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 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 ".
  • Jul 30, 2017RETHINKING THE CHURCH: BAPTIST DISTINCTIVES |BAPTISM: RAISED TO NEW LIFE
    Jul 30, 2017
    RETHINKING THE CHURCH: BAPTIST DISTINCTIVES |BAPTISM: RAISED TO NEW LIFE
    Every community, association, and group has at least one designating sign of inclusion. If you are included, then you bear the mark or marks of the group. If you are excluded (even if only for a time), then you lack the designating mark or marks. Christianity has a number of designating signs, but the singular initiating sign of Christian discipleship is “believer’s baptism.” Believers in Christ seek to obey and learn from their Savior and Master, knowing that every benefit comes from being united to Christ. In this message, we shall consider some basic questions about baptism, and we shall also note the life associated with those who are baptized followers of Christ."RETHINKING THE CHURCH: BAPTIST DISTINCTIVES | BAPTISM: RAISED TO NEW LIFE ".
  • Jul 23, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |TRUE LOVE IN A HATEFUL WORLD
    Jul 23, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |TRUE LOVE IN A HATEFUL WORLD
    When the average non-Christian person hears the Gospel of Jesus Christ, hatred is probably not going to be the word that best describes their reaction. Apathy, confusion, curiosity, excitement, or a host of other words might more readily be applicable to what is likely to be perceived. However, Jesus dropped a bombshell (as He commonly does) when He said, “the world hates me” (Jn. 7:7). In this message, we shall consider the meaning of this statement and Jesus’ truly loving commitment to sinners among a hateful world. Furthermore, we shall attempt to embrace the love Jesus offers and the example He has put forth."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | TRUE LOVE IN A HATEFUL WORLD ".
  • Jul 16, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |LIFE-GIVING FOOD FROM GOD
    Jul 16, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |LIFE-GIVING FOOD FROM GOD
    The Gospel of Jesus Christ is so much more profound and powerful than most of us imagine. The Bible speaks of a decisively loving God and the demonstration of that love in real human history, as well as God applying that love to our lives in real time. The Bible explains what it means that God loves guilty sinners and how some sinners respond with overwhelming gratitude to that love. In this message, we will plumb the depths of God’s decisive love. There is no doubt that we shall, by God’s grace, come away amazed, humbled, grateful, and confident."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | LIFE-GIVING FOOD FROM GOD ".
  • Jul 9, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |THE BETTER PROPHET
    Jul 9, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |THE BETTER PROPHET
    Just imagine it... A multitudinous crowd gathers around one man. The man is known far and wide as a healer, a miracle-worker, and a teacher from God Himself. Speculation about this man is out of control, and there are mixed feelings about who he really is. The man tells everyone to sit on the cool grass, and he spontaneously creates enough bread to feed the whole bunch, as much as they want. “The legend is true!” the people thought. “Let’s have him as king! He can provide for us, and we will be his people!” However, the miraculous teacher refuses the offer. He will have none of their acclaim, for his kingly office is not theirs to issue. In this message, we will consider the point of John’s narrative and how we might wisely listen to the better prophet – Jesus Christ."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE BETTER PROPHET ".