Calvary Prineville

de Rory Rodgers

The podcast of Calvary Prineville contains the latest sermons from Pastor Rory Rodgers, and occasionally live recordings of the latest worship service.…

Episodios

The greatest will be your servant - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

Continuing in the Upper Room, Rory goes back to the foot washing episode, but with a different lesson than last week's. Here, Jesus exemplifies servanthood, and that we all need to serve one another. People who say they follow Jesus - the penultimate Servant - must not be too proud to serve their brothers and sisters in whatever way is needed.

Have you been washed? - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

With Jesus' "public" ministry coming to an end, He turns now to his disciples with what some call His "upper room" ministry. Reclined at the table celebrating Passover, Jesus does something totally unexpected: he clothes himself in a towel and begins to wash the disciples feet. Assuming the role of a servant or even a despised Gentile slave, He models for the disciples what it is to be great in the Kingdom of God and that they need to serve and love one another in like fashion. He even does this for Judas, who He knew was going to betray him. More importantly, though, he was alluding to the fact that He was actually going to lay His life down for the world, and that by doing so, He would wash sin away for those who believed.

Therefore they could not believe - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

It’s a recurring theme – the unbelief of the Jewish people. Even though Jesus had performed many miracles, and after all they had seen, still, they did not believe. In the end, unbelief is the response of a heart in rebellion to God, and because they wouldn’t believe, they couldn’t believe. Their hearts got harder and harder to the point that “You don’t want it? You don’t get it.” This is what Pharaoh dealt with – his heart was hardened by God and he hardened it himself. Paul addresses this in Romans where he talks about people refusing to worship the God of creation. In the end, though, God is merciful and calls us to Him.

Sitting on a donkey's colt - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

Millions of people had descended on Jerusalem for Passover. Many had heard of Jesus and wanted to see him, convinced he was the savior of Israel and would rescue them from the hands of their oppressors. Amidst a patriotic display of people waving palm branches, the true Savior of the world entered the city in utter humility riding the colt of a donkey. In the midst of this Jesus predicted His death and also laid the foundation for the gospel to be preached to Gentiles as well as Jews.

Perseverance through persecution - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

We exist to proclaim the Word of God and with that there’s persecution. But with the power of the Holy Spirit we can persevere. Acts shows how the disciples were persecuted yet continued to proclaim the gospel, and that like them, we need to run to Him in the midst of trials.

Mary anoints Jesus - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

As people gathered for a meal after Lazarus’ resurrection – it was kind of like he was at his own wake/celebration – Mary anointed Jesus with costly perfume. This was an expression of unreserved devotion to Him; she was “all in,” giving us an example of adoration and worship to the Lord. She did this in spite of what those around her thought, including Judas, who reprimanded her for “wasting” such costly perfume. Like Mary, we need to allow our worship to be free of what others think and break out of cultural expectations. We should stand, kneel, raise our hands, sing and shout – it’s all biblical. It’s time to break out of our “worship boxes.” Jesus is worth it.

Caiaphas' prophesy - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

After Jesus restores Lazarus to life, many believed. Still, many refused to do so and even went so far as to report Jesus to the Jewish authorities. The Sanhedrin met to figure out what to do, and it was during this meeting that Caiaphas uttered the famous words, "It is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish." He was right, but had no idea he was prophesying the death of the Messiah (one man) for the salvation of the world.

Lazarus come forth! - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

Mary and Martha send to Jesus to tell Him that Lazarus, His friend and their brother, is sick. However, it's two days before Jesus journeys to Bethany, returning to the same area where the Jews wanted to kill Him. By the time He arrives, Lazarus has been dead four days. Jesus sees the sorrow in those around Him, and His love for the sisters and Lazarus was immeasurable. In a great act of love and to build the faith in those around Him, He speaks and Lazarus comes out of the tomb.

Saul continues his transformation - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

After praying and fasting, the disciples in Jerusalem send out Paul and Silas, according to the direction of the Holy Spirit. Along the way they met a Jewish sorcerer, Bar-Jesus, who was with Proconsul Sergius Paulus. The proconsul wanted to know more about Jesus but the sorcerer tried to dissuade him. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Saul, now called Paul, confronted the sorcerer who was made blind for a time. This was very direct, righteous anger directed to one who would impede the gospel, similar to what Jesus would have done – loving people enough to tell them the truth. For us, we need to be wary of people like the sorcerer who believe a little bit of this and a little bit of that, and think it’s OK. Satan uses “religion” all the time to get people off track in their walk with the Lord.

