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“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:2-4)

Welcome to another post in a new category of posts entitled, ‘SERMON SUNDAY.’ Lord willing, at least a few times a month I will share a timely sermon with you by a well respected teacher or preacher who focuses on an important truth in Scripture in order to awaken the slumbering church, and also to alert Christians to the importance of reading and studying God’s Word. It may be a short sermon in written form, or I may present something to you in video form. I pray that when time allows, you will take the time to read or to listen to what I will be sharing with you.

I will also be sharing some expository preaching with you, but sadly, that is a very rare thing to find these days. I’m sure that many of you can attest to that undeniable fact. Sadly, many pastors today who seek to grow their churches oftentimes resort to distorting God’s Word either by taking a verse out of context, or by interjecting their own ideas into the text to make it say what they want a verse of Scripture to say (eisegesis).

Sometimes a pastor will even go as far as to manipulate Scriptures in such a way so that they can preach about themselves (narcissistic eisegesis).

Then there are some pastors who just present watered down messages with very little Biblical content, and others who ‘preach’  controversial messages that will appeal to today’s culture in order to attract more people. Then they will continue ‘preaching’ these types of messages in order to entertain the crowd to keep them coming, rather than preaching God’s Word as they are instructed to do in order to feed and equip the sheep/saints and to expose the sin in men’s hearts so that God will grant them repentance and lead them to a knowledge of the truth.

My main goal in presenting these sermons to you is to point you to Jesus Christ and to make you realize the extreme importance of studying God’s Word and testing the teachings of everyone you listen to in light of Scripture.

Maybe you are one of those people who faithfully stand for Biblical truth and you recently had to leave your church because of what has been taking place as you have witnessed your pastor slowly drift from Biblical truth. Or maybe you left your church many years ago and you still haven’t found a church where the pastor preaches from God’s Word. If so, I have all of you in mind when posting these teachings and videos, as well.

I hope that everyone who somehow finds there way here will be blessed and encouraged by the many Biblical teachings that I will be sharing with you in the weeks and months ahead –Lord willing.

Now for today’s SERMON SUNDAY:

One pastor and teacher that I am truly coming to appreciate is Pastor Bob Dewaay of GOSPEL OF GRACE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH His preaching and teaching is very Biblically based, and he not only earnestly contends for the faith by preaching the gospel, but he also boldly exposes many of the false teachings that are attempting to lead Christians into spiritual deception through Spiritual Formation and unbiblical mystical practices that are sadly becoming very popular in many churches today.

As a former Catholic, Colossians has become one of my favorite books in the Bible because the truth of God’s Word made me realize that the many traditions in Catholicism blinded me, and now continues to blind many precious Catholics, from seeing the glorious good news of the gospel. Reading Romans, Hebrews, Galatians and Colossians revealed the joyous truth of the gospel to me and helped me to clearly see and to understand what Jesus truly accomplished for us when He gave His life and died on the cross in our place, taking God’s wrath that was intended for us upon Himself for our sins.

Jesus was and is referred to as a victim in the Sacrifice of the Mass, but God opened my eyes to see that  He is the Victor over sin and death, and that He gave His life willingly! (John 10:18)

Here are the descriptions of his sermons that were posted under the YouTube videos:

Video 1

“We are warned to beware of those who would plunder us, carrying us away for their own purposes. One of the key means of deception is human tradition. Another is the influence of hostile spiritual powers. One thing all deceptions have in common is that they are “not according to Christ.” We point people to Christ and the gospel where we have everything, including the forgiveness of sins.”

Video 2

“The theme of this message is that in Christ is God’s fullness and we lack nothing if we are in Christ by faith. These verses explain further was IS according to Christ and NOT according to human tradition and philosophy (Colossians 2:8). We must avoid the pitfall of thinking we have achieved the status of being a higher order Christian than ordinary Christians. We study John 1:14-17 to show further what it means that fullness is found in Christ. We emphasize how important it is to study the doctrine of Christ.”

In order for you to get a better understanding of his message, I added a larger portion of Colossians Chapter 2 so that you can see the verses that he will be preaching on in context.

 

Spiritual Fullness in Christ

6 “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. 11 In Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, 12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through your faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”

Freedom From Human Rules

16 “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. 18 Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind. 19 They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.”

20 “Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: 21 “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”?”

22 “These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. 23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.”

When time allows, I hope that you will listen to his very in depth teaching on these many important issues which concerns the gospel and your salvation.

And now here are your two sermons for today’s SERMON SUNDAY:

 

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.”(John 1:1-3)

“He is the image of the invisible God, the *firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities, all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:15-17) * (Firstborn – Unique; First in rank and privilege).

“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things and through whom He made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So He became as much superior to the angels as the name He has inherited is superior to theirs. For to which of the angels did God say, “You are My Son; today I have become Your Father”? Or again, “I will be His Father and He will be My Son”? (Hebrews 1:1-5)

“I give My life of My own free will. I have the authority to give My life, and I have the authority to take My life back again.” (John 10:18)

“Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down.” (Mark 7:13)

“He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: ‘These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. They worship Me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.’ You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.” (Mark 7:6-8)

Thank you for stopping by and taking time out of your relaxing weekend (at least I hope that it was) to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory/Living For His Glory

 

UPDATE:

Lord willing, I am hoping to have my new post focusing on Mysticism finished in a week or so.

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