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Sanctification in the Ordo Salutis, Part III

June 14, 2015 ~ The Foundation and Empowerment of Sanctification ~ What is the foundation for our Sanctification?  Who or what empowers our sanctification?  What mechanism makes our sanctification a reality and does this mechanism makes us more or less successful in our Christian walk?  Today's message answers these questions: Sanctification in the Ordo Salutis, The Foundation and Empowerment of Sanctification.

 

 

 

A Woman to Emulate

May 10, 2015 ~ 2Kings 4:8-37 ~ What opportunity does a woman of God have to serve from her home?  Can a woman at home have an effective ministry for God?  What if the circumstances of the home aren't the best, like if she has an unsaved husband?  Should she change her circumstances in order to have an effective ministry for God?  These questions are answered in today's message, A Woman to Emulate, from II Kings 4:8-37.  Please join us.

 

 

 

Debt Relief and the Sovereignty of God

May 3, 2015 ~ 2Kings 4:1-7 ~ How does a widow with no means of support and nothing to sell, pay off her debts?  How does a widow keep from feeling guilt over past mistakes or regretting the decisions of her deceased husband that left her with debt?  How does the providence of God work in a situation like this?  These questions are answered in Scripture from our text in II Kings 4:1-7.

 

 

 

God Ordains Every Decision

April 19, 2015 ~ 2Kings 3:1-27 ~ Does God ordain every event?  Does He merely "allow" some events, but not others?  Does He stand idly by and "allow" all events and then makes adjustments to accomplish His purpose?  Does He ordain decisions for the elect, but not for the unregenerate?  These questions are answered in this message from II kings, because God does not change.  He is the same, yesterday, today, and forever!

 

 

 

Submission to Authority

April 12, 2015 ~ 2Kings 2:15-25 ~ Is it God's will that submission play an important role in our lives?  Is submission primarily the role of a wife to her husband?  To whom must we first submit?  Is the lack of submission a serious problem that causes other problems or is it a minor issue that we must address from time to time?  These questions are dealt with in our exegetical study and this message from II Kings.

 

 

 

My God is God, Your god is Not

January 04, 2015 ~ 1Kings 18 ~ How many gods are there?  If there are many gods, is there one God who is real and the others are fake?  How do we know which god is the real God?  Is it fair for me to say that my God is God and your god is not?  Scripture gives us the answers to these questions and we find them in our message today from I Kings 18.

 

 

 

Obedience in Tough Times

December 28, 2014 ~ 1Kings 17:3-24 ~ Is it convenient and in our best interest to be obedient to God?  What if our obedience leads to the loss of our finances or the loss of a loved one?  How do we know what God has commanded us to do?  What will happen if we don't do it?  These questions are answered in this message from I Kings 17.

 

 

 

 

 

If God is not going to Change what He already Ordained will happen; Why Pray?

December 21, 2014 ~ 1Kings 17:1 ~ If you knew that God has ordained everything, you would probably ask this very question.  But whether you know it or not, He has and yet, He commands us to pray.  If God has already determined the future, what good does it do to pray?  This is an important question and the answer is found in this message from I Kings, chapter 17.

 

Five Principles for the Christian Walk

December 7, 2014, 1Kings 15:25-16:34 ~ What is a principle?  What is a Biblical principle?  Are Biblical principles important for us to remember and follow?  What role should Biblical principles play in our everyday lives?  A proper understanding and the application of Biblical principles is revealed in this message from I Kings 15:15.

 

The Seriousness of Sanctification

May 31, 2015 ~ Romans 8:29-30 ~ What is the order of events in our salvation?  What part of our salvation do we do, and what part does God do?  Is salvation monergistic or synergistic?  How can we be sure?  These questions are answered in our message today, which is Part I of a series entitled: Sanctification in the Ordo Salutis.  Please join us for this series of uplifting and God-glorifying messages.

 

 

 

Sanctification in the Ordo Salutis, Part I

May 17, 2015 ~ 2Kings 4:38-44 ~ What is the work of sanctification?  Can a Christian assist in this work?  Is it normal for a Christian to spend a few minutes each day in the study of doctrines and is the study of doctrine even necessary in the work of sanctification?  Why do some Christians spend more time in disciplined study, than others?

