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“Fortifying Your Faith” (Mark 9:14-29)

Following is a reflection by David Alves, one of our members, on the sermon preached by Pastor Erik on October 14, 2018.

The center and citadel of the Christian life is faith in the person and Word of God. This cannot be stated enough, and it is likely that it cannot be overstated! We are saved by faith (Eph. 2:8), and we live by the same faith with which we first trusted Jesus as Lord (Col. 2:6-7). While we are not sanctified by faith alone, faith in the person and promises of God is a fundamental enablement of practical growth in holiness. The daily, practical, lived-out righteousness without which no one gets into heaven (Heb. 12:14; cf. Col. 1:22-23; Rom. 8:13) is at its root a work of faith (1 Thess. 1:3; cf. 2 Thess. 1:11), because it is an expression of personal, daily trust in the Lord and is performed by faith as the animating power. Read more

“The LORD is Our Shepherd” (Psalm 23)

Following is a reflection by David Alves, one of our members, on the sermon preached by Elder Tim Knotts on October 7, 2018.

The sections of Scripture most familiar to us are the ones we ought to observe most closely. That is because the more familiar the passage, the more we tend to think we have seen all there is to see, and the less likely we are to engage with it intellectually and thoughtfully. Familiarity might not breed contempt in this case, but it often breeds laziness and lack of engagement! Read more

Silenced Disciples, Sent Elijah, Suffering Christ (Mark 9:9-13)

Following is a reflection by David Alves, one of our members, on the sermon preached by Pastor Erik on September 30, 2018.

We are like the disciples. As they often saw the Lord’s glory and heard the unfolding of His plan for the world, yet so frequently misunderstood and misapplied it, so do we. (At least they had Jesus physically present to correct them!) Rooting their understanding of Jesus more in their cultural expectations and tradition rather than the clear exposition of the authoritative Word, apart from the kind grace of God illuminating what little they did understand they would have been no different from the recalcitrant Jewish leadership, whose persistence in loyalty to ancestral tradition and cultural milieu overtook consecration to the Word of God (and caused them to reject the Lord Jesus as Messiah and God). Read more

“Preview of Future Glory” (Mark 9:1-8)

Following is a reflection by David Alves, one of our members, on the sermon preached by Pastor Erik on September 23, 2018.

The glorification of God through the establishment and advancement of His kingdom is, I believe, the most succinct way to express the theme of the Bible. Covenants are the application and expression of this plan and how the plan is continuously and everlastingly fulfilled. And the heart of the plan is world redemption—rescuing people, the world, and all in it from sin, death, hell, and the curse. For God must redeem men and women to be His loving worshipers—they are the citizens of the kingdom. But they are, by His perfect design, eternally embodied creatures who must live within and be rightly related to a very physical world overflowing with good things—and so that world, and our relationship to it, must experience God’s comprehensive redemption as well. Read more

“Requirements for Discipleship” (Mark 8:34-38)

Following is a reflection by David Alves, one of our members, on the sermon preached by Pastor Erik on September 16, 2018.

American Christians sometimes do not realize how thoroughly the diseased theology and legacy of Charles Finney have infected our doctrine and practice. This infection is nowhere more evident than the near-universal category of decisionistic Christianity—Christianity reduced to conversion or a decision. This plays itself out in various ways. Perhaps it is of the unspeakably ghastly, damning “pray a prayer and then you’re saved no matter what” variety that is always popular. But perhaps instead it does not grapple with the profoundly future-oriented nature of salvation in the NT, and so makes all obedience merely the evidence of a past decision. Or maybe it over-stresses the role of human response in salvation, front-loading the gospel with draconian and oppressive qualifiers to the nature of faith. Read more

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Sat 20

Ladies Retreat

October 19 - October 20
Sat 20

Brookdale Assisted Living Ministry

October 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sun 21

Sunday Morning Worship

October 21 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sun 21

Sunday Evening Worship

October 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Tue 23

Evangelism Class

October 23 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm