Sermons

"As a man thinks in his heart so is he." Prov. 23:7. Therefore it is imperative to receive good instruction in the Word so that we may have our hearts transformed to think like God thinks. The Bible tells us, "be not conformed to this world, but be transformed!" It then tells us how; "by the renewing of our minds." Rom 12:2. Our job is to get the Word in us, and then the Word will do the work. But this happens only when we understand it correctly! That is why the Lord gave us gifted and anointed teachers in the body of Christ; To effectively sow His Word into us. Though the world throws it’s problems at us, the Word of God teaches us how to face each and every situation of life and to do so victoriously and with Joy. The Lord did not say that we just have to put up with the problems in the world. He said that "We are to be more than conquerors through Him who loved us!" Rom. 8:37 As we hear the Word through anointed teaching, it comes alive inside of us and begins the transformation process. Hallelujah! Good teaching brings life! Good teaching will set you free! Come sit under the teaching at Agathos, and you can be assured to see more victory and more joy in every aspect of your life!

4/5/15
- Brad Ettore
Audio Blog Post

The event we celebrate on Easter is the most significant event in all of human history! To understand its significance, it helps to view it in light of the Old Testament. In the Old Covenant, animal sacrifices were offered at the temple throughout the year, but on one particular day, Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), the high priest actually entered the Holiest of Holies to make atonement for ALL of the sins of Israel for the whole year. The nation of Israel waited with great anticipation as the high priest made very specific preparations to enter the Holiest of Holies on their behalf. If he prepared himself correctly, his sacrifice on behalf of all of the people would be accepted by God and the high priest would emerge from the Holiest of Holies causing the nation to celebrate the covering of their sins for that year! Conversely, if the high priest had not been perfectly prepared, he was struck dead in the presence of God - indicating that his sacrifice on behalf of all the people had not been accepted by God. The grave reality of this specific and most important sin offering is seen by the Jewish tradition of tying a rope to the leg of the high priest so that he could be pulled out of the Holiest of Holies were he to not emerge alive. The death of the high priest would indicate that his sacrifice on behalf of the people had not been accepted. The book of Hebrews tells us that Jesus has become a "high priest over the house of God." When Jesus died, He was placed in the tomb wearing white linen garments like the high priest would have worn on Yom Kippur. Similarly, like some of the high priests, Jesus emerged - alive! As both our high priest and the Lamb of God, Jesus' sacrifice of Himself had been accepted by God . . . and He therefore emerged victorious from the tomb! Romans 4:25 spells it out by saying that Jesus "was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification." Jesus was crucified (delivered up) because we had sinned. He was raised from the dead because we had been justified before God! The resurrection of Christ is the PROOF that Jesus' sacrifice had successfully paid for ALL sins for ALL mankind for ALL time! So, just as the people of God in the Old Covenant celebrated with great joy at the emergence of the High Priest on the Day of Atonement, all the more God's children can now celebrate every day of every year at the realization that Jesus emerged from the grave after making payment for all of our sins with His very Own blood! His sacrifice for you was accepted by God and you have been declared "JUSTIFIED!" before the Father if you will receive His sacrifice for you by faith!

3/29/15
- Brad Ettore
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We cannot determine our own purpose - because we did not make ourselves. There is only one way to find out our purpose - and that is to read the owner's manual! When we base our lives on God's Word, we get into agreement with our Creator. His blessings flow when we get into agreement with Him! Everything God does is good, right, and perfect. If we think He is bad, we don't understand Him. Romans 8:28 tells us that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose! Our first purpose is to know and enjoy God. Our second is to glorify Him. How do we glorify God? By fearing Him, trusting Him, and obeying Him. The purpose of man is to reflect God in the Earth! As we look into the mirror of His Word, we will look more and more like God - from glory to glory!

