Aug 2009

7492 - Rodney Woo - The Color of Church

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An interview with Dr. Rodney Woo, the head pastor at Wilcrest Baptist Church and a New Testament professor at Houston Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Rodney shares about Wilcrest Baptist Church and the events that transpired that helped transform Wilcrest Baptist from a declining predominately white church to a growing multi-ethnic church with 44 different nations represented. The Lord gave him a burden to reach out to the minority and international community of Alief in Houston, TX by following the Lord’s leading to foster a racially and culturally diverse congregation.

He also speaks a little bit about what the Lord has been doing to bring about a new book that Dr. Woo has written: The Color of Church. It is a book that has been many years in the making and one with which we are hoping and praying that the Lord will use to develop a new wave a racially diverse church congregations around the world.

To learn more about Dr. Rodney Woo, Wilcrest Baptist Church, and his book, “The Color of Church”, read the extensive profile of Dr. Woo and Wilcrest Baptist Church in our Interview section.
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7491 - I Am the True Vine

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In our Bible studies we have been in a series looking at the seven “I Am” statements of Jesus in the Gospel of John.

To close out our ‘I Am’ series, we now look at the last of these seven sayings– I am the true vine. Jesus is in the room of the ‘last supper’ with his disciples, before going to Gethsemane. Listen to John 15 (1,2,4,5):

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful....Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

Here we have the description of a grapevine growing from fertile ground under the watchful eye of a gardener. Jesus is the vine, and supplies everything needed to the branches for life and health.
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7490 - Fear of the Lord

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In this message we look at an expression found in many passages of scripture. "The fear of the Lord."

The first thing that come to mind when I hear this expression is the phrase found in Proverbs (1:7, 9:10, and 15:33) and in Psalms (111:10), "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." But what exactly is the fear of the Lord?
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7489 - I Am the Way, Truth and the Life

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In our series of Bible studies of the seven "I Am" statements made by Jesus in the Gospel of John, we have now come to the sixth statement--I am, the way, the truth and the life.

The night before His crucifixion Jesus was with His disciples preparing them for His departure and encouraging them about the future. Keep in mind, Jesus fully intended to leave the work of the Kingdom in the hand of these eleven apostles. He knew what was ahead--He would be betrayed and crucified. These apostles would be scattered and desert him under the pressure. And Peter would deny Him.

Yet, He did not flinch. You see, He also knew that He would send the Holy Spirit to strengthen and empower them. He knew their fear and timidity would be superseded by boldness and power--even to the point of working miracles as a sign for unbelievers.
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7488 - Faith

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A common theme which runs through each of our messages is the necessity for each individual to exercise faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

What is faith? Let me give you an illustration.

You read about a giant sale of new cars. They have some good deals. You are interested so you talk to them. You choose a make and model, color and the accessories you want. They give you a price and assure you they have plenty in stock, but you must act before Saturday. You go home and make arrangements for financing. You scrape together the required down payment. You get a good nights sleep. You have no fear that they'll change the price. You have no fear that they'll change the deal.

Friend, that's faith. Faith in the dealer.

Listen to a 60 second SONspot which talks about faith and then we will discuss faith further.
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7487 - I Am the Ressurection & the Life

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God’s self-existence is assumed and established from the beginning of the Bible (Gen 1:1): “In the beginning God...” Note that God is only introduced.

One of those passages in which we see the self-existence of God very plainly is Exodus 3. God sent Moses to Pharaoh and to the Nation of Israel to tell them they would be freed. When Moses asks how he should respond to the question, “Who sent you?” God told him to say “I Am has sent me....I Am who I am.” This is an expression of underived existence. Nothing created God, for in essence to be created is to be subordinate to the creator. God has always been and will always be.

As Jesus Christ ministered, He uttered in the Greek language, thirty-six times an echo of this “I AM” from God. Twenty-three of these expressions are in the book of John. At times this was only an expression which mean “It is I,” but at other times Jesus was openly declaring His deity.
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7486 - I Am the Good Shepherd

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We are in a series of studies looking at the seven "I am" sayings of Jesus Christ in the Gospel of John. This is now the fourth of the series and we will be looking at Jesus' statement, "I am the good shepherd."
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7485 - I Am the Door

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Today we are studying the phrase uttered by Jesus, "I am the door (KJ) or the gate (NIV). Thirty-six times in the Greek New Testament Jesus Christ uses the phrase "I am" in various statements. Twenty-three of these occur in the Gospel of John. Sometimes Christ simply meant "It is I," but other times He was stating His deity, because "I am" is how God describes and names himself in the Old Testament.

In Exodus (3:13) when Moses asked God His name, God said to Moses, "I am who I am. That is what you are to say to Israel: 'I Am has sent me to you.'" God says His name is "I Am," and this name is a form of the Hebrew "to be". God's name tells us that He is, He exists. He is eternal and has always been and will always be. He is sovereign and will be what He will be. He is faithful and will always be what He has always been, the same yesterday, today and forever.
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7484 - Carlton Smith - Dare to be a Daniel

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An interview with Carlton Smith. He shares on his work with Dare to be a Daniel, a ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association striving to equip “tweens” (kids 9-14) to live boldly for Jesus Christ and share Him with their friends.
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7483 - Faith in the Unseen

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In many cultures we have little difficulty in finding people who have trouble believing things they haven’t seen, especially if it involves areas of life which they cannot authenticate by their senses. They think if they can’t touch it or taste it, then how could it be real.

Listen to a 60 second SONspot which portrays a person like this.

The young man in this spot is like many who have been educated & trained in our scientific age. They have been given the impression that if something cannot be perceived by the bodily senses then it cannot be real.
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7482 - I Am the Light of the World

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In the Gospel of John there are seven metaphorical statements picturing our Lord Jesus Christ. They are:
• I am the bread of life
• I am the light of the world
• I am the door (or gate)
• I am the good shepherd
• I am the resurrection and the life
• I am the way, the truth and the life
• I am the true vine

In each of these Jesus seeks to open the mind of the hearer, and those who now read His Word, to the truth that Jesus is the one and only source of life which God intended people to experience.
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7481 - I Am the Bread of Life

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During the next few weeks we are going to be looking at seven distinct announcements which Jesus made in the book of John, all of which are introduced with the words 'I Am'.

He said:
• I am the bread of life. (John 6:35)
• I am the light of the world. (8:12)
• I am the door. (10:9)
• I am the good shepherd. (10:11)
• I am the resurrection and the life (11:25)
• I am the way, the truth and the life. (14:6) and
• I am the true vine. (15:1)

Today let's focus on the first of these statements: I am the bread of life.
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7480 - Entrance Requirements for Heaven

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Students, who desire to enter a particular school, begin by familiarizing themselves with the entry requirements. Only then are they able to determine whether they qualify, or whether they must first pass through some special preparation steps.

A greater quest exists for those who have a desire to gain admission into heaven. The requirements for entrance into heaven are found in the Bible.

Entry requirements into heaven are very high. After all, these are holy environs. Any introduction of evil would destroy the environment of holiness. So, everyone who enters must qualify according to the righteous standards of Almighty God. A person must be pure. They must be holy and blameless. They must be without blemish and without fault. In fact they must be perfect (Mt 5:8; Col 1:22; 1 Thes 3:13; Heb 10:10,14; Jude 24).

Anyone seeking entry with any less credentials would be quickly rebuffed and sent away, because such entry would be an unacceptable affront to God’s pure and holy nature.
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