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Dec 3, 2017
ADVENT | DAWN OF HOPE
Series: Advent
Advent is from the Latin adventus meaning “coming.” Advent is traditionally a time when Christians memorialize the coming of Christ in His incarnation and anticipate Christ’s imminent return as cosmic judge and king. There are various themes and traditions involved with the Advent season, but the most common is the systematic lighting of 5 candles as part of an Advent wreath. Each candle is representative of a theme or concept related to anticipating and celebrating the coming of Jesus Christ. Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace are the word- themes most commonly associated with the first four candles. Each is lighted in succession over the span of 4 weeks, and the fifth candle is traditionally lighted on Christmas day. The last candle symbolizes Christ Himself, and its lighting becomes the final memorial of the Christmastime expectation and celebration."ADVENT | DAWN OF HOPE".
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  • Dec 3, 2017ADVENT | DAWN OF HOPE
    Dec 3, 2017
    ADVENT | DAWN OF HOPE
    Series: Advent
    Advent is from the Latin adventus meaning “coming.” Advent is traditionally a time when Christians memorialize the coming of Christ in His incarnation and anticipate Christ’s imminent return as cosmic judge and king. There are various themes and traditions involved with the Advent season, but the most common is the systematic lighting of 5 candles as part of an Advent wreath. Each candle is representative of a theme or concept related to anticipating and celebrating the coming of Jesus Christ. Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace are the word- themes most commonly associated with the first four candles. Each is lighted in succession over the span of 4 weeks, and the fifth candle is traditionally lighted on Christmas day. The last candle symbolizes Christ Himself, and its lighting becomes the final memorial of the Christmastime expectation and celebration."ADVENT | DAWN OF HOPE".
  • Nov 26, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BENEFITS FROM BLINDNESS
    Nov 26, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BENEFITS FROM BLINDNESS
    Most people usually do not enjoy talking about or even admitting their weaknesses. “Ask me about what I can do, not what I cannot.” However, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is only good news to those who realize that they are helplessly weak. The beauty of the Gospel is also the offense of it. In this message, we shall observe Jesus healing a man born blind, and we shall consider the intended metaphor for spiritual eyes. May God grant us grace to admit our blindness, and may He give us new eyes to see. "JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BENEFITS FROM BLINDNESS".
  • Nov 19, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE HUMBLE & GLORIOUS JUDGE
    Nov 19, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE HUMBLE & GLORIOUS JUDGE
    Many people have a favorite memory of those loved ones who have died. We all like to remember certain things about people we know, and we may even create nicknames based on a single experience with a friend. All of this is good fun, and it is often a helpful way to enjoy our relationships with others. However, Jesus Christ deserves more than a passing memory or thought. He is supremely glorious, mercifully humble, and incomparably holy. Though we may be tempted toward a flat picture of Jesus, we shall observe in this passage that Jesus is much too glorious for such a childish view."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE HUMBLE & GLORIOUS JUDGE".
  • Nov 5, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | FREEDOM TO OBEY
    Nov 5, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | FREEDOM TO OBEY
    In our American culture, individual freedom and personal autonomy seems to be a chief concern. While some Americans are interested in limiting the freedoms of others, no one wants to limit their own. The last great sin among us is making any absolute claim that would obligate someone to conform themselves to a standard. Even in Christianity, people often assume that Christ offers this kind of freedom – personal autonomy. Christ sets sinners free... doesn’t He? In this message, we will consider how Christ defines freedom and what true discipleship looks like."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | FREEDOM TO OBEY".
  • Oct 29, 2017CELEBRATING REFORMATION | GLORY TO GOD ALONE
    Oct 29, 2017
    CELEBRATING REFORMATION | GLORY TO GOD ALONE
    In Christian theology, there is an experience described as the beatific vision. It is defined as that moment when the redeemed person sees God as He is, in full glory, and without any distortion of sin. There is a deep longing in the heart of every human to know God as He is and to be known, but this is also quite terrifying. In this message, we shall see a glimpse of the glorious God, as He has revealed Himself."CELEBRATING REFORMATION | GLORY TO GOD ALONE".
  • Oct 22, 2017CELEBRATING REFORMATION | CHRIST ALONE
    Oct 22, 2017
    CELEBRATING REFORMATION | CHRIST ALONE
    Christ alone is the savior of sinners. This exclusive claim is repugnant to our culture of trivial tolerance, and it has always been obnoxious to sinful humans everywhere. And yet, this intolerant declaration is actually quite expansive. Just consider how wide the invitation really is. In this message, the fourth in our Reformation series on the “Five Solas,” we shall consider Christ as the priceless Redeemer, the perfect Justifier, the tireless Intercessor, and the conquering King."CELEBRATING REFORMATION | CHRIST ALONE".
  • Oct 15, 2017CELEBRATING REFORMATION | GRACE ALONE
    Oct 15, 2017
    CELEBRATING REFORMATION | GRACE ALONE
    Grace is a word like many others in our day that has lost its sense. The word is used either infrequently or too flippantly, and we simply do not know what it means anymore. When Christians affirm, “God saves sinners by grace alone,” the meaning is profound and particular. This is our third message in a series on the “Five Solas” of the Protestant Reformation, and the doctrine of “Sola Gratia” (or grace alone) was a major battleground during that time and since. In this message today, we shall consider the concept and its implications for humility, assurance, and adoration."CELEBRATING REFORMATION | GRACE ALONE".
  • Oct 8, 2017CELEBRATING REFORMATION__FAITH ALONE
    Oct 8, 2017
    CELEBRATING REFORMATION__FAITH ALONE
    Much ink and even blood has been spilled over the question, “How is a sinner made acceptable before God?”. There is good reason for such an interest in the question, for this question is one of supreme importance to every sinner. If you are perfectly righteous, then you have no interest in such a question. But if you are guilty of even a single moment of disobedience, then your acceptance before God is of paramount concern. In this message, we shall consider the biblical teaching on the manner in which any sinner is made acceptable, pure, and holy in God’s sight. Looking through the lenses of the Protestant Reformation, we shall investigate the past and the present need for clarity on this subject."CELEBRATING REFORMATION__FAITH ALONE".
  • Oct 1, 2017CELEBRATING REFORMATION__SCRIPTURE ALONE
    Oct 1, 2017
    CELEBRATING REFORMATION__SCRIPTURE ALONE
    The Protestant Reformation is quite unknown by many Protestants and Catholics today. Additionally, of those who do know anything of the divide, many are calling for reconciliation and reunification. What was the Protestant Reformation? Why did it happen? Why are there Protestants today? Should Christians today even care about these things? In today’s message, we will begin a 5-part series addressing the formal cause of the Protestant Reformation. We will consider the doctrine of Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone), learning from past protests and confronting present presumptions. "CELEBRATING REFORMATION__SCRIPTURE ALONE ".
  • Sep 24, 2017JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __A GOSPEL OF WARNING AND HOPE
    Sep 24, 2017
    JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __A GOSPEL OF WARNING AND HOPE
    Positive affirmations of faith are generally well-received in our pluralistic American culture. You can believe anything you want, and there will likely be very little criticism leveled against you. However, if you not only believe the positive affirmation, but also commit yourself to the negative rejection as well, then you have stepped over the line of acceptability. The only thing you cannot do is believe something or someone is wrong. Yet, Jesus doesn’t play by our subjective rules. He flatly preaches a Gospel that warns the one who rejects it, while it promises hope to the one who believes it. In this message, we shall consider the biblical Gospel, the Gospel of both warning and hope."JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __A GOSPEL OF WARNING AND HOPE ".
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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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