Glory to God and Peace on Earth

12/25/16

Dan Ford

Text: Luke 2:1-20

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It was a day like any other, but it wasn’t a child like any other. The child was Jesus, who is Savior, Messiah and Lord.  In this message we look at Jesus’ incarnation: His prophesied coming, the announcement of His arrival, the reality, and the purpose. Luke 2:1-20

To the King Eternal, Immortal, Invisible

12/4/16

Kert Martin

Text: Timothy 1:17

#4 in I Timothy Series

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Mr Martin begins preaching in the book of 1 Timothy with the call to leadership and the purpose of Paul’s letter to Timothy. The church is the “pillar and buttress of truth” because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The mission of the church is not only the preservation of the church but to have a strategic vision for the further progress of God’s Kingdom.

As we continue this week in 1 Timothy, Paul just finished giving us a glimpse of his personal testimony, finishing it with this doxology: “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Jonathan Edwards wrote of this verse: “As I read the words, there came into my soul and was as it were diffused through it, a sense of the glory of the Divine Being; a new sense quite different from anything I ever experienced before.” Though we cannot define the undefinable we are going to look at Who this King eternal, immortal, invisible, only wise God is and what He has done for us.

5 Elements of God’s Saving Grace

11/6/16

Kert Martin

Text: Timothy 1:12-16

#3 in I Timothy Series

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Paul now turns from his warning against false teachers to his personal testimony. Paul’s conversion story is really our story. His testimony is the story of every Christian: “that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am foremost.” Paul writes this “deserving of full acceptance” we are sinners and Jesus Christ by His amazing grace came to save us. I Timothy 1:12-16

 

True Doctrine & Heart Transformation

10/9/16

Kert Martin

Text: Timothy 1:3-11

#2 in I Timothy Series

There is a problem in the church at Ephesus – certain men are teaching a “different doctrine.” Timothy is instructed by Paul to command these men to stop teaching this “different doctrine.”This week we will look at true doctrine, which leads us to true love and the true use of the law. This kind of teaching is alive and well in our own day – “different doctrine” creates speculations and controversies rather than Godly stewardship – so it is important for us to understand God’s truth. Our desire is to “conform to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which He entrusted to us.” I Timothy 1:3-11

To Timothy: A True Son in the Faith

9/11/16

Kert Martin

Text: Timothy 1:1-11

#1 in I Timothy Series

Mr Martin begins preaching in the book of 1 Timothy with the call to leadership and the purpose of Paul’s letter to Timothy. The church is the “pillar and buttress of truth” because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The mission of the church is not only the preservation of the church but to have a strategic vision for the further progress of God’s Kingdom.

We also look to Paul’s salutation. The significance of this greeting is often over-looked. In just a few words a large part of the Ephesian problem is addressed (the church had turned away from Paul’s authority and salvation through Jesus Christ which he preached). We will look at Paul’s authority, why Timothy is a “true son in the faith,” and God’s blessing on believers. I Timothy 1:1-11

John’s Certainties & Conclusion

7/31/16

Kert Martin

Text: I  John 5:18-21

#20 in I John Series

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We conclude 1 John this week by continuing our look at a few things we can know for certain in our relationship with God and His Son Jesus Christ. As we already know, John’s purpose in writing this letter was to assure believers that they indeed have eternal life in the Son of God. In conclusion, he ends this letter with a little more assurance and a little more encouragement so that we will have more confidence and more understanding of what we “know,” and exhorts us: “little children, keep yourselves from idols.” 1 John 5:18-21

The Christian’s Certainty in an Uncertain World

7/10/16

Kert Martin

Text: I John 5:13-21

#19 in I John Series

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Life in this fallen world is filled with uncertainty – there are few guarantees and little we can depend upon. As the Apostle John brings his letter to a close he focuses on five things that a genuine Christian can be certain of: 1) Jesus Christ is the true God, 2) we belong to God, 3) eternal life in Christ, 4) God hears our prayers, 5) God protects His saints. These certainties provide believers with assurance and encouragement in an uncertain world. 1 John 5:13-21

God’s Witness of His Son

6/5/16

Kert Martin

Text: I John 5:6-12

#18 in I John Series

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The subject of the passage in I John 5 is God’s witness of His Son. God testifies to His Son Jesus Christ in heaven and through witnesses of water, blood, and the Spirit on earth. We will examine the breadth and depth of God’s witness to us of His Son. We must understand it is God’s witness of His Son that we must embrace, for it is greater than man’s witness. Those who reject God’s testimony will not have the life that is in His Son. 1 John 5:6-12

We Are Overcomers

5/1/16

Kert Martin

Text: I John 5:1-5

#17 in I John Series

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As we enter the last chapter of 1 John our focus will be on overcoming the world. John writes that because of our faith in Jesus Christ we have overcome the world. As we learn what an overcomer is, the implications for each of us is immense. I John 5:1-5

John 5:1-5 (NKJV)

 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Assurance of Eternal Life & Forgiveness of Sin

4/3/16

Kert Martin

Text: I John 4:13-21

#16 in I John Series

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In describing what it is to be a Christian, the Apostle John uses language of mutual indwelling: God abiding in us and we in Him. His motivation is to reassure his “little children” that they are God’s children, since a lack of assurance permeates this church. Lack of assurance is still very prevalent today. John’s purpose in writing this letter is “that you may know that you have eternal life.” The Gospel does not merely bring us forgiveness of sin, it brings a transformation – it brings us into union with God in Christ Jesus. I John 4:13-21

I John 4:13-21 (NKJV)

13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son [as] Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him because He first loved us.

20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God [must] love his brother also.

God’s Perfect Love

3/6/16

Kert Martin

Text: I John 4:7-12

#15 in I John Series

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In 1 John 4:7-12 John urges his readers to “love one another” to show that in their relationships with one another love marks them out as being children of the God who is love. John is again pressing the truth that without God-like love to our fellow Christian brethren, we expose ourselves as frauds.
John gives three reasons to inspire us to love one another, which gives us a wonderful picture of God’s perfect love.  I John 4:7-12

1 John 4:7-12 (NKJV)
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.

Testing the Spirits & Victory in Christ

1/31/16

Kert Martin

Text: I John 5:13-21

#14 in I John Series

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In the first six verses of I John 4, John transitions from the theme of love and the abiding Spirit Who grants us assurance of salvation to certainty in our obligation to love being grounded in the Apostolic faith.

We are told in these verses to “test the spirits,” so that we know if the spirit is of Divine origin – the Spirit of Truth, or if it is a spirit of demonic origin – the spirit of error. The Apostle John is telling us not to be gullible, not to be mindless, but be alert, be warned, for false spirits have gone out into the world. Satan desires to mingle the spirit of error with the Spirit of Truth to lead us away from the truth, but we have the victory in Jesus Christ: “Greater is He Who is in us, than he who is in the world.”