Meet at Harvest OC at 6:00 PM (or at 7:00 PM in Huntington Beach on Main Street in front of Huntington Surf and Sport).
This will be an awesome opportunity to share the gospel. For more information, contact TimothyH@harvest.org.]]>
Convicted with Truth – John Knox
One of the most colorful and impactful figures who led the Scottish Reformation is John Knox.
It has been said that Martin Luther was the hammer of the Reformation, John Calvin the pen, and John Knox the trumpet. Martyn Lloyd Jones would call Knox the first English Puritan as Knox desired for the church to be pure and would pave the way for puritanism.
This remarkable man may have been somewhat forgotten through the ages as his gravesite is in parking stall #23 of St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland.
This defender of truth who fought against religious idolatry in Scotland and England was born in 1514. Knox went to school and was part of Roman Catholicism. It was through his study of John 17, Jesus’ high priestly prayer, that Knox was converted. He was like a sponge absorbing the water of God’s Word. He couldn’t get enough and he devoted himself for over two years to meticulously studying the Bible.
Knox served as a bodyguard to Scottish reformer George Wishart. He would stand with a broadsword ready to defend his mentor. His mentor would eventually be burned at the stake and the mantle was passed on to John Knox. The Lord was with him and he was used in a mighty way.
Knox eventually was captured by the French and forced as a rower for two years. Eventually, he was released in England. He then was placed in a high position under Thomas Cranmer.
He then fled for persecution as Mary Tudor, Mary I (1533), came into power as the queen of England. (Known as Bloody Mary, under her reign there were over 280 individuals who were killed by being burned at the stake for being Protestant.)
He fled to France and Switzerland. In Switzerland he met John Calvin, where they, being like-minded in theology and ecclesiology, built a strong friendship that would remain throughout their lives.
The Lord eventually brought Knox back to Scotland through the death of Mary of Guise (a staunch Catholic who made being a Protestant illegal). He was leader over the reformation movement in Scotland.
John Knox passed away on November 24, 1572. Before he passed away, he asked his wife to read John 17 and said, “Go read where I have cast my first anchor” as this was the text that the Holy Spirit spoke to his heart to bring him to salvation. At his funeral two days later, Earl Morton, the regent of Scotland, said, “Here lies a man who in his life never feared the face of man.”
John Knox is a world changer for several reasons, but here are a few to share:
He Saw the Importance of Preaching and God’s Word
He was convinced that biblical preaching demanded the best mental powers. Thus, he labored to absorb the expository works written by the leading theological writers of ancient and modern times. He knew that there was power in God’s Word and his authority came from the authority of God and His Word.
Knox, who was compelled by God’s Word, wrote:
“For as the Word of God is the beginning of life spiritual, without which all flesh is dead in God’s presence, and the lantern to our feet, without the brightness whereof all the posterity of Adam doth walk in darkness, and as it is the foundation of faith, without which no man understandeth the good will of God, so it is also the only organ and instrument which God uses to strengthen the weak, to comfort the afflicted, to reduce to mercy by repentance such as have slidden, and finally to preserve and keep the very life of the soul in all assaults and temptations, and therefore if that you desire your knowledge to be increased, your faith to be confirmed, your consciences to be quieted and comforted, and finally your soul to be preserved in life, let your exercise be frequent in the law of your God.”
He knew that the life-changing message to minister to the world was not his words but God’s. He was just the instrument to communicate this truth to the world. He was passionate, and others who heard him knew where his passion was: in the Word of God.
He was Fearless in Defending Truth
Knox’s authority came from the Word of God and he was willing to speak publicly about truth, even if that meant it was against those who were in charge of the country at the time. He was not afraid to speak out against kings and queens, even if they threatened to have him killed. He is a towering figure in a time when it would have been easy to crumble under the monarch in charge. God placed John Knox at the right place at the right time in history to be a beacon of light.
When one has a high view of God and a high view of Scripture, then one does not fear man. John Knox’s focus was on pleasing God. When we put God in the right place, how we view others, regardless of their position or title, comes in the right place. The Bible reminds us that “fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe” (Proverbs 29:25 NIV). May we be world changers like John Knox, who boldly and passionately proclaimed God’s Word.
