The Blessings of Forgiveness

THE BLESSINGS OF FORGIVENESS I) INTRODUCTION A) STORY OF JOSEPH: HIS BROTHERS HAD SOLD HIM INTO SLAVERY IN EGYPT. HE BECAME HEAD OF POTIPHER’S HOUSE AND WAS WRONGFULLY IMPRISIONED WHEN POTIPHER’S WIFE FALSELY ACCUSED HIM, BUT JOSEPH KEPT A RIGHT SPIRIT TOWARD GOD AND GOD WAS FAITHFUL AND RAISED HIM UP AS GOVERNOR OVER THE HARVEST OF EGYPT. HIS BROTHERS WHO HAD SOLD HIM INTO EGYPT CAME TO EGYPT FOR FOOD BECAUSE OF THE FAMINE. (GENESIS 45:1 – 11; 50:19 – 21) B) DISCUSS IMPLICATIONS OF THE … [Read more...]

A Walk In Romans

VICTORIOUS CHRISTIAN LIVING (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) INTRODUCTION – A FEW WEEKS AGO WE CELEBRATED RESURRECTION SUNDAY & CHRIST’S VICTORY OVER DEATH, HELL & THE GRAVE. HIS VICTORY WAS WON THROUGH HIS WILLINGNESS TO DIE ON THE CROSS. VICTORIOUS CHRISTIAN LIVING LEADS US TO THE CROSS AS WE “ARE BAPTIZED INTO HIS DEATH” SO THAT HIS LIFE MAY BE BIRTHED AND SUSTAINED IN US…. ROM 5:1 – 5 KJV: THEREFORE BEING JUSTIFIED BY FAITH, WE HAVE PEACE WITH GOD THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST: 2 BY … [Read more...]

God Has Not Lost Control

GOD IS IN CONTROL (THINGS ARE NOT AS THEY SEEM) (PASTOR LEE JACKSON FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION – THE OLD TESTAMENT BOOK OF ISAIAH WAS WRITTEN ABOUT 700BC, ONLY 300 YEARS AFTER THE GLORIOUS REIGN OF KIND DAVID. THE NATION WAS DIVIDED AND BOTH DIVISIONS ISRAEL AND JUDAH HAD FALLEN INTO SIN AND IDOLATRY. THE PURPOSE OF BOOK OF ISAIAH WAS TO CALL JUDAH BACK TO GOD. ISAIAH LIVED IN A DAY NOT UNLIKE OUR OWN. JEWISH SOCIETY HAD BECOME DEGRADED, SINFUL AND UNASHAMED. THEY HAD TURNED THEIR BACKS UPON … [Read more...]

The Relationship Between Roots and Fruit

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ROOTS AND FRUIT (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) 1) INTRODUCTION – MANY SERMONS AND MUCH TEACHING EMPHASIZING THE FRUIT OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE THAT WE LOOK FOR IN THE LIFE OF A MATURE CHRISTIAN. GALATIONS 5:22-23 PROVIDES AT LEAST A PARTIAL LISTING: “…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” NIV 2) JESUS CURSED THE FIG TREE BECAUSE IT BORE NO FRUIT: Mar 11:12- 14 (NIV) The next day as they were … [Read more...]

Abiding in the Vine

GOD'S FORMULA FOR SUCCESSFUL CHRISTIAN LIVING (ABIDING IN THE VINE) (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION - ON THE EVE OF THE PASSOVER, JESUS CELEBRATED THE PASSOVER MEAL WITH HIS DISCIPLES. (JOHN 13:1) JOHN CHAPTER 13 - 17 GIVES US A FRONT ROW SEAT TO THIS VERY INTIMATE AND SPECIAL EVENT. IT WAS JESUS OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE HIS HEART WITH HIS DISCIPLES BEFORE GOING TO THE CROSS. IT BEGAN WITH JESUS WASHING HIS DISCIPLES FEET. IN CHAPTER 14 JESUS SAID "LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED … I … [Read more...]

Fruit of the Spirit (Patience)

THE NECESSITY OF PATIENCE (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION – PATIENCE IS ONE OF THOSE WORDS THAT WE QUICKLY SKIP OVER IN SCRIPTURE. IT IS NOT AN EXCITING WORD, RATHER BORING IN FACT, THAT IS UNTIL YOU UNDERSTAND ITS ROLE AND SIGNIFICANCE IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE. AS A YOUNGER MAN I USED TO HUNT AND I QUICKLY LEARNED THE IMPORTANCE OF PATIENCE IN WAITING FOR THE DEER TO COME OUT AND FOR THAT WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY FOR THE RIGHT SHOT. I ALSO REMEMBER MY UNCLE VICTOR. HE WAS A … [Read more...]

