Posts by John Longmire (Page 2)

Posts by John Longmire (Page 2)

The Authority of Jesus: Putting His Teachings into Practice – Matthew 7:24-27


“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, the…

The Authority of Jesus: The Only Way – John 14:6 

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6) Pastor John’s Notes: Jesus Christ made unique claims. He did not claim to know the way, nor did he claim to know the truth, or the life; he claimed to be them. We tend to think that there are eternal principles in the universe that even God must obey. But there is nothing above God. Truth is…

The Authority of Jesus: Teachings from God – John 7:16-17

Jesus answered them, “My teaching isn’t mine but is from the one who sent me. If anyone wants to do his will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own. (John 7:16-17) Pastor John’s Notes: There is a prerequisite to understanding the teachings of Christ: We must first want to do the will of God. If we desire to do God’s will, then it will be obvious that Jesus’ teachings are…

The Teachings of Christ: His Authority – Matthew 7:28-29

This week we will focus on the teachings of Christ and how they are different from the teachings of the world. In the Great Commission, Jesus instructs us to teach others everything that he has taught us.  The crowds were astonished at his teaching, because he was teaching them like one who had authority, and not like their scribes. (Matthew 7:28-29) Pastor John’s Notes: The teachings of Christ are like no other. Whenever Jesus taught, the people heard a difference…

Spiritual Life Begins with God – Acts 2:39

For the promise is for you and for your children, and for all who are far off,as many as the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:39) Pastor John’s Notes: Here we see the moving power behind our spiritual lives. It is God who initiated our relationship. Even before we chose to follow after God, God chose us. Jesus once said to his disciples, “You did not choose me, but I chose you” (John 15:16). This is not to say…

A Promise for Children – Acts 2:39

For the promise is for you and for your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:39) Pastor John’s Notes: God’s promise of the Holy Spirit is for everyone, even for children. Jesus once said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:14). The Holy Spirit can sometimes work more effectively in children because worldly…

A Prelude to the Gift of the Holy Spirit – Acts 2:37-38

When they heard this, they were pierced to the heart and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles: “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:37-38) Pastor John’s Notes: The Holy Spirit is the very Spirit of God. He is the Spirit that came upon Jesus Christ at his baptism.…

A Sign of Our Repentance – Acts 2:37-38

When they heard this, they were pierced to the heart and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles: “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:37-38) Pastor John’s Notes: When the Day of Pentecost came, the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the believers and they were able…

A New Identification with God – Matthew 28:18-20

Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:18-20) Pastor John’s Notes: To be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit means that we are now identified with God. Saint Paul…

Baptism: The Sign of a New Life – Matthew 28:18-20 

Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:18-20) Pastor John’s Notes: Baptism signifies the beginning of our new life as disciples of Jesus Christ. It is our public response to the working of the…