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Nov 18, 2018
JOHN | THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BELIEVE AND PROCLAIM
John’s Gospel might be boiled down to a few potent proclamations, and John’s purpose statement is certainly one of the most important. It is clear that John wants his reader to believe in Jesus, and his desire is motivated by both the person of Christ and the gift Christ alone can give to those who believe. Both in John’s words and in his example, he calls his reader to believe in Jesus Christ and to proclaim life in His name to all who will believe. May God help us all to believe and proclaim. "JOHN | THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BELIEVE AND PROCLAIM"
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  • Nov 18, 2018JOHN | THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BELIEVE AND PROCLAIM
    Nov 18, 2018
    JOHN | THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BELIEVE AND PROCLAIM
    John’s Gospel might be boiled down to a few potent proclamations, and John’s purpose statement is certainly one of the most important. It is clear that John wants his reader to believe in Jesus, and his desire is motivated by both the person of Christ and the gift Christ alone can give to those who believe. Both in John’s words and in his example, he calls his reader to believe in Jesus Christ and to proclaim life in His name to all who will believe. May God help us all to believe and proclaim. "JOHN | THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BELIEVE AND PROCLAIM"
  • Nov 11, 2018JOHN | THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE TRIUNE GOD
    Nov 11, 2018
    JOHN | THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE TRIUNE GOD
    In our day and in our modern American Evangelical culture, it is taboo to draw hard lines around doctrinal statements. Moreover, it is outright offensive to speak in dogmatic terms about high doctrines, especially those that seem too academic, too irrelevant, and/or too exclusive. The Christian doctrine of the Trinity is as high as doctrines get, and it is often avoided for all the reasons listed above. May God help us to see the wonder of God’s triunity, and may we know and love the triune God who reveals Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. "JOHN | THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE TRIUNE GOD"
  • Oct 28, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | RESURRECTION
    Oct 28, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | RESURRECTION
    Religious claims are (and should be) subject to scrutiny. The wise person will thoughtfully consider the origins, evidence, and implications of religious truth-claims. Christianity is built upon the foundation of truths which originate in God and become chiefly revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. In this message, we shall consider the extraordinary force of Christ’s resurrection throughout all space and time."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | RESURRECTION ".
  • Oct 21, 2018STAND ALONE MESSAGE ON A BAPTISM SUNDAY | BAPTISM | CHRIST’S COVENANT PEOPLE
    Oct 21, 2018
    STAND ALONE MESSAGE ON A BAPTISM SUNDAY | BAPTISM | CHRIST’S COVENANT PEOPLE
    Baptism is a topic about which many Christians have disagreed over the centuries. However, the overarching agreement for all orthodox Christians has always centered upon the idea that baptism does serve as the public designation that one is among Christ’s covenant people in the world. In this message, we shall consider the meaning of baptism in the life of the Christian. May God help us to celebrate this marvelous sign and the divine covenant to which it points."Stand Alone Message on a Baptism Sunday _ Baptism _ Christ’s Covenant People".
  • Oct 14, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE AUTHENTIC SAVIOR
    Oct 14, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE AUTHENTIC SAVIOR
    Christianity, unlike many other religions in the world, is not a religion of personal subjectivity. It simply is not pragmatic. How one feels about Jesus, or the Bible’s truth claims, or Christians in the world today, has no bearing whatever on the legitimacy of Christianity. The short and direct question must be, “Is it true?” If what the Bible says about Jesus is true, then the argument is over. John, the Gospel-writer, exemplifies Christian witness by making historical truth claims about Jesus and then calling his reader to believe in Jesus. May God help us to follow John’s example."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE AUTHENTIC SAVIOR ".