Fruit of the Spirit (Self Control)

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT – SELF-CONTROL (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) INTRO – TODAY WE WILL CONTINUE ON WITH THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT DESCRIBED IN GALATIONS 5:22&23. TODAY WE WILL TALKING ABOUT SELF-CONTROL (NIV) OR TEMPERANCE (KJV). THE GREEK WORD IS “???????????” PHONETICALLY PRONOUNCED “egkrateia. TEXT: GALATIANS 5:22, 23 (NIV): BUT THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, 23 GENTLENESS AND SELF-CONTROL. AGAINST SUCH THINGS THERE IS NO … [Read more...]

Fruit of the Spirit (Goodness)

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT – GOODNESS (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) INTRO – TODAY WE WILL CONTINUE ON WITH THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT DESCRIBED IN GALATIONS 5:DID YOU EVER SAY “SHE IS A GOOD WOMAN OR HE IS A GOOD MAN.” WHAT DID YOU MEAN BY THAT? THE GREEK WORD ??????????? IS PHONETICALLY PRONOUNCED agatho?sune? IT OCCURS 4 TIMES IN KJ NEW TESTAMENT: ROM_15:14, GAL_5:22, EPH_5:9, 2TH_1:11. GOODNESS IN THE BIBLE IS A VERY, VERY WORTHY TRAIT. ACCORDING TO GEORGE WOOD IN HIS BOOK “LIVING IN THE SPIRIT”, … [Read more...]

Fruit of the Spirit (Gentleness)

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT – GENTLENESS (MEEKNESS) (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) INTRO – TODAY WE WILL CONTINUE ON WITH THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT DESCRIBED IN GALATIONS 5:22&23. TODAY WE WILL TALKING ABOUT GENTLENESS (NIV)OR MEEKNESS (KJV). THE GREEK WORD IS “?????????” PHONETICALLY PRONOUNCED “PRAOTE?S” STRONGS CONCORDANCE DEFINES THIS WORD AS MEANING: GENTLENESS; BY IMPLICATION HUMILITY; THAYER ANOTHER NOTED CONCORDANCES IS SIMILAR: GENTLENESS, MILDNESS, MEEKNESS. CLARK’S COMMENTARY: … [Read more...]

Born Free Living Free

BORN FREE, LIVING FREE (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) IT IS NOT VERY OFTEN THAT WE HEAR OF ABOUT CHRISTIANS THAT PUBLICLY ANNOUNCE THAT THEY HAVE HAD ENOUGH, THAT THEY ARE TURNING BACK. THESE DECISIONS ARE TYPICALLY NOT ANNOUNCED, BUT MADE IN SECRET IN THE DEEPEST RECESSES OF OUR HEART, BUT THE RESULTS ARE QUICKLY EVIDENT TO EVERYONE OBSERVING OUR LIVES. PAUL, THE APOSTLE, STARTED MANY CHURCHES IN HIS MISSIONARY JOURNEYS, BUT HE DIDN'T JUST START THEM AND LEAVE THEM. HE KEPT HIS HAND ON THEIR … [Read more...]

The Freedom That Christ Brings

THE FREEDOM THAT CHRIST BRINGS (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION – THE SONG GOES “LAND WHERE OUR FATHERS DIED LAND WITH THE PILGRIM’S PRIDE ON EVERY MOUNTAINSIDE, LET FREEDOM RING”. ONCE AGAIN WE CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY MARKING THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE FROM ENGLAND AND THE TYRANNY OF TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION. WE AS CITIZENS OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY ARE BLESSED WITH FREEDOM AND THE BENEFITS THAT FREEDOM HAS BROUGHT TO US IN GOVERNMENT, … [Read more...]

A Biblical Perspective on Freedom

A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE ON THE MEANING OF FREEDOM (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) I. INTRODUCTION - THIS WEEK WE CLEBRATE THE 4TH OF JULY. (IT HAS BEEN 235 YRS SINCE THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE WAS SIGNED ON JULY 4TH 1776.) IT IS EASY TO TAKE OUR FREEDOM FOR GRANTED, BUT AS YOU GROW OLDER YOU REALIZE THAT THE FREEDOM WE ENJOY TODAY HAS BEEN VERY COSTLY. MANY YOUNG MEN AND RECENTLY YOUNG WOMEN TOO, HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES TO GUARD AND PROTECT THE FREEDOM THAT WE ENJOY. THIS IS EVEN MORE SO FOR … [Read more...]

