Thyatira, The Church That Tolerated Sin
Does your church tolerate sin? Are your leaders teaching you incorrectly or do they allow voices to speak contrary to the Bible? There are many destructive sins within the body of Christ.
God's Love In Reconciliation
Reconciliation of sinners back to our Holy God is best illustrated in the timely parable of Jesus best known as "The Prodigal Son." We look deeply into this story of a father and his two lost sons to see the rich love of God through the work of reconciliation.
Pergamum, The Compromising Church
Is Sunday a show for you? Do you love the world more than Christ? Anything you like to do more than reading the Bible, praying, and fellowshipping with the saints is an idol. Your life should be the same every day of the week.
The Primary Purpose of the Church
In these times of competing priorities within church ministries, we are reminded by Paul in 2 Corinthians chapter 5 that there is one purpose and objective of the church that must be the Primary Purpose of the Church in our ministries...The Ministry of Reconciliation.
2 Cor 5:17-21
Smyrna, The Persecuted Church
We don't suffer persecution as described in these verses. If it does come, will your faith be true or false?
Sermon about getting through life's storms via Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Have You Left Your First Love?
Have you drifted away from loving the Lord God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength?
To Eat or Not to Eat: That Is the Question?
In this text, Paul continues to consider the tension that often exists between the strong and weak Christian. Paul challenges us as Christians to seriously think through everything we do, ensuring that we do not cause another believer to stumble as a result of what we decide to do. In the end, everything we do should be to the glory of God and for the good of others!
The Wisdom of God
A sermon concerning God's plan from before creation by Elder David Briggs
The Weak and the Strong
In this text, Paul exposes a potential threat to the unity of the local church. That threat? Strong and weak Christians intermingled together within the same church family. This instruction is vitally important for the health of the body of Christ.
Rise and Shine!
In this text, Paul reminds us that with every passing day we are inching closer to giving an account to God for how we lived our lives. Since that day is at hand, Paul charges us to be awake, flee from darkness, and walk properly, so as to bring honor and glory to God!
Operating in the Red
In this text, Paul reveals a debt that Christians will owe as long as we live. That debt is to love others with Christ-like love. May we commit to submit our lives to Jesus, embracing our debt of loving each other!
Submission to Governing Authorities
We live in a day in which there is a great deal of tension and animosity displayed toward civil authorities. How should a Christian navigate such chaos and confusion? In this text, Paul answers that question with clarity. Let's learn what the Bible teaches about living in submission to governing authorities.
The Father's View of the Cross
As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the grave, it will benefit us to pause and consider the cross from the Father's perspective. The Father sent His Son to take our place and die a substitutionary death, to pay our sin debt, and to rise victoriously from the grave! This Easter, let's consider the redeeming work of Jesus from the Father's perspective.
The Fear of the Lord
Elder Cobler explains reverence for the Lord.
A burning question among many Christians today has to do with Church membership. Does the Bible instruct Christians to join a local church? Are there any benefits of faithful church commitment? This sermon aims to get at the heart of what the Bible teaches concerning local church membership.
The Fruit of True Worship Part X
How can a Christian offer worship to God when we are hated, mistreated and persecuted by others? Paul provides the answer in this powerful text!
The Fruit of True Worship Part IX
In this text, Paul reveals to us that a vital part of worship offered to God by Christians comes in the form of living a humble life, being concerned for others around us, and ministering to the down and out. In short, we are called to live in such a way that others would see Christ Jesus in us!
The Fruit of True Worship Part VIII
At first glance, Romans 12:15 appears very simple to accomplish. However, rejoicing with those who rejoice and weeping with those who weep, while in the middle of the ups and downs of life ourselves, can be extremely hard to fulfill. Let's consider what is necessary to obey this command of Christ.
The Fruit of True Worship Part VII
As we deal primarily with verse 14 in this sermon, we will consider why it is vitally important for followers of Christ to bless those who persecute us.
The Fruit of True Worship Part VI
As we continue to consider the everyday aspects of true worship, Paul highlights something that is very important - meeting the tangible needs of others. As we contemplate how God has richly blessed us with material things, we must understand our God given responsibility to minister to others in His name.
The Fruit of True Worship Part V
As Christians, we are instructed to keep our hearts and eyes fixed on Jesus as the only true hope that exists. For life is full of troubles and trials, and only when our hope is in Christ can we be patient in tribulation. These realities lead the follower of Christ to be constant in prayer. May Paul's words in this text result in a renewed commitment and devotion to prayer.
