Current Sermon Series: The Sermon on the Mount

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January 26, 2014:"The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached!" The first sermon we have by Jesus is universally acknowledged as the greatest ethical and moral message ever recorded. It is delivered in the early days of his ministry, and was designed to instruct his new disciples in exactly what the "Kingdom of Heaven" was to be like. Today we take note of the events surrounding his delivery of the sermon, and the three natural parts into which the message can be divided.

February 2, 2014: "Think Different!" Four major groups fought and struggled to shape the Jewish people’s view of the prophesied "Kingdom of Heaven." By means of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus sounded forth a message that was in clear contrast to all four groups: the Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, and Zealots. The Kingdom of Heaven was a matter of God’s rule in each human heart, and through that reign the world would be changed.

February 9, 2014: "Blessed Are the Poor" In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus will present the essential character and heart of each one who is going to be part of God’s reign on earth.  In this teaching, Jesus spoke as one in authority, different than the scribes, teachers of the law and rabbis who often quoted others and relied on Jewish scholars and traditions for their teaching. He begins by answering an unspoken question: "Who will be blessed (honored, praised and rewarded) by God in His coming kingdom?" Continue reading

The Very Words of God





November 10, 2013: "Inspired of God: Looking at the Real Author of the Bible"
Is it "The most amazing, unique book in the world?" or "An old book full of myths and legends?" Today we begin a study of the inspiration of the Bible. If the Bible is not uniquely a revelation from God, then it is a hoax and full of false claims and lies and none of us should attempt to base our lives on its teachings. If it is truly "from God," then we and world ignore it to our great peril. But what does the Bible mean by inspiration, and how does it describe the process that took place to bring God’s Words into human language?

November 17, 2013: "The Person of the Holy Spirit"
Paul says in II Timothy 3:16 that, "All Scripture is inspired of God." The Greek word here for inspired is theopneustos, which literally means "God breathed" or "God spirited." And the claim in the Bible is that God’s Spirit caused and the writing of the 66 documents that make up the Bible. But what or who is the Spirit of God? 

December 1, 2013: "The Spirit Filled Bible"
As we begin to examine how the Holy Spirit inspired the Bible, we look today at three aspects of this "Spirit filled Bible." First, the Holy Spirit is consistently identified as the true author of the books of the Bible. Second, the Bible is the story of the Holy Spirit’s work – from Genesis to Revelation. And third, since the return of Jesus to the right hand of God in heaven to reign, we are living in the age of the Holy Spirit. Continue reading

Slaves of Christ

 Slaves of Christ


September 15, 2013: "Slaves of Christ"

September 22, 2013: "Slavery: The Biblical Background"

September 29, 2013: "Slaves… of Sin"

October 6, 2013: "Jesus Speaks About Slaves"

October 13, 2013: "The Master: Jesus Christ"

October 20, 2013: "Redemption: Purchasing a Slave"

October 27, 2013: "From Slaves to Sons, Part I"

November 3, 2013: "From Slaves to Sons, Part II"

Why I Go to Church

Attendance at churches in America is in a downward spiral. Religious critics increasingly malign and belittle people of faith in Christ who do attend. More and more professed Christians have essentially joined them by abandoning their participation in "church."  Why? Did God make a mistake in creating the church? Has the gathering together of believers become optional as public attendance seems to indicate? While I may not be able to answer these and other questions to everyone’s satisfaction, I would like to share with you today why I have neither abandoned nor given up on the church. Here is why I go to church

Riches Beyond Measure


March 10, 2013: "Introduction to the Epistle to the Ephesians"
Of Paul’s 13 Epistles in the New Testament, two are commonly called "masterpieces" by biblical scholars. All recognize Romans as a masterful presentation of salvation by faith. In Ephesians by contrast, the Apostle provides a magnificent description of the riches God has provided for His people of faith by His mighty power, and to His own glory and honor. The Christians in Ephesus lived in a city built around the supposed power and to the glory of the goddess Artemis. It was an extremely wealthy city because of revenue generated by her temple. Believers in the Lord Jesus needed to understand that they had received far greater riches in Christ than they could ever have in the worship of Artemis. In today’s message, learn more about the great themes found in this small epistle.

March 17, 2013: "Ephesus – The Great City!"
In the first century, Ephesus was the second largest city in the Roman Empire, and by many estimations, the second most important and influential. In addition to being the world center for the worship of Artemis, it was also a great commercial and governmental center, a great educational center, and a melting pot of many cultures, languages, races, religions and philosophies. If the Gospel of Christ was going to truly reach the world, it had to be effective in large cities like Ephesus! Today’s lesson introduces us to a city not very different than many great cities in our world today.