The Blessings of Forgiveness

THE BLESSINGS OF FORGIVENESS (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION A) STORY OF JOSEPH: HIS BROTHERS HAD SOLD HIM INTO SLAVERY IN EGYPT. HE BECAME HEAD OF POTIPHER’S HOUSE AND WAS WRONGFULLY IMPRISIONED WHEN POTIPHER’S WIFE FALSELY ACCUSED HIM, BUT JOSEPH KEPT A RIGHT SPIRIT TOWARD GOD AND GOD WAS FAITHFUL AND RAISED HIM UP AS GOVERNOR OVER THE HARVEST OF EGYPT. HIS BROTHERS WHO HAD SOLD HIM INTO EGYPT CAME TO EGYPT FOR FOOD BECAUSE OF THE FAMINE. (GENESIS 45:1 – 11; 50:19 – 21) B) … [Read more...]

Principles of Forgiveness

PRINCIPLES OF FORGIVENESS (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION A) STORY OF JOSEPH (GENESIS 45:5 – 15; 50:19 – 21) B) JESUS PRAYED ON THE CROSS: “FATHER FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO…” C) DISCUSS IMPLICATIONS OF THE YEAR OF JUBILEE – INVOLVES FORGIVENESS OF DEBT AND RESTORATION OF LIFE AND PROPERTY (LEV 25:11) II) WHY MUST WE FORGIVE? A) BECAUSE JESUS TAUGHT US DO SO (MATT 6:12) B) BECAUSE YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER FORGAVE YOU (MATT 18:21 – 34) C) SO THAT YOUR PRAYERS … [Read more...]

Feasts of Israel (Part 7)

FEASTS OF ISRAEL (PART 7: FEAST OF TABERNACLES) (PASTOR LEE JACKSON – FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION – TODAY WE HAVE OUR 7TH AND FINAL INSTALLMENT ON THE FEASTS OF ISRAEL AND HOW THEY POINTED TO AND WERE FULFILLED BY JESUS CHRIST. WE HAVE SEEN HOW THE FEAST OF PASSOVER REPRESENTS OUR THE FIRST MAJOR ENCOUNTER WITH GOD, THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. THE FEAST OF PASSOVER, AS FULFILLED BY JESUS CHRIST ENABLES US TO HAVE PEACE WITH GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. THE FEAST OF PENTECOST REPRESENTS THE SECOND MAJOR … [Read more...]

Feasts of Israel (Part 6)

FEASTS OF ISRAEL (PART 6: DAY OF ATONEMENT – YOM KIPPUR) (PASTOR LEE JACKSON – FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION – TODAY WE HAVE OUR 6TH INSTALLMENT OF THE FEASTS OF ISRAEL AND HOW THEY POINTED TO AND WERE FULFILLED BY JESUS CHRIST. WE HAVE SEEN HOW THE FEAST OF PASSOVER REPRESENTS OUR THE FIRST MAJOR ENCOUNTER WITH GOD, THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. THE FEAST OF PASSOVER, AS FULFILLED BY JESUS CHRIST ENABLES US TO HAVE PEACE WITH GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. THE FEAST OF PENTECOST REPRESENTS THE SECOND MAJOR … [Read more...]

Feasts of Israel (Part 5)

FEASTS OF ISRAEL (PART 5: TRUMPETS) (PASTOR LEE JACKSON – FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION – TODAY WE HAVE OUR 5TH INSTALLMENT OF THE FEASTS OF ISRAEL AND HOW THEY POINTED TO AND WERE FULFILLED BY JESUS CHRIST. WE HAVE SEEN HOW THE FEAST OF PASSOVER, WHICH INCLUDED THE FEASTS OF UNLEAVENED BEAD AND THE FEAST OF FIRST FRUITS REPRESENTS OUR THE FIRST MAJOR ENCOUNTER WITH GOD, THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. THE FEAST OF PASSOVER, AS FULFILLED BY JESUS CHRIST ENABLES US TO HAVE PEACE WITH GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. … [Read more...]

Feasts of Israel (Part 4)

FEASTS OF ISRAEL (PART 4: PENTECOST) (PASTOR LEE JACKSON – FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION – TODAY WE HAVE OUR 4TH INSTALLMENT ON THE FEASTS OF ISRAEL AND HOW THEY POINTED TO AND WERE FULFILLED BY JESUS CHRIST. THE FEAST OF PASSOVER, INCLUDING THE FEASTS OF UNLEAVENED BEAD AND THE FEAST OF FIRST FRUITS AS FULFILLED IN JESUS CHRIST ILLUSTRATE HOW WE CAN HAVE PEACE WITH GOD. PASSOVER IS FULFILLED FOR US WHEN AS JESUS CHRIST IS APPROPRIATED AS OUR PASSOVER LAMB. THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD IS FULFILLED … [Read more...]