Two truths that meet in the presence of God - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

The Jews confront Jesus: Are you the Christ? Jesus told them they can’t believe because they aren’t His sheep. His sheep hear their Master’s voice, He gives them eternal life, and no one can pluck them from His, or the Father’s hand. He taught two, seemingly opposing biblical truths: It is man’s responsibility to believe in Jesus, but there is also divine sovereignty. He also taught that we are His, and the Father’s, forever (eternal security), and in the process, Jesus claimed his divinity.

The Church at Antioch - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

After Stephen was martyred, the disciples were scattered in the persecution that followed. But like hot coals being flung from a fire that is stomped on, they spread the truth of Jesus to both Jews and Gentiles in regions away from Jerusalem. One such city was Antioch – a thriving melting pot of people and pagan worship. The new church at Antioch was growing and Barnabas was sent to see what was going on. He encouraged the disciples there, now called Christians, and went to get Saul, the perfect guy to teach these new believers. This was a pivotal moment in the Church.

Does God consider me a Job? - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

James 1:20 says to count it all joy when we are faced with troubles. Do we? Job is our prime example. An extremely wealthy man who was held in high esteem, Satan tried to convince God that he was a fraud, that if things got really bad he would curse God. After suffering four major catastrophes Job's response was not to complain but to worship God. Then he was afflicted with boils and his wife said he should just curse God and die. Still he did not sin and three friends came by to give him silent comfort. Close friends are important.

"And you are witnesses of these things." - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

Rory gives a special Resurrection Sunday message in which he reads from Luke 24, which recounts Jesus' resurrection and the belief/disbelief of His disciples, including the women. They were looking for a Jewish savior, but when Jesus was killed, they relegated Him to the role of a prophet. Not until their eyes were opened did they see that Jesus was truly God's Son. From this, Rory moves to the importance of baptism as a preface to numerous baptisms performed at the end.

Salvation is for the Gentiles, too! - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

Peter returns to Jerusalem where the apostles and other believers questioned him about being with Gentiles. He explained the vision he had in Joppa, his trip to Caesarea, and the conversion of Cornelius, his family and friends. The Jerusalem Jews were thinking according to tradition (we all have traditions that are non-biblical) and couldn't see Gentiles being saved, but Peter showed that this was all aligned with Scripture, and who was he to disagree with God? They humbled themselves and glorified God for His salvation to all, not just the Jews.

From blindness to light; from bondage to freedom - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

Rory's brother-in-law Joseph shares how Jesus delivered him from his chains and set him free.

Salvation is for everyone - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

Cornelius, a devout man who is also a Roman centurion, is told by an angel to send men to a certain house in Joppa and bring a man (Peter) back with them. Meanwhile, Peter was shown in a vision that nothing was unclean in God's eyes. The Gentile men came and Peter left with them. Welcomed to Cornelius' home, Peter explained the gospel to Cornelius, his family and friends. They believed and were filled with the Holy Spirit.

Jesus the Good Shepherd - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

There is only one door into the sheep pen, and those who try to enter any other way are thieves and false shepherds. Jesus, the True Shepherd, enters by the door where the sheep hear His voice, they know His voice, He knows them, and there is an intimate relationship. Jesus also willingly lays His life down for the sheep, something a hired man won’t do. Jesus called himself the “door” of the sheep, and so there is only one way to salvation, i.e. through the door, through Jesus. The Jews thought He was insane.

The sight of the blind and the blindness of the sighted - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

Continuing with the familiar story of the man, blind from birth, who was healed by Jesus. He was brought before the Pharisees who refused to believe Jesus had healed him, that perhaps he was a different man. After questioning the man’s parents and once again the man, their foolishness was exposed by the man’s simple answers. They refused to believe he could be healed by a sinner, as they also refused to acknowledge who Jesus really was. They were religious leaders who looked obedient to the Lord – self-righteous – and didn’t think they needed the righteousness from above. They thought they could see but were blind. The man, on the other hand, met Jesus and worshipped.

Serve others and give all glory to God - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

Peter begins his missionary work and miracles begin. A paralyzed man is healed. Tabitha is risen from the dead. These were done by the power of God, through Peter, and he was quick to give God all the glory. Our lives should reflect that we are believers in Jesus by the things we do, giving God all the credit, and focus on others instead of ourselves.

Was blind but now I see - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

This is the familiar account of the man blind from birth who was healed by Jesus. Some have said this relates to the sight of the blind and the blindness of the sighted. We are all blind, not from our parents, but from our inborn sin. It’s through Jesus’ power that this man was healed. Without Jesus, like us, he was destined to live in perpetual darkness.

Whose child are you? Pt. 2 - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

Continuing with Jesus’ confrontation with the Jews, He makes it clear that religious privilege does not guarantee a right attitude toward the things of God. Heaven will never be gained by pedigree. Interestingly, the Jews were seeking to kill the very one that their “father,” Abraham, was looking forward to. Jesus told them they had the devil as their father, and not wanting to hear the truth, they called Jesus Satan. Those who are truly God’s children will honor the Son, and the Jews weren’t willing to do that. Finally, Jesus claimed to be God and the Jews blew their collective gasket.

