast majority of believers and non-believers alike, the Holy Spirit of God is without question the greatest untapped source of power in the world. 

For the non-believer, or the lost person, the Holy Spirit is outside of their ability to tap for power.  The one role of the Holy Spirit with the lost person is to convict them of their need for a Savior.  The lost person cannot turn to the Holy Spirit for power.  You must be a born again child of God to have this power.

For the believer, the Holy Spirit is indwelling in their heart, waiting on the believer to turn to Him for power.  The sad fact is that most Christians do not know how to, or simply choose not to, tap into the power of the Holy Spirit to live a victorious Christian life.  We find that joy and peace are to be given to the child of God in this life.  We are to live for God in the very presence of sin.  Sin is not to dictate our life’s program.  

Paul has already shown us that there is nothing in the justified sinner that can produce this ideal state.  We have seen that even though we have a new nature, that new nature has no power of its own to do the things of God, and our old nature has no good in it at all.  We simply cannot live for God under our own efforts.  

The obvious question is then how is a child of God to live for God? 

Paul cried out for someone’s help, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Rom. 7:24).  In other words, who is going to enable me to live for God?

Paul concluded chapter 7 by saying, “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” 

Now chapter 8 will give us the modus operandi; that is, the means by which the victory for the Christian is secured.  Listen to this podcast as we begin a series of lessons on the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.
CAN YOU WAIT TOO LONG? (Mark 6:14-29)

CAN YOU WAIT TOO LONG? (Mark 6:14-29)

March 10, 2013

We live in a society that promotes acting now before it is too late. Items that we want go on sale so we rush down to the store to beat the crowd. Ads proclaim buy now while supplies last.

There is so much noise, so many offers, that we become desensitized to the messages. When companies call us on the phone we screen our calls using caller ID. We don't answer the phone hoping that they will stop calling.

God is knocking on the heart of the unbeliever. God wants everyone to be saved. Not just some elect group of people, but all people. God loves you and He wants you to have eternal life. So God knocks, and God waits. He never barges down your door. He never forces His will upon you. He just knocks and He waits.

The question is how long will God wait? Can you wait too long before God stops knocking and walks away?

Listen to this podcast to find out if a person can pass that invisible line of God's mercy to God's wrath. Can it ever be too late to accept Jesus as your Savior?

JOHN’S MESSAGE (Mark 1:4-8)

JOHN’S MESSAGE (Mark 1:4-8)

October 15, 2012

Our world is in need of repentance.  It needs to turn away from religion and turn towards Jesus Christ.  This is the message that John the Baptist had for the Jews of his day.  They needed to repent and turn away from the rituals of Judaism and return to the God-given faith of their fathers.  Their baptism was a symbol of this repentance.     

Mark tells us of John's baptism of repentance, and then he tells of the coming of the One who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.  

Listen and rejoice as we learn of the difference between John's baptism and the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

THE SPIRIT REVEALS (1 Cor. 2:9-16)

THE SPIRIT REVEALS (1 Cor. 2:9-16)

July 18, 2012

How does God reveal Himself to man? 

Man perceives the world around him through his eyes, ears, and mind. 

Man sees the world around him, yet the Scripture tells us that since the beginning of the world our eye hath not seen certain things.  We have not seen the spiritual things that God has for us. 

Man hears the world around him, yet the Scripture tells us that since the beginning of the world our ear hath not heard certain things.  We have not heard the spiritual things that God has for us. 

Man's mind is limited by what he can conceive of, prove by experimentation, or hypothesize about, yet the Scripture tells us that since the beginning of the world that our heart has not solved certain things.  We have not solved the mysteries of the spiritual things that God has for us. 

Therefore, God uses the presence of the Holy Spirit within the heart of the believer to reveal Himself.  Listen to the attached podcast and rejoice as Paul describes how God reveals Himself to man.

THE CHARACTER OF A BELIEVER (2 Cor. 6:7-14)

THE CHARACTER OF A BELIEVER (2 Cor. 6:7-14)

May 20, 2012

What is the character of a believer?  

Is the world to notice something different in the way the believer lives his life? 