Feasts of Israel (Part 3)

FEASTS OF ISRAEL – (PART 3: FIRST FRUITS) (PASTOR LEE JACKSON – FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION – TODAY WE HAVE OUR 3RD INSTALLMENT ON THE FEASTS OF ISRAEL AND HOW THEY POINTED TO AND WERE FULFILLED BY JESUS CHRIST. THE BEGINNING OF OUR WALK WITH GOD IS OUR SALVATION WHICH IS FULFILLED IN THE PASSOVER THROUGH JESUS CHRIST’S ATONING WORK ON THE CROSS. SALVATION CHANGES OUR POSITION BEFORE GOD. WHEN WE CONFESS OUR SIN AND ASK GOD’S FORGIVENESS BELIEVING THAT CHRIST TOOK WE ARE JUSTIFIED IN GOD’S SIGHT – … [Read more...]

Feasts of Israel (Part 2)

FEASTS OF ISRAEL – (PART 2: UNLEAVENED BREAD) (Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION – TODAY WE HAVE OUR 2ND INSTALLMENT ON THE FEASTS OF ISRAEL AND HOW THEY POINTED TO AND WERE FULFILLED BY JESUS CHRIST. ONE OF MY PRIMARY SOURCES FOR THESE MESSAGES IS A WONDERFUL BOOK BY RICHARD BOOKER TITLED “JESUS IN THE FEASTS OF ISRAEL”. AS WE MENTIONED PREVIOUSLY THERE ARE THREE MAIN FEASTS THAT WERE TO BE CELEBRATED AS A MEMORIAL OR REMEMBRANCE OF HOW GOD DELIVERED ISRAEL OUT OF EGYPT: PASSOVER, … [Read more...]

Feasts of Israel (Part 1)

FEASTS OF ISRAEL – (PART 1: PASSOVER) (Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION – I HAVE FELT TO DO A SERIES OF MESSAGES ON THE FEASTS OF ISRAEL AND HOW THEY POINTED TO AND WERE FULFILLED BY JESUS CHRIST. THESE FEASTS WERE INSTITUTED BY GOD. GOD ALSO SPECIFIED IN DETAIL HOW THESE FEASTS WERE TO BE CELEBRATED. I HAVE BEEN BLESSED IN PREPARING FOR THIS SERIES AS I SAW HOW GOD FULLFILLED THIS IN CHRIST DOWN TO THE SMALLEST DETAIL. WHICH SUSTAINS MY HOPE AND EXPECTATION THAT HE WILL KEEP HIS … [Read more...]

How We Limit God

FAITH - HOW WE LIMIT GOD (PASTOR LEE JACKSON - FFWC) 1. INTRODUCTION – WE ALL WANT GOD’S BLESSINGS. WE WANT GOD TO PROSPER US. (PROSPERITY BEGINS WITH KNOWING GOD (BEING SAVED), THEN OUR RELATIONSHIPS, LASTLY MATERIAL POSSESSIONS. JESUS SAID IN Mat 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his … [Read more...]

He is All I Need

HE IS ALL I NEED (THE PARTNERSHIP ENABLED BY GOD’S GRACE AND OUR OBEDIENCE) (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) 1) INTRODUCTION – WE OFTEN SING THAT CHORUS “HE’S ALL I NEED, HE’S ALL I NEED, JESUS IS ALL I NEED”, BUT WE DO NOT ALWAYS BELIEVE IT. OUR NATURAL LIFE SEEKS MORE SECURITY AND WE OFTEN LOOK FOR REASSURANCE AND COMFORT FROM OTHERS. THEY CANNOT TAKE THE PLACE OR PLAY THE ROLE THAT GOD WANTS TO BE IN OUR LIVES. WE ARE GOING TO SEE FROM SCRIPTURE THAT HE TRULY IS ALL THAT WE NEED AND HE … [Read more...]

The Cost of Discipleship

THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) THE GREEK WORD “MATHAYTES” DISCIPLE MEAN “LEARNER OR PUPIL (OR FOLLOWER) ”. READ THREE PASSAGES OF SCRIPTURE RELATING TO DISCIPLESHIP: LUKE 14:25 - 33 AND GREAT CROWDS WENT WITH HIM. AND HE TURNED AND SAID TO THEM, 26 IF ANYONE COMES TO ME AND DOES NOT HATE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND WIFE AND CHILDREN AND BROTHERS AND SISTERS, YES, AND HIS OWN LIFE ALSO, HE CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE. 27 AND WHOEVER DOES NOT BEAR HIS CROSS AND COME AFTER ME, … [Read more...]

God’s Provision For Your Deliverance

GOD’S PLAN OF DELIVERANCE (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION – THE BOOK OF JUDGES WAS PORTRAYS A TIME IN ISRAEL’S HISTORY BETWEEN JOSHUA AND THE ISRAEL’S FIRST KING, KING SAUL. THE TIME PEROID IS ROUGHLY 1375 BC TO 1050 BC. THIS WAS A VERY TURBULENT TIME IN ISRAEL’S HISTORY, WHEN ISRAEL BECOME SO SINFUL AND SO WICKED THAT GOD WOULD ALLOW HER ENEMIES TO COME IN AND OVERTAKE HER, THEN THE PEOPLE WOULD REPENT AND CRY OUT TO GOD AND GOD WOULD SEND A DELIVERER TO DELIVER ISRAEL FROM HER … [Read more...]

