The Mission of God’s People (2008)
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The Mission of God’s People (2008)

The church’s mission picks up where Jesus left off: “to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion” (Isaiah 61:2-3a). How we can proclaim the fear of God in such a way that causes people...

The Road to Life (2008)
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The Road to Life (2008)

The writing on the wall at Belshazzar’s banquet teaches us what it means to deny ourselves and enter the narrow gate. The first word, mene, signifies the sinner’s condition: though he thought he could dethrone God and be in charge of his own life, God will finally put an end to this stolen sovereignty. Tekel...

Hindrances to the Narrow Path (2008)
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Hindrances to the Narrow Path (2008)

After Jesus lays out the moral requirements of the new covenant, he concludes the sermon on the mount with a warning. What will hinder someone from finding the narrow gate, entering the narrow path, and staying on it? Namely, false prophets, hypocrisy, intellectualism, a defensive spirit, and a performance mindset will. Have you been ensnared...

Venturing Out on the Promises of God (2008)
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Venturing Out on the Promises of God (2008)

Unlike contracts, covenants are confirmed with blood. The old covenant, with blood between God and Israel, required legal obedience under punishment of death. While the law says, “You have to stop what you’re doing wrong and try harder to do what’s right,” the new covenant contained in the blood of Jesus says, “Lay down distractions,...

Two Paths Clearly Marked (2008)
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Two Paths Clearly Marked (2008)

Unlike forest trails, which are quickly overgrown, the path of light and the path of darkness have many clear markings. The first is identified by an active faith, bold confession, and absolute, sold-out dependence on Jesus; the second, by a divided heart, hiding one’s sin, and self-reliance. In spite of these clear markings, we may...

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Nourishing Our Inner Life (2008)

In this meaty sermon, Pastor Ray digs deep into the three secret acts of righteousness for which God will openly reward us: giving alms, secret prayer, and fasting. These practices nourish our inner soul life and make us spiritually rich and fat, regardless of our physical circumstances. Selflessness and entire consecration to Jesus must underlay...

Precious Treasures of the Heart
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Precious Treasures of the Heart

Jesus said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…” This touching sermon from the Sermon on the Mount series shows that this passage isn’t just about money. We collect many things in our hearts, such...

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Resetting Our Moral Compass (Encore)

In this first message in the Sermon on the Mount series, Pastor Ray lays out the design of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount to straighten out the bitterness of the human heart and put us on the road to righteousness. Because the Beatitudes are sequential, we won’t make spiritual progress if we avoid mourning...