Aug 23, 2015
We Are Prayerful
Prayer is one of those subjects that most everyone thinks they understand with perfect clarity and yet practice with least consistency or confidence. In fact, prayer may suffer supremely above all other topics from both assumption and confusion. The Bible says so much about prayer; it provides examples and even teaching regarding the subject. However, prayer is likely something that most Christians struggle to practice well. Jesus provides some simple and profound helps for all Christians to be the kind of participants in prayer that God has both instructed and qualified them to be.
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  • Aug 23, 2015We Are Prayerful
    Aug 23, 2015
    We Are Prayerful
    Prayer is one of those subjects that most everyone thinks they understand with perfect clarity and yet practice with least consistency or confidence. In fact, prayer may suffer supremely above all other topics from both assumption and confusion. The Bible says so much about prayer; it provides examples and even teaching regarding the subject. However, prayer is likely something that most Christians struggle to practice well. Jesus provides some simple and profound helps for all Christians to be the kind of participants in prayer that God has both instructed and qualified them to be.
  • Aug 16, 2015Baptism & Communion
    Aug 16, 2015
    Baptism & Communion
    Water Baptism and Communion (or Lord’s Supper) are both basic ordinances of any biblical church. While both of these are fundamental to biblical Christianity, it may be easily recognized that much confusion exists in the mind of churchgoers about them. Who is to be baptized? When should a person be baptized? Why should a person be baptized? These questions will garner a range of answers from the average Southern Baptist congregation. These same questions asked of Communion may provide no clearer or unified answers. Because FBC Diana is a Southern Baptist Church, and because these issues are important to the life and ministry of any biblical church, we are taking time to explain the biblical answers to questions like these.
  • Aug 2, 2015Gospel-Centered Multiplication
    Aug 2, 2015
    Gospel-Centered Multiplication
    The Christian Church in America has become quite lazy when it comes to evangelism. Very few professing Christians ever share the Gospel with another person in hopes that they too would believe and be saved. This humiliating, heartbreaking, and infuriating reality is amplified when one considers the additional neglect of discipleship among professing Christians. Many claim to have love for Christ and love for others, but simply reject Christ’s commission to all who would claim love for Him. Evangelism and Discipleship are not optional for the genuine believer, and Christians may participate individually and corporately. Gospel-centered Multiplication is the philosophy and practice of these among the congregation of FBC Diana.
  • Jul 12, 2015The Final Warning & Invitation
    Jul 12, 2015
    The Final Warning & Invitation
    Series: Galatians
    Throughout the book of Galatians, the Apostle Paul has been decrying error and calling those who love Christ towards a manner of life that must follow a proper understanding of the Gospel. Because Christ saves sinners by His grace, and not by any work or effort on their part, all those who are saved should necessarily respond with gratitude and obedience. Most people live their lives along the disparaging path of legalism or the infinitely precarious road of lawlessness, but Paul offers an invitation to a life of freedom – a life of peace, mercy, grace, and brotherhood – in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Warning those who would choose rebellion or despair, Paul invites us all to enjoy the infinite blessings of God.
  • Jun 21, 2015Spiritual Posture & Perspective
    Jun 21, 2015
    Spiritual Posture & Perspective
    Series: Galatians
    The Christian life was never meant to be lived out of the context of a local church. American individualism has been confused with Christian living, and many people have come to misunderstand what a local church is, so the Christian life has been yanked from its rightful context. The result has been an increasing lack of distinction between the world and the Church, unhealthy relationships inside the Church, pseudo-Christian voices affirming all manner of ridiculous things in the name of Christianity, and a growing dissatisfaction felt among those who have ‘tried the whole church thing.’ What is the posture and perspective of a local church? How is the Christian life lived out in such a context? Well, the Bible has something to say about it. 
  • Jun 14, 2015Walk By The Spirit
    Jun 14, 2015
    Walk By The Spirit
    Series: Galatians
    Most people will happily acknowledge that Christianity is not a list of do's and don't's. However, many might have a very tough time explaining what the Christian life should actually look like apart from listing a bunch of stuff that a Christian should or should not do. So, what is the Christian life about? How can we tell the difference between someone who is truly a Christian and someone who is not without looking at some checklist of rules? What are the marks of real and authentic Christianity? These questions, and many others, are the subject of this passage. Let's see how God expels our sinful desires and shows us a new way to walk.
  • Jun 7, 2015Gospel-centered Worship
    Jun 7, 2015
    Gospel-centered Worship
    Worship has become quite an ambiguous term. It seems that most either assume a definition too broad or too narrow. Worship, the kind that is right and good and faithful, is more precise than most might imagine. Appropriate, biblical worship has a pattern, an order, a context, and a focused end. Simultaneously, biblical worship may be an all-encompassing way of life for every Christian. God has made humanity for His glory, and we may enjoy Him for who He truly is, on His terms, and only by His grace. Gospel-centered Worship is not just something we do; it is the most significant aspect of our mission as a local church. 
  • May 31, 2015Free To Love & Obey
    May 31, 2015
    Free To Love & Obey
    Series: Galatians
    The American truism, "Freedom is not free," may be familiar to most people. However, it might be interesting to know that this concept is also found in the Bible, and it has personal implications. The Gospel of Jesus Christ proclaims genuine and lasting freedom for all sinners who will trust in the person and work of Christ, but this freedom was costly. Additionally, the state of freedom that all Christians enjoy seems to be under constant assault from all angles. The Christian who honestly assesses his or her thoughts, words, and deeds may find that bondage and isolation are both lurking ever so closely. Where may real freedom be enjoyed? How may such freedom be maintained? This is the subject addressed in this passage.
  • May 24, 2015Bondage & Freedom
    May 24, 2015
    Bondage & Freedom
    Series: Galatians
     If someone asked you if you preferred bondage over freedom, you would probably think it was a joke. The choice is easy in theory. Freedom is something to be cherished and bondage is something we naturally abhor. However, it is quite likely that you choose bondage over freedom every day. When it comes to human acceptance before God, bondage is our natural, default setting. Sinners constantly strive towards freedom, but they do so while wearing the unbreakable chains of bondage. Some sinners deny that the chains are real, and many sinners pretend that they have found a key to unlock them. Still the chains remain, but there is freedom to be enjoyed. The promise of God is to free sinners, and the promise is sure. 
  • May 17, 2015Truth In Love
    May 17, 2015
    Truth In Love
    Series: Galatians

    If all Christians were perfect, then local church communities would be nothing but joy and celebration. One success story after another would echo down the halls of the education building as Christians told how they have benefited and grown from the application of the Gospel to their lives over the previous week. Worship services would always be well attended by the church members, and everyone would arrive early and leave late. None would want to miss the opportunity to greet each person and ask of God's goodness manifested in their lives during recent days. The imaginative dream could continue, but this is likely not a picture of your local church. Christians are sinful, and genuine community is messy; but it is worth it, and everyone should fight for and defend Gospel truth.