ATTACKING THE GATES OF HELL
Pastor Fenton Moorhead
Romans 15:5, Ephesians 4:3, Philippians 2:1
June 3, 2001
Let's pray together. "Father in heaven I pray
this morning that you would send your Holy Spirit to
minister to us from your Word, that you would
challenge us to be the body of Christ, the church that
Christ builds, that attacks the very gates of hell.
And I ask this in Jesus Name," amen.
Jesus walked into His hometown, He'd been in
Capernaum where many miracles had been done, and He
went back to Nazareth. He went into the synagogue on
the Sabbath day. And when the time came He stood up to
read scripture, and they handed Him the scroll from
He took the scroll and He turned to the place
where it said, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the
poor, to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty
to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, to
set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim
the acceptable year of the Lord."
He then sat down and the eyes of the whole room,
every body in the room, they were fixed on Him. And
then He said, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in
your hearing." Jesus was saying, "that yes He is the
anointed One who had come to preach salvation to the
poor, to rescue the broken hearted, and to set
captives free." Jesus understood His task.
Once He took His disciples to a mountainous area
north of Galilee, the area called Caesarea Philippi,
and it's a remarkable place, I've had the privilege of
visiting, and today of course it's in ruins and
they're doing excavations of the Roman ruins. During
the time of Christ, it was a prospering city, and the
son of Herod, Herod's Philip, made the city his
capitol and called it Caesarea Philippi.
When Jesus took the disciples there, it looked
something like this, against a rock face was a temple
that Herod the great builder, the one who built
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