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Living With Vision - John 17:1-26; Acts 2:1-47

Taught on | Topic: vision | Keywords: inreach, outreach, upreach, mission, vision, truth, doctrine, worship, love, grace

Every life should have purpose. All people should know why they’re here and what God’s intention is for them. So should every church. This weekend we want you to discover and celebrate with us what we believe, who we are as a church, and what we do as a church body. Beyond that, we want you to know why.

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Living With Vision
John 17:1-26; Acts 2:1-47
Skip Heitzig
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Every life should have purpose. All people should know why they’re here and what God’s intention is for them. So should every church. This weekend we want you to discover and celebrate with us what we believe, who we are as a church, and what we do as a church body. Beyond that, we want you to know why.
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This collection of topical teachings from Skip Heitzig includes anniversary celebrations, messages about the vision of the church, special teachings from conferences and countries around the world, and more.

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We believe that God has directed us through Scripture to be a church that:

  1. Radiates the Glory of God: Upreach (vv. 1, 4, 22)

  2. Reveals the Truth of God: Inreach (vv. 6-8, 14, 17)

  3. Rescues the Enemies of God: Outreach (v. 18)


We extend a special thanks to so many of you who not only attend Calvary, but are involved in seeing this vision move forward through your time, talents, and treasure.

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  1. Introduction—Vision
    1. Skip has needed corrective lenses since he was 12 years old
    2. 75% of adult Americans need corrective lenses
    3. All of us need help to see clearly
    4. Arthur, a 90-year-old golfer couldn't see the ball anymore, his 103-year-old brother-in-law had perfect eyesight
    5. Loss of vision is a serious problem
    6. In 2008, an 86-year-old pilot crashed
    7. Without vision, people perish (see Proverbs 29:18)
    8. Can we see what God wants us to be? Do we know the vision so we can march into the future?
      1. Disclaimer: Skip's goal is not to get people to like him
        1. The goal is to please the Lord
        2. Not everyone likes the way we do worship, teaching, or our church size, altar calls, etc.
        3. Find a fellowship you can march forward in
      2. Years ago, the leaders (Calvary Albuquerque) prayed for what God wanted this church to be and do—that hasn't changed
        1. John 17, Jesus' prayer to His Father
        2. Acts 2, how the church practiced what Jesus prayed for in John 17
  2. The church should be a church that radiates the glory of God
    1. We pursue the God who is passionately pursuing a lost world; we do this with one another, through worship, by the Word, to the world
      1. Upreach
      2. Inreach
      3. Outreach
    2. "Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You" (John 17:1)
      1. "The glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one" (John 17:22)
      2. Eight times in this chapter the word glory or glorify is used
      3. The word glory is reserved for spiritual settings/conversations
      4. Glory is a visible expression/experience of God
        1. Outward "Wow!"
        2. Then an inward "Whoa!"
        3. Isaiah said, "Woe is me!" when he saw a vision of God's glory (see Isaiah 6:1-5)
      5. Valued attention toward God
        1. Glorify, doxazó, to make renowned, to make someone famous
        2. "I have glorified You" v. 4
        3. "I have manifested Your name" v. 6
        4. Jesus put all the focus on God
        5. He passed that onto the disciples
        6. The church's primary goal is to glorify God—to point Him out
    3. Worship, upreach
      1. When we worship Him we are stating that He is of most value—He's worth it
      2. In Acts 2, the church is born and worship is the first thing they did
        1. "We hear them speaking the wonderful works of God" (Acts 2:11)
        2. They continued "daily with one accord in the temple...praising God" (Acts 2:46-47)
      3. God made us to worship Him
      4. We are most happy and joyful when we fulfill the reason we were made
      5. Your purpose on earth is to please God (see Revelation 4:11)
      6. The Westminster Shorter Catechism says that the chief end of man "is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever"
      7. How does God want to be worshiped? (see John 4:24)
        1. In spirit—the human spirit, the authentic core of you—spirited worship
        2. In truth—based on His worth and His Word
      8. What you are in for when you get to heaven?
        1. Angels sing praise to Him (see Revelation 5:11)
        2. Sing it loud (see Revelation 5:12-13)
        3. You can't sit back and not participate in worship
        4. God won't say, "Way to hold it in!"
        5. Make a joyful noise (see Psalms 100:1)
      9. Happy hour
        1. You've won the lottery
        2. You're saved
        3. You're freed from all of the past
        4. You're on your way to heaven
    4. The church should reveal the truth of God—Inreach
      1. "You gave them to me, and they have kept Your word...I have given to them the words which You have given Me" v. 6
      2. "I have given them Your word" v. 14
      3. "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth" v. 17
      4. We place a high value on Bible teaching—it's always about what God says—His truth
        1. Our worship should be based on the truth of God
        2. The Word of God does the work of God in the hearts of the people
        3. Jesus prayed for them to be sanctified by the truth
        4. The early church devoted themselves to the apostles' doctrine—truth (see Acts 2:42)
        5. Dr. Albert Mohler said, "Rarely do we hear these days that a church is distinguished primarily by its preaching. When we hear people speak about their own congregations, generally they speak about something other than preaching. They might speak of a church's ministry. They might speak of specialized programs for senior adults or young people. They might speak of a church's music. Sometimes they might speak of things far more superficial. But rarely do you hear of a church described first and foremost by the character, power and content of its preaching. This is because few preachers are true servants of the word."
        6. Skip was saved listening to Billy Graham, but he couldn't grow just sitting under evangelism his whole life
        7. You need Bible teaching after you get saved
        8. Skip started going to a church that taught from Genesis to Revelation—he grew up under a Bible-teaching church
        9. Some seminary students said they learned more at a Bible-teaching church in one year than they did in all of their years at seminary training
        10. We come to church and study the Word to learn the truth
          1. "Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18)
          2. "As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow" (1 Peter 2:2)
      5. Inreach isn't just Bible teaching; inreach is also sharing our gifts with one another
        1. When that happens, we are being empowered for service
        2. 60 times in the New Testament one another is used
        3. You can't do one anothers by yourself
        4. Inreach happens in person
    5. Outreach—rescue the enemies of God (v. 18)
      1. We are on a mission from God—the kind of mission that Jesus went on
        1. Jesus' mission was to seek and save the lost (see Luke 19:10)
        2. The word sent is apostelló in Greek; it means someone who is sent
        3. God's plan to save unsaved people is to send saved ambassadors into their midst and giving them the gospel
      2. This is the method God has chosen to reach the world—we are ambassadors of Christ to the world
        1. Please never let this church become a bless-me club
        2. The church is a place for us to come and learn, to be healed, and to be a family
        3. The church exists for the benefit of non-members
      3. We have a tendency to think about ourselves
        1. We need to be reminded that we are to upreach, inreach, and outreach
        2. Jesus knew this; He had to tell the disciples to "lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest" (John 4:35)
        3. Peter preached the gospel filled with the Holy Ghost—with boldness (see Acts 2:14-40)
        4. The great commission is to "go into all the world and preach the gospel" (Mark 16:15)
      4. This is a healthy pattern for every healthy believer and every healthy church
        1. We're saved
        2. We serve
        3. We're sent
          1. That's evangelism; that's why we do altar calls
          2. D.L. Moody was reprimanded for how he did altar calls
          3. By all means, do it!
          4. Evangelism brings life into a body
  3. Closing
    1. Live churches versus dead churches
      1. Live churches are constantly changing; dead churches don't have to
      2. Live churches have lots of noisy kids; dead churches are fairly quiet
      3. Live churches expenses always exceed their income; dead churches take in more than they ever dreamed of spending
      4. Live churches are constantly improving for the future; dead churches worship their past
      5. Live churches focus on people; dead churches focus on programs
      6. Live churches dream great dreams for God; dead churches relive nightmares
      7. Live churches don't have can't in their vocabulary; dead churches have nothing but
      8. Live churches evangelize; dead churches fossilize
    2. Don't be a fossil
      1. Outwardly may look like a fossil
      2. Inwardly still 20 years old
      3. The outward man is passing away, the inward man is being renewed day by day (see 2 Corinthians 4:16)
      4. Still have vision for the future
      5. Honored to march forward together
    3. Love, kindness, grace vv. 20-23
      1. Let all we do for God and one another always be soaked in grace
      2. No room for legalism
      3. Be nice
      4. Be kind


