RADIO – 02 The People We Belong To [The People We Become]

What does a “successful” Christian life look like? What’s the goal, and how do we get there? Even more importantly, what’s the point?

Join Pastor Phillip Gonzales as he shares how God desires the lives of His people to move in a particular rhythm, and how we don’t have to strive because Jesus is the one who makes it happen.

 

Study Guide (with Scripture references)

Study Guide – 02 The People We Belong To

 

Scripture Reference Booklet (with all references)

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RADIO – 01 Believing, Becoming & Brownies [The People We Become]

Every decision you make is changing you, molding you, transforming you into a person who will be different tomorrow than the person you were today, last week, and last year.

The only question is, are you becoming the person GOD wants you to be?

 

Study Guide (with Scripture references)

Study Guide – 01 Believing, Becoming and Brownies

RADIO – 04 Destiny’s Child [My Name Is…]

Sooner or later everybody asks the age-old question, “Why am I here?”  Countless thinkers and authors have tried to address it, and countless people have struggled with trying to discover their purpose in life.  Yet, the Bible has a clear answer, and it’s good news!

Join Pastor Phillip Gonzales in exploring how in Christ, we have a new destiny that makes all the difference.

RADIO – 03 If They Only Knew [My Name Is…]

Podcast-graphic-[My-Name-Is]Almost all of us have something in our past (or present) that we’re not proud of.  Whatever it is, we wonder and worry about how the people around us would react if they only knew.

If you know what that feels like (or even if you don’t) join Pastor Phillip Gonzales for a word of encouragement from the Scriptures.  After all, you know that thing you hope nobody finds out?  God already knows about it!  The question is, will you trust Him enough to hear what He has to say?

NOTE: This teaching was broadcast on “The Heritage Hour,” the weekly radio program of Dr. Mark P. Gonzales.  It airs in Fort Myers, FL at 8:00am on Saturday mornings on WJYO, 91.5fm.

RADIO – 02 Family Matters [My Name Is…]

Podcast-graphic-[My-Name-Is]Do you ever have “issues” with your family?  Join Pastor Phillip Gonzales for a message of hope about what family can look like in the Kingdom.

NOTE: This teaching was broadcast on “The Heritage Hour,” the weekly radio program of Dr. Mark P. Gonzales.  It airs in Fort Myers, FL at 8:00am on Saturday mornings on WJYO, 91.5fm.

RADIO – 01 What is Your Name? [My Name Is…]

Podcast-graphic-[My-Name-Is]Who are you, really?  Have you ever asked that question and pondered what it means? Have you ever stopped to think about where you find your deepest sense of identity?  Who we believe we are has an incredible impact on how we live our lives, and the good news is that if we are in Christ, we have a new identity that makes all the difference!  Join Pastor Phillip Gonzales as he shares a message of hope about who we are in Christ.

NOTE: This teaching was broadcast on “The Heritage Hour,” the weekly radio program of Dr. Mark P. Gonzales.  It airs in Fort Myers, FL at 8:00am on Saturday mornings on WJYO, 91.5fm.

02 Enemy at the Gates [The Way of the Warrior]

Logo-PodcastAsk any soldier how important it is to know your enemy, and they will tell you it’s crucial.
In our spiritual life, we have an enemy whom Jesus said comes “only to steal, kill and destroy.” However, once we understand the enemy’s strategy, we can learn to fight much more effectively in the power of Christ.

Join us as we explore how our enemy comes against us, and more importantly, how our Savior give us the power to win the fight.

Jesus Makes Dead Things Live Again

It was obvious to everyone: the boy was dead.

“And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, [the unclean spirit] came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, ‘He is dead.'” -Mark 9:26

Nice try, Jesus, but this one was too much.  Sorry, dad, better start making funeral plans.  Sorry, disciples, looks like your man isn’t as magical as you thought.  Move along, folks, nothing to see here except a corpse.

But Jesus knew something they didn’t.

“Most of them said, ‘He is dead’ … But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.” -Mark 9:26b-27

Jesus knew the boy wasn’t really dead at all.  Jesus knew his eyes were about to open and his body was about to rise up stronger than ever before.  Jesus knew that even if the boy had died, that wouldn’t have been a problem, either.

Because Jesus makes dead things live again.Jesus Makes Dead Things Live Again

Maybe it’s obvious to the bystanders in your life: that thing you hoped for is dead.  Maybe in your own heart you gave up on it long ago.  Maybe you tried and tried and failed and failed, prayed and prayed and heard nothing at all.

But Jesus makes dead things live again.

The world says that “what’s done is done,” but Jesus makes dead things live again.

The world says that some things you never recover from, but Jesus makes dead things live again.

The world says dead is dead but Jesus conquered death…and He still makes dead things live again.

May you have hope that Jesus is able to work resurrection in your circumstance, and may you have faith to start acting according to what you know is true… Jesus makes dead things live again.

-Pastor Phillip

NOTE: I wrote this post on a Wednesday morning, ready to send it out. Then, as I was about to click “Publish,” it was like the Holy Spirit said to me, “This isn’t a blog post for today. This is your sermon for Sunday.”

Praise God for His leading, because after sharing this message, I had so many people tell that, “This was for ME.” I pray this post was a blessing to you, and if you’d like to hear the message, it will be posted online at GatewayGrace.org and can also be found by searching iTunes for “Gateway Grace Fellowship”. I pray it’s a blessing in your life.

Why Hope and Truth Must Always Coexist

Truth without hope is like light without heat.

It may show you the way, but it will not provide the strength to walk in it.

Hope without truth is like a cloud without rain.

It may look promising for a while, but it will never provide the nourishment you need.

Churches and sermons and Christians in conversation must be faithful to do what God’s Word does: provide both truth AND hope.

Every time.

How are you doing?