Church of the Open Door

Sermons 2019

  • June 15, 2019

    June 16, 2019 – Considering with Reverence the Presence of God by Dr. Glenn Jago

    by COD

    Believers often battle against the unnecessary desire to apologize to the culture for their belief and teaching on God. For instance, whenever the culture attacks God for being hateful, believers will often redefine God to allow Him to fit comfortably in the social realm, rather than to stand on the biblical standard. In the face of the conflict, rather than redefining God, we must be thoroughly aware of the blessing when the God of Scripture intersects with our life. It is crucial for every believer to take time to know and glorify God without apology. Equally important is our realizing the wonder of considering the ongoing presence of God.

  • June 7, 2019

    June 9, 2019 – Conveying the Excellent Greatness of God by Dr. Glenn Jago

    by COD

    There is a growing phenomenon in evangelical corporate worship that seeks to glorify the individual’s worthiness and significance more than the greatness of God’s character and deeds. We spend more time familiarizing and amusing ourselves with superficial antidotes and less time digging deep into the Scriptures to know Jesus Christ. The result is alarming, as we find more and more believers incompetent to handle the cruelty and challenges of life. Unfortunately, the solution focuses more on an intense desire for an experience or an emotional feeling than for truth. We have too many believers who are “tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine” (Eph. 4:14) because “they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions (2 Tim. 4:3). No wonder Jesus questioned, “Will He find faith on earth?” (Lk. 18:8) when He returns.

  • May 30, 2019

    June 2, 2019 – Commemorating the Forgiveness of God by Dr. Glenn Jago

    by COD

    Two areas of our life call for balance, being oversensitive to sin or being oblivious to it. The sway of the culture will attack us in one of those two ways. When we are oversensitive toward sin, we tend to live in a state of guilt and unworthiness before God. When we are oblivious toward sin, we tend to live in a state of entitlement and pride. These two attitudes become very apparent whenever the individual faces the threats and dangers of life. Those who live with guilt, often approach adversity alone because they feel God is punishing them, while those with pride approach difficulty as an opportunity to demonstrate their spirituality. Both approaches, however, are wrong. How, then, should we approach these life issues? What should our attitude be when the swell of deep waters overwhelm our life?

  • May 25, 2019

    May 26, 2019 – Considering the Protection of God by Dr. Glenn Jago

    by COD

    Too often, we may find ourselves at a place where all hope is gone, and we are about to collapse under the weight of the conflict. Whenever a believer stands for Jesus Christ, there is no way to know from where the attack will come, but we are sure it will happen. In the moment of crisis, how well the believer knows God and is willing to trust Him will make all the difference. They will either believe in their ability or learn to depend on the Lord, who made heaven and earth (121:1-2). Insightfully, when Jesus Christ encountered a similar occasion, He intentionally relied on the will and protection of God the Father. For instance, in the garden, He told Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?” (John 18:11).

  • May 16, 2019

    May 19, 2019 – Celebration and Worship Generated by the Scripture by Dr. Glenn Jago

    by COD

    Amid the growth of secular truth claims, the motivation for godly living is becoming more of a battleground than times in the past. The aptitude toward knowing the right from wrong, according to God’s standard, is dead, and the convictions acquired from the Scriptures appear oppressive. Unfortunately, pressure begins to mount against the believer to abandon their beliefs. Consequently, worship begins to exalt the individual rather than Jesus Christ. In our time, the fashionable trend among Christendom is to celebrate the Exceptional You as it worships human sovereignty rather than Christ’s sovereignty.