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Quest for Truth 155 Bible Survey 17 Jesus Teaches About our New Life

We have a short show today. Keith is joined by the Retrobots to introduce the topic. When Nathan is patched in to the studio, we get started with a review of our presentation of last week’s show.

The old radio story of Nicodemus was just that, a story of what his life might have been like. Though his life crossed paths with Jesus, the Master, his teaching on being born again seemed to be misunderstood by Nicodemus. We clarify that Jesus taught of spiritual things, not physical things that people might do. Being born again is more than our own effort to be righteous, it’s a work that only the Holy Sprit can do,. It’s ultimately about salvation, and comes at the price of Jesus on the cross.

Calling on Retrobots to read from the English Standard Version, we go over what Jesus actually taught Nicodemus on that night.

We explore who exactly Nicodemus is, and what is known about him for sure in this passage.

  • He is a pharisee, a ruler.
  • He is the teacher of Israel. (Jesus in 3:10)
  • He came to Jesus at night.
  • He said,
    • “We know you are a teacher.
    • No one can do these signs, unless from God.

Jesus responds

  • Unless you’re born again, you can’t be in God’s kingdom.
  • Born of water, and spirit.
  • Flesh is flesh, and spirit is spirit.
  • He compares wind to spiritual matters.
  • We speak of what we see and know, but you don’t listen.
  • If physical things are out of your grasp, you’ll never get the spiritual.

John 3

You Must Be Born Again

1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.

2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him,
“Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”

3 Jesus answered him,
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

4 Nicodemus said to him,
“How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”

5 Jesus answered,
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

9 Nicodemus said to him,
“How can these things be?”

10 Jesus answered him,
“Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things?
11 Truly, truly, I say to you,
we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony.
12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?

Questions

  • What did Nicodemus meet with Jesus for?
  • What did he intend by stating the use of signs from God, and Jesus as teacher?
  • Why did Jesus change the topic from physical signs, to being born again?

Faith in His Death

13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

Nathan points out some important items in the illustration of the bronze serpent.

  • He has to be lifted up, like the bronze serpent.
  • We don’t choose to be born either physically, or spiritually. An outside power is required.

Question

  • What is Jesus saying about himsself?

For God So Loved the World

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Activities in the gift of salvation, the result of being born again.

  • God loved, and gave.
  • Believers receive benefits. They won’t die, but live eternally.
  • God’s son doesn’t condemn, but save.

The Condemnation for Unbelief

18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.

20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.

21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

Evidence of spiritual truth, when it shines.

  • Condemnation Is the natural destination.
  • Believers not condemned, but unbelievers remain condemned.
  • The light has come, but people loved the darkness more.
  • Evildoers hate the light, and coming to it exposes their deeds.
  • Those who do right, comes to the light, and deeds clearly seen.
  • Sin price paid by Jesus on the cross.

Questions

  • what are the two types of people?
  • Why do evil people hate the light?
  • What does the light do?

Since the call with Nathan is cut short, we wrap up with a few closing thoughts.

Quest for Truth 154 Greatest Story: A Man Called Nicodemus.

We take a trip to the days of old time radio for this presentation, very loosely based on John 3. The account describes a teacher of the law who came to be taught by Jesus. This story focuses more on the imagined life of Nicodemus, and what it may have looked like to be in his shoes. We know absolutely nothing about the family life of Nicodemus.

In addition, the key passage the show tries to drive home is in being born again. A pivotal teaching in Christianity, and being included in the spiritual kingdom of God. The transformation that results could show up like it does in this story. Being born again is more than simply turning over a new leaf, or resolving to do better, or working on improving relationships. Though the story is just that, a story, the spiritual rebirth takes on affects in life that goes deep, and touches all parts of it. It has long lasting affects that reach into eternity.

Relationship is a big part of knowing what God wants from us. Living in community begins at the family and interpersonal level. start there, and expand relationships to all parts in your life, treating all persons with respect and love.