The Broken Matzah

THE BROKEN MATZAH CENTURIES JEWS CELEBRATED SEDER WITH 3 PIECES OF UNLEAVENED BREAD MIDDLE ONE BROKEN, WRAPPED IN A NAPKIN, HIDDEN TO BE RETRIEVED LATER CALLED THE AFIKOMEN, SYMBOLIZES THE PASSOVER LAMB JEWS DO NOT EAT LAMB WITH SEDER, SINCE THE DESTRUCTION OF TEMPLE LAMBS COULD NOT BE PREPARED PROPERLY SOME FAMILIES HIDE IT, CHILDREN SEARCH FOR IT AND FINDER REWARDED SOME SEE 3 MATZAHS REPRESENTING PATRIARCHS: ABRAHAM, ISAAC & JACOB ISAAC WAS MIDDLE, BROKEN ONE… AFIKOMEN, GREEK WORD, … [Read more...]

The Apostate Church (Part 4)

THE APOSTATE CHURCH SERIES (PARTS 4) FALSE PROPHETS & FALSE TEACHERS (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION – THIS MORNING I WANT TO CONCLUDE MY SERIES ON THE APOSTATE CHURCH. II) HOW WILL FALSE PROPHETS AND FALSE TEACHERS AFFECT THE LOCAL CHURCH? A) MANY BIBLE SCHOLARS BELIEVE THAT THE CHURCH OF LODICEA DESCRIBED IN REV. 3:14 – 22 PORTRAYS THE CONDITION OF THE CHURCH OF THE LAST DAYS BEFORE JESUS RETURNS. LODICEA WAS A CITY OF GREAT WEALTH AND SPLENDOR ABOUT 40 MILES FROM … [Read more...]

The Apostate Church (Part 3)

THE APOSTATE CHURCH (PART 3) (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION – QUICK RECAP OF WHAT WE COVERED IN PART 1 & 2 IN THIS SERIES. THE WORD APOSTATE COMES FROM THE GREEK WORD APOSTASIA, WHICH MEANS TO FORSAKE, TO ABANDON, TO REBELL AGAINST OR TO DESERT (THE FAITH). IT IS POSSIBLE TO ABANDON THE FAITH AFTER ONCE BEING SAVED. 2PE 2:20 SPEAKS OF THOSE WHO “HAVE ESCAPED THE CORRUPTION OF THE WORLD BY KNOWING OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST AND ARE AGAIN ENTANGLED IN IT AND OVERCOME, THEY … [Read more...]

The Apostate Church (Part 2)

THE APOSTATE CHURCH SERIES (PART 2 ) FALSE PROPHETS & FALSE TEACHERS (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION – IN MATT 24: 24 SPEAKING ABOUT THE END OF THE AGE, JESUS TOLD HIS DISCIPLES THAT “FOR THERE SHALL ARISE FALSE CHRISTS, AND FALSE PROPHETS, AND SHALL SHEW GREAT SIGNS AND WONDERS; INSOMUCH THAT, IF IT WERE POSSIBLE, THEY SHALL DECEIVE THE VERY ELECT.” FALSE PROPHETS AND FALSE TEACHERS BEGAN TO INFILTRATE THE CHURCH FROM THE DAYS OF THE APOSTLES. THE BIBLE SAYS THAT THEIR … [Read more...]

The Apostate Church (Part 1)

THE APOSTATE CHURCH (PART 1) JESUS CHRIST, THE HEAD OF HIS CHURCH (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION – THE WORD APOSTATE COMES FROM THE GREEK WORD APOSTASIA, WHICH MEANS TO FORSAKE, TO ABANDON, TO REBELL AGAINST OR TO DESERT (THE FAITH). IT IS POSSIBLE TO ABANDON THE FAITH AFTER ONCE BEING SAVED. CHURCHES ARE MADE UP OF PEOPLE...WHEN PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH BACKSLIDE THEY DON’T NECESSARILY LEAVE THE CHURCH, BUT THEY CAN CORRUPT AND DEFILE THE BODY OF CHRIST IF THEY ARE IN A POSITION TO … [Read more...]

