Who Is Jesus?

There is a lot of discussion and hot debate out there about who Jesus is, even in so called evangelical churches.

At Mars Hill Church where I am one of the pastors, we often say that "It's all about Jesus." We all should say this, and mean this, regarding our lives and service for Him.When what we do and who we are is all about someone else or something else other than Jesus we are in trouble.

A number of years ago an African American pastor, S.M. Lockridge, preached one of the best sermons I have ever heard on "Jesus."  Here is that short but powerful message. You can find it on the internet and listen to it.  It is inspiring, breathtaking and exalts the Lord Jesus to His rightful place in our lives and in our churches.


My King

by Dr. S.M. Lockridge

Delivered on Sept. 12, 2003

The Bible says He's a Seven Way King. He's the King of the Jews -that's a racial King. He's the King of Israel- that's a National King. He's the King of righteousness. He's the King of the ages. He's the King of Heaven. He's the King of glory. He's the King of kings and He is the Lord of lords. Now that's my King.

Well, I wonder if you know Him.

David said the Heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork. My King is the only one whom there are no means of measure that can define His limitless love. No far-seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shore of supplies. No barriers can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing.

He's enduringly strong. He's entirely sincere. He's eternally steadfast. He's immortally graceful. He's imperially powerful. He's impartially merciful. That's my King. He's God's Son. He's the sinner's saviour. He's the centerpiece of civilization. He stands alone in Himself. He's honest. He's unique. He's unparalleled. He's unprecedented. He's supreme. He's pre-eminent.

He's the grandest idea in literature. He's the highest personality in philosophy. He's the supreme problem in high criticism. He's the fundamental doctrine of proved theology. He's the carnal necessity of spiritual religion. That's my King. He's the miracle of the age. He's the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him.

He's the only one able to supply all of our needs simultaneously. He supplies strength for the weak. He's available for the tempted and the tried. He sympathizes and He saves. He's strong God and He guides.

He heals the sick. He cleanses the lepers. He forgives sinners. He discharged debtors. He delivers the captives. He defends the feeble. He blesses the young. He serves the unfortunate. He regards the aged. He rewards the diligent and He beautifies the meek.

Do you know Him?

My King is a King of knowledge. He's the wellspring of wisdom. He's the doorway of deliverance. He's the pathway of peace. He's the roadway of righteousness. He's the highway of holiness. He's the gateway of glory. He's the master of the mighty. He's the captain of the conquerors. He's the head of the heroes. He's the leader of the legislatures. He's the overseer of the overcomers. He's the governor of governors. He's the prince of princes. He's the King of kings and He's the Lord of lords. That's my King. Yeah. Yeah. That's my King. My King, yeah.

His office is manifold. His promise is sure. His light is matchless. His goodness is limitless. His mercy is everlasting. His love never changes. His Word is enough. His grace is sufficient. His reign is righteous. His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

Well. I wish I could describe Him to you, but He's indescribable. He's indescribable.

Yes. He's incomprehensible. He's invincible. He's irresistible. I'm coming to tell you, the heavens of heavens cannot contain Him, let alone a man explaining Him. You can't get Him out of your mind. You can't get Him off of your hands. You can't outlive Him and you can't live without Him.

Pharisees couldn't stand Him, but they found out they couldn't stop Him. Pilate couldn't find any fault in Him. The witnesses couldn't get their testimonies to agree. Herod couldn't kill Him. Death couldn't handle Him and the grave couldn't hold Him. That's my King. Yeah. Praise the Lord. That's my King.

Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory. Well, all the power belongs to my King. We're around here talking about black power and white power and green power, but it's God's power. Thine is the power. Yeah. And the glory. We try to get prestige and honour and glory for ourselves, but the glory is all His. Yes. Thine is the Kingdom and the power and glory, forever and ever and ever and ever. How long is that? And ever and ever and ever and ever. And when you get through with all of the evers, then, Amen.


Dare To Be Different

Okay, here is an oldie but goody from Charles Swindoll,1984

Progress seems like a two-headed giant, doesn't it?  Looking back on it, it is admirable, almost heroic.  We salute the visionaries of yesteryear.  They emerge from the pages of history books as men and women of gallant faith.  We shake our heads in amazement as we imagine the herculean courage it took to stand so confidently when the majority frowned so sternly. 