The Fruit of True Worship Part IV
As Paul continues to instruct us as followers of Jesus how we are to offer worship to God in everyday life, we encounter two very important truths. First, we are to rejoice in hope. Secondly, we must be patient in tribulation. As Christians, we are never promised that this life will be easy. May we learn to rest and abide in Christ so that these fruits of the Spirit are evident in and through us.
The Fruit of True Worship Part III
Paul continues to describe what true worship offered to God looks like in everyday life. In this text we will see three characteristics of true worship. First, resisting the tendency to cool-off in our love and commitment to Jesus. Secondly, the call to be continually on fire for the things of God. And finally, a genuine desire to submit our entire lives to Jesus Christ as Lord.
The Fruit of True Worship Part II
True worship of God shows up in everyday life in many different ways. This sermon will consider four specific fruits of genuine worship: Hating what is evil, Holding fast to what is good, Loving with brotherly affection, and outdoing one another in showing honor.
The Fruit of True Worship Part I
In our text this morning, God calls us to display genuine love to others. This should not surprise us, as love for God and others sums up keeping the whole Law (Matthew 22:36-40). In our study we will learn that genuine love has a high standard - God Himself. When we commit to love like Jesus there is great value and attractiveness that can never be quantified.
Our Calling Within The Church
Correct doctrine in the lives of truly redeemed people will result in true worship offered to God. True worship will impact every aspect of our lives. The first place the Apostle Paul reveals the fruit of true worship is in the context of the local church. The local church that understands true worship will love one another, be for one another, and be united to one another.
As we enter this final section of the book of Romans, Paul turns his attention from doctrine to application. What does a life look like that has been radically changed by the truths found in Romans chapters 1 through 11? What we find is a natural progression: truth received, resulting in lives offered to God in genuine worship, which produces actions towards others that bear the fruit of Jesus Himself. It all begins with an unconditional surrender to Jesus!
As Paul concludes this section of Romans in which we encounter amazing theology and doctrine, and before he begins to provide a pattern for everyday Christian living in the final five chapters, we find Paul unfolding a mystery. May we desire to rightly understand the mystery, but even more, long to worship the mystery maker - the sovereign, unsearchable and unfathomable God!
What About The Future?
As 2018 comes to an end and we anticipate all that 2019 hold for us, we may find ourselves uncertain about the future. So, how can we navigate 2019 in a way that brings glory to God? We must keep our eyes on Christ and beware of comfort zones, fear and temptations, while being mindful that God is sovereign over our coming and going and rest in His perfect will.
Who Do We Worship?
The question, "Who do we worship?" seems too obvious to most Christians. However, even someone like the Apostle John was guilty of offering worship to the wrong people. If John could make this mistake, how much more vulnerable are we? We must constantly evaluate the object of our worship, for the Bible makes it clear, that worship is reserved for God alone!
Where Do We Worship?
Last time we discovered that we are capable of offering things to God that He may or may not receive as true worship. This week we ask the question, "Where does God expect us to worship"? The answer to that question is provided with great clarity in the Bible. We are to offer worship to God everywhere we go and in everything we do. Let's discover what that looks like in everyday life.
Jesus Our Living Hope
As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior this Christmas season, we are reminded that Jesus is infinitely more than the baby born in a stable. Today's sermon focuses on the glory and majesty of Christ, the Savior from Colossians 1:15-23. There we will see this very Jesus from the Scriptures and know He is Our Living Hope. He is the greatest gift we can give for this holiday season...the gift of the Gospel.
What Is True Worship?
As we enter the Christmas season we naturally begin to think about giving and receiving gifts. This is part one of a three-part series that will focus on offering worship to God. What is true worship? The Bible is full of example of worship that is not accepted by God. We must be careful to worship our King in a manner that He accepts.
To The Gentiles
As Gentile Christians, how are we to minister to Jews? In this text Paul provides us with some valuable instruction as well as some strong warnings. May we heed and apply God's instruction.
What does it look like to live a lifestyle of thanksgiving to God? That's what we will consider as we approach another Thanksgiving holiday season.
Redeeming The Remnant
It would be tempting, after reading Romans chapters nine and ten, to conclude that God has washed His hands of physical Israelites. That could not be further from the truth. God has not rejected the Jews, rather He has always saved a remnant within Israel. Furthermore, there is coming a day in the future when God will save many Jews to the glory of His name.
