Self-Denial in an Age of Self-Fulfillment

48 min


At the center of the way of Jesus is a symbol: the cross. Yet all too often we see it as a sentimental song or piece of jewelry, rather than a way of life. Contrary to what we learn in society, the entry point to life has always been through self-denial.

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"Fighting the World, the Flesh and the Devil" is a multi-part series from Bridgetown Church.

Fighting the World, Flesh & Devil | Part 9

Every decision we make, no matter how insignificant it may seem, either frees or enslaves us.

Fighting the World, Flesh & Devil | Part 8

Despite thinking we're free, we've actually become enslaved over time to our animalistic desires.

Fighting the World, Flesh & Devil | Part 4

While we think our fight is against other people, Jesus says it's against unseen spiritual forces.

Fighting the World, Flesh & Devil | Part 3

The Bible has a lot to say about the unseen spiritual world, which influences our daily lives.

Fighting the World, Flesh & Devil | Part 2

When it comes to identifying lies we believe, it's hard because they're mixed in with parts of truth.

Fighting the World, Flesh & Devil | Part 10

How can Christians today follow the way of Jesus without conforming to our culture or "the world"?


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Recalculating | Part 3

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Now Walk It Out

Now Walk it Out

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You Are Here Part 2

You Are Here | Part 2

Our human nature leads us to search for things that will fulfill us, but they often leave us emptier.

Trust

There's a lack of trust in our society, and it's led us to develop a greater need for control.

Jesus Be The Center | Part 3

True joy and satisfaction comes from accepting the loving authority of God, not from total autonomy.

Freedom

Freedom

We look at freedom as something we can achieve in the outside world, but it actually happens on the inside.


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About this Pastor & Church

Bridgetown Church is built around the idea of practicing the way of Jesus, together, in our city. We believe that to be an apprentice of Jesus of Nazareth is to order your life around three goals: be with Jesus, become like Jesus, and do what Jesus did.

Located In: Portland, Oregon

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