Archive for September, 2017

SERVANTS NOT STARS (from the pastor’s study)

SERVANTS NOT STARS (from the pastor’s study)

Too many pastors today are tempted by the allurements and awards of fame and worldly success in making a name for themselves rather than just faithfully preach God’s Word and shepherd His people. Consider 1 Corinthians 4:1-2.

The Reason for Our Redemption (pt 1) “Sinners In The Hands of a Holy God” (Ephesians 2:1-3)

The Reason for Our Redemption (pt 1) “Sinners In The Hands of a Holy God” (Ephesians 2:1-3)

This week Pastor Steve unfolds the weighty doctrine of sin found in Ephesians 2:1-3. He’s titled it, “Sinners In The Hands of A Holy God.” May your hearts be stirred to the greatness of our salvation in Jesus because of the forgiveness of the depth of our own sin!

“The Christians Bill of Rights” (living godly in a pagan society)

“The Christians Bill of Rights” (living godly in a pagan society)

In Augustine’s brilliant tome, “The City of God”, he depicts members of two societies: The City of God and The City of Man. Both are bound by God’s sovereignty; both are under the authority of His Word, but the two cities posses very different realities.

A Biblical Conversation Concerning Charismatic Gifts – NT Prophecy

A Biblical Conversation Concerning Charismatic Gifts – NT Prophecy

In the wake of Dr. MacArthur’s Strange Fire conference there has been a myriad of discussions, debates and social media conflagration that has erupted. I am honored to join friends Rob Wilkerson and Adrian Warnock to discuss elements of this conference and in specific the NT biblical gift of prophecy. I would relish your comments. SDG!

The Reason for Our Redemption (pt 3) “The New Community in Jesus” (Ephesians 2:11-22)

The Reason for Our Redemption (pt 3) “The New Community in Jesus” (Ephesians 2:11-22)

This week Pastor Steve begins Ephesians 2:11-22 on The New Community in Jesus or From Disunity to Community. This message has as a sub-theme overcoming racism. There was no greater racial tension than what the early church experienced between Jew and Gentile. The gospel was powerful in bringing down that dividing wall! May we learn from its truths in our day.

“Indelible Grace” pt1 – The Foundation of Biblical Ministry (2 Cor 4:1-18)

“Indelible Grace” pt1 – The Foundation of Biblical Ministry (2 Cor 4:1-18)

This week Pastor Steve encourages us from what he calls the most profound and comprehensive text on biblical ministry found in the N.T. – 2 Cor 4:1-18. The theme is: “Indelible Grace.” We hope this will cause you to strive to do biblical ministry in 2015!

The Sovereignty of God and Prayer by John Piper

The Sovereignty of God and Prayer by John Piper

“the Spirit of God intercedes for us according to the will of God” (Romans 8:27)

I am often asked, “If you believe God works all things according to the counsel of his will (Ephesians 1:11) and that His knowledge of all things past, present, and future is infallible, then what is the point of praying that anything happen?”

Usually this question is asked in relation to human decision: “If God has predestined some to be his sons and chosen them before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4) then what’s the point in praying for anyone’s conversion?”