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Sermon SeriesHow to Study Your Bible: Interpretation
      Well, we are continuing in our series on how to study the Bible, or how to get the most out of your Bible. We've laid down a lot of preliminary things to elevate your confidence and whet your appetite with regard to studying the Scripture. We've talked about who can study the Bible with effectiveness, who can truly and rightly interpret Scripture a
ArticleIf We Confess Our Sins
       If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness - 1 John 1:9. That is one of the first verses many new Christians memorize-and rightly so. It holds forth the comforting promise of forgiveness and cleansing for all of us who have struggled with guilt in this sin-stained worl
InterviewIrreconcilable Differences: Catholics and Evangelicals.
       The following was transcribed from a television broadcast of a "roundtable discussion," titled "Irreconcilable Differences: Catholics, Evangelicals, and the New Quest for Unity" that took place in Ft Lauderdale, Florida between Dr. James Kennedy, Dr. John MacArthur, Dr. R. C. Sproul, and John Ankerberg. Part 1 JOHN ANKERBERG: We are here
ArticleIs Baptism Necessary for Salvation?
      No. Let's examine what the Scriptures teach on this issue: First, it is quite clear from such passages as Acts 15 and Romans 4 that no external act is necessary for salvation. Salvation is by divine grace through faith alone (Romans 3:22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 30; 4:5; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Philippians 3:9, etc.). If baptism were necessary
ArticleIs Roman Catholicism Biblical?
      In today's spirit of ecumenism, many evangelicals have called for the Protestant Church to lay aside its differences with Rome and pursue unity with the Catholic Church. Is that possible? Is Roman Catholicism simply another facet of the body of Christ that should be brought into union with its Protestant counterpart? Is Roman Catholicism simply ano
ArticleIssues of the Heart
      I have some concerns, OK? Can I just share them with you? Do you want to know what's in my heart, what bubbles up inside of me? Now, I preach two times a week, every week, at Grace Church, I have for twenty years, I have preached about 1500 sermons. So I go from subject to subject to subject pretty fast. But some things just never seem to be able t
SermonJesus Opens Blind Eyes
      Chapter 9 of John, this morning, we want to look at the first 12 verses. We're continuing in our study in John's gospel and as we come to chapter 9 we are well aware of what's happening in the life of Christ. You that have been with us in our study of John, you know just exactly what's going on. Christ is presenting Himself as God in human flesh. H
Sermon SeriesJesus' Birth in Bethlehem - Sermon 1
      I would invite you to turn with us to the Word of God, Luke, the gospel of Luke and chapter 2. We've finally arrived at this familiar and wonderful chapter that describes the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. Surely this chapter is the most widely-known chapter in the Bible because it tells the story of Christmas. This chapter, this story, of course
Jesus' Birth in Bethlehem - Sermon 2
      Sunday after Sunday we are rejoicing in the study of the gospel of Luke. If you will, open your Bibles to Luke chapter 2. There's a Bible there in the pew for those of you who didn't have one this morning. And we're going to look at the second chapter of Luke. This is probably the most familiar story in all of Christianity because it is the stor
ArticleLearning Self-Discipline
      For many years, I have had the privilege of knowing the renowned classical guitarist Christopher Parkening. By the time he was thirty, he had become a master of his instrument. But such mastery did not come easily or cheaply. While other children played and participated in sports, he spent several hours a day practicing the guitar. The result of th
Sermon SeriesLiving In Anticipation of Christ's Return - Sermon 1
      Now let's turn to the Word of God for our study tonight. Second Peter chapter 3, we're looking at the last section of this epistle, verses 11 through 18, and titling it, "Living in Anticipation of Christ's Return." Peter has unfolded divine revelation in this great epistle for the purpose of safeguarding the church from the incessant onslaught o
Living In Anticipation of Christ's Return - Sermon 2
      Let's turn in our Bibles tonight for our study in God's precious truth, to 2 Peter chapter 3. We are closing in now on the end of this great epistle. I am hoping we can do that tonight, but I'm not going to try to push too hard, cause the truth here is too significant for us. Second Peter chapter 3, we're looking at the section from verse 11 dow
SermonLooking at the Cross from God's Perspective
      I had on this particular trip for the last month the opportunity to be with unbelievers more than I normally would be, to be in their presence and to be somewhat disconnected from the normal circle of Christian friends in which I live and move and have my being. And it continued to make me grateful for the salvation that God has given to me, to see
SermonMaking Decisions on Non-Moral Issues
      I want us to go to Romans, chapter 14, and I want us to look at a principle, which is essential for us to understand. And it is one that is lofty and strategic and we cannot close out this book without some grasp of it. It has to do with the matter of how we live our lives. It is a very practical, very pragmatic thing, and in particular, how we liv
Sermon SeriesMotives for Sacrificial Ministry - Sermon 1
      Now this morning as we come to God's Word, let's open to 2 Timothy chapter 2...2 Timothy chapter 2 takes us back to the passage that has been drawing our attention, this wonderful second chapter of this letter from Paul the mentor to Timothy his son in the faith. And as he comes to verses 8 through 13, he speaks to Timothy about motives for sacrifi
Motives for Sacrificial Ministry - Sermon 2
      As you know, we're studying 2 Timothy chapter 2 and looking at verses 8 through 13. I want to briefly remind you for the sake of those who haven't been with us in our study that Paul is writing this his last epistle to his son in the faith Timothy. Timothy has reached a low point apparently in his spiritual life and ministry. He is in danger of bei
ArticleNew Revelation
      Question: "How would you reply to a believer in the Charismatic movement who agrees that revelation cannot be added to Scripture, but would still argue that God still gives words of knowledge in the church for direction, as long as it falls in line with Scripture?" Answer: I think in answering a Charismatic there are a number of ways. My book on
Sermon SeriesNight People/Day People - Sermon 1
      This morning we are going to return to our study of Paul's epistle to the Thessalonian church, 1 Thessalonians chapter 5 and we're going to begin a look at verses 4 through 11. And the title of our message is "Night people/day people." And we all know that some people are night people, just in the normal human sense and some people are day people.
Night People/Day People - Sermon 2
      We're going back now to 1 Thessalonians 5:4 to 11, fast moving in on the staccato climax of this great letter that comes in verses 12 through 28 which will enrich us all greatly. But as we look again at this particular text you will remember if you were with us two weeks ago that I've titled this "Night people/Day people." We made the point because
SermonNon-Negtotiables of the Church: Honoring God's Word
      We continue this morning to look at the anatomy of the church in a little series we began last Sunday by way of bringing everybody up to date on the character and nature and definition of the church. The church is unique in the world. The only organism, the only institution that our Lord is building. It is His own unique possession purchased with t

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