Feb 7, 2016
Genesis | Boy? Girl? Does It Matter?
There are few subjects today that are as sure to cause tension as the subject of gender. Is gender assigned or is it felt? Is there any difference between girls and boys? If there are differences, should we encourage them or discourage them? What should anyone do or say about the growing American minority who seem bent on deconstructing the concept of gender so franticly that it is becoming impossible to use terms like “mom,” “dad,” “brother,” or “sister?” All of these questions cannot begin to quantify the uncertainty in our culture today regarding the concept of gender. Sadly, the local church is no safe haven from the confusion. However, the Bible actually says much that should assist us. This message seeks to understand God’s design for beautiful gender complementarity.
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  • Feb 7, 2016Genesis | Boy? Girl? Does It Matter?
    Feb 7, 2016
    Genesis | Boy? Girl? Does It Matter?
    There are few subjects today that are as sure to cause tension as the subject of gender. Is gender assigned or is it felt? Is there any difference between girls and boys? If there are differences, should we encourage them or discourage them? What should anyone do or say about the growing American minority who seem bent on deconstructing the concept of gender so franticly that it is becoming impossible to use terms like “mom,” “dad,” “brother,” or “sister?” All of these questions cannot begin to quantify the uncertainty in our culture today regarding the concept of gender. Sadly, the local church is no safe haven from the confusion. However, the Bible actually says much that should assist us. This message seeks to understand God’s design for beautiful gender complementarity.
  • Jan 17, 2016Genesis | The Imago Dei: God’s Special Creation
    Jan 17, 2016
    Genesis | The Imago Dei: God’s Special Creation
    The Imago Dei is a technical phrase that simply means the “Image of God.” This phrase labels a foundational Christian truth, which seeks to answer some fundamental questions about humanity. “Who is man?” “What is human dignity, and how is such a thing defined?” Of course, not all Christians have answered these questions exactly the same, but the Bible is very informative. Not only does the Bible proclaim that man is the image of God, it also articulates some of the necessary conclusions that must be drawn from the reality of this truth. Christians seeking to know themselves, understand their relationship to God and others, and engage the culture will do well to explore this important subject.
        
  • Jan 10, 2016Genesis | Creation in Poetic Form
    Jan 10, 2016
    Genesis | Creation in Poetic Form
    The book of Genesis is beautiful, fascinating, and powerful. In the opening chapter, the reader is confronted by the God who creates, designs, and speaks. Additionally, for the interested Bible reader, the stage is arranged in masterful display, so that all that occurs from here will take place with this amazing backdrop. One of the major elements of this opening scene is the Word of God. His Word is powerful, with no possibility of constraint. His Word is effective, with no conceivable futility or error. Therefore, the sinner can trust God when He speaks life to a dead soul and brings light to the darkness of the sinner’s heart.
  • Jan 3, 2016Genesis | Worldviews Collide
    Jan 3, 2016
    Genesis | Worldviews Collide
    ‘Worldview’ is an uncommon term in many churches today. And yet, the primary role of every pastor and church family is to cultivate, encourage, and pursue a biblical worldview. Use of the word itself is unimportant, but the concept it represents is essential to ordinary Christian development. What is a worldview? How is a biblical worldview different from any other? What does God say about my responsibility concerning this matter? How might I cultivate, encourage, and pursue a biblical worldview? This message begins our study of the book of Genesis, and seeks to answer questions like these. The biblical worldview trajectory is immediately distinguishable from all others.