Oct 8, 2017
CELEBRATING REFORMATION__FAITH ALONE
Much ink and even blood has been spilled over the question, “How is a sinner made acceptable before God?”. There is good reason for such an interest in the question, for this question is one of supreme importance to every sinner. If you are perfectly righteous, then you have no interest in such a question. But if you are guilty of even a single moment of disobedience, then your acceptance before God is of paramount concern. In this message, we shall consider the biblical teaching on the manner in which any sinner is made acceptable, pure, and holy in God’s sight. Looking through the lenses of the Protestant Reformation, we shall investigate the past and the present need for clarity on this subject."CELEBRATING REFORMATION__FAITH ALONE".
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  • Oct 8, 2017CELEBRATING REFORMATION__FAITH ALONE
    Oct 8, 2017
    CELEBRATING REFORMATION__FAITH ALONE
    Much ink and even blood has been spilled over the question, “How is a sinner made acceptable before God?”. There is good reason for such an interest in the question, for this question is one of supreme importance to every sinner. If you are perfectly righteous, then you have no interest in such a question. But if you are guilty of even a single moment of disobedience, then your acceptance before God is of paramount concern. In this message, we shall consider the biblical teaching on the manner in which any sinner is made acceptable, pure, and holy in God’s sight. Looking through the lenses of the Protestant Reformation, we shall investigate the past and the present need for clarity on this subject."CELEBRATING REFORMATION__FAITH ALONE".
  • Oct 1, 2017CELEBRATING REFORMATION__SCRIPTURE ALONE
    Oct 1, 2017
    CELEBRATING REFORMATION__SCRIPTURE ALONE
    The Protestant Reformation is quite unknown by many Protestants and Catholics today. Additionally, of those who do know anything of the divide, many are calling for reconciliation and reunification. What was the Protestant Reformation? Why did it happen? Why are there Protestants today? Should Christians today even care about these things? In today’s message, we will begin a 5-part series addressing the formal cause of the Protestant Reformation. We will consider the doctrine of Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone), learning from past protests and confronting present presumptions. "CELEBRATING REFORMATION__SCRIPTURE ALONE ".
  • Sep 24, 2017JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __A GOSPEL OF WARNING AND HOPE
    Sep 24, 2017
    JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __A GOSPEL OF WARNING AND HOPE
    Positive affirmations of faith are generally well-received in our pluralistic American culture. You can believe anything you want, and there will likely be very little criticism leveled against you. However, if you not only believe the positive affirmation, but also commit yourself to the negative rejection as well, then you have stepped over the line of acceptability. The only thing you cannot do is believe something or someone is wrong. Yet, Jesus doesn’t play by our subjective rules. He flatly preaches a Gospel that warns the one who rejects it, while it promises hope to the one who believes it. In this message, we shall consider the biblical Gospel, the Gospel of both warning and hope."JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __A GOSPEL OF WARNING AND HOPE ".
  • Sep 17, 2017JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __TRUE LIGHT IN A DARK WORLD
    Sep 17, 2017
    JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __TRUE LIGHT IN A DARK WORLD
    Light is a common symbol, but it is so very much more than that. Light is a great metaphor because it is also quite useful and transformational. Light is not merely functional, like a simple tool for doing this task or that; light also affects the emotions and the perspective. Seeing what lies ahead is important, so that one may avoid the obstacles or pitfalls, but darkness alone carries some perils and fears. The Bible makes great use of the language of ‘light,’ and Jesus makes a dramatic statement amid a vivid scene that deserves our attention. In this message, we shall look as intently as we can at Christ – the light of life."JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __TRUE LIGHT IN A DARK WORLD ".
  • Sep 10, 2017JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __OUR TENACIOUSLY RELIABLE BIBLE
    Sep 10, 2017
    JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __OUR TENACIOUSLY RELIABLE BIBLE
    Christianity is a religion based on real historical events, and it fundamentally depends upon the written record of those events and God’s message of explanation concerning them. For nearly two millennia, Christians have believed that the Bible is the divinely inspired and authoritative record of God’s self-disclosure. While there are varying details in the descriptions of what this means and how it plays out, orthodox Christianity has never discounted its dependence upon the Bible. In this message, we will consider the reliability of the Bible we have today and our need for one another regarding the broader community of faith (both today and throughout history)."JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __OUR TENACIOUSLY RELIABLE BIBLE ".
  • Aug 27, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | Jesus, The Christ provided by The Father PART 2
    Aug 27, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | Jesus, The Christ provided by The Father PART 2
    Could it be that Jesus is really the Christ? So much is packed into this question, and particularly the title of “Christ.” The Christ is a figure mentioned in numerous prophecies throughout the Old Testament, and it is the culmination of various aspects of prophetic fulfillment. The Christ (the Anointed One or Messiah) is one who would be a prophet like no one else, a king whose rule would tower over all others, and a priest who would supersede all priestly servants. In this message, Barry Ward draws upon the ancient prophecies concerning this unique character and calls upon today’s hearer to respond with belief and trust in the one man who proved Himself to be “the Christ.”"JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __Jesus, The Christ provided by The Father PART 2 ".
  • Aug 27, 2017JOHN : THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | Jesus, The Christ provided by The Father PART 1
    Aug 27, 2017
    JOHN : THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | Jesus, The Christ provided by The Father PART 1
    Could it be that Jesus is really the Christ? So much is packed into this question, and particularly the title of “Christ.” The Christ is a figure mentioned in numerous prophecies throughout the Old Testament, and it is the culmination of various aspects of prophetic fulfillment. The Christ (the Anointed One or Messiah) is one who would be a prophet like no one else, a king whose rule would tower over all others, and a priest who would supersede all priestly servants. In this message, Barry Ward draws upon the ancient prophecies concerning this unique character and calls upon today’s hearer to respond with belief and trust in the one man who proved Himself to be “the Christ.”"JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __Jesus, The Christ provided by The Father ".
  • Aug 20, 2017THE HEART OF THE MATTER
    Aug 20, 2017
    THE HEART OF THE MATTER
    "THE HEAERT OF THE MATTER."
  • Aug 13, 2017JOHN :THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |JESUS IS HIGHER, TRUER, AND PERFECT
    Aug 13, 2017
    JOHN :THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |JESUS IS HIGHER, TRUER, AND PERFECT
    "JOHN :THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | JESUS IS HIGHER, TRUER, AND PERFECT ".
  • Aug 6, 2017COMMUNION SUNDAY: BAPTIST DISTINCTIVES |PROCLAIMING THE LORD’S DEATH UNTIL HE COMES
    Aug 6, 2017
    COMMUNION SUNDAY: BAPTIST DISTINCTIVES |PROCLAIMING THE LORD’S DEATH UNTIL HE COMES
    Suffering and death are common to life on earth, but no one wants to think about them, much less experience them. No one in their right mind goes around looking to enter into suffering. And yet, this is exactly what God the Son did. God became a man with the expressed intent of suffering and dying. Furthermore, this suffering and dying Savior is what we celebrate every time we partake of the Lord’s Supper (or Communion) as a church body. In this message, we shall consider the counterintuitive nature of the Gospel and the genuine hope provided in Christ’s suffering."COMMUNION SUNDAY: BAPTIST DISTINCTIVES | PROCLAIMING THE LORD’S DEATH UNTIL HE COMES ".