Greek terms: δοξάζω; glorify, honor, bestow glory on; ἀποστέλλω; apostelló, send forth
Publications referenced: Westminster Shorter Catechism
Figures referenced: Dr. Albert Mohler, Billy Graham
Cross references:
Psalms 100:1, Proverbs 29:18, Isaiah 6:1-5, Mark 16:15, Luke 19:10, John 4:24, 35, John 17:21, Acts 2:11, Acts 2:14-40, Acts 2:42, Acts 2:46-47, 2 Corinthians 4:16, 1 Peter 2:2, 2 Peter 3:18, Revelation 4:11, Revelation 5:11-13

Topic: vision

Keywords: inreach, outreach, upreach, mission, vision, truth, doctrine, worship, love, grace

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Introduction: It's Vision Weekend at Calvary and we want you to know who we are and what we do. What binds us together is devotion to worshiping our heavenly Father, dedication to studying his Word, and determination to proclaim our eternal hope in Jesus Christ.

Skip Heitzig: John, chapter 17; let's pray.

Father, you know us so well that you know exactly what we're thinking at this very moment. You know the motive of our very heart, what got us up in the morning and brought us here, when we have conversations with people. You weigh the hearts. As David said, you have searched us and you have known us, our downsittings, our uprisings.

You know us and you know our ways. I just pray, Father, that you would enable us to know you and to know your ways. And that's what I believe the purpose for our gathering this morning is—that we might have a clear understanding of who we are individually, and together as a body, and what we're about according to your truth, in Jesus' name, amen.

Ever since I was twelve years old I wore, I have worn corrective lenses. Back then they didn't have contacts, or at least my parents wouldn't buy them. So I had glasses when I was twelve years old, because I noticed my vision kind of going away. And the glasses that I got were like these honking big black glasses.

I know they're like really cool right now; they were not at all cool when I had them. So I was sort of self-conscious about wearing them; and I'd take them and put them on, take them off when I didn't need them. After a while I just didn't wear them much.

When I was around twenty years old, I went to the eye doctor to get contact lenses. And my motivation for going to the eye doctor to get contact lenses is that when I was on my surfboard, I couldn't judge where the wave was when it was coming in. And you needed—I wanted something that wouldn't fall out in the water. So it was an emergency. I needed to get contact lenses for that. The doctor assured me that these were great in the water. And so I got contact lenses, and I've either worn contacts, like I am now, or glasses.

I went and got my vision checked a few weeks ago, and I told the doctor, I said, "Yeah, I probably haven't been in for like a year and a half or two years, and I need to get my eyes checked." He looked at my chart and said, "Dude, you haven't been in over five years."

And my vision didn't get that messed up in that length of time, but they gave me these lenses—they're very nice about it—they call them "progressive lenses." It's a very nice way of saying, "You can't see no matter which way you look, up close or far away; you need help all the way around." So now I'm progressive. I've got progressive lenses.

Well, I read something; I read an article that said 75 percent of American adults need corrective optics of some kind, 75 percent. That means most of can't see without help. We all need help to be able to see. We need vision.

There was a man named Arthur, 90 years of age. He was an avid golfer and a good one. Problem is he came home one day after a golf game and he tells his wife, "I'm going to have to quit playing golf, because I can hit my ball but I can't see where it's going. My vision is so bad that I just can't do this anymore."

She said, "Well, next time you play you ought to bring my brother with you." And Arthur said, "Your brother is 103; how's that going to help?" She goes, "He's 103, but he has perfect eyesight." So they went out to play golf. And Arthur teed the ball up, and took a mighty swing, and followed through, and sounded really good. And he then said to the 103-year-old brother-in-law, "Did you see my ball?" He said, "Of course, I saw your ball. I have perfect eyesight." He said, "Okay, where did it go." He said, "I can't remember." [laughter] If it's not one thing it's another, right?

Now, sometimes the loss of vision is not at all funny. True story—in 2008 an 86-year-old man who was a pilot flew his airplane, crashed it. He had five passengers on board—all of them were killed. Eighty-six-year-old pilot, flown all of his life, but they discovered that his eye doctor had been treating him for two years. He had macular degeneration. And the doctor said, "I won't even allow you to drive, let alone fly an airplane." I read that article and I thought of what it says in Proverbs 29, "Without vision the people perish."

So we all need the ability to see. And I want to talk to you about that today—the vision of the church. Now, when I speak to you about vision, I'm not referring to your eyesight, your ability to see things, or focus far away or near. I'm not really talking about insight, can you understand certain things, as much as I'm talking to you about foresight. Can we stand here and know who we are and what God has called us to be and do as we march into the future—that's the vision that I'm talking about—can we see what God wants us to be as his people.

I will begin with a little disclaimer; and that is, I'm, I'm not trying to win a popularity contest. It's nice when people like you or like the church that you pastor. I'm honored to pastor this church, it is a great joy of mine, but I realize that not everybody likes one style or another style. It's just who we are. I'm okay with that. I don't lose sleep over that.

Some people don't like the way we worship. Some would want it softer, or some would want it louder, or some would want more "Holy Ghost" stuff in it. It's okay. There's a lot of churches that offer all the above. Not everybody likes our style of expository teaching. They would rather have more exhortation or more liturgy. Not everybody likes the fact that we do evangelism, having altar calls often at our service. "Well, altar calls aren't in the Bible." Yeah, cars aren't in the Bible, but I bet you drove one to get here. [laughter]

Some people don't like the size of the church. "It's just too big," they say. I understand that. I understand all that, but I will say you can have a small church experience in a large church by simply belonging to a small group. And if you want to go to a small church, no problem, it's okay. But then when you get there, pray that it never grows, because otherwise you're going to be unhappy again and the cycle starts.

