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Preaching of Acts Centered on Old Testament - Matt Postiff

Posted October 20, 2020 | 00:49:40 | 8.53 MB |

In the book of Acts we observe the Apostles did not have a NT to preach from. They used a different style of preaching which relied heavily on the OT text. If we are to preach the Gospel effectively like they did in the book of Acts we not only have to have a solid understanding of the NT text but also we need to have a good handle on the OT.

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Kings 24:1-20.

Flee from Idolatry - Matt Postiff

Audio from October 18, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 10:14-22
Posted October 20, 2020 | 00:51:17 | 8.80 MB |

Victory tends to generate more victories, while failure tends to generate more failure. If you are on a generally victorious path, thank God profusely for His help. Keep watch for those temptations that inevitably will come. Engage the battle with the resources of the Word and the faithful God. Do not attempt victory by mere fleshly means! But if you are on a downward spiral right now, allowing yourself to fall to one temptation after another, then ask God to help you win a victory here, and one there, until those victories become a pattern. Get help from a friend. Get into the Word and replace time wasted in sin with time invested in the things of God.

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 30:1-20.

The World's Hatred, The Coming Rejection - Jansen Lorch

Audio from October 18, 2020 SS | John 15:18-16:4
Posted October 20, 2020 | 00:44:21 | 7.61 MB |

Christians should expect persecution. After all, the world persecuted and killed the sinless Son of God, the only One who did not deserve to be punished. Every believer will encounter some sort of trouble in this life by living for the Lord. Yet He is worthy of devotion, because He is true and everyone is totally lost without Him. Jesus did signs and miracles to prove that He is who He claimed to be. the Son of God. In acts 2:22, Peter says that Christ did these miracles in the midst of the Jews in Jerusalem so they could not deny His works. They did deny Him, leaving them no excuse. One day the apostles would need to communicate their experiences of their Master, both while He was alive and after His resurrection. for this overwhelming task, they would need help. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would testify through the oral and written testimony of the apostles. The NT is no random compilation of thoughts but a carefully composed set of documents superintended by the Holy Spirit. in difficult times, to remember, these things that Jesus warned of will keep believers from stumbling.

Fruit of the Spirit - Jansen Lorch

Audio from October 14, 2020 PM | Galatians 5:22-23
Posted October 20, 2020 | 00:36:07 | 6.20 MB |

Paul lists nice character traits that the Holy Spirit produces in a believer's life. Jesus Christ is the supreme example of every spiritual quality, having embodied the fruit of the Spirit perfectly because each one is inextricably linked to who He is. The list of spiritual fruit falls into three categories: the upward qualities (love, joy, peace); the outward qualities (longsuffering, kindness, goodness); and the inward qualities (faithfulness, gentleness, self-control). Calling these Spirit-produced characteristics fruit indicates beauty, spontaneity, quietness, and growth instead of effort, labor, strain, and toil.<.p>

The New Commandment, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted October 12, 2020 | 00:49:32 | 8.50 MB |

During this evenings service Pastor Matt has alluded to two applications on tonight's message: avoiding greed, and acknowledging that there are false disciples who are sometimes seem very close to the things of God. But we need to hone in on those ideas a little bit more. Those problems can be OURS. Some among us may be greedy. Some of us may be false disciples, willing to sell our church brothers and sisters for a few bucks or 15 minutes of fame. We need to check up on ourselves that we are genuinely in the faith. Pastor Matt is not trying to scare anyone unnecessarily. But if you need to be scared, be scared. While Jesus offers to cleanse you entirely by his cross-work and wash your feet daily, do you sit there like a stone and ignore your conscience? (Like Judas did when his feet were washed?) Do you think you shall escape divine judgment because of your attendance at religious functions? Do you think you’ll be okay because of your parents faith? Or because you are a “pretty good” person? None of that is the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Our Scripture reading was in 2 Kings 23:1-37.

1 Corinthians 10:12-13 - Matt Postiff

Audio from October 11, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 10:12-13
Posted October 12, 2020 | 00:49:35 | 8.51 MB |

Victory tends to generate more victories, while failure tends to generate more failure. If you are on a generally victorious path, thank God profusely for His help. Keep watch for those temptations that inevitably will come. Engage the battle with the resources of the Word and the faithful God. Do not attempt victory by mere fleshly means! But if you are on a downward spiral right now, allowing yourself to fall to one temptation after another, then ask God to help you win a victory here, and one there, until those victories become a pattern. Get help from a friend. Get into the Word and replace time wasted in sin with time invested in the things of God.

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 29:1-29.

Differences between Protestant and Catholic Doctrine, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted October 12, 2020 | 00:44:09 | 7.58 MB |

This morning we continue our study as we discuss the differences between the Catholic religion and the Protestant faith, which are indeed significant, including the following: 1) Catholic Teaching Magisterium vs. Protestant Scripture Alone 2) Catholic Scripture + Tradition vs. Protestant Scripture Alone 3) Catholic Justification vs. Protestant Justification – How it is Obtained 4) Catholic Justification vs. Protestant Justification – Point or Process? 5) Catholic Eucharist vs. Protestant Lord’s Table 6) Catholic Priests vs. Protestant Priests 7) Catholic Veneration of Saints and Worship of Mary, and lastly 8) View of Sacraments in General.

The New Commandment - Matt Postiff

Posted October 12, 2020 | 00:24:15 | 4.17 MB |

Although Judas would be turning Jesus over to the authorities, the Son of Man would be glorified because everything remained under the foreknowledge, control, and redemption of a sovereign God. Even the greatest of injustices against God's own cannot prevent His goodness from prevailing. Jesus' final command to His disciples reiterated what He demonstrated in washing their feet: love one another as I have loved you. This is the preeminent mark of being His disciple. Love for others is not an option; it is the way the world sees Christ in His followers. Peter descended from impassioned disciple to denial of Christ because He relied on his own strength. Any confidence in one's own ability to obey is misplaced.

The Betrayer - Matt Postiff

Posted October 7, 2020 | 00:51:56 | 8.91 MB |

During this evenings service Pastor Matt has alluded to two applications on tonight's message: avoiding greed,and acknowledging that there are false disciples who are sometimes seem very close to the things of God. But we need to hone in on those ideas a little bit more. Those problems can be OURS. Some among us may be greedy. Some of us may be false disciples, willing to sell our church brothers and sisters for a few bucks or 15 minutes of fame. We need to check up on ourselves that we are genuinely in the faith. Pastor Matt is not trying to scare anyone unnecessarily. But if you need to be scared, be scared. While Jesus offers to cleanse you entirely by his cross-work and wash your feet daily, do you sit there like a stone and ignore your conscience? (Like Judas did when his feet were washed?) Do you think you shall escape divine judgment because of your attendance at religious functions? Do you think you’ll be okay because of your parents faith? Or because you are a “pretty good” person? None of that is the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Kings 22:1-20.

Do not Follow the Example - Matt Postiff

Audio from October 4, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Posted October 7, 2020 | 01:00:47 | 10.44 MB |

The way Paul writes in this section could just pass us by. But we must stop and notice that this is very serious business. He is talking about being disqualified, about deep sin, and about judgment unto death. We continue to stubbornly cling to the belief that salvation is eternally secure. Salvation is not secure for false professors. And true believers can lose their lives because of sinful behavior (see 1 Cor. 11). So, do not follow the example of Israel. And do not follow the behavior pattern of the Corinthian church either. Thanks to God for giving us such clear instruction to help us avoid the errors of history!

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 28:36-68.

Differences between Protestant and Catholic Doctrine - Matt Postiff

Posted October 7, 2020 | 00:37:44 | 6.48 MB |

This morning we discuss the differences between the Catholic religion and the Protestant faith, which are indeed significant, including the following: 1) Catholic Teaching Magisterium vs. Protestant Scripture Alone 2) Catholic Scripture + Tradition vs. Protestant Scripture Alone 3) Catholic Justification vs. Protestant Justification – How it is Obtained 4) Catholic Justification vs. Protestant Justification – Point or Process? 5) Catholic Eucharist vs. Protestant Lord’s Table 6) Catholic Priests vs. Protestant Priests 7) Catholic Veneration of Saints and Worship of Mary, and lastly 8) View of Sacraments in General.

Walking in the Spirit - Jansen Lorch

Audio from September 30, 2020 PM | Galatians 5:16-21
Posted October 3, 2020 | 00:36:34 | 6.28 MB |

The flesh and the Spirit are so contrary to one another that walking in the Spirit automatically excludes walking in the flesh. Although believers still experience fleshly desires, they will battle those desires rather than repeatedly indulging them. Over time, a Christian should increasingly bear the fruit of the Spirit and be more successful in his or her battle against sin. Walk is in the present tense, indicating a way of life. To walk in the Spirit is to have a daily habit of continual obedience. Paul challenges us to keep moving in the enabling power and work of the Holy Spirit. Freedom is not unrestrained behavior. A life of doing whatever we want, whenever we want, is in reality a life of bondage rather than freedom. The works of the flesh fall into three categories: 1) sensual sins 2) spiritual sins 3) social sins. These wicked deeds are clearly seen - evident to the eye and performed out in the open.

Societal Structure of Millennial Kingdom, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted September 30, 2020 | 00:58:43 | 10.08 MB |

We continue our study on the societal structure of the millennial kingdom. We are looking forward to live in the millennial kingdom with the King Jesus Christ ruling in Jerusalem. The kingdom will consist of spiritual elements including righteousness, relationship with God through salvation, living Israel, political and governmental ministries, worship, animal sacrifices reintroduced to Him, and the moral aspect of the kingdom where all are focused on serving and worshiping Him.

Our Scripture reading was found in Proverbs 15:1-33.

The Relevance of Revelation - John O'Dell

Audio from September 27, 2020 AM | Revelation 1:1-20
Posted September 30, 2020 | 00:57:22 | 9.85 MB |

What does Revelation 1 tell us and how does it help us cope during the current times? Pastor John O'Dell shares five points Christians need to have firmly grounded in our minds during these current times: 1) John is a Christian writing to a Christian, we need to be born again if we are going to cope in these current times. We live a hope that non-believers fail to possess. 2) We need to see Jesus as He is, that He is the authority seated on the thrown and in complete control. 3) Possessing dual citizenship on earth and heaven. As Christians, we know our place is Heaven and believers are passengers or pilgrims passing by. 4) We need to live by faith in Him and not by fear. 5) We are not to be afraid of these current times. Some are deeply troubled that America is falling apart. It is, and will continue to do so as predicted in Revelation. We must continue to trust in Him that His will be done, whether through judgement or blessing.

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 28:1-35.

Overview of The Relevance of Revelation - John O'Dell

Posted September 30, 2020 | 00:46:42 | 8.02 MB |

Some Christians are so anxious to get into the book of Revelation jumping right into the symbols and signs and the mark of the beast and the anti-Christ. Sometimes folks get caught up in the minute details that they miss the overall picture. This morning we focus on an overview on the book of Revelation. If you don't understand the overview of the book its easy to miss what the Lord through the Apostle John is trying to communicate to us. We also review common mistakes people make in their approach in the book of Revelation.

Love Fulfills the Law, Part 3 - Jansen Lorch

Audio from September 23, 2020 PM | Galatians 5:13-15
Posted September 26, 2020 | 00:28:37 | 4.91 MB |

In the context on tonight's message the word for "opportunity" was often used to refer to a central base of military operations. In the context, "flesh" refers to the sinful inclinations of fallen man. The freedom Christians have is not a base from which they can sin freely and without consequence. Christian freedom is not for selfish fulfillment, buy for serving others. The ethics of the former OT law are the same as those of the NT gospel as indicated in the quote from Leviticus 19:18. When a Christian genuinely loves others, he fulfills all the moral requirements of the former Mosaic law concerning them. This is the ruling principle of Christian freedom. "Bite and devour one another", is imagery of wild animals savagely attacking and killing each other - a graphic picture of what happens in the spiritual realm when believers do not love and serve each other.

Societal Structure of Millennial Kingdom - Matt Postiff

Posted September 22, 2020 | 00:58:04 | 9.97 MB |

Tonight we study the kingdom of God in the millennium as well as in the eternal state will be structured as a human society with divine and human rule. There will be leaders and followers; there will be people involved in all kinds of things; there will be physical activities happening. The Kingdom will have elements including spiritual, political, ecclesiastical, economic, physical, and moral. Additionally, we discuss the Christ to rule the world as King, the resurrected church, resurrection of OT saints, resurrection of tribunal saints, living Israel, and living gentiles.

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Kings 21:1-26.

A Disciplined Servant - Matt Postiff

Audio from September 20, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 9:19-27
Posted September 22, 2020 | 00:50:22 | 8.65 MB |

The Bible urges us to live an intentional, self-disciplined life of gospel service to others. If someone asks you, “Why are you doing that?” and you cannot answer with a good reason, then you need to start from the beginning and figure out what you are doing. If the reasons do not have anything to do with the honoring God and His gospel, then re-think. If you do not see yourself as a servant, check your motivations.

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 27:1-26.

Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet - Matt Postiff

Posted September 22, 2020 | 00:41:30 | 7.12 MB |

This morning we begin our study in chapter 13 of John. The context of Jesus Christ washing the disciples feet was an act of service, showing love in a complete and perfect way, showing His love in a full extent in humble service. Christians are commanded to do likewise, to serve instead of focusing on 'being served.' We are reminded that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Jesus knew every event that would transpire as the time drew near for Him to depart from this world to the Father. Even though His beloved disciples would abandon Him, and one of them would betray Him, He loved them to the end. Peter voiced his objection, unable to understand why Jesus—the one he had acknowledged as "the Christ", the Son of the living God"—would be washing his feet. In typical manner, Peter exclaimed, "You shall never wash my feet! When Jesus explained that Peter needed to submit to Him, Peter jumped to the other extreme, asking Jesus to wash his hands and head as well. More than the right answers, Jesus wants submission and service. This is a lesson for every follower of Christ. Jesus wanted to impress on the disciples that this act of washing feet was not restricted to His ministry: anyone who claims to follow Jesus must also wash... feet, not as a ritual but through humble acts of service.

Christ: Taken Away By Injustice - Matt Postiff

Posted September 22, 2020 | 00:33:55 | 5.82 MB |

Tonight we investigate the passage in Isaiah 53:8, where we study the two phrases "He was taken from prison and from judgment" and "Who will declare His generation?" Both phrases are difficult. The first should be translated properly as "Through oppression and judgment He was taken away." The second phrase is even more difficult, but I believe the sense of the negative rhetorical question is this: "there was no one who considered His posterity."

Bible Question and Answer - Matt Postiff

Posted September 16, 2020 | 01:09:02 | 11.85 MB |

Tonight we considered a few Bible questions that included 1) the temptation that Christ faced by the devil 2) Why did Hezekiah show God's treasures to the Babylonian envoys as mentioned in 2 Kings 20:13-15? 3) Why do we correlate sacrificial language with Christ's death if there was not saving efficacy in the OT sacrifices? 4) Did God split a single shared continent during the flood and how did this correlate to God confusing the Babylonian empire and its languages? 5) Someone makes the outlandish interpretation from Zachariah 6:1, that this reflects the terrorist attack from September 11 2001 6) How do we know which OT promises can Christians today claim for ourselves? 7) Referencing Hosea 11:1 and Matthew 2:15, how is it that Matthew uses Hosea that way when Hosea is talking about the nation of Israel being called out of Egypt? 8) Why do Christians come together to partake in the Lord's table?

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Kings 20:1-21.

Everything You Need to Know About Water Baptism, 2nd ed. - Matt Postiff

Posted September 14, 2020 | 00:30:57 | 5.32 MB |

If you are a believer in Jesus, He commands you to be immersed in water in the name of the Triune God soon after you are saved to symbolize your connection with Him and your new life. This is done in connection with a church family like ours. The New Testament did not even consider an un-baptized Christian. Such a thought would have been indecent and unheard of. If baptism is at all possible, it is displeasing to God to not be baptized. Far worse than the circumstance of an unbaptized person is a non-Christian person. The Bible commands all people everywhere to repent of sins and turn to Christ, and to love God with all their hearts. Have you come to recognize that you need God—that you need Jesus to cleanse you and make you new?

Our Scripture reading was found in Acts 8:26-38.

No License to Sin - Matt Postiff

Posted September 14, 2020 | 00:41:28 | 7.12 MB |

This morning we focus on the idea that a Christian has no excuse for sin nor has the "right" to continue in sin. As a transfigured believer sin is something that a believer should hate. In this study we focus on three stages in a Christian's life on how a believer should avoid sinning: 1) In the beginning of my christian life, 2) during my christian life, and 3) In the future of my christian life. Sin is not something we get away with or can do with impunity. It is something we hate.

Love Fulfills the Law, Part 2 - Jansen Lorch

Audio from September 9, 2020 PM | Galatians 5:11-13
Posted September 14, 2020 | 00:38:16 | 6.57 MB |

The Apostle Paul does not preach circumcision for salvation rather salvation is by faith alone. We should never use our freedom as a beachhead or springboard to indulge the flesh and be lured into sin. Instead, our Redeemer frees us to serve one another. We are saved to serve! The law is fulfilled, Paul is not attempting to trivialize the law but is making a statement about the power and significance of love. Love both summarizes and fulfills the entire moral law of God.

The Fear of Death - Matt Postiff

Audio from September 6, 2020 PM | Hebrews 2:15, Various
Posted September 8, 2020 | 00:57:17 | 9.83 MB |

The interconnected network of COVID and homosexuality and cultural Marxism and intersectionality and critical race theory and anti-Christian and anti-Jewish sentiment that is rising in the world. It all fits the Biblical model of a coming Antichrist who will rule the world, promising peace and putting himself up as the savior of mankind, demanding worship and the rest. We are not on board with that because it will be done in unrighteousness, despite the fact that we know that God has ordained it to happen. We are resigned to it in the will of God, but not happy that it will come upon the unsuspecting world and many will die and be lost forever. We are not victims of the tyrannical fear of death like all the rest. Consequently, we evaluate things like the COVID crisis much differently than the unbeliever.

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Kings 19:1-37.

The Gates of Hades - Matt Postiff

Posted September 8, 2020 | 00:56:09 | 9.64 MB |

It is good to remember that the point of the text is not about the strength of the gates of Hades or the residents inside of those gates. The point is that the church cannot be defeated by death. It is ultimately invincible because Christ is its head. This is like the nation of Israel: ultimately, it cannot be destroyed because of the promises of God. So too the church cannot be defeated or destroyed. Not even death can destroy the church. Communists may attempt to destroy it. And secularists. And atheists. And human governments. Persecutors may attempt to swallow it up. Nor indeed, will Satan and all of his demons, who work for that Hades-dominion, be able to conquer the church. Their efforts are in vain, because not even death itself—the most potent enemy—will destroy the church. Death will destroy those who come against the church, but not the church! If you want to boil it right down, here it is: the gates of Hades will not prevail against the church means “death will not overcome the church.” In the end, death cannot conquer the church. Here and now, the church will win some out of the broad way that leads to death and give them that same assurance and boldness and witness that we possess.

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 26:1-19.

Lord's Table: The Joy of Salvation - Matt Postiff

Posted September 8, 2020 | 00:26:30 | 4.55 MB |

In our present time with worldly events there are a substantial amount of disheartening news filled with deceit. For the Christian we can have a deep-seated kind of joy and happiness despite the things that are going on around us. Our joy is not the same kind that the world perceives joy which is based on a fleshly sense. A Christians joy is much different than that founded on a more peaceful and tranquility knowing that being in Christ we are right with God. What joy comes to the mind and the heart when the burden of sin is removed from our soul. Salvation is much bigger than forgiveness from our sins but it includes God accounting his believers as righteous before Him, promises His children inheritance to life, helps us to love our neighbors as ourselves, and He reserves a place for us in His kingdom.

God's Judgments, God's Blessings - Matt Postiff

Posted September 8, 2020 | 00:38:25 | 6.60 MB |

The Valley of Jehoshaphat, an extended area east of Jerusalem, is where God will judge all nations based on how they treated His people. As the Lord issues a call to war, the nations are told to prepare for a great battle by beating their plowshares into swords and their pruning books into spears - the opposite of what happens when God reigns. When the nations assemble in the Valley of Jehoshaphat, fully equipped for battle, they will find the Judge of all the nations awaiting them, and in their hands will be the incriminating evidence of their own violent history. God will judge the nations for scattering His covenant people and for dividing up His land. It is better understood as "the valley of the verdict," as it will be too late for any of those people to make a decision: judgement has come. Today, there are many people in a valley of decision. Each one needs to earnestly pray that he might make the right decision and choose Christ before it is too late. The Lord also will roar from Zion, pictures the Lord as the mighty judge, but even in the midst of judgement, God is mindful of His people. The same power that destroys His enemies shelters His people from harm. Joel later speaks of the blessings that Israel (and all who believe) will attain in the end. The similar vision in Amos 9:11-15 relates this time of blessing to the restoration of the Davidic kingdom in fulfillment of God's promise to David. Jesus is the One through whom this promise will be realized.

God Judges the Nations - Matt Postiff

Posted September 1, 2020 | 00:54:17 | 9.32 MB |

We continue our study in the 2nd chapter where the text makes a decisive transition, devoting the remainder of the book to restoration. It assumes as interval of time between v. 17 and v. 18 during which Israel repented. As a result of her repentance, the 3 major concerns of Joel 1:1-2:17 are answered by the Lord: physical restoration (Joel 2:21-27), and spiritual restoration (Joel 2:28-32). Additionally, The nations of the world will be gathered to Jerusalem to the battle of Armageddon. The name "Valley of Jehoshaphat" means "Yahweh judges" and although the exact location is unknown, other prophets spoke of this judgement as occurring near Jerusalem. This judgement of the nations includes the event of Matthew 25:31-46.

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Kings 18:1-37.

Waiving Your Rights - Matt Postiff

Audio from August 30, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 9:12-18
Posted September 1, 2020 | 00:53:49 | 9.24 MB |

Paul's situation is not exactly applicable today, for he was an apostle, not a regular pastor. The "necessity laid upon" him was that Christ had personally told him to minister the gospel. His was no merely internal compulsion to preach or subjective call. It was completely objective, and if he did not, it was "woe" for him. But his attitude is nevertheless instructive for us. Ministers today have no problem with the command that those who preach the gospel should get their living fro the gospel. What is more difficult is practicing Paul's attitude of "I won't demand my rights." When it comes to pay, if some ministers did not get paid, they would quit. All would find it far more difficult to minister, and some ministry would be left undone. But the point is more about the attitude. We have rights, but are we willing to give them up theoretically and even in practice when needed to advance God's work? Or are we more about "me" that "HE"? Is the gospel important enough to make us willing to endure hardship and inconvenience for its sake? Is it important enough that we do not mind being reviled, or mischaracterized, or less well off because of it?

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 25:1-19.

Vision of the Summer Fruit, Part 2 - James Widgeon

Posted September 1, 2020 | 00:37:49 | 6.49 MB |

Amos' confrontation with Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, leaves no doubt in his mind about God's purpose in judging Israel. Israel's wealthy eagerly awaited the end of feasts and the Sabbath so they could continue exploiting the poor. But in the Day of judgement, not only would those celebrations be turned into mourning but there would be a famine of the words of the Lord-His truth would no longer be revealed through His prophets. Today, the Bible is available nearly everywhere, but deaf ears can still produce spiritual drought.

The Deliverance of Judah - Matt Postiff

Posted August 31, 2020 | 00:31:31 | 5.41 MB |

The text makes a decisive transition, devoting the remainder of the book to restoration. It assumes as interval of time between v. 17 and v. 18 during which Israel repented. As a result of her repentance, the 3 major concerns of Joel 1:1-2:17 are answered by the Lord: physical restoration (Joel 2:21-27), and spiritual restoration (Joel 2:28-32).

Call to Repentance - Matt Postiff

Posted August 25, 2020 | 00:50:12 | 8.62 MB |

In the past, present, and in the future, the world faces imminent judgement by God. God turns people over to immorality and debased minds. This is a judgement by God. What is required to get right with God? If Israel would demonstrate genuine repentance, the Lord stood ready to forgive and bless. Joel teaches us the necessity of repentance from sin and to turn fully to Christ. True repentance always shows external fruit. This demands a change of mindset, of heart, and keeping His commandments.

Our Scripture reading was in 2 Kings 17:1-41.

The Rights of Apostleship - Matt Postiff

Audio from August 23, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 9:1-12
Posted August 25, 2020 | 00:58:37 | 10.06 MB |

The apostle Paul briefly defends his apostleship and then makes the case that he has all the rights of an apostle, including the right to financial support. To prove this, he appeals to four illustrations: soldier, farmer, shepherd, and oxen. Furthermore, he argues from the relatively lesser value of material support when compared with the surpassing value of spiritual things provided by his ministry.

Our Scripture reading was from Deuteronomy 24:1-22.

Vision of the Summer Fruit - James Widgeon

Posted August 25, 2020 | 00:44:54 | 7.71 MB |

Amos' confrontation with Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, leaves no doubt in his mind about God's purpose in judging Israel. Israel's wealthy eagerly awaited the end of feasts and the Sabbath so they could continue exploiting the poor. But in the Day of judgement, not only would those celebrations be turned into mourning but there would be a famine of the words of the Lord-His truth would no longer be revealed through His prophets. Today, the Bible is available nearly everywhere, but deaf ears can still produce spiritual drought.

Love Fulfills the Law - Jansen Lorch

Audio from August 19, 2020 PM | Galatians 5:7-10
Posted August 19, 2020 | 00:29:58 | 5.15 MB |

Paul compares the Galatians life of faith with a race, a figure he used frequently. They had a good beginning-they had received the gospel message by faith and had begun to live their Christian lives by faith as well. The legalistic influence of the Judaizers prevented the unsaved from responding in faith to the gospel of grace and true believers from living by faith. Salvation by works, God does not promote legalism. Any doctrine that claims His gracious work is insufficient to save is false. A common axiomatic saying 'leaven', regarded the influence in dough. Leaven is often used in Scripture to denote sin because of its permeating power. Paul also expresses encouraging assurance that the Lord will be faithful to keep His own from falling into the gross heresy. They will preserve and be preserved. All false teachers will incur strict and devastating eternal condemnation.

Armageddon and Satan's Final Rebellion - Matt Postiff

Posted August 19, 2020 | 01:05:54 | 11.31 MB |

In this message, Pastor Postiff answers a question posed to him about the difference between Armageddon and the final rebellion of Satan. The two events are clearly distinguished in Scripture, even though they are recorded in close proximity (Revelation 16-19 and Revelation 20).

Our Scripture readings were in Deuteronomy 23:1-25 and 2 Kings 16:1-20.

Issues of Conscience and Liberty, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Audio from August 16, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 8:7-13
Posted August 19, 2020 | 01:00:36 | 10.40 MB |

We are assured there is only one true God who ever has or will exist in this Universe (and there are no other universes!). We know sound doctrine -or should. Consequently, we could eat meat offered in sacrifice to an idol because the idol is nothing. But not everyone grasps that truth. So they have a problem of conscience to eat food sacrificed to an idol. We cause problems by over-emphasizing knowledge and liberty, we need to emphasize love toward our brothers. Love is the guardrail to to excess in liberty.

Visions of the Plumb Line, Amaziah's Complaint - James Widgeon

Posted August 19, 2020 | 00:42:40 | 7.33 MB |

Israel is portrayed as a misaligned wall that is leaning and ready to fall over. Amos' confrontation with Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, leaves no doubt in his mind about God's purpose in judging Israel.

The Day of the Lord (Continued) - Matt Postiff

Posted August 15, 2020 | 00:34:37 | 5.94 MB |

In dramatic and vivid language, Joel describes an invading army that is soon to come upon the nation of Israel. We address some questions as to the timing of this invasion as well as the nature of the army that the prophet describes (is it a literal army or more about the locusts?). The plagues of locust, drought, and an invasion are then used as the backdrop from which Joel launches a call to repent in 2:12-17.

Judgement Seat of Christ - Matt Postiff

Posted August 11, 2020 | 01:05:44 | 11.28 MB |

There are multiple judgments mentioned in the Bible and tonight we focus on the Judgement Seat of Christ. In particular, the timing of this event. Many Christians have died and will die before the rapture occurs. When will they stand before the judgement seat of Christ?

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Kings 15:1-38.

Issues of Conscience and Liberty, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Audio from August 9, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Posted August 11, 2020 | 00:58:32 | 10.05 MB |

Mere knowledge of what is right and wrong can manifest itself as a sort of pride in the knowing that never makes the transition into living. Only the knowledge that is humbly applied and motivated by love makes any difference. The Corinthians had knowledge, but it was marked by arrogance and a lack of service. In the early creedal statement, Paul beautifully asserts the triune God as the only self-sufficient being upon whom all else depends. As a people who have been given insight into this reality, why should Christians care about tin idols and the activity of pagan priests? God is the Creator and Sustainer of all! Christians have the responsibility to look beyond what they know to be right and wrong and examine how their exercise of freedom might influence the ministry and witness they have to those around them. There are two things to note about weaker brothers or sisters in Christ. First, they are the ones who legalistically toe the line on doubtful things and judge those who do not follow the same rules. Second, they are exactly that: brothers and sisters to fellow believers. Christian liberty must be tempered by love and concern for other believers. The mature, or stronger, believer know he or she has the freedom in Christ to do something-yet chooses not to for the sake of the one who has no yet found that freedom.

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 22:1-1-30.

Visions of the Locusts, Fire, and the Plumb Line, Part 2 - James Widgeon

Posted August 11, 2020 | 00:39:55 | 6.85 MB |

We focus on recapping the first six books of Amos and begin our study in chapter seven. The first vision, symbolizing God's action, saw a swarm of locusts devouring the people's portion of the later cuttings, after the king had taken the first cutting. Under the figure of fire, the second vision concerns a devastating drought, causing the underground water supplies to dry up and the fields to be consumed. Amos again pleaded Israel's cause. The true spiritual nature of Israel was here tested (and found wanting) by God's plumb line of righteousness in this third of five visions. The sword of judgement was to come from Assyria.

Christian Liberty - Jansen Lorch

Audio from August 5, 2020 PM | Galatians 5:1-6
Posted August 8, 2020 | 00:30:23 | 5.22 MB |

When the Galatians trusted Christ, they were freed from the law's yoke of bondage-in which people try to gain God's favor by carefully heeding His rules-and could accept Christ's invitation to rest. It seems that our default position is to try to work our way to salvation, expecting reward for being good and doing good. But no matter how many laws we keep, we still fall short. In contrast, Christ's message, which Paul restates here, is that salvation is a gift-by grace alone. We are saved by grace through faith, and we live the Christine life the same way. The sacrifice of Jesus was perfect and complete, but it cannot benefit a person who trusts in something else. "Christ will provide unlimited help to those who place their undivided trust in Him, but no help at all to those who bypass his saving work. By turning to one element of the law (circumcision), the whole law had to be kept perfectly in order to merit salvation-and such perfection was impossible. Christianity is faith working through love, not the flesh working through self-effort. Paul's letters often describe the correct relationship between faith and works: good works are the product of faith, not a substitute for it.

The Blessings of Forgiveness - Matt Postiff

Posted August 4, 2020 | 00:45:57 | 7.89 MB |

This evening we have the honor of reading through Psalm 32:1-11 (blessings of forgiveness) in preparation of partaking in the Lord's table.

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Kings 14:1-29.

The Coming of the Son of Man - Matt Postiff

Audio from August 2, 2020 AM | Matthew 24-25, Part 2
Posted August 4, 2020 | 01:01:45 | 10.60 MB |

We know a lot about the Lord's return and the end of the age. But we do not know everything we might like. But we do know enough to be faithful to Christ until He comes. Let us be about that. We are to live for Him, grow in grace and knowledge of Christ, testify for Him, make disciples, be baptized and baptize, be faithful in the local church, and wait expectantly for His return.

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 21:1-23.

The Worthy Walk - Tom McParlan

Posted August 4, 2020 | 00:48:07 | 8.26 MB |

Perfect trust in Christ grants peace to His children. The chaos in our current time is nothing new to history, and we should not conform to the societal non-believing demands of a godless nation. Obedience to God is trusting Him through these difficult times. What does the world off us, conformity? Scripture reminds us to not conform to this world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds. The peace that God comforts us with is something the world cannot offer. This peace only comes to His believers who trust in Him.

Following Him, Part 3 - Matt Postiff

Posted August 4, 2020 | 00:30:25 | 5.22 MB |

When we believe in Him we are genuinely transformed by His Grace. Our conduct begins to look a lot different than before we were born again. We become new creatures in Christ. We continue to look through the Gospels and study the commands that He gave to His disciples. These commandments are expected to be kept by His believers.

Mourning for the Land - Matt Postiff

Posted July 28, 2020 | 00:46:54 | 8.05 MB |

Call to repentance in light of the devastation, the prophet Joel described the contemporary Day of the Lord. The land was suffering massive devastation caused by a locust plague and drought. The details of the calamity are followed by a summons to communal penitence and reformation.

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Kings 13:1-25.

The Coming of the Son of Man - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 26, 2020 AM | Matthew 24-25
Posted July 28, 2020 | 01:00:41 | 10.42 MB |

The Disciples asked Christ about the end of the age and God provides a timeline of events yet to come. When and what signs will there be? No one knows, but there are indicators.

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 20:1-20.

Judgement Harsher for Judah and Israel - James Widgeon

Posted July 28, 2020 | 00:41:21 | 7.10 MB |

Israel's social injustice, materialism, self-centeredness, and willful ignorance of God were rampant. Notice that Israel's list is the only one that names four crimes. The other nations' lists are deliberately shortened, as if to say that Israel's sins accumulated faster than their counterparts. Judgement was harder for Judah and Israel than the other nations because they had forsaken God's revealed and written law. Their covenant relationship with God held the to a higher standard.

Christ's Likeness (Continued) - Matt Postiff

Posted July 28, 2020 | 00:27:05 | 4.65 MB |

If we want to be like Christ we need to focus our attention on glorifying God. The Lord commands his servants to Everyone starts out stuck in sin. You can try hard to escape that sin with self effort but it never works. The Lord pulls every believer out of sin through Jesus Christ. God wants us to live in a way that pleases Him. What is one area in your life that God would have you to be more like Jesus Christ? Christ was the perfect example and every believer should strive to live just as Christ has commanded His people to live. He is the model, He is the standard, He is worthy of our obedience.

The Locusts - Matt Postiff

Posted July 23, 2020 | 00:55:33 | 9.54 MB |

We read about the circumstances surrounding the time period in which Joel may have prophesied. The high places (man-made idols elevated in high places) violated the divine mandate of a single sanctuary. Because Israel had only one God, He was to be worshiped in only one sanctuary. God blessed and honored the king's efforts to put God's house in proper order and repair... the temple. Joash's career did not end as grandly as it began. Once a God-fearing young ruler, he died a disappointment. The writer says only that Joash traded treasure from the Lord's temple to rescue Jerusalem from the attack by Hazael, king of Syria. The Lord allowed the Aramean army to attack Jerusalem as an act of judgement upon His people for forsaking Him. We also study in the book of Joel how God judged the people of Israel by locusts and judgement by drought.

Our Scripture reading was from 2 Kings 10 through 12.

Finishing up: Two More Questions about Marriage - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 19, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 7:36-40
Posted July 21, 2020 | 00:47:39 | 8.18 MB |

Marriage is not a thing that is to be entered lightly or on the basis of mere emotions. Those will not last. There is a foundation of divine revelation - information from God - that will set your marriage on solid footing. But you both must truly follow what it teaches to have success!

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 19:1-21.

Faith Like Enoch - Tom McParlan

Audio from July 19, 2020 SS | Hebrews 11:5-6
Posted July 21, 2020 | 00:45:53 | 7.88 MB |

Walking with God is not a new concept. We see how Enoch was taken up and was never subjected to death. Enoch teaches us the importance of living by faith in Christ and was in constant relationship with Him all of his days. Without faith it is impossible to please Him.

Two Covenants, Part 2 - Jansen Lorch

Audio from July 15, 2020 PM | Galatians 4:28-31
Posted July 19, 2020 | 00:40:39 | 6.98 MB |

Just as Isaac inherited the promises made to Abraham, so also are believers the recipients of God's redemptive promises, because they are spiritual heirs of Abraham. He who was born according to the flesh, Ishmael, his birth was motivated by Abraham and Sarah's lack of faith in God's promise and fulfilled by sinful human means. Ishmael's descendants (Arabs) have always persecuted Issac's (Jews). So unbelievers have always persecuted believers. We learn that 'cast out the bondwoman' illustrates that those who are attempting to be justified on the basis of keeping the law will be cast out of God's presence forever. Believers in Christ are not children of the bondwoman.

Bible Question & Answer - Matt Postiff

Posted July 14, 2020 | 00:58:46 | 10.09 MB |

1. What exactly was the temptation Christ faced in the first temptation with turning stones to bread. He did make bread in another miracle (feeding of the 5000), so what would have been wrong about making bread this time?

The answer hinges on the notion that the context of making bread was wrong--not that making bread itself is wrong. If Jesus made the bread to satisfy his own hunger, that would be in response to a challenge from the devil to provide his own sustenance instead of relying upon sustenance from the Lord. It would be a violation of trust in the Lord when there was a higher need, that of sustenance, that is, Gods' word. We examined John 4:31-34 and saw a similar point that the Lord found his greatest sustenance in doing the will of the Father. He did not fall into the temptation of Eve in the garden--that of the lust of the flesh (to satisfy hunger in this spectacular way), the pride of life, and the lust of the eyes.

Since the Lord's answer was that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God, we know, if for no other reason than by "reverse engineering," that the temptation had to do with trusting in self rather than in God; that the true need of the human person is not physical food but spiritual. The devil was trying to get Jesus to fall by focusing on and solving a very dire physical need without trusting fully in God.