3/22/15
- Brad Ettore
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God created you to know and enjoy Him! "Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." (Jn 17:3) In God's presence is fullness of joy - and at His right hand are pleasures for evermore! (Ps 16:11) Everything you want is in the presence of God! Allowing God to bless you is key to being pleasing to Him! Without faith it is impossible to please God. (Heb 11:6) He wants to glorify us so that we can glorify Him! "Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you." (Isa 60:1) We are blessed in order to be a blessing. His blessing in our lives makes us a blessing in the lives of others and brings glory to Him! You have a purpose. You have a destiny - and it's beyond marvelous in God!

3/15/15
- Brad Ettore
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Jesus came to reconcile us to the Father. After we are reconciled to Him, we are transformed in our thinking according to His Word. We are reconciled once and for all, but the transformation and duplication processes are continuous. Our first and number one purpose is to glorify God. Isa 43:7 says that God created you for His glory! One of the primary ways God has for us to bring glory to Him is by being filled with His joy - not artificial happiness, because, when we are filled with His joy, it becomes the number one attraction to the people of the world - giving us opportunities to love them. And this exactly how we step into an abundant life...by choosing to live for and love others! Success is when you add value to yourself. Significance is when you add value to others. When you live a life of significance, you realize "oh my gosh, THAT'S living!"

Why are We Here on Earth?

3/8/15
- Brad Ettore
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We can choose how we want to live our lives, but our eternity will be determined by how we chose to live our life. It is a beautiful thing to step into the life that God has for us! Glorifying God, being filled with His joy, and loving people is the greatest life any of us can experience. We can do everything for the glory of God. "Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10:31) And God is wanting to get behind what we do! John 15:7-8 says “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” God gets glorified when you bear much fruit! When you receive the Father’s provision, your life is blessed and people see it on you - and that brings glory to the Father!

Operating in Declarations Will Cause You to Live a Blessed Life!

3/1/15
- Peter DeWitt
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Faith is the assurance of things hoped for. (Heb. 11:1) You cannot operate in faith with out a hope! But how do you measure hope? You can measure your expectation (your hope) by measuring your declarations (your words). If our declarations are "low" or negative, it because our hope in that area is low. If our hope is low, it means we are believing a lie. Therefore, we can increase our hope with truth! Revelation --> Expectation (hope) --> Declaration. Declarations are like seeds we plant in our lives - promises of God that pull the necessary resources to themselves until they take physical form. Declarations are specific, pro-active, and purposeful. Operating in declarations will cause you to live a blessed life!

2/22/15
- Andy Davis
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Expectation is looking forward to something that will happen. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for…” You have to have something "hoped for" (expected) in order to release your faith! We need to expect all the great and precious promises in God's Word! Expectation is eager, persevering, and patient. Expectation is biblical because God says to expect, He stands by His Word, and Jesus has already paid it all! We often hesitate to hope (expect) because we don't want to be disappointed or assume God doesn't have time "for little ol' me." You're right - God doesn't have time...He exists in eternity! God's promises are available to you and He is wanting us to raise our level of expectation!

2/15/15
- Brad Ettore
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We have been given one commission and one command from the Lord. The commission is to go into all the world and make disciples! The commandment is to love people! We tend to tell God that we love Him, but walk past those in need. "If someone says, 'I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?" (1 Jn 4:20) We need to make a quality decision: "Lord, I will serve Your people." God is not here for us to physically love Him; we love Him by loving those that He loves! We need to inspect our hearts and ask "where am I in serving God?" Remember what Jesus promised: if we will lay down our lives and serve Him, we will find the greatest life on planet earth! Give yourself to serving the Lord by serving His people!

2/8/15
- Ken Blood
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Solomon wrote "Better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for that is the end of all men; and the living will take it to heart." (Ecc. 7:2) Not everything goes as planned. Sometimes we experience loss. When we experience loss, we can either run from God, or run to Him. If we choose to run to Him, we will experience the embrace of God, who will draw us closer than we ever knew possible.

