July 22, 2018

A Christian’s Response to Multiculturalism, Race, and Ethnicity Revelation 7:9-17 Jesus loves the little children All the children of the world Red and yellow black and white They are precious in His sight Jesus loves the little children of the world What happened to the beautiful vision of that song? We live in a world that is sharply divided. Blue versus Red. Democrat versus Republican. White versus Black or Brown. People easily decide to fall into different camps as if… Read more

July 16, 2018

A Christian’s Response to Marriage Matthew 19:1-12 Whom, therefore, God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.” These are the words that end the most common form of marriage service used in Christian churches. But men are “putting asunder,” as are women. The statistics tell us that nearly one in two marriages taking place in the United States today will end in divorce, and the statistics are not much better for Christian marriages. We see the evidence of decay… Read more

July 10, 2018

A Christian’s Response to Sexual Morality 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 In The Door Mike Yaconelli writes: Author Susan Howatch made a fortune writing blockbuster novels like Penmarric. She had houses in several countries, drove a Porsche, and, after divorcing, had a number of “transient liaisons.” But at age 30, she says, “God seized me by the scruff of the neck and shook me until my teeth rattled.” Now a Christian, she reflects: “I was promiscuous, but finally one morning I woke… Read more

July 3, 2018

A Christian’s Response to Religious Liberty A Christian’s Response to Religious Liberty is the fourth sermon from Matthew 22:15-22 in the series on Counter Culture Christianity about the importance of religious liberty. Let me share with you two different significant historical figures who shaped the Baptist influence on religious liberty in American history. First, there was Roger Williams: On a wall in Geneva Switzerland, there stands the Reformation Wall. This wall commemorated the people who extended religious liberty and freedom… Read more

June 24, 2018

A Christian’s Response to Children A Christian’s Response to Children is the third sermon in the sermon series on Counter Culture Christianity from Proverbs 24:10-12 about the five ways that a Christian can respond to children. “If you do nothing in a difficult time, your strength is limited. Rescue those being taken off to death, and save those stumbling toward slaughter. If you say, “But we didn’t know about this,” won’t he who weighs hearts consider it? Won’t he who… Read more

June 22, 2018

How a Servant Shows Compassion 
Mark 1:29-45

 Compassion should drive how we serve other people. We should not minister out of obligation or compulsion, but out of a caring desire for the person who needs help. We need to help people because we care for them. This is the message we get from this section of Mark. In these verses, we are introduced to the idea that Jesus shows compassion. When He ministers to people, He does it because He… Read more

June 21, 2018

Submitting to the Authority of Jesus Christ in My Life Mark 1:12-28 We talk about following Jesus and we use the phrase “Savior and Lord.” We talk about this as Baptists as if it were a two-step process. First, Jesus saves me and then I submit to Him as my leader for eternity. We talk about this submission as if it were a process. In some ways, it is a process. It is a process of growth. At the same… Read more

June 20, 2018

How to Be a True Christian Witness We begin a new series of the Gospel of Mark. Mark is written with a fast action-packed pace. It’s the Gospel for the attention deficit disorder generation. Mark is written with quick transitions and moves along very quickly. Here, in these verses, we see that Mark quickly reminds us that there are seven traits to being a true Christian witness. SEVEN TRAITS OF A TRUE CHRISTIAN WITNESS 1. Slave – Bondservant – (Mark… Read more

June 18, 2018

A Christian’s Response to the Culture A Christian’s Response to the Culture from Matthew 5:13-16, is the third sermon in the series on Counter Culture Christianity in which it addresses six different ways to influence the culture. A June 2014 article published by missiologist Ed Stetzer of Lifeway Research states that fewer people may be calling themselves Christians in the future—and the trend may be a good thing. Greg Jao, national field director of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, agrees with the… Read more

June 4, 2018

A Christian’s Response to Poverty Today, we have a wide contrast between the rich and the poor. There is a high concentration of wealth that is centered on a very few people. At the same time, there are a wide variety of people who are poor. By poor, I mean people who are eking out a living so that they can put food on the table. What is a Christian’s response to poverty? What are we to do about it?… Read more

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