We looked at the other two temptations and saw how they were clearly sins as well.

2. How do Christians handle current political events and the like? How are we to be involved in social change (voting rights for women, for example). The questioner avoided reference to the specifics of the current events surrounding protests, riots, race issues, and the like. The question was designed to be general in nature.

This is a very abbreviated form of the question, but the answer I gave has to do with the two realms of authority in which we find ourselves--church and state. The church has its realm, and the state has its own realm. These two do touch and overlap to some extent, but our responsibilities to them are distinguishable. In the church we are to participate in the Great Commission assignment that God has given the church. In our role as individual citizens in the state, we are to be good citizens, and do what we can to promote the well-being of the civil society. Each of us can decide with our own talents and resources what part(s) we might play in that.

3. A question on Matthew 19 regarding why divorce was allowed. Was it allowed for weakness in the people? Are there similar issues where Christians can support the legalization of things like gay marriage?

Divorce was "legalized" to manage the sinfulness of society. Since God knew it would occur because of the hardness of heart of the people, He saw it wise to regulate its practice so that there would not be total anarchy in the area of marriage. Similar areas today might include the legalization of some drugs, and a fairly lengthy explanation ensued on that topic. The issue of gay marriage and how it was handled in law was a non-issue for centuries in our own country, and that was very workable since such a small portion of the population was ever interested in such a thing. There is no such thing as "gay" marriage anyway, because it is not a "thing" that can produce children. From a Christian perspective it is unnecessary that it had to change in recent years. Abortion is another example, where I cannot see any case for legalizing it--it is murder. We did not discuss the area of so-called victimless crimes, if it can be truly said there are such things.

Along the same line of thought, another questioner asked, "Does government have a significant interest in marriage that it can legislate it?"

My reply was that yes, the government does have a significant interest in the propagation of the race and continuance of the society. I would add that it has a welfare interest in that it should want children to have stable homes and not require government assistance. As to how much involvement it has, if it subsidizes marriage, and the like, these are questions that require much wisdom to answer and many facets will cause disunity on the exact right approach.

4. A question was raised about the impeccability of Christ. This doctrine is that Christ not only DID NOT sin, but he COULD NOT sin. The passage at issue is Matthew 26:53. The text says, "Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?"

Could Christ have done this? Apparently so, in some kind of hypothetical way. Therefore (backing me into a corner) doesn't Matthew 26:53 teach that Christ COULD have sinned?

This can be put in a simplified counterfactual way: "If Christ asked, God would send angels." The entire counterfactual is true, according to what Christ said. However, the "if" could never be true. It is a "possibility" that is actually a non-possibility because Christ never would have done it; never would have desired it; and knew it was not right in this context.

Would calling the angels and halting the arrest have been a sin? I answered yes, as it would have short-circuited the plan of God for the suffering of Christ and the salvation of the world. He was of no desire to do that because He had set His face like flint to go to Jerusalem and to suffer for sinners to fill the plan of God.

Did he do it? No, so therefore He did not sin.

But could he have sinned? No. The text says that Christ as the divine Logos had the power to do something that in this particular context would not have been according to the will of God. But we cannot legitimately claim that just because Christ has the power to do an act that He therefore He could be somehow hypothetically convinced to actually do that act in a context in which it was sinful.

Consider this further explanation. Christ could make bread out of stones (Matthew 4). That act itself is not a sin. The fact that Jesus COULD make the bread does not open him to the charge of peccability. This is because He not only DID NOT make the bread, but His nature would not allow Him to make the choice to make it in this context even though he could legitimately do so in another context. Stating the point again, the fact that Jesus possessed the power to do an act that is not sinful in itself does not mean that Christ was peccable. Not only would Christ have to be able to do the act, he would have to be able to CHOOSE to do that act. In this setting, He simply was not of a mind to halt the unfolding plan of salvation and could not be convinced otherwise. He was completely convinced of the need to do the will of the Father.

Stated again, to break the doctrine of impeccability, you would have to prove NOT that Christ could in His divine office call angels to aid Him to avoid His appointed suffering, but that He could have a DESIRE to do that. Stating He has the power to do something does not undercut impeccability. Proving that He could have the DESIRE to do that thing is the decisive issue. In fact, Christ did make bread on other occasions, He could have made stones into sons of Abraham, and He will direct legions of angels to do His bidding in the eschaton--all without sin. Those would be legitimate exercises of His divine power in the right contexts.

All the above considers actions that were not in and of themselves sinful, but could be turned into sin depending on the context in which they were done. Acts that are inherently sinful all the time (lying to an authority figure, committing idolatry, etc.) are things that Christ could not do because of His nature in any context. But they are similar to the above, because Jesus's physical body had the ability to do those things (bow down to Satan, for example, or speak words that would form a lie), but He had no desire to do so and could not have had such a desire.

In the reverse, we sinful humans may or even may NOT have the power to do an act, but we can still sin by desiring to do the act whether we do it or not or have the power to do it or not. Christ had the power to do this particular act, but had no sin--even hypothetically--because He had no desire to do the thing and in fact could not have that desire.

The doctrine of impeccability therefore stands.

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Kings 9:1-37.

Good Advice for Unmarried People - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 12, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 7:25-35
Posted July 14, 2020 | 00:51:59 | 8.93 MB |

It is interesting how the apostle navigates this situation. But he manages to give sound Spiritual counsel about some complicated issues. He supports the idea of celibacy, but not for the wrong reasons (asceticism). He has some very practical counsel for the time in which he lived. And it applies to our time as well. He supports marriage as well. What exactly the advice would be for you depends on the present circumstances of society and your own spiritual maturity and giftedness.

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 18:1-22.

Following Him, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted July 14, 2020 | 00:40:29 | 6.95 MB |

A believer is to be like Christ and must follow Him, following in His footsteps and keeping His commandments. We continue our study in the book of John chapters 6-12, where we learn additional commandments given by the Lord in which believers are instructed to keep.

Following Him - Matt Postiff

Posted July 11, 2020 | 00:35:32 | 6.10 MB |

If we are to be like Christ we must follow Him, following in His footsteps and keeping His commandments. We study the first six chapters of John where we learn ten commandments given by the Lord: Follow Him, not commercializing His church establishment, believe Him, care for the lost, obey Him, sin no more, do not wonder on bible teachings of judgement or resurrection, do not waste, do not think Jesus is an accuser, do not be afraid.

Christ's Likeness - Matt Postiff

Posted July 8, 2020 | 00:43:42 | 7.50 MB |

Everyone starts out stuck in sin. You can try hard to escape that sin with self effort but it never works. The Lord pulls every believer out of sin through Jesus Christ. God wants us to live in a way that pleases Him. What is one area in your life that God would have you to be more like Jesus Christ? Christ was the perfect example and every believer should strive to live just as Christ has commanded His people to live. He is the model, He is the standard, He is worthy of our obedience.

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Kings 8:1-29.

Walk as You are Called - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 5, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 7:17-24
Posted July 8, 2020 | 00:56:14 | 9.65 MB |

Our sin nature easily falls into complaint about our marriage, job, kids, parents, society, church, etc. It is easy to be discontent. But God calls us to something above discontent, above complaint. He calls us to gratefully live in the state He has called us. That state is, for long periods of time, if often very cyclical and repetitive. It can be boring. We are to be graciously stable, taking measured steps to improve our lot if it is possible to do so, and being content with it if we cannot.

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 17:1-20.

To Please God Requires Faith - Tom McParlan

Audio from July 5, 2020 SS | Hebrews 11:4-7
Posted July 8, 2020 | 00:42:38 | 7.32 MB |

Abel offered a sacrifice that please God. Not only was it the first and best of what he had, as God required, but it demonstrated his trust in God's ways. By contrast, Cain had a heart that was far from faith - as his sacrifice and his life showed. Enoch was seventh in the line of Adam and the great-grandfather of Noah. Genesis says he "walked with God". Here the writer says he pleased God. Enoch lived in a time of wicked rebellion that would culminate in the flood. Yet he was faithful to God and in constant relationship with Him all of his days. Unlike Abel, Enoch did not see death. Not only does faith bring insight and confidence that are otherwise unavailable, the believer must have it to even please God. True faith is not just a passive belief that He exists; it also actively seeks Him and His will and looks to the future, boldly believing that God will reward His faithful people. By the time of the flood, humanity's wickedness had so grieved God that He was "sorry that He had made man on the earth". But Noah and his family found grace in the eyes of God. God's grace, not Noah's righteousness, saved him. He demonstrated faith by not allowing the world's corruption and opposition to carry him away and by boldly proclaiming God's righteousness. God calls people today to do the same.

Two Covenants - Jansen Lorch

Audio from July 1, 2020 PM | Galatians 4:21-31
Posted July 4, 2020 | 00:36:41 | 6.30 MB |

Paul, continuing to contrast grace and law, faith and works, employs an OT story as an analogy or illustration using historical people and places to express spiritual truth. Just as Isaac inherited the promises made to Abraham, so also are believers the recipients of God's redemptive promises, because they are spiritual heirs of Abraham. Those who are attempting to be justified on the basis of keeping the law will be cast out of God's presence forever.

A Prayer of Mercy, Power, and Faith, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 28, 2020PM | Habakkuk 3:1-19
Posted July 4, 2020 | 00:45:46 | 7.86 MB |

The reference to "Habakkuk the prophet" marks a transition. The argumentative tone of the previous chapters, in which he cried for divine interference, is transformed into a plea for God's mercy, a review of God's power, and a chorus of praise for God's sustaining grace and sufficiency. But while the tone changes, a strong, thematic connection remains. Having been informed of God's plan of judgement, Habakkuk returns to the matter of Judah's judgement, pleading for mercy.

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Kings 7:1-20.

Instructions to people in various marital situations, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 28, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 7:8-16, Part 2
Posted June 30, 2020 | 00:49:09 | 8.44 MB |

The passage extols a high view of marriage. Those not yet married need to file this away and plan to live by it. Those married need to work hard to keep their marriage working well. Do what you can to avoid a bad outcome-but never compromising your faith, of course. Even more importantly, do what you can to make it a happy and enjoyable situation. That will necessitate a remarkable level of unselfishness, but it will honor God, the creator of marriage.

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 16:1-22.

Visions of the Locusts, Fire, and the Plumb Line - James Widgeon

Posted June 30, 2020 | 00:41:39 | 7.15 MB |

We focus on recapping the first six books of Amos and begin our study in chapter seven. The first vision, symbolizing God's action, saw a swarm of locusts devouring the people's portion of the later cuttings, after the king had taken the first cutting. Under the figure of fire, the second vision concerns a devastating drought, causing the underground water supplies to dry up and the fields to be consumed. Amos again pleaded Israel's cause. The true spiritual nature of Israel was here tested (and found wanting) by God's plumb line of righteousness in this third of five visions. The sword of judgement was to come from Assyria.

Love One Another - Matt Postiff

Posted June 30, 2020 | 00:30:02 | 5.16 MB |

The idea of love is a very, very important concept in the Scriptures. Tonight we study the 2nd greatest commandment by God to love one another just as He has loved us.

A Prayer of Mercy, Power, and Faith, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 21, 2020 PM | Habakkuk 3:1-19
Posted June 24, 2020 | 00:46:53 | 8.05 MB |

The reference to "Habakkuk the prophet" marks a transition. The argumentative tone of the previous chapters, in which he cried for divine interference, is transformed into a plea for God's mercy, a review of God's power, and a chorus of praise for God's sustaining grace and sufficiency. But while the tone changes, a strong, thematic connection remains. Having been informed of God's plan of judgement, Habakkuk returns to the matter of Judah's judgement, pleading for mercy.

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Kings 6:1-7:2.

Instructions to people in various marital situations, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 21, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 7:8-11
Posted June 24, 2020 | 00:47:12 | 8.10 MB |

This morning we study God's instructions to people in various marital situations, focusing on the unmarried and widows and married believers.

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 15:1-23.

Arminianism vs. Calvinism - Matt Postiff

Posted June 22, 2020 | 00:46:31 | 7.99 MB |

This morning we focus our study on the fundamental differences on the belief systems of Arminianism and Calvinism.

Missionary Report: A Church Founded Upon the Rock - David Flinck

Posted June 22, 2020 | 00:30:32 | 5.24 MB |

We are blessed by welcoming missionary David Flinck this evening, a minister with GMSA (Gospel Mission of South America), sharing with us how God is providing for the newly planted church in Chile.

Missionary Report: He is Faithful - Jack Mitchell

Audio from June 14, 2020 PM | 2 Chronicles 20:1-37.
Posted June 17, 2020 | 00:48:49 | 8.38 MB |

Tonight we study events that were going on in the life of King Jehoshaphat. He is one of the kings in the OT who struggled with his obedience to the Lord. And yet, we see how the Lord is faithful to Jehoshaphat. This should give us Christians encouragement that despite our many failures He is forgiving and always remains faithful to His people.

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Kings 5:1-27.

Missionary Report: Encouragement From God - Jack Mitchell

Audio from June 14, 2020 AM | Isaiah 40:1-31
Posted June 17, 2020 | 00:47:42 | 8.19 MB |

In this mornings service missionary Jack Mitchell shares how God encourages His children during challenging times. We always need encouragement from God and the place we need to look for that encouragement is God's Word.

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 14:1-29.

Missionary Report: Rescuing the Lost - Jack Mitchell

Posted June 17, 2020 | 00:43:57 | 7.55 MB |

This morning we are blessed by welcoming missionaries Jack and Jennifer Mitchell. Through their ministry we obtain a glimpse of what the Mitchel's have encountered in the last several years of mission work around the world with a fervent desire to reach the lost.

The Lord's Table - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 7, 2020 PM | Exodus 12:1-14
Posted June 10, 2020 | 00:33:06 | 5.68 MB |

This evening we have the honor of reading through Exodus 12:1-14 in preparation of partaking in the Lord's table.

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Kings 4:1-44.

Intimacy: Don’t Leave Home Without It - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 7, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 7:1-7
Posted June 10, 2020 | 00:55:14 | 9.48 MB |

Paul is answering some specific questions in this chapter. One of those questions is not “What are all the reasons to be married?” But he does address one very important reason that we have discussed in detail. How does this apply to you? Well, if you are married, the application is obvious. Do what it says. Recognize that you cannot make excuses. If you are a young person not yet married, store this up. If you are an older person who has passed through marriage already, then please share these principles with those under your care: younger family members and disciples of Jesus. Our world needs this basic teaching.

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 13:1-18.

God uses Esther to stop the Jewish Genocide, Part 2 - Tom McParlan

Posted June 10, 2020 | 00:42:03 | 7.22 MB |

Esther, a young Jewish woman, was not in any position to influence her success. It was God who quietly orchestrated her journey from obscurity to the second most-powerful position in the entire kingdom. Haman was placed in a high-authority position and demanded all people to bow to him. Esther's uncle Mordecai refused to bow the knee. Haman filled with anger formed a plot not only to kill Mordecai but to to annihilate the entire Jewish race. Mordecai learns of Haman's plots and immediately informs Esther. Esther, having the kings ear, reports Haman's plot to the king and saves the Jewish race from genocide.

Five Woes of Judgement - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 3, 2020 PM | Habakkuk 2:5-20
Posted June 10, 2020 | 00:35:38 | 6.15 MB |

Fives woes, in the form of a taunt song, were pronounced upon the Chaldean's in anticipation of their eventual judgement. Presented in 5 stanzas of 3 verses each, the 5 woes were directed at 5 different classes of evildoers.

The Just Shall Live By Faith - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 31, 2020 AM | Habakkuk 2:2-4
Posted May 31, 2020 | 00:50:54 | 8.74 MB |

Habakkuk is making plain God’s message that doom is coming to the southern kingdom. The main issue that matters is not physical disaster preparedness, a go-bag, or saving precious family heirlooms. What is important is whether you are proud or whether you trust God and live like it. Which is it in your case?

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 12:1-32.

God uses Esther to stop the Jewish Genocide - Tom McParlan

Audio from May 31, 2020 SS | Esther 2:1-3:15
Posted May 31, 2020 | 00:42:24 | 7.28 MB |

Esther, a young Jewish woman, was not in any position to influence her success. It was God who quietly orchestrated her journey from obscurity to the second most-powerful position in the entire kingdom. Haman was placed in a high-authority position and demanded all people to bow to him. Esther's uncle Mordecai refused to bow the knee. Haman filled with anger formed a plot not only to kill Mordecai but to to annihilate the entire Jewish race. Mordecai learns of Haman's plots and immediately informs Esther. Esther, having the kings ear, reports Haman's plot to the king and saves the Jewish race from genocide.

More Questions for God - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 24, 2020 AM | Habakkuk 1:12-2:1
Posted May 28, 2020 | 00:53:28 | 9.18 MB |

When you face catastrophe of some sort, always go back to these truths: God is eternal, God is holy, and God should be trusted completely. He is not making some terrible mistake when He allows His people to suffer. Because of this, Habakkuk knows that God has not appointed the Babylonians to destroy Judah, but for judgement and correction of Judah. This is in the last half of verse 12. They are going to be used to punish and reprove Judah for its sins. Every Christian today is in effect a watchman. You may feel like you do not have frequent occasion to exercise that office, but in your family you do; in your community you do; you should look for more occasions to exercise it. You know the enemy of sin and the Savior from sin, and other people are clueless. Whether you know all the philosophical or theological explanations for it, the fact remains: people are sinners; sinners die; sinners die and are punished; Christ is coming again; Christ will judge all people; but also Christ died for sinners; and if any sinner believes in Christ, he will be saved from judgement.

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 11:1-32.

His Sovereignty Preserved His People - Tom McParlan

Audio from May 24, 2020 SS | Esther 1:1-22
Posted May 28, 2020 | 00:45:48 | 7.86 MB |

We begin our study in the book of Esther where we see how vigorously foreign powers tried to eliminate the Jewish race and how God's sovereignty preserved His people in accordance with His covenant promise to Abraham. Esther is a prime example of how God uses all nations and types of people to fulfill His purposes.

The Christian Life - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 17, 2020 AM | Ephesians 4-6
Posted May 21, 2020 | 00:53:17 | 9.15 MB |

God gives in these chapters an overview of the Christian life. If you walk in unity, holiness, love, light, and wisdom, then you will be doing God's will. If you apply those things to your family and employment, and church, and interaction with the unsaved world, then you will please God with your conduct. We should never forget that this is all of grace, but we have a responsible role that we must occupy.

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 10:1-22.

Wise men who worshiped the King - Tom McParlan

Audio from May 17, 2020 SS | Matthew 2:7-23
Posted May 21, 2020 | 00:44:24 | 7.62 MB |

Herod used the magi to find out where and when the Christ was to be born. Herod was a hypocritical, lying ruler, who in his rage about Jesus' birth confirmed Jesus as King! This passage also confirms Jesus as King through His lineage and by the worship from the magi. God reveals how people will react towards Jesus for all time. Herod represents those who will hate Christ. Chief priests and scribes represent those will be be indifferent towards Jesus. The magi represent those who will seek and find the King.

The Believers Court - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 10, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 6:1-8
Posted May 12, 2020 | 00:51:24 | 8.82 MB |

Nothing in this passage prevents a believer from making legitimate use of the court system in a dispute with an unbeliever or corporation, or participating in a court hearing about a criminal matter. And it does not exempt professing believers from being summoned to court for misbehavior they have done. In both cases, we must be aware that the judge and most jurors will not all (most) be Christians. The law to which they are held is not perfectly just either. Such is life. Believers need to manage themselves well: first, to avoid disputes in the first place, and second, when problems arise, to address them in the Spirit. Period.

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 9:1-29.

Wise men who worshiped the King - Tom McParlan

Audio from May 10, 2020 SS | Matthew 2:1-8
Posted May 12, 2020 | 00:44:58 | 7.72 MB |

We continue our study on the wise men, where we see God using pagans from the Persian Empire for His own purposes. He brings these magi from the East to worship Him. His Star, was supernaturally placed in the heavens for the purpose of guiding the wise men. Herod the Great did not welcome the news that "the King of the Jews" was born in Bethlehem. The star led the wise men from Jerusalem to Bethlehem and stops over the house where Jesus was.

With whom shall I keep company? - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 3, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 5:9-13
Posted May 12, 2020 | 00:55:28 | 9.52 MB |

God takes purity seriously. After all, God is holy, and calls us to be holy in our conduct as well. If we can’t be holy in the church, then we have a major problem. God would then call us to repent, and if we don’t, He should remove our lamp stand from its place (Rev. 2:5). Purity has such benefits though, including encouraging more holiness and better service for God, and that is what we want. And if this message has stirred up in you a desire for more holy and pure practice in your own Christian life and church, then we have accomplished something that will honor God today.

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 8:1-20.

Wise men who worshiped the King - Tom McParlan

Posted May 12, 2020 | 00:45:58 | 7.89 MB |

These wise men were pagans from the lands of the East and they came in search of King Jesus. Now we see in Matthew Ch. 1 that it begins with the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham. To every Jew who valued their genealogy it was extremely important. Matthew presents both the son of Abraham and the son of David, who was considered the "Great King". We see through the genealogy where Matthew proclaims Christ as King, as sovereign , who came to reign and to rule. If the Jews would have recognized that things what have been much different. However, the Jews persecuted their own King. The wise men not only came in search of a King, but to worship the King.

Arrogant Sin in the Church Family - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 26, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 4:18-5:8
Posted April 28, 2020 | 01:06:00 | 11.33 MB |

The problems of arrogance and blatant sin are among the reasons that Paul called upon the Corinthians to examine themselves (2 Corinthians 13:5) to see if they are actually in the faith. Unrepentantly persisting in these kinds of behaviors would be solid evidence against true conversion. Unrepentant sin can have permeating power (Galatians 5:9) and we must seek the Lord for forgiveness.

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 7:1-26.

Transformation from Slave to Son, Through Christ - Jansen Lorch

Audio from April 26, 2020 SS | Galatians 4:1-7
Posted April 28, 2020 | 00:40:54 | 7.02 MB |

Paul expands on the analogy of a child's coming of age (Galatians 3:24-26), contrasting believers' lives before salvation (as children and servants), with their lives after salvation (as adults and sons). Both Paul's Jewish and Gentile readers readily understood this imagery, since the Jews, Greeks, and Romans all had a ceremony to mark a child's coming of age.

Humble Thinking - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 19, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 4:6-21
Posted April 22, 2020 | 00:57:03 | 9.79 MB |

Pride leads people to think they know more than what has been given to them. If no one is qualified to evaluate themselves completely, how dare a person self-righteously judge any one else? Jesus alone is the Righteous One, capable of judging, yet He willingly became like a servant. Everything a person has - their natural gifts and the ability to develop those gifts - is from God. Pride steals from the glory that rightly belongs to the Creator. In an attempt to get the Corinthians to understand their problem, Paul resorts to sarcasm: You are already full! You are already rich! The Corinthian Christians were filled with smug satisfaction and self-sufficiency. Paul uses a rare phrase - condemned to death, referring to convicted criminals - in describing himself and the other apostles. In antiquity, criminals would be paraded before the public as objects of derision. While the Corinthians were boasting and living in complacency, the apostles were living under the sword of persecution. The Corinthians claimed to be wise, strong, distinguished, while the apostles were dishonored and treated as fools who were weak. By drawing this sharp contrast, Paul sought to show the Corinthians how twisted their perspective was regarding their position. In their pride, the church at Corinth forgot that honor in the Christian life comes from service and sacrifice, not knowledge or power. Paul's expression of his Christian experience echoes Jesus' teaching that whoever wants to be the greatest of all must become the least of all. Paul switches from a tone of severity to one of pleading. As their spiritual father, he reminds the Corinthians of how they entered into God's family: by a humble profession of faith, admitting that they were sinners in need of God's deliverance. Humility is a prerequisite for salvation. Paul urges his spiritual children to recall his performance. Not only is he their spiritual father, he is their spiritual example. Although he was a man of outstanding intellect and ability, he declared himself the least of all the apostles, the least of all the saints, and the chief of sinners throughout his ministry. No one had cause to be puffed up if he was not.

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 6:1-25.

Why the Law was Given - Jansen Lorch

Audio from April 19, 2020 SS | Galatians 3:23-29
Posted April 22, 2020 | 00:45:15 | 7.77 MB |

Paul's audience may have been confused about the law and its purpose. The Pharisees and other pious Jews were careful to do everything they thought the law required, believing that keeping the law as they interpreted it would earn them God's favor. But Paul repeatedly opposed that idea, declaring that the law's purpose was to: demonstrate our weakness display our sinfulness, and drive us to Christ. Paul specifies the dimensions of the family of God: its height - the family reaches up to the very throne of God in heaven, its depth - the family reaches down into baptism in Christ, forever loved and accepted in Him; its width - the family is wide enough to bring natural enemies together.

I Am Alive - Matt Postiff

Posted April 15, 2020 | 00:38:36 | 6.63 MB |

Which three phrases describe you right now? Are you physically alive? Spiritually dead? Spiritually alive? Subject to physical death? Eternally alive? (Not yet.) But never just like Jesus. He is the very pinnacle of what it means “to be alive.” Ponder the process…birth into physical life; rebirth into spiritual life; physical death into eternal life. We will really be alive then!

Our Scripture readings were found in Deuteronomy 5:1-33 and 1 Kings 16:1-34.

Easter Today, What About Tomorrow? - Jansen Lorch

Audio from April 12, 2020 SS | Matthew 28:9-20
Posted April 15, 2020 | 00:43:03 | 7.39 MB |

This Easter morning we celebrate the Lord's resurrection and we review how to carry on the spirit of Easter beyond the day itself through the Great Commission.

The Church is the Temple of God - Matt Postiff

Audio from March 22, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
Posted March 26, 2020 | 00:34:13 | 5.96 MB |

Paul teaches that believer's physical body is the temple, or dwelling place, of the Holy Spirit. Here, Paul explains that the local church is the temple of God. God provides a harsh warning against people who try to tear down His church. It is one thing to disagree if one's desire is what is best for the community of believers. But those who are motivated to block or ruin what God wants to do-actions that marked the church in Corinth-are sinning.

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 2:1-37.

Missionary Report: The Lord's Work - Waad Haddad

Audio from March 22, 2020 SS | Matthew 14:22-33
Posted March 26, 2020 | 00:45:50 | 7.87 MB |

From the book of Matthew 14:22-33 we can pull from the Scripture four steps on how to serve Christ through our current crisis: 1) The tests and trials are permitted and design by God. We should not be surprised by the trials we are faced with. We are called to trust God through these trials and tests as He has a purpose for each of these. 2) Keep your focus solely on Christ as you face trials through suffering. We put our faith in Him to give us eternal life, but unable to take care of our little needs here on Earth. Do not focus on the storm but fix your eyes on Christ to protect us and provide us peace. 3) Prayer is the means by which we can focus on Christ. The disciples failed to pray to Christ. However, Peter cried out to Christ. As we face trials and suffering we should always pray to Him. 4) Meditate on the Scriptures. During the times of trials and suffering we must open our Bible and listen to God's voice through His Word. Your faith will be strengthened and your peace and joy will abide in Him.

Ezekiel for Dummies (Part 13) - Matt Postiff

Posted March 18, 2020 | 00:49:06 | 8.43 MB |

Before we study in the book of Ezekiel chapters 44-48 we turn to Hebrews first to understand the significance of animal sacrifices. Seeing that we understand the events in Ezekiel to happen in the future how are animal sacrifices after Christ warranted? How is that possible? Wasn't Christ the final payment for mankind's sins? Two key things: What the old testament sacrifices could not do and what the old sacrifices could do. The key to understanding this in detail is found in Hebrews 10:4, Hebrews 10:11, and Hebrews 9:13-14.

Our Scripture reading was found in 1 Kings 12:1-33.

Church Planting and Church Building - Matt Postiff

Audio from March 15, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 3:5-15
Posted March 18, 2020 | 00:43:53 | 7.53 MB |

Paul taught these new Christians the basics-the milk of faith-on his first visit. By now, the Corinthians should have moved on to the meat of spiritual maturity, yet their behavior was still fleshly, marked by envy, strife, and divisions. For the Corinthians to elevate and celebrate Paul or Apollos as the center of their faith was ridiculous. These men were merely instruments of the Spirit. Just as Paul planted and Apollos watered, so too can every believer serve. Some may preach, some may assist others in their service; but it is God who gives the increase. He can and will use the gifts of every one of His servants for His purposes and His glory. The first reason the churches fail is because they violate their commitment to Jesus Christ as their foundation. Churches must be built on Christ; then a community of believers can glorify Him through social justice or outreach or service. To establish a church on any other foundation-even one comprised of seemingly virtuous causes-will not succeed. Paul explains that the Day will declare the validity of each person's work. This is the not the Great White Throne Judgement where God will condemn unbelievers. It is the Judgement Seat of Christ, where believers will be evaluated. Believers will be given reward based on the quality of their service. Notice that it is not their service that saves. Both the rewarded believer and the believer who suffers loss are saved. Works can never earn salvation. Faithfulness in service, however, will earn the right to give God even greater glory as the faithful lay their rewards at His feet.

Our Scripture reading was found in Deuteronomy 1:1-46.

"I Will Raise Up a House Against You, oh Israel" - James Widgeon

Posted March 18, 2020 | 00:32:52 | 5.64 MB |

The people were enjoying a life of ease, but Amos seeks to disrupt their complacency by again prefacing his message with woe-a word that would have stirred up images of death in the minds of his audience. The punishment fits the crime. Those who thought of themselves as more important than others and demanded the very best oil for themselves would be at the head of the line when the enemy took the nation into exile. Amos offers a pair of ridiculous rhetorical questions-horses trying to run on rock walls and farmers trying to plow a rocky cliff-to illustrate how unnatural and unsustainable Israel's views of justice were. Because Israel relied too much on its military strength and too little on God, they would lose the cities they had overtaken.

10 Facts About the Canon of Scripture (Part 1) - Matt Postiff

Posted March 14, 2020 | 00:28:23 | 4.87 MB |

We begin our study on the ten basic facts about the New Testament canon that every Christian should memorize. First, the New testament books are the earliest Christian writings we posses. They are distinctive because these books were written shortly after the times of Jesus Christ. These are the only Gospel accounts which were written during the first century. Second, the apocryphal books were written in the second century and later. Third, the New Testament books are apostolic, directly connected to the activities and associates of the Apostles.

Ezekiel for Dummies (Part 12) - Matt Postiff

Posted March 11, 2020 | 00:41:12 | 7.07 MB |

We continue our study in Ezekiel chapters forty-one and forty-two focusing on the future construction God describes for the new temple. This new temple will be built in the millennial reign of Jesus Christ here on Earth to reinstate the True Worship in Israel. In chapter forty-three we focus on the appearance of God's glory and the reason for the vision. Years before Ezekiel has seen the glory of the Lord depart the temple; now he saw it return again to fill this temple. Such an image signaled that God's fury with the nation's disobedience had run its course, and now He would dwell with His people once more. The whole millennial temple is designed to broadcast the holiness and grandeur of God; it is built on a grand scale to impress those who see it and use it that they serve and worship a God who is far greater than any enticement to sin. The structure itself is designed to help them remember the past but also to glory in God and in the good present He has brought about.

Our Scripture reading was found in 1 Kings 11:1-43.

Immature Christians - Matt Postiff

Audio from March 8, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 3:1-23
Posted March 11, 2020 | 00:59:41 | 10.25 MB |

This morning we learn the definition of carnality, the problems it raises, and the proofs of its presence in the church and life of the believer. We study how carnality limits spiritual communication and reception of sound doctrine. The way Paul uses the word carnal refers to a bad level of Christian maturity out of which the person needs to grow quickly. Those who live in sin and don't care demonstrate that they don't actually have the Spirit of Christ dwelling in them. We also learn the two classes of people, Christians and non-Christians. And among Christians, there is an entire range various levels of maturity. We see Paul addressing the people of Corinth, stating they thought and acted like the people of the world - that is carnality. Carnality is not a state that you want to be in for any length of time. The Bible is clear from cover to cover that repentance is an essential description of true Biblical faith. Thus, the grace of God transforms a person so that they are a new creation. Every true believer is a disciple of Jesus Christ. The person must deny himself, and he must take up his cross, and he must follow God. All three are imperatives, not options.

Our Scripture readings were found in 1 Kings 8:35-66 and Psalms 91:1-16.

Wise vs. Foolish - Tom McParlan

Audio from March 8, 2020 SS | Matthew 2:1-12
Posted March 11, 2020 | 00:38:32 | 6.62 MB |

Who are the magi? Court members, magicians, enchanters, astrologers, Persians, even God fearing gentiles. They came with an entourage in search of the King of the Jews. The magi came to Bethlehem, city of David, to worship Jesus when He was just a baby. Herod, was troubled because he wanted to have the title "King of the Jews". A look at the birth of Jesus, God used unexpected pagan, but God fearing magi in search of Jesus when the Jews couldn't be bothered to come.

Justification by Faith - Jansen Lorch

Audio from March 4, 2020 PM | Galatians 3:1-6
Posted March 7, 2020 | 00:35:48 | 6.15 MB |

The Galatian believers were spiritually dull, not understanding the impossibility of salvation based on works. Paul asks a series of rhetorical questions designed to cause the Galatian believers to return to the true foundation of their faith: Christ alone. Spiritual maturity has the same starting point as salvation: faith in Jesus Christ. Faith changes the motivation of our hearts from seeking to be acceptable to God through our own efforts to wanting to live for Him. When the Galatian believers broke away from the law, they suffered great persecution. To return to the law would make their suffering meaningless. The Judaizers were proud of being "Abraham's seed." Paul then asks: How was Abraham justified? The answer: Abraham was counted as righteous when he believed God's promise to give him descendants as numerous as the stars. The gift of the Holy Spirit-and His mighty power working in us-depends on faith. The Christian life is a supernatural one that exhibits the supernatural power of God. There was no stronger argument for a Jewish Christian at that time than that Abraham had been justified in exactly the way Paul was declaring. Faith is not a work that makes one righteous, but by faith we are united with Christ, who is our righteousness. Like Abraham, we are justified, or counted as righteous, by believing God.

The Sermon On the Mount - Matt Postiff

Audio from March 1, 2020 PM | Matthew 7:13-29
Posted March 4, 2020 | 00:39:33 | 6.79 MB |

Jesus consistently teaches the difficulty of following Him. The two gates in these verses represent every person's choice: following Jesus or following any other path. Only the more difficult, less-chosen gate to follow Christ leads to life. The false prophets deceive not by disguising themselves as sheep, but by impersonating true shepherds. False doctrine cannot restrain the flesh, so false prophets manifest wickedness. The faith that says but does not do is really unbelief. Jesus was not suggesting that works are meritorious for salvation, but that true faith will not fail to produce the fruit of good works. All sin is lawlessness. Only the one who built on the foundation of obedience to God's Word stands, which calls for repentance, rejection of salvation by works, and trust in God's grace to save through His merciful provision. Jesus taught not as the scribes. The scribes quoted others to establish the authority of their teachings; Jesus was His own authority. This matter of of authority was a major issue between Jesus and the Jews, who felt their authority challenged.

Our Scripture reading was found in 1 Kings 10:1-29.

Understood by No One - Matt Postiff

Audio from March 1, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 2:14-23.
Posted March 4, 2020 | 00:51:14 | 8.80 MB |

The natural man is a person who does not have the Spirit of God living within him or her and thus does not benefit from hearing the Word of God. Receive means "to welcome, to embrace, to make something one's own." The natural self cannot take in the things that are revealed by the Spirit. The one who is spiritual is indwelt and empowered by the Holy Spirit and can thus discern and comprehend spiritual things. The unspiritual (those who dwell in the flesh, or their sin nature) cannot judge believers regarding spiritual things, but believers can certainly sharpen their brothers and sisters in Christ.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 35:1-34.

God Judges Israel for Idolatry (Continued) - James Widgeon

Posted March 4, 2020 | 00:31:34 | 5.42 MB |

This morning we continue our study where Amos warns Israel to turn from all the idols they placed before God, all these efforts to serve to masters. God says away with it as judgement will fall upon you! But if there is repentance turning to God, He will be gracious and able to spare his wrath. We also started in chapter six where we see the people enjoying a life of ease, but Amos seeks to disrupt their complacency by again prefacing his message with woe-a word that would have stirred up images of death in the minds of his audience.

Ezekiel for Dummies (Part 11) - Matt Postiff

Posted February 29, 2020 | 00:23:50 | 4.09 MB |

In chapter forty we read of Ezekiel's vision of a new temple which is to be built in later days. A dozen years after the destruction of Jerusalem, the exiles needed a fresh word of hope to keep them focused in a positive way on the future. They needed a reminder that God would indeed return them to the Promised Land-and Ezekiel's vision of a staggering new temple no doubt brought enormous encouragement to their downcast hearts.

Ezekiel for Dummies (Part 10) - Matt Postiff

Posted February 26, 2020 | 00:55:55 | 9.60 MB |

In chapters thirty-eight and thirty-nine we see the details of a coming attack on Israel by a confederation of peoples. Ezekiel's prophecy begins with a list of proper names. Many of these names identify certain grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Noah who were the fathers of nations that for a time bore their names. These nations, which today no longer have those original names, will ultimately form a coalition that will march against Israel.

Our Scripture reading was found in 1 Kings 9:1-28.

Revealed Wisdom (Continued) - Matt Postiff

Audio from February 23, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 2:10-13 (1 Corinthians 2:6-16 Part 2)
Posted February 26, 2020 | 00:45:46 | 7.86 MB |

God has revealed everything we need to know through His Word by which we can understand and proclaim His salvation. Not by mans wisdom is this revealed but through the Holy Spirit opening our hearts to Him.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 34:1-29.

