This is the first sermon on a series entitled "When the heat is on" presented by Dr. Kent Cranford at Loray Baptist Church on July 15, 2018. The series looks at how major biblical figures overcame difficult situations and fulfilled the purposes of God.
What do you do when the world seems to turn against you? When the heat is on, who do you look at for an example? This sermon series offers biblical examples of overcoming. This sermon identifies the qualities that Daniel had in overcoming the lion's den.
In the third sermon in the series entitled, When the Heat is on, Dr. Cranford reveals the qualities of Joseph, that enabled him to care for the Son of God. It's Christmas in July at Loray!
Jesus is our model! Out goal is to be like him. How did he resist temptation? Pastor Kent outlines how we can overcome temptation by following Christ's example.
Imagine being Thomas, one of Jesus' hand-selected disciples. Your rabbi has just been executed by the Romans. You and all of the other disciples are in shock and now fear for your lives. You leave them for awhile and when you return they tell you that Jesus is alive. Wishful thinking, you tell them. Unless you see him yourself and touch the wounds, you will not believe. The heat is about to be on!
When the heat was on Simon, what did he do to become Peter (the Rock)? Dr. Cranford offers scriptural ways we can overcome disappointment.
When the Heat is On during times of our lives we need to be reminded how God's people responded in faith and grace. In this message, Pastor Kent examines a time in the Apostle Paul's life when he needed to overcome conflict.