Listen to a message from our Sunday service. The Open Door is located in Lafayette, Louisiana. Our focus is to know Christ, grow in knowledge of Him, and to serve others.
The Day Of Pentecost | Pastor Jeff Williams
Message: God entered mankind and mankind was empowered by the Spirit of God. It was a filling of the Holy Spirit fulfilling the joy of the Law through grace. The Holy Spirit came into a place of unity into a place of diversity as the disciples laid down their lives so God could work through them to speak to all and to reach all. The message was to call upon the name of the Lord for salvation, God's promise was true. It was evidenced in their lives by signs given to each to bring a supernatural encounter with God and the revelation of Jesus Christ to the lost.
Scripture: Acts 2:1-4 "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." KJV
Being A Witness | Pastor Jeff Williams
Message: There has to be a force greater than ourselves to be effective; it's the person in God the Holy Spirit in fellowship with us. It's a condition of bing in communion with Him, no longer dead but a new life in Christ through amazing grace. Our transformed life is proof God is real and working, dispelling any doubts. We fellowship by showing interest, spending time and being vulnerable with God. The key is knowing the Holy Spirit to receive power, then with the empowerment being a witness to, of and for Jesus Christ. Be careful of knowledge, missing the Holy Spirit working in us and through us. Therefore, stir up the Spirit and watch God do a wonderful work in and through you.
Scripture: Acts 1:8 "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." KJV
The Lord's Counsel Will Stand | Pastor Jeff Williams
Message: It's not enough to hear, we must obey. respond and seek the viewpoint of wisdom to be strengthened in spiritual truths. We have devices which reject God, respond without God and are unlike God. There are 3 truths speaking to counsel us: God is wise, the world is raging but God disciplines and God will sustain us.
Scripture: Proverbs 19:20=21 "Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
Waiting On The Promises Of God | Pastor Jeff Williams
Message: God has plans revealed to us in His timing, meanwhile working through us in our weaknesses. We are to focus on God the keeper of promises, careful not to let the focus shift to the promise. Contentment is found in God in readying ourselves with a willingness to serve others thereby being in His favor and care. Scripture shows us the way to live out His promises. God sent His greatest force, Jesus Christ, to help us live out His promises for His glory.
Scripture: 2 Peter 1:1-4 "Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." KJV
Boldness | Elder Gary Thomas
Message: Stand accused of teaching the gospel, show a radical change for having walked with Jesus, evidenced and indisputable by the world.
Scripture: Acts 4:13 "When they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they marveled and took note that these men had been with Jesus."
The Pursuit Of Happiness | Pastor Jeff Williams
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness Series Part 3: The Pursuit Of Happiness
Message: Solomon is in the trying stage and summarizes his experiences in seeking his own will first and God's will second. He finds out everything he did had no value and it burdened his spirit. The sermon focuses on the different bases of happiness and joy. Joy is cultivated internally, making peace with God's purpose as His creation. Happiness is based on other people, places, thoughts and events, however divine perspective finds happiness when God is Lord, Master and Savior. Pursue God, life can be happy and joyful in changing times because He is unchanging.
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:8-11 "I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts. So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me. And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.