Sermon Archive
Direct download: 141130AM.mp3
Category:Special -- posted at: 7:30am PST

It is easy to shake our heads in disgust when we see some of the atrocities happening in the Middle East at the hands of many of the Muslim faith. However, we cannot expect people that no know little else, especially little about the hope of Jesus Christ, to change. It has been said, "The only thing it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing." My prayer is that as a result of this series we are not okay with doing nothing. That we will have a deeper love for the lost and stronger confidence in reaching them.

Today we will simply compare the two most important aspects of Islam and Christianity: (1) Their holy books and (2) their founders. This means we will be comparing the Koran with the Bible and Mohammed with Jesus!

Direct download: 141123PM.mp3
Category:Faithology -- posted at: 3:00pm PST

This morning, it is our joy to commission two of our brothers to the office of Deacon. In preparation we will study the origin of and the qualifications for the office of Deacon. Please turn in your Bibles to Acts 6:1-6 where is recorded the beginning of the office of deacon.

THE NEED FOR DEACONS (ACTS 6:1-6)

The church in Jerusalem had grown considerably since the Feast of Pentecost 33A.D. at which time 3000 Jews came to faith in Jesus and were baptized (Acts 2:40-41). Apparently, many who had visited Jerusalem for the Feast of Pentecost and were converted settled in Jerusalem to grow in their new-found faith in Christ.  This influx of Greek-speaking Jews (Hellenists) required the native Hebrew-speaking Jews to temporarily pool their resources to meet their brethren's needs (Acts 4:32). Among those dependent upon the charitable giving of the church were widows who were served food on a daily basis. A problem arose when the Greek-speaking Jews (Hellenists) felt their widows were being neglected in favor of the native Jews.

Direct download: 141123AM.mp3
Category:Special -- posted at: 7:30am PST

The sermon preached by the apostle Peter in Acts 4:5-12 while speaking to the rulers and the people and elders of Israel is a far cry from what the Muslim faith teaches. In fact part of its creed is that there is one God, Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet. The Bible and the Muslim faith cannot both be true since they are completely contradictory in who and what one must believe in in order to enter into heaven.

Direct download: 141116PM.mp3
Category:Faithology -- posted at: 3:00pm PST

We are called to love; the first and second commands teach us to love God and others. Can anyone disagree that these should be the two greatest commands? It's the doing that's tough; particularly loving others. Even for those who have made progress dying to self and living to Christ, loving others is challenging; it's not always clear how to love certain people in certain situations. We find ourselves asking, "What does love look like in this situation?" It's the right question and needs to be asked far more often than it is. We're really asking for discernment. This is exactly what God wants us to ask and what the Apostle Paul prayed for on behalf of the church at Philippi. God wants to make us better lovers.

Direct download: 141116AM.mp3
Category:Special -- posted at: 7:30am PST

Today we will close another chapter in our Faithology series as we wrap up the teachings of the Jehovah's Witnesses and continue to explore how to share the truth of the Gospel with them. Today's journey takes us into the exploration of salvation as taught by the Jehovah’s Witnesses, what they teach regarding the soul at the moment of death, and an examination of their prophecies that have been made over the years. Let's start with the crucial topic of salvation according to the JW’s and compare that to what the Bible actually teaches. This particular topic is of utmost importance as it either affirms Christ’s sacrificial work on the cross or it greatly diminishes it!

Direct download: 141102PM.mp3
Category:Faithology -- posted at: 3:00pm PST

The words of Revelation 22:6-21 are the last words of the book of Revelation; what is called an epilogue. In these final verses we're given the bottom line of the book: trust the book, expect Christ’s return. As we read this passage pay special attention to things repeated; they guide us in understanding the emphases of these final words.

Direct download: 141102AM.mp3
Category:Revelation -- posted at: 7:30am PST

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