 

 

 

June 7, 2015 ~ 1Corinthinians 1:30-31 ~ Even though Sanctification is part of regeneration, justification, and adoption, is there a significant difference between it and the other three simultaneous parts?  If there is a difference, does it make a difference in how we live?  How might your walk with the Lord be adversely affected if you don't see or understand all that sanctification entails?  Join us today as we answer these questions from the Word of God in our message, Sanctification in the Ordo Salutis, Part II.

 

 

 

Sanctification in the Ordo Salutis, Part II

June 21, 2015 ~ Is it possible to live a sinless life?  Is there such a thing as a "second blessing" or a "deeper walk" for the Christian?  Are there two types of Christians?  What part do we have in our Christian growth and being formed to the image of Christ?  Knowing the answers to these questions will enable you to live the Christian life in His power and might.  Join us in today's message: Part IV, Progressive Sanctification, Being Conformed to the Image of Christ.

 

 

 

 

Sanctification in the Ordo Salutis, Part IV

June 28, 2015 ~ I Thessalonians 4:3-8 ~ What is the significance of sanctification for the genuine Christian?  Do some Christians receive a call to holiness?  Are there certain situations that make it more difficult to walk in holiness?  Because progressive sanctification is a synergistic work, is it okay to use human advancements in psychology to help us in the walk?  These questions are answered in today's message; Sanctification in the Ordo Salutis, Part V, Review and Summation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sanctification in the Ordo Salutis, Part V

Defining the Patriot

July 4, 2015 ~ Special 4th of July Sermon ~ Today is the day that patriots of the United States of America celebrate our independence from Britain and our sovereignty as these United States of America, but not all citizens of this great country celebrate on this day, because not all are patriots.  So what defines a true patriot?  This special 4th of July message answers this question.

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 12, 2015 ~ IIKings 5:1-27 ~ What is the Godly response when the child of a believer is killed in a car accident or abducted and found murdered?  Will someone more likely become a Christian if you love them and show them you love them by acts of kindness?  Does it really make any difference if you raise your children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord?  These questions are answered in today's message: The Servants Heart in the Hour of Temptation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Servants Heart in the Hour of Temptation

July 19, 2015 ~ What is church discipline?  Is it taught in the Bible?  Is there a reason why it is not widely practiced today?  What is the benefit, if any, of church discipline.  These questions are answered in today’s message; Church Discipline; The Unheeded Command of God.

 

 

 

 

Church Discipline; The Unheeded Command of God

Communion of the Saints

July 26, 2015 ~ IIKings 6:1-7 ~ What are the characteristics of communion in the Body of Christ?  What do people who are living in communion look like?  Is the true Christian community like socialism or communism?  What is the most important goal of the genuine members of the Christian community?  Find the answers to these questions from our study in II Kings 6 and the New Testament as you listen to the message; Communion of the Saints.

 

 

 

 

August 2, 2015 ~ IIKings 6:11-23 ~ How do you view the negative circumstances in your life?  How do you deal with the evil all around you?  How do you deal with your pain, your sickness, your financial needs, and your times of depression?  These questions are answered for us in our text from II Kings 6:8-23.  

 

 

 

 

Open My Eyes, Lord

According to the Word of The Lord

August 16, 2015 ~ IIKings 6:24 – 7:1-20 ~ Would God bring evil on a city and allow His elect to suffer in it?  Does God create situations where people resort to evil behavior?  Does God bring certain judgment on those who reject His Word?  Does a truthful declaration of God's word bring an end to the plans of the enemy?  For the answers to these questions, please join us in our study of II Kings 6:24-7:1-20.

 

 

 

 

Coincidence or Providence?

August 23, 2015 ~ IIKings 8:1-6 ~ If you forget to set your alarm to awaken at exactly 5:45 a.m., but you wake up at exactly 5:45 a.m. anyway; is that considered a coincidence?  If you die at age 80 on the exact day and hour you were born; is it considered fate?  If the man who wrongly accused you of a crime is killed on the day you are exonerated; is it considered to be karma?  Join us in II Kings 8:1-6 as we learn the answers to these hypothetical questions.

 

 

 

 

September 6, 2015 ~ IIKings 8:7-15 ~ Does God use evil for His purpose?  Does God ordain for evil men to rip babies from their mother’s womb?  Does God ordain for evil men to kill His chosen people?  Does God have a plan or does He have many contingent plans?  These questions are answered in our text from II Kings 8:7-15.

 

 

 

 

 

Resting in His Sovereignty

September 13, 2015 ~ What is the purpose of the Lord's Table?  Does Scripture require that the elements of communion be blessed by a pastor or an elder?  What does it mean to take communion in an unworthy manner?  Can communion only be observed in a Church building?  Please join us as we find these answers in the Word of God in our message; The Lord's Table or the Institution's Table?  