The Weight of Accountability
The Word of God always requires a response. In this text Paul highlights a dual-accountability. To the non-Christian, the demand of the word of God is to believe upon Jesus Christ for salvation. At the same time, the demand given to Christians is to faithfully proclaim the Gospel to the lost so that they might hear and believe the Good News. Each of us must identify which camp we fall into and respond appropriately to the commands of the Gospel.
Christ Is Righteousness Part II
This text has one major truth that we must not miss. No one has the ability to meet the perfect righteous standard necessary to inherit eternity with God. Therefore, we must look to Christ Jesus by faith and be clothed in His righteousness. For indeed it is true, everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved!
Christ Is Righteousness Part I
In this text, Paul emphatically proclaims that there is only one way of being reconciled to our Creator. That one way is to possess the righteousness of Christ Jesus, by faith. There are many people who possess a form of religious zealousness, that are lost. The genuinely redeemed Christian must not use God's sovereignty as an excuse to not share the Gospel. Instead, we are to take the Gospel to all creation, calling them to repentance and faith in the finished work of Jesus. Paul's message is clear: Christ is the only way to righteousness!
The King's Arrival
John Kanter is a Messianic Jew who resides in the Dallas area. John is a ministry representative for Sojourner Ministries
Sovereign Election Is Global and Predicted
In this text Paul emphatically declares that the sovereign grace of God is saving a people from every tongue, tribe and nation. The Scripture has predicted that Christ would effectually save a multi-cultural people for His own purposes.
Sovereign Election Does Not Abdicate But Does Affirm
The Bible presents a healthy tension that we must learn to rest in. On one hand, the Bible presents the human responsibility to respond to the Gospel of grace by faith in order to be saved. On the other hand, Scripture clearly confirms that God is sovereign over everything, including our salvation. We will never be able to fully reconcile these truths, thus removing the tension. Therefore, we must join the Apostle Paul and others as we learn to live within this tension.
Sovereign Election Is Just
The accusation has been made, that the doctrine of election means that God is unjust. Paul deals with this issue by emphatically stating that there is absolutely no injustice with God. God will show mercy on whomever He wills. Likewise, He will harden whomever He wills. This, according to Paul, God will do according to His own purpose and desire. In the end, we understand Paul's point that sovereign election is indeed just!
Sovereign Election Is Unconditional
As we continue to study the doctrine of election, there is a serious question that must be answered. Does election depend upon human responsibility or the sovereign will and decree of God? In this text, Paul answers this very important question, helping us understand that election is according to the will of God alone!
Sovereign Election Is Not Inherited
While the doctrine of election can be hard to understand, Paul starts by helping us grasp the truth that election is not based on our nationality, race or family ties. Many people, including in Paul's day, wrongly convince themselves that they are right with God because of their genealogy. In this text, Paul makes it clear that sovereign election is not inherited.
Bearing A Great Concern
In Romans chapter nine Paul discusses in great detail the doctrine of election. Before he does this however, Paul reveals his great concern for his lost Jewish brethren. We would do well to follow Paul's example of being burdened for lost souls and faithfully proclaiming the saving message of eternal life by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone.
Perseverance By Preservation
In this text, the age old debate regarding the question of whether a Christian can lose their salvation is answered by the Apostle Paul. What can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord? Absolutely nothing!
The Golden Chain of Redemption - Five Links
In this text we discover the unbreakable work of sovereign grace. God is working all things together for good to those whom God has foreknown, predestined, called, justified and glorified. May the Church worship our King for His sovereign work of redemption!
The Golden Chain of Redemption - Free Will
The question we ask in this sermon is an important one. How has sin impacted the will of fallen men and women? Does the Bible teach that we are able to trust Jesus in and of ourselves? Let's discover what the Bible has to say in regards to the will of fallen mankind.
The Golden Chain of Redemption - Spiritually Dead
As we enter into a section of Scripture known as the Golden Chain of Redemption we encounter the rock solid truths concerning God's plan to redeem a people for Himself. Before we consider the actual chains of redemption we must first consider the state of the spiritually dead.
God Working In All Things
It is undeniable that this life is often very hard and full of troubles. However, Romans 8:28 contains one of the greatest promises made by God to His people. We can know, without a doubt, that for those that know Christ as Savior, God is working all things together for our good. This verse should cause us to rest in the sovereign goodness of our great God and King!