- Sessions 1, 2: “Verify Your Salvation” – Dr. Phil Young
- Sessions 3, 4: “New Life in Christ” – Dr. Dan Riley
- Sessions 5, 6: “The Spirit-Filled Life & Victory” – Dr. Phil Jones
- I was indulgent and unrestrained. Marked by these in some degree or another: anger, temper, gossip, discord, frustration, anxiety, worry, harshness, meanness, doubt, unbelief, rebellion, and disobedience.
- My life existed without spiritual sweetness: no aroma; no magnetism; no authenticity; no glow; no victory; no rest; no fruit; no abiding; no surrender; no death to me.
- For many of us on the outside all looks in order: our Christian dress, attendance, service, offerings, praise, prayers, devotions.
- But all emanating from self-conforming and performing of the Christian culture.
- We have replaced serving the world with serving God believing that in that service comes true spiritual growth, fruit and rewards.
- In other words, “The show had no glow.”
- One full of agape love, joy, calm delight, peace of mind and spirit, enduring patience toward self and others, softness in manner , acting benevolently toward others without any thought of return, confidence and assurance in God, humility and genuine meekness, the ability to be spirit controlled in conversation and in the necessities and needs of life and in one’s relationship to God.
- It has addressed one of the elusive questions on the Christian life, that being “How does one know that they are living a successful Christian life?”
- It has addresses a very personal root problem in my past that being rejection.
- It has placed the fruit of the Christian life in its proper biblical perspective.
- It has freed me from the bondage of human gifting and has placed the results upon the Lord who fills, directs, empowers and engineers His work in and through me.
- It has revealed a biblical nature of man that answers many related questions about our old life without Christ and the new life in Christ.
- It has biblically provided both an objective and a subjective foundation to the nature of man.
- It has provided a platform of transformation that transcends language, culture, generational placement and ethnic origin.
- It has reinforced the salvation side of the cross by reminding us of the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. It has also clarified the struggle of a self-identified life that can only be subdued by the reality of identification with Christ on the cross.
- It has unveiled the crucified life of a believer as being grafted into the person and life of Christ and that the life of Jesus Christ can and should be appropriated and lived through a believer who is in Christ voluntarily, devotionally, practically and experientially.
For pastor Bob and Joan Galasso, ministry was about a fast-paced, non-stop, burn-yourself-out lifestyle. After years of intense schedules and people pleasing, Bob was hospitalized for clinical burn-out and Joan for depression. Yet God prevailed and established a new beginning for this needy couple. Having captured their hearts, God takes them on an ongoing adventure with him.
Read their autobiography with the liberating, spiritual lessons learned. This book has just been re-published as an ebook on Amazon Kindle here.
John VanGelderen of Revival Focus Ministries just published an excellent small volume titled, Experiencing Jesus. “Would you like to go from being regularly defeated and surprised by occasional victory to being regularly victorious and surprised by a rare defeat? Discover the possibility of experiencing Jesus–the reality of the Christ life, the Spirit-filled life–in a new way. This truly is life again–revival on the personal level. Watch a profound 3 minute video introduction here:
A pastor writes, about Examining Pastoral Culture. He quotes from the book, Dangerous Calling:
In a series on how to live in victory over your past, pastor/author/radio teacher, Chip Ingram gave a very relevant message on “Overcoming Rejection”.
“Rejection. No one is immune to it. Everyone will experience it to some degree. And no matter who you are, your life is changed because of it. The question is, will rejection take you down or will you leverage it for good in your life? Chip explains that the choice is up to you, and shows you how to get started..”
Listen/download this message from Living on the Edge. (February 15, 2018)
For more on this important topic and how it relates to pastoral counseling, see The Rejection Syndrome and the way to Acceptance, by Charles Solomon at the GFI store here.
In a sermon posted on February 13, 2018 Pastor Cymbala uses four scriptures as a starting point for this challenging message about experiencing real change in the Christian life (John 8:28-29; Romans 6:5; Romans 8:5; Galatians 2:19-20). The audio message can be heard online or downloaded here: https://www.brooklyntabernacle.org
At North Point in Atlanta, Andy Stanley preached a series that addresses some vital themes related to grace for Christian living and the believer’s new identity. It’s entitled “NU ME” and is available from their download store. North Point includes insights from “NU ME” in their Care Network’s “Re:New” one-on-one mentoring ministry.
Their team has produced an 8 lesson video-assisted small group study that incorporates the essential content used in North Point’s Re:New ministry. It’s titled Renovate. This resource has great potential to guide participants in spiritual renewal.
“For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory” (Col. 3:3,4).