  • Oct 7, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BEHOLD THE GLORIOUS CROSS
    Oct 7, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BEHOLD THE GLORIOUS CROSS
    From an earthly perspective, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ is a gripping display of human depravity and lamentable circumstances. Many have seen Jesus as a pitiable historical figure, and His courage in death has earned Him some acclaim. However, there is far more to see here than may first meet the eyes. In this message, we shall consider the Gospel-writer’s record, observing John’s use of deep biblical imagery and emphasis on prophetic fulfillment. May God help us to see the glory of Christ upon the cross!"JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BEHOLD THE GLORIOUS CROSS ".
  • Sep 30, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE SOVEREIGN GOD
    Sep 30, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE SOVEREIGN GOD
    In Jesus’ final hours, we see Him beaten, mocked, and crucified. We hear a cacophony of malicious voices, demanding Christ’s degradation and murder. And yet, in the midst of all of this, Jesus thunders a powerful word of stabilizing clarity. He claims divine sovereignty over all of these events and actions. In this message, we shall observe the scene in John 19, and consider the words of divine sovereignty Jesus speaks."JOHN : THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE SOVEREIGN GOD".
  • Sep 23, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | A DEMANDING INVITATION
    Sep 23, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | A DEMANDING INVITATION
    What does Jesus invite sinners to do? This is a good question to consider, especially for those familiar with the churchy language of an “invitation.” We would also do well to consider the tone or the posture of Christ’s invitation to sinners. In this message, we shall see the bitter irony of religious and political obsessions, and we shall also see a piercing invitation from Christ’s own mouth. We shall observe that Christ’s invitation is exceedingly gracious and superlatively demanding. "JOHN_ THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE _A DEMANDING INVITATION".
  • Sep 16, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE CUP IS EMPTY
    Sep 16, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE CUP IS EMPTY
    The first question of the Heidelberg catechism is, “What is your only comfort in life and death?” This is a good question, indeed! How would you answer? Well, the writers begin their answer, saying, “That I, with body and soul, both in life and in death, am not my own, but belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ, who, with His precious blood has fully satisfied for all my sins...” In this message, we shall consider the “cup” which Christ consumed for His people at the cross. We shall marvel at the substitutionary work of Christ, and we shall praise Him that the cup is empty."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE CUP IS EMPTY".
  • Sep 9, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE GREATEST PRAYER
    Sep 9, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE GREATEST PRAYER
    If you could hear Jesus pray for you, what would you expect to hear? Would He pray for your health? How about your safety? Maybe your family relationships? Surely, Jesus cares about the ills of your community’s, your state’s, and your nation’s interests? It seems as though Christ cares about all of these things, but His chief concern is for the preservation, mission, and goal of His people in the world. In this message, we shall consider Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer, and we shall observe and apply the profound contents of the greatest prayer ever prayed.""JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE GREATEST PRAYER".
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Who is FBC Diana?

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.
  • 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. 
  • Apr 5, 2015The Gospel Is Everything
    Apr 5, 2015
    The Gospel Is Everything
     The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a story of real human history. Jesus of Nazareth is claimed to have lived, died, and arisen from the dead to live forevermore. This story either is true or it isn't. If it is true, then it is the biggest and most incredible story of all time. God has indeed offered grace to sinners through Jesus Christ. If it is true, then Jesus has real authority over all humanity. If it is true, then this story is vital to everyone everywhere; and it is the story that overrides and trumps every other story. There is good reason to believe that the story is true, and we who trust in this risen Savior await the final consummation of all that He has told us in this marvelous story.
  • Mar 1, 2015Our Joy in God’s Glory
    Mar 1, 2015
    Our Joy in God’s Glory
    For the vast majority of Americans today, personal happiness is the chief and highest goal. "What makes me happy?" is the question that defines morality, purpose, and even truth. Regrettably, this kind of thinking is pervasive both inside and outside of the church. One might assume in such a cultural climate that the Bible teaches something akin to God's assistance for every Christian in achieving the American Dream. However, the message of Christianity is actually in stark contrast to such an idea. Temporal happiness is the antithesis of God's promise for believers. Instead, all who glory in God alone may possess Joy – real and lasting Joy. 