Obedience to Him - Lois McAllister, Lois Kenney, Tom McParlan

Posted February 26, 2020 | 00:54:38 | 9.38 MB |

We extend a hearty welcome to two ladies who served in Argentina with Gospel Mission of South America - and they are both named Lois. Welcome to Lois McAllister and Lois Kenney! They gave their testimonies for us today during Sunday School. Towards the second half of Sunday school, we learned how Peter encouraged believers with this letter reminding them to renew their minds with the Word of God through obedience. Follow Gods will, not your own.

Apostolic Confidence - Jansen Lorch

Audio from February 19, 2020 PM | Galatians 2:17-21
Posted February 22, 2020 | 00:38:03 | 6.53 MB |

If the Judaizers' doctrine was correct, then Paul, Peter, Barnabas, and the other Jewish believers fell back into the category of sinners because they had been eating and fellowshiping with Gentiles, who according to the Judaizers were unclean. If the Judaizers were right, then Christ was wrong and had been teaching people to sin because He taught that food could not contaminate a person. He also declared that all who belong to Him are one with Him and therefore each other. Paul's airtight logic condemned Peter, because by his actions he had in effect made it appear as if Christ was lying. The false system of salvation through legalism, done away with by the preaching of salvation by grace alone through faith alone. When a person is convicted of a capital crime and executed, the law has no further claim on him. So it is with the Christian who has died in Christ and rises to new life in Him. When a person trusts in Christ for salvation, he spiritually participates with the Lord in His crucifixion and His victory over sin and death. Paul concluded that Peter, by taking his stand with the Judaizers and thus against Christ, was in effect denying the need for God's grace and thereby nullifying the benefit of Christ's death.

Ezekiel for Dummies (Part 9) - Matt Postiff

Posted February 19, 2020 | 00:42:20 | 7.27 MB |

We continue our study in the book of Ezekiel in the thirty-seventh chapter where we see another vision. God does not change Ezekiel's location but gives him a vivid inward sense that he has been taken to a valley "full of bones." This passage, part of a series of revelations received during the night before the messenger came with the news of the destruction of Jerusalem, was to ease the gloom of the people. The vision ended and Ezekiel was given an object lesson which his people observed. This drama of uniting two sticks offered a second illustration that God will not only regather Israelite's to their land, but will for the first time restore union between Israel and Judah in the messianic reign.

Our Scripture reading was found in Proverbs 14:1-35.

Revealed Wisdom - Matt Postiff

Audio from February 16, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 2:6-16, Part 1
Posted February 19, 2020 | 00:55:20 | 9.50 MB |

We tap into God's wisdom in one place: the Scriptures, and by extension wherever the Bible is truly taught. The Bible is where God has deposited the revealed wisdom He gave, in a permanent written record for all of time and humanity. We understand its primarily with the eye-opening help of God's Spirit, Who requires that we invest time and energy into reading and thinking about the Word so as to apply what it teaches to how we live.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 33:1-56.

Suffering for God's Glory and Shepherd the Flock - Tom McParlan

Audio from February 16, 2020 SS | 1 Peter 4:12-5-4
Posted February 19, 2020 | 00:42:50 | 7.36 MB |

Peter alludes to the suffering that his readers will soon endure (the fiery trial) because of their faith in Christ. Peter distinguishes between suffering for the sake of Christ and suffering fro a person's own wrongdoing. He wants his readers to remember that there is no shame in suffering according to the will of God. Such suffering brings Him glory. Peter also speaks directly to elders. They have two responsibilities: to feed and to lead (shepherd the church). Leading involves protecting as well as providing guidance and care. One cannot help think of Jesus' final words to Peter, when He tells him to feed the flock and tend the sheep (John 21:15-17). This message is just as true for church leaders today.

Ezekiel for Dummies (Part 8) - Matt Postiff

Posted February 15, 2020 | 00:19:16 | 3.31 MB |

We continue our study in chapter thirty-six where we see the prerequisite regeneration which Israel will experience before they can nationally enter into the promised blessings. This speaks of a literal Israel, land, and regeneration and leading to a literal kingdom under Messiah yet to come.

Ezekiel for Dummies (Part 7) - Matt Postiff

Posted February 11, 2020 | 00:40:57 | 7.03 MB |

We continue our study in chapters thirty-three and thirty-four where we see God calling Israel to repentance along with a future restoration. God holds Israel's leaders (shepherds) responsible by "hearing and not doing". Here was a message to exiles, who had no intention of obeying the prophet's messages. They liked to listen, but not apply the prophet's messages. They finally knew by bitter experience that he had spoken the truth of God. The people appreciated the eloquence of Ezekiel, but not the realty of his message. From chapter thirty-four on, Ezekiel's messages are mostly comforting, telling of God's grace and faithfulness to His covenant promises. In Chapter thirty-five we see God making sure the Earth knows He is the Lord by 1) the blessing of Israel, 2) the curse on Israel, and 3) judgement of the other nations.

Our Scripture reading was found in 1 Kings 8:33-66.

Christ Crucified - Matt Postiff

Audio from February 09, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Posted February 11, 2020 | 00:52:17 | 8.98 MB |

Paul expounded the whole counsel of God to the church and taught the Corinthians the Word of God, the focus of his preaching and teaching to unbelievers was Jesus Christ, who paid the penalty for sin on the cross. In weakness, Paul was most powerful. There were no theatrics or techniques to manipulate people's response. His fear and shaking were because of the seriousness of his mission.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 32:1-42.

God Judges Israel for Idolatry - James Widgeon

Posted February 11, 2020 | 00:36:22 | 6.24 MB |

This morning we see Amos warning Israel to turn from all the idols they placed before God, all these efforts to serve to masters. God says away with it as judgement will fall upon you! But if there is repentance turning to God, He will be gracious and able to spare his wrath.

The New Perspective on Paul - Jansen Lorch

Posted February 8, 2020 | 00:40:59 | 7.04 MB |

Tonight we review several popular tenants of the new perspective on the Apostle Paul: 1) An agenda to provide a clearer understanding of first century Judaism. 2) Attempts to convince Paul's doctrine of justification not to represent a sinner being justified in God's sight, but rather reflecting Jewish exclusivity, meaning that they were trying to keep Gentiles separate from this community. 3) Demands a more restrictive definition of what the works of the law mean. 4) Perseverance of the saints, teaching that faithfulness to the law is a means of identifying oneself as a part of the covenant Jewish community.

Ezekiel for Dummies (Part 6) - Matt Postiff

Posted February 5, 2020 | 00:46:28 | 7.98 MB |

In Ezekiel chapter twenty-three we see God explains what is happened with the northern and southern kingdoms using the figure of two immoral sisters. The older is Samaria and the younger Jerusalem, expresses these nations as idolatrous and we see God's judgement on both. In chapter twenty-four we see two components, judgement on Israel (symbol of the cooking pot) and the thoroughness of God's judgement on Israel through Babylon. In chapters twenty-five through thirty-two, we see prophecies of retribution to the nations of Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia, Tyre, Sidon, Excurses (the restoration of Israel), and Egypt. In chapters thirty-three and thirty-four we see God calling Israel to repentance along with a future restoration.

Our Scripture reading was found in 1 Kings 8:1-33.

Christ, the Wisdom of God - Matt Postiff

Audio from February 2, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Posted February 5, 2020 | 00:48:12 | 8.28 MB |

There are two groups of people in the world: those who are perishing, and those who are being saved. The unsaved view the cross as foolishness. The saved understand the cross is not ultimately a sign of weakness, but of power. With all the world's wisdom and knowledge, it cannot come up with its own way of salvation. Through worldly wisdom, you cannot be forgiven, you cannot know God, the world's problems cannot be fixed - all these are impossible on the strength of human intellect. Human smarts and "righteous" works are but filthy rags before God when it comes to relating to Him. They have their place - but not in boasting. Their proper place is in service to God. But salvation in all its aspects is available in Christ, despite how the world sees Him and His work. This is to the glory of God in Christ.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 31:1-54.

Turn Your Guilt to Repentance - Matt Postiff

Audio from February 2, 2020 SS | 1 Corinthians 11:17-33
Posted February 5, 2020 | 00:27:20 | 4.69 MB |

For Sunday school, we celebrated the Lord's Table with a reminder that the believer should not wish to have a guiltless conscience when they have sinned. This leads to repentance. Personal guilt should be lifted up to God, that He may forgive you seeing as all sins have been forgiven through Christ's suffering on the cross.

Continued Faithfulness - Matt Postiff

Posted February 2, 2020 | 00:10:10 | 1.75 MB |

Tonight, we held our annual business meeting. In addition to handling matters of reporting and planning for 2020, we had a prayer time and a short message from Pastor Postiff. The text for the message was drawn from Acts 14. Pastor Postiff encouraged the church to continue in faithfulness and to abound more and more in it. After that, we prayed for members, ministries, and missionaries. This takes the listener up to the last minute of the message. There is a pause in the audio where we prayed for over a half an hour. In the last minute of the message, then, Pastor concludes the prayer time by showing how we illustrated an important point: prayer is the business of the church. It is not just budgets and planning, reports and goals, but prayer has to be a central aspect of the church work.

Ezekiel for Dummies (Part 5) - Matt Postiff

Posted January 29, 2020 | 00:34:44 | 5.96 MB |

In chapter twenty we see the prophet Ezekiel responds with a message from the Lord that gives a historical survey of Israel, featuring its uniform pattern of sin. Israel rebelled in Egypt, then in the wilderness trek, and the entry into the Land of Promise. Through all this, God kept delivering them to save His reputation. Yet sinful obstinacy finally led to His judging them. Verses 33-44 speak of His regathering Israel to their land in the future time of Christ's Second Advent. In chapter twenty-one, we hear of the parable of the sword of the Lord. Ezekiel brandished a sharp sword and struck his hands together leading into chapter twenty-two where we see him portraying Israel in the smelting furnace.

Our Scripture reading was found in Proverbs 13:1-25.

Unity out of Disunity - Matt Postiff

Audio from January 26, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 1:10-17.
Posted January 29, 2020 | 00:52:24 | 9.00 MB |

The Apostle Paul preached to the Corinthians to be of a solid foundation based on Christ's truth and to have no division in the Faith. The Lord tells believers to be equally yoked in His sound Words because a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. Christ is not divided in His Word and neither should those who believe in Him be so divided.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 30:1-16.

Suffering for Righteousness - Tom McParlan

Posted January 29, 2020 | 00:45:45 | 7.86 MB |

The Apostle Peter addresses the purpose of suffering for righteousness just as Christ suffered for us. Believers are encouraged to be willing to suffer in the flesh and to share in Christ's sufferings and that He will reward us openly in His kingdom. We also see Peter addressing the responsibilities of Christian living.

Paul Rebukes Peter - Jansen Lorch

Audio from January 22, 2020 PM | Galatians 2:14-16
Posted January 24, 2020 | 00:24:09 | 4.15 MB |

By withdrawing from the Gentile Christians, Peter and the other Jewish believers were not walking in line with God's Word. Peter regularly had fellowship and ate with the Gentiles, thus modeling the ideal of Christian love and liberty between Jew and Gentile. By separating from the Gentiles, he was basically telling the Gentiles they too had to live like Jews. Paul's rebuke of Peter serves as a strong statement on the absolute and unwavering doctrine of justification by grace through faith.

Ezekiel for Dummies (Part 4) - Matt Postiff

Posted January 21, 2020 | 00:41:00 | 7.04 MB |

We continue our study in the book of Ezekiel. In chapter eighteen we see God refuting the sour grapes proverb, while calling them to repent. In chapter nineteen we see the royal line of Israel laid into the dust and has become a lamentation. In chapter twenty we study the rebellions of Israel and how God will restore Israel.

Our Scripture reading was found in 1 Kings 7:1-51.

Thanks for the Corinthian Believers - Matt Postiff

Audio from January 19, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 1:4-9
Posted January 21, 2020 | 00:57:39 | 9.90 MB |

This message is about Paul's thanksgiving for the church at Corinth. Paul's thankfulness is Christ centered on God's provision of great spiritual blessings and confirmation of the gospel. Sometimes, humans twist those gifts for their own benefit, as we will see in the rest of the letter, but God had only begun his work there. He was using Paul's letter as a tool to advance the Corinthians' sanctification to correct their misappropriation of God's good gifts.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 29:1-16 and Numbers 29:35-41.

Humble Hearts - James Widgeon

Posted January 21, 2020 | 00:37:17 | 6.40 MB |

If we are humble to the Lord then He will be gracious to us. if not then there will be consequences for our transgressions.

Ezekiel for Dummies (Part 3) - Matt Postiff

Posted January 18, 2020 | 00:23:38 | 4.06 MB |

We continue our outline of Ezekiel starting in chapter fourteen we see judgment against heart idolaters and their unfaithfulness. In chapter fifteen we see Israel being likened to useless vine wood. In chapter sixteen likens Israel like a beautiful woman who later resorted to prostitution. We later see in this chapter God keeps His covenant with his people. In chapter seventeen we have the parable of the eagles (King Nebuchadnezzar and Pharaoh) and the vine.

Ezekiel for Dummies (Part 2) - Matt Postiff

Posted January 15, 2020 | 00:49:19 | 8.47 MB |

In chapters 8-11 Ezekiel sees a series of visions. In chapter eight we see how Israel fell into idolatry and we know God is a jealous God. In chapter nine Ezekiel has a vision seeing His servant angles to carry out His judgement on Israel. These angelic executioners came equipped with weapons of destruction. In chapter 10 God leaves the Temple. In chapter 11 we see God's further departure from the Temple. We also see how God will restore the nation of Israel in this chapter. In chapter twelve we see that Ezekiel portrays Judah's captivity. In chapter thirteen we see false prophecies by the prophets of Israel.

Our Scripture reading was found in 1 Kings 6:1-38.

The Troubled Church: A Series in 1 Corinthians - Matt Postiff

Audio from January 12, 2020 AM | 1 Corinthians 1:1-3.
Posted January 15, 2020 | 00:58:50 | 10.10 MB |

Us Christians do in fact call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior just like the Corinthians had done. When we acknowledge Christ as Lord and Savior, this means that we are people rescued from the power and presence of sin, the enemy death, and eternal punishment (Romans 10:11,13). As such, then, Christ is the commonly shared Lord of all Christians everywhere, binding us together in a unity that is unlike any other in creation.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 28:1-31.

Victory From Defeat and Suffering to Glory - Tom McParlan

Audio from January 12, 2020 SS | 1 Peter 3:13-22
Posted January 15, 2020 | 00:38:46 | 6.66 MB |

Tonight we continue our study in 1 Peter 3:13-22 where we see the Apostle Peter describing how Christians ought to present Him in society as a whole. We focus on honorable living in the midst of sufferings: 1) The principle of suffering for righteousness (1 Peter 3:13-17) and 2) The paragon of suffering for righteousness (1 Peter 3:18-22).

Doctrine of Salvation by Grace Alone Through Faith Alone - Jansen Lorch

Audio from January 8, 2020 PM | Galatians 2:11-13
Posted January 8, 2020 | 00:30:57 | 5.31 MB |

We continue our study in Galatians where we see a brief account of the darkest of days in the history of the gospel. By withdrawing from the Gentile believers to fellowship with the Judaizers who held a position he knew was wrong, Peter had in appearance supported their doctrine and nullified Paul's divine teaching, especially the doctrine of salvation by grace alone through faith alone.

No Fear of Death - Matt Postiff

Posted January 8, 2020 | 00:29:18 | 5.03 MB |

For Sunday evening, we celebrated the Lord's Table with a reminder that Christians need not fear death, because Christ has conquered it. The believer has the presence of God (Psalm 23:4), the example of the resurrection of Lazarus (John 11), the promise of the resurrection of all people by the power of Christ (John 5), and the very purpose of Christ's coming (Hebrews 2:14-15). According to the latter text, Christ took on flesh to defeat the Devil and to release those who were in bondage because of fear of death.

Our Scripture reading was found in 1 Kings 5:1-18.

Sharpening our Ministry and Life Focus for 2020 - Matt Postiff

Posted January 8, 2020 | 00:45:48 | 7.86 MB |

On Sunday morning, we reminded ourselves of two key ideas: our corporate responsibilities before God, and our individual responsibilities. The latter include church participation, Bible intake, and prayer. The former include the whole range of the ultimate aim of the church--to glorify God--through the philosophy of various ministries, all the way down to how we implement ministries to achieve the ultimate goal to honor God. The message was intended to set our minds in the right direction for ministry in 2020.

Our Scripture readings were found in Numbers 27:1-23 and Numbers 36:1-13.

Submission - Tom McParlan

Audio from January 5, 2020 SS | 1 Peter 2:13-25 and 1 Peter 3:1-22.
Posted January 8, 2020 | 00:44:37 | 7.66 MB |

Tonight we look at the conduct in which Peter explains how a Christian is required to submit to government, servants are to submit to their masters, wives and husbands should be submissive to one another, all men and women to be of one mind, and that us believers should rejoice in suffering because we believe in Him just as He suffered for us.

Ezekiel for Dummies - Matt Postiff

Posted January 8, 2020 | 00:29:49 | 5.12 MB |

Tonight we begin our series in the book of Ezekiel with an overview of Ezekiel himself. He was a priest of the tribe of Levi and was held captive in Babylon during the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar. Chapter one focuses on Ezekiel's vision on the appearance of God. Chapters one through twenty-four focuses on the future destruction of Jerusalem. Chapters two and three, God commissions Ezekiel in two ways 1) as a prophet to rebellious Israel and 2) as a watchmen to the rebellious house of Israel. In Chapter four Ezekiel constructs a model of the city of Jerusalem and how it will be overtaken. Then God tells him to lie on his sides to picture punishment, constraint, and imprisonment to bear the iniquity for the people of Israel. On his left side every day for 390 days for the iniquities of Israel, on his right side every day for 40 days for the iniquities of Judah. In chapter five Ezekiel portrays the destruction of Jerusalem. In chapter six Ezekiel prophecies the people of Israel dying. In chapter seven God tells Ezekiel judgement on Israel is near.

Questions about the Gospel of the Kingdom, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted January 2, 2020 | 00:54:52 | 9.42 MB |

This morning we focus on questions regarding the Gospel of the Kingdom. What does is mean for the Kingdom of God to be "spiritual"? Is Jesus reigning today? Am I in Christ's kingdom now, or is the kingdom in me? If I don't enter the kingdom when I'm saved, what do I enter? Don't we need kingdom-now theology needed for church to work?

Our Scripture reading was found in Luke 2:21-52.

Condemnations Against Israel - James Widgeon

Audio from December 29, 2019 SS | Amos 3:1-15 and Amos 4:1-13
Posted January 2, 2020 | 00:37:21 | 6.41 MB |

In this message we continue our study in the book of Amos with emphasis on two condemnations against Israel by the Lord 1) Sin of Irresponsibility and 2) Sin of Idolatry. The Lord posed a series of questions to show that, as some things are certain in nature, surely nothing happens in Israel that is outside His sovereignty. Certain actions have certain results! The Lord had spoken a word, and therefore the prophet was to speak, and the people were to listen with trembling. Instead, they tried to silence the prophet. We later see that Israel did not accept the Lord's correction.

Christmas Eve Service - Matt Postiff

Posted December 28, 2019 | 00:39:28 | 6.77 MB |

This evening we study on the birth of John the Baptist as he plays a pivotal role in the presentation of the Messiah to the world. We focus our attention on the deity of Christ, the preincarnate work of Christ, John being the forerunner of Christ, the reject of Christ, the acceptance of Christ, and the Incarnation of Christ.

Our Scripture readings were found in Luke 1:57-80 and Luke 2:1-20.

The Revelation of Christmas - Matt Postiff

Audio from December 22, 2019 AM | Revelation 12:1-17
Posted December 24, 2019 | 00:56:08 | 9.64 MB |

This morning we study the book of Revelation, particularly on the topic that Christmas has been opposed since before it began. Satan does not want the Lord Jesus Christ to succeed in His mission in the world. He has done-and is doing-and will do-whatever He can to prevent it. Since he failed to kill Christ as a baby in Bethlehem, and as a man in Jerusalem, we can certainly expect that he will do everything in his power to prevent God and Christ from accomplishing their work in Their church and Their people, and in Their world. This probably includes things like obscuring the true meaning of Christmas, causing people to despise the church, causing the church to be worthy of some of that despising, and distracting people with all kinds of sensory things. Christmas was endangered before Christ was even born. Satan is still trying to devour Christmas. What are you doing to do about it?

Our Scripture reading was found in Luke 1:1-56.

A Royal Priesthood - Tom McParlan

Posted December 24, 2019 | 00:42:34 | 7.31 MB |

We continue our study in the book of Peter, where we see Peter alluding to the OT to remind his readers that the people of God are no longer just Jews. The Lord has called Jew and Gentile alike out of darkness to witness tot he world that divine mercy is available to all. As sojourners and pilgrims in a godless culture, Christians are called to distance themselves from fleshly lusts-earthly values and obsessions, in effect ostracizing those things that cause them to sin. At the same time, their conduct should be so loving and full of integrity that it can win over unbelievers by the evidence of Christ's work in a person's life. God is honored and faultfinders are silenced when Christians submit as loyal subjects to the authorities God has placed over them, especially when they are harsh. For Christians to be part of their culture as servants of God, they must remember that the Bible commands obedience to authority except when that the Bible commands obedience to authority except when that authority demands immoral or ungodly behavior.

Origins: The Gospel According to God (Continued) - Jansen Lorch

Audio from December 18, 2019 PM | Galatians 1:18-2:10
Posted December 20, 2019 | 00:34:06 | 5.86 MB |

We continue our study in Galatians where we see the Apostle Paul writing to defend the origin of the Gospel in which was received. Paul uses a brief biographical sketch of important events in his life to further defend his apostleship and prove the authenticity of the Gospel of grace he proclaimed.

Missionary Report: The Lord's Work In Argentina - Pablo Ramirez

Posted December 18, 2019 | 00:56:00 | 9.62 MB |

Tonight we are blessed by welcoming a new-to-us missionary family - Pablo and Flo Ramirez, and their children Juli and Dani. We hear of how they are serving the Lord in Argentina by raising churches and training pastors to lead these churches.

Our Scripture reading was found in Matthew 2:1-23.

Questions about the Gospel of the Kingdom - Matt Postiff

Posted December 18, 2019 | 00:49:08 | 8.44 MB |

How is our message different than Jesus' message about the kingdom? Our message is substantially the same. There is a minor adjustment today based on the fact that the King is absent - the kingdom is not "at hand" like it was when Jesus was physically present on the earth. John the Baptist and Jesus preached "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Today, it is not "at hand" because the King is absent. We are taught in Luke 19:11-27 to expect that the King would be absent for some unknown but rather lengthly period of time. We are taught by the kingdom parables in Matthew 13 that something happened to the kingdom that put off its immediate appearance, and gives us responsibilities in the meanwhile as we prepare for its coming. We are taught that the kingdom of God was taken from the then-present generation of the Jews and given to a nation bearing its fruits (Matt. 21:43). Although the kingdom is not immediately "at hand," it is imminent - whenever Christ returns, it begins. Jesus is coming back to reign over everything. If you are to enter His kingdom, you must be born again. So we can preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is coming."

Our Scripture reading was found in Matthew 1:1-25.

Judgement Against Israel - James Widgeon

Posted December 18, 2019 | 00:42:43 | 7.34 MB |

This morning we study how the Lord judged Israel for greed, sexual perversion, and engaging in idolatrous acts. The Lord decreed neither personal strength nor military armament was sufficient to prevent the Lord's hand of judgement by the Assyrians.

Origins: The Gospel According to God - Jansen Lorch

Audio from December 11, 2019 PM | Galatians 1:11-17
Posted December 14, 2019 | 00:27:29 | 4.72 MB |

In our message tonight we see how Paul addressed the churches of Galatia by defending the origin of the Gospel message. The Gospel was not created by mankind Paul states, but was brought forth through the revelation of Jesus Christ. Paul expresses how he was commissioned by Christ to preach Him among the Gentiles.

Christmas Program - Matt Postiff

Posted December 11, 2019 | 01:19:41 | 13.68 MB |

From our Christmas program we enjoy the recorded ministry of worship, Scripture readings, and a message on salvation only through the only Son of God, Jesus Christ. If you do not know Him as your personal Lord and Savior, now is the time to follow Him. Please contact Fellowship Bible Church on how to know Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.

The Gospel of the Kingdom - Matt Postiff

Posted December 11, 2019 | 00:49:28 | 8.49 MB |

To be faithful servants of God, we must share the good news of the kingdom of Christ along with salvation through Christ. We must proclaim both the suffering of Christ, and the full picture of Christ's glory in His coming kingdom. This kingdom will be world-wide, governed by Christ, with tremendous economic, agricultural, governmental, religious, and moral conditions. We saw that the gospel of salvation which is commonly understood by Christians is a subset of the larger "gospel of the kingdom."

Our Scripture reading was from Luke 2:1-20.

Spiritual Growth - Tom McParlan

Posted December 11, 2019 | 00:41:29 | 7.12 MB |

How do you measure your spiritual growth? God calls us to Holy living and He calls us to love one another and be obedient to that call. If we are we should grow in Christ. The Christian's new life can't grow unless sins are renounced and spiritual growth is always marked by a craving for and a delight in God's Word. At salvation all believers experiene how gracious the Lord is to those who trust Him. As believers we should strive to fellowship with Christ.

Blessing and Admonition - Matt Postiff

Audio from December 4, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 5:23-28
Posted December 7, 2019 | 00:24:03 | 4.13 MB |

The Apostle Paul is offering a closing prayer for the people of Thessalonica. The prayer would be fulfilled towards the Thessalonian believers. Why? Because the Apostle Paul prayed a prayer in accordance with God's will and we see how God is faithful to those who believe in Him.

The Onlies of the New Testament (Continued) - Matt Postiff

Posted December 3, 2019 | 00:44:16 | 7.60 MB |

We continue our study tonight on the "onlies" or "alones" mentioned throughout the Bible. This study commended itself to Pastor Matt's attention when someone asked him to speak on the five solas of the reformation. (Those solas are scripture alone, faith alone, grace alone, Christ alone, and the glory of God alone). He began to wonder what things the New Testament said that used this concept of "alone" or "only."

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 26:35-65.

Spiritual Maintenance - Matt Postiff

Audio from December 1, 2019 AM | Nehemiah 13:1-31
Posted December 3, 2019 | 00:54:54 | 9.42 MB |

Just like your car needs constant maintenance, or your house, or your health, so does your spiritual life. No oil for the engine? It will seize up. No new shingles after 70 years? Leaks. No Bible, little church, very little prayer? Your life will fall into terrible disrepair. It is far better to stay on the right track with constant maintenance, than fall off and have to do a bunch of rebuilding. Nehemiah fixed the problems. He cleaned out the temple storeroom. He appointed faithful treasurers over the storehouse, stopped the buying and selling on the Sabbath, and cleansed the nation and priesthood of its compromisers. Let's make sure we are like Nehemiah.

Our Scripture reading was found in 1 Kings 4:1-34.

The Lord's Table - Matt Postiff

Audio from December 1, 2019 SS | Luke 22:1-71 and Luke 23:1-56
Posted December 3, 2019 | 00:24:32 | 4.21 MB |

This morning we have the honor of reading through Luke 22-23 in preparation of partaking in the Lord's table.

True Thanksgiving Comes From A Heart That Loves God - Matt Postiff

Posted November 30, 2019 | 00:32:34 | 5.59 MB |

Tonight we focus our attention throughout various texts of the Bible on the topic of thanksgiving. As we prepare to spend time around the table with our friends and families Thursday, we should keep Him centered in our hearts with thankfulness and not merely focus on material things. The best and most true thanksgiving comes from a heart that loves God and wants to express gratitude to Him.

Our Scripture reading was found in 1 Chronicles 16:7-36.

The Onlies of the New Testament - Matt Postiff

Posted November 27, 2019 | 00:39:28 | 6.78 MB |

We focus our study tonight on the "onlies" or "alones" mentioned throughout the Bible. This study commended itself to Pastor Matt's attention when someone asked him to speak on the five solas of the reformation. (Those solas are scripture alone, faith alone, grace alone, Christ alone, and the glory of God alone). He began to wonder what things the New Testament said that used this concept of "alone" or "only."

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 26:1-34.

Jerusalem and the Temple - Matt Postiff

Posted November 27, 2019 | 00:48:03 | 8.25 MB |

Much of our own lives are spent in the mundane. We have to make various decisions about where to live and how to organize our lives and ministries, what time we need to set aside to accomplish various tasks, etc. But these can, and should, be done with an eye toward hwo they honor God and serve others. Let everything be done to honor the Lord. When a great milestone is reached, celebration is in order. And then, as at the end of chapter 12, we resume the normal service to God. Until He comes!

Our Scripture reading was found in 1 Kings 3:1-28.

Judgement Against the Nations (Continued) - James Widgeon

Audio from November 24, 2019 SS | Amos 1:1-15, Amos 2:1-14
Posted November 27, 2019 | 00:35:05 | 6.03 MB |

We continue our study in the book of Amos. No king of Israel ever made war against Phoenicia, especially the two major cities, Tyre and Sidon. With the judgments against the nations finished, the prophet proceeded to address Judah, moving ever closer to his ultimate target of Israel. The nations were judged because they had sinned against the law of God, which was written in the heart and conscience. Judah and Israel were judged because they sinned against God's revealed, written law.

God's Attributes and His Actions - Matt Postiff

Audio from November 20, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
Posted November 23, 2019 | 00:21:23 | 3.67 MB |

Tonight we study two attributes of God mentioned by the Apostle Paul: 1) we see He is faithful and 2) He is the God of peace which is essentially saying He is the God of salvation.

Mission Trip to South America - Matt Postiff

Posted November 19, 2019 | 01:11:53 | 12.34 MB |

Pastor Matt reports on his missionary trip and experiences to South America and we see how God is using the missionaries to expand His Church.

Our Scripture reading was found in 1 Kings 2:1-46.

Making a Covenant with God - Matt Postiff

Audio from November 17, 2019 AM | Nehemiah 10:1-39
Posted November 19, 2019 | 00:55:27 | 9.52 MB |

This morning we study in the tenth chapter of Nehemiah, with an emphasis on Israel having a renewed desire to obey Him. We must also make a firm decision in our lives to follow God's Word in everything that we do.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 25:1-18.

Holiness, Honor and Love, Growth, Praise - Tom McParlan

Posted November 19, 2019 | 00:40:35 | 6.97 MB |

This morning we return to the first two books of Peter where he has given us the teaching of Christ and now he tells us the application and how it's broken down for us: 1 Peter 1:13-16 perseverance of hope, 1 Peter 1:17-25 honor and love, 1 Peter 2:1-8 Christian growth, and 1 Peter 2:9-12 Praises of Christ.

Do Not Despise Prophecies, Test All Things (Continued) - Matt Postiff

Audio from November 13, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22
Posted November 16, 2019 | 00:24:40 | 4.23 MB |

We continue our study on how prophecies can refer to a spoken revelation from God, but most often refers to the written word of Scripture. These "prophecies" are authoritative messages from God through a well recognized spokesman for God that, because of their divine origin, are not to be treated lightly. Test all things is a call for careful examination and discernment is in response to the command of verse 20. One is never to downgrade the proclamation of God's Word, but to examine the preached word carefully. What is found to be "good" is to be wholeheartedly embraced. What is "evil" or unbiblical is to be shunned.

Boaz Redeems Ruth - John O'Dell

Posted November 13, 2019 | 00:40:53 | 7.02 MB |

God's divine plan fully blossomed as Boaz redeemed Naomi's land and Ruth's hand in marriage. Naomi, once empty, is full; Ruth, once a widow, is married; most importantly, the Lord has prepared Christ's line of descent in David, through Boaz and Obed, back to Judah (Gen. 49:10) to fulfill the proper messianic lineage.

Ruth's Redemption Assured - John O'Dell

Posted November 13, 2019 | 01:05:12 | 11.20 MB |

Encouraged by Ruth's days in Boaz's field, Naomi instructed Ruth in the way she should go to insure a brighter future. Ruth carefully followed Naomi's directions to solicit redemption by Boaz, while the Lord had prepared Boaz to redeem Ruth. Only one potential obstacle remained, a relative nearer than Boaz.

Judgement Against the Nations - James Widgeon

Audio from November 10, 2019 SS | Amos 1:6-15 and Amos 2:1-6
Posted November 13, 2019 | 00:45:12 | 7.76 MB |

We continue our study in the book of Amos. No king of Israel ever made war against Phoenicia, especially the two major cities, Tyre and Sidon. With the judgments against the nations finished, the prophet proceeded to address Judah, moving ever closer to his ultimate target of Israel. The nations were judged because they had sinned against the law of God, which was written in the heart and conscience. Judah and Israel were judged because they sinned against God's revealed, written law.

Paul Defends His Apostleship - Jansen Lorch

Posted November 9, 2019 | 00:22:00 | 3.78 MB |

The false teachers sought to undermine Paul's spritual credentials, he set out to defend his apostleship, explaining once again that he was appointed by God and not by men. Paul's previous motivation when he used to persecute Christians on behalf of his fellow Jews. Paul had become a willing slave of Christ, which cost him a great deal of suffering from others. Such personal sacrifice is exactly opposite the goal of pleasing men.

What Does Committed Faith Look Like? - John O'Dell

Posted November 5, 2019 | 00:36:09 | 6.21 MB |

Tonight we focused our attention on the second chapter of Ruth. We find a committed faith consists of a very practical aspect to it. Faith is not really biblical faith if it doesn't change the way we live and affect what we do in life. We see practical lessons from Ruth about living out a committed faith.

Faith in Him Through Trials - John O'Dell

Posted November 5, 2019 | 01:01:42 | 10.59 MB |

We have studied four main people in the first book of Ruth. Elimelech did not trust God to take care of him. Ruth makes a committed choice to depend fully on God with a steadfast firm Faith. Naomi returns to Bethlelem with her weak faith. Orpah with a misdirected faith returns to her home town and her false gods. In these four people, most of us will find a picture of our own situation in our own lives. All of us are in one position or another concerning trials. Through the trials we will face in this life how we handle these will directly depend on our Faith in God that He will provide for us.

Our Scripture reading was found in Ruth 1:1-22.

Greatness of Salvation - Tom McParlan

Audio from November 3, 2019 SS | 1 Peter 1:10-13
Posted November 5, 2019 | 00:44:28 | 7.63 MB |

In the study, Peter looks at the greatness of salvation from the viewpoint of the divine agents who made it possible: 1) OT prophets 2) the Holy Spirit 3) NT apostles and 4) the angels. Jesus Christ, in the person of the Holy Spirit, took up residence within the writers of the OT, enabling them to write about the glorious salvation to be consummated in the future. The NT apostles and preachers of the gospel has the privilege of proclaiming that the prophecies written by the OT prophets had come to pass. In light of their great salvation, Christians, especially those undergoing suffering, should unreservedly live for the future, anticipating the consummation of their salvation at the second coming of Christ. Christ's future ministry of glorifying Christians and giving them eternal life in His presence will be the final culmination of the grace initiated at salvation.

Only One Gospel - Jansen Lorch

Audio from October 30, 2019 PM | Galatians 1:6-9
Posted November 2, 2019 | 00:26:36 | 4.57 MB |

Paul addresses the churches of Galatia of deserting grace to pursue legalism taught by the false teachers. God's free and soverign act of mercy in granting salvation through the death and resurrection of Christ, totally apart from any human work or merit. The Judaizers' perversion of the true gospel added to the requirements , ceremonies, and standards of the Old Covenent as necessary prerequesites to salvation. The Galatians added law to the gospel of Christ, the false teachers effectively destroying grace, turning the message of God's underserved favor toward sinners into a message of earned and merited favor. Paul declared the only true Gospel is of Christ, all others are perverted and those who practice will be accursed.

Work of the Holy Spirit - Matt Postiff

Posted October 30, 2019 | 00:40:11 | 6.90 MB |

The believer can understand divine revelation, overcome temptation, exercise forgiveness, sacrifice himself for others, convicted of sin and guided by righteous conduct, and he loves God above all and neighbor over himself. These things were absent from our lives before salvation and these things are the direct work of the Holy Spirit.

Our Scripture reading was found in 1 Kings 1:1-53.

A Prayer of Worship - Matt Postiff

Posted October 30, 2019 | 00:50:48 | 8.72 MB |

The people of Israel were setting their hearts and lives to be holy, because the Lord is holy and He demands holiness from His people. Without holiness, no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). But you can only be holy if you confess your iniquities to God and then receive His abundant forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Then ask Him for help, and resolve to live for Him. Take whatever steps are needed to do so.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 24:1-25.

The Principle of Sowing and Reaping - James Widgeon

Posted October 30, 2019 | 00:37:24 | 6.42 MB |

We continue our study in the book of Amos on the message "Three Transgressions and for Four" where we see the Lord's Judgement on the nations.

Do Not Despise Prophecies, Test All Things - Matt Postiff

Audio from October 23, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 5:20-22
Posted October 26, 2019 | 00:24:17 | 4.17 MB |

Prophecies can refer to a spoken revelation from God, but most often refers to the written word of Scripture. These "prophecies" are authoritative messages from God through a well recognized spokesman for God that, because of their divine origin, are not to be treated lightly. Test all things is a call for careful examination and discernment is in response to the command of verse 20. One is never to downgrade the proclamation of God's Word, but to examine the preached word carefully. What is found to be "good" is to be wholeheartedly embraced. What is "evil" or unbiblical is to be shunned.

Walk in Unity (Continued) - Matt Postiff

Posted October 23, 2019 | 00:29:07 | 5.00 MB |

As believers our relationship with Christ can be summarized as follows 1) Christ is the head of the Church (Ephesians 1:22), 2) Christ is the foundation (1 Corinthians 3:11), 3) Christ is the cornerstone (Matthew 21:42), 4) Christ is the shephard (John 10:16), and 5) Christ is King (John 18:37), and finally 6) Christ is the one and only Way (John 14:6) (Acts 4:12). We also recognize the written word which saves and sanctifies us believers through Christ which gives a sure a sure foundation for our faith.

