This week, Pastor Evan Brown teaches from 1 Cor. 1:18-2:16 as we continue in the series, “Revelational Ministry.” We learn that God deeply loves us, and He wants to reveal Himself to us. Worldly wisdom, human philosophies, and intellectual pursuits cannot help us come to know God. God kindly seeks our affection and invites us to know him by the power of the Holy Spirit and through the scriptures. All worldly wisdom and earthly authorities will eventually pass away. Yet God has powerfully overcome death through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Therefore, God can set us free from horrific afflictions that assault our minds and help us navigate any of life’s challenges. God freely gives wisdom, salvation, and rescue to all who seek Him in spirit and in truth.
Various behaviors can open the door to the occult in our lives—many are seemingly harmless. However, the effect of those “seemingly harmless” behaviors have a significant read-out in the spiritual realm. We will be specifically identifying many of the workings of witchcraft, rebellion, and sorcery, because they are likely not what you may think!
In the continuation of our Revelational Frameworks Series, our founding pastor Daniel Brown explains and defines some of the Spiritual Gifts, as noted in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11. These gifts (or "spirituals") are given to us by the Holy Spirit "for the common good", which means these "sparks" are not for us to keep, but to pass on to whomever they are meant for, and everybody in the Kingdom is a candidate for those deliveries!
1 Corinthians 12:7-11
Self-righteousness, self-justification, self pity and self-preservation: once we open the door to one of these, the rest so easily can enter and align themselves to form a prison of “The Kingdom of Self.” This kingdom is full of our own isolation, our own deception, and our own bitterness. That can sound so intimidating and immovable! Yet, Jesus always has a way! This evening, we will dive into scripture and identify the Biblical truths that can obliterate the tangled mental and emotional web of these snares!
Legalism, double-mindedness, selfish ambition, pride, judgment, a critical heart: all of these can be manifestations of a religious spirit’s influence in our hearts, minds, and actions. Let’s recognize these for what they are, and learn what truth the Bible gives us about this multifaceted foe.
Part One: “Walking Out Deliverance”
Everyone’s journey through deliverance is different. There is no one-size-fits-all “formula” to the breakthrough and freedom that we desire. However, the Lord does have patterns for accomplishing breakthrough in our lives and He wants to reveal those to us! There are predictably recognizable schemes of the enemy as well as the ever-present tendencies of our flesh that can trip us up along the way. This evening we will dive into these patterns, schemes, and tendencies to more easily find that “narrow path” that leads us to life!
Part Two: “Breaking the Hold of Fear & Anxiety”
Does anxiety have only natural explanations? Or, are there spiritual elements that cause and contribute to its intensity in so many of our lives? We are going to look at how fear and anxiety are linked, plus the traps they can bring about in our lives. More importantly, we will learn how the Lord can and will bring about the release and relief from fear and anxiety’s terrible burdens.
Pastor Daniel Brown taught about the contrary spiritual forces that oppose us and hinder our
walk with God. Why do I feel like such a failed believer? Why can’t I make headway? What
keeps blowing me off into wrong places? Our flesh, our old self versus our new self in Christ
means that we are perpetually faced with putting off the old and putting on the new. (Galatians
Pastor Daniel focused on four categories of death-dealing, loss-bringing, hope-stealing evil: the
WORLD, (1 John 2:16-17), our FLESH, (Galatians 5:16-17), the SIN-FORCE, (Romans 7:20, 22-23),
and the EVIL-SPIRITED, Acts 19:16, Mark 1:26-27, Matthew 7:18-20).
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers,
against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the
heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
What is spiritual bondage? What does the Bible have to say about it? How do we end up in spiritual bondage? We will discuss the story of the Gadarene Demoniac as a poignant example of the great exchange of deliverance: from bondage to freedom, chaos to peace.
The Lord intends for us to live an abundant life in freedom and to experience all the purposes He planned for our lives. So, why do we all have parts of our lives where those hopes feel out of our reach? We will examine how the Lord reaches out to us in our need, with His deliverance--doing what only He can do for us!
Pastor Evan Brown introduces an exciting new six-week series that will be offered this summer titled, “Revelational Framework.” Many of the topics that will be covered will revolve around the fact that God reveals truth to us that we cannot access by our own understanding and yet God’s truth is always founded and confirmed in the scriptures. This week, Judy Gonzales shares her personal story of how God has revealed Himself to her at various times in her life that has resulted in greater understanding, spiritual insight, and freedom to overcome areas of oppression. In addition, we study how Jesus gave his followers new revelation by: 1) Opening their eyes to see a spiritual reality within their physical setting; 2) Opening the scriptures to give them understanding beyond what they already knew; and 3) Opening their minds to give them spiritual insight that had not yet been revealed to them. God promises to be found by all who seek Him. He gives wisdom freely without reproach.Yet God’s truths are inaccessible with the human mind alone. These truths are only accessible by revelation from God and through the Scriptures. This week’s passages are from Luke 10:21-24, Luke 24:1-10, and Luke 24:27-32.