Here’s how it’s told in…
The Greatest Story Ever Told – A Man Called Nicodemus. Episode 265, aired on 53-11-22

The stage is set with a secretive meeting at a house in Galilee .

Naomi is a household servant who has been adversely influencing Nicodemus wife, according to him. Nicodemus is also having trouble with his relationship with his son, Jeremy, and his daughter, Elizabeth. The children prefer to hang out with the bad Roman crowd.

At the meeting Nicodemus acknowledges the miracles the Master does. What is the mysterious instruction about being born again? Will he understand the underlying spirituality, and kingdom it represents?

Back home nicodemus still seems to strike fear, and seems to be incapable of loving. He resolves to take great effort to attain sympathy and kindness.

Though those are the outward signs, based on this story, it makes me wonder if he has truly found the inner power of the spiritual rebirth that Jesus tried to teach him about. It sounds like he’s still trying to tackle it under his own physical abilities. Later, we learn that Nicodemus played a role in defending Jesus (John 7), and helping at his burial (John 19).

He must have been convinced about Jesus. But did his family problems get resolved? Its a story. We know nothing about his family, or if Nicodemus family even resembled the one in the story.

Featured in the show is a track from Country Gospel Music Association artist, Kathy Adkins: I Give You Jesus. . Her songs are used by permission. Find out more about her online. at the Country Gospel Music Association

Quest for Truth 153 What About Eternal Destiny?

Featuring a guest host, Robert Harrington of the It’s Just Us Podcast who joins us in the studio. Technical difficulty means that Nathan Caldwell isn’t able to join the Skype call. Not to mention there was more computer rebellion, and a fallback recording setup had to be used. Sorry for the less than ideal recording quality.

Keith spends a little time interviewing Robert Harrington, and we learn a little about his marriage podcast he did with his wife, as well as other podcasts he has been part of. We bring back our Dumb News segment, and though it would have been more fun with Nathan added into the mix, we still have fun learning about wacky animals, people doing crazy things, and other absurdities.

Before we transition into the main topic, Robert answers a bonus question where we learn about a secret passion he has, and might pursue if life didn’t intrude, or bills need to be paid.

Main topic.

What is eternal destiny all about, and how can it shape what our faith looks like?

Is this world all there is? When life is over, is that the end? Life is short in the scope of forever, so what a person believes about an eternal destiny can be a big thing in deciding how to live life. If there’s nothing else, then the best you could say is you’ll be dead for a lot longer than you were alive, and there’s no coming back.

But what if there’s more. What if the teaching in the Bible is true about an after life, doesn’t it make sense to learn about who gets in, and who doesn’t? If its eternal life, or eternal death, we’ll end up there a lot longer there than here. We know we can make a decision now that will have eternal consequences. There is no such guarantee, in fact the choice in this life can’t be changed in an after life, according to bible teaching.

Forming a decision that shapes our life, and daily walk through it can be a huge deal in what we find important in this life. A way to guide us in a way of continually seeking after a truth that matters. An eternal truth, not just one that might change with the context of a short life. Knowing what waits outside this life means knowing something about the price to get there, and what God’s purpose for our life is all about.

To wrap up, Keith shares a closing thought of the week.

Quest for Truth 152 Re-Quest 2: Jesus the Lord

Revisiting one of our earliest shows, Keith opens with a short introduction to this solo episode. He reviews a few features to the podcast that were only a concept at the time, but have become features over the years.

The original show can be heard by downloading it with this link.

A delayed release that Keith explains as he opens with the, Meet the Host segment. He talks about some of the concept and background of the podcast, technical difficulties, rough ideas and all. Recovery from the holidays is in full swing, and recording plans are taking shape for this and other podcasts that Keith does. Namely the Alive and Still Married podcast he does with his wife.
Note: As of the time of this Re-Quest, the Alive and Still Married podcast remains on hiatus.

