We are compelled by God’s LOVE and the FREEDOM offered in Jesus to infuse our relationships with the mind of Christ. As the Spirit of God directs our life, we take on the CHARACTER of the Spirit. This Fall we will ask God to INFUSE in us the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control of Christ through the Holy Spirit!
Are you in Control or out of Control?
It’s not a popular message, and when given to those not controlled by the Spirit, it can leave a sour taste in the mouth. This week Pastor Mark Bridgewater finishes our sereis, Infuse: The Fruit of the Spirit, with Self-Control. Denying self and following Christ is the call of God for every person. Jesus has made a way for our rescue from sin and given us freedom to walk a life controlled by the Spirit. In this message you will be challenged and encouraged to open your ears to God and allow him to lead you with his gentle, yet disciplined voice.
Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. Not even those who are circumcised keep the law,yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the flesh. May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule—to the Israel of God.
– Galatians 6:12-16 (NIV)
Follow Pastor Mark’s outline as you listen:
- Judgement is Coming
- Good vs Evil
- Who Controls You?
- The Christ Empowered Life
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
– Jesus, Matthew 7:21-23 (NIV)