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Samuel 24:1-25.

Obey the Book - Matt Postiff

Audio from October 20, 2019 AM | Nehemiah 8:13-18
Posted October 23, 2019 | 00:46:23 | 7.96 MB |

The Jews celebrated the Feast Of Tabernacles and confessed their history of sins to the Lord. Proclomations and booths were created as this carried the authority of the administration represented by leaders such as Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra, the priest and scribe who had been used to reestablish the city, its worship, and its social life. The people responded to their directive. Since the days of Joshua these booths were not created and Israel was very glad.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 23:1-30.

A Heavenly Inheritance (Continued) - Tom McParlan

Posted October 23, 2019 | 00:40:40 | 6.98 MB |

Our teacher continues his teaching series in the opening verses of 1 Peter, with reference to a number of other Bible passages.

Do Not Quench the Spirit - Matt Postiff

Audio from October 18, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 5:19
Posted October 18, 2019 | 00:23:29 | 4.03 MB |

The fire of God's Spirit is not to be doused with sin. Believers are also instructed to not grieve the Holy Spirit, but to be controlled by the Holy Spirit and to walk by the Holy Spirit.

Walk in Unity - Matt Postiff

Audio from October 13, 2019 PM | Ephesians 4:1-6
Posted October 16, 2019 | 00:45:40 | 7.84 MB |

The Apostle Paul, a prisoner of the Lord reminds Ephesian believers that the faithful Christian walk can be costly and that he had paid a considerable personal price because of his obedience to the Lord. The Spirit-bestowed oneness of all true believers has created the bond of peace, the spiritual cord that surrounds and binds God's holy people together. This bond is love. Furthermore, Paul lists the particular areas of oneness, or unity: body, Spirit, hope, Lord, faith, baptism, and God and Father. He focuses on the Trinity, the Spirit, the Son, and the Father. His point is not to distinguish between the Persons of the God-head but to emphasize that, although they have unique roles, they are completely unified in every aspect of the divine nature and plan.

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Samuel 23:1-39.

Bring the Book (Continued) - Matt Postiff

Audio from October 13, 2019 AM | Nehemiah 8:1-12
Posted October 16, 2019 | 00:58:55 | 10.11 MB |

In this message we study Ezra's exposition of the word to the Israelite's: Their demands of the reading of the word, their respect and worship of the Lord, followed by their repentance of their sin. Finally, their true joy from the understanding of the word.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 22:1-41.

Three Transgressions and for Four - James Widgeon

Posted October 16, 2019 | 00:35:32 | 6.10 MB |

The earthquake mentioned by Zechariah (14:5), Josephus connects it with Uzziah's sin of usurping the role of a priest. The Lord's wrath was directed primarily toward Israel. Amos, a shepherd, courageously warned the flock of God's pasture that they were in imminent danger from a roaring lion who turned out to be the ultimate Shepherd of the flock. Amos began with Israel's enemies, and thereby gained an initial hearing. When he turned to God's judgement on Israel, the leaders tried to silence him. With three, the cup of iniquity was full, with four it overflowed. This judgement was to fall on Syria, whose capital is Damascus.

True Christian Unity - Matt Postiff

Posted October 9, 2019 | 00:39:51 | 6.84 MB |

Faith here refers to the body of revealed truth that constitutes Christian teaching, particularly featuring the complete content of the gospel. Oneness and harmony among believers is possible only when it is built on the foundation of sound doctrine, the knowledge of the Son of God. This does not refer to salvation knowledge but to the deep knowledge but to the deep knowledge of Christ that a believer comes to have through prayer, faithful study of His Word, and obedience to His commands. God wants every believer to manifest the qualitites of His Son, who is Himself the standard for their spiritual maturity and perfection.

Our Scripture reading was found in Proverbs 12:1-28.

Bring the Book - Matt Postiff

Audio from October 6, 2019 AM | Nehemiah 8:1-12
Posted October 9, 2019 | 00:49:34 | 8.51 MB |

We see how true joy comes from understanding the Bible. Understanding the Bible requires proper exposition. Proper exposition is done when the seven ingredients are present which include 1) initial ingredients of an exposition 2) public reading of God's Word 3) prominence for the Word 4) reverence for the Word 5) Worship of God 6) explanation of the Word and 7) understanding of the Word.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 21:1-35.

A Heavenly Inheritance (Continued) - Tom McParlan

Posted October 9, 2019 | 00:41:16 | 7.09 MB |

We continue our study on the character of Peter with emphasis on how God used his natural and God-given gifts testifying of Christ and sharing His salvation with nonbelievers.

Pray Unceasingly - Matt Postiff

Audio from October 2, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Posted October 5, 2019 | 00:21:27 | 3.68 MB |

Tonight our focus is on praying constantly. Praying unceasingly does not demand from God, beg Him, nor manipulate Him. Believers are called to make a petition to our Lord for ourselves and others with praise, thanks, requesting, and to praise Him who hears and answers our prayers. These show the believers submission and humility to God.

Work Completed - Matt Postiff

Posted October 2, 2019 | 00:51:51 | 8.90 MB |

Our continued study in the book of Nehemiah now covers the completion of the wall. Despite Israel's enemies spreading lies to hinder their work, the massive project of building these walls only took 52 days! Nehemiah said it best, "they perceived that this work was done by our God." That is a God-glorifying testimony, even if the other nations did not believe in the God of Israel. Our study reveals 1) He shows the continuity of the Jewish people 2) He alerts us to the subtle and devious ways of lying enemies 3) He shows how "real" life in Israel was, with all its warts 4) He models for us how to handle opposition with prayer and perseverance, courage and wisdom, discernment and focus 5) He shows us how to have a God-ward focus.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 20:1-29.

What Is The Value of A Warning? - James Widgeon

Audio from September 29, 2019 SS | Amos 7:10-18 and Amos 1:1-3
Posted October 2, 2019 | 00:37:46 | 6.49 MB |

God sent a message through a sheepbreeder called Amos. The words of Amos cut deep into the heart of Israel's leadership, causing them to accuse him of conspiracy against the king. Amos then said in response that Jeroboam King of Israel would die by the sword and that Israel would be led away captive. The message is clear here, you can heed the Word of the Lord or else face His Judgement.

How Do We Relate Toward God? - Matt Postiff

Audio from September 25, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Posted September 28, 2019 | 00:17:59 | 3.09 MB |

Our message tonight focuses on Paul's summary of certain Christian virtues in our relationship to God. Christians are to exhibit consistent joy and persistent prayer. We are also to be thankful people. Grumbling, prayerlessness, and thanklessness are sinful traits.

Cessation of the Sign Gifts - Matt Postiff

Posted September 24, 2019 | 00:55:24 | 9.51 MB |

We study the cessation of sign gifts (speaking in tongues, prophecies, words of knowledge, interpretation of tongues, miraculous healing, and the apostolic gifts). These gifts have ceased because their purposes have been entirely fulfilled and there is no need for them today. Those purposes were as follows: 1) to authenticate the NT apostles, 2) exhort to Jewish unbelievers, 3) to identify new racial or ethnic groups in the early church, and 4) to edify fellow believers.

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Samuel 22:1-24.

Opposition and Nehemiah's Response - Matt Postiff

Posted September 24, 2019 | 00:52:15 | 8.97 MB |

The people of Israel faced opposition when rebuilding the walls with threats of war on top of the difficult construction of the walls themselves. Israel responded to the opposition by praying to God for help as they continued to strengthen the city walls. Great difficulty resulted from simultaneous work and defense as every man welded a sword, while constructing the wall or keeping watch. The obstacles of greedy oppression from Israel on her own people was taxing and Nehemiah confronts the leaders of the community by ordering a return of the property and some of the money and food to the people of Israel.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 19:1-22.

A Heavenly Inheritance - Tom McParlan

Posted September 24, 2019 | 00:42:11 | 7.24 MB |

We study the character of Peter with emphasis on how God used his natural and God-given gifts testifying of Christ and sharing His salvation with nonbelievers.

Overcome Evil With Good - Matt Postiff

Audio from September 18, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 5:15
Posted September 21, 2019 | 00:18:53 | 3.24 MB |

Do not repay evil with evil is a repeated biblical concept but forgive them who wrong us just as our heavenly Father has forgiven us. Some examples are referenced in Luke 23:34 and Acts 7:60. Vengeance is the Lord's and Christians are to love their enemy and to overcome evil with good, Romans 12:17-21.

Ministry of the Holy Spirit (Continued) - Matt Postiff

Audio from September 15, 2019 PM | 1 Corinthians 2:14-16
Posted September 18, 2019 | 00:51:09 | 8.78 MB |

We continued our study focused on two passages of Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:15 and John 7:37-39. Both have to do with the ministry of the Holy Spirit. We worked on answering last week's question about the Corinthians passage, namely, "just what does that verse mean?" We found an interesting connection between a key verb in 1 Cor. 2:14 and two in 15. We also continued our study of John 7:37-39, attempting to understand better the nature of the Spirit's work in the present age. Lord willing we will complete this study next week with an emphasis on the likeness of the Spirit's ministry to "living water."

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Samuel 21:1-22.

Building Project - Matt Postiff

Posted September 18, 2019 | 00:46:27 | 7.97 MB |

We continue our study where Nehemiah spends several months praying to God, He grants Nehemiah a request on behalf of Jerusalem. One day, Nehemiah has a sad countenance and King Artaxerxes asked why he was sad. Nehemiah replied that his heart was filled with sorrow because the city of Jerusalem lied in waste, and its gates were burned with fire. Nehemiah, trusting in God to provide a way to somehow ask the King, grants Nehemiah permission to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the city. The prayer of Nehemiah was answered and this led to a ton of back-breaking work. At the same time, God prospered the work.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 18:1-32.

A Song of Praise to God Coming in Judgment (Continued) - James Widgeon

Posted September 18, 2019 | 00:35:53 | 6.16 MB |

The substance of this psalms, and portions of psalms 97, 98, and 100 are found in 1 Chronicles 16:1-43, which was used by David's direction in the dedication of the tabernacle on Mt. Zion. The psalm has importance beyond that historical occasion, however, because it anticipates kingdom praise for the Lord from all the nations of the world, and even from nature itself. It also expresses the intense joy that will saturate the earth when the Messiah is ruling from Jerusalem.

Ministry of the Holy Spirit - Matt Postiff

Audio from September 8, 2019 PM | 1 Corinthians 2:15 and John 7:37-39
Posted September 11, 2019 | 00:50:33 | 8.68 MB |

Tonight our study focused on two passages of Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:15 and John 7:37-39. Both have to do with the ministry of the Holy Spirit. We worked on answering last week's question about the Corinthians passage, namely, "just what does that verse mean?" We found an interesting connection between a key verb in 1 Cor. 2:14 and two in 15. We began a study of John 7:37-39, attempting to understand better the nature of the Spirit's work in the present age. Lord willing we will complete this study next week with an emphasis on the likeness of the Spirit's ministry to "living water."

Our Scripture reading tonight was found in Proverbs 11:1-31.

Nehemiah Sent to Judah - Matt Postiff

Posted September 11, 2019 | 00:44:57 | 7.72 MB |

Several months of praying to God, He grants Nehemiah a request on behalf of Jerusalem. One day, Nehemiah has a sad countenance and King Artaxerxes asked why he was sad. Nehemiah replied that his heart was filled with sorrow because the city of Jerusalem lied in waste, and its gates were burned with fire. Nehemiah, trusting in God to provide a way to somehow ask the King, grants Nehemiah permission to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the city.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 17:1-13.

Introduction to Peter (Salutation) - Tom McParlan

Posted September 11, 2019 | 00:45:40 | 7.84 MB |

Peter, an Apostle of Jesus Christ was one of a unique group of men who were personally called and commissioned by Christ, and who ministered with Christ after His resurrection. The church was built upon the foundation of their teaching. Pilgrims, were strangers dispossessed in a land not their own, temporary residents or foreigners. Like all believers, they were residents of an eternal city, the Dispersion. Here, this word is used in a non-technical sense referring to spritual pilgrims, aliens to the earth, whether Jews or Gentiles. Peter's letter is addressed to churches in provinces located in modern-day Turkey, which were part of the Roman empire. We also understand how Christians are to stand firm in Faith in light of persection. Even through persection we are to rejoice in Him.

Support the Weak - Matt Postiff

Audio from September 4, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 5:14
Posted September 7, 2019 | 00:22:04 | 3.79 MB |

The Apostle Paul had discussed how the pastors are to serve the people and how the people are to respond to the pastors. In these verses, he presents how the people are to treat each other in the fellowship of the church. The "unruly," those out of line, must be warned and taught to get back in line. The "fainthearted," those in fear and doubt, must be encouraged and made bold. The "weak," those without spiritual and moral strength, must be held up firmly. Patience forgiveness and acts of goodness must prevail between all the people.

The Work of the Holy Spirit (Continued) - Matt Postiff

Posted September 3, 2019 | 00:29:32 | 5.07 MB |

How is the Spirit of God working in you? We study how the The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgement to come.

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Samuel 20:1-26.

Nehemiah Prays for His People (Continued) - Matt Postiff

Posted September 3, 2019 | 00:39:00 | 6.70 MB |

Nehemiah was burdened by the fact that the city walls were still in shambles. Though still living away from Jerusalem, he communicated with those who were living there. He fasted, mourned and prayed for the rebuilding of the walls of his beloved city. In Nehemiah’s prayer to God he confessed that he knew Israel’s sins were the cause of his nation being scattered among the heathen. Nehemiah knew God’s promises to Moses that they would be blessed if they followed God, but punished if they strayed from him. Nehemiah did not deny that God’s punishment was necessary. However, he called upon the mercy of God to help them rebuild the walls of Jerusalem as the people returned to the city of God.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 16:1-50.

A Song of Praise to God Coming in Judgment - James Widgeon

Posted September 3, 2019 | 00:40:59 | 7.04 MB |

The substance of this psalms, and portions of psalms 97, 98, and 100 are found in 1 Chronicles 16:1-43, which was used by David's direction in the dedication of the tabernacle on Mt. Zion. The psalm has importance beyond that historical occasion, however, because it anticipates kingdom praise for the Lord from all the nations of the world, and even from nature itself. It also expresses the intense joy that will saturate the earth when the Messiah is ruling from Jerusalem.

Helping the Fainthearted - Matt Postiff

Audio from August 28, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 5:14
Posted August 31, 2019 | 00:17:49 | 3.06 MB |

Paul has discussed how the pastors are to serve the people and how the people are to respond to the pastors. In these verses, he presents how the people are to treat each other in the fellowship of the church. The "unruly," those out of line, must be warned and taught to get back in line. The "fainthearted," those in fear and doubt, must be encouraged and made bold. The "weak," those without spiritual and moral strength, must be held up firmly. Patience forgiveness and acts of goodness must prevail between all the people.

The Work of the Holy Spirit (Continued) - Matt Postiff

Posted August 27, 2019 | 00:38:06 | 6.54 MB |

How is the Spirit of God working in you? We study how the The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgement to come.

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Samuel 19:1-43.

Nehemiah Prays for His People - Matt Postiff

Audio from August 25, 2019 AM | Nehemiah 1:1-11
Posted August 27, 2019 | 00:45:23 | 7.79 MB |

Nehemiah was burdened by the fact that the city walls were still in shambles. Though still living away from Jerusalem, he communicated with those who were living there. He fasted, mourned and prayed for the rebuilding of the walls of his beloved city. In Nehemiah’s prayer to God he confessed that he knew Israel’s sins were the cause of his nation being scattered among the heathen. Nehemiah knew God’s promises to Moses that they would be blessed if they followed God, but punished if they strayed from him. Nehemiah did not deny that God’s punishment was necessary. However, he called upon the mercy of God to help them rebuild the walls of Jerusalem as the people returned to the city of God.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 15:1-41.

The True Origin of Mankind (Continued) - Tom McParlan

Posted August 27, 2019 | 00:49:42 | 8.53 MB |

We continue our study on the authority of His Word focusing on the creation of all things spoken of in Genesis. The book of Genesis provides a true account in which the Lord created life. The first eleven chapters of Genesis explain how the Lord created all things and we study how a Christians belief on 'Origins of life' should focus on His Word.

Missionary Report: The Lord's Work In Northeast India - Missionary

Posted August 23, 2019 | 00:45:19 | 7.78 MB |

Some of our missionary friends are serving the Lord by ministering in Northeast India in which they call home. As part of there regular ministry they share how the Lord is working in India and they share how the Bible translation ministry they are most involved in, is leading the lost to turn to Christ for salvation.

The Work of the Holy Spirit In the Church - Matt Postiff

Posted August 20, 2019 | 00:45:05 | 7.74 MB |

How is the Spirit of God working in you? We study how the The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgement to come.

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Samuel 18:1-33.

Diotrephes and Demetrius - Matt Postiff

Posted August 20, 2019 | 00:51:59 | 8.92 MB |

In the second part of the epistle, John condemned the violation of hospitality toward faithful ministers of the Word. Diotrephes modeled the opposite of kindness and hospitality to God's servants, even denying John's apostolic authority over the local congregation, and as a result, denying the revelation of God that came through that authority. His pride endeavored to supplant the rule of Christ through John in the church. Diotrephes character was the very opposite of the gentle and loving Gaius who readily showed hospitality.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 14:1-36.

The True Origin of Mankind (Continued) - Tom McParlan

Audio from August 18, 2019 SS | Hebrews 11:1-6 Hebrews 1:1-2 Colossians 1:15-17
Posted August 20, 2019 | 00:45:07 | 7.75 MB |

We continue our study on the origins of mankind and how God created the universe, created man from the dust of the earth, and created woman from mans rib. We also discuss the non-biblical views of 'chance' creating the universe thus trying to eliminate the need of a god. We know the bible is truth and that the Lord created all things, including mankind in His image.

Warn and Admonish - Matt Postiff

Audio from August 14, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15
Posted August 17, 2019 | 00:35:40 | 6.12 MB |

Paul has discussed how the pastors are to serve the people and how the people are to respond to the pastors. In these verses, he presents how the people are to treat each other in the fellowship of the church. The "unruly," those out of line, must be warned and taught to get back in line. The "fainthearted," those in fear and doubt, must be encouraged and made bold. The "weak," those without spiritual and moral strength, must be held up firmly. Patience, forgiveness and acts of goodness must prevail between all people.

The Work of The Holy Spirit In The Church - Matt Postiff

Posted August 14, 2019 | 00:37:00 | 6.35 MB |

We study the matter of tongues and its significance throughout history. "Tongues" refers to a foreign language. It also refers to the miraculous ability to speak a foreign language that is not learned. The speaker understands the foreign language and he speaks it in such a way that native speakers of that language can understand him. The languages we have today are a direct result by God confusing the one-world language during the time of Babel, through His judgment to scatter the people of the earth. As we study tongues throughout the Bible we understand God used tongues as a sign of judgement.

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Samuel 17:1-29.

Greeting to Gaius - Matt Postiff

Posted August 14, 2019 | 00:46:36 | 8.00 MB |

The big picture is that the recipient is a prominent member of a local church which has a problem. The problem is is a person named Diotrephes. John has written a previous letter to the church (since lost), but it was not received well. Those who were on the apostle's side were removed from the church. Those representatives sent by John were not treated well by Diotrephes. On the other hand, Gaius did help those representatives.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 13:1-33.

The True Origin of Mankind - Tom McParlan

Audio from August 11, 2019 SS | 2 Peter 3:10-13
Posted August 14, 2019 | 00:41:19 | 7.09 MB |

We study the origins of mankind and how God created the universe, created man from the dust of the earth, and created woman from mans rib. We also discuss the non-biblical views of 'chance' creating the universe thus trying to eliminate the need of a god. We know the bible is truth and that the Lord created all things, including mankind in His image.

A Good Attitude Towards Leadership - Matt Postiff

Audio from August 7, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
Posted August 10, 2019 | 00:27:09 | 4.66 MB |

Christians are called to know their pastors well enough to have an intimate appreciation for them and to respect them because of their value. The work of pastors is summarized in a 3-fold description which includes 1) laboring, working to the point of exhaustion; 2) overseeing, literally standing before the flock to lead them in the way of righteousness; and 3) admonishing, instructing in the truths of God's word. In addition to knowing pastors, congregations are to think rightly and lovingly of their pastors, not because of their charm or personality, but because of the fact that they work for the Chief Shepherd as His special servants. They are also to submit to their leadership so that peace prevails in the church.

The Good Soldier of Jesus Christ - Jansen Lorch

Audio from August 4, 2019 PM | 2 Timothy 2:1-13
Posted August 7, 2019 | 00:55:15 | 9.49 MB |

In this message we study the qualities a man who teaches the Word of God must have to faithfully serve the Lord. Faithful men who will be able to teach others. Timothy was to take the divine revelation he had learned from Paul and teach it to other faithful men - men with proven spiritual character and giftedness, who would in turn pass on those truths to another generation. That process of spiritual reproduction, which began early in the early church, is to continue until the Lord returns.

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Samuel 16:1-23.

Seeing is Rejoicing - Matt Postiff

Audio from August 4, 2019 AM | 2 John 12-13, 3 John 13-14
Posted August 7, 2019 | 00:32:43 | 5.62 MB |

John says he had many things to write to the Elect Lady but instead to speak face to face, that his joy may be full. The blessing of Christian hospitality is full joy. When believers uphold the biblical standards for fellowship, the result is genuine joy among believers because the truths of the Word are maintained.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 12:1-16.

Greatness Is Serving - Matt Postiff

Audio from August 4, 2019 SS | Matthew 20:20-28
Posted August 7, 2019 | 00:24:22 | 4.19 MB |

James and John had enlisted their mother to convey their proud, self-seeking request to Jesus. The other disciples were greatly displeased as they also wished to be the greatest among each other. However, in this rich text the Lord teaches the disciples that the style of greatness and leadership for believers is different. The Gentile leaders dominate in dictatorial fashion, using carnal power and authority. Believers are to do the opposite - they lead by being servants and giving themselves away for others, as Jesus did.

The Day of the Lord (Continued) - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 31, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Posted August 2, 2019 | 00:28:46 | 4.94 MB |

We continue our study in Thessalonians where we recognize the idea that within the broader context of the end time coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, the subject is changing from a discussion of the blessing of the rapture of believers to the judgement of unbelievers. The Apostle Paul encourages the Thessalonians to rejoice that the church will be raptured to Christ and will not experience the judgement of the Day of the Lord, where believers will not be present on earth to experience its terrors and destruction.

Final Greetings - Missionary Speaker

Audio from July 28, 2019 PM | Colossians 4:7-18
Posted July 31, 2019 | 00:46:44 | 8.02 MB |

Missionary Joshua Allinger shares the calling the Lord has placed on his family to witness to the people of France and preaches on God's word in the Book of Colossians. We see the Apostle Paul sending a greeting by addressing fellow Christian friends. The truth of the message is to get us to think about how we might be like, or more like, some of these exemplary Christians mentioned by Paul.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 11:1-35.

Our God is Great & Mighty - Gospel Heralds of ABC

Posted July 31, 2019 | 01:08:20 | 11.73 MB |

The 2019 Gospel Heralds of Appalachian Bible College, a nine-member ensemble, present Our God is Great & Mighty, a collection of sacred music praising the greatness of God—our Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer, and King.

Our Scripture readings were found in Psalms 93:1-5 and Psalms 95:1-11.

Book of Micah Summarized - James Widgeon

Posted July 31, 2019 | 00:37:34 | 6.45 MB |

Micah proclaimed a message of judgement to a people persistently pursuing evil. Similar to other prophets, Micah presented his message in lawsuit/courtroom terminology. The prophecy is arranged in 3 oracles, each beginning with the admonition to hear. Within each oracle, he moves from doom to hope - doom because they have broken God's law given at Sinai; hope because of God's unchanging covenant with their forefathers. One third of the book targets the sins of his people; another third looks at the punishment of God to come and another third promises hope for the faithful after the judgement.

The Day of the Lord - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 24, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Posted July 27, 2019 | 00:26:15 | 4.51 MB |

We continue our study in Thessalonians where we recognize the idea that within the broader context of the end time coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, the subject is changing from a discussion of the blessing of the rapture of believers to the judgement of unbelievers. The Apostle Paul encourages the Thessalonians to rejoice that the church will be raptured to Christ and will not experience the judgement of the Day of the Lord, where believers will not be present on earth to experience its terrors and destruction.

Art Fair Testimonies and Q&A - Matt Postiff

Posted July 24, 2019 | 01:04:34 | 11.09 MB |

Hear fellow FBC members giving their testimonies and experiences witnessing and taking a stand for Christ during this year's Art Fair in Ann Arbor. Pastor Matt also hosts a Bible Q & A session.

Our Scripture reading was in 2 Samuel 15:1-37.

Full Reward - Matt Postiff

Posted July 24, 2019 | 00:50:21 | 8.64 MB |

To receive a full reward from Christ, do not support false teaching. We should always be watching out for false teachers who come along and attempt to deceive our reward from us. We exist on a footing of suspicion until we make sure a person is bringing the true doctrine of Christ. We can also think of our hospitality responsibility from the positive side. We can enhance our service to God, and thus our reward, by providing hospitality to those who believe the right things.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 10:1-36.

The Narrow Way - Tom McParlan

Audio from July 21, 2019 SS | Matthew 7:13-27
Posted July 24, 2019 | 00:44:24 | 7.62 MB |

This closing section of the Sermon on the Mount is a gospel application. Here are two gates, two ways, two destinations, and two groups of people; two kinds of tress and two kinds of fruits; two groups of judgement; and two kinds of builders, building on two kinds of foundations. Christ is drawing the line as clearly as possible between the way that leads to destruction and the way which leads to life.

The Comfort of Christ's Coming - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 17, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Posted July 20, 2019 | 00:29:08 | 5.00 MB |

Even though Paul's ministry in Thessalonica was brief, it is clear the people had come to believe in and hope for the reality of their Savior's return. These were living in expectation of that coming, eagerly awaiting Christ. Verse 13 indicates they were even agitated about some things that were happening to them that might affect their participation in it. They knew Christ's return was the climactic event in redemptive history and didn't want to miss it. The major question they had was "What happens to the Christians who die before He comes? Do they miss His return?" Clearly, they had an imminent view of Christ's return and Paul had left the impression it could happen in their lifetime. Their confusion came as they were being persecuted, an experience they thought they were to be delivered from by the Lord's return.

Paul Preaches Christ From Old Testament - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 14, 2019 PM | Acts 17:1-34, Isaiah 53:1-12
Posted July 17, 2019 | 00:46:53 | 8.05 MB |

We gave a brief overview of Acts 17 and saw how Paul handled the Old Testament. Paul preached that the Scriptures taught Messiah would suffer and rise again. Then we connected the prophecies of these truths from Isaiah 53 to the New Testament passages that quote from it and allude to it. It was in this way that the apostle demonstrated that Jesus is the Christ prophesied in the Old Testament. See the related blog post.

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Samuel 14:1-33.

Love, Truth, and Obedience - Matt Postiff

Posted July 17, 2019 | 00:50:38 | 8.69 MB |

The Christian life is three-dimensional: love, truth, and obedience. Our love operates in the realm of Christian truth and is demonstrated by obedience to God’s commands. “To love one another” is one of those commands that we obey and thus show the genuineness of our faith. Note verse 4: “walk in truth”; verse 6a: “walk according to His commandments”; verse 6b: “walk in the commandment [love].”

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 9:1-23.

Look to the Lord and Wait for Him - James Widgeon

Posted July 17, 2019 | 00:35:22 | 6.07 MB |

Here in chapter 7, the prophet Micah highlights the need for the faithful to look to the Lord and to wait for Him, being confident that He will deliver them.

A Brotherly and Orderly Life - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 10, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
Posted July 12, 2019 | 00:32:11 | 5.53 MB |

In this message we see how the Thessalonians were loving believers through God's Word and by God Himself. Here Paul emphasizes to not present social problems or generate conflict among those people in his life, but whose soul rests easy even in the midst of difficulty. Paul later deals with those who did not mind their own business at Thessalonica and encourages believers to work with their own hands.

Christ Visits His Disciples after His Resurrection - Matt Postiff

Posted July 10, 2019 | 00:42:30 | 388.06 MB |

In this sermon we study how Christ visited the seven disciples for the third time, after he was resurrected from the dead. Here, Christ speaks to Simon Peter how he would Glorify God through his death. We also conclude John's Gospel in which he proclaimed the true testimony of Christ.

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Samuel 13:1-39.

The Book of Malachi Reviewed - Matt Postiff

Posted July 10, 2019 | 00:50:47 | 8.72 MB |

Malachi wrote the capstone prophecy of the OT in which he delivered God's message of judgement on Israel for their continuing sin and God's promise that one day in the future, when the Jews would repent, Messiah would be revealed and God's covenant promises would be fulfilled. There were over 400 years of divine silence, with only Malachi's words ringing condemnation in their ears, before another prophet arrived with a message from God. That was John the Baptist preaching, "Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand!"

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 8:1-26.

Narrow Is The Gate - Tom McParlan

Audio from July 7, 2019 SS | Matthew 7:13-27.
Posted July 10, 2019 | 00:43:34 | 7.48 MB |

The narrow gate leads to the entrance of God's kingdom and difficult is the way, that is, Christ continually emphasized the difficulty of following Him. Salvation is by grace alone and calls for knowledge of the truth, repentance, submission to Christ as Lord, and a willingness to obey His will and Word. The Lord states that if a person loves Him, then they will keep his commandments.

Flee From Sexual Immorality - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 3, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 4:4-8
Posted July 6, 2019 | 00:26:42 | 4.59 MB |

Every Christian should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not like the unbelievers who defraud his brother and therefore bring destructive social and spiritual harm to themselves through illegitimate sexual activity. For the Lord calls His people to be Holy and whoever rejects these words rejects not man, but God.

The Sun which is Righteousness - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 30, 2019 AM | Malachi 4:1-6
Posted July 3, 2019 | 00:48:33 | 8.33 MB |

In the last six verses of Malachi, God promises three things: He will come with judgment for those who are wicked; He will bring blessing to those who fear Him; and He will send Elijah the prophet to call the people to repentance. Until that day, God required His people to remember the Law of Moses, that is, to obey it.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 7:1-89.

There is no evening message recorded for today, since we shared a Singspiration with Hiawatha Bible Church.

Lament and Hope - James Widgeon

Posted July 3, 2019 | 00:39:39 | 6.81 MB |

Micah lamented the circumstances of his day. In his vain search for an upright person, he compared himself to the vinedresser who enters his vineyard late in the season and finds no fruit. In Micah 6, the prophet depicts the horrifying living conditions caused by the sinful acts of the people. In chapter 7, he expresses a future hope for a remnant of the people who will walk with the Lord.

Rebuilt Temple, Adjusting Israel's Spiritual Priorities - John O'Dell

Audio from June 26, 2019 PM | Haggai 1:1-15 and Haggai 2:1-23
Posted June 26, 2019 | 00:44:00 | 7.56 MB |

In 538 B.C., as a result of the proclamation of Cyrus the Persian, Israel was allowed to return to Babylon to her homeland under the civil leadership of Zerubbabel and the spiritual guidance of Joshua the High-Priest. About 50,000 Jews returned. In 536 B.C., they began to rebuild the temple but opposition from neighnors and indifference by the Jews caused the work to be abandoned. Sixteen years later Haggai and Zechariah were commissioned by the Lord to stir up the people to 1) not only rebuild the temple, but also to 2) reorder their spiritual priorities. As a result, the temple was completed 4 years later.

Habakkuk's Questions, The Lord's Replies - John O'Dell

Audio from June 23, 2019 PM | Habakkuk 1:1-17
Posted June 26, 2019 | 00:59:14 | 10.17 MB |

The opening verses reveal a historical situation similar to the days of Amos and Micah. Justice had essentially disappeared from the Land; violence and wickedness were pervasive, existing unchecked. In the midst of these dark days, the prophet cried out for divine intervention. God's response, that He was sending the Chaldeans to judge Judah, creates an even greater theological dilemma for Habakkuk. Why didnt' God purge His people and restore their righteousness?

Two Kinds of People - Matt Postiff

Audio from 23, 2019 AM | Malachi 3:13-18
Posted June 26, 2019 | 00:49:24 | 8.48 MB |

These sinful priests and people had not just questioned God, violated God's covenant, disobeyed His laws, defiled His altar, and despised His name, but had openly spoken against Him. in spite of what was promised, the people complained that obedience to God's law brought no rewards. Only the proud and wicked prospered, they said. The people pretended to grieve for their sins, walking around in sackcloth or even with blackened faces to convey apparent sorrow, then complained that all that religious activity was useless. The proud and wicked, with apparent impunity, put God to the test by seeing how far they could go in doing evil. The distinction between the godly and ungodly will be evident for all when the righteous Lord is present, ruling from the throne of David in Jerusalem.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 6:1-27.

The Lord has Shown what is Good - James Widgeon

Posted June 26, 2019 | 00:40:35 | 6.97 MB |

In this lesson, the prophet Micah restates God's requirements that they do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly before Him. He also stated the consequences of their choices to do the opposite of these things.

Abstain from Sexual Immorality - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 19, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 4:3-6
Posted June 22, 2019 | 00:23:45 | 4.08 MB |

God's Word is God's will. In this text of 1 Thessalonians, we see that God's will for His people is to abstain from sexual immorality.

Tithing - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 16, 2019 PM | 2 Corinthians 8:1-24
Posted June 19, 2019 | 00:51:42 | 8.88 MB |

This study specifically deals with Paul's instruction to the Corinthians about a particular collection for the saints in Jerusalem. We explain the the rich model of Christian giving that is taught in the New Testament. It is not legal in nature, but rather has the gracious and generous quality of a freewill offering.

Our Scripture reading was found in Proverbs 10:1-32.

Robbing God? - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 16, 2019 AM | Malachi 3:8-12
Posted June 19, 2019 | 00:52:41 | 9.05 MB |

In answer to their query about how they have deviated from God's way and need to return, the prophet picked an illustration of their spiritual defection that is very visible and undeniable. The Lord pointed out that they had not brought the required tithes and offerings, those used to fund the theocracy by sustaining the Levites, the national religious festivals, and the poor. But in not paying their taxes, and so robbing God, they had robbed themselves, for God had withheld His blessing.

Our Scripture reading was found in Numbers 5:1-31.

The Narrow Way - Tom McParlan

Audio from June 16, 2019 SS | Matthew 7:13-27
Posted June 19, 2019 | 00:39:20 | 6.75 MB |

The closing section of the Sermon on the Mount is a gospel application. Here are two gates, two ways, two destinations, and two groups of people; two kinds of trees and two kinds of fruit; two groups at the judgement; and two kinds of builders, building on two kinds of foundations. Christ is drawing the line as clearly as possible between the way that leads to destruction and the way which leads to life.

How to Walk and Please God - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 12, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 4:1-2
Posted June 15, 2019 | 00:18:48 | 3.23 MB |

Instead of being able to travel to Thessalonica, Paul was forced to minister to them by means of letter. So he instructs them about how to live so as to please God. We only began to see the specifics of this, but we did emphasize the idea that Paul was giving them a command from the Lord Jesus.

Q&A and Paul's Coworkers - Matt Postiff

Posted June 15, 2019 | 00:39:38 | 6.81 MB |

We had a question earlier in the day about the chronology of Saul's interaction with David. In 1 Samuel 17 when David killed Goliath, did Saul know him? We examined a number of approaches to handle this question. A second question arose about the proper method of interpreting Zechariah 11 and how Old Testament prophecies are used in the New Testament. We were able to understand the importance of taking the text literally and take caution about how we use analogies in various Scriptures.

Then we quickly examined a list of the coworkers of the apostle Paul and emphasized the need for teamwork in the ministry of the church. This idea is essential for the work of the ministry.

Scripture reading was from Proverbs 9.

The Lord is Coming - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 9, 2019 AM | Malachi 3:1-7
Posted June 15, 2019 | 00:58:25 | 10.03 MB |

We read in Malachi 3:1-7 of a way-preparing messenger, who comes before the messenger of the covenant. The Lord Jesus, the Messiah, is that messenger of the covenant. He will suddenly appear at His temple and will bring with him a fearful day of judgment and refining. The events surrounding His coming locate the fulfillment in the future at the second coming of the Lord--not the first coming.

Scripture reading was in Numbers 4.

Concluding the Study of Ephesians - Tom McParlan

Posted June 15, 2019 | 00:39:05 | 6.71 MB |

Our teacher reviewed much of the latter half of Ephesians 6 about the spiritual battle in which Christians find themselves. We were reminded again about what is most dangerous to our walk, and what resources we need to have around ourselves to win the battle and "stay on point" with respect to sharing the gospel. Then we looked at the necessity for frequent prayer.

Comfort and Thanks - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 5, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Posted June 15, 2019 | 00:20:08 | 3.46 MB |

Paul tells us how he responded to Timothy's report of the good spiritual condition of the Thessalonians. Then he reports a prayer in which he prays that the believers would be established blameless in holiness by the end when Christ returns.

Millennial Worship vs. the Lord's Table - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 2, 2019 PM | Ezekiel 40-48
Posted June 3, 2019 | 00:35:34 | 6.11 MB |

No, the title of this message is not intended to suggest that the two types of worship are in competition with one another! Rather, the point of our message was to understand a bit more about what the future millennial worship looks like, and to set that over against how we presently worship at the table of the Lord. Each estate is blessed by God, and we thank Him for what we have today. But there will be a time of much different worship in the future.

The Scripture reading was from Proverbs 7.

Idolatry and Divorce Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 2, 2019 AM | Malachi 2:10-17
Posted June 3, 2019 | 00:41:37 | 7.15 MB |

We reviewed how the Israelites were sinning by marrying into idolatry. Today's message focused on what they did prior marrying idolaters--they divorced their spouses! We looked carefully at what God thinks of marriage and divorce in this context.