What does God want us to be? What has, what has God called us to do? I've asked you to turn to John 17 because there's two chapters in the Bible that years ago when the leadership got together and we were asking that question, and our vision essentially hasn't changed: upreach, inreach, outreach. Those two chapters gave us what we believe to be the cues for us as to why we formed that vision, and I just want to explain that to you.

John 17 is Jesus' prayer to his Father. Acts, chapter 2, is the birth of the church and how they actually practiced what Jesus was praying for in John 17. First of all, look at verse 1 of John 17. It brings up the first thing in our vision statement; that is, upreach. We believe a church should be one that radiates the glory of God.

Verse 1, "Jesus spoke these words, lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said: 'Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may also glorify you.' " Verse 4, " 'I have glorified you on the earth. I have finished the work which you have given me to do. And now, O Father, glorify me together with yourself, with the glory which I had with you before the world was. I manifested your name to the men whom you have given me out of the world. They were yours, you gave them to me, they have kept your word.' "

Go all the way to verse 22. " 'And the glory which you gave me I have given them, that they may be one just as we are one.' " If you were to go through this chapter and count the number of times the word glory appears or glorify appears, if you have the version that I have, you'd count up eight times, eight times glory or glorify appears.

Now, wouldn't you agree that the term glorify is a churchy-sounding term? You don't probably use that in your daily expression at work. You don't stand in line at the grocery store: "Excuse me, I have to go glorify." It's typically a word you reserve for a spiritual vocabulary, especially when talking about God himself.

But it's used eight times in this chapter. The question is: What does that word mean—glory or glorify? Well, it means two things, essentially, in the Bible. Number one, it is the visible expression of God, or the visible experience, you might say, of God. When God shows up to people in the Bible in his glory, there's some manifestation. Look at it this way: it's the outward wow that brings the inward woe.

Remember Isaiah had a vision of the glory of God? And it was like wow! "The train of his robe filled the temple." Wow! He's "high and lifted up," wow! The angels are singing, "Holy, holy, holy." But then the wow was followed by the woe. He said, "Woe is me, I am undone!" "In seeing how awesome God is, I saw how unawesome I am." It's the outward wow that brings the inward woe. So, it's the visible expression of God.

Second, and more to our point, it's valued attention toward God. Valued attention toward God. The word doxazó for "glorify" or "glory" is a word that means to make renown, to make renown, to make someone famous. I think that's the idea in verse 4, notice, "I have glorified you." And in verse 6, "I have manifested your name to the ones you gave me out of the world." In other words, "I've pointed, I've pointed to you, God the Father; I've pointed to you. I've put all the focus on you in front of them. Father, I put you on center stage, and I moved the spotlight so it shines on you, and I pass that onto them as a value." "Glory, glory, glorify, I have glorified."

So what is the church's goal primarily to be? To glorify God, to point God out, to give attention to God, to make him renown. Now, we do that in part, just in part, by our worship. Because when we sing to him or when we worship him, we are stating that he is of most value, that's what worship means. "Worthship" is the old English; worthship means to ascribe worth to. He's worth it. He is valuable. We do that in our worship.

Now, what Jesus prayed for, the early church in Acts, chapter 2, practiced. Acts, chapter 2, I told you was the birthday of the church. The church is born in Acts, chapter 2. So what, what would you expect then, based on this prayer, would be one of the first things they do in the book of Acts when the church is born? Praise God—and it's exactly what happened. The Holy Spirit came upon them. They were speaking in other languages in the temple courts. And the Bible says, "We hear them speaking . . . the wonderful works of God."

Toward the end of the chapter summing up their activity: "And they continued daily in one accord in the temple . . . praising God." I truly believe that we were created for this. We were created for worship. That we get most happy and satisfied and joyful when we fulfill the reason for which we were made; and that is, to worship him, to ascribe value and worth to him, to please him. We're actually created by God to do that.

In Revelation 4 verse 11 is the verse I want to just share with you to show you that. In heaven the anthem is this: "You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory, honor, power. You created everything," here it is, "and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created."

If you're ever wondering: "Why am I here on earth? What is the purpose of life?" To please God, to please him. We're not the first people to have a Vision Week. Did you know that? That's been going on since the beginning of the church.

There's a book out, put out years ago called the Westminster Shorter Catechism. And it asked the first question: What is the chief end of man? What is the chief end of man? What is the whole reason we're here? What's the chief end of man? Answer: The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. So that's upreach—we should be a church that radiates the glory of God.

Question: How exactly does God want to be worshiped? Well, he told a woman at the well of Samaria the Father is looking for people to worship him—you finish the sentence— "in spirit and in truth." So, two ways: in spirit and in truth. Ask yourself, "Am I worshiping him in spirit and in truth?" What does it means to worship him in spirit?

I believe primarily it's referring to the human spirit. Yes, certainly led by the Holy Spirit, but in the Greek word it's a small s. It's without the definite article which speaks about my spirit, your spirit. We are body, soul, and spirit, and the spirit is the real you, the authentic you, the core of your being. So when you worship him authentically like, "I really mean this," that's to worship him in spirit.

I would even go a step further and say to worship him in spirit is spirited worship, spirited worship. I mean, we're into—we're all into it with how we feel, and our emotions, and our expression, and our energy, in spirit and in truth. So it's based upon his worth and it's based upon his Word. "In spirit and in truth."

Okay, now get this: I want to predict your future. Really easy to do, I'm just going to read you a verse of Scripture. I want you to know what you're in for when you get to heaven. Because if you have any thoughts about, "Do I really want to hang out in heaven or not?" I just want you to know what you're going to get into.

Okay here's a little snippet of it, this is Revelation 5 verse 11, "Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands." That's a lot of voices, would you say? Would that be like the biggest church service you ever attended? Do you think it's going to be loud?

Well, listen to what it says in the Bible, "Saying with a loud voice: 'Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!' And every creature that was in heaven, on earth, and under the earth . . . said: 'Blessing and honor and glory and power be to him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb, forever!' "

Jesus prayed that he would glorify the Father, that we would glorify the Father. The book of Acts shows that they did that. In heaven you're going to be doing that with a loud voice giving honor and glory. So this is what it tells me, when it comes to our worship experience, there's one thing we can't do. We can't do this, ready? This is what you can't do [folds arms while making a spiritless expression] —not allowed. That doesn't sound to me like you're all in. "La, la, la, la."

Why is it that we think ascribing worth to the most worthy being on the whole, in the whole universe ought to be carefully contained? Do you think, do you think God looks down when we're just kind of not engaged in worship and says, "Oh, I love that! Way to hold it all in; man, I'm just so stoked when you don't let anybody know that you love me. I love that."