Yesterday's progress earns for itself today's monuments of stone. Looking back, we laud those who refused to take no for an answer.  We quote them with gusto.  We even name our children after them. But today…what do we do with such creatures today?  We brand them as irritating malcontents, reckless idealists who simply won't sit down and be quiet. 

Today's progressive dreamers are seen as permissive, wild-eyed extremists.  Not showing much corporate promise (since they hate the status quo mold), most of them have a tough time going along with the system.  They, in fact, loathe the system. But what they lack in diplomacy, they make up for in persistence.  Cooperative they're not.  Resilient they are. 

Give most of them a couple of hundred years and they'll be virtually knighted.  But at the present moment, they seem nuts. I can scarcely think of a half-dozen churches today, for example, that would so much as consider having Martin Luther candidate for the pulpit. 

It's doubtful that very many of you in business would hire Thomas Edison or Leonardo da Vinci into your company.  And which evangelical seminary would chance turning over its students majoring in systematic theology to a firebrand like John Knox?  

Or, tell me, how would an emotionally charged free spirit like Ludwig Van Beethoven fit the stuffy chair of any university's department of music?  And who, today, would choose to go into battle with a "blood and guts," straight shooting commanding officer like George Patten or "howling Mad" Smith? 

For that matter, how many votes would a crusty, outspoken, overweight visionary like Winston Churchill, or the rugged Andrew Jackson get in our day of slick government and touch-me-not bureaucrats and politicians?  You think we'd respect their progressiveness and value their vision?

Don't bet on it.  People didn't in their day. Are you an eagle-type, soaring to heights beyond your peers?  Do you find yourself bored with the maintenance of the machinery...yawning through the review of the rules...restless to cut a new swath...excited rather than intimidated by the risks?  Don't expect pats on the back or great waves of applause.

Not today.  Chances are good you'll loose a few jobs, fail a few courses, ruffle tons of feathers, and be the subject of the town gossip. Mavericks who don't color within the lines are also notorious for not staying within the fences. 

And that makes folks terribly uncomfortable.  But take heart! Many an alleged heretic today will be a hero tomorrow.

“Progressiveness” by Charles Swindoll.

Published by Insight for Living, 1984





Impossiblity Thinking

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, - Ephesians 3:20 (ESV)

God can do anything you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams - Ephesians 3:20 (The Message)

He can do the impossible

He can do the unthinkable

He can do the unbelievable

He can do the unexpected

He can do the unusual

He is an awesome God

He is bigger than your issues  or your past or your perceived limitations.

God loves to take ordinary people and do extraordinary things.

Don’t go to your God and tell him how big your problems are; rather, go to your problems and tell them how big your God is.

Your current problems are not your real problem. Your real problem is not seeing God for who He really is!

How powerful He really is…

How sovereign He really is…

How wonderful He really is…

How loving He really is.

Every real problem we experience is due to a wrong concept of God. Is your God too small?

“God will make a way where there seems to be no way,  He works in ways we cannot see, he will make a way for me; He will be my guide, hold me closely to his side, With love and strength for each new day, He will make a way, he will make a way.

 From the Song “God will make a Way” by Don Moen



Ten signs of an insecure leader

Perry Noble

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 04:55 AM PST

#1 – You see people as working for you and not with you.

#2 – Everyone who pushes back on any of your ideas is automatically branded as disloyal.  (Because for you “ loyalty” is defined as, “loving everything I say and do!”)

#3 – Every time someone begins to say something good about someone else you always have to be the person who says, “yes, but what you don’t know about them is…” and from that point tear them down under the disguise of being concerned about them.

#4 – You get jealous when someone on your team receives any sort of public affirmation but you are not mentioned at all.  (Remember how Saul felt when it was said, “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.”)

#5 – You cannot celebrate what God is doing in other churches.  (OR, you always critique instead of celebrating!)

#6 – You always believe someone on your staff is going to attempt a coup and try to take over your role as a leader.  (This leads to suspicion and distrust, which will destroy ANY team.)

#7 – You dismiss what God is doing in another ministry because it does not line up exactly with where you are theologically.

