The rich young ruler's rejection of the call to follow Jesus is illuminated through Romans 7.
In this encore sermon from 2006, Pastor Ray describes voluntary self-denial for the sake of others in terms of Christian suffering. Ultimately, we're to transition from suffering that results from living in a fallen world to suffering as we take on others' burdens as our own.
In this encore sermon from 2015, Pastor Ray explores how to choose God's peace instead of worry.
If we will not condemn but simply love one another, the Holy Spirit's wisdom and gifts will be with us.
The question, “Is it impossible to follow Jesus?” sometimes arises in response to despair. But that despair can be turned to hope as we understand Jesus' instructions, “Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow me.”
Jesus warned his followers against traditions of the elders, hypocrisy, and hardness of heart. Instead, he admonishes Christians to keep on asking for the anointing power of the Holy Spirit.
God's remedy for hard-hearted Christians is the purifying fire of the Holy Spirit. To receive this cleansing, the individual must repent of any hypocrisy or disobedience.
In this encore message from 2015, Pastor Ray warns against the deception of believing that your own personal truth is God's objective truth.
Human beings require both physical and spiritual food to survive. When Jesus said, “I am the bread of life,” he showed us how to receive eternal life into our souls. Pastor Ray and Alexandra explore what is this “bread of life,” with key points including belief in Jesus, freedom from sin, and soul-winning.
At Nazareth, Jesus could only do a few miracles because of the people's unbelief. Meanwhile, other towns and villages gladly received Jesus' disciples and their miracles of healing and demonic deliverance. Growing smaller through repentance will transition a person from rejecting Christ's healing to receiving it.