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The Sabbath Rest

Friday, 29 Jul 2016 Leave a comment

A new teaching has been uploaded to the Writings page called The Sabbath Rest.

The Sabbath is one of the most misunderstood observances in the Bible. The legalism adopted by the Jews over the Sabbath has bled forcefully into the parts of the Christian church that take the Sabbath seriously. Most other Christians appear to be just as ignorant about the true meaning of the Sabbath, but in a disinterested sense. In this message we will see how to recover God’s full intent for us in the Sabbath. We will find that it is a state of continual rest in the provision of God for us in Christ through faith in the Gospel.

The Three Comings of Christ

Saturday, 23 Jul 2016 Leave a comment

A new teaching has been uploaded to the Writings page called The Three Comings of Christ.

All Christians believe that Christ will come again. This is a simple, clear fact of the New Testament. But, very few understand that Christ will actually come again twice. In this article we examine the three comings of Christ.

Categories: End Times, Writings

The Things Concerning Himself

Sunday, 3 Jul 2016 Leave a comment
A new teaching is available today. But, this message is primarily a video message – a first for Effectual Faith ~ The Hope of Glory.

Video message: The Things Concerning Himself (YouTube)
Study guide: The Things Concerning Himself (PDF)

I have read the story of Jesus walking with the men on the road to Emmaus a number of times. My usual response at the point in the story where Jesus “expounds unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” was, “Luke, why didn’t you write all of it down?!”  When I read this passage most recently, I had a completely different response.  I clearly felt the Holy Spirit spark the idea in me to create a message that imagined what Jesus might have said to the disciples on the road to Emmaus.
This message is the culmination of that inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It begins with Moses and winds through all the prophets laying out those prophesies about the Messiah that Jesus might have illustrated to them.  It imagines how Jesus might have showed them that they should have clearly recognized Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah.
This message is relevant to both Christians and unbelievers.  For Christians, it should inspire tremendous faith that God fulfills His promises completely.  There are a number of prophecies yet unfulfilled, and many promises have been made to Christians based on the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Reminding ourselves how faithful God is should stir great faith in us to believe God for things we need in our lives. It is one of the vital parts in the Law of Faith for receiving from God – faith is what gives substance to the things we hope for. (See the teaching “The Law of Faith” for more.)
For unbelievers, many people simply do not realize that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus were so specifically predicted 400 to 1,800 years before they occurred. This message can be a starting point for them to begin learning of God’s love and provision for them both now and in eternity.
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