Continuing to look at the statements in the Apostles Creed, Keith pauses to consider why the scriptures can be held as true. Need more convincing? Refer to Lee Strobal’s book, Case for Christ. Particularly part 1 in the book, for historical evidence, and more support for why scripture is trustworthy for study, and spiritual matters. Another good bible teacher Keith recommends is (the now deceased) RC Sproul, and his Renewing Your Mind podcast. Go to your local library! Look them up on the Internet! Don’t believe me just because i tell you to, look into it more on your own.

Main Topic:

The statement: And (I believe )in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:

A short list of bible verses are examined to document that Jesus is the only begotten, or uniquely born son of god. He’s the only human in history, or the future who is uniquely qualified to redeem us from the price of sin.

  • Psalms 2:7 “I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, `You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. (ESV)
  • John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (KJV)
  • John 3:18 “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (KJV)
  • Romans 1:4 who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord, (ESV)
  • Romans 5:21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (ESV
  • Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (ESV)

The purpose of the special qualification of Jesus is to pay for each of us going beyond what waits at the end of life… the grave. And make a way we can regain a relationship with God, and rejoin him in his spiritual kingdom. He did this through being resurrected from the tomb, making him the authority and power we have to be able to cqall him our lord

In our original direction in the podcast we went to the topic of Sin, Man, and the Relationship with God. Check out Part 1, and Part 2.

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Quest for Truth 151 Legends, Healing, and the Future Church

With special guest, Doug McCoy, from douglasamccoy.com Nathan is back, and we’re live in the studio.

Meet the Hosts. Doug shares how his area of California is free of fire, and floods, but the fog is thick. Keith has been working out, and has a slightly scratchy throat.

We get started with the main part of the show. Each of us bringing a topic, and the rest of us adding our comments to it.

Nathan leads off with various points were we have to determine whether it’s from mythology, or from the bible. Golden fleeces, fire in the sky, signs, and more.

Doug asks about the future of the church. is it all over? Should Christians just pack it in, and get with the secular program? Is there any hope that the church will prevail against the gates of hell? Though there is much that might be changed to suit our changing world, thereare core doctrines that can never be compromised. Correct worship is important, but how can people worship, if they don’t first know the gospel of Jesus? For that matter, is there any other gospel than Jesus? What about people who claim there are other good ways to live, or that even an atheist can live with good morals? Hint: it depends on how you perceive an eternal destiny, and how you define morality, and the standards you base it on.

Keith brings up the topic of faith healing. Is it real?

Situation: Your wife is having a failing battle with cancer. Add to that depression, and mental disorders. the claim is that she would be healed, but she lost her faith, if she ever had it at all. If she didn’t have sin in her life, this would never have happened.

She goes off all medication, and life goes haywire.

Though healing is recorded in the bible, and God can certainly heal human bodies, most who claim to heal people today are bogus. If people really could heal in biblical fashion, it would be instant, and complete. Such people would do well to set up their ministries in hospitals , not churches, on TV, or the Internet. There would be a clear track record of completely healed people in their wake as proof. Any random person should be able to come to them to be completely healed, not hand picked shills in the audience.

Responses to such faith healing claims, and being sick or disabled.

  • Sickness or healing has nothing to do with faith.
  • Some people are radical, wacko, hypocritical, judgemental. In short they have a misguided idea of faith.
  • Just ignore them.
  • There’s nothing wrong or sinful in suffering or hardship.
  • Don’t turn from the faith you have.
  • Hhardship builds or refines character.
  • Hardship proves depth of faith.
  • If having no faith, or a sinful life equals bad health. Why do you wear glasses?
  • If faith means pain free, why did it hurt when i kicked your shin?
  • If we all die, that means we get sick beyond healing. Do we all lose our faith? Are we all doomed to hell then? No.

In closing, Doug shares his contact information: douglasamccoy.com.Nathan has a new website to check out for his church, Houston Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, Arkansas. Finally, we alll share our thoughts for the week to wrap it all up.

