Discernment and Preparation: What Hill Should We Die On? – Panel Discussion

Brothers Ken Miller, Barry Grant, Zack Johnson, and John D. Martin discuss what issues must be pursued with wholehearted conviction, with no regard to the cost. Panel discussion moderated by Brother Paul Shirk.

How do we prepare to suffer for the cause of Christ?

Peter tells us, “Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind…” This would indicate that we are to have the right mindset regarding suffering for our faith. How do we prepare our minds to suffer for Christ as God would choose for each one of our lives?

In this panel discussion, we consider:

  • What do the Scriptures say about discerning and preparing for persecution?
  • What can we learn from non-biblical individuals who applied Scriptural principles in their time and circumstances?
  • What are the current and imminent issues before us where we should be preparing to engage as overcomers?

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The Way of the Kingdom

Have you ever wondered what the kingdom of God is? It was the greatest theme of Jesus’ preaching, but today is often misunderstood by Christians. This is tragic, because a genuine expression of God’s kingdom on earth is the primary way a broken world will come to know Him.

In this message, Brother John D. Martin explains these vital elements of the way:

  1. A Kingdom Mentality
  2. A Kingdom Theology
  3. A Kingdom Society

The way of the kingdom is the treasure of all true Christians, but history is littered with individuals and churches who were seduced away from God’s ideal. The way is simple, but not easy. Not automatic.

Would you like to know the secrets to experiencing what God intends for His kingdom? Both now and in the future? Drawing from over forty years of passionately pursuing God’s kingdom, John gives us seasoned guidance on how to thrive and endure in the only way that can truly bring joy to the world.

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Peter Waldo

From the life of the early Waldensians, Brother John D. Martin draws several practical lessons — The Preaching of the Gospel is non-negotiable. True Christians are committed to literal obedience. True Christians should maintain a healthy suspicion of clever theological rationalizations. The priority of Christians is a thorough understanding of the Scriptures. The Biblical teachings of wealth should be taken seriously and literally. “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.”

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Encountering Christ in Worship

In modern Christianity today, worship is one of the most misunderstood words. This messages explores four main topics: worship defined, worship determined, worship demonstrated, and worship declared. In this sermon, Brother John D. Martin shares how worship acceptable to God begins with a true vision of our holy God and is centered on the Cross. Learn the Old English etymology of worship, and how that can instructs the priorities of our life. If our worship does not make Jesus the primary focus of our lives, then it is not true worship. 

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Following Christ in Embracing His Kingdom

Why were you “saved?” To gain heaven, or to glorify God on earth?

In this message, Brother John D. Martin explores the paradigm difference between a typical “gospel” message and the “Gospel of the Kingdom.” He says it succinctly when he says, “I want you to forget about yourself; I want you to get your relationship with God established, and then lose yourself in something bigger than yourself!” This message includes many illustrations and stories from recent history, the Anabaptists, and the early church to urge a return to the Kingdom hermeneutics of community, economics, and peace.

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