Now, before you say, "Well, I'm not the emotional type." You lie! I've seen some of you at games. [laughter] I, I've seen some of you when we score, and you shoot up in the air and you shout out, and you're so happy, or when your child scores, or when you shoot a good drive down the freeway— freeway? That's me [laughter] and I scream out, but it's not a happy scream. There's an emotion there.

And before you say, "Well, I don't have a good voice, that's why I don't sing." Prove it. Prove that you don't have a good voice. Sing it so loud so that people around you want to drown you out. [laughter] Seriously, seriously. There's only one qualification you need, make a joyful . . . noise. Can anybody do that? Yes. Anybody can make a joyful noise.

You have the voice that God all almighty has given to you. It's an adequate instrument to bless him with. And they cried out with a loud voice and they said this. So upreach: be all in, be engaged when you worship, you're ascribing him worth, valued attention toward God.

You know, I've always noticed that bars have what they call "happy hour." Nobody goes in looking happy, they go out looking happy, [laughter] but for the wrong reasons. Why can't church be happy hour? If you won the lottery—if you won the lottery would you do this? [folds arms and looks unenthusiastic] "Cool." Would you? So I, I'm here to tell you something: You've won the lottery! This is the lottery! [applause] You're saved, you're freed from all of the past, and you're on your way to heaven. That's the lottery, folks. That's upreach.

Second, according to this text, I believe that the church should be one that reveals the truth of God. Radiates the glory of God, number two, reveals the truth of God. Go down to look with me in John 17 at verse 6. " 'I have manifested your name to the men whom you have given me out of the world. They were yours, you gave them to me,' " notice, " 'they have kept your word. And now they have known that all things which you have given me are from you. For I have given to them the words which you have given me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from you; and they have believed that you sent me."

Verse 14, please, "I have given them your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world." Verse 17, "Sanctify them by your truth. Your word is truth." If you've ever wondered why we place a high emphasis on Bible study and we always say, "Turn in the Word of God to John 17; Daniel, chapter whatever; it's because of this. This is a reason. It's always about Bible study. It's always about what God has said.

"Well, can't you do like more interpretive dance around here or puppet shows or—" No, we can't. We always want to know what God has to say because he's the one that directs our worship. We believe the Word of God does the work of God in the hearts of the people of God, that we unleash the truth of what God has spoken. So we want to explain to you in inreach the relevance of God's Word to transform our lives into lives of service—that's inreach.

Now, what Jesus prayed for, once again, they practiced in Acts, chapter 2. Jesus prayed for them being sanctified by the truth. In Acts, chapter 2, that was their emphasis. We open up the chapter, they are praising God. We keep reading in the chapter and their list of values are given. Acts chapter 2 verse 42 says, "They continued steadfastly in the"—what's first on the list? Anybody know? "Apostles' doctrine, breaking bread, fellowship, prayer."

"They continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine." Or one translation says, "They devoted themselves to the apostles' doctrine." How many Christians do you know that are devoted to doctrine? "Hey, what are you into, man?" "Doctrine." "Really? Let me get away from you." Most Christian bookstores don't have a lot of doctrine, they have trinkets. We used to call it "Jesus junk." You go in and there's all these cards and little tchotchkes and—where's the truth, man? Where's books on truth, doctrine, teaching? That's inreach.

Dr. Albert Mohler writes, "Rarely do we hear these days that a church is distinguished primarily by its preaching. When we hear people speak about their own congregations, generally they speak about something other than preaching. They might speak of a church's ministry. They might speak of specialized programs for senior adults or young people. They might speak of a church's music. Sometimes they might speak of things far more superficial. But rarely, rarely, do you hear of a church described first and foremost by the character, power, and content of its preaching. This is because few preachers are true servants of the Word," end quote.

I first gave my life to Jesus Christ by listening to Billy Graham. I came to Christ by that evangelist. But I couldn't grow just sitting under evangelism my whole life; you can't do that. You need Bible teaching after you get saved. I don't need to be told every week how to get save again, I already am. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt, now I want to grow, I want to mature.

So I got saved watching Dr. Billy Graham. I'm always grateful and I remind him of that event when I see him. And so grateful and thankful, but I started going to a church that taught from Genesis to Revelation, a Bible-teaching church, and I started growing, growing.

And I had a neighbor that lived down the street, actually a couple of guys, a couple blocks from me in Huntington Beach. We were having a conversation, they were going to the same church I was. They graduated from seminary. They were like brainiacs. I was a youngster for duh! But they, they said, "You know what? We've learned more at the church in one year than we have in all of the years of our seminary training, just doing verse by verse, chapter by chapter through God's Word.

Well, we need that because when we learn, we grow. Second Peter 3:18, "Grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." First Peter chapter 2 verse 2, "As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby."

And so we believe as a church one of our core values is Bible teaching. But it doesn't end there. Inreach isn't just Bible preaching. Inreach doesn't just mean I come to church and I listen to what is dished out in Bible study from the pulpit. Inreach means I have a gift and you have a gift, and we have to have some format where we are sharing our gifts one with another. Because when that happens, inreach happens, we're being empowered for service and transformation. That's the goal—that you may grow, that you might stimulate each other to holiness.

I was reading through my New Testament, I discovered something that—well, it's monumental when you think about it. Sixty times, six-zero times, sixty times a phrase is used, the phrase "one another." One another. That was very telling to me when I first came across all the one anothers in the New Testament. Primarily they're in Paul's writings: "Love one another. Stimulate one another to good works. Edify one another."

And it dawned on me the most obvious thing, really profound, ready? You can't do one anothers by yourself. You can't do one another's by watching a computer screen. Our love to all those who are watching by computer right now. [laughter] But that can't be it. That can't be all you do. You can't do the one anothers by watching the service on an iPhone, or listening to Bible teaching on, on a device.

To do one anothers you have to be with one another. You need some format where we are sharing collectively, corporately, the expressions of God, Christ, in our lives to one another. And that's where home fellowships come in, that's where the little specialty groups we have at the church, that's where our Connect Groups come in. And we want you to get plugged in so that inreach happens in your life, and you're sharing with us what God has done with you.

Third, we believe that the church ought to be a church that rescues the enemies of God, rescues the enemies of God. We radiate the glory of God, that's upreach; we reveal the truth of God, that's inreach; but number three, we want to be about rescuing the enemies of God. Look at verse 18. One verse, chapter 17, verse 18, "As you sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world."

You know what that verse says? It says this: "You're on a mission from God." That's what it says—you're on a mission from God. Number two, it says you're on the kind of a mission from God like one Jesus was on from his Father. "As you have sent me into the world, so I also send them." Does anybody know why Jesus came? Do you know what his mission was? He said so in the gospel of Mark, "For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save those who are lost." That's what Jesus is about, looking for people who are lost, seeking them and saving them.

