The Master’s Class, Summit Church
JESUS, THE MASTER OF LIFE AND DEATH (John 11:1-27)

JESUS, THE MASTER OF LIFE AND DEATH (John 11:1-27)

August 19, 2019

Over the next few weeks we are going to be talking about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Why am I going to spend so much time here? Because we should never get tired of hearing this story. Why? Because it has so much for us to learn and commit to our hearts about death, resurrection, and the realm of darkness. It brings life where death reigns, and it robs the tomb of its terror. Jesus is going to show Martha, Mary, all of His disciples, and the entire world that He is indeed the Son of God with the power over death, and that He alone holds the keys to eternal life, heaven and hell.

Click on the link below to hear a message that will bring comfort to those who have lost loved ones. Death is not final. The grave is not final. The Bible says that for the believer to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. That loved one of yours is still living, and if they had Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, then they are present with Him in heaven. If you have Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you will join them for all of eternity. Death is but a moment. Life with Jesus is eternal.

Amen.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

April 1, 2018

Today, we are going to talk about why the resurrection of our Lord Jesus is so important to our faith. The simple truth is that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, and then on the third day, He rose bodily, physically, from the grave so that we might have everlasting life. We stand on a foundation; that foundation is the Rock, and the Rock is Christ. He came back from the dead, and Christianity rises and falls on that Rock.

It is a result of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ that all of the great doctrines of the New Testament faith ring out like a church bell with truthfulness to a lost world.

Not just forgiveness, but justification.

Not just redemption, but regeneration.

Not just remission of sin, but adoption into the family of God.

We are God’s children. We are joint heirs with Christ.

This is the importance of the Resurrection of Christ. It is an undeniable and indisputable fact in history. Everything hinges on the Resurrection. Do not insult my intelligence by saying that I believe this just because I wish it were so. I would not dedicate my life to the service of a man in a grave, and if you are in a religion where the founder of your religion is still in the grave, then your hope rests in that grave. It rests in a body that has turned to dust.

My faith rests in a risen Christ. My faith rests in a living Christ, therefore, my hope is a certain hope of eternal life with Him. Christianity is not just a creed, a code, a cause, or a church. It is a vital relationship with Jesus Christ. He alone has the words of eternal life. In Him dwells all the fullness and the wisdom of God. Only Jesus can meet the deepest desires of the human heart. Only Jesus is worthy of our faith, and it is in Jesus whom my faith rests.

Click on the link below to hear a message on why the resurrection of Jesus Christ is so important to the Christian faith. If you want to know who Jesus Christ is, ask the Holy Spirit. God doesn’t just say you must believe, but if you can’t believe that is just your hard luck. God says if you want to believe, He will help you understand and know that these things are true. If you want to know the truth about Jesus Christ, God the Holy Spirit will speak to you and confirm to you that Jesus is the risen Christ, the Son of the Living God.

WHAT IS THE RAPTURE (Revelation 4:1-3)

WHAT IS THE RAPTURE (Revelation 4:1-3)

June 25, 2017

If I were to ask you to describe the rapture in two words or less, how would you respond?

For me, it would be heaven-bound. At last, I am heaven-bound. That is what the rapture means to me.

The single event that declares the church age has come to an end, is the rapture of the church. The church is defined as all those who accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior during the church age, or that time from Pentecost until the rapture occurs. The rapture is that event when, at the midnight cry, Jesus will come for His own.

Those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, and are still living, will be miraculously transformed with glorified bodies and caught up, or raptured, into the air to meet the Lord. Those whose bodies sleep in the earth will be raised from their sleeping place to meet their heavenly spirits that are coming down with the Lord, and they will be joined together in the air. Each New Testament believer, dead or alive, will rise up to meet the Lord in the air. This is the event that is called the rapture.

The Bible calls this the blessed hope. And you need to be ready, but you don’t have to be fearful, about the coming of the Lord to catch us up in the rapture. Remember that sorrow looks backward, worry looks all around us, but hope looks upward. We are on a collision course with destiny, and we cannot afford to be ignorant.

