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  • The Common Grace Of God

    Contributed by Jerry Bridges on Apr 23, 2014
    based on 1 rating

    God’s common grace is an expression of His constant care for all His creation—His temporal blessings given to all humanity, saved and unsaved alike.

    An instance of uncommon grace: In Exodus 16 we encounter the people of Israel in an attitude with which we are all too familiar. They were grumbling. Because they were hungry. How did God respond? With grace. He sent them quail for protein and manna for carbs. And the manna never ceased, day after more

  • Common Grace: God's Favor On All People Series

    Contributed by David Scudder on Apr 1, 2012
    based on 4 ratings

    Today we are going to look at a different aspect of God's grace. God has a grace that saves us, but He also has a grace that He shows to everyone--whether they will go to heaven or not. It is called common grace.

    Purpose: To explain how God's demonstrates His grace to all. Aim: I want the listener to marvel at God's goodness and never take it for granted. INTRODUCTION: When we think about God's grace our minds usually go to John Newton's words: "Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch more

  • The Problem Of Good

    Contributed by D Marion Clark on Aug 21, 2012

    Presents the doctrine of common grace and how it answers the question of how there can be good in a fallen world.

    Introduction I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions more

  • God's Saving Grace

    Contributed by Segun Adeyeye Nuga on Aug 22, 2011

    In theological terms there are two types of grace: common grace and saving grace. Common grace is the favor that God gives to all people. Generally, it is manifested in the way God takes care of all people by providing for them sunshine, rain, shelter, fo

    The Results of Saving Grace Titus 2:11-14 "For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our more

  • By Grace Alone Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Oct 2, 2017

    Grace refers to God lavishing us with free gifts, His undeserved and unearned favor. His gifts include salvation, forgiveness of sins, endurance, strengthening and encouragement, the virtues he develops in us, and a host of other gracious gifts.

    By Grace Alone (Romans 11:6, 4:16, Ephesians 2:8-9) 1. There is a joke on the net that makes a good point about salvation by grace. A man dies and goes to heaven. The admittance angel meets him at the pearly gates. The angel says, "Here's how it works. You need 100 points to make it into more

  • Don't You Want To Be Like Him?

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on Feb 4, 2010
    based on 4 ratings

    This little story is full of the tender, merciful heart of God as expressed through the actions of Jesus.

    Passage: Matthew 8:14-17 Intro: When I saw this little passage coming, I wondered if I should just skip it. 1. not much going on, minor healings without any dialogue. 2. but what a mistake that would have been, because this passage reveals some really beautiful things about Jesus. 3. and more

  • The Road We Can Take

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on Dec 7, 2006
    based on 6 ratings

    Thanksgiving is the holiday where everyone gets on the road of thanks, but then too often don’t remain on it to go deeper into the grace of God. But we can get on the road and stay on it.

    Passages: Psalm 104, Romans 5:3-5, Ephesians 2:4-10 Intro: read Robert Frost: “The Road Not Taken” 1. as I advance in years, I understand this more. 2. and as I advance in years and find deepening satisfaction with the road God has called me to, I find myself wanting it not only for myself, more

  • Not Without Three Witnesses Series

    Contributed by Jason Jones on May 28, 2008

    Exposition of Acts 14:8-20 about the three witnesses left by God in Lystra as Paul ministered there

    Text: Acts 14:8-20, Title: Not Without Three Witnesses, Date/Place: NRBC, 5/25/08, AM A. Opening illustration: talk about 1 John 5:7 B. Background to passage: The story is getting a little repetitious. Paul comes to a city, preaches Christ in that city’s synagogue, the Jews get angry, the more

  • The Supreme Excellence Of Jesus Series

    Contributed by Ron Tuit on Dec 28, 2014

    The Supreme Excellence of Jesus is found in his Preeminence.

    The Supreme Excellence of Jesus John 1:15-17 For many people today, Christmas is past history. But for those who believe in the wonderful person of Jesus Christ, the Name means Peace, Hope Everlasting, Infinite Grace and Love. For many December 25th IS finished, but for many, Christmas means more

  • Family Versus Ministry?

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on Jul 27, 2010
    based on 4 ratings

    We struggle with this sometimes; what should the priority be when we have both family and ministry obligations. Here is one solution.

    Passage: Matthew 12:46-50 Intro: We have all heard the stories. 1. a missionary who devotes his life to evangelism, but his own kids are lost. 2. the devoted pastor whose kids end up on drugs. Il) I had a professor at Seminary who, as a pastor, had never seen his high school more

  • What's That Smell?"

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on Mar 1, 2008
    based on 2 ratings

    We live in a rotting world, and yet our response should not be to run and hide. We have the gospel cure that the world needs.

    Passage: 2 Timothy 3:1-9 Intro: tracking dogs (article in Il) humans have 5 million sensory cells in our nose. Dogs have between 125-220 million 1. dogs smell this, faintly at first, and then zero in on location as scent intensifies! 2. because the more

  • A Divinely Organized Parade

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on Apr 26, 2011

    When God puts on a parade, we need to pay attention.

    Passage: Matthew 21:1-11 Intro: So it’s Thanksgiving week, so what are we doing with the Triumphal Entry? 1. well, what was revealed in that unusual parade is the basis for true thanksgiving. 2. want to be really thankful this season? 3. then let’s stand alongside this more

  • "Finding Answers” Series

    Contributed by Keith Foskey on Apr 25, 2005
    based on 5 ratings

    “Questions Inspire Deeper Study”

    Sermon Series: “Questioning the Faith” Sermon #2 “Finding Answers” Text: 1 Peter 3:15 OPENING JOKE: “Sack in the Basement” I heard about a rich man who was determined to take his wealth with him. He told his wife to get all his money together, put it in a sack, and then hang the sack from the more

  • Good News For The New Year

    Contributed by Chris Gowen on Jan 11, 2010
    based on 1 rating

    There's bad news to face the coming year, but there is good news.

    Good News for the New Year Genesis 6:5-8 5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7 And more

  • Follow Series

    Contributed by Russ Barksdale on Jul 23, 2015

    The essence of the Christian life is following Jesus and results in a kingdom focus

    August 18 Follow Acts 1:6-8 Fan: enthusiastic admirer Luke 9:57-62 A fan will follow when it’s comfortable A fan will follow when it’s convenient A fan will follow if it doesn’t cost much A true follower: 1. Is empowered by the Spirit. Acts 1:8a more