Scripture reading was from Numbers 3.

Acknowledge God’s Blessings and Learn from History - James Widgeon

Posted June 3, 2019 | 00:38:13 | 6.56 MB |

In this lesson, God asked his people what He had done to them and how he had wearied them. Following their silence, God recounted how He delivered them from Egypt and reminded them of the treacherous historical actions of Balak and Balaam against them.

Paul Sends Timothy - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 29, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 3:1-5
Posted June 1, 2019 | 00:19:55 | 3.42 MB |

Although Paul's desire to personally return to see the Thessalonians was frustrated, he found out what he needed to know by sending Timothy. By this means, Paul was able to encourage them "remotely" that they continue in the faith despite the persecutions they faced. These afflictions were totally to be expected because our adversary the Devil does not want the gospel to advance, and when it does he wants to tear down that advance.

How Many Jameses in the Bible? - Matt Postiff

Posted May 27, 2019 | 00:51:07 | 8.78 MB |

We answered several questions tonight, including something about inter-generational effects of sin, and how the patterns that are built into us from our early home life affect how we live later in life. We spent the bulk of the time looking at a simple Bible content question, which was how many people named James are found in the Bible. We found at least 4, and perhaps 5. We briefly touched on the millennial kingdom sacrifices in Ezekiel 40-48.

Idolatry and Divorce Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 26, 2019 AM | Malachi 2:10-17
Posted May 27, 2019 | 00:43:35 | 7.48 MB |

In our continuing series in Malachi, we begin studying the passage about marriage and divorce. This passage sits in a very specific context that deals with the idolatry of the people of Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem. They were marrying foreign women who were not proselytes or converts to Judaism. And to do this, they were divorcing their wives, thus committing treachery against them and against the Lord.

The Armor of God - Tom McParlan

Audio from May 26, 2019 SS | Ephesians 6:10-
Posted May 27, 2019 | 00:46:35 | 8.00 MB |

Last time we examined the first three pieces of armor. The study continues to dig into the details of these figurative pieces of armor that we need for the daily spiritual battle that we face.

Longing to See Them - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 22, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 2:17-20
Posted May 23, 2019 | 00:21:47 | 3.74 MB |

The Apostle Paul reports that he had been prevented from returning to Thessalonica and strengthening the faith of the new converts. This was a particularly difficult situation for both the new church and the church planter. The great joy Paul looked forward to was the Thessalonian Christians standing in the presence of Christ in the future day; yet he was concerned that Satan may be ruining things there in the infant church.

Believing the Whole Counsel of God - John O'Dell

Posted May 21, 2019 | 00:58:56 | 10.12 MB |

Pastor O'Dell reminds us of the need for all of the Scriptures--from creation in Genesis throughout the entire Old Testament and the New Testament. A rejection of Genesis 1:1, for example, means that you won't be able to accept anything else in the book. The creation account is foundational to everything, including our salvation. Our speaker also gave attention to Acts 17 and Hebrews 11, among other passages. We pray that you will be strengthened to believe the Word of God--all of it.

All Things New - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 19, 2019 AM | Revelation 21:1-8
Posted May 21, 2019 | 01:04:25 | 11.06 MB |

We studied the theological and interpretive issues raised by Revelation 21:1-8. This passages is a great encouragement for the believer, not only in the personal blessing that will be present in the new heaven and earth, but more importantly, the co-dwelling of God with man.

A second edition of the sermon audio, preached at the Conference on the Church for God's Glory is available here. The notes for this sermon are available here.

Make the Right Choice - James Widgeon

Posted May 21, 2019 | 00:39:39 | 6.81 MB |

This lesson in Micah 6 illustrates a courtroom scene of God confronting Israel how about their sinfulness. Their choices were to respond to the charges by pleading guilty and seeking repentance and restoration or pleading not guilty and pursuing that to its bitter end. They chose the latter path.

Persecuted Believers - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 15, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16
Posted May 18, 2019 | 00:24:15 | 4.16 MB |

In this message we study how Paul encouraged the persecuted Thessalonian believers by reminding them that they were not alone - they had suffered the very same things as the Judeans (Acts 17:5). Many Scriptures warn that trials are a normal part of the Christian life, not an exception. During times of suffering, those who have been through similar circumstances and have stood firm in the faith can encourage believers.

Paul's Conduct Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 12, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Posted May 14, 2019 | 00:44:52 | 7.70 MB |

In this message we continue our study in 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 where we see how Paul boldly preached the Gospel to the Thessalonians. Paul did not use flattering words nor manipulation to win souls for Christ nor demand financial gain. Instead, Paul worked as a tent maker which supports the claim that their motives were pure. Paul also uses the image of a nursing mother to illustrate the work of anyone who shepherds or teaches within the family of God. Just as a mother cherishes her little ones, spiritual shepherds should tenderly care for the believers they serve. Just as a mother feeds her children, they should give their spiritual offspring the nourishment they need to grow in Christ.

Our Scripture reading was found in Proverbs 5:1-23.

God's Reward - Mike Brunk

Audio from May 12, 2019 AM | 1 Corinthians 3:13-15
Posted May 14, 2019 | 01:01:38 | 10.58 MB |

In this message we look at the types of building materials and at the results of building with those materials.. This is mother's day so we want to make a special application of this material to mothers but also a more general application to us all.

Our Scripture reading was found in Leviticus 27:1-34.

God's Judgement - Mike Brunk

Audio from May 12, 2019 SS | 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
Posted May 14, 2019 | 00:42:15 | 7.25 MB |

In this message we saw that God possesses His Temple whereby we are the very place where God dwells. God protects His Temple and those who do things to hurt the Temple of God will be subject to God's wrath and we should not listen to them. God Purifies His Temple whereby He wants to make us more like Him, to purify us.

Watering, Working, Warning - Mike Brunk

Audio from May 10, 2019 PM | 1 Corinthians 3:5-8
Posted May 11, 2019 | 00:42:13 | 7.25 MB |

For the Corinthians to elevate and celebrate Paul or Apollos as the center of their faith was ridiculous. These men were merely instruments of the Spirit. Just as Paul planted and Apollos watered, so too can every believer serve. Some may preach, some may assist others in their service; but it is God who gives the increase. He can and will use the gifts of every one of His servants for His purposes and His glory.

Paul's Conduct Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 08, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Posted May 11, 2019 | 00:21:45 | 3.74 MB |

In this message we study 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 where we see how Paul boldly preached the Gospel to the Thessalonians. Paul did not use flattering words nor manipulation to win souls for Christ nor demand financial gain. Instead, Paul worked as a tent maker which supports the claim that their motives were pure. Paul also uses the image of a nursing mother to illustrate the work of anyone who shepherds or teaches within the family of God. Just as a mother cherishes her little ones, spiritual shepherds should tenderly care for the believers they serve. Just as a mother feeds her children, they should give their spiritual offspring the nourishment they need to grow in Christ.

Amillennialism Part 5 - Matt Postiff

Posted May 8, 2019 | 00:55:55 | 9.60 MB |

In this message we continue to critique amillennial doctrine. We examined the two resurrections in Revelation 20 and compared the premillennial literal understanding with the "spiritual" understanding of amillennialism. The focus of the message was our response to alleged weaknesses of the premillennial understanding.

Thanks to Joel Torres, the notes for this study are available in Spanish at Optica Biblica. The notes are available in English as well. See also this blog post.

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Samuel 11:1-27.

Priests Called to Repent (Version 3) - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 5, 2019 AM | Malachi 2:1-9
Posted May 8, 2019 | 00:51:13 | 8.79 MB |

Malachi, situated at the very end of the Old Testament, is structured around six messages or disputations that God has with the nation of Israel. In them, God rebukes the pathetic condition of the nation. This is similar to what we see in the book that ends the New Testament, Revelation, where the Lord rebukes seven churches for their serious problems.

Our Scripture reading was found in Leviticus 26:1-46.

The Lord's Table - Matt Postiff

Posted May 8, 2019 | 00:29:45 | 5.11 MB |

In this message we honor the Lord by partaking in the Lord's Table. We study the reasons why we partake in communion while recognizing what the bread and juice symbolize.

Amillennialism Part 4 - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 28, 2019 PM | Revelation 20:1-15
Posted May 1, 2019 | 00:55:48 | 9.58 MB |

In this message we study the events that take place when the Son of God returns for His second time to establish his millennial kingdom on Earth. We focus our attention to four major events including Satan being bound, the first and second resurrections, how long Christ's reign will be on Earth and how long until these events occur. The big idea of the message is to show that the premillennial understanding of this passage is much more straightforward than the amillennial understanding.

Our Scripture reading was found in Proverbs 8:1-36.

Priests Called to Repent - Matt Postiff

Posted May 1, 2019 | 01:02:49 | 10.79 MB |

Malachi, situated at the very end of the Old Testament, is structured around six messages or disputations that God has with the nation of Israel. In them, God rebukes the pathetic condition of the nation. This is similar to what we see in the book that ends the New Testament, Revelation, where the Lord rebukes seven churches for their serious problems.

Our Scripture reading was found in Leviticus 25:23-55.

The Believer's Armor - Tom McParlan

Audio from April 28, 2019 SS | Ephesians 6:14-17
Posted May 1, 2019 | 00:44:13 | 7.59 MB |

We are in a supernatural war against a supernatural enemy, Satan. Is is not flesh nor blood we battle Ephesians 6:12 and we cannot fight in the flesh 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. It is God's battle, God's power, God's armor.

Thessalonians Displayed True Conversion - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 24, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10
Posted April 25, 2019 | 00:27:32 | 4.73 MB |

In this message we continue our study of the how the Thessalonians were transformed by the Gospel, where Paul writes to the Thessalonians addressing the seven ways in which they clearly displayed becoming followers of the Lord.

Amillennialism Part 3 - Matt Postiff

Posted April 24, 2019 | 00:47:25 | 8.14 MB |

In this message we continue to analyze the falseness of Amillennialism doctrine. Our study reveals that Jesus Christ is presently seated on the throne and always will be. His children anticipate his second coming where His millennial reign on Earth will begin.

Our Scripture reading was found in Luke 24:13-53.

Christ Suffered for the Unjust - Matt Postiff

Posted April 24, 2019 | 00:50:42 | 8.71 MB |

Continuing this Resurrection Sunday service we study how God ordained Christ to suffer for sinners in order to bring them to God. The single verse we will study in these notes is 1 Peter 3:18, which focuses on the fact of Christ's suffering, and more importantly, the characteristics, purpose and results of that suffering. The main idea is that God foreordained Christ to suffer, and through this suffering, to bring sinners to God.

Our Scripture reading was found in John 20:1-31.

Perspectives On the Resurrection - Matt Postiff

Posted April 24, 2019 | 00:32:51 | 5.64 MB |

In this Resurrection Sunday morning we study the perspectives of the women who visited Jesus' tomb, angels on the resurrection of Christ, the soldiers point of view, the priests point of view, the view Jesus had before and after the resurrection. and the perspective of God the Father and the Spirit.

Our Scripture readings were found in Matthew 28:1-20, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-12.

Perspectives On The Cross - Matt Postiff

Posted April 20, 2019 | 00:45:42 | 7.85 MB |

In this Good Friday message we study the many perspectives of the different people mentioned in Mark 15, focusing on the events leading up to and including the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

You Will Know Them by Their Fruits - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 17, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10
Posted April 19, 2019 | 00:21:03 | 3.61 MB |

In this message we study how the Gospel presents a powerful model for Christians to be known by their fruit. In this context, the Apostle Paul writes this encouragement to the Thessalonians as he modeled a transformation bearing fruit, and as such the Thessalonians were converted and became Christian models by their fruit, to their neighbors. Likewise, our transformation should be evident like the Thessalonians.

Amillennialism Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted April 18, 2019 | 00:45:45 | 7.85 MB |

In this message we analyze the incorrect belief that the millennial kingdom is a present realty centered at Christ's heavenly reign, not a future reign here on Earth after He returns. To the contrary, Scripture makes it clear that the millennial kingdom is yet to come. In fact, we prove from numerous Scriptures that an intermediate or kingdom age is absolutely necessary to the fulfillment of many prophetic passages.

Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Samuel 10:1-19.

The Ultimate Sacrifice - Missionary Speaker

Audio from April 14, 2019 AM | Isaiah 53:1-12
Posted April 18, 2019 | 00:52:35 | 9.03 MB |

In this message we examine Isaiah chapter 53 where we see how the sinless Son of God, Jesus Christ was wrongly accused and gave Himself as the ultimate sacrifice for all of mankind's sin. Jesus Christ did this to remove all transgressions for all people, every rebellion against the Lord and through His wounds, bruises, and stripes we are healed by His precious and innocent blood. It was the will of the Father to put Him through grief so that the sin of believers would be forgiven and live forever with the Lord.

Our Scripture reading was found in Leviticus 25:1-22.

Planting Churches - Missionary Speaker

Posted April 18, 2019 | 00:48:19 | 8.30 MB |

In this message we hear of how the Lord is planting churches all across the world and how God-fearing men are being trained to share the Gospel. Despite the cultural and political barriers sharing the Gospel in third world countries, His Word continues to be preached.

Delivery of The Gospel - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 10, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10
Posted April 11, 2019 | 00:22:54 | 3.93 MB |

In this message we study how the Apostle Paul thanked God for the delivery of the Gospel which came in word, power, in the Spirit, and with conviction. The believer can apply these in their testimony when witnessing to non-believers. The Gospel came to the Thessalonians in this way and believers should mirror this.

Obedience of Christian Submission - Matt Postiff

Posted April 10, 2019 | 00:30:22 | 5.22 MB |

Learning the obedience of submission is a critical aspect of our Christian character. We learn it first as children in the home. We practice it in school. We are thus prepared for a life in which a good citizen and good Christian must do the same.

Our Scripture reading was in 2 Samuel 8.

Rebuke of The Priests - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 7, 2019 AM | Malachi 1:6-14
Posted April 10, 2019 | 00:39:15 | 6.74 MB |

We studied the first portion of the Lord's rebuke of Israel's priests. They were treating the sacrificial system, and therefore the God of that system, with contempt. God says that He would prefer the doors of the temple be shut and no sacrifices offered, rather than the heartless, evil way that the priests were operating at that time.

Our Scripture reading was in Leviticus 24.

The Believer's Warfare - Tom McParlan

Posted April 10, 2019 | 00:42:31 | 7.30 MB |

Religion is what man does. Christianity is what God did. A Christian who has no struggle may suffer from complacency.

True Evidence of Conversion - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 3, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 1:1-4
Posted April 6, 2019 | 00:26:52 | 4.61 MB |

We continued the second part of the series in the book of 1 Thessalonians, studying the first four verses. We focused our attention on what the true evidence of Conversion looks like. This included the emphasis on three main points including works produced by faith, labor produced by love, and patience produced by hope.

God's Electing Love for His People - Matt Postiff

Posted April 3, 2019 | 00:57:40 | 9.90 MB |

In this message, we gave particular attention to how God loved Israel, evidenced in His covenant promises to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants. The Lord hated Esau in the sense that He did not favor him. God treated Israel much differently that He did Edom—and God is free to do how He pleases!

Our Scripture reading was in Leviticus 23.

Godly Principles of Submission to the Employer-Employee Relationship - Tom McParlan

Posted April 3, 2019 | 00:39:21 | 6.76 MB |

Tom McParlan shared how the Apostle Paul provided instructions to employers to do the following: respect their employees, refrain from abuse, and remember that you report to your own Master in heaven (Ephesians 6:9).

Paul Prays for The Church With Thanksgiving - Matt Postiff

Audio from March 27, 2019 PM | 1 Thessalonians 1:1-2
Posted March 30, 2019 | 00:20:26 | 3.51 MB |

We began a new series in the book of 1 Thessalonians with the first two verses. We examine some details about the authors, the recipients, the greeting of the apostle, and his thankful prayer for the new church family. The application to us is not direct (as with a command) but is indirect in terms of the example of both how the church responded to the preaching of the gospel, and how Paul prayed constantly and comprehensively for the church with thanksgiving.

Amillennialism Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted March 25, 2019 | 00:45:12 | 7.76 MB |

We began a study of the teaching known as amillennialism and gave some critique of the view, both as to its exegesis and its hermeneutics.

Our Scripture reading was in 2 Samuel 7.

How Christ Transforms Believers - Matt Postiff

Audio from March 24, 2019 AM | 1 Thessalonians 2:13
Posted March 25, 2019 | 00:53:39 | 9.21 MB |

Our study focused on the idea that the gospel of Jesus Christ transforms those who truly receive it. While the doctrine of justification is true and precious to every believer, the doctrine of regeneration is also a critical piece of the matter of salvation. It carries with it a total transformation. The Word of God is at the center of this transformation, as we see from 1 Thessalonians 2:13.

Micah Part 12 - James Widgeon

Posted March 25, 2019 | 00:34:52 | 5.99 MB |

In this message, we noted that the content of Micah's message spanned Israel's low points, including the humiliation and deportation of King Zedekiah and the crucifixion of Christ and their ultimate high point in the future millennial reign of Christ on the earth.

How to Pray for Missionaries and Pastors - Matt Postiff

Posted March 21, 2019 | 00:29:17 | 5.03 MB |

We reviewed a number of texts that teach and model for us how we can pray for missionaries and pastors. The inspiration for this message came from Paul Seger's book Senders, chapter 9.

  1. Ephesians 6:19-20 – Pray for Courage and Boldness in Speaking
  2. 2 Thessalonians 3:2 – Pray for Safety from/in Persecution
  3. 2 Thessalonians 3:1 – Pray for the Spread of the Word
  4. Colossians 4:3 – Pray for Opportunities for the Gospel
  5. Colossians 4:4 – Pray for Clarity
  6. Romans 15:32 – Pray for Travels and Rest
  7. Hebrews 13:18 – Pray for Purity
  8. Hebrews 13:19, Philippians 1:19 – Pray for Deliverance from Bonds
  9. Luke 10:2 – Pray for Coworkers
  10. 1 Thessalonians 5:25 – Just Pray

The Resurrection of Believers and The Transformative Gospel - Matt Postiff

Posted March 20, 2019 | 00:52:32 | 9.02 MB |

In this message Pastor Matt answers questions about the resurrection of believers and starts to discuss how the Gospel of Christ transforms our lives.

Our Scripture reading was in Proverbs 4.

The Instantaneous Resurrection - Matt Postiff

Audio from March 17, 2019 AM | 1 Corinthians 15:50-58
Posted March 19, 2019 | 00:53:18 | 9.15 MB |

This message explains how the body of believers will be transformed once resurrected and how victory over death will be complete. Consequently, Christians must move ahead steadfastly in God's work because we know that our hope is a real hope, not imaginary.

Our Scripture reading was in Leviticus 21.

Husbands Love Your Wives Just as Christ Loves The Church - Tom McParlan

Posted March 19, 2019 | 00:42:00 | 7.21 MB |

Tom McParlan shared how men ought to love their wife just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her (Ephesians 5:25). What kind of love exactly, is this? A husbands love is to seek to protect the wife from unholiness in the same sense that Christ wants to present His church, holy and blameless.

Fishers of Men - Bobby Vallette

Audio from March 10, 2019 PM | Matthew 4:18-22
Posted March 13, 2019 | 00:53:40 | 9.21 MB |

Missionary Bobby Vallette preaches from Matthew 4:18-22 and challenges us to become fishers of men.

Scripture reading was in 2 Samuel 6.

Ministering To The Lost - Bobby Vallette

Audio from March 10, 2019 AM | Matthew 28:18-20
Posted March 12, 2019 | 00:59:53 | 10.28 MB |

Missionary Vallette preached on Matthew 28:18-20. He explained and applied the passage to challenge us to the task of ministering the gospel to the lost all around us, while leaving the increase to the Lord.

Scripture reading was in Leviticus 20.

Upcoming Ministry In Uruguay - Bobby Vallette

Posted March 12, 2019 | 00:35:27 | 6.09 MB |

Missionary Bobby Vallette shared a report on their upcoming ministry in Uruguay. He also shared about his own disability and how the Lord has used it to shape his ministry.

Other Matters in the Resurrection Chapter - Matt Postiff

Audio from March 6, 2019 PM | 1 Corinthians 15:12-19, 29-34
Posted March 10, 2019 | 00:21:32 | 3.70 MB |

The Bible engages in a hypothetical style of argumentation in which it is assumed that there were no resurrection. What are the consequences of that? Then, the apostle confronts the church about this false doctrine that has infiltrated them, and tells them that they need to wake up. The no-resurrection crowd is corrupting the church. Those people do not know God. It is a shameful situation.

The Resurrection Body - Matt Postiff

Audio from March 3, 2019 PM | 1 Corinthians 15:35-49
Posted March 10, 2019 | 00:33:43 | 5.79 MB |

Our study focused on the nature of the resurrection body. The apostle Paul deals with an objection to the truth of the resurrection in that the opponent asks a rhetorical question suggesting that the entire idea is ridiculous. Paul explains how the resurrection body will be suited to its future place of existence as contrasted with man's present body.

Scripture reading was in Proverbs 3.

The Clear Gospel - Matt Postiff

Posted March 10, 2019 | 00:51:07 | 8.78 MB |

In our ongoing series regarding the gospel of Jesus Christ, in this message we think about how to use various questions to share the gospel with those we want to influence for God.

Scripture reading was in Leviticus 19.

Micah Part 11 - James Widgeon

Posted March 10, 2019 | 00:39:39 | 6.81 MB |

In our continuing series in the prophet Micah, our teacher takes us through chapter 5:1-2. We emphasized the predictive accuracy and historical significance of Micah's prophecy of the birthplace of Christ.

That God May Be All in All Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Audio from February 27, 2019 PM | 1 Corinthians 15:20-28
Posted March 3, 2019 | 00:26:52 | 4.61 MB |

In part 2, our study focused on the three phases of resurrection, the distance of time between these three resurrections, and the things that Christ does at "the end" when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father.

The Trinity: Eternal Sonship Part 8 - Matt Postiff

Posted March 3, 2019 | 00:49:23 | 8.48 MB |

This message explains from the Bible the oft misunderstood doctrine of the sonship of Christ. We look at exactly what the word "son" means in this connection. Hint: it is not a "literal" biological term because Christ did not have a beginning. It does not mean subordination or origination. Rather, it is used in a figurative or metaphorical way to explain the character or nature of the Son. We will see a number of examples from the Bible that will help us understand the concept correctly.

Scripture reading was from 2 Samuel 5.

The Unclear Gospel - Matt Postiff

Posted February 25, 2019 | 00:48:59 | 8.41 MB |

We follow the last two messages on the prosperity gospel and the social gospel with this one, that calls us to know and be able to clearly articulate the gospel message to the lost. Please listen in if you want to share the gospel with someone and aren't quite sure how to do that. Or, listen in if you yourself know that you need to understand the good news about Jesus.

Our scripture reading was in Leviticus 18. This chapter offers some mature content, but it is very relevant for our promiscuous society.

Ephesians Part 21 - Tom McParlan

Audio from February 24, 2019 SS | Ephesians 5:22-24
Posted February 25, 2019 | 00:42:04 | 7.22 MB |

We study the controversial passage about wives submitting to their husbands. The problem in our homes starts here...and that problem started back in the garden of Eden with a lack of observance of the proper roles of husband and wife. We see that Peter teaches the same thing that Paul taught regarding this issue. Our teacher makes a strong caution against divorce.

That God May Be All in All Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Audio from February 20, 2019 PM | 1 Corinthians 15:20-28
Posted February 22, 2019 | 00:21:23 | 3.67 MB |

We studied 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 this evening, learning about the fact and order of resurrections that have occurred and will occur in the future. We started in verse 20 so that we could understand the context on our way to trying to understand more precisely what verse 28 says.

The Trinity Part 7 - Matt Postiff

Posted February 21, 2019 | 00:52:58 | 9.09 MB |

We read 2 Samuel 4 and then considered a translation difficulty in Micah 5:1 with regard to a verb that is translated as "gather yourself in troops" or as "you slash yourself." This seems to be quite a difference in the translation, and we explore why it has arisen.

In our continuing study of the doctrine of the Trinity, we examined various Bible texts that are misused to deny the deity of Christ or the Trinity. We saw how each of these texts can be explained properly (Matthew 24:36//Mark 13:32//Luke 18:19, Mark 10:18, Luke 2:52, John 5:19, John 14:28, John 17:11, 20:17).

The Social Gospel and the Church - Matt Postiff

Posted February 21, 2019 | 00:58:10 | 9.99 MB |

The hopefully well-known passage Leviticus 17 was our Scripture reading. Then we examined the concept of the social gospel. Our goal is to settle in our minds what is the true mission of the church.

Micah Part 10 - James Widgeon

Posted February 21, 2019 | 00:42:30 | 7.30 MB |

In this message, we review chapter 4 and move into the fifth chapter of Micah's prophecy.

Why Paul Couldn't Minister in Asia - Matt Postiff

Posted February 18, 2019 | 00:19:33 | 3.36 MB |

We examined Acts 16:6-10 and asked ourselves why Paul was not permitted to minister in Asia and Bithynia.

See the blog post on this same topic.

The Trinity Part 6 - Matt Postiff

Posted February 18, 2019 | 00:52:21 | 8.99 MB |

Scripture reading was 2 Samuel 3. We then covered the doctrine of the Trinity, focusing in particular on the unity of God and the uniqueness of God.

Charismatic Theology in the Church - Matt Postiff

Posted February 18, 2019 | 00:48:48 | 8.38 MB |

We considered the general idea of charismatic theology, and focused in on the prosperity gospel. The prosperity gospel can attack a church in a number of different forms. We must be on guard to protect ourselves and our assemblies from its wiles.

Scripture reading was in Leviticus 16.

Ephesians: Filled With the Spirit Part 20 - Tom McParlan

Audio from February 10, 2019 SS | Ephesians 5:18-21
Posted February 18, 2019 | 00:47:00 | 8.07 MB |

This message deals with the consequences of being filled with the Spirit: with ourselves, toward God, and toward other believers. The key ideas have to do with singing, thanksgiving, and submitting. Audience members reported that a very helpful part of this message was about the purpose of church singing. We reviewed what Spirit-filling is not, and one of the main results of Spirit-filling is peace, among the other attributes that are the fruit of the Spirit.

The "One Anothers" of the Bible - Matt Postiff

Posted February 6, 2019 | 00:14:58 | 2.57 MB |

Our brief message after prayer meeting tonight centered on the one-another commands of the New Testament. We briefly surveyed those statements, and then asked ourselves a few pertinent questions about how we are doing in our individual and church life.

The Trinity Part 5 - Matt Postiff

Posted February 6, 2019 | 00:52:25 | 9.00 MB |

After reading Proverbs 2, we reviewed a bit of the morning message, and then got into some questions about the respectful treatment of the dead, the proper way to interpret prophetic portions as to their dealing with specific historical nations, the constitution of mankind in terms of body, soul, and spirit, and an aberrant view of the Trinity. There is a little bit here about the proper view of Catholics with respect to the Trinity and other doctrines.

Daniel 12, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted February 6, 2019 | 00:50:37 | 8.69 MB |

In this message, we concluded our study of the book of Daniel. We gave particular attention to the instructions that Christ gave to Daniel about sealing up the prophecy for future generations to have access to it. We also saw that God was telling Daniel that his prophetic career had come to an end, and the next major event in his life was to go to his rest (sleep/death) and await resurrection to his inheritance as a man of God. We also reviewed the general events of the Tribulation and the events that open the kingdom of Christ.

Our Scripture reading was in Leviticus 15.

Dealing with Bad Thoughts, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted February 6, 2019 | 00:25:49 | 4.43 MB |

In the first few minutes of this message, we reviewed a number of types of bad thoughts, and the origin of these thoughts. We also mentioned the origin of good thoughts. The second half of this Lord's Table message focused on practical, Biblical instruction as to how we can address sinful thoughts so that our thinking will be more conformed to the likeness of Christ. For those times that we fail, we thank the Lord Jesus for His self-sacrifice on the cross. His salvation offers forgiveness for sinful thoughts as well as sinful actions.

The Trinity Part 4 - Matt Postiff

Posted February 2, 2019 | 00:49:34 | 8.51 MB |

We began by reviewing some of what we learned in the morning service. A question led us down the trail of speaking about respectful treatment of the dead, and how touching a dead body would put a Jew into an unclean state for some time. We referred to Numbers 6:9-11 about this question.

Then we examined proofs of the deity of Christ and the Holy Spirit, in support of the doctrine of the Trinity.

Bible reading was in 2 Samuel 2.

Daniel 12, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted February 2, 2019 | 00:51:17 | 8.81 MB |

We examined the first half of Daniel 12, focusing on the doctrines of bodily resurrection and the timing of the Jewish Tribulation that is raised in this passage.

Scripture reading was in Leviticus 14.

Ephesians: Be Filled with the Spirit Part 19 - Tom McParlan

Posted February 2, 2019 | 00:41:17 | 7.09 MB |

Last time we looked at walking in wisdom. In verse 18, the Scripture gives us a two-fold command, followed by a number of consequences. Those consequences will be for a future lesson. But our goal in this lesson is to understand just what it means to be filled with the Spirit and the contrast with being drunk.

To be filled with the Spirit to be permeated by the truth concerning Jesus Christ revealed in the Bible. The command is to "be being filled" with the Spirit.

Dealing with Bad Thoughts, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted January 25, 2019 | 00:31:05 | 5.34 MB |

We spent some time interacting this evening on what kinds of bad thoughts there are, and where they come from. Next time we will examine some practical tips on how to handle them, by God's grace.

The Trinity Part 3 - Matt Postiff

Posted January 25, 2019 | 00:55:42 | 9.56 MB |

Scripture reading was in 1 Samuel 31 and 2 Samuel 1. This section caused us to pause and consider what exactly happened with the death of Saul. Was he killed by the Amalekite, perhaps while Saul was dying from the self-inflicted wound of falling on his sword? Or did the Amalekite lie and actually found Saul already dead? Certain portions of the recording where there was audience participation have been elided.

The main point of our time together this evening was to teach more about the doctrine of the Trinity. We covered Old Testament and New Testament evidence.

Daniel 11, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted January 24, 2019 | 00:43:45 | 7.51 MB |

We finish our study of the 11th chapter of the prophet Daniel, in which we are transported to a yet future time when the Antichrist will come in the likeness of an earlier King of the North and persecutor of Israel--Antiochus IV Epiphanes. We learned something of his military campaigns and his demise.

Scripture reading was in Matthew 8 and Leviticus 14:1-32.

Micah: Chapter 4 Part 9 - James Widgeon

Posted January 24, 2019 | 00:35:22 | 6.07 MB |

Follow along in our ongoing series in Micah, with chapter 4 as our subject in this message.

What is a Talent? - Matt Postiff

Audio from January 16, 2019 PM | Matthew 25:14-30
Posted January 18, 2019 | 00:17:33 | 3.02 MB |

This message is about the parable of the talents in Matthew 25. What exactly in the nature of the talent? Listen in and you will find out!

The Trinity Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted January 18, 2019 | 00:52:38 | 9.04 MB |

We answered some questions about the work of Satan in Judas (John 13) and a number of follow-up questions about Satan. Then we looked further at the doctrine of the Trinity.

We read Proverbs 1.

What is the Gospel? - Matt Postiff

Audio from January 13, 2019 AM | Romans 5, and others
Posted January 18, 2019 | 00:51:28 | 8.84 MB |

Pastor Postiff addresses the crucial and debated question about what exactly the gospel is. He gave a short summary of the gospel message, and then unfolded that message to help the church prepare itself to share the message accurately and passionately with those who are currently outside of the faith.

You can follow along with the slides that are available in PDF format.

Scripture reading was from Romans 3 and 4.

Ephesians Part 18 - Tom McParlan

Posted January 17, 2019 | 00:43:09 | 7.41 MB |

Our teacher takes us into Ephesians 5 again and up to Ephesians 5:18. At that verse, there is a very important prohibition about being drunk. Drunkenness is one of the key manifestations of depravity. Meanwhile, think of these questions: Is the wine today the same as in Biblical times? Is it necessary for us? Is it the best choice for us? Is it habit-forming? Is it potentially destructive? Will it harm my Christian testimony?

The Setting of Revelation 21:1-8 - Matt Postiff

Audio from January 9, 2019 PM | Revelation 21:1-8
Posted January 13, 2019 | 00:21:04 | 3.62 MB |

We continue to deal with this passage, but in this message we focus on the larger context of chapters 21 and 22.

Taking the Lord's Table in a Worthy Manner - Matt Postiff

Posted January 7, 2019 | 00:35:21 | 6.07 MB |

We connected 1 Corinthians 11 with John 13 and saw how we can partake of the Lord's Table in a good manner--namely, but exercising humble love toward our brothers. This, along with a healthy self-examination and recognition of the need for constant cleansing from sin, are key ingredients that we learn from the Last Supper to apply to our Lord's Table practice.The portion of the service in which we shared the bread and cup, after the message and before the benediction, are omitted from this recording.

Scripture reading tonight was in 1 Samuel 30.

Daniel 11, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted January 6, 2019 | 00:55:06 | 9.46 MB |

After reading the remainder of Leviticus 13, we learned a lot of prophecy and history in Daniel 11. We started with historical anchor points at Alexander the Great and Antiochus IV Epiphanes, and looked at a number of Syrian (Seleucid) and Egyptian (Ptolemaic) kings. Keeping everything straight is difficult, but a very important point we learned is this: God's Word predicted in great detail the movements of these two kingdoms over a two hundred year period--several hundred years before the events actually occurred! This is a great testimony to the reliability and infallibility of God's Word.

You can check out the presentation slides here (37 pages).

Longing for Heaven - Matt Postiff

Audio from January 2, 2019 PM | Revelation 21:1-8
Posted January 6, 2019 | 00:25:06 | 4.31 MB |

We examined the sin list in verse 8 and defined each of the sins that are listed there. We also learned about how we should be regularly thinking about heaven. It is our destination, and it encourages us to be sanctified and confident in Christ.

Ephesians: Walking in Light Part 17 - Tom McParlan

Audio from January 6, 2019 SS | Ephesians 5:8-14
Posted January 5, 2019 | 00:37:16 | 6.40 MB |

Our message today is about walking in the light. We are to continue to be imitators of God, walking in the light as children of light. Light is a metaphor representing all goodness, righteousness and truth.

Daniel 10, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted January 4, 2019 | 00:51:09 | 8.78 MB |

We considered at some depth the issues surrounding the spiritual battle that is taking place behind the visible scenes of our world, and how it impacted Daniel's life and prayer. We learned some applications regarding resisting the Devil, about being persistent in prayer so that the potential delays in answer do not overthrow us, and about not giving in to the spirit of the age that is influenced by forces of evil.

Missionary Report: Mariano and Becky Proto - Mariano Proto

Posted January 4, 2019 | 00:51:17 | 8.80 MB |

We had the distinct blessing of connecting with Mariano and Becky Proto. They are ministering in Carmelo, Uruguay, but are on furlough in Massachusetts. Technology allowed us to connect and, as you listen in, you will hear what we learned about the Protos ministry and how we can pray for them. We also learned about the apostle Paul's gospel ministry in Philippi, and what his approach to ministry was.

Echoes of Scripture in Revelation 21 - Matt Postiff

Audio from December 26, 2018 PM | Revelation 21:1-8
Posted December 29, 2018 | 00:14:40 | 2.52 MB |

We reviewed some material from last week's message on Revelation 21 (which was not recorded), and went on to consider other threads of truth from Scripture that find their completion in the eternal state.

Genealogy and Birth of the King of Kings - Matt Postiff

Posted December 29, 2018 | 00:26:25 | 4.54 MB |

After several short Scripture readings, we examined Matthew 1. The genealogy offers several important facts, and some difficulties that require explanation. Then we briefly examined the narrative of the birth of Jesus from Joseph's perspective.

Our application was this: since it is the birthday of Jesus, what gift do we give him? We should give ourselves to the Lord since He gave Himself for us.

The Newborn King - Matt Postiff

Posted December 29, 2018 | 00:50:49 | 8.72 MB |

Our Christmas reading was in Matthew 2, followed by a message where we examined:

  1. Mixed Reaction to the Newborn King
  2. Birthplace of the Newborn King
  3. Seeking the Newborn King
  4. Fleeing with the Newborn King
  5. Returning with the Newborn King

We learned some interesting facts about Herod and the wise men (magi).

Types of Fulfillment - Matt Postiff

Posted December 28, 2018 | 00:37:53 | 6.50 MB |

We looked at a couple of different relationships between Old Testament text (a prophecy) and New Testament "fulfillment." The idea is to explain what is the connection is between the two texts. A key takeaway of the message is that fulfillment in the NT is not simply an OT prediction that comes to pass. It may be something else. Listen in to learn more that will be helpful in your reading of Scripture.

Type #1: a predictive prophecy that comes to pass (Micah 5:2).

Type #2: a historical situation that is like a later situation, or a "rhyme" in history (Hosea 11).

Type #3: a predictive prophecy that is used as a close, perhaps partial, likeness to a later situation (Joel 2) but that will be fulfilled later in history.

The Trinity Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted December 18, 2018 | 00:42:57 | 7.37 MB |

After we read 1 Samuel 29, we addressed a couple of questions about the pre-incarnate Christ, we spent some time examining the doctrine of the Trinity. We basically defined what Christians mean when they use the word "Trinity."

Daniel 10, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted December 17, 2018 | 00:48:40 | 8.36 MB |

We learn in this message how Daniel was impacted by the vision of a certain man at the Tigris River, and how he learned that something was happening behind the scenes which caused a delay in the answer to his prayers. There is great significance here for the modern believer in Christ as to the matter of prayer, and concerning how the world truly works. There is an unseen, but nonetheless very real, world behind the visible realm.