Christ is preached to an Ethiopian eunuch - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

Philip, a deacon and evangelist to Samaria, is told by an angel of the Lord to go to the desert. This was odd since people were getting saved where he was. Nevertheless he was obedient and came across an Ethiopian eunuch, sitting in a chariot, reading Isaiah. He asked Philip to help him understand, believed on Jesus, and then wanted to be baptized. He was and then Philip was miraculously transported to another area. Philip was obedient to the Lord no matter how strange it may have seemed and the result was another soul coming to the Lord. Baptism is obedience to the Word as well. It doesn’t save but is a reflection of salvation.

Whose child are you? Pt. 1 - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

Jesus confronts the legalistic Jews who might have believed what He said but didn’t come into a saving faith, and who resented Jesus for telling them that they were slaves to sin. Only Jesus can set us free to be who we were intended to be in God’s love. He who the Son sets free is free, indeed.

Jesus is the light of the world - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

By Jesus saying He is the light of the world, He is saying he is divine. His light is global and He is our illumination. The Pharisees judged Him according to the way of the flesh, and the Jews tried to rest in their pedigree instead of Jesus. Who will die in their sins? The self-reliant, those who remain worldly and have never repented, and those who don’t know Him and are blind.

Stephen, the first martyr - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

When people serve well as deacons, they become bold for the gospel. This is evidenced by Stephen, who had great boldness with signs and wonders. The Jews opposed him and he gave them a history lesson about how the God of grace had worked with and for them throughout history, but still, the Jews were stiff-necked people, full of idolatry and hypocrisy. When he rightly said they killed Jesus, they became furious and stoned him. Saul, later Paul, assented to his death.

Writing in the dust - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

Three types of people are in this familiar encounter of the woman caught in adultery: the accused; the accusers; and the One to whom the accused is brought. The religious leaders set a trap for both the woman caught in adultery and also for Jesus. Adultery is serious (lust is also adultery) and sympathy for the woman should not distract from her sin, however, Jesus neither condones it nor condemns her. Those who came to shame Jesus leave in shame, but the woman stayed in His presence. Jesus gave her hope, forgave her and transformed her future.

God adds, subtracts and multiplies - but He doesn't divide - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

Many were added to the early church, some were removed, and it greatly multiplied. There came a time when the physical needs of people weren't being met and the first deacons were established.

A time to fast and pray - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

As opposed to an exhaustive teaching on fasting (resources are available both in print and online for those interested), Rory summarizes the history of Calvary Prineville and the important role prayer and fasting have played throughout the years, as the local Body prepares for a churchwide fast this coming week. This is an excellent teaching both from the standpoint of how fasting plays into the life of the believer and the church, as well as a short history of this local fellowship and the Lord's provision. Note: the beginning of the audio has been clipped.

Foster the Love - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

A special message re: fostering and adoption and God's heart for orphans

The baptism with the Holy Spirit - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

The Holy Spirit, as the third Person of the Trinity, is not an “it.” Jesus gave the Holy Spirit to the disciples and then promised a further “baptism with the Holy Spirit,” the promise of the Father. Pentecost ushered in the age of the Spirit who gave the disciples power to be witnesses. Beyond having the Holy Spirit within us, we need to have the Holy Spirit come in power upon us. All we need to do is ask.

Get in trouble for Jesus - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

In Acts we see the start of persecution after Peter and John are taken to task for healing a paralytic. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter preaches Jesus to the people and to the Sadducees. We can expect persecution if we believe in Jesus, and even more so if we speak His Name. If we haven’t experienced persecution we should ask ourselves “why not?”

Are you full to overflowing? - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

During the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus proclaims that as God provided water in the wilderness from the rock, He will satisfy those who thirst with Living Water, the Holy Spirit.

Do you love like Jesus? - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

Jesus gave his disciples a “new” command – to love one another. This was not really “new” but fresh. He is the example of how to love one another with sacrificial love. We need to love and expect nothing in return, and show no partiality. Are we loving people who are hard to love? What is hindering us? We cannot profess to love God and not love people.

Special Christmas Eve Service - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

A special Christmas Eve service at Calvary Prineville. Rory's mic is off for the first 90 seconds.

Could this be the Christ? - Audio

por Rory Rodgers

Jesus hangs back from going to the Feast of Tabernacles, but eventually sneaks in to the celebration before he is found out. During this incident five important questions about Jesus are posed: Where is He? How does He know so much? Who wants to kill Him? Who is He? and will you come to Him?