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Contributed on Mar 12, 2019
Along with the privileges of membership in the body of Christ are many responsibilities. In order to have a growing and strong church, we must have every member doing their part.
A. The American Express Credit Card Company had an ad campaign slogan for 10 years, from 1987 to 1996 called “Membership has its privileges.” 1. That was certainly true for American Express credit card holders. 2. What I want us to realize is that membership in the family of God, the Church, has ...read more
Contributed on Mar 6, 2019
How does a person become a Christian? When is the moment when they move from being lost to being saved? What is the Gospel? How does a person "obey the gospel"?
A. I want to start with a true story: Jorge Rodriquez was new to our country and did not speak English. 1. He had no lawyer the day he appeared in court for hitting a parked car while driving drunk. 2. He went before the judge with what he thought was his “trump card.” 3. Rodriquez approached ...read more
Contributed on Feb 25, 2019
The Bible is the amazing word of God, but it is not always easy to understand or apply the Bible. God wants us to correctly handle His word, and so we must learn how to interpret it and apply it to our lives.
Introduction: A. How many of you used to enjoy Jay Leno’s “Headlines” segment on the Tonight Show? 1. Let’s begin with some actual headlines collected from newspapers that are rather ambiguous. 2. It’s clear what the writer was trying to say, but in each case there is a humorous interpretation of ...read more
Contributed on Feb 18, 2019
In this sermon, we explore questions like: how and when was the canon of the Bible put together, what is biblical authority, and how do we know that the Bible is the Word of God?
Introduction: A. The story is told of a collector of rare books who encountered a man and began to talk about books. 1. The man told the collector that he had just thrown away an old Bible that he found in a dusty, old box and he mentioned that “Guten-somebody-or-other” had printed the ...read more
Contributed on Feb 12, 2019
Just as it is important to restore the forms of NT Christianity, it is also important to restore the heart of NT Christianity. And at the heart of NT Christianity is discipleship.
Introduction: A. I like the story told of the preacher and song leader who didn’t like each other very much and refused to cooperate with each other. 1. One week the preacher preached on commitment, and how they should get moving forward. a. Following the sermon, the song leader led the song, “I ...read more
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Contributed on Jul 18, 2011
HEED THE COMMANDS In July of 1976, Israeli commandos made a daring raid at an airport in Uganda, in which 103 Jewish hostages were freed. In less than 15 minutes, the soldiers had killed all 7 of the kidnappers and set the captives free. As successful as the rescue was, however, three of the ...read more
Contributed on Mar 14, 2011
ENGAGING GOD'S POWER Spiritual growth and success is a partnership with God. Paul captured this idea in Philippians 2:12-13, where he wrote: "continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose." We ...read more
Contributed on Jun 23, 2010
Do you remember Jesus’ radical prescription for avoiding temptation? In Matthew 5:27-30, He suggested that we should cut out or cut off whatever it is that leads us into sin. In the news this week was the story of Hartford, CT resident Jonathan Metz, a single man, who lived alone, who while ...read more
Contributed on May 17, 2010
The story is told of a 10-year-old boy who decided to study Judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident. 1. The boy began lessons with an old Japanese Judo master. 2. The boy was doing well, but he couldn't understand why, after three months of training the ...read more
Contributed on Oct 19, 2009
RAWLINS KEPT U.S. GRANT ON HIS HORSE Ulysses S. Grant was a 4 star general of the union forces during the Civil War and became the 18th President of the United States. John A. Rawlins was Grant’s friend and fellow general, who became Grant’s chief of staff. During the Civil War, no one was ...read more