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  • Mature Faith

    Contributed by Russell Brownworth on Jul 11, 2006
    based on 4 ratings
     | 1,061 views

    Study with me the five purposes of the church – five experiences that can make us strong disciples, able to serve our Master.

    My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4 (NRSVA) ...read more

  • Seeds In The Good Soil Series

    Contributed by Eric Lenhart on Aug 13, 2010
    based on 9 ratings
     | 8,473 views

    Growing a mature faith in Christ.

    Seeds in the Good Soil (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23) 4th in a Series on: Parable of the Soils Introduction: “Four-year-old Jason was visiting his grandparents. Grandpa was in his study intently reading. Jason walked in carrying a peach, said something Grandpa didn’t catch, and ...read more

  • Call To Completion

    Contributed by Ed Mcneely on Aug 13, 2002
    based on 54 ratings
     | 3,158 views

    Salvation is only the beginning. Seven features of a mature faith.

    Call to Completion: After salvation what’s next? 8-11-02 2 Timothy 2:1-26 Once we have accepted Jesus as our Christ, what then? Now that we are in Christ… What do we do next? Turn we me to II Timothy, Chapter 2. In these verses, we get a succinct picture of what we should be ...read more

  • Blind Faith - Seeing Faith Series

    Contributed by W Pittendreigh on Jul 16, 2004
    based on 21 ratings
     | 2,431 views

    Faith that is passionate may still be blind and arrogant. Paul discovered this on the Road to Damascus and learned how to have a true and mature faith

    INTRODUCTION A Jewish father was concerned about his son who was about a year away from his Bar Mitzvah, but was sorely lacking in his knowledge of the Jewish faith. To remedy this, he sent his son to Israel to experience his heritage. A year later the young man returned home. "Father, thank ...read more

  • Got Faith! Series

    Contributed by Michael Karpf on Nov 14, 2008
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,866 views

    Faith without works is dead faith, while faith seen by it’s works is a growing, mature faith.

    GOT FAITH? James 2:14-26 Several years ago in my country there was an advertising campaign to get people to drink milk. It was simply entitled “Got Milk?” There would be a picture of a well known person holding a glass of milk and he or she had a moustache made of milk. All fine and dandy but ...read more

  • Donut Theology / Be Teleios

    Contributed by J Jeffrey Smead on Feb 18, 2011
    based on 175 ratings
     | 72,461 views

    In Greek, the word translated "perfect" in Matthew is "teleios". " If something accomplishes what it is designed to do, it is said to be perfect that is "teleios" So "telios" is often translated as "mature". "Teleios" has the idea of "being complete."

    Jesus proclaims In the Gospel Lesson today: "Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect." Be Perfect! Let us consider two other passages that speak to this calling, a calling to be perfect: From Genesis Gen. 6:9 "Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah ...read more

  • The Levels Of Faith

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Aug 19, 2001
    based on 31 ratings
     | 3,843 views

    The Levels of Faith - Rom. 4:20,21 - How to grow in the faith using four essential steps!

    The Levels of Faith Illustration:Abraham staggered not at the promises of God but grew strong in faith being fully persuaded that what God had promised He had the power to perform it. (Romans 4:20,21) Let us grow up in all aspects into Christ who is the head. (Eph. 4:15) But we all with ...read more

  • Biblical Christianity: Growing Up Series

    Contributed by Dan Cale on Aug 22, 2005
    based on 7 ratings
     | 1,178 views

    This is the third of a 4 part series comparing the early church of Acts 1-5 to today. This message looks at the idea of growing up to spiritual maturity in Christ.

    Biblical Christianity Pt 3 ¡V Growing Up! Hebrews 5:11-14; Ephesians 4:1-16 Over the last two weeks we have been taking a look at characteristics of the early church in Acts chapters 2-5. Here are just a few of the things that were happening in this early church as described in Acts. ƒß ...read more

  • Introduction To James Series

    Contributed by Dennis Clark on Feb 26, 2001
    based on 78 ratings
     | 1,492 views

    These sermons rely heavily(I mean HEAVILY) upon John McCarther’s New Testament Commentaries. Only the errors are mine

    James I. Introduction A. James begins with common ground 1. Slave to God the Father 2. Slave to God the Son 3. To the Twelve Tribes scattered abroad. (in totality) 4. Not written to Jewish Christians, but Christian Jews B. Joy 1. Christian joy is not a case of giggles during a period of ...read more

  • Cosmetic Christianity

    Contributed by Mark Roper on Nov 28, 2007
    based on 4 ratings
     | 1,926 views

    We look good on the outside, but are we pure on the inside?

    Cosmetic Christianity Hab 2:4 KJV We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power. We have a great deal of activity but we accomplish little; many services but few conversions; much machinery but few results. - R. A. Torrey These are these symptoms of a Cosmetic Christianity, ...read more

  • On His Holy Hill The Lord Will Provide

    Contributed by Keith Wessel on Apr 5, 2001
    based on 89 ratings
     | 1,923 views

    Abraham’s test of faith teaches us that God provides faith and something to put our faith in -- his sinless Substitute

    Genesis 22:1-14 Lent 5 (Historic) April 1, 2001 On His Holy Mountain, the LORD Provides What is it with mountains anyway? Last week when our guest Pastor Schmugge was here, he went to see Stone Mt. on Saturday, and then Kennesaw Mt. on Sunday. He had asked me what he should see as a ...read more

  • I Lay Me Down To Sleep

    Contributed by Jimmy Chapman on Jul 3, 2008
    based on 11 ratings
     | 3,551 views

    In Peter’s life story we have the record of three times when he was off guard, relaxed, asleep. On each occasion there was something that he did not know.

    I Lay Me Down To Sleep Acts 12:6 Sleeping at the wheel is a good way to keep from growing old. The amount of sleep required by the average person is about five minutes more. Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone. People who say they sleep like a baby usually ...read more

  • The Answer

    Contributed by David Dewitt on Dec 15, 2000
    based on 16 ratings
     | 711 views

    Jesus Christ is the answer to the greatest questions of life

    The Answer 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 November 30, 1997 Morning Worship 1. The Riddler A. Costume: Covered with question marks, hat with huge question mark, staff with question mark at the top, all of the devices that he uses have question marks on them, it’s his symbol B. He makes riddles to ...read more

  • Live The Life

    Contributed by David Dewitt on Oct 21, 2001
    based on 24 ratings
     | 898 views

    We are called to live in the life giving power of Jesus because we have been justified by faith.

    Live the Life Romans 5:1-11 June 1998 Introduction Some 70 percent of Americans believe that "most churches and synagogues today are not effective in helping people find meaning in life, "George H. Gallup Jr., America’s leading pollster and a committed Christian, reports in the recently ...read more

  • Faith Series

    Contributed by James Galbraith on Jun 19, 2001
    based on 34 ratings
     | 6,309 views

    Fifth in a series on the Seven Virtues.

    Faith Hebrews 11:1-12 By James Galbraith Bethel First Baptist Church June 17, 2001 A small congregation in the foothills of the Great Smokies built a new sanctuary on a piece of land willed to them by a church member. Ten days before the new church was to open, the local building ...read more