volume_upOctober 27, 2020 Revival & the Need for Oil
Jesus once released a famous parable that focused on a wedding. There were ten virgin bridesmaids all awaiting the Bridegroom to appear so that the wedding festivities could begin. In the parable, Jesus declares that half of those bridesmaids were wise, and that half were foolish. What made the difference between the two groups? The wise ones carried oil and the foolish ones did not. This parable centers around the Second Coming of Jesus at the end of the age. The bridesmaids represent two types of people: those who are prepared for the coming of the Bridegroom and those who are not. Because Jesus highlights the presence of oil as the defining mark between the two groups, what do we need to glean from what He taught? What is the oil and how do I know if I have it? What do the lanterns that each virgin held represent? Can't I have oil without the lantern? Can I have the lantern without the oil? This is no small lesson from the Son of God. The closer we get to the end of the age, the more important it becomes for each of us to discern if we have oil for our lanterns. It is not enough to hold the lantern because, if there is no oil, we become like the foolish virgins who experienced much loss when the Bridegroom appeared unexpectedly.
volume_upOctober 27, 2020 Revival & the Sanctity of Life
It is likely that every true Christian would desire God-sent revival if they thought long enough about the possibility. Who among us would not wish to witness mass salvations, widescale miraculous healings, open deliverance from demonic strongholds put on display, or a fresh outpouring of signs and wonders through the power of Holy Spirit? We would all desire to be a witness to these things that characterized the Church in the Book of Acts. The question that needs to be answered first is, "Are we ready to steward such an outpouring from God?" God will likely withhold revival on the grand scale until His people are hungry, humble, unified and purified. There are current barriers to revival coming to the Church in America that must first be addressed. This podcast highlights one of the most significant demonic strongholds that is very much apparent among those who consider themselves Jesus-followers. This stronghold is anchored in the American Christian's willingness to embrace the philosophy and practice of abortion. What is God's heart toward the practice of abortion? Is there anything from Scripture that might serve to indicate how God will deal with us as it pertains to abortion? Does the Bible clearly address the issue or is it truly as confusing as our culture portrays it? This is NOT a political issue. This is a topic that either exalts God or diminishes God in the eyes of those who are looking to the Church to take a position. Take the time to listen to Jeff Lyle walk us through the issues surrounding abortion, and then personally answer the only essential question: Do I believe God and stand with God on this issue of abortion and the sanctity of life? If we can come to agreement on this issue in the American Church, we have cleared a massive hurdle in our pursuit of awakening and revival.
volume_upOctober 27, 2020 Remarrying Word & Spirit
If forced to choose which of these two treasures would most flavor your Christianity, which would you pick? The Word of God or The power of the Holy Spirit Quite the dilemma, isn’t it? Well, thanks be to God that He has never asked us to choose, nor will He. Sadly, many (if not most) churches and denominations want us to do so. A great divorce has occurred and Christians are often forced to pick which parent they will live with: Word or Spirit. The early Church was marked by God with apostolic truth (the Word) and Holy Spirit’s supernatural gifts and power (the Spirit). Why should today’s manifestation of Christianity be any different? We must prioritize both. In this podcast, Jeff Lyle calls us to embrace the remarriage of Word and Spirit in our own walks and in the churches wherein we worship and serve. We cannot afford to prioritize either one while ignoring the other. The early Christians required both in their generation and so do we.
volume_upOctober 14, 2020 Introducing, Mavericks & Misfits!
Amidst all the fading trends and fossilized traditions that pass themselves off as Christianity, many Jesus-followers find themselves spiritually homeless, living without a tribe to which they can connect. There has to be a landing spot for mavericks and misfits - a place they can call their home. Jeff Lyle, a self-declared church maverick and ministry misfit, hosts this podcast in order to cut through through all the incomplete, inaccurate and inadequate expression of modern Christianity.