Now, read verse 18 again, "As you sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world." The word "sent" is a very interesting word; it's the word apostelló. Apostelló in Greek. What does that sound like—Apostelló? Apostle— that's exactly what it means. An apostle is somebody who's been sent. So, "I have been sent," apostelló; "I send them," apostelló. "Father, you've apostled me; I'm apostling these guys. I'm sending them out."

God's plan to rescue unsaved people is by sending saved ambassadors into their midst and giving them the gospel. Please, never let this church become a Bless-Me Club. A lot of people join churches because of all the benefits, like a country club. "I join for the benefits that it gives the members." There are benefits; there should be benefits. You should come and be able to pour out your heart, and be loved, and be prayed for, and get healed, and be part of a family.

However, you know we're the only outfit on earth that exists for the benefit of nonmembers? We exist for the benefit of those who don't know Christ. We have a tendency as human beings to focus on ourselves; we do that a lot. In fact, we probably do that every ten seconds. It's just who we are. We think about, "I'm hungry," or, "I need to do this. Here's my issue and my problem." It's just who we are. I'm not knocking that. I'm not putting it down. It's who we are as people. But we need, therefore, to be reminded we exist to give God glory, to build one another up, and to bring unsaved people to know Jesus Christ.

Now, I think Jesus so knew that about his own disciples that one day as they're walking on a hillside in Galilee—and probably the disciples are thinking, "Where are we going to have a falafel for lunch? Where are we going to pitch our tents tonight to sleep?" And they're just kind of focusing in on them and their whole thing. And so Jesus seeing the crowds of people that are following him in the distance said to the disciples, "Lift up your eyes and look at the harvest and notice that it's white; it's ready to be picked." So don't always put your eyes on yourself, lift them up from time to time and see what's going on outside the church—that's the harvest field, and it is white, and it is ripe.

Again, what Jesus prayed for in John 17, the early church practiced in the book of Acts. The book of Acts opens and we see the coming of the Holy Spirit. And one unique fisherman who becomes their first preacher named Peter who stands up boldly in front of the crowds and gives a message, and the people are convicted. And some of the people say, "What must we do?" And Peter—Peter—Peter says, "Repent!"—this is Peter who chickened out when a servant girl asked him a few questions a couple days before. Now he's bold, filled with the Holy Spirit, and proclaiming the gospel and the resurrection of Jesus Christ to people. That's the model for us.

I think that's a healthy pattern. I think this upreach, inreach, outreach is a healthy pattern for every healthy believer, every healthy church. We're saved, we serve, we're sent. Remember those three words: saved, served, sent. We get saved, and it's all about the relationship with God. We love him; that never ends. And then we start serving one another. But then we also get sent out into the world—that's evangelism.

By the way, that's the reason we do altar calls. We throw out the net. Throw out the net because people are curious, they'll come to church or they'll be invited by a friend, and, and we have the opportunity to call them to Christ. That's not the only way to do it; that's just a way to do it.

You know, D. L. Moody, it's been often said, was the guy who came up with the idea of an altar call. I don't know if that's true or not; Jesus called people publicly. But Dwight L. Moody the pastor of Moody Church in Chicago (the first pastor) would often call people forward, and they called it an "altar call," and he was criticized for it.

On one particular occasion a woman came up to him and said, "Mr. Moody, I don't like the way you do evangelism." He had a classic answer. He goes, "You know, I don't think it's really that great either, so I'm always looking for new ways. Tell me, dear lady, how do you do it?" She said, "I don't do it." He said, "Then I think the way I do it is better than the way you don't do it. I'll stick with that one."

However way you do it—do it. If it means you just build a relationship with a person, if it means you go door to door and knock on doors, if it means you go down to the mall and speak to people and pass out tracts—there's a number of ways to do it—or you invite people to church to hear a message—but do it. Evangelism brings life into a body.

I close with this: Live churches are constantly changing; dead churches don't have to. Live churches have lots of noisy kids; dead churches are fairly quiet. Live churches expenses always exceed their income; dead churches take in more than they ever dreamed of spending. Live churches are constantly improving for the future; dead churches worship their past. Live churches focus on people; dead churches focus on programs. Live churches dream great dreams for God; dead churches relive nightmares. Live churches don't have "can't" in their vocabulary; dead churches have nothing but. Live churches evangelize; dead churches fossilize.

I don't want to be fossil folks. I looked in the mirror today, I'm half there—I'm there! [laughter] But that's just outwardly. You know, I think I'm twenty years old until I look in the mirror. [laughter] I go, "Oh, yeah, that's right. I am mortal. I'm on my way to glory, hallelujah."

The outward man is passing away," Paul said, "the inward man is being renewed day by day. I'm still young and energetic in my heart, and I still have vision for the future for this community, for the state, and for this country. And I love it when we can march together into the future. I'll say one final thing. There's one final element that would put it all together quite nicely.

Toward the end of chapter 17 Jesus touches on it. It's called love. It's called, it's called kindness. It's called grace. He said, "Father, I'm praying that they may be one as you and I are one . . . that the world may believe that you sent me." Whatever we do with each other, whatever we do for the glory of God and to the community, let it always, always, be soaked in grace. No room for legalism here. Grace—let that mark us. Be kind, be nice.

Father, we pray, Lord, that as you commission us this day when we walk out those doors and we behold our mission field, that every day we might just wonder and even ask, "Could it be that today I will fulfill more of the vision that my Lord has for my life? Could it be that today I'll be further down the road in pleasing him and bringing honor and glory to him? Could this be the day where I share an insight with another friend, or encourage someone who's struggling, or decide to lead a small group? Could this be the day that I'll not be focusing inward and downward, but outward and upward looking at the fields white for harvest?" I pray that it would; all for the glory of God, in Jesus' name, amen.

We pursue the God who is passionately pursuing a lost world; we do this with one another, through worship, by the Word, to the world.

