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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Keep learning more about self-denial and self-control by picking from the sermons below.

The Miracle in Motion | Part 1

Sometimes understanding the small tasks God gives us can lead us to the big miracles in life.

Trials and Trophies | Part 4

In order for God to bless us, we need to take responsibility for the poor choices we make.

Jesus Is Lord

If Jesus is not in control of every area of our lives, we will never experience true freedom.

What's Your One Thing

Let Go | Part 4

We all struggle with giving up certain things to God. Learn 4 things that are crucial to let go of.

Losing Your Ship

Losing Your Ship

Learn how to stop seeking control and find the courage to allow God to do His will in your life.

Now Walk It Out

Now Walk it Out

When we choose to follow God, there's things that will need to go or we limit his work in our lives.


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Sabbath | Part 3

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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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