This message lays out three issues dealing with fatherhood: 1) God’s father-heart in relation to His creation, 2) Developing a father-heart in parenting our children, 3) the great need for ‘fathers’ to be raised up in the Church to disciple young believers.
The idea that Jesus loves us as much as the Father loves Him (Jn. 15:9) empowers our hearts to break free from condemnation, self-pity and worthless goals. When we understand that we are adopted in to the family of God, rejection is broken off of us, we no longer strive to get affirmation from others, and we walk in the freedom of acceptance.
The Gift of Righteousness - Mike Bickle (Rom. 3:21-31)
In this message Mike talks about Romans 3:21-31 and how we have all sinned and are not worthy of justification, but we are “justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…” It’s not by our acts that we are justified/declared righteous in God’s sight, but it’s by faith, knowing that God has made a way for us to be called righteous.
Mike states God’s solution for all human beings is to give them the gift of righteousness (Rom. 3:21-31). The righteousness of God, or the very quality of God’s righteousness and purity, has been given freely to all sinners who will come to Jesus in faith and repentance.
Now the righteousness of God apart from the law [earning it] is revealed [openly manifest] … 22 through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. (Rom. 3:21-22)
Worth of Christ and Incessant Worship - Stephen Venable
Worship Set and Announcements end at 1:06:00.
In this teaching, Stephen Venable (instructor and dean at IHOPU) relates the movement of 24/7 prayer and worship to the worth of Jesus as the one who is most deserving of all of our adoration and praise all of the time. Worship is not a means to an end, it is the end. Before there were any needs that had to be met, bodies to be healed, or injustices to be ended, the beauty of the LORD warranted the incessant cries of the seraphim and the worship of the first man, Adam. God first and foremost made us to serve Him, not the other way around.
The past month I have been studying Genesis and the creation of the Earth before the Fall, and also before the flood. During this time God has been showing me a lot of what the next Age will look like. By understanding how the Earth was we can see a glimpse of how it will be, because it’s all going back to the Garden of Eden (means pleasure, delight.) (Isa. 11: 6-9)
This teaching is a great introduction into what Heaven and Earth is and how God created them to interact. I would say that the main premise is that God will bring Heaven and Earth together again in the next Age. That’s exciting!
John Piper has really strong words about what he calls a “false Gospel.” He lays out his top three reasons for calling the prosperity Gospel a “false Gospel”, all of them deeply rooted in the Word (these verses aren’t open to interpretation!)