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The Ancient Baptist Journal is a quarterly publication established for the sole purpose of promoting Baptist principles and biblical preaching. Each glue-bound ...
Preaching Christ By All Means Everywhere
Independent Fundamental Baptist Preaching by Dr Jack Hyles and Dr Jeff Owens. MP3 Podcast iTunes search by title date service preacher and scripture references.
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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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C.I.B.C. - PREACHING - 26 April 2017 Wednesday Night - Pastor Hoose PLEASE SUBSCRIBE! Enjoy this video of some great bible preaching during one of our services. If you want to find out more about our church please visit our ...
Roll Call of the Very First Baptist Church - Dr. Andy Tully Title: Roll Call of the Very First Baptist Church Preacher: Dr. Andy Tully -Video Upload powered by https://www.TunesToTube.com.
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At Christmastime, our church holds many special Christmas services—including “The Journey of Christmas” event with live drama and a gospel message.And we're not alone in this. All around the world, churches are holding special services and events with the express purpose of sharing the gift of the gospel with people who do not yet know Christ.Our church family has worked diligently to invite guests—their family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors, as well as reaching into every home in our community with a personal invitation. And we pray that guests do indeed come.But what then?Here are five gifts I pray every guest who comes to our campus will find:1. LoveI pray that each guest will sense warmth and acceptance and through it see the love of Christ.There will be people who serve on our hospitality team who will welcome them with a smile and cookies and hot chocolate. But the place a guest will really find (or not find) love and acceptance is at their seat—the person sitting next to them.If you, during this Christmas season, find a guest next to you or near you, welcome him or her. Give the warmth and acceptance you want others to show any guest you may bring.2. AweI hope our guests will sense the awe of our church family over the Christmas story.I want them to see that this isn't old to us. It isn't just an event we “put on” to get them in. It's real, and it's awe-inspiring—that God would come to live with us.3. Christian MusicOur choir and orchestra isn't singing and playing to impress, but to magnify Christ.Some of the songs will even be the same as someone will have heard at the mall at some point this season. (Christmas carols are amazing like that.) But if we are doing it right, it won't really be the same. It will be so different. It will come from a choir and a congregation truly worshipping Jesus—not just singing familiar words. I pray our guests sense the greatness of God through our worship.4. Bible PreachingWho knows but that this might be the only time any single guest hears preaching. I want it to be full of Scripture and to point them to Christ.This will be my thirty-third year to preach Christmas messages, and each year, my understanding of God's grace through Christmas grows. I don't study less with each passing year, but more.5. SalvationThis is the gift—the unspeakably wonderful, miraculous gift—of Christmas. God humbled Himself to come to us, be born in a manger, give His life on the cross to pay for our sins, and was raised again. Today, He offers salvation as a free gift, and He uses us—His people—to share this gift with the world.I pray that each special service, each act of love, each moment of awe, each song, each message, each effort of God's people will lead toward someone receiving Christ this Christmas.
Spiritual gifts have little to do with innate personal strengths and far more to do with a yielded weakness.Terry and Janice were busy penciling in three sheets of computer dots in the spiritual gifts inventory they’ve been given by their local church. Nervously concentrating, Terry and Janice worked their way to question 200, handed in their sheets, and anxiously waited until the following Sunday to discover their spiritual gifts. The ensuing Sunday, they reconvened and zealously opened their sealed manila envelopes. It seemed that Terry had the gift of administration. Janice had the gift of service.Glumly, they both looked down and exhaled a disheartened sigh. Not so coincidentally, Terry was a parts manager at the Volkswagen dealership and Janice was on the cleaning staff at a large assisted living community.Uninspired and disenchanted, Terry and Janice trudged somberly toward the parking lot. It looked like ‘spiritual service’ at church is going to look a whole lot like the drudgery of work. Soon, Terry was counting the offering envelopes, while Janice rolled out tables, chairs, and portable signs for the church’s big events. The whole procedure didn’t seem very satisfyingly spiritual. Are spiritual gifts really meant to work like this?Loss of Market ShareSince the 1970s, much of the evangelical world was losing market share to a charismatic phenomenon that was sweeping the world. New churches emerged, offering worship designed to engage the emotions of a believer. For many, this held great appeal when compared with dueling piano/organ combinations separated by an arm-waving hymn conductor.The preaching seemed more free-flowing, more alive. With a constituency that was growing bored with a starched-collared, three-points-and-a-poem, semi-robotic approach to preaching, many found these changes ...Continue reading...