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

A GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION – IT IS THE CHRISTMAS SEASON. IT IS A TIME OF THE YEAR THAT WE CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. WHEN JESUS WAS BORN, KINGS FROM THE EAST CAME BEARING GIFTS OF GOLD, FRANKINCENSE, AND MYRRH. IT HAS BECOME TRADITION AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR TO GIVE GIFTS TO THOSE THAT WE LOVE AND GIFTS TO THOSE THAT ARE LESS FORTUNATE. IT IS ALSO A TIME TO CELEBRATE THE GREATEST GIFT EVER GIVEN; THE GIFT KEEPS ON … [Read more...]

Living in the Fear of the Lord

UNDERSTANDING THE FEAR OF THE LORD (PASTOR LEE JACKSON - FFWC) I. INTRODUCTION – THE WAS A DAY NOT TOO LONG AGO WHEN YOU WOULD HEAR PEOPLE REFER TO A MAN AS A GOD FEARING MAN. THAT MEANT THAT HE WAS AN HONORABLE MAN, HE COULD BE TRUSTED, HE WAS A MAN OF HIS WORD AND HE WOULD DO RIGHT BY YOU, HE WAS COMPASSIONATE AND KIND MAN. IT WAS CONSIDERED A GREAT COMPLIMENT. SADLY, TODAY WE DO NOT HEAR THAT EXPRESSION VERY OFTEN. THIS MORNING, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT THE FEAR OF … [Read more...]

Kicking Against the Pricks

KICKING AGAINST THE PRICKS (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION – ON A JOURNEY TO DAMASCUS TO CONTINUE HIS CAMPAIGN TO PERSECUTE CHRISTIANS, PAUL HAD AN ENCOUNTER WITH CHRIST THAT WAS NOT OF HIS CHOOSING BUT ONE THAT WOULD FOREVER CHANGE HIM AND HOW HE WOULD SPEND THE REST OF HIS LIFE.. TEXT: ACTS 26: 12 – 21 NKJV II) IT IS HARD TO KICK AGAINST THE PRICKS A) PAUL DID NOT KNOW THAT HE WAS “KICKING AGAINST THE PRICKS” B) THEY USED TO TRAIN HORSES NOT TO KICK AND TO WORK AS A TEAM … [Read more...]

It Pays to Serve God

CHARACTER MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) INTRO – FOUND THESE SCRIPTURES MOTHER GAMBLE * SHE WAS A GODLY WOMAN * A WOMAN OF FAITH – WHO FEARED THE LORD * SHE WAS A COMPASSIONATE WOMEN WHO GAVE TO THE POOR AND RESISTED THE PROUD. * WHY DID SHE WRITE THESE DOWN? * DID SHE PREACH FROM THIS PASSAGE? * IS SO WHAT DID SHE PREACH AND TO WHOM? PS 1:1 – 2 - THE FORMATION OF CHARACTER * BLESSED IS THE MAN THAT WALKETH NOT IN THE COUNSEL (ADVISE, WISDOM) OF THE UNGODLY * … [Read more...]

How to Overcome in Times of Trouble

THE SECRET TO STANDING FIRM FOR CHRIST (PASTOR LEE JACKSON, FFWC) 1. INTRODUCTION – THIS PAST WEEK PRESIDENT OBAMA, CONFIRED THE MEDAL OF HONOR, OUR NATION’S HIGHEST MILITARY HONOR, ON A YOUNG MARINE NAME DAKOTA MEYER FROM KENTUCKY. ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2009, MEYER, THEN 21 YEARS OLD, WAS ONE OF 13 AMERICAN MILITARY TRAINERS EMBEDDED WITH A UNIT OF 80 AFGHAN SOLDIERS HEADED FOR A ROUTINE MEETING WITH LOCAL ELDERS IN THE VILLAGE OF GANJGAL, LOCATED IN A VALLEY ALONG THE BORDER WITH PAKISTAN. FOUR … [Read more...]

Harvest Time

HARVEST TIME (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION – THERE WAS A TIME IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY WHEN A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF OUR FAMILIES MADE THEIR LIVING AS FARMERS ON SMALL FAMILY FARMS. THAT PERCENTAGE HAS SHRUNK OVER THE YEARS. THE ADVENT OF THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION, AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF BETTER FARM EQUIPMENT FOR PLANTING, CULTIVATING AND HARVESTING OF CROPS, IRRIGATION, FERTLIZERS, DISEASE RESISTANT SEED MADE THE AMERICAN FARMERS MANY TIMES MUCH MORE PRODUCTIVE. THE AMERICAN … [Read more...]

Building on the Rock

BUILDING ON THE ROCK (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION – WE HAVE ALL SEEN THE DEVASTATING POWER OF A HURRICANE. PERHAPS THIS IS ONE OF GOD’S WAYS OF REMINDING US THAT WE ARE NOT IN CONTROL. WE MAY THINK THAT WE HAVE LOST CONTROL, BUT THE TRUTH IS WE NEVER WERE IN CONTROL. THESE LARGE STORMS DESTROY TEAR OFF ROOFS AND DESTROY HOMES, BUT IF YOU HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO THE NEWS, THEY ARE PARTICULARLY HARD ON MOBIL HOMES AND HOMES THAT DON’T HAVE A FOUNDATION. THIS KIND OF REMINDS ME OF A … [Read more...]