  • Feb 1, 2015“We exist for God’s Glory”
    Feb 1, 2015
    “We exist for God’s Glory”
    Very many churchgoers today, and those who are not interested in organized religion, have a very low view of God and an exaggerated focus upon themselves.  This is not new, and outside of the church this is to be expected, but it is agonizingly regrettable that this misappropriation of emphasis and focus has become commonplace inside of the Christian church.  It is the basest human sin to exchange the glory of God for some lesser counterfeit, yet every human is meant to find supreme satisfaction in the glory of God.  Additionally, every local church is commissioned to be a bastion of God-glorifying individuals in covenant community together.  We exist, as does everything, for the glory of God.
 
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A Study through Genesis

Nov 20, 2016
Genesis | PATIENTLY EXPECTING THE KING
Both Jacob and Joseph died in Egypt. The promise they had from God was a great inheritance, but their earthly lives did not last long enough to see it. Strangers in the land of promise had become pilgrims in a foreign kingdom, and yet they heard and believed the promises of God. “There is coming a King! His kingdom shall never end, and He will come from Israel.” This promise rings out at the close of Genesis, and it is a reiteration of the promise God made at the very beginning (Gen. 3:15). The conquering King, who would make all things new by bruising the head of that ancient serpent, was the hope of all those who believed and feared God. The same is true today, but we have the marvelous benefit of looking back to the King who did actually conquer. Jesus Christ is now making all things new, and those who believe and fear God are patiently expecting this coming King.
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  • Nov 20, 2016Genesis | PATIENTLY EXPECTING THE KING
    Nov 20, 2016
    Genesis | PATIENTLY EXPECTING THE KING
    Both Jacob and Joseph died in Egypt. The promise they had from God was a great inheritance, but their earthly lives did not last long enough to see it. Strangers in the land of promise had become pilgrims in a foreign kingdom, and yet they heard and believed the promises of God. “There is coming a King! His kingdom shall never end, and He will come from Israel.” This promise rings out at the close of Genesis, and it is a reiteration of the promise God made at the very beginning (Gen. 3:15). The conquering King, who would make all things new by bruising the head of that ancient serpent, was the hope of all those who believed and feared God. The same is true today, but we have the marvelous benefit of looking back to the King who did actually conquer. Jesus Christ is now making all things new, and those who believe and fear God are patiently expecting this coming King.
  • Nov 13, 2016Genesis | An Allegorical Gospel
    Nov 13, 2016
    Genesis | An Allegorical Gospel
    There are many stories in the Bible. All of the historical accounts of other people who have gone on before provide us with much to consider. We may learn lessons from their victories and their defeats; and we may learn much about the nature of life under the sun. However, in the story of Joseph and his brothers, we may learn more than simple life-lessons. In this story we see a picture of the Gospel and the sinner’s response to it. Here we have a real-life allegory for better understanding what it means that God offers grace and mercy to sinners in need. Let us watch the story unfold, and may God help us find ourselves in it.
  • Nov 6, 2016Genesis | The God Who Demotes And Promotes
    Nov 6, 2016
    Genesis | The God Who Demotes And Promotes
    The United States presidential election has cause no small amount of discomfort in America. Among many American evangelicals, the discomfort has turned to anxiety and then to panic. This is true for voters of all kinds. In this timely message, we will observe God’s providence in Joseph’s life, and we will seek to apply biblical truth to our lives today. No matter how the election turns out this week, if we look to the Scriptures and the providential God of all creation, then we can find great hope and rest.
  • Oct 23, 2016Genesis | An Unlikely Savior
    Oct 23, 2016
    Genesis | An Unlikely Savior
    In Genesis 37 we dive into the story of Joseph. Joseph is an interesting character in his own right, but he is exceptionally interesting as we begin to understand that Joseph is also meant to throw our eyes upward towards Christ. Joseph suffers great defeat and wins victory through the most unlikely set of circumstances. As we see the events of Joseph’s life unfold, we are also able to see incredible parallels to the life of Christ. Jesus Christ is the ultimate victorious sufferer, and He conquers death by dying. We learn here that God is telling the story of Jesus, long before He actually reveals the fullness of the unlikely Savior.
