Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Judgment of the Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25)

The subjects of Christ's judgment will be all the nations. Ethna (nations) has the basic meaning of peoples and here refers to every person alive on earth when the Lord returns. Although He will have taken all believers into heaven at the Rapture, during the following seven years of the Tribulation many other people will come to believe in Him. During that dreadful time, multitudes of Gentiles (see Rev. 7:9, 14), as well as all surviving Jews (Rom. 11:26), will be brought to faith in Christ.

As Jesus makes clear later in this passage, those who are alive on earth when He returns will include both saved and unsaved, represented by the sheep and the goats, respectively. And those two separate peoples will have two separate destinies. The believers will be ushered into the kingdom and the unbelievers into eternal punishment (Matt. 25:46).

The process of Christ's judgment will include the absolute and unerring separation of the saved from the unsaved. When all the nations and peoples of the earth will have been gathered before Him at His return, the Lord Jesus Christ will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

10 Things That Forgiveness Is Not

This clip entitled "10 Things That Forgiveness Is Not" is taken from the sermon "The Lord's Prayer" preached by Pastor Mark Driscoll at Mars Hill Church as part of the ongoing series, "Luke: Investigating The Man Who Is God" For more information about this current series, visit

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Bible Is God's Word, Part 2 (John MacArthur)

You're probably quick to tell people that you trust the Bible. But when they say, "How can you be so sure the Bible is true?" . . . how do you respond?

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Bible Is God's Word, Part 1 (John MacArthur)

When an Egyptian chariot wheel is found at the bottom of the Red Sea — a discovery that affirms the biblical account of the Exodus — how should you respond? Might discoveries like that be an important key to evangelism?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sermon Outline: 1 Samuel 3:1-20. "Discerning the Voice of God"

1) Closeness (1 Samuel 3:1-6)

• Amos 8:9-12
2) Confirmation (1 Samuel 3:7-9)
• Matthew 7:21-23

3) Center of attention (1 Samuel 3:10-15)

• Hebrews 10:26

4) Compliance (1 Samuel 3:16-20)

• Deuteronomy 18:18-22

Friday, September 24, 2010

How specific should a husband be in confessing lust to his wife?

CCEF faculty member Dr. David Powlison responds to the question "how specific should I be when confessing lust to my wife?" Do you have a question for one of our faculty counselors? Go to and click the "Submit A Question" button under the Ask The Counselor video to ask your own question.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Caught Up to the Third Heaven (2 Corinthians 12)

From John MacArthur:
"I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a man was caught up to the third heaven. And I know how such a man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows—was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak. (2 Corinthians 12:2--4)

Paul had received many visions in his life, six of which are recorded in Acts (9:3--12; 16:9--10; 18:9--10; 22:17--21; 23:11; 27:23--24). He had also received the gospel he preached by revelation (Gal. 1:11--12). But the vision he was about to describe was the most amazing and remarkable of them all. With characteristic humility, he related it in the third person, writing, I know a man in Christ. Obviously, Paul was that man, as verse 7 indicates.

The vision took place fourteen years before the writing of 2 Corinthians, which was in late a.d. 55 or early a.d. 56, putting it sometime between Paul's return to Tarsus from Jerusalem (Acts 9:30) and his commissioning by the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:1--3). Little is known about that period of Paul's life except that during it he ministered in Syria and Cilicia (Gal. 1:21). God may have granted him this personal experience to steel him against the suffering he would experience on his missionary journeys. Having been given a glimpse of the heaven that awaited him, he could face the most relentless and severe suffering that dogged every day of his life. Now, after fourteen years of silence, Paul was apparently relating the vision for the first time..."

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Be Childlike Not Childish

From Preaching Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Why We Believe the Bible is True, Part 2 (John MacArthur)

Why do you believe the Bible? How would you show a skeptic that Scripture answers all the big questions about this world and life after death? You know the Bible has divine power . . . learn how to explain it.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Why We Believe the Bible is True, #1 (John MacArthur)

How many Bibles do you own? How many Bible-driven churches are near you? Was it hard to find this Christian radio broadcast? Whatever your access to Scripture, are you making the most of having God's Word within reach?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sermon Outline: "The Dark Night of the Soul". Matthew 26:36-46

1) His Sorrow (Matthew 26:36–38)
• Matthew 5:3

2) His Supplication (Matthew 26:39–45a)

• John 5:18

• Matthew 6:13

3) His Strength (Matthew 26:45b-46)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Pray Without Ceasing . . . Really? (1 Thessalonians 5 )

Joyful believers will also be prayerful believers. Those who live their Christian lives in joyful dependency on God will continually recognize their own insufficiency and therefore constantly be in an attitude of prayer. Paul's exhortation to the Thessalonians to pray without ceasing is thus a divine mandate to all believers. Pray is from proseuchomai, the most common New Testament word for prayer (e.g., Matt. 6:5--6; Mark 11:24; Luke 5:16; 11:1--2; Acts 10:9; Rom. 8:26; 1 Cor. 14:13--15; Eph. 6:18; Col. 1:9; 2 Thess. 3:1; James 5:13--14, 16). It encompasses all the aspects of prayer: submission, confession, petition, intercession, praise, and thanksgiving. Without ceasing means "constant" and defines prayer not as some perpetual activity of kneeling and interceding but as a way of life marked by a continual attitude of prayer.