The Humble Person Serves

2/1/15
- Brad Ettore
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All the gifts we have are from God, and with every gift comes with an equal responsibility. Notice that in the parable of the talents (Mt. 25:14-30), the faithful servants had been faithful in proportion to their gifting. Jesus called both the man who earned 2 talents and the man who earned 5 talents faithful. Despite this, we often compare ourselves amongst ourselves, which is not wise! True humility, on the other hand, doesn’t compare at all. True humility knows that we are nothing apart from Him, but we are never apart from Him! The humble person serves others. Humility allows "he who is greatest among you" to be "as the younger, and he who governs to be as he who serves." (Lk. 22:26)

Renewing Our Mind to Humility

1/25/15
- Brad Ettore
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We are transformed when we change our thinking according to the Word of God. Hearing, seeing, and studying a scriptural truth in a repetitious way exponentially increases our absorption of that truth. Trials will actually come because of the Word that we have received (Mark 4), so we must know for a fact "that's what the Word says!" That assurance comes by revelation and the revelation comes through meditation - reading and studying the Word about a particular truth. As we study the Word on a particular topic, we begin to incorporate more of the facets of that truth into our mindset. (See attached image "The Mindset of Humility" below for some of the facets of the truth of humility). Comparison is a major stumbling block that comes with pride. God, however, is the great equalizer - more gifts come with more responsibility. In our thinking we tend to compare people with us based on the gifts they have, but God looks at how we use the gifts we have.

Testimonies Maintain Momentum

1/18/15
- Peter DeWitt
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A testimony is a story that recounts memorable events that have happened before. The power of a testimony is that it turns a moment into momentum. When we experience a breakthrough in faith, the momentum from that breakthrough does not fade on its own - it actually fades because of opposition. The enemy resists our momentum in faith by resisting our testimony. If we want to carry the momentum of God from breakthrough to breakthrough, we need to break out our testimonies! The testimonies of God keep you focused - even in the presence of resistance - on what God has done and what He is doing - "greasing the skids"and reducing the friction of life! Testimonies will carry you through the testing of your faith and into the promised land God has prepared for you!

Leaving Space for Grace

1/11/15
- Brad Ettore
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When we understand humility, we will value it, and when we value humility, we will pursue it. Every single time we step into pride, we just lost an opportunity for grace. We would see the goodness of God in our lives more frequently – on a daily basis – if we would make the decision to throw off that which God hates (pride) and embrace that which brings the very gaze of God (humility)! Humility is a lightning rod to attract the grace of God, and a radical blessing to all who possess it! Humility = Liberation. Pride = Bondage. Humility = Rest and Blessed. Pride = Stress and a Mess. God wants to exalt us, but we have to first make the commitment to humility. Choose today to leave "space for grace" - choose humility!

The Various Forms of Pride

1/4/15
- Brad Ettore
Audio Blog Post

Humility is the atmosphere of our heart that will invite the presence of God like nothing else! The pride of man, on the other hand, has produced every argument, war, murder, and rape that have ever taken place in the human race. ONLY pride causes contention. The pride of man is the nature of the devil. Love, on the other hand, always flows with humility. Humility cannot be separated form love. Humility is also a place of rest. There are multiple manifestations of pride; here are a few of its various forms: 1. Pride always wants to exalt itself. 2. Pride is not interested in others, only in self. 3. Pride always tries to be "different." 4. Pride does not want to be taught or corrected; it only wants to teach and correct others, always being right.

A Review of the Series So Far

12/28/14
- Brad Ettore
Audio Blog Post

Pride is the inverse - the antithesis - of humility. It is literally evil and demonic. Humility on the other hand, is the nature of God and the very atmosphere of Heaven. Humility is not concerned with itself at all because it has put itself into God's hands. Humility isn't about thinking less of ourselves, but rather thinking of ourselves less. Pride is self-seeking. Humility is God-seeking. Pride is independent. Humility is inter-dependent. In John 15:5, Jesus says "without me, you can do nothing." Phil. 4:13 says "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." We can do anything and everything so long as we are walking in humility - dependency on God!

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