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1/21/1982
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The Tower of Babel
Genesis 11:1-9
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The Tower of Babel - Genesis 11:1-9 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/27/1982
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Peter's Homecoming
Mark 14
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Peter's Homecoming - Mark 14 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/27/1983
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The Purpose of Worship
Romans 12:1-2; Revelation 4:10-11
Skip Heitzig
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The Purpose of Worship - Romans 12:1-2, Revelation 4:10-11, Psalm 84 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/29/1983
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Demon Possession
Luke 22:31-32
Skip Heitzig
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Demon Possession - Luke 22:31-32 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/30/1983
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Happiness is...
Psalm 1
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Happiness is... - Psalm 1 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/7/1984
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Jesus Who?
Deuteronomy 11:10-16
Skip Heitzig
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Jesus Who? - Deuteronomy 11:10-16 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/19/1984
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Keep Going, Keep Growing
2 Peter 1:1-11
Skip Heitzig
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Keep Going, Keep Growing - 2 Peter 1:1-11 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/10/1984
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The Antioch Church
Skip Heitzig
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The Antioch Church from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/1/1984
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The Marathon Christian
1 Corinthians 9
Skip Heitzig
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The Marathon Christian - 1 Corinthians 9 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/1/1984
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India Review
Acts 13:1-3; Acts 14:19
Skip Heitzig
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India Review - Acts 13:1-3, 14:19 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/17/1984
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From Despair to Joy
Habakkuk 3:17-19
Skip Heitzig
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From Despair to Joy - Habakkuk 3:17-19 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/8/1984
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The Sheep and the Shepherd
John 10
Skip Heitzig
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The Sheep and the Shepherd - John 10 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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10/21/1984
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The Decline of Discouragement
Numbers 21
Skip Heitzig
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10/28/1984
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Living on the Border
Numbers 32
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Living on the Border - Numbers 32 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/12/1985
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Make Up Your Mind - Today!
1 Kings 18
Skip Heitzig
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Make Up Your Mind - Today! - 1 Kings 18 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/16/1985
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Daniel's Seventy Weeks
Daniel 9
Skip Heitzig
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Daniel's Seventy Weeks - Daniel 9 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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11/17/1985
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Preparing for Service
Isaiah 6:1-9
Skip Heitzig
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Preparing for Service - Isaiah 6:1-9 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/15/1986
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The Prodigal Family
Ruth 1:1-14
Skip Heitzig
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2/22/1986
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Portrait of a Radical Rabbi
Galatians 1:13-21
Skip Heitzig
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Portrait of a Radical Rabbi - Galatians 1:13-21 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/1/1986
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The Flesh and The Spirit
Galatians 5:16-26
Skip Heitzig
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4/11/1987
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Doctrinal Questions - A Foundation
Skip Heitzig
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5/9/1987
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Hey, What's God Like?
Skip Heitzig
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Hey, What's God Like? from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/23/1987
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Security or Insecurity
Skip Heitzig
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Security or Insecurity from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/7/1987
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Growing Strong, Becoming Mighty - King Jotham
2 Chronicles 27:6
Skip Heitzig
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Growing Strong, Becoming Mighty - King Jotham - 2 Chronicles 27:6 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/15/1987
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When God Withdraws - Hezekiah
2 Chronicles 32:21
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When God Withdraws - Hezekiah - 2 Chronicles 32:21 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/23/1987
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Stubborness that Alienates
Luke 15:11-32
Skip Heitzig
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Stubborness that Alienates - Luke 15:11-32 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/29/1987
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Approaching Those with Heavy Hearts
2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
Skip Heitzig
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Approaching Those with Heavy Hearts - 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/5/1987
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Completing a Long Task
Ezra 6:14
Skip Heitzig
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9/19/1987
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Separation: What God Has Not Joined
Ezra 9:1-4
Skip Heitzig
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Separation: What God Has Not Joined - Ezra 9:1-4 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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12/5/1987
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For a Time such as This
Esther 4:13-14
Skip Heitzig
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For a Time such as This - Esther 4:13-14 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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12/12/1987
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Bringing God to the Marketplace
Titus 2:9-10
Skip Heitzig
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Bringing God to the Marketplace - Titus 2:9-10 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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12/28/1987
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The Untrodden Path
Joshua 3:1-10
Skip Heitzig
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The Untrodden Path - Joshua 3:1-10 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/2/1988
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Jesus Answers Job
Job 16:19-21
Skip Heitzig
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Jesus Answers Job - Job 16:19-21 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/9/1988
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What Sustains a Weary Soul
Job 23:8-12
Skip Heitzig
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What Sustains a Weary Soul - Job 23:8-12 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/16/1988
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God Rebukes a Spiritual Man
Job 40:1-14
Skip Heitzig
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God Rebukes a Spiritual Man - Job 40:1-14 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/24/1988
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Jesus Came
Mark 1:1-20
Skip Heitzig
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2/16/1989
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The Nazarene
Matthew 2:23
Skip Heitzig
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2/23/1989
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The Carpenter
Skip Heitzig
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The Carpenter from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/24/1989
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Joshua's Sweet Smell of Success
Joshua 1:1-9
Skip Heitzig
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Joshua's Sweet Smell of Success - Joshua 1:1-9 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/30/1989
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Caleb: Fully Alive at 85!
Joshua 14:6-15
Skip Heitzig
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Caleb: Fully Alive at 85! - Joshua 14:6-15 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/26/1990
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Psalm 3
Psalm 3
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Psalm 3 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/18/1991
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God's Plan for World Evangelism
1 Thessalonians 1:2-10
George Sanchez
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8/22/1991
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The Problem of Suffering
Skip Heitzig
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The Problem of Suffering from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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12/23/1991
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Life's Not Fair!
Skip Heitzig
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Life's Not Fair! from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/28/1992
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School of Ministry Graduation 1992
Skip Heitzig
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School of Ministry Graduation 1992 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/19/1993
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How to Be Used by God
Romans 12
Skip Heitzig
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4/16/1994
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Sex In The Scriptures
Skip Heitzig
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Sex In The Scriptures from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/2/1994
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The Lord is My Shepherd
Psalm 23
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The Lord is My Shepherd - Psalm 23 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/19/1994
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A World without Foundations
Psalm 11
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A World without Foundations - Psalm 11 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/25/1994
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The Church and It's Mission
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The Church and It's Mission from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/28/1995
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The Assault of the Cults
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The Assault of the Cults from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/14/1996
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Israel Update 1996
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Israel Update 1996 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/28/1996
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Israel: God's Plans Don't Change
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Israel: God's Plans Don't Change from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/26/1997
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Connection Celebration 1997
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Connection Celebration 1997 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/2/1997
