The Word of God is Powerful

July 18, 2017

In a day when many are seeking to draw the world into the church by every method conceivable, we would do well to remember God’s chosen method: the preaching of his Word.  During the time of Spurgeon’s ministry, thousands of testimonies were recorded and the stories of these conversions all have similar threads running through them.  People being convicted under the preaching the Word, people inviting their friends to church, sharing the Word with their friends, etc.  Nothing fancy.  Just the preaching and sharing of the Word.  Listen to this excerpt of the testimony of Mary Howell, age 27: “Went…

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Jeffery Smith

The Ultimate Purpose of God’s Amazing Grace

July 8, 2017

If some wealthy stranger raised walked up to you and gave you a million dollars what would you do? Would you just stick it in your pocket and say, “Wow that was nice?” No, I think surely one of the first questions that would come to your mind is, “Why? Why did this man do this for me?” Well, in Ephesians 2:1-6, Paul has been explaining what God in His grace has done for those who are in Christ. Something much more wonderful than giving us a million dollars. He has rescued us from hell. He has raised us up…

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Another Blessing of Keeping the Fourth Commandment

July 7, 2017

In his AM sermon series, Pastor Smith has been preaching through the ten commandments, and has lately been doing an exposition of the fourth commandment.  In thinking about the blessings of the Lord’s Day, another came to my mind.  The blessing is that of our witness to the world. When we think about reaching out to our community around us, we often think of things such as inviting friends and neighbors to church, sharing our faith, handing out tracts, etc.  All of these things are essential to outreach, because if we are not sharing the gospel with people, who will?…

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What Happens When Hell is Not Preached?

December 18, 2016

When you think about Biblical teachings that are most important, which ones come to mind?  My guess is that you immediately think of doctrines such as the substitutionary atonement of Christ, the resurrection, the inerrancy of the Scriptures, and the triune nature of God.  All of these are critically important.  But what about the doctrine of hell?   Did it come to mind? There is perhaps no doctrine of Scripture more offensive to modern man than the doctrine of hell.  The belief that a person could be tormented eternally because of their position and actions is looked down upon in society…

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How to Welcome Sinners into Your Church, Part 3

October 30, 2016

by Dan Wakefield Practical Applications In the past two blog posts, we saw both the Pharisees’ and Jesus’ differing attitudes toward lost sinners.  Today, I would like us to consider some practical applications. As you read this post, I hope you can say with me that you want visitors to fill up your church building each Lord’s Day.  And I hope that you are praying that many of those visitors would be people who have never heard the gospel before.  I hope that your desire is that people from all walks of life would walk through those church doors.  But…

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How to Welcome Sinners into Your Church, Part 2

September 8, 2016

In the last post the focus was upon the Pharisees’ attitude toward lost sinners. Now let’s consider.. Jesus’ attitude toward lost sinners When we consider our Savior’s ministry to the outcast and the sinner in Israel, we find a sharp contrast with the attitude of the Pharisees.  Unlike these religious leaders who didn’t want anything to do with the outwardly unclean, Jesus showed compassion to them.  He was not afraid to associate with them. As I get into this point, I want to be very clear.  In the midst of a society that wants to redefine the Bible to mean…

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