 

 

 

 

The Lord's Table or the Institution's Table?

September 20, 2015 ~ ICorinthians 10:16,17 ~ What is the significance of the bread and the cup at the Lord's Table?  Does our celebration of the Lord's Supper earn us more or less of God's favor?  Why are some Christians active participants in body life and some are not?  Is it good for the Church to provide a list of rules, so we can more faithfully serve Christ?  Please join us for today's message as we find the answers to these questions from Scripture.  

 

 

 

 

 

The Elements

October 4, 2015 ~  IIKings 8:16-24 ~ Who caused the holocaust?  Who was responsible for the reign of Hitler?  Who is directly responsible for the ongoing wars today?  Who is responsible for the Pope's visit to America?  These questions are answered from God's Word in our message; Evil Rulers.

 

 

 

Evil Rulers

October 11, 2015 ~ IIKings 8:19 ~ Did God's promise to David to give him a lamp end with Solomon's reign as king?  What is this lamp?  How long did this lamp shine and what was the purpose of it?  Have you been drawn to this lamp?  Please join us in our study of II Kings 8:19 as we find the answers to these questions from the Word of God.  

 

 

 

 

 

The Lamp

October 18, 2015 ~ IIKings 8:20-27 ~ Are counselors needed today?  Should we seek counsel with professional "Christian" counselors?  Do we reach a place of Christian maturity so that we don't need counselors?  Is the Word of God sufficient as a counseling resource?  Please join us as we find the answers to these questions in our message from II Kings 8:20-27.  

 

 

 

The Counselor

November 1, 2015 ~ IIKings 9 ~ Has God ever asked you to do something that you refused to do, because you felt inadequate to do it?  Did your refusal to do what God asked, thwart His plan?  What is the basis for your decision making?  How many things can you accomplish in your own strength?  Please join us for our message today from II Kings 9, as we find the answers to these questions.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision for the Task

November 8, 2015 ~ II Kings 10:1-31 ~ Is God blessing all Jews, because they are Jews?  Are the Gentiles being blessed specifically as a Nation?  Is America a chosen Nation of God?  Was Jehu a mad maniac murderer or a man of God used by God to do the work of God?  Please listen to our message, The Slaughter, As Ordained by God, for the answers to these questions from our text in II Kings 10.

 

 

 

The Slaughter, As Ordained by God

November 15, 2015 ~ IIKings 10:32-11:3 ~ Who is responsible for the attacks of the enemy?  What is the cause of discouragement in our walk with the Lord?  How are we enabled to "keep on keeping on"?  What peace do we have in knowing that God is sovereign over all?  Please join us as we look at II Kings 10 and 11 in our exegetical study to find the answers to these questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping On!

November 29, 2015 ~ IIKings 11:4-20 ~ Why has the Church lost it's influence in our culture?  What is a covenant relationship and how does a covenant relationship affect the Church?  Why do the majority of today's Churches allow open sin to remain in them?  What are the terms of revival and would the Church of today even accept those terms?  Please join with us in our exegetical study in II Kings as we find the answers to these questions.

 

 

 

Covenant Relationship

December 6, 2015 ~ IIKings 12:1-8 ~ Why do most Churches require that their members pay tithes?  Is tithing a Biblical New Testament requirement for believers?  What if believers gave only as they were prompted by the Holy Spirit to give?  Does giving large amounts of money to the Church constitute grace giving?  Please join us in our exegetical study today from II Kings 12, as we see the answers to these questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grace Giving, The New Testament Way

December 13, 2015 ~ II Kings 12:4-21 ~ Is it okay to bad-mouth the President?  Is it okay to join groups intended to take him down?  Is God unaware of his failings?  Are we known by our peers as "haters" and negative people?  How should we who believe and trust in God's complete sovereignty, be viewed by others?  Please join us in our exegetical message from II Kings 12 as we look at what happens when good leaders turn bad.

 

 

 

When Good Leaders Turn Bad

December 27, 2015 ~ II Kings 13:1-9 ~ How do we reconcile the death of innocent children with the sovereignty of God?  How do we reconcile the death of thousands included in the punishment of one king?  Why is human reasoning limited in understanding God’s ways?  Please join us in our exegetical study of II Kings as we find the answers to these questions.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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