How to Ask for Gods Help

HOW TO ASK FOR GOD’S HELP (BELIEVING THAT HE WILL ANSWER) (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION – HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN DRIVING IN YOUR AUTOMOBILE AND GOTTEN COMPLETELY LOST. IF YOU MEN ARE AT ALL LIKE ME IT TAKES ME A LONG TIME TO ADMIT THAT I AM LOST AND A MUCH LONGER TIME TO STOP AND ASK FOR DIRECTIONS. THIS SEEMS TO COME A LITTLE EASIER WOMEN THAN MEN. I RECALL A TIME WHEN I WAS LOST HUNTING AND IT WAS GETTING DARK VERY QUICKLY. THERE WAS NO ONE AROUND TO ASK FOR HELP. I LOOKED … [Read more...]

The Disciplines of the Christian Life

THE DISCIPLINES OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE (Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC) 1) INTRODUCTION – I READ AN ARTICLE IN THE PENTECOSTAL EVANGEL MAGAZINE BY GLENN COLE, A GREAT LEADER IN THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD, WHO IS NOW WITH THE LORD. GLENN SPOKE OF AN INTERVIEW WITH RAYMOND BERRY, THE NFL HALL OF FAMER WHO PLAYED FOR THE BALTIMORE COLTS FROM 1955 – 1967, SPOKE OF HIS GREATEST CHALLENGES IN LIVING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE AS AN NFL PLAYER. “I FOUND THE CHALLENGE IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE WAS LETTING JESUS BE LORD. … [Read more...]

Highway to Heaven

CHOICES – HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN (PASTOR LEE JACKSON, FFWC ) 1. INTRODUCTION – WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE TO TRAVEL ACROSS THE COUNTRY IF ALL ROAD SIGNS WERE REMOVED AND THERE WERE NO MAPS TO FOLLOW? IF YOU WERE TRAVELING WITH SOMEONE WHO REFUSED TO FOLLOW THE SIGNS OR CONSULT A ROAD MAP… YET SO MANY LIVE THEIR LIVES THIS WAY WHEN IT COMES TO GETTING TO HEAVEN. THEY SAY THAT “EVERYBODY GOES TO HEAVEN WHEN THEY DIE, THAT NOT WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS. WE LIVE IN A DAY WHEN TRUTH IS SUBJECTIVE. THEY CLAIM … [Read more...]

Blessed are those who are Persecuted for Righteousness

BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO ARE PERSECUTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS (THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT, PART 8) I) INTRODUCTION TODAY WE ARE CONCLUDING OUR SERIES OF MESSAGES ON THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT FOUND IN MATTHEW. WE ARE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT PERSECUTION, NOT A POPULAR SUBJECT TODAY BUT ONE THAT WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND. THE EXPERIENCE OF AMERICAN CHRISTIANS IS NOT TYPICAL. WE HAVE LED A SHELTERED LIFE. PERSECUTION HAS BEEN THE NORM NOT THE EXCEPTION DOWN THROUGH THE CENTURIES. LET'S SET THE … [Read more...]

Blessed are the Peacemakers

BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS (THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT, PART 7) (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION - CONTINUING ON WITH THE SERIES ON THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT WE COME TO THE SEVENTH INJUNCTION OR BEATITUDE GIVEN BY JESUS IN Matt 5:9: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. NIV. My paraphrase: "Blessed of God are those that desire and work to bring about peace; they will be called the children of God for they do the same things that Jesus did." ONE OF THE … [Read more...]

Blessed are Pure in Heart

BLESSED ARE PURE IN HEART (THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT, PART 6) I) INTRODUCTION - WE ARE CONTINUING ON WITH THE SIXTH MESSAGE IN OUR SERIES ON THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT. Blessed (happy) are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matt 5:8 NIV JESUS DOES NOT SAY BLESSED OR HAPPY ARE THOSE WHO ACHIEVE GREAT THINGS OR THOSE THAT ACQUIRE A VAST AMOUNT OF KNOWLEDGE OR THOSE WHO ACQUIRE GREAT WEALTH - NO. HE SAID BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO ARE PURE IN HEART, FOR THEY WILL SEE GOD. WHEN MOSES THAT … [Read more...]

