Contributed on Jan 28, 2019
Does it matter what a church teaches or are all doctrines about God, the church and the Christian life equally true? If all doctrines are equally true, then why did the Apostle Paul write to churches and individuals warning them to beware of false teachers and false teaching?
Today’s sermon begins a series of lessons that I plan to deliver in the first part of 2019. 1. I’ve titled the series “Blueprint: God’s Plan for the Church.” 2. As I mentioned two weeks ago, there is always a need to return to the basics and strengthen the foundation, and that is something we will ...read more
Contributed on Feb 4, 2019
The goal to be simple, New Testament Christians and to strive to be like the New Testament church is something that will lead to Christian unity and pleases God.
Introduction: A. I like the story told of the man who was shipwrecked on a beautiful, deserted South Pacific island. 1. Five years later, he was discovered by a passing naval ship. 2. Upon their arrival at the shore the rescue party was met by the shipwreck survivor. 3. He said, “I'm so glad ...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
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 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 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 Jul 8, 2019
God has created males and females with equal value but different roles. This sermon includes a biblical overview of the roles of men and women, and then explores two important New Testament passages.
Introduction: A. Last week, I shared a special sermon on the need for empathy in our lives. 1. It is really a timely subject and I appreciate the positive feedback I received. I hope we will put it into practice. 2. Today we will continue to take a break from our series on Romans and go back and ...read more
Contributed on Jul 15, 2019
God has created men and women with equal status and value, but with different roles. God has given the primary role of spiritual leadership in the church and in the home to men. God has very high expectations for the kind of leadership men employ in the home and in the church.
Introduction: A. The story is told of two police officers who responded to a call from the dispatcher concerning a bad traffic accident. 1. When they arrived on the scene, they found a father, mother and two children who were all unconscious inside the wrecked car. 2. After the ambulances arrived ...read more
Contributed on Aug 5, 2019
Many churches and denominations today are observing the Lord's Supper less and less, but this is not God's plan for the church. It appears that the first Christians observed the Lord's Supper weekly on the Lord's Day.
Introduction: A. Today’s sermon continues our series called “Blueprint: God’s Plan for the Church.” B. I heard about a church that recently began offering “gluten-free” bread for the Lord’s Supper. 1. It has been very well received, but its initial introduction didn’t go so well. 2. The first ...read more