The Fullness of the Beatitudes
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The Fullness of the Beatitudes

The beatitudes outline what happens in a person’s heart in conversion. But the fullness of the beatitudes consists in its application to heart purity. As in conversion, the path to entire sanctification begins with poverty of spirit. You begin to see the disparity between your walk and the apostles’ walk. Every area of your spiritual...

If We Confess Our Sins
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If We Confess Our Sins

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8-9). These words combated the first-century Gnostic heresy that the soul could be...

The Goat of Departure
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The Goat of Departure

As we enter Holy Week, the familiar story of the death and resurrection of Christ comes to the forefront. The two-fold problem the church faces during this time is that, for many, this message doesn’t result in a change in thinking and life, because, we think, “I already know that story.” Like Nadab and Abihu,...

You Must Call on the Name of the Lord
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You Must Call on the Name of the Lord

Following Sister Michelle’s welcome message on humility, Pastor Ray’s sermon examines the three accounts of Saul’s conversion. Acts 26:16 shows that the removal of all sin–including the carnal nature–and the revival, Pentecost power of the Holy Spirit are to be obtained together. To “baptize ourselves” in this way means to give ourselves to committed prayer until...

Experiencing the Holy Spirit
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Experiencing the Holy Spirit

Have you wondered, “What does entire sanctification look like?” Pastor Ray finishes this week’s doctrinal teachings on this subject with a reading from Charles Finney’s “Conversion to Christ,” found in the memoir Holy Spirit Revivals. In the same day, this dear brother was first born again, then baptized in the Holy Spirit of liquid love and...

Do Not Despise the Word of the Lord
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Do Not Despise the Word of the Lord

This fiery, impassioned close reading of Psalm 51 throws light on King David’s cry for entire sanctification. He confronted the reality that his commission of adultery and murder rose out of a wicked, bent heart and spirit that had despised the word of the Lord. It wasn’t enough for David to simply have the sinful...

Un-Sin Me!
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Un-Sin Me!

King David’s prayer in Psalm 51 is that God would “un-sin” him. Though usually translated “wash” or “purge,” this literal meaning of “un-sin” reveals that David was crying out for entire sanctification, which is the total removal of the old man/carnal nature. We find this taught by the apostle Paul in Romans 6: our old...

Are You Washed in the Blood?
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Are You Washed in the Blood?

The question is not, “Are you saved,” but, “Are you washed in the blood of Jesus”? Just as surely as dirt is removed from washed hands, sin is presently and actually removed from a person washed in the blood of Jesus Christ. Of the specific acts of sin from which the apostle Paul indicates that...

The Second Work of Grace
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The Second Work of Grace

In the first work of grace, a person is born again and saved from acts of sin. However, as in the Corinthian church, the inclination to sin remains. Jesus desires to sanctify entirely every believer so that this carnal nature is removed and the Christian is made perfect in love. This “high road,” as John Wesley called...

A Place of Standing (Encore Sermon Clip)
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A Place of Standing (Encore Sermon Clip)

As you decide to give yourself fully to Jesus, a great battle quickly ensues as satan and his minions pursue you to kill, steal, and destroy you. You must quickly recognize this and not only go to Jesus, but also remain in full submission to Him. Jesus is not out to destroy you but rather to...