March 24, 2013: "Paul’s Mission: To Preach to the Gentiles"
The Apostle Paul’s work in Ephesus was the last work of his we have recorded. It consumed most of what we call his Third Missionary Journey, and covered some three years – the longest period he spent working in any city during his journeys. It seems as if all he did before was in preparation for this time. And what a time it was! These three years were marked by large numbers of conversions, numerous miracles, and riots. Join us today as we review the work of Paul in Ephesus. Continue reading

The ‟Jesus Documents”

January 6, 2013: The ‟Jesus Documents”: An Introduction — Today we begin a study of the documents we call the New Testament, but which are, in fact, the "Jesus Documents." These are the source of our information and knowledge concerning Jesus. In this series, we want to look both at the criticism and challenges to these documents, and the reasons we can believe in their reliability. We start with the continuous attacks on these writings and consider why these assaults are ongoing.

January 13, 2013: The ‟Jesus Documents”: Are They Reliable? — Perhaps the most common charge against the Jesus Documents is that they must not be dependable records because they are so old and we do not have the originals, only copies. But is this the test historians use for weighing the reliability of other ancient documents? Let us see how these documents compare to other widely accepted ancient writings.

January 27, 2013: The ‟Jesus Documents”: Does History Support Them? — Whenever we read the New Testament documents, we hear of emperors, kings, and countries. These are easily confirmed from other historical sources of that time. But what about lesser historical figures and events, like Pontius Pilate, Jesus himself, the apostles, the first century church, and belief by early Christians in the resurrection of Jesus. In this lesson we look at some of the documentary, archeological and other evidence of that period which confirm the accuracy of the Jesus Documents. This is exactly what we would expect if these documents are historical in nature, but opposite of what would be likely if they are fictional in whole or part.
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On Jordan’s Stormy Banks

December 30, 2012: An enduring image in Christian music and writing for several hundred years is the Jordan River. The Jordan River stood between the Israelites under Joshua and the promised land. We often speak of passing from this life into the presence of God as "crossing Jordan." Today we will take time to learn more about this river which was a central feature to the holy land’s geography. Let’s see what we can see "On Jordan’s Stormy Banks."

Wise Men Still Seek Him!

 December 23, 2012: As we approach the traditional time for remembering the birth of Jesus, let’s take a few minutes to consider some of the first people to recognize His majesty! We seldom hear much about either the shepherds or the Magi. Yet these two groups, lowly shepherds and highly honored wise men, sought to see and honor what God was doing in the little town of Bethlehem. Click here to listen as we talk about how "Wise Men Still Seek Him!"

Today Is the Day

December 16, 2012: A common "malady" among us all is procrastination! We put off or delay distasteful tasks and decisions. We fail to get around to little jobs that need our attention. But worst of all, we often put off until "tomorrow" (or other undefined future time) spiritual tasks – tasks like devoting more time to spiritual growth and involvement within the church. However, the word from Scripture is, "Today is the Day!"

The Dark Kingdom

The Prince of Darkness & His Domain

September 2, 2012: The Dark Kingdom – A 2009 survey by the Barna Research Group revealed that only 35% of professed Christians in America believe that Satan is real! It is hard to fear, respect or fight against that which you do not believe in! We are not of that number. Today we begin a study of what the Bible reveals about the "Prince of Darkness" and his reign in this present order. This will not be study of the sensational, fictional, imaginary ideas and concepts of Hollywood and superstition. We want to know the truth about our enemy, his schemes, purposes and power, for we are engaged in a war with consequences far greater than control of land or resources. This is about the Battle of the Ages!

September 9, 2012: Our Enemy, the Devil – When a nation is on a "war footing," everything is different than in peace time. Clearly, most people are living as if we are at peace with the Dark Kingdom. Perhaps that is because most are, ignorantly, already under its power! In the service of our Lord and Commander we need "military intelligence" about this enemy with which we are battling. So we begin with who the Prince of Darkness really is. Called "Satan," his name really means accuser, opposer, slanderer, enemy. Let’s meet him first in the Old Testament.

September 16, 2012: That Ancient Serpent… the Devil ‒ Today we continue to explore what the Bible tells us about the being called Satan (hebrew for "Accuser, Opposer, Slanderer, Enemy"). We met him in the oldest book in the Bible, Job. Now we will see him again in the first book (Genesis) and one of the last books (Zechariah) of the Old Testament. Both of these events will reveal more about him, but leave us wanting to understand the bigger picture of where he came from and why God allows him to exist. Click on our lesson title to listen. Continue reading