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Jeff Johnson

Resisting Change (Part 1) Episode 3

October 9, 2019

Confrontation can be unpleasant, awkward, and for some a little scary. When confronting a person it requires a mindset of love and conviction. But when Stephen confronted the religious rulers saying they were wrong in serving God by the law instead of faith required him to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Pastor Jeff says that obeying the law is futile because we always break it. That’s why grace was given at the cross of Jesus Christ. With our third installment of the study titled, “Resisting Change part 1,” let’s join Pastor Jeff in Acts 7.

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It’s been said, “Great things are done when men and mountains meet; this is not done by jostling in the street.” IOW when great men and great obstacles come into contact, God uses those as opportunities for change, growth, and a new work in people’s lives. Hebrews 12:11 says that we are “trained” by such challenges before us. Such was the case with Stephen. Pastor Jeff shares how Stephen has completely dedicated himself to the Lord as to the key to his effectiveness with the religious rulers.  And God calls each of us to be dedicated to the Lord as well, regardless of what our full time work may be. With more on that, let’s join Pastor Jeff in Acts 7 for our time in Sound Doctrine. 
October 8, 2019
In 1965 the Byrds had a hit song called, “Turn, Turn, Turn.” Based on Ecclesiastes 3 it describes the fact that change is a part of life. People, places, and things change all the time. Pastor Jeff says that while change happens all around us, the place where we find change most difficult is with religion and the church. And when change comes to those circumstances, the people who are walking according to tradition and religion will resist the most. But to be obstinate when it comes to changes that God wants to do in our lives means that a once vibrant relationship will turn to stale and dry habits. Join us as we learn more in our study titled, “Resisting Change” in Acts 7 with Pastor Jeff.
October 7, 2019
 Have you noticed that the climate for being a Christian in America has grown increasingly cold? The world is no friend to the believer. Yet Jesus warned us that if the world hated Him, it will hate us as well. And yet in spite of all that, the believer walks with a hope and a love that comes from God’s Spirit dwelling within us, and God’s call to us. Pastor Jeff says even more intense was the atmosphere of rejection that Stephen experienced. Yet for all that He was filled the hope of God even as he experienced suffering. With our final episode called, “To Walk with God,” let’s turn to Acts 6 for our time in Sound Doctrine.
October 4, 2019
Have you ever heard the phrase, “If it were easy everyone would do it,”? When it comes to difficult tasks in life that we undertake, we often remind ourselves of the worthiness with that saying. Jesus equated greatness with serving. And as we resume our studies in the book of Acts Pastor Jeff illustrates this principle of walking with God by showing those whose lives reflected that service to Him born from their personal walk. He shows that fears are understandable, but so is the boldness that God will give to those who take the steps of faith to serve Him. Join us as we look more at the study titled, “To Walk with God,” in Acts 6 with Pastor Jeff. 
October 3, 2019
Faith comes by hearing, and that by the word of God. And it is through Pastors and teachers who give out the Word line upon line can cause God’s people to understand it in its context. That’s the recipe for a healthy diet of growing in the Lord. As we continue to look at the factors of the leadership of the early church Pastor Jeff lays down the principles for the health of the church from God’s Word. For the church that offers a little Bible here and there, the result will be very little belief here and there. But what is healthy for a church is healthy for each believer. We invite you to carefully consider these foundational truths for our growth in the Lord. And join us in Acts 6 for our time in Sound Doctrine.
October 2, 2019
The early church had many opportunities for the believers to serve the Lord. And many opportunities for the enemy, Satan, to try and ruin what God was doing in the church. And as we take a look at those whom the Lord raised up to serve tables, Pastor Jeff says that those who serve the Lord with all their heart should also share the Lord with all their heart with their household as well. In doing so, our families are strong in the Lord and our church is strong in the Lord as well. With more on that, let’s join Pastor Jeff in Acts for our time in Sound Doctrine. 
October 1, 2019
The church is not made up of one person, but many from various backgrounds. And when God brings so many together from so many different backgrounds at the cross, the result is that the church is built up by worship, serving, and loving the Lord. As the first church discovered its need in some key areas, God raised up individuals to meet those needs. Pastor Jeff helps us to see the what and how they were able to serve, and how that applies to us in the church today. It’s part of our study titled, “The Church’s First Leadershi
September 30, 2019
Driven or Led? That was the choice that the early church faced as they were multiplying and growing. It was during this time that they could have chosen to be driven by a vision of what they thought God wanted to do and map it out in their own understanding, or as we see in the book of Acts, they could respond to the Lord and be led by His Holy Spirit. Pastor Jeff reminds us that God is always looking for those who will respond to the demands that are placed upon every leader who is will to be filled with God’s Spirit so that He is the one who is moving and leading. With more on our study titled, “The Church’s First Leadership,” let’s join Pastor Jeff in Acts 6 for our time in Sound Doctrine.
September 27, 2019
It’s been said that the church once sang, “Standing on the promises,” but lately it looks more like they’re simply, “sitting on the premises.” And as we look at the keys to being An Effective church, Pastor Jeff is quick to show how the church at large is ineffective when she is being complacent or apathetic. This marks our fourth and final study in our series. We encourage you to pick up your very own copy so that these principles of being an effective witness can be yours as well. Details are available at the end of the message. Until then, join us in Acts 5 with Pastor Jeff for our time in Sound Doctrine. 
September 26, 2019
As we finish our study of “An Effective Church, Part 2” Pastor Jeff helps us to see a contrast of two Pharisees. One was Nicodemus who came to Jesus seeking the truth, and Gamaliel, who was widely respected, but he wanted to defer or avoid the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pastor Jeff says that while his words have a form of wisdom in letting the church situation play out, they don’t offer any real leadership when it is needed most. We draw your attention to Acts 5:34 as we finish our series titled, “An Effective Church, Part 2” in our time in Sound Doctrine.
September 25, 2019
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A weekday radio program featuring the verse by verse Bible teaching of Pastor Jeff Johnson broadcasted throughout the United States and abroad.

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Jeff Johnson is the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel of Downey, California since 1973. The emphasis within his ministry is a verse-by-verse study of the Word of God, giving its full counsel. His influence has experienced a steady and substantial growth over the years with people of all ages. Calvary Chapel of Downey has grown to average weekly attendance of more than 9,000. Teaching seminars, Bible classes, home studies, various training programs, mission outreaches, as well as a Christian Elementary & Jr./Sr. High School, and Bible college meet the needs of this large body. Calvary Chapel's impact is growing from Southern California to virtually around the world. His wife Karyn supports Jeff in his ministry.

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