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National Day of Prayer - 1997
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National Day of Prayer - 1997 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/6/1999
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National Day of Prayer - 1999
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National Day of Prayer - 1999 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/9/2000
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Salvation Message
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Salvation Message from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/14/2001
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National Prayer Service for September 11, 2001 Attack on America
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National Prayer Service for September 11, 2001 Attack on America from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/2/2002
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National Day of Prayer - 2002
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National Day of Prayer - 2002 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/11/2002
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Where Are We Now?
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Where Are We Now? from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/1/2003
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National Day of Prayer 2003
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National Day of Prayer 2003 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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12/21/2003
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Skip Announces His Departure from Calvary Albuquerque
Hebrews 11:8
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Skip Announces His Departure from Calvary Albuquerque - Hebrews 11:8 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/1/2004
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I've Just Gotta Go to Church
Psalm 84
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I've Just Gotta Go to Church - Psalm 84 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/21/2004
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A History of Calvary Albuquerque as Skip Departs
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A History of Calvary Albuquerque as Skip Departs from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/17/2004
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What are you Hungry for?
Matthew 5:6
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What are you Hungry for? - Matthew 5:6 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/3/2004
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Vision Casting - Upreach
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Vision Casting - Upreach from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/4/2004
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Vision Casting - Inreach
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Vision Casting - Inreach from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/5/2004
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Vision Casting - Outreach
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Vision Casting - Outreach from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/26/2004
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Special Dedication Message
1 Kings 8
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12/28/2004
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Worship in Spirit and Truth
John 4;Psalm 95
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Worship in Spirit and Truth - John 4, Psalm 95 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/23/2005
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Worship
Isaiah 6:1-4
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Worship - Isaiah 6:1-4 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/18/2005
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Ministry Fair
Nehemiah 4
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Ministry Fair - Nehemiah 4 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/12/2005
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Forecasting Your Future
Philippians 1:19-21
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8/17/2005
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A Special Evening on Israel
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A Special Evening on Israel from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/27/2005
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The Folly of Running from God
Jonah 1:1-3
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The Folly of Running from God - Jonah 1:1-3 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/22/2006
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A Special Message to Calvary Albuquerque
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A Special Message to Calvary Albuquerque from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/25/2006
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Five Firm Steps for Hearts in Crisis
Psalm 27
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When in the midst of crisis, where do you turn for comfort? Do you seek the Lord and allow Him to work through the crisis? David experienced many times of crisis, but he remembered that the Lord was his beauty and light. Pastor Skip Heitzig outlines Five Firm Steps for Hearts in Crisis and shares the insight the Lord gave David in Psalm 27. When you are in frightening times of crisis, focus on God who is above all circumstances.
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6/25/2006
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Has God Got A Plan For You!
John 3:16
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What plans do you have for today? Tomorrow? The rest of your life? Eternity? You may not have an answer for all of these questions, and even if you do, circumstances may arise that keep you from executing your plans. But God has a plan for you and for all of humanity that is sure and steadfast. No circumstance can arise that will change the course of it. Join Pastor Skip Heitzig as he lays out the details of God's plan for mankind and discover how you can be part of a sure future in Him.
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7/8/2006
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Buckle Up! Your're Going On An Adventure
Genesis 12:1-9
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Buckle Up! Your're Going On An Adventure - Genesis 12:1-9 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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7/15/2006
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Trusting God for Better or Worse
Genesis 22:1-19
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Trusting God for Better or Worse - Genesis 22:1-19 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/30/2006
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Rekindling Our Vision
Acts 2
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10/11/2006
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Rejoice!
Deuteronomy 12
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5/20/2007
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25 Years—A Divine Paradox
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
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Many of you know by now that these verses from Paul's first letter to the Corinthians have become my "life-text". They describe the paradox of a perfect God using imperfect vessels to carry His name and perform His work. Over the last twenty-five years I have both seen and experienced God’s faithfulness. Today we stand in awe of His great work among us, in us and through us. To God be the glory, great things HE has done!
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5/20/2007
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25th Anniversary celebration, To God Be The Glory
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4/16/2008
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Why Christians Love Israel
Ezekiel 36-37
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This message is a video of the teaching, "Why Christians Love Israel" (Ezekiel 36-37) from Pastor Skip, that he taught in Israel at the Epicenter Prophecy Conference on April 10, 2008.
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9/21/2008
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Marks of Greatness - Christ's Vision For His Church
Acts 2:36-47
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12/10/2008
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Hanukkah
John 10:19-33
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3/11/2009
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Special Message from Skip in India
Nehemiah 1-13
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9/16/2009
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Why Jesus Needed to Die
Hebrews 9
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All of us have experienced spiritual slump, when we just didn't feel like worshiping. But times like that provide the perfect opportunity to walk by faith not by sight and to experience sacrificial worship. The once for all sacrifice of Jesus should stir us up to fervent praise in spite of our earthly circumstances.
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5/9/2010
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Live from the Land
Matthew 24:1-8
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Earthquakes, wars, disease; the evening news offers a frightening and fascinating look at world events. What does the Bible say about the turmoil the world is facing? What is the resolution to the conflict? Join us as we consider what Jesus told his disciples about these signs of the times, in this special message by Pastor Skip from the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
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5/10/2010
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Live from the Land
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Time and again, we hear that one of the favorite highlights for those on a Tour of Israel is the on-site teaching. Now you can be a part of it from your very own living room. Watch the Live from the Land TV special that aired on Monday May 10, 2010 on KCHF TV-11 as we join Pastor Skip Heitzig LIVE with a message from the Mount of Olives.
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8/12/2010
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Can You See It? - Rapid Responders Training
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Can You See It? - Rapid Responders Training from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/13/2010
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His Presence In Crisis
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His Presence In Crisis from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/5/2011
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Service with Skip Heitzig
1 Corinthians 12:12-18
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Churches across America are closing their doors. How can we ensure a thriving Christian community? As we consider what God intended for the church, we'll uncover four essentials to a healthy church: God's People, God's Principles, God's Purpose, and God's presence.
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9/11/2011
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A Soft Pillow for a Tired Heart
Romans 8:28
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We all remember where we were on September 11, 2001 when we heard the news of the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the downed plane near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The terrorists who crashed these aircraft brought the deaths of nearly 3,000 people. Mass confusion, anger, despair, and depression predictably followed as survivors sought to frame so devastating an event. Ten years later, we remember September 11 to honor those who died, those who have fought in the war on terror, and especially to be reminded that in the midst of a conflict-filled world, we serve a God who works His good purposes and promises to one day eradicate evil.
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11/30/2011
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Points about Prayer from the Sermon on the Mount
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Self reliance is esteemed in our culture - but it's not the example Jesus gives to us. In a life marked by continual prayer, the Son of God demonstrates His dependence on the Father. Let's consider what Jesus teaches about prayer and its role in our lives, remembering that prayer is a privilege, not a duty.