It was Isaiah the Prophet who proclaimed, invited attention to … “Behold, I and the CHILDREN whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.” Isaiah 8:18 Yes, he used his two sons (especially their “names”) in his preaching! As […]
Matt Woodley, Editor, PreachingToday.com: source: Heather Wilhelm, “The Madness of Christmas Toys,” Acculturated blog (12-16-15)
6 Characteristics of a Disciple-Making Church—Part 2 In the previous blog, we noted that while it is easy to give lip service to the Great Commission as the mission of the local church, it is also easy to get distracted from it. We saw that a disciple-making church is actually a Christ-centered church. Our goal is not so much size as it is health, and a spiritually healthy church will be centered around Christ and His mission.In part 1, we looked at the following three characteristics. (If you have not had a chance to read the previous blog, I'd encourage you to read it quickly here before reading further.)A Christ-Centered Philosophy—Our goal to seek the lost and train disciples must be biblical and Christ-centered, not fleshly and ego-centered.A Christ-Centered Motivation—Any motive less than the love of Christ will be unsustainable. A Christ-Centered Approach—We must give consistent and thorough gospel presentations with purposeful and biblical follow up. But what then? What is it like for a new Christian just saved through the ministry of a Christ-centered, disciple-making church? This is where the following three characteristics come in: 4. A Christ-Centered EnvironmentBut we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.—1 Thessalonians 2:7–8A new Christian should be welcomed into a church that is intensely loving and fully Christ-centered. They need people who will come alongside them and point them to consistent growth in Jesus.This is why at Lancaster Baptist Church, we place a lot of emphasis on the Sunday morning adult connection groups or Sunday school classes. These provide great opportunities for acceptance and growth in a setting that easily lends itself to both Bible teaching and relationship building. It's so important that young Christians be pointed to Christ and to His Word, rather than being surrounded by contentious, frustrated, bitter Christians. A new Christian needs time to grow and encouragement in grace.5. A Christ-Centered DiscipleshipAnd when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.—Acts 14:21–22Discipleship is not a series of ten lessons. It is a life-long decision of daily following Christ. The very emphasis of the word disciple—follower—suggests that our focus is on Christ, not on ourselves or others.So at Lancaster Baptist Church, our goal in our discipleship curriculum is that we are pointing new Christians to Jesus through the series of one-on-one mentoring meetings. We want to help them establish a strong, daily walk with Christ and to become grounded in the foundational doctrines of His Word. In short, we want to point them to Christ—the living Word through the pages of His written Word.6. A Christ-Centered Pulpit MinistryFor the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.—1 Corinthians 1:18Biblical preaching is primary in discipleship. It is foundational for establishing doctrine, reinforcing doctrine, and encouraging the disciple's faith and continued growth.And this is not just true for new disciples of Christ. Preaching is vital for all Christians.For these reasons, a disciple-making church has Christ-centered preaching. There may be illustrations, and there should definitely be applications. But the core message should always be the Bible—not opinion or fluff. When God's Word is preached, Christ is exalted, for He is the living Word. In part 1, I mentioned that a disciple-making church is a Christ-centered church. But the reverse is also true. A Christ-centered church will be a disciple-making church. In fact, a church that is centered on anything or anyone other than Christ may produce converts, but it will not produce disciples. From gospel-driven philosophy and motives to an others-focused outreach and church environment, to a biblically-grounded discipleship and pulpit ministry, it must all be centered around Jesus.This is the kind of church that produces fully-committed followers of Christ.
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