Quest for Truth 150 Grilled Hosts

With the briefest of openings, we get right to a list of questions, gleaned from a variety of sources. Our Meet the Host segment turns into a session of asking the hosts anything, and we do our best to respond. To cap off the show is a brief look at some
Compare and contrast between Abraham, and Jesus. Each being founders of physical and spiritual kingdoms, and each facing their own temptations with different results.

Ready? Here’s the questions, asked, and once in a while commented on by our Retrobot guests. They ask the questions. Nathan and Keith give their answers.

  1. Being the start of a new year, are there any things you have started? Resolutions, bible reading/study plans, goals to work toward, etc.
  2. What are the top 5 things you would like to get out of 2018, before the year is over? (Either goals that are attainable, or ones you wish were).
  3. what is one of the most significant things you read this week from the bible? (Give the theme of it, or state it in a sentence or two).
  4. Do you ever keep notes in a journal? Either a prayer, or bible study journal? what benefits or methods would you recommend for those who might want to try it?
  5. If you could choose to know everything about one topic, what area would you choose to be an expert?
  6. Do you feel like you attract a certain kind of person?
  7. If money were no object, where would you like to go for a vacation?

Scripture:

-Genesis 12, Matthew 4

Similarities and Comparisons.

Abram vs Jesus

Righteousness: Both were righteous in their own way. One because God declared him righteous. The other because he was already God, who came to earth in human form.

Lineage: Abram established a nation who became God’s chosen people. The vessel where all the world would be blessed. Jesus was the fulfillment of that nation, and vessel to extend the call for all nations to return to be righteous to God.

Qualifications: Abram was in the line of people who came out of Noah, and from Adam, who managed to cling to the thread of right living, while all the other nations went their way. He stood as the focal point to grow a righteous nation out of him. Not perfect, or without failings, but entrusted to live right.

Jesus was unique, being both man, and God. A product of the nation Abram started, but also its creator. Living a sinless life, he alone is qualified to be the focal point to launch an eternal, spiritual kingdom.

Temptation: Abram went to Egypt to flee famine. His fears caused him to give into temptations to lie about his wife. It didn’t go well. Despite that, God still blessed him, and returned him to his land.

Jesus was led, by the Holy Spirit to a place. In that place, Satan was allowed to tempt him. Things went well. Jesus overcame, was ministered to by angels, and his ministry began. His spiritual kingdom grew, starting with the disciples that were called.

Kingdoms/Nations: the physical kingdom is all we know through our experience now. It’s limited, temporary, although it can be a very blessed experience. It’s easily corrupted by sin. The spiritual kingdom started with Jesus. We can experience it now, even while in the physical world. But once the physical passes away, the spiritual kingdom remains for eternity.

Quest for Truth 149 Introducing Spiritual Truth

In the studio for a solo episode, Keith anticipates a call from Nathan Caldwell. After a visit from the Retrobots, who manage to sabotage a few things, we have to take a break while Keith irons out technical troubles.

Getting right to our Main Topic, Nathan has phoned in his quick ideas on the appearing of the Holy Spirit as found in Acts 2.

Keith reads from a few notes, mixing in Nathan’s comments, and even lets the Retrobots read from the chapter.

First of all, it’s important to know the church has a mission that can only be powered by the working of the Holy Spirit. Jesus himself promised the Spirit would come, and empower each individual, as well as the body of believers as a group. It’s the Spirit who changes, and transformz uz into being more like Christ. Why? so we can share the good news of God’s grace, the word of Jesus, and the gift of the Spirit to others.

The Spirit lives with, and empowers individuals. The first sign was in breaking down comunication barriers. Don’t get bogged down by the ability of whether you’re speaking in tongues, or not. it’s a gift that serves a purpose, God’s purpose, not a flashy show for you. Instead, be amazed in the promise that was fulfilled. Focus on being an agent of God to share the Spirit with others, not the end of the line of any blessings that have come your way. In a nutshell, the Spirit comes first, then amazing works are done.