Click on the link below to hear a sermon on what the rapture is and when it will occur. Jesus is coming again, the question is, are you ready? Amen.

THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST PART II (Mark 16:6-18)

THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST PART II (Mark 16:6-18)

November 18, 2013
One of the most important events in the life of a believer is the resurrection of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ.  The resurrection of Jesus Christ provides each believer with a living Jesus Christ sitting on the right hand of God the Father.  He is sitting because He has accomplished the work of our salvation.  

The resurrection of Jesus Christ provides us with a message to tell others about eternal life, about power over sin in our lives, and about our ability to stand before God clothed in the robe of righteousness purchased with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. 

Listen to this podcast to learn the message that Jesus has commanded us to go out into the world and preach about the gospel of His death, burial, and resurrection, baptizing them in the name of the Lord.  

This is why the death of Christ and the resurrection of Christ are so important to us as believers.  Jesus Christ is alive and because He is alive, and I have made Him my Savior, I know that I know, that I know, that I am going to be with Him for all of eternity.

It is my prayer that each of you will be there with me.

THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST-PART I (Mark 15:38 to 16:6)

THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST-PART I (Mark 15:38 to 16:6)

October 30, 2013
Do you have any core beliefs that you will not compromise on, that you cannot be dissuaded from, and that you will stand up and proclaim no matter the audience, no matter the danger, and no matter the consequences to you?


Such beliefs must be important to you personally for them to have such meaning.  They must be things like your integrity, your belief in the inherent rights of the individual to life, liberty, and their ability to choose how they will exercise that liberty.  For many they include the right to worship God freely in the manner they choose without interference from the government or others.  


These core beliefs are what define you as an individual.  They define how you will react in a given situation, what you stand for, what you will tolerate from others, and what you will choose to put your life at risk for.  They are what drive a young lady to stand when a cowardly man with a gun in his hand demands that all Christians are to stand up.


Every true believer in the gospel message of Jesus Christ has at their foundation two such beliefs:


(1) The death of Christ.  Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross for our sins.  It is the blood of Jesus that was shed on the Cross that makes our salvation possible.


(2) The resurrection of Christ.  Christ rose bodily from the dead.  He conquered death and sin with His resurrection, and because of this, we can have eternal life in heaven with Jesus.


The gospel declares that Jesus was made sin for us, (this means that He took on our sin, He paid the penalty for our sin,) that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him, (our ability to stand before God, clothed in the righteousness of God, is only because Jesus died for us and was raised again for our justification.)


The unique fact of the gospel is the Resurrection. All other religions record the death of their leader. Only the Christian faith records the Resurrection of its Founder. 


All other religious leaders are dead. 


Only Jesus is alive.  Listen to this podcast to learn why this is absolutely important and imperative for you to know and believe.

TO KNOWINGLY DISBELIEVE (Mark 12:13-27)

TO KNOWINGLY DISBELIEVE (Mark 12:13-27)

July 29, 2013

The criminal justice system in our country makes a distinction between those who commit crimes either ignorantly or accidentally, and those who commit crimes knowingly, willfully, and with malicious intent.  This distinction has been playing out in our media for the last several weeks.  However, the justice system has a special dislike of those who commit crimes knowingly, willfully, and with malicious intent. 

This same principle works in the spiritual realm as well.  The Bible is clear that there are degrees of punishment in Hell, as well as levels of reward in heaven.  There is no doubt in my mind that a person like Stalin, or Hitler, or Charles Manson, or a person who would intentionally harm a child, has a special place in the hottest, loneliest, darkest, and most pain filled place in Hell reserved for them.  It is a place that they will spend the eons of eternity being tormented in.

But imagine the penalty that will be imposed by God on those who have willfully, knowingly, and maliciously rejected Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the sacrifice that He made on the cross for the sins that they have committed. 