This morning's Scripture reading is found in Leviticus 12 and Luke 2:15-24.

Ephesians: Walking in Love Part 16 - Tom McParlan

Posted December 17, 2018 | 00:39:27 | 6.77 MB |

Our teacher focuses our attention on the culture of Ephesus and how our American culture is not unlike it. This heightens the applicability of what Paul writes. We visited a number of Scriptural cross references to correlate with the teaching in Ephesians 5. We learned here that we are to be imitators of God, and walk in love, with Christ Himself being our pattern.

I Will Be Their God - Matt Postiff

Audio from December 12, 2018 PM | Revelation 21:1-8
Posted December 16, 2018 | 00:22:12 | 3.81 MB |

We examined the following key phrases in Revelation 21:3 and 7 and their correlates in the other Scriptures:

  1. The tabernacle of God is with men.
  2. God will dwell with them.
  3. They will be His people.
  4. God will be with them.
  5. God will be their God.
  6. I will be his God.
  7. He will be my son.

We studied this under the general heading of the important relational aspect of the Christian faith.

Christmas Program - Matt Postiff

Audio from December 9, 2018 PM | Hebrews 9:26-28
Posted December 11, 2018 | 01:28:20 | 80.88 MB |

Our scripture was in Hebrews 9:26-28, along with a number of other passages. The message was preceded by a number of offerings of music.

We uploaded this MP3 in a much higher quality recording than normally, so it is very large and will take longer to download.

The program is available in ten Youtube videos. Just look for the ones entitled "2018 Christmas..." Thanks to Jeff and Sin Mei Dowell for recording and producing these videos!

Daniel 8 - Matt Postiff

Posted December 11, 2018 | 00:47:02 | 8.08 MB |

Our Scripture reading and message were from Daniel 8. We covered the entire chapter, showing how it correlates perfectly with chapter 7. We took careful note of the fact that the little horn of chapter 8 refers to a different person in a different time than does the little horn of chapter 7.

Micah Part 8 - James Widgeon

Posted December 10, 2018 | 00:36:05 | 6.20 MB |

In our lesson today we reviewed, in Micah 3, detailed evil practices of Israel's civil and spiritual leaders, including those identified as heads and rulers; prophets; seers and diviners; and priests. We contrasted those practices with God's plan for Israel's leaders, as expressed in Deuteronomy 1 and 2 Chronicles 19.

The Meaning of Unworthily - Matt Postiff

Audio from December 2, 2018 PM | 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Posted December 2, 2018 | 00:38:44 | 6.65 MB |

In this message, we tried to carefully define what it means to partake of the Lord's Table in an unworthy manner. The notion is best defined from the context of the passage itself, rather than by an appeal to prior experience or tradition. Doing so helped us clarify the corporate aspect of what Paul meant by taking the Table in an unworthy fashion.

Our Scripture reading was 1 Samuel 28.

Daniel 7, Part 3 - Matt Postiff

Posted December 2, 2018 | 00:47:03 | 8.08 MB |

We covered the remainder of Daniel 7, along with passages in Revelation 12 and 13, as well as 2 Thessalonians 2 and Isaiah 26-27. We learned about Daniel's response to God's Word, and that we should respond likewise. We also learned a lot about the future Antichrist. We also thought about our future brothers and sisters who will suffer in great tribulation. The message that the saints will prevail is a great encouragement to us today.

Scripture reading was in Leviticus 11.

Ephesians: New Life in Christ Part 15 - Tom McParlan

Audio from December 2, 2018 SS | Ephesians 4:22-30
Posted December 2, 2018 | 00:41:00 | 7.04 MB |

We spent some time thinking about the Christian and truth-telling, righteous and unrighteous anger, forgiveness, stealing, and good speech. All of these are discussed by Paul as outgrowths of the transformation that happens in a person's life who is impacted by the gospel.

The Things Missing in Heaven - Matt Postiff

Audio from November 28, 2018 PM | Revelation 21:1-8
Posted November 29, 2018 | 00:25:35 | 4.39 MB |

We examined six things that are not going to be present in the heavenly state, which actually focuses on the new earth: the sea, tears, death, sorrow, crying, and pain. A logical extension of the fact that death is absent is that sin also will be absent. We also thought about the utility, in our present world, of things like trials and pain. These negative things will have no utility in heaven and will be banished.

What relief all of this will bring to the believer and to the shepherds of Christ's church.

Michal and the Unworthy Manner of 1 Corinthians 11 - Matt Postiff

Audio from November 25, 2018 PM | 1 Samuel, 1 Corinthians 11
Posted November 26, 2018 | 00:58:09 | 9.98 MB |

We worked on two big questions this evening. The first was posed a couple of weeks ago regarding David's wife Michal. We studied every passage that deals with her to figure out the answer to the question--which had to do with whether she was actually married to David or not. We concluded that she was, but that she ended up being childless. There was another, and somewhat more thorny issue in 2 Samuel 21:8 that had to do with whether Michal actually had 5 children by a man named Adriel. We addressed that and found that it appears that there was a scribal error in copying the inerrant original text. Some manuscripts have the correct "Merab" instead of "Michal." Another possible solution posited by several in the assembly was that perhaps Michal was a nanny or nurse-mom to the children of her sister Merab.

The second question that we taught on was about the meaning of "unworthy" in 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 (starting at 31:51). The point of this portion of our lesson was really to focus on the method that we should use to answer the question: namely, that we should study THE TEXT without going elsewhere in the Bible. We have to focus on studying this text until we understand it. Our natural tendency is to fall back on traditional understandings of the text without addressing directly "the text." But we also touched on the answer to the specific question. Lord willing, we will finish considering the question next Sunday evening when we remember the Lord at the Lord's Table service.

We addressed two related smaller questions raised by church members: 1) is it the solely the responsibility of the individual to police his participation at the Table, or does the church also bear some responsibility? and 2) what does "those who are approved" mean? How can a division be approved?

Scripture reading was from 1 Samuel 27.

Daniel 7, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted November 26, 2018 | 00:48:01 | 8.24 MB |

We picked up our study of Daniel 7 by looking again at the similarities of Daniel 7 and Daniel 2, and then continued to look at the vision and the synopsis of its interpretation given by an angel to Daniel.

The scripture reading was in Leviticus 10.

Micah Part 7 - James Widgeon

Posted November 26, 2018 | 00:42:53 | 7.36 MB |

We began our lesson by reviewing the highlights of Micah 1 and 2 and noting the judgment that was coming to Samaria and Jerusalem. We emphasized the pause at the end of chapter 2, where the prophet speaks about the remnant of Israel and the deliverance that would come to them. The last part our lesson focused on the enumerated evils committed by the political and spiritual leaders of Israel.

Three Tenses of Thanksgiving - Matt Postiff

Posted November 22, 2018 | 00:19:29 | 3.34 MB |

After a hymn sing and offerings of thanksgiving testimonies, we read Ephesians 1 and considered whether we are being thankful to God now for those things that have come before, are happening now, and will come in the future. Pastor encouraged us to pray. Near the end of the message when he invites the congregation to pray, why don't you pause the audio and spend some time in prayer yourself, and then continue with the final benediction?

Most of the service is not published, since it consists of personal thanksgiving testimonies.

Four Things To Do Before You Die - Wilfred Matham

Posted November 19, 2018 | 00:53:34 | 9.20 MB |

As we closed our time together with Pastor Matham, he shared some key thoughts from 2 Timothy 4.

  1. Be thankful for your true friends.
  2. Treasure God's word.
  3. Leave enemies in God's hands.
  4. Put your trust in your faithful God.

We read 1 Samuel 26.

Rising Above the Present Evil Age - Wilfred Matham

Posted November 18, 2018 | 00:51:51 | 8.90 MB |

After reading Leviticus 9, we learned about the dangerous times that Paul prophesied would come. We are in those times, which makes it all the more necessary to imitate people who are godly examples, and hold fast to the message of Scripture which makes us wise for salvation, works in us sanctification, and prepares us for service.

We were unable to obtain a recording of the Bible study in the prior hour due to a technical difficulty. In that session, Pastor Matham updated us on the work he is involved in near Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as the general condition of missions and mission opportunities on the entire African continent.

Not Ashamed - Wilfred Matham

Posted November 18, 2018 | 00:42:46 | 7.34 MB |

Pastor Wilfred Matham, from Johannesburg South Africa, gives an exposition of the first chapter of 2 Timothy. He encourages us not to be ashamed of the gospel, and to take the persecution that may come as we suffer hardship for Christ.

Revelation 21:1-8, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Audio from November 14, 2018 PM | Revelation 21:1-8
Posted November 16, 2018 | 00:23:56 | 4.11 MB |

We began a study of this section of Scripture with an eye toward developing an outline, taking a look at the "new" theme that is present there, and also at the completion of all things. We briefly examined the question of the timing of the events John saw, and also pondered the nature of the new heaven and new earth, as to whether it represents an entirely new re-creation, or a purified revision of the old heavens and earth.

Offices of Church Leadership, Part 2, and Bible Q&A - Matt Postiff

Audio from November 11, 2018 PM | 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1, Various
Posted November 16, 2018 | 00:38:36 | 6.63 MB |

We had a question about sanctifying the Levitical equipment in the tabernacle in Leviticus 8.

We had a question about Michal and her relationship to King David, although some of that did not come through on the recording because there was much audience participation that was difficult to hear.

The bulk of the time was spent on the terms for Christian leadership in the church, and a brief review of the qualifications of Christian leaders. This moved into a discussion of knowing God's guidance as it relates to not only a call to ministry, but also to decisions of any sort. We touched on the topic of hospitality briefly.

Daniel 7, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted November 16, 2018 | 00:42:59 | 7.38 MB |

We begin our study in the apocalyptic prophecies of chapters 7-8 and 10-12. We learn about the prophecies of four major world empires. The information revealed here in visionary form parallels that revealed in chapter 2, which occurred 50 years earlier.

Scripture reading was in Leviticus 8.

Micah Part 6 - James Widgeon

Posted November 16, 2018 | 00:42:02 | 7.22 MB |

In reviewing the passage from Micah 2, we correlate passages from Exodus, Matthew, and other sections to speak about God's people and God's discipline of them, as well as how God desires His shepherds to lead them.

Job, Part 42 - Matt Postiff

Posted November 10, 2018 | 00:14:16 | 2.45 MB |

For our last message in Job, we reviewed about the genre and various forms that are found in the book, and added some substance about the message of the book. We concluded that God's administration of the world is according to His infinite wisdom and sovereignty. How God arranges the affairs of His world is not flawed, mechanical, or unfair, as the various main characters int he book think initially.

Lord's Table: What We Need in Our Time - John O'Dell

Posted November 10, 2018 | 00:31:15 | 5.36 MB |

The Scripture passage tonight was 1 Chronicles 21. Pastor O'Dell called us to be real Christians, willing to pay a price to live for the Lord. A living sacrifice costs something, like David when he said that he would not offer to God something that cost him nothing. Multiple examples were offered of people who were out-and-out believers.

What is Truth? - John O'Dell

Posted November 9, 2018 | 01:01:08 | 10.50 MB |

Pastor O'Dell challenges us that there is no such thing as 'my truth' and 'your truth' and 'his truth' and 'her truth.' There is one truth, and that is God's word. Instead of every man doing that which is right in his own eyes, all people everywhere are supposed to follow the Word of God.

We were assigned a little bit of Bible homework from Acts 17. Listen to find out what your assignment is.

Scripture reading was from Leviticus 7.

Ephesians, Part 14 - The Walk of the New Self - Tom McParlan

Audio from November 4, 2018 SS | Ephesians 4:20-24
Posted November 7, 2018 | 00:39:08 | 6.72 MB |

Our study in Ephesians began in Matthew 27:38 and Luke 23:36. The response of the two thieves on the cross is instructive as we visit again Ephesians 4. We pondered, for example, what it means to walk worthy of the Christian calling. We are to live in basically the exact opposite way that we did.

Our teacher did a very good job of explaining 4:22-24 and how they refer not to human works, but to what God does for and to every believer at the time of salvation.

Job, Part 41 - Matt Postiff

Posted November 1, 2018 | 00:22:17 | 3.83 MB |

In this message, we considered several theological issues from the book of Job. Primary among them was the notion of Job as a priest, both for his family and for his friends. We considered how this might be applied in our own setting.

Offices of Church Leadership, and Bible Q&A - Matt Postiff

Posted October 29, 2018 | 00:46:31 | 7.99 MB |

Our Scripture reading tonight was 1 Samuel 24. David showed great patience and deference to the leader called by God, even though that leader had failed miserably. We had a congregational interaction on the issue of the extent of the atonement regarding the chorus of the hymn "Saved by Grace Alone." Then we studied the terms used in the Bible concerning Christian leadership. We also addressed (extemporaneously) a question from John 10:35.

Daniel 9, Part 3 - Matt Postiff

Posted October 29, 2018 | 00:59:10 | 10.16 MB |

Scripture reading for today's service is in Leviticus 6. Pastor Postiff took us through the end of Daniel 9, with an emphasis on the decree of God which has determined all things. This decree extends into the future so that God can inform the prophet infallibly of things that will come to pass. This doctrine is an encouragement to the believer.

Ephesians, Part 13 - Tom McParlan

Audio from October 28, 2018 SS | Ephesians 4:11-18
Posted October 29, 2018 | 00:44:16 | 7.60 MB |

We reviewed the first 3 chapters of the book, which emphasize that we have been given great gifts by God's grace. In the following chapters, the apostle Paul calls us to "be" what we "are." A very interesting aspect of this is that we do not build the church directly; God does that work. God gives the increase.

Job, Part 40 - Matt Postiff

Posted October 27, 2018 | 00:27:28 | 4.72 MB |

We came to the close of chapter 42 in this study. There are some very interesting closing ideas regarding Job's priestly role for his friends, and the inheritance that his daughters received.

Christ Will Build His Church - Tom Gibbons

Posted October 22, 2018 | 00:45:28 | 7.81 MB |

Missionary Tom Gibbons encouraged us to remember that it is Christ who builds His church, not a missionary or a pastor. We were, however, blessed to be a part of that work. Truly, we share in "the blessing of what God has accomplished for his own glory."

Conference Review: Pastor in the Pulpit - Matt Postiff

Posted October 22, 2018 | 00:57:50 | 9.93 MB |

Pastor Postiff shared a summary of some of the message that he heard at the Inter-City Baptist Church and Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary E3 Pastor's conference. We reviewed all of the general sessions and a number of the workshop sessions as a way to report to and edify the church.

Because this was an opportunity for continuing education, and because it is important for the church to know that its pastor is working to improve his ministry, among other reasons, Pastor Postiff wanted to share these things with the church.

Daniel 9, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted October 22, 2018 | 01:01:51 | 10.62 MB |

After reading Leviticus 5, we continued our study of Daniel 9. Importantly, we noted Daniel's penitence and his desire for the Lord to answer the prayer, not based on the righteousness of Israel, but because of Gdo's mercies. We saw how God was going to answer Daniel's prayer beyond what he could have imagined. We studied the beginning of the vision in the last four verses of the chapter.

Micah Part 5 - James Widgeon

Posted October 22, 2018 | 00:34:55 | 5.99 MB |

We reviewed chapter 1 and reminded ourselves that Micah was deeply impacted by the message that he brought to the nation. The focus of the study was in chapter 2 and the "woe" that is pronounced there by God through the prophet.

Biblical Repentance for the Believer - Matt Postiff

Posted October 17, 2018 | 00:40:38 | 6.98 MB |

We read 1 Samuel 22. Then we studied the mention of repentance in Mark 1 in some depth, bringing attention to a number of passages of Scripture that teach the believer how to repent. In a prior series, we spent a lot of time speaking about repentance for the unbeliever as far as entering into the blessings of eternal life. But we must consider carefully what repentance looks like in the life of a believer. Many Christians struggle with the practice of repentance because of pride.

Daniel 9, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted October 17, 2018 | 00:53:44 | 9.23 MB |

After reading Leviticus 4, we began a study of Daniel 9. Observing this godly man read Scripture and pray one of the greatest penitential prayers should move our hearts to do likewise.

Ephesians, Part 12 - Tom McParlan

Posted October 17, 2018 | 00:37:29 | 6.43 MB |

Our teacher "rewinds" to the middle of Ephesians chapter 3 to get a running head start on today's message. Ephesians is a book that tells us what God has done for us, so we ought to say thank you to God, by walking in a manner worthy of the calling. During the course of the message, we also visited the early verses of Romans 12.

Job, Part 39 - Matt Postiff

Posted October 11, 2018 | 00:21:53 | 3.76 MB |

We enter into the final chapter of Job and see how Job evaluates himself in light of what he has learned about God.

Reading the Bible with Others - Matt Postiff

Posted October 11, 2018 | 00:43:01 | 7.39 MB |

After reading 1 Samuel 21, Pastor answered a question about the destinies of Israel and the church to show how dispensational teaching should be properly understood. Namely, an earlier teaching of old Dispensationalism--or a mis-characterization of that teaching--is that the church has a heavenly future and Israel has an earthly future. That is incorrect. In fact, Israel and the Church will be together in the millennium, and in the eternal state on the earth.

Then starting at 16:05, we spent some time learning a Bible study method sometimes called "the Swedish method" using Mark 1 as an example. Pastor encouraged us to use this method with another believer or an unsaved acquaintance in one-to-one Bible study so as to reach people with the Word of God. This is how we are wrapping up our study of the gospel of Mark, which we began almost a year ago. At 26:25, you may wish to stop the recording for 5 or more minutes so that you can practice the method yourself on the template that we provided.The recording after this point has a lot of interaction between Pastor Postiff and the members of the church, some of which will be hard to hear and some of which was removed from the recording because it was impossible to hear.

Another Bible study guide is called the COMA method. It is available here.

Daniel 6, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted October 11, 2018 | 00:51:02 | 8.76 MB |

We read Leviticus 3 at the beginning of the service, and then moved into our second part of Daniel 6. We saw the marvelous deliverance that God provided Daniel from the lions, and how Darius punished the conspirators who hoped to kill Daniel. They were subjected to the same fate that they wished upon him.

Lord's Table: Two Sticks into One - Matt Postiff

Audio from October 7, 2018 SS | Ezekiel 37:15-28
Posted October 11, 2018 | 00:26:15 | 4.51 MB |

We examined the second part of the Ezekiel 37 prophecy, where God promises that the bifurcated nation will once again be unified under a single king in one land with one religion. This is a result of the New Covenant which will be in operation during the millennial kingdom.

Job, Part 38 - Matt Postiff

Audio from October 3, 2018 PM | Job 40:15-41:34
Posted October 5, 2018 | 00:24:32 | 4.21 MB |

In this message, we study Behemoth (last half of chapter 40) and Leviathan (chapter 41). These marvelous and humongous creatures teach us, among other things, to fear God. We fear them, so how much more should we fear their creator?

Daniel 6, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted October 5, 2018 | 00:58:26 | 10.03 MB |

After reading Leviticus 2, we reviewed chapter 5 of Daniel, and particularly focused on the idea that Belshazzar was called out of this life suddenly without much warning. We then considered how Daniel shows us to live in a godless, pagan, secular, evil culture. He demonstrates this in Daniel 6 as an elderly man, maintaining his faith in God even after a law was passed that restricted free exercise of religion. At the end of this message, we left Daniel in the lion's den, waiting for the coming of the morning to see if he survived.

Micah Part 4 - James Widgeon

Posted October 5, 2018 | 00:37:11 | 6.39 MB |

Subsequent to reviewing some of the first seven verses, our teacher takes us into the second half of chapter 1.

Job, Part 37 - Matt Postiff

Posted September 27, 2018 | 00:20:12 | 3.47 MB |

Job responds in humility to God after the first half of God's speech. We examined some of God's questions before his response, and some more afterward, stopping just shy of the passage on the magnificent animal called behemoth.

Mark 16, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted September 25, 2018 | 00:51:35 | 8.86 MB |

We read 1 Samuel 20, and then finished up our exposition of Mark 16, with the difficult verses 9-20. The difficulty arises in the transmission of the Biblical text and the cloud of suspicion that hangs over it, both because of external and internal factors. Listen in if you are interested in l earning more about this difficulty.

Daniel 5, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted September 25, 2018 | 00:47:27 | 8.15 MB |

We began reading in Leviticus. Then we studied the latter portion of chapter 5, noting Belshazzar's blasphemous, idolatrous disrespect of God. Daniel then reads and interprets the message and shows Belshazzar that he has not followed the example of his grandfather, who was humbled under the mighty hand of God. Instead, Belshazzar died that very night as the Medo-Persian empire took over the city of Babylon and the entire Neo-Babylonian empire.

Ephesians, Part 11 - Tom McParlan

Posted September 24, 2018 | 00:37:21 | 6.41 MB |

We take a second cut at Ephesians 4:1-6 in this study. The emphasis was made about a supernatural unity of the body.

Job, Part 36 - Matt Postiff

Posted September 22, 2018 | 00:28:17 | 4.86 MB |

We looked at a number of questions that God posed to Job in the section that brings Job low and exalts the glory of God. Theologically, we considered what a righteous person behaves like when confronted by sin. Somewhat paradoxically, a righteous person repents! It is the unrighteous that refuse to repent.

Mark 15, Part 4 - Matt Postiff

Audio from September 16, 2018 PM | Mark 15:42-47; 16:1-8
Posted September 22, 2018 | 00:51:46 | 8.89 MB |

The scripture reading in this service was 1 Samuel 19. Then we studied the end of Mark 15 regarding the burial of Jesus and the return on Sunday of the ladies. We also took some Q & A, which means small sections of the recording is very faint at points of audience participation. This sermon also serves as Part 1 for Mark 16.

Daniel 5, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted September 22, 2018 | 00:56:04 | 9.63 MB |

After reading Genesis 50, we tied up a few loose ends in chapter 4, and then began our study of Daniel 5 up to about verse 11. A great deal of background information occupied our time as we tried to understand the sequence of Neo-Babylonian kings and some of the liberal criticism of Daniel's prophecy.

Micah Part 3 - James Widgeon

Posted September 22, 2018 | 00:39:54 | 6.85 MB |

Micah prophesies the coming judgment of God because of the idolatry of his people, both in the northern and southern kingdoms.

Mark 15, Part 3 - Matt Postiff

Posted September 16, 2018 | 00:49:49 | 8.55 MB |

We read 1 Samuel 18, we worked through more of Mark 15, focusing on the veil of the temple being torn, two other witnesses to the death of Christ, and looked at some details about the women who followed the Lord. We noted also that the Lord's body was taken down from the cross before night, so that the land would not be defiled.

Daniel 4, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted September 16, 2018 | 00:54:41 | 9.39 MB |

After reading Genesis 49, we continued our study of Daniel 4 starting about verse 19. We learned about Nebuchadnezzar's humbling at the hand of God, what his mental condition was, and how he finally recognized God as the sovereign ruler of all things.

Ephesians, Part 10 - Tom McParlan

Posted September 16, 2018 | 00:46:30 | 7.98 MB |

We review the early chapters of Ephesians with a particular focus on the prayer in 3:14-21. Then we studied the early part of chapter 4 where Paul tells us how we are supposed to walk worthy of the calling that God has placed upon us.

Job, Part 34 - Matt Postiff

Posted September 7, 2018 | 00:26:30 | 4.55 MB |

We jumped immediately into Job 37:14, and finished up with Elihu's final words. Then we began to examine God's speech which starts in chapter 38, introducing a few characteristics of the upcoming list of questions.

The audio from 9/12/2018 (part 35) was not recorded. In that message, we looked at the three accompaniments to the questions, as mentioned in this message. Then we added two more. Then, we examined 38:1-18.

Mark 15, Part 2: Lord's Table - Matt Postiff

Posted September 3, 2018 | 00:37:05 | 6.37 MB |

In conjunction with the Lord's Table service this evening, we read Isaiah 53. It dovetailed perfectly with the section of Mark 15 we studied, which concerned the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and His death. We drew practical application as to Christ washing away our daily sins.

Daniel 4, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted September 3, 2018 | 00:50:46 | 8.72 MB |

Scripture reading was in Psalm 95 and Genesis 48. Then we studied the first half of chapter 4 of Daniel. We learned about the troubling dream of King Nebuchadnezzar and some about his arrogance as second king of the Neo-Babylonian empire. We will see more of both the next time. We reminded ourselves that God sets in place kings and all in authority according to His pleasure, and we are not in a place to question him.

Micah Part 2 - James Widgeon

Posted September 2, 2018 | 00:37:58 | 6.52 MB |

This lesson reviewed the historical context the of the book of Micah. We also noted four reasons Judah should have heeded the message the prophet delivered: it was God’s message; Micah was a Spirit-filled prophet; God had previously provided a) a negative illustration by the Assyrian’s destruction of the Northern Kingdom, and b) a positive illustration by defeating the Assyrian aggression against Judah during Hezekiah’s time.

Job, Part 33 - Matt Postiff

Posted August 30, 2018 | 00:25:34 | 4.39 MB |

We continue studying Elihu's final speech, noting the good and the bad in it. Much of this portion is good insofar as it extols the greatness of God. Elihu particularly focuses on God's role in the weather and how that is connected to His sovereign control of all things.

Mark 15, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted August 30, 2018 | 00:39:46 | 6.83 MB |

Our Scripture reading was in 1 Samuel 17, after which we studied the first portion of Mark 15 up to verse 21. Pastor Postiff gave the narrative outline of the entire chapter.

Daniel 3, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted August 30, 2018 | 00:55:32 | 974.39 KB |

After reading in Genesis 47, we completed our study of Daniel 3. We pray with you that each and every Christian will have the mindset of Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah--to give our bodies as sacrifices to God. Whether we live or die, may we serve Him all of our days.

Ephesians, Part 9 - Tom McParlan

Audio from August 26, 2018 SS | Ephesians 3:14-21
Posted August 30, 2018 | 00:43:44 | 7.51 MB |

Paul prays that the believer will access and live in the truths that he has expressed in the first two and a half chapters.

Job, Part 32 - Matt Postiff

Posted August 25, 2018 | 00:22:35 | 3.88 MB |

We mentioned the idea of the impassibility of God, and thought about whether that is in fact true, as Elihu suggests it is, relative to mankind's righteousness and sin. We deal with the difficult verses at the end of chapter 35, and then moved into chapter 36 where Elihu claims something that sounds very familiar: that God distributes justice in a very mechanical way, where the wicked are killed and the oppressed are given justice. Exactly how someone gets into the oppressed category is not clear, if the wicked are unable to continue long in their wickedness. We saw exceptions to this theory of God's administration of justice.

Mark 14, Part 3 - Matt Postiff

Posted August 20, 2018 | 00:51:22 | 8.82 MB |

After the reading of 1 Samuel 16 by one of our young men, we studied the latter half of Mark 14. We saw again anticipation of the Lord's physical and spiritual suffering, and Peter's denial of the Lord.

We had some interaction on a number of things, and notably on the difference between Peter's bitter weeping, which represented a true godly repentance, and Judas' regret, which fell short of true Biblical repentance as demonstrated by his subsequent behavior. This behavior included his taking of his own life.

Allow me to expand upon this point. The first thing we should consider about this is that Judas did not have a godly repentance. We know this because the Lord said that Judas had the "greater sin" (John 19:11). That sin was not his subsequent actions, but the betrayal itself--what I referred to as the "worse" sin in the audio (at about 48:25). Furthermore, the Lord said that it would have been better for that man not to be born (Mark 14:21). So, despite his recognition of sin, and his returning of the blood money, and his remorse, he was not handling the sin properly. And that brings us to the second point.

The second thing we should consider is that the fruit of this regret was Judas' suicide. He committed another sin instead of handling his grief properly. His suicide was not atoning; it was a poor way to direct his moral feelings about the sin he had done. He did not bear fruit worthy of repentance. The only one who can take care of sin is God through Christ. Nothing in our hands we can bring, and nothing with our hands can we do, to "pay" for our sins.

In this, let us be clear that we are not condemning someone who has committed or attempted to commit suicide. We can say objectively that this kind of behavior is wrong, because murdering a person, even yourself, is morally wrong in God's sight. I did NOT say, nor ever would say, that suicide is an unforgivable sin, or one that proves someone to be an unbeliever. I cannot make a blanket statement about the spiritual state of such a person, good or bad. Instead, I have the greatest compassion toward those who are in such despair as to be contemplating the taking of their own life. If you are in that situation, rest assured there is help for you--with the Lord, with the church, and with the medical community. I wholeheartedly believe that the sin of attempting suicide is forgivable. Even the sin of actually succeeding is forgivable, but of course that is for someone who is a true believer in Christ. Call out for help to any friend, family member, acquaintance, church member, or any other person you know.

The third thing is a practical application of the idea of true repentance. True repentance is not a formula or something that can be just "said." It is something that is deeply felt. The feeling is not the repentance--make sure to know that. But true repentance cannot be an emotionless, mechanical, "I'm sorry" like you did to your brother after your parents made you apologize because you did something mean to him. We need to look for, and try to develop as much as we can in ourselves and in our children, a true heart of repentance.

Daniel 3, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted August 20, 2018 | 00:54:47 | 9.41 MB |

We read Genesis 46 today about Jacob's family moving to Egypt. Then we studied Daniel 3, trying to avoid the trap of familiarity with the storyline. We saw that Nebuchadnezzar's earlier fear looks like it turned into pride as demonstrated by the large statue that he set up. All the people of his empire were commanded to worship the image and its associated gods and king, but the Jews refused to do this. Next time we will pick up at verse 16 to see the response of Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah to the command of the king.

Micah Part 1 - James Widgeon

Posted August 20, 2018 | 00:41:14 | 7.08 MB |

Now that we are finished with Zephaniah and Hosea, our teacher moves us on to a new study in Micah. We studied the general content and background of the book. His ministry included potentially decades between 750-686 B.C. Probably we can narrow that down to 735-710 B.C. as the time period that covers the bulk of the messages that Micah delivered from the Lord.

Mark 14, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted August 18, 2018 | 00:38:41 | 6.64 MB |

After reading 1 Samuel 15, we continue in our study of Mark 14. We focused on the denial and scattering of the disciples, and our Lord's suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Daniel 2, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted August 18, 2018 | 00:53:45 | 9.23 MB |

We read Genesis 45 and then continued the exposition of Daniel 2. We saw the kingdoms of men will run their course, and then they are going to be replaced by the kingdom that is from the God of Heaven.

Ephesians, Part 8 - Tom McParlan

Posted August 18, 2018 | 00:40:24 | 6.94 MB |

After a brief review of the chapter 2 regarding the unity of the body, our teacher takes us into Ephesians 3. We are reminded about how Paul saw things from a divine perspective, despite being in jail for Christ.

Lord's Table: Ezekiel 37 - Matt Postiff

Audio from August 5, 2018 PM | Ezekiel 37:1-14
Posted August 13, 2018 | 00:30:56 | 5.31 MB |

We studied the opening portion of Ezekiel 37 and saw a clear doctrine of physical, bodily resurrection of the people of Israel. This passage will literally come true, and these promises at that time were intended to be a great encouragement to the nation who thought all hope was lost.

Job, Part 30 - Matt Postiff

Posted August 13, 2018 | 00:23:10 | 3.98 MB |

We read from Elihu a lot of good words about God, but he also says a number of false things about Job.

Due to technical difficulties (also known as Windows 10) we were unable to record part 31 of our Job series.

Daniel 2, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted August 13, 2018 | 00:50:04 | 8.60 MB |

After reading of Genesis 44, we studied Daniel 2. We read the verse that speaks of the king's insomnia, and spent a few minutes to think about how to handle that in our own lives. We were reminded that Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that troubled him, and he demanded that someone tell him not only what the dream means, but the dream itself--so that he could have confidence that the interpretation was correct.

Psalm 8 - James Widgeon

Posted August 13, 2018 | 00:35:23 | 6.07 MB |

You will find here a brief study of this short Psalm and some cross references in Genesis and elsewhere.

Job, Part 29: God Does Speak - Matt Postiff

Posted August 9, 2018 | 00:24:14 | 4.16 MB |

We examine several ways that, Elihu says, God in fact does speak. We start in 33:14 and see three different ways that God speaks to mankind. We examine his argument and give cautions about how these should be understood. One problem with the methods he mentions is that they are not propositional methods of communication, even if they could be infallibly attributed to God.

Daniel 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted July 31, 2018 | 00:50:34 | 8.68 MB |

After reading Genesis 43, we studied Daniel 1. We noted Daniel's purpose of heart, how he did not give up easily when he was trying to live a pure life for God, God's sovereign hand in his life and also in that of international affairs, and the remarkable history of the entire book of Daniel.

Ephesians, Part 7 - Tom McParlan

Posted July 31, 2018 | 00:40:41 | 6.98 MB |

We move from the early part of chapter 2 into a key teaching about the church. Our teacher emphasized the sovereignty of God in salvation, the fact that there are only two types of people--believers and unbelievers. We learned about the revolutionary change in the Christian era over Old Testament Mosaic Judaism. This change touches not only Jewish people, but also Gentiles.

Job, Part 28 - Matt Postiff

Posted July 31, 2018 | 00:24:22 | 4.18 MB |

We reviewed chapter 32 and the big picture of Elihu, and then began to look at Job 33 and the beginning of the main body of Elihu's speech.

Mark 14, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 22, 2018 PM | Mark 14:12-20
Posted July 30, 2018 | 00:30:44 | 5.28 MB |

After reading 1 Samuel 14 and making some comments, we shared some comments about our ministry outreach at the art fair. Those testimonies are not recorded. We then turned to Mark 14 to study several verses. We spent some time thinking about the idea of table fellowship and that it has a meaning, even though that has been somewhat lost in our western "germ conscious" culture.

The Remarkable Prophecy of Daniel 9 - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 22, 2018 AM | Daniel 9:24-27
Posted July 29, 2018 | 00:51:49 | 8.90 MB |

We introduce the book of Daniel by studying the chronological details of the prophecy in chapter 9. We discovered that God gave Daniel a precise starting date and ending date of a period of 483 years in length which ended when "Messiah was cut off." This places the date of the crucifixion of Christ over 500 years before the event occurred.

We read Genesis 42 at the beginning of the service, and looked at some other big picture issues in the book of Daniel.

Ephesians, Part 6: Coming to Life in Christ - Tom McParlan

Posted July 29, 2018 | 00:35:47 | 6.14 MB |

We are introduced to the second chapter of Ephesians. The death that we experienced was spiritual death, and there is no physical means by which we could be raised to spiritual life.

Job, Part 27 - Matt Postiff

Posted July 21, 2018 | 00:27:25 | 4.71 MB |

We begin a study of the Elihu speeches. This section of Job is not easy to address, but we give a very brief overview of different interpretive approaches, and highlight the direction we will take in understanding the text. Then Pastor gives an exposition of Job 32, the first chapter of Elihu's response to Job and the three friends.

Mark 14, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted July 21, 2018 | 00:35:07 | 6.03 MB |

We covered Mark 14:1-11, read 1 Samuel 13, and interacted about a portion of a Wikipedia article that had a serious short-coming in its presentation of a very core doctrine of Christian theology. Some portions of the audio had to be cut out because they recorded audience members who were not near a microphone, but the gist of everything is easily discerned.

Jesus Confronts Sin - Matt Postiff

Posted July 21, 2018 | 00:48:38 | 8.35 MB |

Jesus not only saves and forgives and exhibits perfect compassion, but He also confronts us in our sin. Any true minister of the gospel must do the same. John the Baptist’s ministry was very confrontational, as he preached repentance and confession concerning sin (Matt. 3:6-9, Mark 1:4-5, Luke 3:3). Paul the apostle preached repentance toward God regarding sin and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ.

Listen to more about this matter as Pastor Postiff teaches a number of passages.

Zephaniah, Part 11 - James Widgeon

Posted July 21, 2018 | 00:38:32 | 6.61 MB |

Our teacher continues explaining the text in Zephaniah 3. A judgment of great proportions will come up on the nation at the appointed time. This judgment was caused by the poor choices of the people of Israel. We gladly arrive at the section that speaks of Israel's restoration. The first item that God will restore to them is a pure language. This does not refer to Hebrew or Greek or the reversal of Babel; it refers to how they use their language, and more to the point, how their heart is constituted so that its abundance will speak out in a holy manner. See Isaiah 6.

Job, Part 26 - Matt Postiff

Posted July 11, 2018 | 00:25:58 | 4.46 MB |

This chapter records Job’s final defense. The general idea of the chapter is that Job is saying he has NOT committed sins worthy of the punishment he is receiving, but if he had committed those sins, he acknowledges that he should be judged.

Mark 13, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted July 11, 2018 | 00:42:54 | 7.37 MB |

Pastor Postiff continues the exposition of Mark 13 with a review of the tribulation events that Jesus describes, followed by an explanation of the fig tree parable and the watchfulness that the Lord enjoins.

Scripture was read this evening by one of our young men, from 1 Samuel 12.

The recording quality was not as good this evening due to Windows 10 updates incapacitating our audio recording computer. However, we did capture some comments from the audience--just turn up the volume to hear them.

Jesus is Full of Compassion - Matt Postiff

Posted July 11, 2018 | 00:45:22 | 7.79 MB |

After reading Genesis 40, we studied the doctrine and words related to the compassion of Jesus, and of God the Father. This study shows us what God is like; what God wants us to be like; and encourages our hearts when we find ourselves in need of compassion.

If you are looking for mercy from God, listen to this message all the way until the end. You will hear of how God will be merciful to you through the death and resurrection of Christ.

Ephesians, Part 5 - Tom McParlan

Posted July 11, 2018 | 00:46:24 | 7.97 MB |

Our teacher takes us on a sprint to the end of chapter 1 in Ephesians. Explore with us the wonders of salvation by listening in!

