Sound Doctrine

Jeff Johnson

The First Persecution (Part2) Episode 1

August 19, 2019

Why is it that so many believers, having been baptized in the Holy Spirit, after a time seem to experience a recession of the power, the love, and the witness they once enjoyed? What is the secret to maintaining that dynamic element given by God’s Spirit upon us? As we continue to explore Peter’s discourse before the Sanhedrin, Pastor Jeff points out how Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit. He then gives examples and Biblical principles as to how to preserve that overflow of God’s Spirit upon our lives. With the first installment of our study titled, “The First Persecution (Part 2)” let’s open God’s Word in Acts 4 for an insightful time in Sound Doctrine.

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Fire is unique, it purifies, it consumes. And whatever fire touches becomes aflame itself. IOW fire spreads. As we continue to look at how Peter and John were able to be a witness during their time, Pastor Jeff points to the two fires: The fire of the baptism of the Holy Spirit that fueled Peter as he shared, and then Peter found himself in the fire of persecution. Pastor Jeff reminds us that persecution from man oftentimes follows the exercise of the power of God. As we look at Acts 4 we invite you to join us for our study titled, “The First Persecution” for our time in Sound Doctrine. 
August 16, 2019
The Bible says that God has chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. As we read through the pages of Scripture we see many examples where God has done just that. Moses couldn’t speak well, Gideon was afraid...and then we come to Peter in the book of Acts. For one who was notorious among the disciples for being impulsive and brash, Peter was used to share the Gospel in the name of Jesus. And Pastor Jeff shows us how God can use us with all our shortcomings as well.  With our second installment of the study titled, “The First Persecution” let’s join Pastor Jeff in Acts 3 for our time in Sound Doctrine.
August 15, 2019
 Religion versus a relationship with Jesus Christ have always stood in juxtaposition. Being religious doesn’t offer salvation through Jesus Christ. It is the epitome of self-effort in the guise of holiness. As Peter and John addressed the crowd in Acts, our study reveals 4 different groups of people and their reaction to the Gospel and a relationship with Jesus Christ. Today Pastor Jeff shows us how the religious response is always at enmity, hostile towards the Gospel. With more on our study titled, “The First Persecution,” let’s join Pastor Jeff in Acts 4 for our time in Sound Doctrine.
August 14, 2019
Psalm 138:2 says that God has magnified His Word above all His name. And the Word says that man doesn’t live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. And while most believers know that we need to be in the Word and obey the Word, Pastor Jeff shows that these two essential habits of each believer prove to be the most challenging, and rewarding when they are practiced. We invite you to turn with us to Acts 3 for our final installment of part 3 of the study titled, “Because He Lives”. Let’s join Pastor Jeff as we grow in our understanding of Sound Doctrine. 
August 13, 2019
There is a classic song that says, “I don’t want to be and old wine skin filled with yesterday’s old wine. Lord stretch me and fill me with today’s new wine.” It’s an apt description of what the church needs today, a spiritual freshness and fullness to live the life He has called us to live for Him in these last days. Pastor Jeff reminds us as the church to make sure that we don’t neglect or try to substitute God’s spirit with carnality. As we continue in Peter’s sermon in Acts 3, we hear a prophetic caution from Pastor Jeff to take these truths to heart. With more on our study titled, “Because He Lives Part 3, let’s open our Bibles for our time in Sound Doctrine.
August 12, 2019
If you go to any online dictionary, they will show you words that are trending in our culture. That is to say, words that are popular, or favored. Depending on what is taking place in politics, media, or online, these words change from time to time. However, there is a word that isn’t trending lately, and saldy it has been neglected by many pulpits. Yet the word repent is an essential word to eternal life. As we continue our studies with Pastor Jeff, he  helps us to see how Peter preached it, and the people responded with it. With more from the message titled, “Because He Lives” part 3, let’s turn to Acts 3. 
August 9, 2019
 Neither the greatest act of piety, nor the mightiest feat of strength are able to bring salvation to man. Yet God did through the cross of Jesus Christ accomplished one day 2,000 years ago what man has never been able to do in offering salvation to everyone who confesses the name of Jesus Christ. Pastor Jeff reminds us through Peter that salvation to mankind is only through the grace of of God, not of works so that no one can boast, but take refuge in Jesus Christ. kWe finish our second part of the study titled, “Because He Lives” in Acts 3. So join Pastor Jeff for today’s encouraging edition of Sound Doctrine. 
August 8, 2019
The world continues to listen to every source in the world that claims to have spiritual, esoteric, or knowledge of the future. Every source except God. And while God continues to reach out and speak to this world, there is an apathy and distraction that the unbelieving world is caught up in. Pastor Jeff helps us to see that those who hunger and thirst for the Lord will be able to go to Him over and over. Join us as we look at our study titled, “Because He Lives” Part 2 for our time in Sound Doctrine. 
August 7, 2019
Young men know their strength, older men know their weaknesses. When you discover strength that exceeds your own and power that comes from the Lord, you can either defer the glory to God and be thankful or you can steal that glory for yourself. Pastor Jeff Johnson shows how God used imperfect people like Peter and John in Acts 3 due to their willingness to completely defer to the Lord. And he elaborates on how God still does that today if we too will walk in humility. With more on this nn, let’s join Pastor Jeff in our study titled, “Because He Lives Part 2” for our time in Sound Doctrine.
August 6, 2019
It’s been said that it’s not how you start the Christian life, but how you end that life that matters most. Paul chastised the church in Galatia for trying to perfect themselves in the flesh after having begun in God’s Spirit. And today Pastor Jeff says that it is the overflow of continuing in God’s Spirit that is necessary in our lives in order for Him to work and move through us. As we begin a new study titled, “Because He Lives Part 2” Pastor Jeff helps us to see more of the working of God’s Spirit in and through the church that caused them to be effective for the Lord. With more on that, let’s join Pastor Jeff in Acts 3 for our time in Sound Doctrine. 
August 5, 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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