Jun 4, 2017
COMMUNION SUNDAY |REMEMBERING CHRIST
For nearly 2,000 years Christians have celebrated, remembered, and proclaimed the person and work of Christ through the ordinance of Communion (or Lord’s Supper). However, many professing Christians disagree about what this ordinance means or what Christians actually do when they participate in it. In this message, we shall take a brief look at the three major views of the Lord’s Supper, noting the strengths and weaknesses where we find them. We shall also emphasize the meaning and value of remembering Christ in this special way."COMMUNION SUNDAY | REMEMBERING CHRIST ".
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  • Jun 4, 2017COMMUNION SUNDAY |REMEMBERING CHRIST
    Jun 4, 2017
    COMMUNION SUNDAY |REMEMBERING CHRIST
    For nearly 2,000 years Christians have celebrated, remembered, and proclaimed the person and work of Christ through the ordinance of Communion (or Lord’s Supper). However, many professing Christians disagree about what this ordinance means or what Christians actually do when they participate in it. In this message, we shall take a brief look at the three major views of the Lord’s Supper, noting the strengths and weaknesses where we find them. We shall also emphasize the meaning and value of remembering Christ in this special way."COMMUNION SUNDAY | REMEMBERING CHRIST ".
  • May 28, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |LIVING LIKE WE BELIEVE JESUS
    May 28, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |LIVING LIKE WE BELIEVE JESUS
    Jesus Christ is both the Savior of sinners and the Judge of the world. Both concepts should always be kept in close proximity in our minds, but often we are inclined towards one over the other. While many people deny Jesus’ ability to judge the world, they often reject Jesus because of His claims to do so (particularly His claims of divinity). Many other people love the idea of Jesus as rescuer, but they resist any attempt to bring them under submission to Jesus as Lord, Ruler, or Master. In this message, we will consider these two distinct responses and the consequences of them. For it seems that the Gospel writer is calling his reader to avoid both. "JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | LIVING LIKE WE BELIEVE JESUS ".
  • May 21, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |BELIEVING CHRIST’S WORD
    May 21, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |BELIEVING CHRIST’S WORD
    Jesus performed many miracles during His earthly ministry. He healed the lame, gave sight to the blind, and even brought the dead back to life. Jesus’ miracles were a major reason for His notoriety, but Jesus urged His hearers to look beyond the things He was doing. His greater interest was that His hearers would listen faithfully to His words. In our day, many people are still quite interested in having Jesus do something for them. Yet, the most potent effects that Jesus may produce in us will come as a result of His words and not His hands."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BELIEVING CHRIST’S WORD ".
  • May 14, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |LIVING ON MISSION
    May 14, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |LIVING ON MISSION
    When Jesus met a sinful woman at a Samaritan well, He made it clear that He was on a mission to see her come to know Him as Savior. All that followed this intentional encounter is instructive for Christians today. In our passage, there are bad examples to avoid, good examples to follow, and necessary lessons. In this message, we shall consider a biblical directive for all Christians. We are to live on mission, following the example of our Savior who did and does the same."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | LIVING ON MISSION ".
  • May 7, 2017RETHINKING THE CHURCH: BAPTIST DISTINCTIVES |SECURE IN CHRIST
    May 7, 2017
    RETHINKING THE CHURCH: BAPTIST DISTINCTIVES |SECURE IN CHRIST
    One expression that is often associated with Southern Baptists is, “Once saved, always saved.” The phrase is sometimes misunderstood and even misused, but we (at FBC Diana) are interested in affirming what the phrase was originally meant to convey. Southern Baptists do believe that Christians can never lose their salvation, but there are a few vital things related to such a statement. In this message, we will consider the meaning and implications of this imprecise phrase."RETHINKING THE CHURCH: BAPTIST DISTINCTIVES | SECURE IN CHRIST ".
  • Apr 30, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |AN UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER
    Apr 30, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |AN UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER
    Our common experiences often leave us with empty and foolish notions of both grace and truth. Grace, it is assumed, is something less than judgment but nothing of genuine expense. It is something everyone is due, but we rarely hear how this might square with some serious offense. Truth, especially in our day, is a wax nose that may be shaped according to preference. The only truly true truth is that there is nothing that is absolutely true in every circumstance. However, Jesus does not play by our modern (or post-modern) rules of social etiquette. He speaks with piercing truth and subduing grace. We may learn much from this unexpected encounter between Jesus and a woman at a well in Sychar."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | AN UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER ".
  • Apr 23, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |JOY IN THE ONE ABOVE ALL
    Apr 23, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |JOY IN THE ONE ABOVE ALL
    How can you increase your joy? Well, now... That is a good question. It is also a question that many ask and many answer quite differently. Some say you need more stuff or better experiences; some say you need only to look within. The wise person, however, does not seek to answer the most pressing questions with mere opinion or subjectivity. The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself, and there we find His objective word on the matter. In our passage, we meet a man with complete and transcendent joy. We shall investigate the source of his joy and what we may learn from this example. "JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | JOY IN THE ONE ABOVE ALL ".
  • Apr 16, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |THE PROFOUND LOVE OF GOD
    Apr 16, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |THE PROFOUND LOVE OF GOD
    The best-known verse of the Bible is likely John 3:16. One major reason for this is the verse’s focus on the love of God. God’s love is wide and selfless, available and welcoming. And yet, it is very likely that the love of God many people think about when they think of this verse is far less profound than the love of God truly explained there. John’s Gospel sets God’s love on spectacular display. In this message, we shall investigate and marvel at the profound love of God."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE PROFOUND LOVE OF GOD ".
  • Apr 9, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |JESUS AND THE SNAKE
    Apr 9, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |JESUS AND THE SNAKE
    The heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is quite a paradox. The King stoops low to serve, the Lord of all pays the debt of the debtor, and the Righteous One shows grace and love for the unrighteous. These are true, profound, and compelling, but there is another Gospel-paradox that is not so widely appreciated or understood. We are told in the Scripture that Jesus was accursed so that sinners may be blessed. Such a concept is unpalatable and offensive when rightly understood, but it is also most glorious and wonderful to those who look to this Savior and believe. "JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | JESUS AND THE SNAKE ".
  • Apr 2, 2017The Great I AM
    Apr 2, 2017
    The Great I AM
    Jesus is the Great I AM. Such a statement may not mean much unless one has some background and context. But when the expression is understood rightly, it is profound beyond measure. In this message we consider the proper name of God, the use of it throughout the Bible, and Jesus’ claim of it for Himself. The human savior is also the covenant-making God of Israel. Such a reality is both wondrous and magnificent."The Great I AM_".