A Thanksgiving of Fasting and Oysters

  To All Our Friends and Supporters in the States: We're thankful for all your prayers and support through all our five years. May the LORD bless you and keep you and be gracious to you this Thanksgiving Day and … [Read more...]

The Righteous and the Wicked (Psalm 1)

The psalms are an extremely important part of the church: prayers, songs, emotions, and doctrine. During the early church and the sixteenth century Protestant Reformation, the Psalms were almost exclusively sung in the … [Read more...]

Ten Reasons Why We Don’t Have Testimonies in Worship

  Read companion article: "Why We Don't Have Altar Calls in Our Church" The recent appearance of Nick Vujicic at a Manila megachurch brought again to the forefront the power of a testimony to draw big, adoring … [Read more...]

The Three Marks of a True Minister of the Gospel

Ananias Laying Hands on Paul

The Servant Who Preaches Colossians 1:24-29 (text) July 8, 2012 In three previous sermons in this series on the doctrine of preaching, I have mentioned that the qualifications most-often required of pastors today … [Read more...]

To Make Known and to Make Mature

Paul Preaching in Athens by Raphael

  The Purpose of Preaching Scripture Readings: Isaiah 12:3-6; Colossians 1:21-23, 26-28 (text) May 27, 2012 Download this sermon (PDF)   Congregation of Christ: Below are a couple of … [Read more...]

Sermon Series on the Doctrine of Preaching

Paul Preaching in Athens

As I've been thinking about the sermon last Lord's Day, specifically about the keys of the kingdom of heaven, I decided that I should expound more about why preaching is an indispensable key. So this Lord's Day, May 27, … [Read more...]

Our Church Shrinkage Seminar Part 2

Miracle of Loaves and Fish by James Tissot

  Download PDF article Go to Part 1 John 6:35-71: Jesus' Own Church Shrinkage Seminar Jesus fed at least five thousand men, not including women and children, during the second of three … [Read more...]

Our Church Shrinkage Seminar Part 1

Go to Part 2 Why We Will Never Become a Mega-"Church" If you join our worship services, you will hear our opening words as the Call to Worship, Invocation, God's Greeting, Opening Prayer, and Opening Psalm of … [Read more...]

God is Our Refuge, Strength and Help

"Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden" by Wenzel Peter

Scripture Readings: Ezekiel 47:1-12; Matthew 6:25-34; Revelation 21:1-4; 22:1-3 • Text: Psalm 46:1-11 Song: God is Our Refuge and Strength (bottom of page) Download PDF sermon   The world today is a … [Read more...]

Qualities of a Gospel-Driven Mission Work

The emergent movement is the clearest example today of what Paul calls in our text as an appeal that “[springs] from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive… with words of flattery,” all with the intention of … [Read more...]