Sep 27, 2015
Beware The Empty Talkers
Series: Titus
Tolerance is a forceful buzzword in American culture today. The contemporary concept carries much more baggage than the word itself intends. Tolerance, in our culture, signifies much more than simply patience or charity. It is expected in our culture that no one is actually wrong in what they believe or teach, except of course those who believe or teach that anyone is actually wrong about anything. The Bible does not acquiesce to our foolish modern notion of tolerance. God’s Word presents truth claims that necessarily render competing claims as false and wrong. Christians must recognize the danger of error, and we must learn to silence the error among us in order to engage the world around us with truth and love.  
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  • Sep 27, 2015Beware The Empty Talkers
    Sep 27, 2015
    Beware The Empty Talkers
    Series: Titus
    Tolerance is a forceful buzzword in American culture today. The contemporary concept carries much more baggage than the word itself intends. Tolerance, in our culture, signifies much more than simply patience or charity. It is expected in our culture that no one is actually wrong in what they believe or teach, except of course those who believe or teach that anyone is actually wrong about anything. The Bible does not acquiesce to our foolish modern notion of tolerance. God’s Word presents truth claims that necessarily render competing claims as false and wrong. Christians must recognize the danger of error, and we must learn to silence the error among us in order to engage the world around us with truth and love.  
  • Sep 20, 2015Qualified Elders Are Models For Us All
    Sep 20, 2015
    Qualified Elders Are Models For Us All
    Series: Titus

    Elders or Pastors among any congregation are vital. Not only are these men necessary, they must necessarily be godly, capable, and committed men. Lowering the standard for Elders or Pastors only does damage over time. There are seemingly unlimited stories of heartbreak and pain due to the antics of men who wore the title without meeting the qualifications. God raises godly men to serve as elders/pastors, and these men are meant to (among other things) provide an example and encouragement to those in His care. The Gospel is true! Grace abounds, God renews, and He is good.

  • 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.
  • Jul 5, 2015Which Side Are You On?
    Jul 5, 2015
    Which Side Are You On?
     Nahum: Which side are you on?
    God is a dread to haughty sinners & a soothing refuge to all who trust Him. Thank God for His gracious grace. Often we imagine our sin to be less serious or offensive to God than it actually is. When we are reminded of the nastiness of our sin and God’s furious justice for sinners, we are better able to appreciate how gracious He has truly been towards us. How marvelous, how wonderful is the Savior’s love for me!
  • Jun 28, 2015You Had One Job
    Jun 28, 2015
    You Had One Job
     We are witnesses for Christ, both across the street and around the world.
    Praise God for saving sinners like you, and for making you part of His plan to redeem sinners from everywhere.
  • 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.