  • Oct 16, 2016Genesis | A Tragic Legacy
    Oct 16, 2016
    Genesis | A Tragic Legacy
    In every sermon, we try to ask and answer the question, "What does God intend to teach us by including this passage in sacred Scripture?” In some passages this question is easy to answer, and in others it is a not quite so simple. Sometimes, the answer to such a question is very difficult. Genesis Chapter 36 is probably not widely read among most Christians, and it is even less widely understood. However, there is actually a very profound and thoroughly biblical message here for those who will hear it. First, there is an obvious (at least once you slow down enough to consider it) contrast between Esau’s worldly success and Jacob’s lack thereof. And second, the contrast between worldly power and God’s rule that far exceeds it is a major theme throughout the Bible. In this message we will discuss Esau’s example and the implications of it on our lives.
  • Aug 28, 2016Genesis | A People From A Man
    Aug 28, 2016
    Genesis | A People From A Man
    A mass of humanity is represented in Jacob, and he is truly the father of a nation. Many individuals became a notable people, and they all may trace their origin to this man. Like Jacob, Adam is also a man from whom a people have emerged. Humanity owes its origin to this one man. Adam, however, is not usually viewed in positive light, because his representation of humanity was the quintessential bad representation. And yet, there was a “second Adam” who represented humanity well. Jesus Christ is the better representative, and He too creates a people for Himself. Those who love and trust in Christ, are a people from a man, and we shall consider the depths of this profound reality in this message.
  • Aug 14, 2016Genesis | God’s Prevailing Promise
    Aug 14, 2016
    Genesis | God’s Prevailing Promise
    Isaac, like Abraham, was blessed by God. Isaac’s son, Jacob, also enjoyed the blessing of God. However, when we read the account of the “life and times” of these men, we do not see picturesque examples of godliness and fidelity. Instead, we see the same expressions of sinful human nature that we observe in all people everywhere. In such a display, we are reminded of what it really means that God is gracious. God’s gracious blessing is based on (you guessed it) grace. In this message we will look at the dysfunction of sinful humanity and the grace by which God blesses sinners. 
  • Jul 31, 2016Genesis | The Lord Keeps His Promises
    Jul 31, 2016
    Genesis | The Lord Keeps His Promises
    In our day, it is very common for adults to admit high levels of anxiety and depression. Such things are complicated topics, but at the core of both is the experience and/or anticipation of unmet expectations. The Bible is not silent about expectations, and God is repeatedly affirmed as superbly faithful. In fact, Abraham was blessed by God beyond measure, and God’s faithfulness was on display time after time in Abraham’s life. In this message we will look at a specific time when God’s faithfulness took center stage, and we will consider the implications of God’s promises and His fidelity for us today.
  • Jul 24, 2016Genesis | Rescue from the City of Destruction
    Jul 24, 2016
    Genesis | Rescue from the City of Destruction
    The events surrounding the destruction of great ancient cities are fascinating and sobering. Sodom and Gomorrah are notorious cities, and even non-Christians know something of the biblical storyline. However, the big picture does not focus on what the distracted reader might think. In fact, it may surprise you that this is a story of God’s gracious ability to save in the midst of awful judgment. In this message, we will look at the way the whole Bible understands the account of Sodom and Gomorrah, and we will hear a message of both warning and rescue.
  • Jun 12, 2016Genesis | Remeber the Smoke and the Flame
    Jun 12, 2016
    Genesis | Remeber the Smoke and the Flame
    From the very beginning, the Bible tells humans how they may have right relationship with God. God’s word comes in the form of a promise or “covenant,” and humans are to respond with belief and trust. God is the author and actor on the stage of accomplishment, and those who experience God’s blessing are simply those who trust in Him. God does the work, He applies it, and He promises blessing to those who love and trust Him. This is true from Genesis to Revelation, and it is true from the beginning of creation to eternity.
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