|Sermon||Our God-Breathed Bible|
As you know, we're studying 2 Timothy and I would like to draw you back to 2 Timothy chapter 3 as at least a starting point for our message this morning. And what I want to share with you this morning is really just a departure from this text but based on that which this text affirms.
You remember last Lord's day we looked at verses 16 and 17 wh ...read
|Sermon||Peter: A Lesson In Leadership|
This morning, again, we come to the tenth chapter of Matthew. I would draw your attention to that chapter, Matthew chapter 10. We have the happy, happy privilege today of looking at the chapter which details for us the sending of the twelve Apostles. We already have looked, last week, at some introductory thoughts in verse 1, and we have moved on t ...read
Our text this morning is one verse, chapter 5 and verse 17. First Thessalonians 5:17 says, "Pray without ceasing."
The Apostle Paul in this simple and specific command calls on Christians to pray basically as a way of life. I used to say praying is like breathing, it's just normal, it's just natural, it's just living for us. We inhale, we exhale ...read
|Sermon Series||Reasons People Lack Assurance - Part 1|
Well tonight we have the great privilege of embarking upon a wonderful study of a very special text of Scripture, 2 Peter chapter 1 verses 5 and following. So open your Bible, if you will.
Tonight we're not going to really have a sermon but rather this is going to be a lesson. I want to teach you some things that I hope will be helpful to you. ...read
|Reasons People Lack Assurance - Part 2|
Let me draw you back to 2 Peter, in the time we have, briefer than usual tonight, 2 Peter chapter 1. We have begun a study of this great epistle, and in particular, the first eleven verses. In these first eleven verses, Peter is speaking of the matter of our salvation. As we come in to verses 5 through 11, he is concerned about making certain about ...read
|Reasons People Lack Assurance - Part 3|
Tonight I want to spend our time in the lesson from the Word of God, completing what I had hoped to complete last Sunday evening. And so I invite you, if you will, to turn back to the text, that is the basic text for our study, 2 Peter chapter 1. And in this wonderful chapter we are embarking upon the section in verses 5 through 11. The theme of th ...read
|Article||Rediscovering Biblical Counseling|
The November 29, 1993 issue of Time featured a series of articles on the turmoil in modern psychology. The magazine's cover featured a retouched photograph of Sigmund Freud--his head a hollow, incomplete, three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle--and the caption, "IS FREUD DEAD?"
One of the articles inside raised the question, "What if ...read
It is our great privilege this morning to return to our wonderful study of 1 Thessalonians chapter 5. And I invite you to take your Bible, if you will, and open to that great chapter. I want this morning to preach on just one verse, verse 16, a verse with only two words, 1 Thessalonians 5:16 simply says, "Rejoice always." And I want to use that as ...read
|Sermon||Religious Credits that Don't Impress God|
We come in this particular message to Philippians chapter 3 and I want to read for you verses 4 through 11, though we will not cover the whole section I want to read it to you and then we will discuss the first half of it this morning and the second half next time and I'll describe what I mean in detail in a moment. Philippians chapter 3 and verse ...read
|Sermon||Roman Catholic Mary Worship|
The Roman Catholic view of Mary is pagan, it is utterly pagan. Listen to what the [Roman Catholic] Church says,
1. Pope Benedict XV, in 1918 - "Mary suffered with Christ and nearly died with Him when He died, thus she may rightly be said to have redeemed the human race with Christ."
2. Pope Pius XI, in 1923 - "The virgin of sorrows shar ...read
|Sermon||Shade for Our Children|
It was 1978, twelve years ago, when we embarked upon a study of Paul's epistle to the Ephesians. It's been nearly that many years since we gave attention to a very very important verse in Ephesians that speaks well to the matter of this particular day. Open your Bible, if you will, to Ephesians chapter 6...Ephesians chapter 6, verse 4.
The verse ...read
|Sermon Series||Spiritual Bootcamp : Sermon 1 - How to Pray|
We're going to talk about how to pray right now. One of the very basic things about the Christian life is praying. You know, we said that reading the Bible is like eating. Well praying is like breathing. One of the other things that's really helpful to do if you happen to be alive is breathe. It has very redeeming value.
You exist when you come ...read
|Spiritual Bootcamp : Sermon 2 - How to Function in the Body|
Our Father, we really do thank You today for this morning and this opportunity of another day to use for Your glory, to be fruitful in that You might be praised. We thank You for those who have come this morning, anticipating further exposure to truth, a further understanding of the basics of the Christian experience and we pray, Father, that You'l ...read
|Sermon||Spiritual Sight or Spiritual Blindness|
This morning as we examine the Word of God we come to the concluding verses of the ninth chapter of John which deal with the final conversation between Jesus and the man born blind whom Jesus has just healed. For you who are visiting with us, we at Grace Church believe in studying the Word of God, not in studying man's opinion, but in studying vers ...read
|Sermon Series||Tests of Assurance from 1 John - Part 1|
We're going to be looking at this matter of assurance...the assurance of salvation. We are sort of launching our study from 2 Peter, you might want to turn to 2 Peter chapter 1, and we're going to have just a little Bible study tonight together, really not in 2 Peter but we'll use that as a starting point anyway. In 2 Peter chapter 1 verses 10 and ...read
|Tests of Assurance from 1 John - Part 2|
As you know, we are in a study of 2 Peter and I want to invite you to open your Bible, if you will, to 2 Peter chapter 1. And as we are going through this first chapter, we are studying under the general topic "Our Precious Faith...Our Precious Faith." We have come to the section from verse 5 to 11, 2 Peter 1:5 through 11. This section deals with t ...read
|Tests of Assurance from 1 John - Part 3|
Now tonight we're going on in our study of this matter of assurance of salvation. We have approached the text of 2 Peter chapter 1 with an almost marathon style. We have been running for a long time and haven't yet landed at verse 5. But we are trying to introduce the theme of 2 Peter 1:5 through 11. The theme here is the matter of the certainty of ...read
|Sermon||The Amazing Child of Christmas|
This morning as we consider together the wonderful reality of the Christmas story I want us to look at a text of Scripture found in the first couple of chapters of the gospel of Luke and I would invite you, if you will, to open your Bible to Luke. We're going to look at chapter 1, a portion of it, and chapter 2, a portion of that as well.
I'm su ...read
|Sermon Series||The Announcement of Jesus' Birth: Sermon 1|
Let's open our Bibles to the second chapter of Luke's gospel. It's Christmas in July here. We're in the gospel of Luke and we're studying the Christmas story. And it is...it's a real treat, I think, to study the Christmas story without the normal clutter of Christmas season, really refreshing to just be able to take the story itself and sort of dea ...read
|The Announcement of Jesus' Birth: Sermon 2|
This morning as we prepare for the Lord's table and as we consider the Word of God, we don't have to go anywhere, we can stay right in Luke chapter 2. So open your Bible there, if you will, as we think about the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, the One who died for us on the cross which, of course, is our focus when we come to the communion service ...read