Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

“The greatest need for our day is a return to first principles”
(The Papers)

In as much as our ministry is to the Church, and we believe this is the Laodicean Age of the Church; we have been called to speak and make known the first Principles for which the Church was established.

In a short journey, it is easy to keep focused on the destination, while enjoying the view along the way. But when the journey becomes long and the way begins to become tedious; we are often confounded by the directions, and become uninterested in the way.

To return again to first principles, is to become awakened to the joy of the journey; to become aware of how far we have come; and to remember the goal for which we work.

Jude 25 “To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”
This is the goal for our walk, our callings, and service: To be to His praise and glory.

To do this, subjection to the Holy Spirit is always of first importance.
Ephesians 1:3. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”

Ephesians 1:13-14 “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also, after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”

Many a servant of God has been called and been given gifts of the Spirit to the edifying of the Church, and has thought that he has everything.
But the gifts and callings of God are the means of bringing us, and others to a more fuller knowledge and appreciation of God. (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit)
Ephesians 3:14-19 “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.”

God the Father is our Eternal Provider:
In eternity past, He provided the way of Salvation (Christ), the means of Salvation (Christ’s life, death, and resurrection), and the work of Salvation in our individual lives. (The drawing power, which brings us to Christ [John 6:65]).He has given us our inheritance. He rules our ways, and means.

God the Son is our Eternal Lord and Savior. As the Creator of the Earth, and us; He has shaped each of us, body, soul, and spirit in our given circumstances. He has redeemed us by His own sacrifice, and given us His example as the Man Christ Jesus. Commanding us, that “if” we will follow Him, then we must deny ourselves.
It is always Christ or self in our hearts and lives.

God the Holy Spirit is our Eternal Molder. He is given as a holy guest within our spirits. He is the gift giver: for with Him we receive faith at the new birth and the knowledge of His presence (we are never alone). We receive the Holy Spirits fruits as we let Him mold our lives around Himself. As we yield to Him in thought, word, and deed; we become molded into vessels unto honor, able to be used by God.(2Timothy 2:21). The Holy Spirit frees us from the constraints of sin–our sin; and from the rule of self. He is the ruler of our walk or practical holiness.

We need a guide; and the Holy Spirit has come to us to guide us into all truth.(John 16:13) And that always begins with the truth about ourselves.
James 1:23-25 “For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty , and continued therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”

This is what you, as a Christian, must decide about the Holy Spirit:
Will you have a life which says to Him: Help me do what I must, help me through trouble, but otherwise leave me alone.
Will you have a life which yields to His direction and discipline, and gains true liberty.
This is spoken of in:
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
As we behold Christ, by the Holy Spirit’s showing us Him in the circumstances of our lives; we are changed into the same image, or become like Christ in attitude, and character; as we yield to Him in these circumstances.
Which will we have?
Liberty? Or a closed life?

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