The Spirit empowers spreading the Gospel. When you’re filled by the Spirit first, truth spills out. Are you not a bold, or outgoing person? Good, just allow the Spirit to fill you, and let the Spirit work through you. it’s he who can doo that bold work, beyond what you thought possible. Are there struggles that need to be overcome? Only when you don’t pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Or you turn him away, or tone him down.

The Holy Spirit builds community. How do you know the signs of God at work? There is unity, providing for others needds, fellowship, joy in physical needs, and joy with the others in the spiritual community. In short, the Spirit fills us with love, and it overflows to spill out on anybody else around. It goles viral. Imitated behavior is fake, and gets tiresome quickly. Seek God first, ask to be filled with the Spirit, and love is renewed, and is naturally spread around.

Haven’t you ever experienced the overflowing love from the Spirit? it’s a once for all time event. if you aren’t experiencingg it, all you need to do is ask God for it. Ask to be filled, or refilled, and he’ll do it. People aren’t perfect. We leak. But that’s no reason to not ask to be filled again, every day. Then let the light of God’s love shine to those in the world around you.

Start your new yer out right. Seek God, ask for his spirit, and share that good news with the world.

Quest for Truth 148 Christmas Focus

Merry Christmas! Before we get started on the topic, Keith is joined by the Retrobots to share a couple announcements.

First, the audio book of Christmas Timeline will be taken down later in the week. But It was a limited time gift to our listeners, and will now be available only to those who purchase the book on Amazon. However, a link on the Contact page will still give you access to it. It’s still a free bonus, and all it will cost is letting Keith know your email address. Don’t worry, your information will never be given away, or sold. It’s only so you can be alerted to any future bonus downloads.

The next announcement is about the release of our new audio drama. The previous episode was a crossover episode to let listeners know it was out. The permanent home of Dangerous Christian will be on its own website, with its own RSS feed to subscribe to. As it develops, there will be cover art, a domain name, and it will soon be found in various podcast directories. For now, have a look for it at danger.heltsley.net and let us know what you think about the site, and the dramas.

As we wait for a call from Nathan Caldwell, the Retrobots alert us of a voicemail from a guest we had on the show last month, Doug McCoy. He has a question about a recent announcement that the pope wants to change the Lord’s Prayer. He also gives us a quick take on what he thought of the announcement.

Since Nathan’s call came in at the same time, we replay the full message for him to react to, and give a more detailed response. Keith weighs in on the matter, adding to the findings in news sources, and commenting on whether the recommended switch in the translations is valid, or if it matters. There is a translation issue, but it’s not with the wording the pope wants to have updated. Words that some contemporary, easy to read versions already have. Another, non-related topic is the line of translations the pope cites as the reason for the mistranslation.. A timeline that isn’t exactly correct, and Keith explains.

The Retrobots, particularly David, causes a slight problem, and we lose the connection with Nathan. No problem. Through the magic of podcasting, and our old time machine from the early days of Keith’s other podcast, Retro Radio Podcast, we fly through the bonds of time and space to eavesdrop on Nathan as he delivers a Christmas sermon to his congregation.

Main Topic

Christmas Focus

Beginning in Romans 12:1…

1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Gifts of Grace

3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function,
5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;

  • Where is he?
  • Don’t be distracted from sharing Jesus.
  • Where does God fit in?
  • A child born to die

Giving.
Acts 20:35

35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”

  • Giving the best.
  • Joy in giving.
  • Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. James 1:27
  • Giving more to get more.
  • because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
  • blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.” Romans 4:8
  • Focus on the need for a Savior
  • Confession, repentance

For all of life.

  • Trust Christ to be eternally changed.
  • A heart adjustment.

After the message, Keith tries to close the show, but not before a closing thought of the week from the Retrobots.

