Church of the Open Door

Sermons 2014

  • October 19, 2014

    Experiencing Comfort in the Body of Christ by Dr. Glenn Jago

    by COD

    The Scriptures never paint a rosy picture of the Christian life as being filled with beautiful rose gardens, or strolls on the beach, or the sound of a soft and gentle harp playing wherever you go. Actually and more realistically, the question asked largely by those suffering is why do some suffer more than others? For instance, why does it seem that Paul suffered more than Peter? Lamentably, there is no answer, but the significant answer Paul proclaims is that suffering never goes unnoticed nor without purpose. Paul, in these few verses, provides great comfort and encouragement as he explains the role of God in our suffering as well as the role of the believer in the visible Body of Christ.

  • October 5, 2014

    Controversy in the Visible Body of Christ by Dr. Glenn Jago

    by COD

    Truly the Gospel is sufficient to make alive what once was dead in sin, to declare righteous what once was unrighteous, to sanctify what once was a slave of sin, and to transform what once was a slave to unrighteousness. But what happens when we get overly focused on tradition, experience, emotion, or misunderstanding and not Scripture? Controversy! Each day the believer has the opportunity of validating the Gospel while surrounded by a culture that is anti-God, anti-Scripture, and dominated by Satan. One such challenge involves the distinct roles between men and women and the principle of headship. Why was this so important to Paul? What is ultimately at risk? How does Paul correct their thinking?

  • September 28, 2014

    The Tension within the Visible Body of Christ by Dr. Glenn Jago

    by COD

    Sometimes tensions in life, which can lead to sin, is possible even in the best of surroundings. Jesus, in Mark 8, began to warn his disciples about how he must suffer, be rejected, be killed, and rise again the third day. The disciples’ reaction was not one of trust but of tension and sin. Jesus, in a confrontational but loving manner, spoke against Peter’s sinful thinking by stating, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” Jesus recognized that this tension/sin came from their wrong thinking and focus.

  • September 23, 2014

    Spirit-Empowered Living within the Visible Body of Christ by Dr. Glenn Jago

    by COD

    The challenge believer’s face in understanding love is due, in part, to the shallow and emotional display of love that permeates our society. Movies, novels, musical lyrics and even the secular university campuses contribute to our misunderstanding of sincere love, as defined in Scriptures. Characteristically, each culture has defined love on the basis of their own intentions and desires; which is why Paul, after the depth of his doctrinal discourse, presents strong language that both corrects and identifies the characteristics of love as defined by God.

    Paul does not provide a clear structure in these verses, but he does present four characteristics of sincere love that are the result of salvation and the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit.

  • September 14, 2014

    The Blessing of Being in the Body of Christ by Dr. Glenn Jago

    by COD

    The Body of Christ is universal in scope but visible in function within the local body of believers. In either case, whether universal or local, Jesus Christ is the head, authority, Lord, and originator of the church. No one gets into the universal church by merit or reward; it is purely the salvific work of the Holy Spirit through the crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. Therefore, the reality of the Body of Christ, both universally and locally, has tremendous benefit and blessing. Paul shares these by identifying four absolute truths that confirm the value of being a member of the Body of Christ.