These people have heard and rejected the gospel message of Jesus Christ on the TV, the radio, in books and magazines, and the personal testimonies of family and friends who told them how a gracious God has sent His only Begotten Son, so that they may have eternal life.  They have then compounded this sin by convincing others to reject Christ, or even persecuting those that are Christians.  They have made this choice knowingly, willfully, and maliciously.

Listen to this podcast to hear how Jesus Christ exposes the willful ignorance of those that would reject the Word of God and the great Biblical truth of the resurrection of the dead.

THE MEANING OF THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD (Easter)

THE MEANING OF THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD (Easter)

April 9, 2012
Today, believers all over the world are celebrating Easter Sunday.  If you are a believer, if Jesus Christ is your Lord and Master, then Easter should be every bit as important to you as the celebration of the birth of our Savior on Christmas.  This is because on Easter, we are celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus.  

One of the great Biblical truths for all of us as believers is that the arch of the gospel rests upon two great pillars: 

1) The death of Christ.  Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was crucified on the cross for our sins.  He physically died on that cross.  He didn’t just fall into a coma or a deep sleep.  Jesus Christ died on that cross, and it is the precious blood of Jesus that was shed on the Cross that makes our salvation possible.

2) The resurrection of Christ.  Christ rose bodily from the dead.  He is not in the grave, for He arose and walked on this earth, talked to people, ate with them, and then ascended into heaven.  Both events are absolutely essential to my salvation and to yours.  The resurrection of Jesus means that we have:

a) A master to confess: It provides us with a living Jesus Christ sitting on the right hand of God the Father.  He is sitting because He has accomplished all that God has asked Him to do.  

b) A message to convey: The resurrection of Jesus Christ provides us with a message to tell others:
    • About Eternal life.
    • About Power over sin in our lives.  
    • About The hand of the One who will bring us into the presence of God when we enter Heaven’s Gate.  Where we can stand clothed in the robe of righteousness purchased with His Holy blood.  
c) A mandate to complete:  Jesus has commanded us to go out into the world and preach the gospel of His death, burial, and resurrection, baptizing them in the name of the Lord.  

Praise God that Jesus was willing to be obedient to God’s will, and Praise God that from the foundations of time, the triune God has had our salvation in mind.  God sent His Son that we might have everlasting life, and the power of God raised Him from the grave so that we might walk as a new creation in the newness of life.  This is why this Easter holiday is so important to us as believers.  Jesus Christ is alive and we are going to be with Him for all of eternity.
 
THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD

THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD

December 20, 2011

The ascension of our Lord and the work that He is performing today for us as our High Priest is significant to our faith.  Jesus is alive and working for us today.  Jesus did not just go off into heaven and leave us never to be heard from again.  

His work on earth has provided us with a perfect and complete salvation.  

His work in Heaven continues our salvation as our great High Priest in the Holy Tabernacle in Heaven. 

Jesus is alive.  Jesus is working for us in Heaven, and Jesus is coming back.  These are things that distinguish our faith from all other religions.  These are things we base our faith on.

THE RESURRECTION BODY-PART III (1 Cor. 15:46-58)

THE RESURRECTION BODY-PART III (1 Cor. 15:46-58)

December 5, 2011

In this closing section on the resurrection, Paul tells us what happens to those believers that are alive at the time of the resurrection.  He provides us with the order of the change to the resurrection body for the believer, and then he describes what the resurrected body will be made of. 

Listen to what God says about the body you will spend eternity in.

THE RESURRECTION BODY-PART II (1 Cor. 15:40-45)

THE RESURRECTION BODY-PART II (1 Cor. 15:40-45)

November 27, 2011

How will our resurrection bodies be different from our earthly bodies? 

How will those changes affect the body, soul, and spirit that comprise our human nature? 

Paul answers these questions in this verse-by-verse study of 1 Cor. 15:40-45. Learn how we will be able to explore the entire universe in our new body, and how our new bodies will no longer grow old, never ache, never get sick, never fail, and never sin. 

Listen and rejoice to what awaits each believer on that resurrection day.

