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What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
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Mark 12:35-40 - Don't Compete with Jesus - Baptist Preaching - Pastor Daniel Pigott "And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David? For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The ...
1-29-17 Sunday, PM (Special Singing and Preaching) Jesus on The Cross PT 3 www.IslandFordBaptistChurch.Com ISLAND FORD BAPTIST CHURCH 2124 NC hwy 67, Jonesville NC 28642 -336-526-3900 ...
Pictures of the Cross - Paul E Chapman - Independent Baptist Preaching - KJV - Sermon The Cross has always been God's plan to redeem mankind. God's love is evident on the Cross of Jesus Christ. The Old Testament foretells the coming cross and ...
The Product of the Cross - Paul E Chapman - Baptist Preaching - KJV Sermon Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price on the Cross. For the joy that was set before Him He endured the Cross despising the shame. Why would He pay such a high ...
The Passion of the Cross - Paul E Chapman - Baptist Preaching - KJV Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. Before He ascended to Heaven, He passed that commission to His disciples. Saving the lost was His Passion.
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Christian leaders have their own reasons for not reading Scripture.It’s worth remembering that Augustine was “weeping, with agonizing anguish in [his] heart” over his inability to control himself before he read Romans 13:13–14.We tend to think that Scripture usually works the other direction. We read seeking instruction, wisdom, or intimacy and then read a challenging word like Paul’s that prompts contrition: “Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.” We’re convicted by Scripture, then we repent.But in Augustine’s archetypal testimony, Confessions, that’s not what happened. First he was in anguish, then he heard a child chanting, “Pick it up! Read it! Pick it up! Read it!” He wrote (in Sarah Ruden’s 2017 translation) that when he obeyed the voice and read Paul’s words, “I didn’t want to read further, and there was no need. The instant I finished this sentence, my heart was virtually flooded with a light of relief and certitude, and all the darkness of my hesitation scattered away.” His response was not to wallow or to regret how long it took him to repent. Instead, he immediately and joyfully told his friend Alypius and his mother what had happened.Many times the Holy Spirit really does use Scripture to illuminate our sin and to make us deeply uncomfortable. It is, after all, “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16). And “no discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful” (Heb. 12:11). Nevertheless, ...Continue reading...
“I have found the story of the thief on the cross profoundly helpful in challenging this assumption...that entrance into everlasting joy depends on living a good enough life.”Ed: It’s hard to deny that we are living in challenging times culturally. The church’s influence is fading, and we are struggling to find answers to some hard questions. What’s your take on the health of the church today, especially as it relates to our witness?”Colin: Church health is not the same as church size. I come from the U.K., where secularism has made deeper inroads into the culture than here in the U.S. Church attendance has dropped dramatically but, in my opinion, church health in the U.K. is better than it was 20 years ago.One reason for this is that as nominal Christians abandon the faith and leave the church, those who remain realize their dependence on God in new ways. When numbers go down, spiritual temperature can go up, and I have seen new resilience, new cooperation, new faith and new venture in many U.K. churches.If that happens here in the U.S., we may be in a better position than before and, like Gideon’s army, more useful to the Lord than when our numbers were larger.Ed: Evangelism has especially fallen on hard times. It seems that everything else—even good things like discipleship—has overwhelmed our passion for sharing the love of Jesus with others. What does evangelism look like today, and how can we begin to develop a passion for showing and sharing the love of Jesus on a daily basis?Colin: I really appreciate the focus of Amplify on evangelism. Discipling goats is an impossible task. The first priority is always that a person becomes one of Christ’s sheep.Evangelism today needs to begin further back. For much of the 20thcentury, Christians were able to assume a basic understanding of who God is, what sin is, and why we need a Savior.When people ...Continue reading...
Link: https://www.str.org/blog/christians-dont-view-jesus-means-end#.XGcahqCIZaRFormat: Web PageTopic(s): Essays on the New AtheismAuthor(s)/Speaker(s): Amy Hall
Matthew 1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. The story of the virgin birth of Jesus is real. I believe it with all of my heart. God loved us so much that He gave us His only begotten Son. Mary is not the […]
Numbers are not the only way to measure church health and effectiveness, especially in smaller churches.There are healthy churches of all sizes.In recent years there’s been a renewed emphasis on defining health numerically. But that’s not the only way to measure church health and effectiveness.In my previous article, Effective Small Church Metrics: Why Average Results Aren’t Typical Results, we saw that statistics, surveys and comparative metrics are not as helpful in assessing small church health as they are in assessing big church health.So, what’s a small church to do?Today, we’ll take a look at 8 helpful ways to assess the health and effectiveness of a church without using numbers.1. Ask “What Should We Be Doing And How Well Are We Doing It?”Jesus gave us the Great Commandment and Great Commission. That is the mission of every church. But the way one church is called to do that is going to be different than the way another church is called to do that.Every leader of every church needs to know how their church is fulfilling the Great Commandment and Great Commission within their context.We must constantly assess the health and effectiveness of the congregation based on the following questions: Are we a worshipping church? A loving church? An evangelistic church? A compassionate church? A discipling church?But, without a numerical component, how do we assess how well we’re doing those things? That’s what points 2-7 address.2. Talk To The People In The ChurchIn the 1980s, Ed Koch, the mayor of New York City, was famous for walking through the streets of Manhattan, asking everyday citizens “how am I doing?”As you can imagine, he didn’t always hear the answers he wanted, but the fact that he kept asking the question is an important lesson for all leaders. ...Continue reading...
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