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 ".
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  • 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 27, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | Jesus, The Christ provided by The Father PART 2
    Aug 27, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | Jesus, The Christ provided by The Father PART 2
    Could it be that Jesus is really the Christ? So much is packed into this question, and particularly the title of “Christ.” The Christ is a figure mentioned in numerous prophecies throughout the Old Testament, and it is the culmination of various aspects of prophetic fulfillment. The Christ (the Anointed One or Messiah) is one who would be a prophet like no one else, a king whose rule would tower over all others, and a priest who would supersede all priestly servants. In this message, Barry Ward draws upon the ancient prophecies concerning this unique character and calls upon today’s hearer to respond with belief and trust in the one man who proved Himself to be “the Christ.”"JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __Jesus, The Christ provided by The Father PART 2 ".
  • Aug 27, 2017JOHN : THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | Jesus, The Christ provided by The Father PART 1
    Aug 27, 2017
    JOHN : THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | Jesus, The Christ provided by The Father PART 1
    Could it be that Jesus is really the Christ? So much is packed into this question, and particularly the title of “Christ.” The Christ is a figure mentioned in numerous prophecies throughout the Old Testament, and it is the culmination of various aspects of prophetic fulfillment. The Christ (the Anointed One or Messiah) is one who would be a prophet like no one else, a king whose rule would tower over all others, and a priest who would supersede all priestly servants. In this message, Barry Ward draws upon the ancient prophecies concerning this unique character and calls upon today’s hearer to respond with belief and trust in the one man who proved Himself to be “the Christ.”"JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __Jesus, The Christ provided by The Father ".
  • Aug 20, 2017THE HEART OF THE MATTER
    Aug 20, 2017
    THE HEART OF THE MATTER
    "THE HEAERT OF THE MATTER."
  • Aug 13, 2017JOHN :THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |JESUS IS HIGHER, TRUER, AND PERFECT
    Aug 13, 2017
    JOHN :THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |JESUS IS HIGHER, TRUER, AND PERFECT
    "JOHN :THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | JESUS IS HIGHER, TRUER, AND PERFECT ".
  • 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 ".