THE RESURRECTION BODY-PART 1 (1 Cor. 15:29-39)

THE RESURRECTION BODY-PART 1 (1 Cor. 15:29-39)

November 21, 2011

The form and capabilities of the resurrected body has been a topic of discussion among Christians ever since Christ told the disciples that He was going to Heaven to prepare a place for them.  Chapter 15 of 1 Corinthians is a treasure trove of information about our resurrected body. 

Of course, those that do not believe in an afterlife, find no need to discuss what form the body they will spend eternity in.  For them the grave is all that awaits their physical body, and they live their life in accordance with this belief.  The secular world says eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.  The grave is it, and there is no value in thinking about the resurrection.  

In this verse-by-verse study of 1 Cor. 15:29-39 Paul tells us about the value of the resurrection, and then he begins a description of the resurrected body. 

Listen and rejoice to what God says about the body you will spend eternity in.

THE ORDER OF THE RESURRECTIONS (1 Cor. 15:20-28)

THE ORDER OF THE RESURRECTIONS (1 Cor. 15:20-28)

November 14, 2011

Contrary to what most religions will tell you, there is not just one general resurrection where, based on their works, God chooses the good from the bad, and the good go to heaven and the bad go to hell. 

 

Absolutely not.  There are multiple resurrections and they each have an important role in fulfilling God’s plan for the redemption of a sin-cursed earth and a sinful man. 

 

In this verse-by-verse study of 1 Cor. 15:20-28 Paul tells us the order of these resurrections, and we will discuss which of the resurrections each of us will participate in, based on one single question, “Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, or not?”

 

Listen as Paul tells us that there is something beyond the grave for each of us, and we get to choose what that is. 

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION (1 Cor. 15:12-19)

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION (1 Cor. 15:12-19)

November 6, 2011

 This lesson is on the importance of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  There is no middle ground on this subject.  This is not an issue that as believers we can equivocate on and try to be politically correct so as not to offend anyone.  We cannot say things like "Well, we can't be sure about the Resurrection, so let's not say too much about it." 

This fact is so important that we must take our stand.  We stand on a foundation; that foundation is the Rock, and the Rock is Christ.  He came back from the dead.   

Christianity rises and falls on that Rock. 

If Christ did not rise, then our faith is in vain.  Our sins and our iniquities cling to us still.  Hell has triumphed.  Death has won.  Satan was victorious.  The curse remains.  Judgment for all looms.  Our faith is folly. 

Listen and glorify God as Paul confronts this issue head on.  Christ did rise and He lives today.  Rejoice as Paul describes in this verse-by-verse study of 1 Cor. 15:12-19 what the Resurrection means to you and I.

THE PROOF OF THE RESURRECTION (1 Cor. 15:5-11)

THE PROOF OF THE RESURRECTION (1 Cor. 15:5-11)

October 30, 2011

The gospel message of Jesus Christ rests upon two indisputable facts, the death of Jesus Christ as propitiation for our sins, and the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.  If Christ did not rise, then His death had no meaning.  It would mean that Jesus was not the Son of God, that He was instead just another man.  

It is because Christ rose from the dead that you and I know that He conquered death forever and that we can have eternal live with Him if we make Him our Savior.  The work of our salvation was completed when Jesus Christ came out of that tomb. 

Listen as Paul describes the proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in this verse-by-verse study of 1 Cor. 15:5-11.

THE FACT OF CHRIST’S RESURRECTION (1 Cor. 15:1-4)

THE FACT OF CHRIST’S RESURRECTION (1 Cor. 15:1-4)

October 24, 2011

Chapter 15 of 1 Corinthians is one of the most important chapters in the Bible.  Why? 

Because it discusses the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, and then it uses that fact to describe the resurrection of the believer. 

As someone who has made the decision to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, when you think about what gives you hope, and what strengthens your faith, it is the promise of eternal life with Jesus Christ that lights the fire of your spirit.  This chapter makes that promise a reality that you can rest your faith on.  

Listen to five proofs that the Bible is true and then rejoice as Paul gives us the facts of the death, burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ in this verse-by-verse study of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.