Blessed are the Merciful for they will be shown Mercy

BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL FOR THEY WILL BE SHOWN MERCY (THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT, PART 5) I) INTRODUCTION - WE ARE CONTINUING WITH OUR STUDY OF THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT. THE FIRST FOUR OF THE BEATITUDES RELATE TO OUR DISPOSITION TOWARD GOD: Matt 5:3-6: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…" … [Read more...]

Blessed are those who Hunger and Thirst After Righteousness

BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HUNGER AND THIRST AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS (THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT, PART 4) I) INTRODUCTION - THIS MORNING WE ARE CONTINUING ON WITH OUR 4TH MESSAGE ON JESUS SERMON ON THE MOUNT FOUND IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 5. OUR TEXT TODAY IS MATT 5:6: BLESSED (HAPPY) ARE THEY WHICH DO HUNGER AND THIRST AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS: FOR THEY SHALL BE FILLED. (KJV) IT IS INTERESTING HERE THAT JESUS WAS COUCHING THIS BLESSING IN TERMS THAT WE ALL UNDERSTAND: THE URGENCY OF THE SITUATION WHEN OUR … [Read more...]

Blessed are they that Mourn

SERMON ON THE MOUNT (PART 2) BLESSED ARE THEY THAT MOURN (PASTOR LEE JACKSON FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION – WE ARE CONTINUING WITH THE SECOND PART OF THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT. A MESSAGE THAT JESUS GAVE TO HIS DISCIPLES AND BELIEVERS. THERE WERE OTHERS IN THE CROWD THAT WOULD HEAR WHAT HE SAID BUT WOULD NOT UNDERSTAND FOR THEY DID NOT YET HAVE SPIRITUAL EARS, BUT WERE FOLLOWING CHRIST TO SEE THE MIRACLES AND OUT OF CURIOSITY. THE SECOND SO-CALLED BEATITUDE GIVEN BY JESUS IN THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT … [Read more...]

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

SERMON ON THE MOUNT (PART 1) BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC ) I) INTRODUCTION – TODAY WE ARE GOING TO BEGIN A SERIES OF MESSAGES RELATING TO WHAT IS CALLED THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT GIVEN IN MATTHEW 5. MATTHEW 5:1 – 3) NOW WHEN HE SAW THE CROWDS, HE WENT UP ON A MOUNTAINSIDE AND SAT DOWN. HIS DISCIPLES CAME TO HIM, 2 AND HE BEGAN TO TEACH THEM, SAYING: 3 "BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT, FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. NIV A) JESUS HAD CALLED HIS FIRST … [Read more...]

Preparing the Way of the Lord

PREPARING THE WAY OF THE LORD (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) I) INTRODUCTION – THE LIVES OF JESUS AND JOHN THE BAPTIST WERE LINKED TOGETHER BEFORE THEY WERE BORN. EACH HAD A ROLE TO PLAY IN THE UNFOLDING OF GOD’S PLAN OF SALVATION FOR HUMAN KIND. EACH OF THEM PLAYED THEIR ROLE TO THE END FULFILLING WHAT O.T. PROPHETS HAD SAID AND WHAT THE FATHER & SON HAD PLANNED BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN. THIS PLAN WAS REVEALED TO MARY & ZACHARIAH, JOHN’S FATHER (LUKE 1:31, 68-69, 72-73, 76 - 77). JOHN CAME … [Read more...]

Instructions on Salvation and Baptism

INSTRUCTIONS ON SALVATION AND BAPTISM (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) WHY SHOULD YOU WANT TO BE BAPTIZED? WHY DO WE PRACTICE BAPTISM? ·         JOHN BAPTIST / FORERUNNER / VOICE - MATT 3:1-11 JESUS BAPTIZED BY JOHN - MATT 3:13-17, MARK 1:9-11, LUKE  3:21-22 JESUS DISCIPLES BAPTIZED JOHN 3:22 & JOHN 4:1 & 2 CHRIST'S COMMISSION – MATT 28:18 – 20, MARK 16:14-17 PETER'S SERMON - ACTS 2:38-42 PHILLIP BAPTIZES THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH - ACTS 8:26-39 WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF … [Read more...]

The Authority of Scripture

THE AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE (IS GOD’S WORD NEGOTIABLE?) (Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC) I.  INTRODUCTION – BEFORE I WAS CALLED TO BE THE PASTOR OF THIS CHURCH  A PART OF MY JOB WAS TO EVALUATE AND ACQUIRE TECHNOLOGY FOR THE COMPANY I WORKED FOR, WHICH INCLUDED NEGOTIATING CONTRACTS FOR ACQUIRING TECHNOLOGY.  THE ASPECT OF THE JOB INVOLVED REVIEWING THE CONTRACT, EDITING AND CHANGING THE LANGUAGE I DID NOT LIKE, DELETING SENTENCES & PARAGRAPHS THAT I COULD NOT LIVE WITH AND ADDING OTHER … [Read more...]