No one can serve two masters. Jesus wants our undivided loyalty. Pastor Hollandsworth equates the laying up of heavenly treasures with earning age-lasting rewards, the means by which we glorify Jesus, making Him our number one priority in life.
The apostle Paul, undoubtedly one of the greatest Christians of the church age, nevertheless, saw a personal need to “press toward the goal for the prize” (reward), desiring to “attain to the out-resurrection.” Pastor Hollandsworth uncovers the meaning of this often-ignored term and reveals the apostle’s driving passion to “gain Christ and be found in Him,” counting everything else as loss. This same passion should consume every child of God.
One of the promises for overcomers is that they will not be hurt of the second death. What does that mean? Pastor Hollandsworth – in the first of a two-part episode – describes the rewards for overcomers in Rev. 2-3, pointing out from the Scriptures that NOT all saints are overcomers. He offers a possible explanation as to how unfaithful believers could be hurt of the second death at the Bema.
Once believers understand the importance of giving a good account at the Judgment Seat, they must learn HOW to prepare to meet Jesus. Pastor Hollandsworth explains the process of spiritual growth found in Romans 5 and emphasizes the agents of growth and how to apply them so believers can mature and get prepared for their coming appointment.
Jesus said, “Whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” What is the meaning of these paradoxes, and what do they have to do with the Judgment Seat? Pastor Hollandsworth explains this text, as well as the meaning of Christ’s call for believers to: “deny self, take up your cross, and follow Me.”