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An Evangelistic Church

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Dec 16 2017

Evangelistic Church

In 1Thessalonians Chapter 1, Paul recalls this church’s work of faith, their labor of love, and their patience of hope in the Lord Jesus Christ. He then identifies these brothers and sisters as being among the elect of God, that great multitude of people that no man can number who will be gathered together around the throne of God one day. Paul could make this observation because of their faith, love, and hope. But Paul also identified this church as being evangelistic; even to the point that they were seen as examples to other believers in faraway places. Paul made this observation based on their work, their labor, and their patience. Is our commitment to Christ demonstrated both in our manner of life, as well as in our efforts to share God’s word with others?

Go Ye Therefore

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Nov 11 2017

Evangelism, Go Teach

Why evangelism? What does it mean? What is the purpose? Jesus told the disciples, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations…” Knowing how much the gospel means to us, are we interested in sharing it with others?

The Last Supper, Images of Christ

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Apr 23 2017

Last Supper, Images of Christ

Communion and Baptism, the two ordinances of the church, provide us beautiful images of Christ. Through the gospel message, and these two ordinances, God has given us the pictures of Christ upon which to meditate. He would have us to remember Jesus by what he did – his love, his sacrifice, his compassion – not what he looked like.

Exceptions to the Rule

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Apr 10 2017

Exceptions to the Rule

There are rules, or declarations, and then there are exceptions to the rule. The one who has the authority to make the rule or declaration is the only one with the authority to make the exception; except for, of course, someone with greater authority or power. For example, in John 6:44, Jesus declares the rule, “No man can come to me…”, and then makes the only exception to the rule, “except the Father which hath sent me draw him…”

Buy the Truth and Sell it Not (2)

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Feb 25 2017

Buy Truth, Sell Not (2)

Truth is not always popular, especially when the truth hurts or when it runs contrary to ever-changing cultural ideas. Many people reject the idea of absolute truth, but a principle that changes and is subject to the interpretation of man could never have been truth to begin with. Truth is constant. Truth has value. Let’s explore the application of Proverbs 23:23 together.

 

Buy the Truth and Sell it Not (1)

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Dec 03 2016

Buy Truth, Sell Not (1)

Truth is not always popular, especially when the truth hurts or when it runs contrary to ever-changing cultural ideas. Many people reject the idea of absolute truth, but a principle that changes and is subject to the interpretation of man could never have been truth to begin with. Truth is constant. Truth has value. Let’s explore the application of Proverbs 23:23 together.

The Generation Gap, Tattoos, and Such

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Aug 21 2016

The Generation Gap

Differences in understanding and points of view between generations are natural, but can be very detrimental. Within the Biblical pattern of a family-integrated congregation, the church comes face to face with this generation gap every time they assemble. How do we address these differences, or distinguish between scriptural principles and cultural issues? All the more critical is the need to nourish and strengthen our relationships across the generations, so that peace, love, fellowship, and understanding can all abound to their fullest.

Where There is No Vision, part 3

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Dec 03 2015

Where There is No Vision, part 3

The wise man Solomon wrote, “where there is no vision, the people perish…” We ought to be very interested in knowing what the vision is for the church. Without such understanding, we increase the likelihood that we will perish! Listen as Brother Matt concludes this series of messages.

Where There is No Vision, part 2

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Nov 14 2015

Where there is no Vision, part 2

The wise man wrote, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” The church of the Lord Jesus Christ is made up of people who are united in a specific cause. Her vision is an understanding of her purpose as revealed in God’s word. In the second message of this series, Brother Matt helps us to more fully understand the various aspects of the vision the church ought to have. May God help us to embrace that vision so that we might avoid the dire consequence of perishing.

Where There is No Vision, part 1

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Nov 07 2015

Where There is No Vision (1)

The wise man wrote, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” The church of the Lord Jesus Christ is made up of people who are united in a specific cause. Her vision is an understanding of her purpose as revealed in God’s word. In this first message of a series, Brother Matt begins to explore the many aspects of the vision the church ought to have. May God help us to embrace that vision, to help us better understand how to avoid the dire consequence of perishing.