#8 – You lead through intimidation, always threatening to “fire someone” if things “don’t shape up around here.”

#9 – You really do like the fact that people on your staff are afraid of you.

#10 – You feel the need to prove yourself in every meeting you are in by seizing every opportunity you have to speak, believing that everything in the meeting is not going to be its absolute best until you have had your say about it.


What The Lord Has Been Teaching Me

I have the opportunity to meet with lots of people in the course of my work and often ask what God has been teaching them. I am a firm believer in being a “Life-Long Learner”--a person who is growing, learning and changing (until Jesus calls me home). This is inherent in the root meaning of “disciple.”

Here are four things the Lord has recently been teaching me.  The person who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks has never met a hungry dog. I am still hungry and eager to learn from the Lord and others. When I stop learning, I stop growing and when I stop growing, I stop leading.


Two passages speak to me of God’s sovereignty. Proverbs 3:5,6 (NIV) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” and I Timothy 6:15 (Phillips), “…God, who is the blessed controller of all things...” I am so wired up that I want to know the “why” of things and I want to know it NOW! Over and over again through the years, He has brought me back to “Trusting 101.”  I want, by His grace, to get to the place where I sweat neither the big stuff nor the small stuff (I can be such a worry wart).  As the hymn puts it, “Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus, O for grace to trust Him more.” If God is sovereign (which He is) and doesn’t sleep or slumber (which He doesn’t ) and has all the details of my past, present and future under His “blessed” control (which He does), then it makes no sense for both of us to stay up all night! He is sovereign over my health, my family, my work, my finances--the whole kit and caboodle.


I love the thought from Blackaby’s “Experiencing God” Bible study that God is at work all around me. It is a constant prayer (after having worked though the material) that I would have spiritual eyes--eyes of faith and eyes of vision--to see where He is at work and to discern where He wants me to join Him (or not join Him). I struggle with taking adequate time to carefully observe, think and pray before going into action. I’m learning how to listen, watch and pay better attention (in conversations, meetings, et al) to ascertain where He is working and where He wants me to join Him (or not!)

By His grace, I am trying to move away from doing (and then asking Him to bless what I intend to do) to watching for where He is already blessing and joining Him. Proverbs 24:32(NIV) comes to my rescue here, “I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw.” This verse motivates me to watch, listen and learn.


A while back, I wrote a piece for this website titled, “He hates to wait.” I spoke of my impatience and rushing ahead, sometimes taking matters into my own hands as Saul did when he was told to wait seven days for Samuel to show up (I Samuel 13:7-15). I am proactive by nature and tend to practice “fire, ready, aim.” Someone observed that when you walk with God He seems to walk “awful slow.” I am so desirous of seeing thing happen that I can quickly get ahead of God’s time-table. James 5:7,8 (Msg.) “Meanwhile, friends, wait patiently for the Master’s arrival. You see farmers do this all the time, waiting for their valuable crops to mature, patiently letting the rain do its slow but sure work. Be patient like that. Stay steady and strong. The Master could arrive at any time.” The context for the passage is the second coming of Jesus Christ. I apply it with the thought in mind of “God showing up” in someone’s life, or in a situation “…the Master’s arrival.” The Master could arrive at any time. This passage, more than any other in recent memory, has encouraged me and helped me wait for God’s timing and not rush ahead. 


I can’t speak for you, but I am tired of “business as usual.” I don’t like to think thoughts like: Well, that’s about what we expected. This is what the board projected for this year. This is the norm for our area.

 I believe in a God who can do the unexpected, the unusual, the totally radical off-the-chart kinds of things. I am learning to pray and expect the “…great and unsearchable things, which you do not know.” Jeremiah. 33:3 (NIV) 

Psalm 42:11 (The Living Bible) “But O my soul, don’t be discouraged. Don’t be upset. Expect God to act! For I know that I shall again have plenty of reason to praise Him for all that He will do. He is my help! He is my God!” When I meet with someone I am coaching, teach a seminar, speak at a conference, or chair a planning meeting, I truly, genuinely expect God to act, to do His thing, to invade the time with His power, presence and wisdom.

These are four things God has been teaching me lately. What has He been teaching you?