Mark VanOuse

Such Costly Love – Part 3

[Series: Such Costly Love] The great Love of God is supremely demonstrated by the costly sacrifice of Jesus and shed His precious blood for us. In this episode we learn more about SUCH COSTLY LOVE and more reasons for His shed blood:

  • Remission of sins, which brings about the completely removal of all sin, past present and future.
  • Blood of purification
  • Brought near to God
  • New Covenant Blood

A Deeper Understanding of The Love of God During Crisis

We’ve taken a pause of our ongoing series, “More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times” to allow The Lord to bring an important 3 episode series, Such Costly Love“. It has been my experience in ministering to people who are in crisis that when their foundational understanding of the Love of God is weak, then they have great difficulty trusting in such a Loving God during their crisis. A strong foundation built on the sacrificial Love of God is critical to your life walk, whether good times or bad!

Such Costly Love – Part 2

[Series: Such Costly Love] Christians understand that it was necessary for Christ to shed His precious blood to bring us salvation. Unfortunately, very few Christians understand why Jesus had to shed His blood for US. In this episode we learn about:

  • Redemption blood – as a ransom, purchasing us from sin, self and Satan to God. We now belong to God and His Loving care!
  • Reconciliation Blood – bringing restoration of friendly relations and peace with God,
  • Justification Blood – being declared innocent and given the same standing with God that Jesus has.
  • Perfect Sanctification Blood – set apart completely and perfectly for God, now and forever.

Such Costly Love – Part 1

[Series: Such Costly Love] The Greatness of God’s incredible love is demonstrated and clearly seen not in the best of places… but in our worst. In this first part of a two-part message we’ll look into the great cost of God’s Love for YOU.

  • Exactly what is this great demonstration of God’s Love?
  • This love is shown to the ungodly.
  • The fallacy of “poor helpless souls”, as opposed to the biblical truth that all sinners are in a deplorable state rebellion, idolatry and selfishness against God.

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More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times 7 – Saved in Hope

[Series: More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times] All around us seems to be in hopelessness and despair. Our world has been thrown into deep crisis because of the pandemic. Racial unrest tears the heart of the nation. In city after city the voices of peaceful protesters are drowned out by gangs of criminals who loot, set fire and murder at night. Is there any possible hope? In this episode we will see that GOD HIMSELF says, “Yes! There is INCREDIBLE HOPE”…

  • The troubles of our time are seen in the much wider context of the creation that “groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.”
  • It is critical that a Christian not look to the world’s problems from a worldly perspective, but based on the Bible. The heart of racisim is the sinful selfishness of man.
  • The believer, even though outwardly has a temporary body, has the Holy Spirit who testifies to us of the realities of the world to come.
  • The great hope which is come. What is the culmination of all things.
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More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times 6 – Revealing the Sons of God

[Series: More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times] We have been plunged into times of darkness and hopelessness. The Coronavirus Pandemic has killed over 100,000 people world wide and resulted in a long shut down. Great economic uncertainty abounds as many are unemployed, racial tension and riots are igniting cities across the land. Is there any hope at all? The answer is definitely YES. In this episode you, believer, will see how God wants to bring the world that hope through you:

  • The significance of God adopting you, making you an heir.
  • How God’s glory is revealed in and through the believer.
  • How all of creation is eagerly waiting for the revealing of the sons of God.
  • What Romans 8:20 means when it says “the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope.”
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More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times 5: Children & Heirs of God

[Series: More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times] In these incredibly uncertain, even frightening, times many wonder: “What is the greatest form of security?” and “How can my family and I be kept safe?” Even more importantly: “How do I get rid of this fear and anxiety in my life?” In this episode we see how the great Love of God is the answer to all:

  • We are “more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37) by means of Him who loved us”. That Love and understanding that Love is key.
  • What’s really at the bottom of all fear and how it’s overcome.
  • What it means to be adopted into the family of God.
  • How the Spirit bears witness to us that we are the children of God.
  • What it means to be a “joint heir” with Christ.
  • What it means when God glorifies us.
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More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times, Part 4: Victory in Context 3

[Series: More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times] Believer, do you know that the old sinner you is dead and buried? Do you know that you are dead to sin? Do you know that you are also dead to the law? In this episode we talk about the NEW YOU:

  • The power of believing a lie versus the power of believing the Truth of God’s Word.
  • Romans 6: Know, Reckon, Yield. Your union with Christ means that you have been crucified together with Christ and died. Therefore, you are dead to sin and alive to God. What it means to “reckon” and what it means to “yield”.
  • Romans 7: the most misunderstood chapter in all the Bible! The believer has died not only to sin, but also the law. What the real purpose of the law is. What the so-called “struggle” verses of 14-24 really mean.
  • Romans 8:1-14 – There are two races of humans: those IN THE FLESH and those IN THE SPIRIT. What it means to live according to the flesh and according to the Spirit.
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More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times, Part 3: Victory in Context 2

[Series: More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times] Every single believer is already “more than a conqueror through Him who loved us” — even in the darkest of times. Unfortunately, many believers don’t understand the incredible truths of God’s Love, and the incredible things that God has done for them and to them. So, they are caught up with the world’s fear, just like anyone else.

In this episode, we’ll continue looking a the context of such love that has made us more than conquerors looking at Romans chapters 4 and 5:

  • We have no need to fear, because God’s Perfect Love casts out fear.
  • We receive all the benefits of the Grace of God and what Christ has already accomplished for us by faith.
  • God’s Grace is accomplished through Jesus’ work in the past, justifying and reconciling us, gives us admission into the full benefits of God’s grace right now and gives us a real, rejoicing hope for our future.
  • The reality that there are only two races of humans on the planet: those in first Adam, who brought sin, death and condemnation to all and those in the Last Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ, who receive the gift of righteousness, peace and abundance of grace to reign as kings in this life.

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More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times, Part 2: Victory in Context 1

[Series: More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times] It is breathtaking how God meets us at our very worst — unworthy, sinful and deserving of His just wrath — and transforms us into His beloved children and rightful heirs of all! In this episode we take a look at the context of Romans 8:15-39, first by catching a breathtaking view of God’s great salvation for YOU, found in Romans 1:16 – 3:28 …

  • We open with making sure that our perspective of the crisis factors in GOD, who makes all the difference in the world for us.
  • The Good News of the Gospel: the righteousness of God, given by faith.
  • The Bad News of the Gospel: why the wrath of God against sinners is just.
  • The Great News of the Gospel: what Jesus accomplished for us, so that we would be justified and have the same standing with God that Jesus has before His Father.
  • What about you? Will you respond today?