Bible quotations in this post are from English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

Dangerous Christian 01 Enter the Stranger (Crossover Show)

For our first installment of our own audio drama, Dangerous Christian, enjoy this crossover episode as a Christmas present. For more, visit the new home for Dan Christians, and his friends over at Dangerous Christian, A new kind of superhero. While there, be sure to subscribe, and watch for the show to appear soon in iTunes, and other directories.

Introducing a new kind of super hero.

 

Storm clouds darkened the skies. Even the air took on a new, and dangerous feel. Winds kick up, the telltale signs that warn that tornados could be roaring through the neighborhood.

But more could be brewing, with dangers worse than any tornado could ever bring.

A family in turmoil, a town with sinister threats, and one man on a mission to right the wrongs, motivated by overcoming the evils in his own past.

Join Dan Christian, and his artificial intelligent creation SWORD, as they probe the problems, and uncovers the face of truth, behind the masks of lies.

Quest for Truth 147 The Heart To Heart Hour – Christmas Program. 351222

Before we get to our feature from the world of old time radio, we share a fresh word on this age old message.

A friend to the podcast responded to a request to make some observations. Based on the popular hymn, Mary Did You Know? And a related scripture, Kris shares her thoughts on the virgin birth, and God coming down to earth in human form.

About Kris: graduated from a tiny Christian college in Portland, OR with a liberal arts degree in Bible, social sciences, and English. She’s spent the majority of her adult life as a volunteer in a variety of places, the majority of it with the BSA and Cub Scouting.

Our feature:

The Heart To Heart Hour (KNX) Christmas Program. 351222

Featuring: Rev. Charles E Fuller. Copyright is held byViola University, and hundreds are available in their library. This episode is one of a few that arre freely offered on the Internet.

Playlist:

  • Glory for Me.
  • Dedicateed to young people in various locations. Hark the Herald Angels.
  • Rev Fuller recognizes people in the audience. O Come All Ye Faithful.
  • He Shares plans for expansion to new times and stations. Thanks to listeners. Give aways include photos and book. Hark the Herald Angels, (Bob Hartman piano)
  • The reverend speaks to the home audience, with dedications to various mothers and grandmothers. God Will Take Care of You.
  • Veterans of the foreign war are thanked for their support. Dedication to them, and families of those serving. My Faith Looks Up To Thee.

Prayers of thanks are given, for the Christmas season, and for the Gospel to be received with conviction, and speaking to the heart.

  • Though Mrs Fuller, and son Danny aren’t able to attend, Rev Fuller calls attention to the words in the verse of the song… He’s the One.
  • A request for financial support from listeners is made. Offers a chance for listeners to respond to the ABC’s of the gospel. Christ Receiveth Sinful Men.

Passage: Acts 2:38 The gift of the Holy Spirit.
Gifts and giving. As much as we enjoy the packages of the holiday, there is a greater, eternal gift. How do we get the sacrificial gift of Jesus? Repent and be baptized. For the remission of sin. If evil men can give good gifts, how much more so does god give even better gifts.

  1. The gift of Christ, from god to the world.
  2. The gift of the Church, from god, to christ.
  3. The gift of the Believer, of themselves to god.
    • Being ambassadors for Christ to take the gospel to the world.
    • Created for a good work.
    • Receive the Holy Spirit, to experience his joy and peace.
  4. The Gift of the Holy Spirit.
    • Promised to the church.
    • He doesn’t need to come down, he’s already here.
    • Powerful, like the wind, will change you if you don’t Harden your heart.
    • Gives courage. Believers will prophesy.
    • Poured out as water. Fills. And satisfies.

The price Acts 2:22-36. Cost god his heart, placing it in hands of wicked men who crucified him.
The gift comes freely through repentance. Acts 2:41-47
Prayer to respond to the call.
Closing hymn: Jesus Paid It All. In closing, Rev Fuller shares the gospel of receiving through repentance, and faith.

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