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Day of Prayer and Fasting Service
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Communication has changed dramatically over the past fifty years. In just seconds, we can now email messages, photos, important documents, and more. We easily communicate with cell phones from almost anywhere. But, what is your communication with God like? Are you responding to his invitation to come boldly to the throne of grace? Are you letting your requests be made known to Him? Remember, the Lord is willing and God has commanded that we ask, seek, and knock.
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5/6/2012
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How Does Your GPS Work?
Proverbs 3:1-8
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This passage in Proverbs is one of the most well-known and bestbeloved in the entire Bible. Believers have read it, memorized it, shared it, prayed over it, preached from it, and relied on it for centuries. Why is that so? It's simply because we all want to know God's will for our lives. Discovering God's will is one of the dominating pursuits for Christians. Let's see how it works.
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6/27/2012
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Expound Expressed
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Revealing Himself through His Word, the Lord invites us to delight in Him—to worship Him for who He is. Join us as review highlights from the book of Matthew and respond to the Lord in worship during this special expound expressed service.
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9/23/2012
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30th Anniversary: Love the Past, Live the Future
Deuteronomy 8:1-10
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In Deuteronomy 8, we learn what the Lord taught the Jewish people—to remember what the Lord had done, to know and keep the commandments, and to bless the Lord. Moses would say, "Love the Past, Live the Future." Through the text, we are reminded what the Lord had done and are given hope for what the future holds.
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5/5/2013
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The World's Most Important Comma
Isaiah 61:2
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In Isaiah 61:2 we discover a tiny comma. This comma represents a 2,000-year period of time: the age of grace that we are currently living in. It is during this time that we have been saved; it's the church age, and world-wide evangelism is taking place. But we are just one day away from the end of that comma. One day that comma will become a period. At the end of that comma comes the rapture of the church and then the day of vengeance of our God on this earth.
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Navigating Another Year
Ephesians 5:15-17
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What is the will of God? It can seem so elusive, but in this study, we learn five things that are the clear will of God for each of us. As children of God, as a church body, let's make a pact to preach to the lost, to be set apart for Jesus Christ, to be humble, to be submissive and honoring to the people around us, and to be thankful in all things. Taught in Ocean Grove, NJ.
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Not Done Yet
Joshua 14:6-15
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At 85 years old, the faithful Caleb desired to keep growing and being used by the Lord. In this passage, he takes hold of God's promises, and his story of God's faithfulness unfolds. By examining his courageous life, we learn that as time goes on, we must not slow down in doing the Lord's work; we must boldly look ahead and realize we are not done yet!
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South East Calvary Chapel Pastor's Conference – Session 4
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The apostle Paul spent a large amount of time pouring into his disciple Timothy's life. And in his second letter to Timothy, he encouraged him to do the same for others. In this message, Pastor Skip Heitzig expresses the importance and process of training up responsible leaders.
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South East Calvary Chapel Pastor's Conference – Session 7
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In his second letter to Timothy, Paul the apostle motivated Timothy to continue to be faithful in his ministry to the Lord. As we study 2 Timothy 2:11-13, Pastor Skip Heitzig exhorts believers toward faithfulness by sharing four helpful principles to cultivate this supreme attribute in their lives.
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iThirst
John 19:28-30
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The world is filled with Apple's i-technology, which delivers on its promise to make connectivity and information readily accessible. But there is a deeper need within everyone, a thirst to be right with God, that no app or gadget can fulfill. How ironic that Jesus, the great Thirst-Quencher, would Himself be thirsty. It was part of the great exchange—His temporary thirst enabled yours to be quenched eternally!
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Skip Heitzig Interview with David Eubank
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In this interview with Pastor Skip, Dave Eubank of the Free Burma Rangers explained how the Lord called his family to Burma and what the Free Burma Rangers do to help people who are caught in the crossfire of terrorism. Dave's wife, Karen, also talked about the Good Life Club, the relief arm of the Free Burma Rangers that aids mothers and children, and that Reload Love, our church-wide initiative, is raising funds for.
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How Does The Gospel Work?
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
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The book of 1 Thessalonians is a letter from the apostle Paul to a young church in Thessalonica, whom he commended for their faith, love, and endurance. As we study the first ten verses of this book, we learn from their bold example what evangelism looks like and what the normal flow of the gospel is: it comes to us, works in us, and then comes from us.
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Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Lamentations 3:22-31
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The prophet Jeremiah looked on as the city of Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed. But even as he mourned over the destruction of his city, he realized the living God was at work. In the same way, though our world is filled with a great amount of uncertainty, we can still find certainty in the Lord and confidently tell Him, "Great is Your faithfulness."
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Living Life Together
Proverbs 18:1;Acts 2:41-47
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The word fellowship is one of the most overused and undervalued words in the church. More than a social activity, fellowship should be a spiritual activity in which we all take part. As we draw some principles from Scripture and learn from the example of the early church, we see that being in community is essential for spiritual health.
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2/15/2015
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Jesus Loves Children
Matthew 19:13-15; James 1:26-27
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The most vulnerable among us are often children. Lacking the power and means to be anything except completely dependent on parents and society, they sometimes fall through the cracks. Today we look at how Jesus loved children and consider our mandate to care for those who are most helpless. Through this message, along with a special effort by Reload Love, we aim to bring God’s freedom to many more children around the world.
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3/4/2015
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Skip's Iraq Trip Update
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As ISIS spreads throughout the Middle East, millions of people continue to flee the growing violence—and children have been hit the hardest. In this special update from the Reload Love team, Pastor Skip, Jarrett Petero, and Murray Byrne share stories and photos from their recent trip to Iraq. While there, they reached out to organizations that are helping displaced children, and they were able to share the hope and love of Jesus with the kids.
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9/27/2015
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The Power of an Invitation
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There is something special about receiving an invitation; it makes us feel wanted, special, and significant. As we examine an invitation found in the book of Revelation, we are challenged to be part of God's work as instruments of change for the gospel, and we are reminded not to underestimate the power of a simple invitation.
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10/28/2015
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Defying Normal
Daniel 1:8
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The Bible calls us to a holy defiance of the status quo—Paul the apostle said, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2). Perhaps no one in the Old Testament did this better than the prophet Daniel. In this message, we look at four truths about the Christian life and learn how Daniel was able to rise above his society to defy normal.
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6/12/2016
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United in Pursuit
Acts 6:1-7
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Acts 6:1-7 lays out God's vision for the church. At Calvary Albuquerque, we want people fitted for heaven and outfitted for service. As with the early church, we must overcome problems by establishing priorities and participating in order to progress.
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9/18/2016
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Christians and Politics
Jeremiah 29:1-13
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Don’t worry, I’m not preaching politics, nor am I endorsing a candidate today. I realize that both political parties go to church and that Christians have a wide variety of political notions. As a registered independent, I am aware of the flaws that exist on both sides, and so I am not taking sides today. But I want to call the body of Christ to be informed of the policies, engaged in the process, and active in the promotion of godly discourse. Furthermore, I am asking that we be united this week in prayer and fasting for this nation.
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1/1/2017
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Culture Weekend
Deuteronomy 8:1-2;1 Corinthians 12:31
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God did amazing things in 2016 at Calvary Albuquerque. In the video "Our Year in Review," Nate Heitzig summarizes 2016 and introduces fourteen Calvary culture axioms for 2017. In a short message, Skip Heitzig discusses Calvary’s past and future and reminds us that though lots of things have changed in our culture, Jesus has not.
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4/12/2017
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Special Message from Skip Heitzig
Luke 22:7-23
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The night before His death, Jesus celebrated Passover with His disciples in the upper room. In this message, we examine the progression of that Last Supper and learn both the traditional meanings behind the meal as well as the practical life applications for us as we live under the new covenant of Christ.
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7/23/2017
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Interview with Dave Eubank
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After making national news with his relief work and sustaining a gunshot wound while combating ISIS in Mosul, Dave Eubank continues his work through the Free Burma Rangers (FBR). In this interview with Skip Heitzig, Dave gives an update on his family's ministry to bring help, hope, and love to people in conflict zones.
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9/3/2017
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Your Amazing Bible
2 Timothy 3:14-17
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There are 120 additional messages in this series.