THE CARBON COPY (Article) by Dr. Abidan Shah (Published in the newspaper Daily Dispatch, Henderson on December 29, 2022) “Clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the... Continue Reading →
Sufficient: Way, Truth, and Life by Abidan Shah, PhD
This weekend, we are examining Jesus’ statement that he is the way, truth, and life. This is one of the more well-known statements of Jesus, and yet we neglect the truth it conveys. Jesus was teaching his followers that regardless of their need, he is the answer. Like we have learned in this series, he is sufficient for us and is both the way forward in life and the way to the Father. The title of this weekend’s message is “SUFFICIENT: WAY, TRUTH, AND LIFE.”
Sufficient: Resurrection and the Life
This weekend, we are examining Jesus’ statement that he is the “resurrection and the life.” He delivers this statement in the context of the loss of his friend, Lazarus. Jesus reminds those gathered to mourn that he is the answer to the problem of death. Christ himself was not bound by death and his resurrection offers wonderful promises for us as well. Much more than something to talk about at Easter, the concept of resurrection is central to our faith.
Today by Abidan Shah, PhD
This weekend, I will be preaching a special message as we head into the new year. In the book of Matthew, Jesus gives his sermon on the mount and talks about what people can expect in life. Contrary to some people’s opinion, the Christian life is not one free of troubles or worries. Rather, a life that is fully surrendered to Jesus puts worries in their proper place. The title of this weekend’s message is “TODAY.”
The Soul-Multiplier by Pastor Abidan Shah
This week, we will be looking at the miraculous catch of fish by the disciples after the resurrection of Jesus. Through this miracle, Jesus teaches that when we encounter Him, we can’t go back to the comfort of our old life. We must move forward into the mission He has for us.
The Joy-Producer by Pastor Abidan Shah
This next message is titled “The Joy-Producer.” We will learn from Jesus’ miracle at the wedding in Cana how he brought joy to us through his coming. This is very important because many of us think and believe that truth is only negative and it only hurts. Nothing could be further from the truth. Know Jesus, Know Joy!
Sleeping Through the Storm by Pastor Abidan Shah
This message will encourage us to remember, “Peace is not the absence of storm. It is the assurance that God has allowed the storm and will use it for His glory and my growth.”
Out of the Graveyard by Pastor Abidan Shah
This is the first weekend of the New Year and I want to preach a message titled "Out of the Graveyard." It will both awaken and inspire us. Awaken us out of the graves of regret, bitterness, fear, and doubt. Inspire us to step out into the New Year with Christ.
Choose Jesus, Choose Life by Pastor Abidan Paul Shah
In this message titled “Choose Jesus, Choose Life” we will look at the central role played by the second person of the godhead in our salvation. No one can skip Jesus and get to God. He is the source and the goal of our salvation.
Battle of the Gods: How the Trinity Changes Everything by Pastor Abidan Shah
In this series we will examine Jesus’s words in John 5 where He explains His relationship to God the Father. We will come face to face with the cardinal doctrine of the Christian faith – the Trinity. But don’t think for a moment that this will be some deep theological discourse or disquisition. Each message will be very applicable for our salvation, church, marriage, family, and world.
It’s Time to Grow Up by Pastor Abidan Shah
The old way was one of waiting on the coming of Christ. Everything was given at kindergarten level with symbols and signs pointing to the coming of the One. When Christ came all that was fulfilled. We no longer have to return to those signs and symbols. We need to grow up in the reality that Christ is the fulfillment. There are people who are still fascinated by the signs and symbols instead of the reality. This message will challenge us to grow in our faith and not regress.
When God Calls You by Pastor Abidan Shah
First, we will see how Matthew got his call to follow Jesus and how he immediately complied. We need to remember that God is constantly calling men and women, boys and girls to follow Him. Is He calling you? What is your answer?
Furthermore, Matthew got busy inviting his old buddies to come and meet Jesus. Do your friends know Jesus? Have you invited them to meet Him?
Encounters: Engaging People the Jesus Way (The Downtrodden) by Pastor Abidan Shah
In this message we will meet a desperate hopeless person who had an encounter with Christ. Do you know someone like this person? You feel sorry for them. You empathize with them. But have you introduced them to Christ?
Encounters: Engaging People the Jesus Way (the Doubter) by Pastor Abidan Shah
In the first two messages in the series we met a religious man (Nicodemus) and an outcast (Samaritan woman). Both had an encounter with the Savior and were transformed. In this message we will meet a doubter. Even though He came to Christ, He did not trust His power. Jesus rebuked Him, answered His need, and transformed Him.
Encounters: Engaging People the Jesus Way (The Outcast) by Pastor Abidan Shah
In this sermon we will meet an outcast and outspoken woman who is thirsty for eternal life. Jesus comes to meet her at the well and shows her the well of eternal springs. Do you know people like the Samaritan woman?
Encounters: Engaging People the Jesus Way (The Intellectual)
Between John 3-5 we see Jesus interacting with four different individuals with different personalities and hang-ups. Instead of getting frustrated or defensive with them, He responded to them with wisdom and compassion. As a result, each of them found eternal life.
Choices that Lead to Happy Endings by Pastor Abidan Shah
Jesus closes His sermon by reminding the multitudes that following him requires hard choices in life-narrow way, unpopular truth, the unglamorous life, and difficult tasks. But, the end is life, good fruits, commendation by God and a life that wins. This message will bring comfort to us when we doubt doing things God’s way.
Called to the Harvest by Pastor Abidan Shah
In this message we will hear the call of Jesus – “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Can you seethe fields? Can you hear His voice? Will you respond?
Ask, Seek, Knock by Pastor Abidan Shah
This week I'll be preaching from Matthew 7 on the importance of prayer. Jesus commanded us to ask, seek, and knock when we have needs in our life. He also promises that the Father will always give us what is helpful to us.
To Judge or Not to Judge by Pastor Abidan Shah
This weekend we are back in our series on the Sermon on the Mount. Today's message is titled "To Judge or Not to Judge." Christians struggle with calling sin out and appearing judgmental and hypocritical. This message will help us have the right balance of truth and grace. This is one message that we desperately need to hear in our day.