Prayer for Your Country - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 4, 2018 PM | 1 Timothy 2:1-6
Posted July 5, 2018 | 00:12:35 | 2.16 MB |

We had a special emphasis in prayer meeting tonight, and Pastor Postiff spoke briefly on 1 Timothy 2:1-6 to remind us of our responsibilities as concerning prayer for our leaders and all people. The lion's share of the time was spent in corporate prayer.

Mark 13 - Matt Postiff

Posted July 5, 2018 | 00:46:36 | 8.00 MB |

After reading of 1 Samuel 11, Pastor Postiff shared a brief report about his ministry trip to GMSA headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, and the leadership team meetings that happened there.

The bulk of our time was spent in Mark 13 looking at the Olivet Discourse and the Lord's prophecy regarding future Tribulation and then His return.

The Cessation of Revelatory Gifts, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 1, 2018 AM | 1 Corinthians 13:8-12
Posted July 4, 2018 | 00:51:19 | 8.81 MB |

After reading Genesis 39, Pastor continued his short series on the cessation of revelatory gifts started last Sunday morning.We reviewed the major arguments for cessationism, and extended our thinking in this matter. One big emphasis of the message is that we should be content with the things that God has revealed to us, and make use of them to the maximal extent possible. We do this instead of wasting time trying to "get" some other spiritual gift that isn't even available today.

Prior to the message, Pastor exhorted us to not be a complaining people, but rather to be a grateful people (04:19 to 07:27).

The New Covenant, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted July 4, 2018 | 00:21:38 | 3.72 MB |

For this Lord's Table service, Pastor showed the connection between John 3 and Ezekiel 36 with regard to the washing and regeneration, being cleansed from sin and being born again. This is part of a continuing series on the relationship of the church to the New Covenant.

Woman, Behold Your Son - John O'Dell

Audio from June 24, 2018 PM | John 19:25-27
Posted July 4, 2018 | 00:54:16 | 9.32 MB |

Pastor O'Dell takes us through the third of the sayings of Christ on the cross. We are past the Easter season, but these sayings are just as relevant!

Pastor O'Dell's second message was given on Wednesday June 13, but unfortunately was not recorded.

The Cessation of Revelatory Gifts, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 24, 2018 AM | 1 Corinthians 13:8-12
Posted July 4, 2018 | 00:48:53 | 8.39 MB |

Pastor Postiff begins a two-part series where we define what the revelatory gifts are, emphasize the permanency of love, and show how, when and why these revelatory gifts ceased. The fact that they have to cease at some point is clear. Listen to learn why, particularly if you have been confused about this matter by charismatic and Pentecostal teachers.

We hurried through the latter half of this message, but next time we will review it at a slower pace, with some additional material.

Zephaniah, Part 10 - James Widgeon

Posted July 4, 2018 | 00:39:41 | 6.81 MB |

The last two sessions, we focused on 3:1-7. Our teacher starts here with some review, and moves forward from there. Note that the pure language spoken of is not a different language, but words that are pure, without sin or filth in them.

Job, Part 25 - Matt Postiff

Posted June 21, 2018 | 00:18:55 | 3.25 MB |

Our study tonight was in Job 30, where Job laments how he is mocked and mistreated by people who are "nothings" in society. These evil people were restrained by Job when he was well; now they spit in his face!

Mark 12 and 13 - Matt Postiff

Posted June 18, 2018 | 00:48:54 | 8.39 MB |

We had a special Father's day prayer for those who have lost father or offspring, and then read 1 Samuel 10, and then taught through about the widow's mites

From 8:46, the bulk of our time was spent in Mark 12 regarding the sacrificial offering of the widow and the opening verses of the Olivet Discourse in chapter 13. We noted the importance of the widow's heart in her giving, how the Lord sees how people give, and also the two key questions that the disciples asked the Lord about the future.

After service we enjoyed some fellowship around the table as we sent off two dear friends to a new job in a faraway place.

Dispensationalism Vs. Covenant Theology, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted June 18, 2018 | 00:57:52 | 9.93 MB |

This is part two of last week's high-level theological study of the superiority of dispensational theology to covenant theology. We reviewed last week's material and added a number of reasons why covenant theology falls short as a theological system in its goal of explaining the entirety of Scriptural revelation.

Ephesians, Part 4 - Tom McParlan

Posted June 18, 2018 | 00:44:10 | 7.58 MB |

We reviewed the opening verses of chapter 1, and moved through verse 14. We took an interesting aside to think about the issue of para-church organizations and the proper place of the local church in this age. We thought about some of the promises that we have in Christ: peace, love, grace, justification, wisdom, confidence, hope, joy, victory, eternal life, power, mercy, forgiveness, truth, fellowship with God, spiritual discernment.

We saw the ministry of the Spirit in the life of the believer, specifically that it includes a seal and guarantee of security and authenticity.

Psalm 56 - Jack Mitchell

Posted June 12, 2018 | 00:37:59 | 6.52 MB |

After reading of 1 Samuel 9, we studied Psalm 56 under the direction of Missionary Jack Mitchell. What encouragement we find here for those who find themselves in trouble.

Dispensationalism Vs. Covenant Theology, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted June 11, 2018 | 00:51:58 | 8.92 MB |

In preparation for a conference talk, Pastor Postiff shares some results of his theological studies on the systems of theology known as dispensationalism and covenant theology. This is about the first half of the material that he planned to share. Stay tuned for the second half. We also read Genesis 37.

Missionary Update: Jack Mitchell - Jack Mitchell

Posted June 11, 2018 | 00:47:56 | 8.23 MB |

In this recording, Dr. Jack Mitchell gives an update on their latest ministry efforts. He titles the talk "The Mitchell Misadventures." Listen as he tells, among many other things, how he was dunked into a lagoon in the south pacific!

The New Covenant, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted June 7, 2018 | 00:48:16 | 8.29 MB |

We read Jeremiah 31 and studied the New Covenant in some detail. The conclusions that we draw might be somewhat surprising to you, but they are drawn immediately from Scripture. Listen in and see if you agree.

Jesus Saves - Matt Postiff

Posted June 6, 2018 | 00:48:35 | 8.34 MB |

We read Genesis 36. Then, we examined the blessings of salvation. We saw that Jesus is not a savior in theory, but in actual practice. He saves primarily from the wages of sin, which is eternal death. But while He was on the earth, He also rescued many people from the temporal effects of sin.

Such effects that Jesus miraculously healed included diseases like leprosy and dropsy; demon possession; hunger; mental illness; hemorrhaging; fever; crippling handicaps of the feet, legs, and hands; blindness; muteness; deafness; severe scoliosis; seizures/epilepsy; paralysis; and death. Take another careful look at this list. The intrusion of sin and death in the world is the ultimate cause of all of those afflictions. Christ has the power and authority to fix them all. And what He did was truly fix those issues. This was not hocus-pocus or sleight of hand. Rather, the creator of the universe (John 1:3) reactivated his creative powers and fixed or made new again body parts that were non-functional. He created food with the same power. He used His authority as Son of God to recall spirits from the dead and to command demonic spirits, whom He had initially created before they fell into sin, to obey His will.

The bulk of the message focused on 11 blessings that the believer receives from God at the time of salvation. These include forgiveness, justification, indwelling, union with Christ and His church, new life, transformation, adoption, reconciliation, redemption, and being made complete in Christ.

Ephesians, Part 3 - Tom McParlan

Audio from June 3, 2018 SS | Ephesians 1:7-10
Posted June 5, 2018 | 00:45:39 | 7.84 MB |

We ponder Ephesians 1 again, and a passel of related passages about the doctrines of redemption and forgiveness.

Job, Part 24 - Matt Postiff

Posted May 31, 2018 | 00:17:27 | 3.00 MB |

In chapter 29, Job laments that he is not now in the prosperity that he used to have. But he defends himself before his friends by explaining that he has been righteous. Almost everyone in the community knows it. Others looked to him for wise counsel. He was a leader in his community. Through Job, God showed the world that saved people do not just do good for a temporal reward. They do good because they have been made good by God.

A computer crash prevented us from uploading the sermon audio from Sunday night May 27, 2018. A new computer seems to have solved the problem! The lost message covered Mark 12:1-40.

Jesus and Forgiveness - Matt Postiff

Posted May 27, 2018 | 00:52:39 | 9.04 MB |

In this message, we focus upon the idea of divine forgiveness as demonstrated in the life of Jesus. Because the gospel of Luke mentions forgiveness more than any other NT book, we used Luke 5 as a suitable starting point for our study. In this section, we read about Jesus and His compassion, power, prayer, forgiveness, and concern for sinners.

We also read Genesis 35.

Zephaniah, Part 9 - James Widgeon

Audio from May 27, 2018 SS | Zephaniah 3:1-8
Posted May 27, 2018 | 00:39:38 | 6.81 MB |

Our teacher treated the text as if it was the proceedings of a court case, sometimes called in Bible scholarship a "covenant lawsuit." Zephaniah lists three charges: rebellion, pollution, and oppression. It is these sins that God is charging against Israel. Princes, judges, prophets, and priests were accomplices in the crime. Listen in for more!

Job, Part 23 - Matt Postiff

Posted May 26, 2018 | 00:22:33 | 3.87 MB |

Job brings us to a better understanding of the problem of evil, something which he knows a lot about. We combined the last verse of chapter 26 and the last verse of chapter 28 to see that we cannot fully answer the problem of evil, and instead, the real solution is to fear God and turn from evil.

Bible Question and Answer - Matt Postiff

Posted May 22, 2018 | 00:41:15 | 7.08 MB |

Our Q & A dealt with questions about the sanctification of unsaved children or spouses who are in a home with one believing parent/spouse. We discussed briefly the matter of divorce and remarriage, and what "under bondage" means in 1 Cor. 7:15. We made a connection to church discipline and how the unbeliever departing from the sanctifying influence of the believing spouse puts them in a more dangerous place in life.

We discussed the question about the role of husband and wife in marriage--specifically whether the roles were established because sin entered the world, or whether there would have been a differentiation of roles even if sin had not entered the world.

We read 1 Samuel 7. As often the case with our Q &A sessions, there are some parts hard to hear; most of the questions have been cut out of the recording because they were impossible to hear.

Contemporary Issues - Matt Postiff

Posted May 22, 2018 | 00:45:50 | 7.87 MB |

In this message, Pastor Postiff addresses a number of sensitive topics that have to do with men and women, including modesty, loving your spouse, keeping the home, purity, and keeping the sexes distinct with hair and clothing style. We also read Genesis 34.

Ephesians, Part 2 - Tom McParlan

Posted May 22, 2018 | 00:40:49 | 7.01 MB |

Tom teaches through the opening verses of Ephesians, highlighting the work of salvation that is from God alone. This includes the matters of election, redemption, forgiveness, etc. We see here the timing and motivation of God's work in salvation. The issue of Biblical inspiration is mentioned as well.

Job, Part 22 - Matt Postiff

Posted May 16, 2018 | 00:21:22 | 3.67 MB |

We extend our understanding of what God is trying to teach us in the book of Job. Job refuses to agree to the friends' premise that he is wicked, and thus suffers the way he did. Rather, he acknowledges that the wicked will pay the price--eventually--but his experience that they sometimes prosper has to be taken into account. Still, he feels cheated of justice. Connecting this to the prior chapter (especially the last verse), we begin to see an answer to the problems of evil and suffering. That answer is this--that we cannot find out an answer, because God is so vastly beyond us and His administration of things is incomprehensible in the final analysis.

Mark 11 - Matt Postiff

Posted May 16, 2018 | 00:47:47 | 8.20 MB |

Our Bible study in Mark 11 continues, with a study of the triumphal entry, and another testing of the Lord by the Pharisees, among other things.

The Holiness of God - Matt Postiff

Posted May 16, 2018 | 00:54:37 | 9.38 MB |

God’s holiness demands our repentance, provides our cleansing from sin, and calls for our service. Listen in to remind yourself about the majestic holiness of God, which refers to His separateness from creation and from sin. We also read Genesis 33.

Zephaniah, Part 8 - James Widgeon

Posted May 16, 2018 | 00:33:20 | 5.72 MB |

Key thoughts from this message: Obey, receive, trust, draw near!

Job, Part 21 - Matt Postiff

Posted May 10, 2018 | 00:30:44 | 5.28 MB |

In this section of Job, we learn much more about the overall message of the book. Bildad gets six verses to repeat the wrong theology that he and the other two friends have been spouting for the better part of 24 chapters. Pastor Postiff will explain again how it is that they are wrong. Job responds that his friends haven't helped him one bit, and then launches into an exposition of the greatness of God. You won't find many Bible passages that do what Job does here!

The Blessing of Forgiveness - Matt Postiff

Posted May 6, 2018 | 00:30:36 | 5.25 MB |

In this Lord's Table service, we read Psalm 51 followed by Psalm 32. We studied the latter, looking for what God would teach us about the person who is blessed and joyful. Such a person is that way because God has not imputed iniquity to him, and has covered his sins by forgiving them in Christ.

We spent some time thinking about how people can deceive themselves and try to keep silent about their sin, when that is not the path of godliness or spiritual prosperity.

Praying and Singing - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 6, 2018 AM | Ephesians 5-6
Posted May 6, 2018 | 00:56:34 | 9.71 MB |

We read Genesis 32. Then Pastor Postiff explained from Scripture a number of things that the church must be active in doing to be a Biblical church. We spent a little more time on two issues that are often not practiced as well as they should be: prayer and singing. If you wonder why we sing in church, or why we pray together, this message will give you some insight.

Ephesians, Part 1 - Tom McParlan

Audio from May 6, 2018 SS | Ephesians 1:1-6
Posted May 6, 2018 | 00:40:06 | 7.00 MB |

Tom McParlan opens a new study in the book of Ephesians. He began to open to us the marvels of God's plan of salvation from eternity past to eternity future.

Job, Part 20 - Matt Postiff

Posted May 6, 2018 | 00:25:56 | 4.45 MB |

We resume our study of Job (last message was on March 17, 2018). In this message, we start to get a really good glimpse at the message of the book of Job. Job buttons up his case that the wicked may prosper for a while, but they will be destroyed (chapter 24). He models for us the fear that the believer should have of the sovereign God who is in control of all things (23:13-17). Job trusts that God will bring him out of this trial as gold.

Against Anonymous Letters, Racism, and Other Things - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 29, 2018 AM | Matthew 18:15, various
Posted April 29, 2018 | 00:48:39 | 8.35 MB |

We read Genesis 31. Then Pastor Postiff used the morning preaching time to teach on an issue that has troubled our church for some time. Because it was occasioned by a particular thing that was done in our church, it may not be of general interest. However, it addressed an issue of an anonymous letter that contained false accusations and racist content. This letter and some related matters have caused a division in the church. In light of the hot-button issue of race in evangelicalism today, it was appropriate that the church pause and think about that issue, among others. We also discussed how a believer should bring an issue to the attention of another believer.

Several solutions to the problem were offered--to those who were hurt, to the one who wrote the anonymous letter, and to the church as a whole.

Pastor Postiff offers an expanded definition of the statement that he made during this message that racism is not a skin problem, it is a sin problem. That is clever shorthand for this: person B is black, person W is white. Racism does not indicate a problem with person B's skin color; rather, it indicates person W's sin. Of course, W has wrongly made B's skin color an issue, but more than that, W has made person B an issue as a person, thinking that skin color indicates a whole host of features that make W superior to B. As expressed in the message, there is NO ROOM FOR THIS KIND OF THINKING in a Christian's mind. Period. W is not superior to B. W should esteem B better than himself. That's Bible.

There is no evening message recorded for today, since we shared a Singspiration with Hiawatha Bible Church.

Zephaniah, Part 7 - James Widgeon

Posted April 29, 2018 | 00:36:49 | 6.32 MB |

We start the study again at chapter 2 of Zephaniah, in which judgment is pronounced upon surrounding nations.

The Man Ezra, Part 7 - Matt Postiff

Posted April 29, 2018 | 00:24:45 | 4.25 MB |

In our study of Ezra, we studied how Ezra took godly counsel from others, took responsibility for what needed to be done, and acted with moral conviction and leadership.

The recording volume was a bit lower than usual, so you may have to turn up your volume control a bit.

Mark 10 - Matt Postiff

Posted April 23, 2018 | 00:52:39 | 9.04 MB |

After reading of 1 Samuel 4-5, we studied the remainder of Mark 10. Last time we had covered the section about marriage and divorce, as well as Jesus' blessing of children and the encounter with the rich young ruler. We picked up with him in this message, and the Lord's teaching about the impossibility of salvation for man, but how it is possible with God. We examined the foretelling of the death and resurrection of Christ, about the pursuit of true greatness, and the miracle of Bartimaeus receiving his sight.

Meaningful Church Membership - Matt Postiff

Posted April 23, 2018 | 00:57:01 | 9.79 MB |

Pastor Postiff taught from Romans 12 and spoke frankly about some matters that our church has to address. In particular, he challenged those who are members (part) of the church to take up a regular ministry. He also taught on the general idea of membership in the local church and how people who are associated with the church should take up a formal association with the church for the honor of God, the good of the church, and their own good.

True Peace - Tom McParlan

Audio from April 22, 2018 SS | John 14, other
Posted April 23, 2018 | 00:45:06 | 7.74 MB |

Our teacher reminds us from a number of texts about the true peace from God in the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you don't have peace in your mind or heart or life right now, listen in!

The Man Ezra, Part 5 - Matt Postiff

Posted April 23, 2018 | 00:18:39 | 3.20 MB |

We saw a couple more character traits of Ezra tonight. He was a man who feared God. He was also a man of humility, prayer, and confession. Next time, we will see that Ezra's repentant prayer was followed immediately by the fruit of repentance--action

Marriage and Divorce, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted April 18, 2018 | 00:54:33 | 9.36 MB |

Scripture reading tonight was in 1 Samuel 3. Then we resumed, from the morning meeting, our study in Mark 10. After completing an exposition of the first 12 verses and 1 Corinthians 7:10-11, we continued on in the chapter, up to 10:22. We learned about the regulation of sin in the divorce law, and very importantly also, about the hardness of heart that was the underlying reason for the regulation. We saw how strict the Lord's teaching about divorce was.

Church Ministry Plan, and Divorce - Matt Postiff

Posted April 18, 2018 | 00:59:59 | 10.30 MB |

After reading Genesis 29, our message this morning covered two topics. Pastor Postiff shared first how we should think about our overall ministry plan. In light of the mission of church, we started at the ultimate aim of everything--to glorify God. From this, we derived a statement that emphasized to accomplish that, we hope to be a growing church that carries out the Great Commission and exhibits the Great Commandment. Clear definitions of terms like church, and growing are an important part of understanding what our church life should be about.

Then, a pressing matter was brought to our attention from our series in Mark on Sunday nights. Having arrived at Mark 10 in that series, Pastor Postiff shifted over to the evening series for this morning meeting, and shared about the matter of divorce (starting at 38:50). Pastor added a postscript that those who have experienced divorce can repent and be restored to a harmonious relationship with God, and not have a special stigma attached to themselves by the church (57:40-end).

Zephaniah, Part 6 - James Widgeon

Posted April 18, 2018 | 00:38:30 | 6.61 MB |

Our teacher stressed again that we have the Word of God before us in the book of Zephaniah. He made another great point that we cannot sin against another person without sinning against the Lord. We also read in 2 Chronicles 20:1-15. King Jehoshaphat determined to seek the Lord and ask for help from God.

The Man Ezra, Part 4 - Matt Postiff

Posted April 15, 2018 | 00:25:48 | 4.43 MB |

We looked at a number of additional ways that Ezra was identified in the book by his name. We saw that he was not only a man upon whom God's good hand rested, but he was also serious about his relationship with God, he trusted God in hard things, and he was a man of integrity. Next time we will see that he feared God, and a number of other characteristics as well.

Mark 9 - Matt Postiff

Posted April 10, 2018 | 00:57:20 | 9.84 MB |

After reading 1 Samuel 1-2, we studied Mark 9. Jesus leads us through the familiar accounts of the Transfiguration, healing of a demon-possessed boy, Jesus fortelling His death, the key virtue of servanthood, and the horrors of Hell.

The Gospel, You, and Your Life's Goal - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 8, 2018 AM | Romans 15, other
Posted April 9, 2018 | 00:52:38 | 9.04 MB |

This message really consists of three separate messages. The first was a brief summary of the gospel, compressed from all the gospel preaching in Acts that we examined two weeks back. The second message was a list of questions that are meant to be checkpoints as to whether we are truly saved. As Pastor Postiff indicated in the message, this was no "to do list" to achieve salvation. It is meant as a check of the evidences of eternal life that are and should be present in your life if you are a Christian.

The third and longest portion of this morning's message had to do with our ministry and life aspirations. The key question was this: "What are you aiming for? What is your life goal?" We examined this from both a church-wide or corporate perspective, as well as from an individual perspective. Although much more remains to be said,

The Wisdom of God, Wiser than Men - Tom McParlan

Audio from April 8, 2018 SS | 1 Corinthians 1-2
Posted April 9, 2018 | 00:44:12 | 7.59 MB |

The unsaved world thinks the Christian message and Christians are stupid. But we understand that God has chosen to do things a very different way than the world would. In the end, this will result in God's glory in all of creation.

The Man Ezra, Part 3 - Matt Postiff

Posted April 7, 2018 | 00:27:46 | 4.77 MB |

In this message, we look at the first six of 12 characteristics of Ezra that show what kind of man he was.

The Gospel in Four Minutes - Matt Postiff

Posted April 7, 2018 | 00:04:40 | 4.28 MB |

We don't actually believe that we can present the gospel very well in four minutes. But our study in Acts a couple of weeks ago uncovered a number of main points that the apostles made in their preaching. This brief recording puts them all together.

The Prophesied Exaltation of Christ - Matt Postiff

Posted April 2, 2018 | 00:41:41 | 7.16 MB |

After reading John 21, we examined a number of passages that addressed the future exaltation of Christ, some of which has already occurred, and much of which has not yet been fulfilled.

The Propesied Resurrection of Christ, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 1, 2018 AM | Isaiah 53, etc.
Posted April 2, 2018 | 00:49:16 | 8.46 MB |

Pastor Postiff started out by encouraging the congregation about the finished work of Jesus and the forgiveness available in Him. We read John 20, and then continued the series of messages on the prophecies of Christ, focusing on the necessity of His resurrection based on explicit and implicit teaching in the Hebrew Bible, what we know as the Old Testament.

The Prophesied Resurrection of Christ, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 1, 2018 Sunrise | Psalm 16, and others
Posted April 2, 2018 | 00:32:54 | 5.65 MB |

We continue our series of the weekend about the OT prophecies of the Christ, and how Jesus IS the Christ. After reading the resurrection accounts in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, we shared some testimonies about the resurrection of Christ. We finished studying the section about the foretold death of Christ, and then examined Psalm 16 and some other passages.

The Prophesied Death of Christ - Matt Postiff

Posted March 31, 2018 | 00:42:24 | 7.28 MB |

In our opening message for this Resurrection weekend, we examined the prophetic references in the Old Testament to the suffering and death of Christ. We saw that the early church labored to share the prophetic references to Christ, and then to identify Jesus with the Christ. We read in Matthew's gospel.

The Man Ezra, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted March 31, 2018 | 00:23:13 | 3.99 MB |

We continued the study of Ezra by examining the letter from Artaxerxes to Ezra and noted a couple of interesting overarching concepts: tax exemption and a separation between the religious and secular law. Ezra was assigned the task of teaching the Law of God to those who did not know it in the region of Israel.

Mark 8 - Matt Postiff

Posted March 31, 2018 | 00:36:51 | 6.33 MB |

After reading of Judges 21, we read through and commented through Mark 8. We reminded ourselves of the importance of being obedient to the Lord to enjoy His provision. If you have ever wondered about the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod, tune in. We also studied the idea of discipleship and following Christ no matter what the cost.

How to Evangelize - Matt Postiff

Audio from March 25, 2018 AM | The Book of Acts
Posted March 31, 2018 | 01:01:49 | 10.61 MB |

Last week in our morning worship service, we studied the mission of the church that was given to us by our Lord, who possesses all heavenly and earthly authority. In this message, we surveyed the book of Acts to see how the apostles taught the gospel to their audiences. We did this in order to remind ourselves how we should proclaim the truth today, rather than using some of the common "Christian" parlance that is used today, but is void of true gospel content.

Why Do We Believe the Bible? - Tom McParlan

Posted March 31, 2018 | 00:40:45 | 7.00 MB |

Our teacher helps us investigate the question about how we trust the Bible, and reminds us of the critical role of the Holy Spirit in opening our understanding to the Scriptures. Mere rationalism cannot provide certainty in our belief in the Bible.

Introduction to The Man Ezra - Matt Postiff

Posted March 22, 2018 | 00:25:00 | 4.29 MB |

We started a brief study of Ezra in the book titled by his name, in chapters 7 and 8. In this message, we concern ourselves with an outline of the historical and political situation that surrounded Ezra's journey from Bablyon to Jerusalem.

Mark 7 - Matt Postiff

Posted March 19, 2018 | 00:40:44 | 6.99 MB |

We read Judges 20, and then learned what our Lord did as recorded in Mark 7. We saw His desire for a heart-felt religion, His teaching that things from outside our bodies cannot defile us, and His great power in healing a Greek woman's daughter and a man who was deaf and unable to speak properly.

The Mission of the Church - Matt Postiff

Audio from March 18, 2018 AM | Matthew 28:18-20
Posted March 19, 2018 | 00:59:21 | 10.19 MB |

Pastor Postiff returned to the pulpit after a brief illness. After reading Genesis 26, Pastor spent some time reminding us about what our mission is NOT, and what it IS.

Zephaniah, Part 5 - James Widgeon

Posted March 19, 2018 | 00:40:08 | 6.89 MB |

Our teacher gets into the exposition of the first chapter of Zephaniah.

Job, Part 19 - Matt Postiff

Posted March 17, 2018 | 00:25:20 | 4.35 MB |

This message continues our study in Job, with Job 22-23. Eliphaz pipes up again with a severe attack on Job's character, and Job takes his next turn, hardly noting his friend's rebuke. The verses at 23:10 and and 23:12 were worth the price of admission, so to speak. In them, Job expresses his trust in God through the trial, and how much he loves God's instruction.

Some technical problems prohibited the recording of the 3/11/2018 audio in all three services. This will hopefully be corrected by this coming Sunday. Stay tuned!

Job, Part 18 - Matt Postiff

Posted March 8, 2018 | 00:24:18 | 4.17 MB |

In chapter 21, Job directly confronts Zophar and denies the truthfulness of what he had pontificated in chapter 20. The wicked often do prosper for a long time; and it is God who permits them to prosper. However, Job denies any affinity for the wicked and their philosophies. He is vastly different from them.

A Broken and Contrite Heart: Lord's Table - Matt Postiff

Posted March 5, 2018 | 00:29:30 | 5.07 MB |

After reading the shocking passage in Judges 19, we studied the portion of Mark 7 about the Pharisees setting their man-made commandments over the commandments of God. Their religion was external only; their hearts were far from God. We focused on having a true broken and contrite spirit before the Lord. This set the stage for us to share the Lord's Table at the end of the service.

Legalism, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted March 5, 2018 | 00:51:33 | 8.85 MB |

We read Genesis 24, preceded by some cautionary statements to help the reader in properly interpreting the passage. Some have misused the passage to teach how a young man today should find a wife. Then, we examined the proper use of law, the Law of Moses, and the Law of Christ. We saw that the Law of Moses is still very useful to point out sin--but only certain parts of that Law as they are drawn out in the New Testament.

Pastor Postiff offered a lengthy application about rule-setting in the home and how it can be done while avoiding legalism.

Zephaniah, Part 4 - James Widgeon

Posted March 5, 2018 | 00:37:39 | 6.46 MB |

Our study of Zephaniah continues in the examination of the historical background. Our teacher made an excellent point that Josiah had succeeded in removing many of the external forms of idol worship. However, he was unable to remove the internal convictions of many people who were idolaters. Then we moved into the text of chapter 1.

Job, Part 17 - Matt Postiff

Posted March 5, 2018 | 00:20:21 | 3.49 MB |

We move on from the 10 times Job was reproached by his friends to look at the remainder of chapter 19 and into chapter 20.

Review of Dispensationalism and Free Grace, and Mark 6 - Matt Postiff

Posted March 5, 2018 | 00:57:48 | 9.92 MB |

After reading Judges 18, Pastor Postiff shared his short review of a book entitled Dispensationalism and Free Grace: Intimately Linked by Grant Hawley. The review was not favorable. Then, we studied the remainder of Mark 6, about the disciples of Jesus who went out to preach the good news of the kingdom and cast out demons and heal. We read then about the feeding of five thousand, Jesus walking on the water, and more healing ministry.

Legalism, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted March 4, 2018 | 00:56:42 | 9.73 MB |

We welcomed a new member into the church this morning prior to the message and heard a testimony of the impact of the church family in the new member's life (not recorded here). We read Genesis 23 and then examined the idea of legalism. Listen in to learn about justification-legalism and sanctification-legalism. We briefly examined some hot issues in this regard--alcohol and dancing. We learned that we need to be very careful about hurling around the accusation of legalism because the term is so misunderstood.

What Will Make You Happy? - Tom McParlan

Posted March 4, 2018 | 00:45:09 | 7.75 MB |

Our teacher added a couple of postscripts to the study on mankind's fall into sin. After Eve fell into sin, she was not happy. So we turned our study to Matthew 5 where the Lord talks about blessedness, or very simply stated, happiness or satisfaction. The beatitudes give a list of characteristics of those who enter and live in the kingdom of Christ. In one of these, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are those who have an intense desire for righteousness.

Reproached 10 Times - Matt Postiff

Posted February 21, 2018 | 00:19:49 | 3.40 MB |

We studied Job 18 and the first portion of chapter 19. We spent some time thinking about Job's statement that his companions had reproached him 10 times. This was a hyperbolic statement indicating that they had reproached him numerous times. We examined Genesis 31:7 and Numbers 14:22 to see similar "10 times" statements.

Christ's Seven Last Statements: Forgiveness - John O'Dell

Posted February 19, 2018 | 00:54:59 | 9.44 MB |

After the reading of Judges 17, the church enjoyed an explanation of the Biblical doctrine of forgiveness by Pastor John O'Dell. The connection he made with the last statements of Christ on the cross, and the season of lent, was an interesting introduction to the message.

Be on Guard and Grow - Matt Postiff

Posted February 18, 2018 | 00:49:26 | 8.49 MB |

As we complete our study of 2 Peter, remember that Peter has structured the last 8 verses around three “since…command” structures:

1. Since everything will be dissolved, live a holy life and pursue evangelism.

2. Since you look forward to a righteous new heaven and new earth, live a holy life and concern yourself with the matter of the salvation of others.

3. Since you know have prior knowledge of these things, be on guard and grow in the faith.

It is to the last of these points that we now turn.

The Real Fall, Part 3 - Tom McParlan

Posted February 18, 2018 | 00:45:41 | 7.84 MB |

We examine in this message the lust of the flesh and eyes and the pride of life, which was the pattern that Eve experienced as she fell into sin.

Job, Part 15 - Matt Postiff

Posted February 18, 2018 | 00:19:14 | 3.30 MB |

We study Job's response to Eliphaz's second speech. One of the notable parts in this section is that Job cries out for a mediator. We know the one and only mediator between God and men.

No Mighty Works There - Matt Postiff

Posted February 17, 2018 | 00:41:27 | 7.12 MB |

After reading Judges 16, we briefly discussed a book on dispensationalism and free grace that touches on definitions of the terms discipleship, kingdom, reward, and belief. Thereafter, we opened our study in Mark 6. The text in the first handful of verses makes it clear that the Lord does not work mightily in places or in people's lives where there is no belief.

Diligence in Light of the End - Matt Postiff

Posted February 17, 2018 | 00:51:23 | 8.82 MB |

Scripture reading today was in Genesis 21. In verses 13-16, God again tells us through Peter that we need to be holy people while we consider the Lord’s program of salvation. It is a very similar message to that from the prior verses, but this time it is motivated by the fact that a new creation is coming. The old sin-filled creation will be destroyed, and a new righteous creation will replace it. That being the case, it should be easy to understand that for us to take part in the new righteous creation, we need to be righteous (Hebrews 12:14)!

Zephaniah, Part 3 - James Widgeon

Posted February 17, 2018 | 00:28:37 | 4.91 MB |

Our teacher starts by asking if we remembered everything that we studied together in the prior two lessons! So, we reviewed some of the prior material. One of the topics had to do with Samaritans, upon which our teacher made a comment last time, but elaborates in this message.

Job, Part 14 - Matt Postiff

Posted February 14, 2018 | 00:29:22 | 5.04 MB |

Eliphaz takes his second speech, which we could say is his second turn at rebuking Job. In the multiplying of words, sin is not absent. Listen in to this message if you need help in understanding the book of Job. We discussed together some ideas about how we can truly comfort those who are in affliction, instead of being like Job's friends.

Baptism as Identification - Matt Postiff

Posted February 6, 2018 | 00:21:50 | 3.75 MB |

This short message was delivered before the church remembered the Lord at His Table on Sunday evening. In this message, we visit every passage that speaks of baptism "eis" (into or because of). We showed that in every case where baptism "eis" is used with a metaphorical object--not into water, for example, but into Christ or the body of Christ, etc.--it has a meaning consistent with the idea of association or union or identification. Baptism does not cause forgiveness of sins (Mark 1:4, Acts 2:38). It demonstrates that one has been forgiven; it identifies them with repentance.

What Kind of Person Should I Be? - Matt Postiff

Audio from February 4, 2018 AM | 2 Peter 3:11-12
Posted February 6, 2018 | 00:41:42 | 7.16 MB |

We read together Genesis 20. After a fairly detailed review of the prior two chapters and first portion of chapter 3, Pastor Postiff outlined what is coming in the last 8 verses of the letter. Then, we carefully considered Peter's reminder that everything in this world will be melted down, and therefore we need to be holy in light of what is coming after this creation. Being holy includes watchfulness for the second coming and hastening that coming by means of evangelizing the lost.

The Real Fall, Part 2 - Tom McParlan

Posted February 6, 2018 | 00:46:20 | 7.96 MB |

Our teacher explores what happens in the interaction between Satan and Eve that eventuated in Eve sinning. At root, there was a question about God and His character. Satan turned God's blessings into a feeling of deprivation in Eve's mind, and Eve took the bait.

Membership has its Responsibilities - Matt Postiff

Posted February 5, 2018 | 00:16:16 | 2.79 MB |

Before the church conducted its business meeting, Pastor Postiff taught on the responsibility of ministry that every member has. We used as a model the passage in Exodus 35-36 in which there were master craftsmen, other craftsmen who were led and taught by the masters, and the entire congregation of Israel. Each and every person was able to contribute in some way to the work of construction of the tabernacle.

And so it is in the church. There are certain things that every believer can and should do regularly; and then there are things that individuals do based on God-given ability and interest. Listen to this brief message to remind yourself that you too have a responsibility to participate in the ministry of the local church.

Mark Chapter 5 - Matt Postiff

Posted January 31, 2018 | 00:38:25 | 6.60 MB |

After reading of Judges 15 and some comments on last week's Q & A session in the evening, we studied through Mark 5. In it, Jesus demonstrates his power over demons, death, and disease. We discussed briefly demon possession and whether it happens today or not.

The Day of the Lord is Coming - Matt Postiff

Posted January 31, 2018 | 00:58:33 | 10.05 MB |

We read Genesis 19, except the last few verses, in order to spare the lewd details from our smallest children. There is nothing less Scriptural about that section.

From about 05:33-12:28, Pastor took the church through the church membership covenant.

Then, we studied 2 Peter 3:5-10 and reminded ourselves of the utter dependence of creation upon God's sustaining word and the absolutely certain second coming of Christ.

Zephaniah, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted January 31, 2018 | 00:39:47 | 6.83 MB |

Our teacher takes us further in the introduction to Zephaniah. We learned that he prophesied in Josiah's reign, 640-609 B.C. Also, Nineveh had not yet been destroyed, so Zephaniah must have prophesied before 612 B.C. We also learned about Josiah's tender heart to the things of God and the prophecy of a disaster that was scheduled to come upon them because the Israelites had gone into idolatry.

Job, Part 13 - Matt Postiff

Posted January 29, 2018 | 00:25:02 | 4.30 MB |

Job teaches us in chapter 14 about the brevity of life. He expresses the ups and downs of a man in agony. In some way, he feels like he is being worn down bit by bit; and other times, like he has been deluged by a huge flood.

The Gospel of the Kingdom, and other things - Matt Postiff

Audio from January 21, 2018 PM | Various, Mark 4
Posted January 22, 2018 | 00:49:53 | 8.56 MB |

We read Judges 14 and heard a very encouraging report from missionary David Kurowicki. We considered a few Bible questions as well, including a textual variant at Hebrews 4:2. We considered how the Isaiah 7 prophecy fits the context of the historical situation, as well as providing a future promise of a virgin birth. We thought about why the Lord sometimes told people he healed not to proclaim it to others, and why some people disobeyed that. Finally, we moved into Mark 4 and discussed the parables there and the lesson of the Lord stilling the sea. He had the power to do that, and instructs us that our faith must not be displaced by fear of things lesser than God.

Peter's Purpose: Remind Us of Biblical Truth - Matt Postiff

Audio from January 21, 2018 AM | 2 Peter 2:20-22, 3:1-4
Posted January 22, 2018 | 00:50:10 | 8.61 MB |

After reading Genesis 18, we reviewed the last three verses of chapter 2, and then launched into the exposition of chapter 3. The lesson of 2:20-22 is that the false teachers had some acquaintance with Christianity, but they were not ever genuine believers. In chapter 3, Peter reminds us of the second coming of Christ and encourages us to be mindful not only of his teaching, but also of all the apostles and the Old Testament prophets. The bible here warns us of the uniformitarian philosophy that still drives evolution, atheism, and much unbelief in our world today.

