The Virgin Birth

December 24, 2017

Kert Martin

Text: Matthew 1:18-25 & Luke 1:26-38

I Corinthians Series

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This Lord's Day is Christmas Eve. We will be retracing the steps of Jesus Christ's birth in Matthew 1:18-25. "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son and they shall call His name Immanuel, (which means God with us)." We will look at six truths from this passage about the historical fact of Jesus Christ's virgin birth. Matthew 1:18-25 & Luke 1:26-38

21 Giving Up Rights

November 26, 2017

Kert Martin

Text: 1 Corinthians 9:1-14

I Corinthians Series

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In this sermon, we look at the first section of chapter 8 in verses 1-14. Paul gives six reasons why he had the right to be supported by the churches to whom he ministered. We will look at these six reasons and ask ourselves how does that apply to us today? What would we give up for the Kingdom of God? 1 Corinthians 9:1-14

18 A Christian’s Calling

November 5, 2017

Kert Martin

Text: 1 Corinthians 7:17-24

I Corinthians Series

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In verses 17-24 Paul teaches us that we should serve the Lord where he has called us. That we don't need to disrupt our social world because we are Christian, instead influence it, cleanse it, purify it, make wherever God has assigned you a place for Him to be served. 1 Corinthians 7:17-24

15 Our Union with Christ

October 8, 2017

Kert Martin

Text: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

I Corinthians Series

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Chapter six comes to a close and Paul addresses sexual immorality. He doesn't address it with the standard emphasis on faithfulness to one's spouse, or the dangers of casual relationships, instead Paul focuses on the evil's of immorality and the believer's union with Christ. Paul's ultimate purpose is that we understand our relationship to Christ draws us away from sin and brings us to the purpose of our bodies, God's glory. 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

13 The Demand for Discipline

September 24, 2017

Kert Martin

Text: I Corinthians 5:1-13

I Corinthians Series

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As we open chapter 5 this week Paul begins to get personal with the Corinthians. There has been a build up to this. He has reminded them who they are; those sanctified in Christ, His called ones. He has proclaimed to them the truth that he brought them, that is Christ and Him crucified, he has questioned the divisions within the church, when they are all Christ's, He has reminded them of who he is, a servant and steward of God, their father in the faith, and they are his beloved children. All of this was for their benefit, he wants them to understand his motive and his heart. Now he challenges them on the fact that immorality is in the church and they are sitting by either ignoring it or justifying it, instead of confronting the wayward brother, and removing him from among them. There is a call for discipline. We will look at four factors to discipline in this passage for us to understand and apply to our own lives. I Corinthians 5:1-13

10 Evaluation of a Minister

September 3, 2017

Kert Martin

Text: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5

I Corinthians Series

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1 Corinthians 4:1-5 focuses on the true nature and marks of God's minister. Paul wants to establish some basic guidelines and standards by which we evaluate those who preach and teach. He deals with the congregation's attitudes, the Corinthians are putting one minister above another; which is causing division and is destroying God's church. We will also look at how ministers are to evaluate themselves. Three points this week: 1. The Identity of a minister 2. The Requirements of a minister 3. The Evaluation of a minister 1 Corinthians 4:1-5

7 The True Wisdom of God

August 13, 2017

Kert Martin

Text: I Corinthians 2:6-16

I Corinthians Series

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As we bring 1 Corinthians chapter 2 to a close let us see two key points. First, man cannot discover true wisdom through his means; study, experience, observation, reason, may pursue wisdom but will never find the wisdom of God. Second, Paul teaches us in verses 10-16 true wisdom only comes from God. We don't discover wisdom, wisdom is revealed to us through the Spirit, by revelation, inspiration, and illumination. Our search for wisdom is really a search for eternity, let us look to God for wisdom, as the Psalmist wrote: "Open my eyes that I may behold the wonderful things in thy law." I Corinthians 2:6-16

4 Preaching Christ Crucified

July 23, 2017

Kert Martin

Text: I Corinthians 1:18-25

I Corinthians Series

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1st Corinthians 1:18-25 continues to deal with the problem of division. There is a contrast between the foolishness of men, which they think is wisdom and the wisdom of God, which they think is foolishness. Paul is going to demonstrate a great reversal in these verses; verses 18-21 mans wisdom is truly foolish, and in verses 22-25 God's foolishness is truly wisdom. Despite being a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Greeks, Paul simply and truthfully preached Christ crucified, because Christ is the power and wisdom of God. Man cannot climb the ladder of salvation with signs and wisdom but only through Christ and Him crucified. We must look at our own circumstances and understand this message of Christ crucified being the power and wisdom of God is for us, in a culture as pagan as Corinth. The Cross of Jesus Christ is the sum and focus of the Gospel according to Paul. "We preach Christ crucified. God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." How vital is that! How crucial for the messenger to stay on point. I Corinthians 1:18-25

1 Corinthians: Called to Be Saints

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July 2, 2017

Kert Martin

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I Corinthians Series

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In classical times Corinth had been a rival of Athens. In 146 B.C. it was reduced to rubble by Roman invasion. About a century later it was re-established by Julius Caesar as a Roman colony. When Paul arrives about a century later (AD 49) Corinth was a bustling port city, a dazzling Roman city of cosmopolitan character. It was a melting pot for Greeks, Syrians, Jews, and resettled Roman veterans. It appeared to be an exceptionally religious city, a place of many gods, many lords, many temples, shrines for the Roman Imperial family and many cults. Though many of the Corinthians hearing Paul’s message of the gospel had believed and were baptized (Acts 18), many remained enmeshed in the “temple culture.” Paul now in Ephesus writes this letter to this troubled church about eight years after he founded it. In this sermon, we will focus on relationships. Like in most of his thirteen letters Paul begins by reminding the Corinthians who he is in relation to God and who they are in relation to God. He wants to bring them back to their roots. He doesn’t lead them to repentance with threats but by making them aware of their relationship to God, stop acting like mere men, “you are among those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints.”

 

A Call to Prayer

2/26/17

Kert Martin

Text: Timothy 2:1-7

#6 in I Timothy Series

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Chapters two and three of 1 Timothy have been deemed by many as a manual on church order. It’s important for us to see these guidelines in the historical context in which the Apostle Paul was living. These guidelines are not cultural but eternal and were written so that Christians would know “how to conduct themselves in the household of God.”
In his sermon, Mr Martin looks at verses 1-2 of chapter 2 – a call to prayer and we will look at the different kinds of prayer Paul mentions, and the impact that praying for the salvation of others can have on a culture. I Timothy 2:1-7

Fighting the Good Fight

1/31/17

Kert Martin

Text: I Timothy 1:18-20

#5 in I Timothy Series

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We don’t look at our lives as if we are engaged in a war, but, we are. John Calvin declared that “the Christian must be ready to fight.” The Apostle Paul calls Timothy to “wage the good warfare” – a reminder of the spiritual battle we are engaged in.  This week we’ll look at this reality to understand its origin and what it means for us to wage this war, and what it means to be handed over to Satan.  May we all be like Paul, who served in the Lord’s army till the end of his life, never leaving the fight. I Timothy 1:18-20