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(People God Uses) 03, Beware of Ambition (Text Transcription)

Scripture: Acts 3:12-13 All right, let’s turn now in our Bibles to Acts 3. And we want to begin tonight at verse 12. We’ve been looking at the characteristics of the men that God used to accomplish His eternal purposes here on earth. We found that they were men of prayer, and that they were men of f... Read More

1. God's Model For The Church

"Upon this rock I will build my church..." Matthew 16:18 In Calvary Chapel we look to the book of Acts as the model for the church. We believe that church history, for the most part, has been a sad and tragic story of failure. Many horrible things have been done in the name of Jesus Christ under the... Read More

10. The Supremacy Of Love

"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." John 13:35 Without love all the gifts and powers of the Holy Spirit are meaningless and worthless. "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a t... Read More

11. Striking The Balance

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." II Timothy 2:15 An important characteristic of Calvary Chapel Fellowships is our desire not to divide God's people over non-essential issues. This is not to say that we do not hav... Read More

12. Ventures Of Faith

"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Hebrews 11:6 It's always an exciting thing to give God a chance to work. God wants you to be a part of what He is doing. God doesn't want... Read More

2. Church Government

"And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church," Ephesians 1:22 We recognize that the New Testament doesn't give a clear definitive statement of God's preference for church government. In Scripture, we find three basic forms of church government. T... Read More

3. Empowered By The Spirit

"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Acts 1:8 Another Calvary Chapel distinctive is our position concerning the Holy Spirit. We belie... Read More

4. Building The Church God's Way

"Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts." Zechariah 4:6 Another distinctive characteristic of Calvary Chapel is our relaxed casual style. We don't get involved in a lot of spiritual hype. We don't try to motivate people carnally, and we aren't apt to shout at the congr... Read More

5. Grace Upon Grace

"For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace..." Hebrews 13:9 Calvary Chapel has a distinctive position on the subject of God's grace. We realize that without the grace of God none of us would have a chance. We need the grace of God in our lives. We need it daily. We experience i... Read More

6. The Priority Of The Word

"Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine." I Timothy 4:13 Another primary distinctive of Calvary Chapel is our endeavor to declare to people the whole counsel of God. We see this principle illustrated when Paul met with the Ephesian elders in Acts 20. As they were on the... Read More

7. The Centrality Of Jesus Christ

"For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord..." II Corinthians 4:5 One of the important characteristics of Calvary Chapel is the centrality of Jesus Christ in our worship. We don't allow any practice or behavior that would distract people from focusing on Him. For example, we don't allow... Read More

8. The Rapture Of The Church

"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ." Titus 2:13 The Rapture refers to that time when Jesus is going to come, without warning, and take away His church from this earth. After the Rapture, the Lord will pour out His wrath upon this ... Read More

9. Having Begun In The Spirit

"Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit..." II Corinthians 3:5-6 Calvary Chapel is a work that was begun by the Spirit. Every new and gr... Read More

After the long night... It's Time for the Sonrise!

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; n... Read More

Amos 3:2

To Whom Much is Given, Much is Required I. God's choice of the nation of Israel. "You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth." A. God created man that He might have a meaningful loving relationship with him. He created man a threefold being, spirit, mind, and body. Man was a spirit, liv... Read More

Amos 3:3

"WALKING WITH GOD" Intro: "What doth the Lord require of thee but to do justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God?" Our text gives us the condition necessary to walk with God "Can two walk together except they be agreed?" I. IT IS POSSIBLE TO WALK WITH GOD. A. Not many discover this j... Read More

Amos 4:12

"PREPARE TO MEET THY GOD" Intro: The thought here is to prepare to die and face the judgment of God. I. NOTICE HOW GOD HAD SOUGHT TO AVERT THE MEETING. A. He had sent warning judgments. 1. Food shortages. 2. Erratic weather patterns. 3. Med fly and grasshoppers. 4. Viral diseases. 5. Earthquakes and... Read More

Amos 4:6

I. GOD'S DEALlNG WITH ISRAEL BECOMES PARABLE. A. "God is not willing that any should perish." 1. He purposely allows events to turn us to Himself. 2. He puts obstacles in our path finally the cross itself. a. Young man who desired to go out. B. All are to face God. 1. We will stand before Him condem... Read More

Amos 7:14

"THE CALL OF GOD" I. GOD HAS A PLAN OF SERVICE FOR EACH OF US. A. He did not redeem us that -- 1. We might be as a beautiful ornament, just filling a pew. 2. His interest in you goes far beyond redemption. 3. God desires to use your life to touch others. B. God uses human instruments to accomplish H... Read More

Amos 8:11

"THE FAMINE FOR THE WORD OF GOD" Intro: For years the Bible has been the #1 seller. Yet there is a famine for the Word of God. Amos a layman, herdsman & fig picker. Prophet to Israel first message to Damascus - Gaza - Tyre - Edon - Moab - Judah - mild -thunders against sins of Israel - privilege cre... Read More

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