The New Testament emphasis on the importance of prayer cannot be overstated. Already in 1 Thessalonians, Paul had written, "As we night and day keep praying most earnestly that we may see your face" (3:10). Many of Paul's other epistles also indicate the importance of prayer (Rom. 12:12; 1 Cor. 7:5; Eph. 6:18--19; Phil. 4:6; Col. 4:2; 2 Thess. 3:1; 1 Tim. 2:8)...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Sacrificing Husband

The world tells husbands, "Don't let anyone tell you what to do. Be a macho man. Grab the gusto. Live for the moment." The Bible's message to husbands is exactly the opposite—"Crucify yourself." Here's how Paul put it in Ephesians 5:25, "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for her." That raises a question: Even a great Christian husband, on his best day, can't match Christ's loving sacrifice for the church. What does Paul expect? John MacArthur answers...

Monday, September 13, 2010

Jesus is the Only Way

This clip entitled "Jesus is the Only Way" is taken from the sermon "Jesus Rejoices In The Holy Spirit" preached by Pastor Mark Driscoll at Mars Hill Church as part of the ongoing series, "Luke: Investigating The Man Who Is God" For more information about this current series, visit

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sermon Outline: Psalm 95:1-11. "Can you Hear His Voice?"

1) Rejoicing (Psalm 95:1-5)
• Psalm 77:13

2) Reverence (Psalm 95:6-7b)
• Psalm 100:3

3) Remembering (Psalm 95:7c-11)
• Exodus 17:2-7

• Hebrews 3:7-19; 4:1-9

Saturday, September 11, 2010

9/11: Where were you (When the world stopped turning) Alan Jackson

Remembering the heartbreak that was September 11, 2001... and the days that followed.
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Friday, September 10, 2010

Satan's Role in the World System (1 John 5)

We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. (1 John 5:19)

Despite the existence of countless political, cultural, and social entities in the world, there are in reality only two realms. It is the comforting privilege of believers, in addition to having eternal life, answered prayer, and victory over sin, to know they belong to God. Though they exist in this world, they are not part of it (John 15:19; 17:14); they are children of God (John 1:12--13), "aliens and strangers" (1 Peter 2:11; cf. 1:1, 17; 1 Chron. 29:15; Ps. 119:19; Heb. 11:13), whose true citizenship is in heaven (Phil. 3:20).

On the other hand, the whole world—its politics, economics, education, entertainment, and, above all, its religion—lies in the power of the evil one. The evil world system is hostile to God and believers (John 15:18--19), as John noted earlier in this epistle. It takes its cue from its ruler, Satan (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; cf. Eph. 2:2; 6:12), the archenemy of God and His people. Because the world is completely under Satan's influence, believers must avoid being contaminated by it (2:15--17; cf. James 1:27).

There is no middle ground, no third option. Everyone is part of God's kingdom, or of Satan's. In the words of Jesus, "He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters" (Luke 11:23). Or as James scathingly declares, "You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God" (James 4:4).

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Why Does God Send People to Hell?

How can God be loving yet send people to hell? from A Passion for Life on Vimeo.

Don Carson answers the question: How can God be loving yet send people to hell? This video is great for a discussion in your small group or Bible study on evangelism, outreach or the sovereignty of God.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

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Monday, September 06, 2010

How do we understand marital roles?

CCEF counselor and faculty member Winston Smith discusses the issue of marital roles. For more information, visit us on the web at

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Sermon Outline: "Journey to Jerusalem" Luke 9:51-62.

1)The Determination Executed (Luke 9:51-53)

• John 4:20-23

2) The Discipleship Error (Luke 9:54-56),

• Luke 9:1-6

• Ephesians 5:15-17

3) The Diversion Excuse (Luke 9:57-62)

• Luke 9:23-27

• Philippians 3:13-14

Thursday, September 02, 2010

THE ROOTS OF WAR!!! Chuck Missler

The Roots of War is a comprehensive study that will be added here over the next few days.

The opening chapter is also Pt 1 in a series : by Chuck Missler called "Israel and the Last Days". You can view the series in its entirety at the following link:

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

History of the Modern "Gospel" (Introduction)

Most people know that there is a difference between what is preached today and what has been preached historically. Many preachers of yesterday exegeted the Scriptures yet today many preachers exegete their own life. What you may not be familiar with, though, is how we got this "gospel" that is preached today. In this series of videos, the ministry Real Truth Matters deals with the history of what we call "The Modern Gospel."