In this study, Paul uses the example of his own life, and the challenges that he has faced in the ministry of Christ, to encourage the Corinthians engage in the spreading of the gospel message of Christ. 

Rejoice as you listen to how Paul describes the power of the believer, the life of the believer, and the way God protects His messenger.

GOD’S WISDOM (1 Cor. 1:21-24)

GOD’S WISDOM (1 Cor. 1:21-24)

May 1, 2012

Are you looking for God?

 

Well, God has a plan to reveal Himself to you, and He has had this plan since before the foundation of the universe. 

 

God knew you before the world was created, and God loved you.  God loved you so much that He sent His Son to die on a cross for your sin, just so He could offer you eternal life. 

  

This is God’s wisdom.  God will use your Christian friends, the church, the evangelist, the preacher, and the missionary to tell you about God’s love for you.  He will use the Bible to tell you about what Jesus has done for you. 

 

Most of all, God will use the Holy Spirit to prick your heart, to convict your heart of your need for God, and to reveal the sin in your life that separates you from God.   

If you want to find God, then all you have to do is accept His offer.  Ask Jesus to become your Savior and you will know what it means to have the one true almighty God living in your heart. 

Listen and praise God’s wisdom and love for us in this verse-by-verse discussion of 1 Cor. 1:21-24.

TO BE RECONCILED (2 Cor. 5:17-21)

TO BE RECONCILED (2 Cor. 5:17-21)

April 26, 2012

Do you hate God? 

The answer to this question is yes for many people in this world.  When sin entered the world a state of enmity was created between man and God.  But all of the hatred is on the side of man, not God. 

God does not hate you, He loves you.   

Listen and rejoice to the description of three great Biblical truths: 

1) How God reconciled the world to Him by sending His Son to die for the world's sin. 

2) How you can become a new creation in Christ 

3) How the baptism of the Holy Spirit changes the new believer forever.

THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD (2 Cor. 3:17 to 4:2)

THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD (2 Cor. 3:17 to 4:2)

February 21, 2012

The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of grace. It is unique from the religions of the world in that it does not require a person to live by a set of rules to obtain salvation.

When other religions say do this, Christ says done.

Christ has already done all of the work for your salvation. All you have to do is call upon the name of Lord Jesus Christ and accept the salvation that He has provided. This is the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ that is preached by every Christian in the way they live their lives and the words that they say.

Rejoice as Paul tells us about God's grace and our release from the legalist's rules and rituals in this verse-by-verse study of 2 Cor. 3:17-4:2

THE HOLY SPIRIT LEADS (2 Cor. 2:5-13)

THE HOLY SPIRIT LEADS (2 Cor. 2:5-13)

January 30, 2012

Do you know how to discern God's will and then apply it to your life? 

In this verse-by-verse study of 2 Cor. 2:5-13 Paul describes how the Holy Spirit leads us.  

How He leads us in dealing with those believers that have strayed from the will of God.  

How the Holy Spirit works in conviction of the fallen brother, and how He leads us in our efforts to reconcile that fallen brother.  

How He leads us in the path that we are to travel.  

How He leads us as He opens doors for our lives and He closes doors for our lives. 

Listen and learn how to discern God's will for your life.

THE THREEFOLD WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (2 Cor. 1:21 to 2:4)

THE THREEFOLD WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (2 Cor. 1:21 to 2:4)

January 22, 2012

Have you been signed, sealed, and delivered, by the Holy Spirit of God? 

Is the Holy Spirit of God living in your heart today?  

In this lesson Paul provides us a description of the threefold work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the believer.  

He will describe the Holy Spirit as God's symbol of the integrity of His promises to us.  

He will describe the Holy Spirit as our Comforter, and our Enabler.  He gives us God's endorsement, and His endowment.  

We will also discuss the four ministries of the Holy Spirit that occur at the time of the believer's acceptance of Christ as their Savior.  These four ministries are the regeneration, the indwelling, the sealing, and the baptism, of the believer by the Holy Spirit.  

Listen to this verse-by-verse study of 2 Cor. 1:21 to 2:4 and learn about the work of the Holy Spirit in your heart.