Posts made in December, 2008

Fighting the Good Fight

Posted by on Dec 28, 2008 in Rev. Serven

Just because we are Christians does not mean there are no enemies or temptations. The Beach-head model of the Christian Life: Softening Up, D-Day, Break-Outs. We are called to be disciples. God has not intended for us to fail but to grow as the Gospel is formed in you. The Lordship over all parts of life. Faith can be strengthened or grow week. Our responsibility: to ask God to give faith. Faith is like a shield to extinguish the fiery darts of the devil. A “good” conscience, redeemed and informed by God’s word and Spirit. In a battle, some are wounded, some are healed and...

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What Child is This

Posted by on Dec 21, 2008 in Rev. Serven

William Dix; Scottsman who wrote “What Child is This?”. His revealing titles. Jesus Christ=Jehovah Saves, the Anointed One or Messiah. The faithful witness. The first born of the dead. The ruler of kings on earth. Alpha and Omega. Who is, who was, who is to come, the Almighty. His sacrificial work. Through regeneration, redemption, reformation. His certain return. All earth will see Him. All who reject Him will wail. All who love Him will rejoice. Text: Revelation 1:4-8 All who came to see the baby Jesus in the manger were fascinated by Him. He looked ordinary enough nursing from...

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A Trophy of Grace

Posted by on Dec 14, 2008 in Rev. Serven

Paul, the unlikely convert. Jesus won us as His trophies of grace. What is Grace? The blessing of God Almighty on His people. The unmerited favor of God. God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. The grace of our Lord overflows upon us in abundance. What is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? Someone who rejects God throughout the whole course of their life. Knows the truth, yet rejects it. A burden for the lost: pray for God’s mercy, and that God would give us a word in season. God reaches into the darkness of Paul’s unbelief and brings the light of mercy. Grace is measured by the...

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The Church: The Body of Christ

Posted by on Dec 7, 2008 in Rev. Serven

If we are redeemed, all the benefits Christ earned our ours. We are His people. We have been knit together. We have unity in Christ. We have a new identity in Christ. Christ is grieved by injuries done to his body the church. An attack on the body is an attack on God and you. Honor given to the church is honor given to Christ. Christ protects his body. The church is not an orphan. Christ humbles his converts, so that they submit to him and his church. Text: Acts 5:1-20 Guest Preacher, Pastor Jeff Yelton. Jesus Christ died on the cross as an atoning sacrifice for his church. By doing this, he...

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In Everything Give Thanks

Posted by on Dec 2, 2008 in Rev. Serven

Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Paul concludes his first letter to the Thessalonians by making a passing statement, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Perhaps you are wondering, like I am, is Paul really serious about us obeying this admonition? How can a person “give thanks” in everything? After all, there are some truly awful parts of life where it is challenging to find anything to be thankful about! The key to interpreting this passage is found by investigating Paul’s own personal circumstances. Since he never...

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