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It was an all-time high in attendance for us of over 25,000! That’s including all our campuses—as well as our newest campus on the island of Maui. Hundreds came to Christ as well.
My message title was “A Second Chance for Easter.” As you may recall, the main points were:
#1 Easter is Personal.
#2 Easter is Practical.
#3 Easter is Powerful.
Jesus died and rose again for you. He did all of this to show His love for each of us. Remember, after Peter failed the Lord, the angelic message was, “Go tell the disciples and Peter!” Peter was singled out because he needed an encouraging word.
Speaking of that, I have an encouraging word for you all this coming Sunday at Harvest!
I am back in my World Changers series, which is going to be completed soon. I am also very happy to welcome a special musical guest. . . Matthew West.
Matthew is a very talented singer-songwriter that I became friends with when we went on a cruise together that he was hosting. If you have never heard Matthew, you will love him.
So, “World Changers,” I will see you this Sunday at Harvest!
P.S. Here is one of Matthew’s videos. Enjoy!]]>
This will be a special evening devoted to songwriting with two of the finest songwriters anywhere: Bob Bennett and Madi Cunningham. This is a rare opportunity to hear from such talented people in an informal interview setting. Bill Batstone and Tim Nienhuis will be leading this Q&A time with Bob and Madi. We will talk about how to write songs, inspiration for songs, performance, some techniques, and plenty of expert advice. Bob and Madi are both amazing guitar players and singers and recording artists. Come out and enjoy this special evening!]]>
Retail price is $8.00, but is on sale now in the Bookstore for $5.00.]]>
Riverside: Monday, April 17 at 7:00 PM in Topher’s Place.
Orange County: Sunday, April 23 1:30 PM in the Loft.
Helping the Homeless
“If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord—and he will repay you.”
—Proverbs 19:17 NLT
This month we are offering ways you and your family can help those less fortunate and know when you do this, you are obeying and honoring the Lord!
Fred Jordan Outreach
April 15 – Meet at Harvest OC or Harvest Riverside at 7:00 AM, or be at the Fred Jordan Mission at 8:30 AM (445 Towne Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90013).
We will be evangelizing and serving meals to those at the Fred Jordan Mission. Go to signup.harvest.org if you and your family plan to attend.
For Hands-On Opportunities to Help the Less Fortunate in Our Community
Go to missions.harvest.org and see their calendar.
Build a Blessing Bag to give away or make a donation for pre-made blessing bags Sunday, April 23.
How to Make a Blessing Bag
You and your family can make up blessing bags and keep them in a pouch behind the driver’s seat and when you see someone in need or are approached in a parking lot, you can offer the blessing bag and say, “God bless you!”
- Ziploc bag (gallon size)
- Bottled water
- Canned meat or fish
- Applesauce or fruit cup
- Packaged crackers with peanut butter or cheese, or granola bar
- Fruit roll-up or bite-size fruit snacks
- Plastic silverware
- Salvation tract
- Any other item you wish to include
You can build several at a time and replace them in the car seat pouch as they are used. This is a great opportunity for children and teens to see compassion and acts of kindness extended to those in need!
For more information for any of the April Love Projects, someone will be available at the Connect Table each Sunday.
“For Your Great Name’s Sake!”
Thursday, May 4
Make plans to join Pastor Greg and others to pray for our nation and local leaders at 7:00 PM at the OC campus, with special music by the Harvest Worship Band.
Come join the churches of Riverside as we gather together to pray for God’s blessing, protection, and guidance on our city, state, and nation.
Prayer walk begins at 5:30 PM at Riverside City Hall (3900 Main Street, 92501) . Worship/Prayer meeting begins in the outside amphitheater at City Hall at 6:30 PM.
“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” ~1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NKJV)]]>
Monday, March 27 at 7:00 PM in the Youth Ministry area]]>
We will resume our normal study meetings on March 29 in OC and March 30 in Riverside.]]>