6.27.10 sermons

June 27, 2010

Are You Dead to Sin? (Rm 6:1-2)

Paul is now transitioning from the doctrine of justification to a salvation-by-faith oriented understanding of the doctrine of sanctification. He begins by posing a question which exemplifies a misunderstanding (deliberate or by ignorance) of the doctine of justification: should we sin that grace might abound?

The Christian in the World (2)

Having defined the terms ‘godliness’, ‘worldly’, and ‘worldliness’, we now go on a survey that looks at what the Bible says about the Christian’s relationship to the world.

A Bishop’s Household (1 Tim 3:4-5)

We focus on just one qualification for a bishop in this message, the qualification that his household must be in order. The Bible ties the pastor’s management of the church with his management of his household. As such, God puts the children of the pastor in the "fishbowl" and makes their response to their father’s leadership a test of his church management ability.

6.20.10 sermons

June 27, 2010

Grace Abounding (Rm 5:20-21)

The Law not only magnifies the effect of sin, it brings about a magnification of the immense treasure of grace that is available to sinners in and through Jesus Christ.

The Christian in the World (1)

Having defined the terms ‘godliness’, ‘worldly’, and ‘worldliness’, we now go on a survey that looks at what the Bible says about the Christian’s relationship to the world.

A Bishop Then Must Be … (2) (1 Tim 3:2-7)

We continue looking at the qualifications for a bishop or pastor. He must be hospitable, apt to teach, not a fighter, gentle and not a lover of money.

6.13.10 sermons

June 13, 2010

Wednesday message:

The God of the Second Chance

Rob Perry

Using notes from a message by J. Vernon McGee, one of our deacons highlights God’s working with men, giving opportunities through a lifetime to make spiritual choices in service of the Great God of heaven.

Sunday Messages:

The Purpose and Place of the Law (Rm 5:20)

For the first time in Romans, Paul introduces the Law in a positive way, showing us one of the major purposes for the Law as an intermediary step between Adam and Christ. The Law comes in alongside sin in order to intensify the impact of ‘the transgression’ on everyone. In so doing, it also magnifies our understanding of the abundance of grace available through faith in Jesus Christ.

Distinguishing Worldly Passions (Tt 2:12, 1 Jn 2:15-17, Gal 5:19-21)

In this lesson we distinguish between things that a Christian might do (‘works of the flesh’) that are ungodly and Scripturally prohibited and the worldly desires a Christian might have (‘lusts of the flesh’) that hinder our relationship with Christ. In making this distinction we arrive at a definition of worldliness.

The Bishop Then Must Be… (1 Tim 3:2-7)

In this message we begin to look at the qualities required of a bishop or pastor. We note that these are primarily spiritual qualities, but also note that they are almost all qualities required of every Christian in other passages of Scripture. We conclude that the pastor is not a ‘super-Christian’ but a comprehensively consistent and mature Christian who exhibits these qualities in his life

6.6.10 sermons

June 6, 2010

From our Wednesday look at the psalms…

O give thanks to the Lord (Ps 106:1-48)

Our Psalm this week, like Ps 105, surveys the history of Israel, but in this psalm the perspective is not God’s great intervention on Israel’s behalf, but man’s consistent failure in spite of God’s great faithfulness. Yet the great assurance of the psalm is that the covenant keeping God will answer the pleas of his people. That’s grace!

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One Act Plays (Rm 5:18-19)

We now get to the heart of Paul’s proof that Christ is able to transfer the many benefits of salvation to his many followers by the power of his one act of obedience. Christ’s ability to do this very great thing is shown by mere Adam’s power to transfer his sentence and his state to his many descendents as a result of his one act of sin. Christ’s one act of submission is profound in its power and overwhelming in its ability to transfer many blessings to many people, as many as will receive him.

A few thoughts concerning Baptism (Mt 28:18-20, Rm 6:3-5)

A brief message reviewing the essentials of the meaning and place of baptism, preached prior to a baptismal service.

And Last, on Vows (Lev 27:1-34)

Our last look at Leviticus covers a chapter that seems oddly out of place in the context of the book. The subject, however, is one which God takes seriously, the uttering of vows. Vows are costly and breaking them are costlier. We then look at a vow God took and how certain the performance of that vow makes us of our ultimate salvation in God’s firstborn, the One he dedicated to the ban, his firstfruits of a mighty inheritance.

5.30.10 sermons

June 6, 2010

Addressing Apparent Universalism (Rm 5:18)

Rm 5.18 can be construed as support for the idea of universalism. In fact, unbelieving ‘scholars’ have used it as such. In this message, we show how such a view contradicts the message of the Bible and the message of Paul in Romans, as seen in the immediate context. A universalistic world would be a world that knows no bounds or restraints, not even the disapproval of men. And we address a problem of ‘practical universalism’, where professing Christians attempt to maintain their Christian assurance but live lives as if God is unconcerned about restraining their lifestyle in any way.

Defining Worldly Passions (Titus 2:12, 1 Jn 2:15-17)

In this lesson we come to some conclusions about the worldly lusts mentioned in Titus 2.12, and turn to 1 Jn 2.15-17 for a further definition and understanding of the term. These desires are the underlying motives of ungodliness and are opposed to a life lived soberly, righteously, and godly which grace instructs us to live.

A Good Desire for a Good Work (1 Tim 3:1)

In this message we look at the desire for the office of ‘bishop’ or ‘overseer’ in a local church. The apostle commends the work as good and speaks of that desire that moves a man to stretch himself out to grasp the office as a worthy desire in the assembly.

5.28.10 – Scott Dean missionary presentation

June 6, 2010

Mission to Mongolia – 2010 Report

Missionary Scott Dean updates us on his mission to Mongolia. He is labouring to build the church in Mongolia by building men in Christ. His presentation is a blessing to us as always.