The Real Fall - Tom McParlan

Posted January 22, 2018 | 00:42:40 | 7.32 MB |

Our teacher labors to remind us that the account in Genesis 3:1-7 really did happen, and then started an exposition of the passage. Satan saw an opportunity to tempt Eve and started his deceptive work on her, even (incorrectly) using some of God's words.

Job, Part 12 - Matt Postiff

Posted January 22, 2018 | 00:17:22 | 2.98 MB |

Our study tonight focused on the second half of Job chapter 13. In it, Job addresses God directly, making some requests or demands. For example, he wants to know about his sin..."Why am I in this situation?" He also wants to know why God treats him as an enemy. We see that Job goes a bit too far in his questioning of God.

A First Cut at Vision 2018 - Matt Postiff

Posted January 22, 2018 | 00:42:08 | 7.23 MB |

Afer opening prayer and reading of Judges 12-13, Pastor Postiff spoke to the church family about our mission and strategies to carry out that mission. Listen in to some "strategic planning" for church ministry as it relates to Romans 1 and 15. If you are interested in priorities, goals, vision, mission, planning in the local church, then listen in.

Character and Activity of the Ungodly, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Audio from January 14, 2018 AM | 2 Peter 2:15-22
Posted January 22, 2018 | 00:46:12 | 7.93 MB |

Peter continues describing the false teachers of his day. His prediction of the coming of false teachers certainly has come true. Such are characterized by greed, insanity, eloquence, emptiness, seduction, enslavement, professing salvation but are in fact unsaved.

Introduction to Zephaniah - James Widgeon

Posted January 22, 2018 | 00:39:20 | 6.75 MB |

Our instructor gives us an introduction to the historical situation and context surrounding the book of the prophet Zephaniah. We learned about kings Manasseh, Amon, and Josiah.

Job, Part 11 - Matt Postiff

Posted January 11, 2018 | 00:17:51 | 3.07 MB |

In chapter 13, Job continues his rebuttal at the end of the first round of speeches. He affirms that he knows everything that the friends are saying, that what they are saying is speaking wickedly in the name of God, and he wishes to speak directly with God about his situation, no matter what might come of that.

Mark Chapter 3 - Matt Postiff

Posted January 7, 2018 | 00:54:19 | 9.33 MB |

After reading Judges 3, Pastor Postiff walked the church family through Mark 3, emphasizing the Lord's authority over the Sabbath and over Satan. He was not understood by his family, so they wished to cart him off to a mental institution. But the Lord explains that His real family are those who do the will of God.

Character and Activity of the Ungodly, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Audio from January 7, 2018 AM | 2 Peter 2:10-14
Posted January 7, 2018 | 00:46:53 | 8.05 MB |

After reading of Genesis 16 and 1 Peter 1:3-9, we examined some details in 2 Peter 2:10-14. We learned 10 characteristics of false teachers and ungodly people that we are to note and avoid so that we do not get caught up in their destructive ways.

Kindness - Matt Postiff

Audio from January 7, 2018 SS | Ephesians 4:32, various
Posted January 7, 2018 | 00:19:28 | 3.34 MB |

For our Lord's Table meditation this morning, we pondered the idea of kindness. Under the heading of "the Christian doctrine of kindness," we reminded ourselves that while many other areas of Bible doctrine are important, the doctrines of personal conduct are extremely important in the mind of God. We want to make sure that we are not "kindness heretics" by professing to believe the Bible's teaching on kindness, but then do not carry it into our lives.

Job, Part 10 - Matt Postiff

Posted January 7, 2018 | 00:16:33 | 2.84 MB |

We begin our study of Job's last response of the first round. His response consumes three chapters, but we only look at the first of those three chapters in this message. We clarify the proper translation of 12:5, and then examine the first half of the chapter in which Job sarcastically confronts his friends about their "wisdom." In the second half, Job extols the greatness of God.

Mark Chapter 2: More Conflict for the Lord - Matt Postiff

Posted January 7, 2018 | 00:49:22 | 8.48 MB |

We read Judges 10, we briefly reviewed another article about church attendance that extolled the virtues of church attendance. It was written, somewhat surprisingly, from a secular perspective.

Then we studied the last half of Mark 2, in which the Lord is the subject of further complaints, including the issue of fasting, and then about healing a disabled individual on the Sabbath.

Judgment and Deliverance - Matt Postiff

Posted January 7, 2018 | 00:50:02 | 8.59 MB |

After reading Genesis 15, we studied 2 Peter 2:4-9 which shows that God has judged the ungodly in the past, and therefore it is completely reasonable to expect that He will do so again in the future.

Editor's Note: Our Sunday school lesson was not recorded due to a technical difficulty. The message was about the importance of church attendance to start the new year, focusing on Hebrews 10:23-25 and referring to some current articles on the subject of why church attendance is down across the United States. Pastor Postiff's message was simple: be faithful in attending church, and that means more than just Sunday morning.

Job, Part 9 - Matt Postiff

Posted January 6, 2018 | 00:22:46 | 3.91 MB |

Our study continues in Job 11 with the speech of Zophar. Zophar claims that Job needs more information from heaven, but doesn't seem to notice that he himself could use the same. He assumes that Job has not expressed repentance toward God about his sins.

Christmas Eve Worship - Matt Postiff

Posted January 6, 2018 | 00:37:38 | 6.46 MB |

After Naomi Postiff sings "O Holy Night," Pastor Postiff continued to examine OT prophecies related to the Messiah's coming, picking up where he left off in the morning service. Wonderful are the words of Scripture that point to the coming King--both the first and second comings!

O Come, O Come Emmanuel - Matt Postiff

Posted January 6, 2018 | 00:51:30 | 8.84 MB |

In this message, we first look at the Christmas story through the eyes of Simeon, then through the eyes of several pre-Christian saints whose hope was informed by the Old Testament Scriptures. We learned about the coming blessing of the Messiah, but also see a hint of the suffering of Messiah. We also visited about 30 prophecies of the Messiah in the Old Testament.

Jesus, Born in Bethlehem - Tom McParlan

Posted January 6, 2018 | 00:39:57 | 6.86 MB |

A quick review of the greatest story ever told: how Mary and Joseph ended up in Bethlehem so that Jesus would be born in that city which was prophesied by Micah. It is amazing to see how God was at work through the developments of a pagan world to ensure that prophecy would be fulfilled.

Job, Part 8 - Matt Postiff

Posted December 22, 2017 | 00:22:04 | 3.79 MB |

Our last study in Job (chapters 8-9) was held by teleconference due to a snow day, so it was not recorded.

We pick up in chapter 10 and a little bit into 11, where Job continues to respond to Bildad, and also confronts God about his problems. Job challenges God's goodness, and asks that God would remember that he is wonderfully made and requires God's care.

Zophar will extend the argument of the two otehr friends by saying that God is punishing Job less than he deserves!

How to Spot a False Teacher - Matt Postiff

Posted December 18, 2017 | 00:52:13 | 8.97 MB |

After reading of Genesis 14, we started a study of false teachers. This study is largely taken up with a delineation of the characteristics of false teachers--what they do, how they affect others, and what their outcome will be in the end.

There is no recording for the evening service tonight because the church went out and about to do some Christmas caroling.

Angels, Part 8 - James Widgeon

Posted December 18, 2017 | 00:36:14 | 6.22 MB |

Brother Widgeon returns to the pulpit to complete his series on the doctrine of angels, reviewing the initial perfection of the angelic creation, and the fall of some of them into sin. He cautioned us to be on the alert because the Christian's adversary, the devil, is like a roaring lion.

Editor's note: This is the first recording we made with a Griffin iMic Mic/Line-In USB adapter for our recording laptop. Hopefully the audio quality will be even better than it was before.

Christmas Program 2017 - Matt Postiff

Posted December 12, 2017 | 01:28:29 | 15.19 MB |

This is the recording of our annual Christmas program, including preaching from John 6:37; Romans 10:9-10, 10:13; and Philippians 2:3-11. Many thanks to all the musicians who participated, and the men who read Scripture to us from the nativity accounts.

The Entirely Reliable Word - Matt Postiff

Posted December 12, 2017 | 00:45:03 | 7.73 MB |

In this passage, Peter gives a third reason that we should add to our faith various virtues and diligently assure ourselves of our calling and election. And that reason is the sure testimony of Scripture. It is completely certain, its interpretation cannot be privatized, and it originated from God.

Person and Work of Jesus Christ - Tom McParlan

Posted December 12, 2017 | 00:45:47 | 7.86 MB |

In this message, our teacher leads us in a study of the humanity of Jesus Christ. First we reviewed Luke 16 and 2 Peter 1 and emphasized that people must believe the Scriptures. We also learned about Jesus self-humiliation in Philippians 2:5-11.

Job, Part 6: Job's Continued Response - Matt Postiff

Posted December 7, 2017 | 00:28:48 | 4.95 MB |

In this message, we reviewed the opening verses of Job 6, and then looked at Job 6:14 through chapter 7. Job says that his friends are not being at all helpful. They are like dry streams that offer no refreshment. His sufferings are elaborated in the early verses of chapter 7, and then Job turns to address God and ask why God won't turn away his burning gaze from Job so that Job will find relief.

Job's words might be considered as sinful complaining, but I understand that Job is just telling the facts of how he feels. He is in agony, after all, so we can excuse some of his extreme ways of speaking.

Mark Chapter 2: Sins Forgiven, Sinners Called - Matt Postiff

Posted December 4, 2017 | 00:26:54 | 4.62 MB |

The Bible records here four incidents in the ministry of Jesus Christ, two of which we examined before we remember the Lord at His table. In the first pericope, the Lord healed a paralyzed man who was lowered through the rooftop. The real point of this section is not the healing, but rather the fact that Jesus indeed has power to forgive sins.

In the second section, we see that Jesus called (commanded) Levi to follow Him. Then He went to spend time with sinners in order to call them to repentance.

In this service, we also read Judges 9.

Eyewitnesses of Glory - Matt Postiff

Audio from December 3, 2017 AM | 2 Peter 1:16-18
Posted December 4, 2017 | 00:54:15 | 9.31 MB |

A large swath of the world says that Christians believe in a fantasy. God, Jesus, heaven, hell, the devil, and all the rest of it is just a made up story, just as true as any fairy tale made up by man. God is our "imaginary friend" or "big person up in the sky;" Jesus never existed, or if He did, he certainly was not as he is portrayed in the text of the New Testament. The resurrection could not have happened; nor could any of the miracles taught in the Bible, like the crossing of the Red Sea or feeding of the 5,000. The assured results of science tell us that the creation is indeed the result of evolution, and that although it had a beginning, that beginning has no supernatural implications. As clever as the Christian narrative may be, it is entirely made up.

Peter has some crucial words that attack this humanistic, unbelieving, and rebellious philosophy.

Before the reading of Genesis 12, Pastor Postiff made some extemporaneous comments relative to the hymn entitled "Joy to the World."

Remission of Sins in the Old Testament, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted December 4, 2017 | 00:40:48 | 7.01 MB |

We continued our study of how the Old Testament believer experienced forgiveness of sins, assurance of salvation, and how the animal sacrifices fit into that. This study helped us understand better and appreciate the salvation that Jesus Christ supplied to us.

Job, Part 5: Eliphaz and Job's Response - Matt Postiff

Posted December 1, 2017 | 00:27:23 | 4.70 MB |

For two chapters (4-5), Eliphaz lays into Job for his sin. Job directly challenges this conclusion in chapter 6. In the beginning of Job's response, he acknowledges that he has spoken somewhat extremely because of the extremity of his agony. Our exposition tonight ended around verse 13.

Mark Chapter 1, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted December 1, 2017 | 00:53:17 | 9.15 MB |

We continued in our study of Mark 1, looking at the matter of the kingdom of God, and the calling of Jesus on the lives of Simon, Andrew, James, and John. We thought about the idea of Jesus teaching with authority and how that was despised then as it is still today. The miracles of Jesus demonstrated the authenticity of His person and message.

Last Reminders - Matt Postiff

Posted December 1, 2017 | 00:50:21 | 8.65 MB |

Peter tells us that he is writing these words because he will soon die—and because what he has written is absolutely critical truth. Thankfully, his audience already knows and is well established in the truth of the gospel. But they, like we, need a reminder of these things.

Remission of Sins in the Old Testament - Matt Postiff

Audio from November 26, 2017 SS | Psalm 51, various
Posted December 1, 2017 | 00:36:10 | 6.21 MB |

With this message, we start a brief exploration of the extent of remission of sins for an Old Testament believer. We paused to explore the idea of the Holy Spirit potentially being taken away from David in Psalm 51:11 and saw that this connected to 1 Samuel 16:13-14.

Mark Chapter 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted November 20, 2017 | 00:43:16 | 7.43 MB |

We study the first part of Mark 1 together in order to better prepare ourselves to teach others the book. Our goal is to think through Mark so that we can be ready to share it with a non-Christian acquaintance as a way to share the gospel with them. We were reminded about the idea of the sonship of Jesus, about John's baptism, and remission of sins, and other things.

The session was interactive, so the recording is punctuated by a number of very quiet periods where an audience member is speaking. Most of these have been omitted from the recording.

Rich Entrance into the Everlasting Kingdom - Matt Postiff

Posted November 19, 2017 | 00:49:20 | 8.47 MB |

We come to Peter's second exhortation about Christian growth. The exhortation is basically to be diligent. The idea is quite similar to verse 5. There, the command was to make every effort to supplement the baseline Christian faith with a number of essential virtues. It spoke of the need to really apply ourselves with earnest commitment to the task of Christian growth. We saw that Christian teaching emphasizes our personal participation as opposed to a mystical, passive approach. Here, we are making diligent effort again, but with the final outcome more in mind than our present character development.

Doctrine of Christ, Part 2 - Tom McParlan

Posted November 19, 2017 | 00:36:38 | 6.29 MB |

Our teacher continues the study of Jesus Christ, emphasizing His divine person and the testimony of Him in the Bible and from His miraculous works. Jesus has all the characteristics of God, like omnipotence and omniscience.

The recording lost the first few minutes of the lesson, but we captured the majority of it.

Job, Part 4: Eliphaz - Matt Postiff

Posted November 18, 2017 | 00:36:54 | 6.33 MB |

We come to chapter 4, and the first of Job's friends speaks. We learn quite a bit about Eliphaz's theology and the errors in it.

Introduction of Mark - Matt Postiff

Posted November 18, 2017 | 00:45:03 | 7.73 MB |

We began by examining the related questions of how and why we should have a regular intake of God's word, and what the benefit/effect of that is. Then we began a study of Mark's gospel and focused on the requirement for salvation, being careful to distinguish forgiveness from water baptism.

The Fruitful Life - Matt Postiff

Posted November 18, 2017 | 00:56:11 | 9.65 MB |

After reading of Genesis 9, we studied two key motivations for growing in our faith.

Angels, Part 7 - James Widgeon

Posted November 18, 2017 | 00:37:50 | 6.50 MB |

In a prior session, our teacher spoke of the initial glory of Lucifer, which was marred by iniquity at some point early in the creation. Unfortunately, he is powerful and goes about like a roaring lion. He also masquerades as an angel of light.

In this session, we examine the present activities of Satan. Satan seeks to counterfeit God's program. The closer the counterfeit is to the original article, the easier it is to deceive people.

Job, Part 3 - Matt Postiff

Posted November 12, 2017 | 00:35:45 | 6.14 MB |

We considered Job's first speech and his three dark wishes: that he had never been born, that he had been stillborn, or that he would die. In either of these cases, he would be at rest and relieved from his awful misery. We thought together about why this is not the full picture and why killing oneself is not a Christian solution to the problem of suffering, although it truly expresses the feelings of a man in physical agony.

Lord's Table: When Tragedy Strikes - Matt Postiff

Posted November 6, 2017 | 00:32:56 | 5.65 MB |

Earlier today, First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX suffered the worst mass shooting in a church in modern U.S. history. We spent some time praying for the survivors and families of the dead, and spoke briefly about the problem of evil, using Job 2 as a launching point into some other texts of Scripture. We also read Judges 6 in the service.

Energetic Growth - Matt Postiff

Posted November 6, 2017 | 00:51:49 | 8.90 MB |

After reading of Genesis 8, we continued the study of 2 Peter. Our translation of verses 1:5-7 are as follows: "Now indeed, for this very reason, making every effort, exert yourselves and supply along with your faith moral excellence, with moral excellence knowledge, with knowledge self-control, with self-control perseverance, with perseverance godliness, with godliness brotherly affection, and with brotherly affection love."

What we describe in this message about striving for spiritual growth is what the normal Christian life looks like. Anything else is abnormal. If you are not prioritizing spiritual growth, you need to be. Herein is a strong exhortation for YOU to live for the Lord. Listen, and prepare for God to convict you of sin.

Doctrine of Christ, Part 1 - Tom McParlan

Audio from November 5, 2017 SS | John 8, various
Posted November 6, 2017 | 00:41:29 | 7.12 MB |

Our teacher starts a new section of study in systematic theology concerning the doctrine of Jesus Christ. A couple of the main points of this lesson include that the Lord is unique. There is no one like Him. Additionally, we addressed the question as to whether Jesus existed before He became a man in true human flesh and nature.

Job, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted November 4, 2017 | 00:28:11 | 4.84 MB |

Although the first part of our series in Job was not recorded, in this message we reviewed briefly what we went over the first session and made some other introductory comments. Then, we studied Job's second trial.

Resources for Growth - Matt Postiff

Posted November 3, 2017 | 00:49:00 | 8.41 MB |

After reading of Genesis 7, we studied 2 Peter 1:3-4. The main point of these verses is to lay out the resources that every believer possesses, by God's grace, for their spiritual growth. This resource list is the basis for the following commands to grow.

Angels, Part 6 - James Widgeon

Posted November 3, 2017 | 00:42:41 | 7.33 MB |

We continue the study of the doctrine of angels, including a review of the characteristics and present activity of Satan.

Ruth's Choices - John O'Dell

Posted November 1, 2017 | 00:50:14 | 8.63 MB |

Pastor O'Dell shows us four major choices that are found in Ruth 1: life changing ones. He mentioned that the Israelites were only partially obedient to the Lord in removing pagans from the land, and the result was devastating (see our September 3, 2017 PM message for more on this idea).

Precious Faith - Matt Postiff

Posted November 1, 2017 | 00:53:47 | 9.24 MB |

After reading in Revelation 1 and Genesis 6, we studied 2 Peter 1:1-2, regarding Peter's address to his readers. We saw that the believers to whom he is writing have the exact same precious faith that all the apostles have. They have obtained this by God's will and on the basis of the righteousness of Christ. Listen in as we uphold those truths of God and extol the God of those truths. The text teaches us that Jesus is our God and Savior, and Pastor Postiff gives some explanation as to why this is necessary to believe based on the grammar of the passage.

Angels, Part 5 - James Widgeon

Posted November 1, 2017 | 00:41:45 | 7.17 MB |

Our teacher reminded us that angels possess intelligence (1 Peter 1:12), will (Jude 6), and feelings (Luke 2:13). These beings were created by God within the space of the six-day creation. Then we continued in the study of the doctrine of angels, including some characteristics of evil angels (demons) and some actions of good angels. We were reminded that we have a powerful and deceptive adversary in the devil, but we need not cower in fear of him.

Missions Trip Report - Matt Postiff

Posted November 1, 2017 | 01:06:15 | 11.37 MB |

Pastor Postiff gave a report about his experience in Argentina and Uruguay, visiting three of our missionaries, as well as many others, and teaching to a fellowship of pastors gathered for edification and refreshment. This was not a Bible teaching service, but included lots of interesting tidbits about Pastor Postiff's trip.

Introduction to 2 Peter - Matt Postiff

Posted November 1, 2017 | 00:46:23 | 7.96 MB |

After opening prayer and reading Genesis 5, and the other un-recorded elements of our service, we started an expositional study of 2 Peter. The main body of the message is a biographical study of Peter's life. We emphasized also Peter's self-identification as a bondservant, which is a model enjoined upon us in other Scriptures.

Examine Yourself: Lord's Table - Matt Postiff

Audio from October 15, 2017 SS | 1 Corinthians 11:28
Posted November 1, 2017 | 00:23:03 | 3.96 MB |

We were reminded of the memorial and symbolic nature of the Lord's Table. But the main point of the message was to highlight that we must examine ourselves, and sometimes hold ourselves back from participating if we are not walking rightly with the Lord and our neighbors.

Cain (and Abel) - Mark Snoeberger

Posted October 28, 2017 | 00:43:48 | 7.52 MB |

Dr. Snoeberger takes us through Genesis 4, showing how it is not just a story teaching the immorality of murder, with a few odds and ends tacked on to the end of the chapter. Rather, it is the account of how God was merciful to a murderer, and how God used a growing but sinful human race to begin to create a civil society in which His purposes would move forward.

Quick to Hear the Word - Bruce Compton

Posted October 28, 2017 | 00:39:43 | 6.82 MB |

After reading of Genesis 3, Dr. Bruce Compton preached from James 1:19-21. The message was about the vital importance of God's Word in the life of the redeemed in the services of the local church. This is an excellent exegesis and application of the text of James 1 that we commend to you for your growth in the faith.

Future messages will cover verses 22-25 (to be doers of the word) and verses 26-27 (to demonstrate our obedience in our worship and service for God).

Psalm 23: David's Shepherd Psalm - Tom McParlan

Posted October 25, 2017 | 00:43:22 | 7.45 MB |

Perhaps the most well-known portion of the Bible by both believers and unbelievers alike, this Psalm reads like beautiful music. Our teacher ties the Psalm to John 10 and the Lord Jesus Christ, the Great Shepherd. The most important thing is not to know where the sustenance and care is located, but to be near the shepherd, who will take care of your every need.

The believer need not fear the shadow of death because His Shepherd is Jesus Christ.

Angels, Part 4 - James Widgeon

Posted October 21, 2017 | 00:41:06 | 7.06 MB |

Our teacher returns to the study that we last worked on September 3, 2017. Our studied reviewed Lucifer, the broad number of ministries of angels, including serving the Lord Jesus Christ during His life and at His resurrection. Angels carried the beggar's soul to heaven, and angels helped Peter escape from prison.

Missions to India - Saji Pappu Thannikottil

Posted September 25, 2017 | 01:11:18 | 12.24 MB |

Our missionary guest challenges us to personally be involved in proclaiming the gospel to others--both individually and as a church family together. You will learn some interesting information about the spiritual needs of India in this message.

Ministering to Unrepentant Members, Part 4 - Matt Postiff

Audio from September 24, 2017 AM | 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15
Posted September 25, 2017 | 00:53:35 | 9.20 MB |

In this message, we extend our understanding of how the church should address sin in its midst by examining 2 Thessalonians 3 and the problems of disorderliness and laziness that had come into the Thessalonian church. We began the sermon on a different note--a note of encouragement from Deuteronomy 31 and Joshua 1.

What is Truth? - Tom McParlan

Posted September 25, 2017 | 00:45:30 | 7.81 MB |

Our teacher continued with his thought from last time--about the knowledge of the truth. What was left undefined in that lesson was truth itself. He defined the term from Scripture and connected the degradation in our culture to the society's abandonment of truth.

Daniel Widgeon Memorial Service - Various

Posted September 21, 2017 | 01:38:44 | 16.95 MB |

Our church family joined the Widgeons in their grief during the service that you will listen to in this recording.

Ministering to Unrepentant Members, Part 3 - Matt Postiff

Posted September 21, 2017 | 00:55:30 | 9.53 MB |

After reading of Judges 4, the message examined the remaining 8 verses of 1 Corinthians 5, addressing how the church will be ruined if it does not practice church discipline, and how the church should relate to both unbelievers and professing believers who have been removed from the church. We also addressed questions about how to interact with unbelievers for the purpose of ministry, what to do about people who refuse to become members but who should be under the accountability ministry of the church, whether the church can remove someone for reasons other than unrepentant sinful behavior, and how a sinning pastor should be treated. Pastor Postiff also explained why a pastor should be a member of the church first before he is called to the pastoral office. There should never be an elder, pastor, or deacon who is a non-member.

The Love Imperative - Matt Postiff

Audio from September 17, 2017 AM | 1 Corinthians 13:1-8
Posted September 18, 2017 | 00:16:24 | 2.82 MB |

The second part of this morning's two-part series concerns 1 Corinthians 13 and the imperative of Christian love. This is a very practical message that concerns our love for our spouse, children, parents, church, enemies, and all our neighbors.

Who is Jesus? - Matt Postiff

Posted September 18, 2017 | 00:40:58 | 7.03 MB |

We started the public reading of Genesis 1 in this service. Then, Pastor Postiff gave a two-part sermon, of which this is the first. In it, the question we seek to answer is, "Who is Jesus?" The answer emphasizes the deity of Christ. We studied 30 assertions given in the Bible referring to the fact that Jesus is indeed God, who came in the flesh.

Ministering to Unrepentant Members, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted September 18, 2017 | 00:41:11 | 7.07 MB |

In this message, we discussed the first five verses of 1 Corinthians 5, addressing specifically these issues: the foundations of God's holiness and church membership; that the sin in consideration needs to be a clear violation of Scripture; that the church must have a proper attitude about sin; and finally that the unrepentant member must be removed from the church. The member must be removed by the corporate body.

Ministering to Unrepentant Members, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted September 18, 2017 | 00:55:47 | 9.58 MB |

We read Judges 3, and then began a study of the matter of "church discipline" or "how to deal with sin in the church." We started out by thinking about how to avoid sin in the first place--both individually and corporately. And then we began a study of Matthew 18:15-20.

Building on the Rock - Matt Postiff

Audio from September 10, 2017 AM | Matthew 7:24-27, Luke 6:46-49
Posted September 18, 2017 | 00:44:37 | 7.66 MB |

After reading of Proverbs 31, Pastor Postiff appealed to the church to pray fervently in light of some of the trials that we have experienced of late. We then studied the truth that there are two possible foundations that our lives can be built upon. There are two builders, two foundations, and two very different results. One life ends in standing firm; the other in complete destruction.

Obeying Jesus is like building a good foundation. Not heeding Jesus is like building on no foundation. It is stupid to build a house without a foundation. In the same way, it is foolish to build a life without Jesus. Life may look similar with or without a foundation for a while, but when the real difficulties come, the foundation shows its worth. When judgment arrives, then the strong foundation is needed.

As much as our human nature does not like to be told what to do, we have to learn to graciously be able to come, hear, and do what Jesus says. It is not only the safe way; it is the only way!

Knowledge of the Truth - Tom McParlan

Posted September 18, 2017 | 00:44:57 | 7.72 MB |

In light of the spiritual battle in which Christians find themselves, our teacher points us to the truth in the Bible. The Apostle John used the word truth 38 times. The battle really is over the truth. We examined a number of passages regarding this idea of truth. Some were read by audience members so are hard to hear, but please take the time to look them up at home.

Full Cleansing - Matt Postiff

Posted September 9, 2017 | 00:31:49 | 5.46 MB |

For the Lord's Table service Pastor Postiff took us to Judges 1-2. Using the example of the incomplete obedience of the Israelites, we were reminded of the need of complete cleansing from sin and total obedience to the Lord.

Forgiveness, Self-Denial, and Love - Matt Postiff

Posted September 8, 2017 | 00:47:40 | 8.18 MB |

I this "odds 'n ends" message, we study some very important issues for the Christian's interpersonal interactions. Ever had trouble forgiving someone in your life? Or denying yourself--which in one way is at the core of the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Angels, Part 3 - James Widgeon

Posted September 8, 2017 | 00:40:04 | 6.88 MB |

We were reminded of several key facts about angels, including that they were created by God and are ministers for God and for those who will inherit salvation. We also learned about the origin of Satan from the angelic being called Lucifer. We also studied the Angel of the Lord.

More about Dispensationalism - Matt Postiff

Posted September 8, 2017 | 00:49:53 | 8.56 MB |

Service opened with the reading of Joel 3. We considered the judgment of the nations referenced there. We dealt with Joel 2 and the question about its fulfillment in Acts 2. We also discussed various systems of theology and how best we can understand the big picture of God's program.

Parable of Delay in the Kingdom - Matt Postiff

Posted September 8, 2017 | 00:52:16 | 8.97 MB |

After reading Proverbs 29, we studied what is traditionally called the parable of the minas. However, the real point of the parable is to teach that there is going to be a delay in the coming of the kingdom. During the delay, the king's servants are to be busy carrying out their responsibilities. This is critical because the king will return and evaluate his servants for their faithfulness in carrying out their (religious) duties.

My Sin Exchanged for Jesus' Righteousness - Tom McParlan

Audio from August 27, 2017 SS | 2 Corinthians 5:21
Posted September 8, 2017 | 00:52:17 | 8.98 MB |

After asking the audience for their favorite verses in the New Testament, Tom leads us in a study of 2 Corinthians 5:21, along with other texts such as in Philippians 2:5-11.

James Carnes Memorial Service - Matt Postiff

Posted September 7, 2017 | 01:34:35 | 16.24 MB |

This recording captures the entire memorial service of Jim Carnes, the father of one of our church's deacons. Fast forward to 59:25 to hear the gospel message from 1 Corinthians 15 and other passages. There, you will hear a compelling case for Christianity through the vehicle of three common objections to the faith.

Final Verses of 1 John - Matt Postiff

Posted September 7, 2017 | 00:46:21 | 7.96 MB |

After reading Joel 2, Pastor Postiff discussed the matter of what happens to people who die today--where they are, whether they have a body in heaven, what heaven is like and what the new heaven and new earth will be like, etc. Then we finished out our study of 1 John 5:16-21.

The Rapture - Matt Postiff

Audio from August 20, 2017 AM | 1 Thess. 4:13-18, etc.
Posted September 7, 2017 | 00:56:25 | 9.69 MB |

After the reading of Proverbs 28, Pastor Postiff takes us through the key passages in Scripture that teach the rapture.

The Biblical Doctrine of Angels - James Widgeon

Posted September 7, 2017 | 00:37:36 | 6.45 MB |

Our teacher returns to his study on the doctrine of angels, including their creation, their personality, some of their functions, the origin of demons, and other things.

Bible Questions and Answers - Matt Postiff

Posted August 15, 2017 | 00:47:13 | 8.11 MB |

After reading of Joel, we covered some Bible questions. As a result, there are some portions of the recording that are hard to hear as the audience participates.

Some of the questions were: What happened to the Nazirites in Lamentations 4:7-8--or is that the correct rendering? In relation to Matthew 13:11, is this a judicial hardening? How many anointings did Jesus receive on his head or feet by a woman, particularly in the passion week? Did Satan win when Job began to question God?

Parable of the Lost Sons - Matt Postiff

Posted August 15, 2017 | 00:51:36 | 8.86 MB |

The 15th chapter of Luke's gospel records three parables: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son. Actually, there are two lost sons in the parable. The younger one comes to his senses and repents of his sin; the older one is a picture of the Pharisees, who did not repent.

Peter and Judas - Tom McParlan

Posted August 15, 2017 | 00:42:59 | 7.38 MB |

Our teacher was redirected to this topic during his studies on the doctrine of man. He was struck at how both Peter and Judas were with Jesus, yet both betrayed Him in different ways. The question that we thought about was this: what was the difference between them? One ended up in suicide; the other ended as a saint. Both had feelings of guilt after they betrayed Jesus. The difference was that one loved the Lord, and the other hated Him.

Praying with Confidence - Matt Postiff

Audio from August 6, 2017 PM | 1 John 5:14-17
Posted August 15, 2017 | 00:31:10 | 5.35 MB |

Prior to our remembrance of the Lord's Table, we were encouraged in this message to pray confidently according to God's will. We must pray with clean hearts--both the person praying and the person prayed for must not be walking in sin before God.

A problem arose in verse 16 with the so-called "sin unto death." We examined this verse carefully, and concluded that the death is physical death and that the sin is done by a professing believer. Listen in to learn more!

Parables of Dragnet and Blind Leading the Blind - Matt Postiff

Audio from August 6, 2017 AM | Matthew 13:47-50, Luke 6:39-42
Posted August 15, 2017 | 00:48:03 | 8.25 MB |

The "church" today has a lot of blind guides. Whole denominations and congregations are led into an eternal ditch from which there is no return by leaders who don't know the gospel, don't know Christ, don't know God, and cannot see spiritual truth. They preach a "feel-good gospel" or a "prosperity gospel" or a "self-help/therapeutic gospel" but not the gospel of Jesus Christ. These are ensuring that many will remain as bad fish and will face the judgment described in the parable of the dragnet.

Lord, please help us to do everything we can in order to see clearly, and to save people!

The World of Angels - James Widgeon

Posted August 15, 2017 | 00:40:23 | 6.94 MB |

The Bible is the one and only reliable source that explains about angels. 34 books in the Bible speak of them. An angel is a finite spirit being created by God in the opening moments of the creation week. The company of angels is large. Some of the angels revolted against God and became what is known today as "demons" or "fallen angels." The chief of the fallen angels is Satan, also known as the Devil or Lucifer. Very few angels are named, namely Michael and Gabriel.

Whence Salvation Assurance? - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 30, 2017 PM | 1 John 5:9-13
Posted August 2, 2017 | 00:22:46 | 3.91 MB |

We read Hosea 13 and shared testimonies about the Art Fair. Then we studied more in 1 John 5 where John makes it clear why he has written to his friends, so that they might be assured of their salvation.

Parable of the Old and New - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 30, 2017 | Matthew 9:16-17, Mark 2:21-22, Luke 5:36-39, and Matthew 13:51-52
Posted August 2, 2017 | 01:01:52 | 10.62 MB |

After reading Proverbs 25, we studied several related passages having to do with a concept we referred to as "the old and new." The illustrations that Jesus use have to do with new and old fabric, new and old wineskins, and new and old things from a collector's storehouse.

How can we apply this old/new teaching? Each of us should be equally adept at bringing out truth from the Old Covenant as well as from the New Covenant. We should be able to talk about the 10 commandments and the lessons learned in Israelite history, as well as the teachings of Jesus and the apostles. We must recognize that some of the new modifies or replaces the old; that some people will not immediately take to the new; and that the two have to be carefully distinguished lest we create a system that ends up destroying more than it helps. Being able to properly handle both old and new should give us a level of joy like the collector who shows off both kinds of things.

Church Discipline Introduction - Matt Postiff

Posted August 2, 2017 | 00:43:30 | 7.47 MB |

We begin examining the subject of church discipline by touching on the process of discipline, the kind of problems that initiate it, and the authority of the church to exercise discipline, even to the removal of a member.

Parable of the Unprofitable Servant - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 23, 2017 | Luke 17:7-10
Posted July 27, 2017 | 00:46:22 | 7.96 MB |

After reading of Proverbs 24, Pastor Postiff preached on the short parable of the unprofitable servant. We learned that it focuses our attention on humble service for God. We must not be self-congratulatory, or expect profuse thanks for that work which we are supposed to do. We examined what the Christian's responsibilities are and how we should be doing all of them, regardless of any charges of legalism.

We spent a few minutes thinking about the example of the master who did not show gratitude, and how as Christians we should not be like that. Rather, the Lord was simply using a common practice in the current culture to illustrate His point.

Heresy of Baptismal Regeneration - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 23, 2017 SS | Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21
Posted July 27, 2017 | 00:30:39 | 5.26 MB |

Pastor Postiff extemporaneously led a study of the matter of baptismal regeneration, which was proclaimed by several visitors at our booth at the Ann Arbor Art Fair. In this message, you will gain insight into how to address this false teaching using Scripture.

Study of 1 John 5, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted July 22, 2017 | 00:40:25 | 6.94 MB |

After reading of Hosea 12 and sharing of some testimonies, we studied the opening verses of 1 John 5. This section speaks about the love of God and keeping His commandments as well as the famous Comma Johanneum.

Parable of the Unjust Steward - Matt Postiff

Posted July 22, 2017 | 00:48:45 | 8.37 MB |

After reading Proverbs 23, we learned some lessons from the parable of the unjust steward: 1. Believers in Christ need to be astute. 2. We must use temporal money to win people to the Lord eternally. 3. We must exhibit faithfulness in small things. 4. We cannot serve God and money--we have to choose one or the other.

Review of the Attributes of God - Mal Borden

Posted July 20, 2017 | 00:46:11 | 7.93 MB |

For his last message with Fellowship Bible Church, Pastor Mal Borden taught an overview of the attributes of God that he had been working through the last few weeks.

The Love of God - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 9, 2017 PM | 1 John 4:15-21
Posted July 10, 2017 | 00:37:03 | 6.36 MB |

After reading of Hosea 11, we studied the last 7 verses of 1 John 4, concerning our love for God, God's love for us, and how that love pushes out fear regarding the matter of judgment. We saw an interesting translation issue at 4:17 where a phrase "in this" points backward to verse 16 (contrary to the NKJV), instead of forward to the remainder of verse 17.

Parables about Banquets - Matt Postiff

Posted July 10, 2017 | 00:41:27 | 7.12 MB |

We studied two parables under the headings of "Parables about Banquets" because the parables have to do with how to select a seat a feast, how to give an invitation to a feast, and how to respond to the invitation to the feast in the kingdom of God. One of the pointed applications of this message is that we must not make weak excuses about our relationship with God.

Praise of God from Psalm 103 - Tom McParlan

Posted July 10, 2017 | 00:42:51 | 7.36 MB |

Our teacher once again takes us to Psalm 139 and then Psalm 103. The knowledge of God is extolled by the Psalmist, as well as His omnipresence and almighty power. We remember that the Word of God is powerful and saves our souls. God is praised, and many reasons are given as to why that praise is justified, including God's attributes and God's amazing actions. A number of other passages are addressed.

Introduction to the Bible, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted July 5, 2017 | 00:53:15 | 9.14 MB |

In this session, our goal was to consider one question: "Is the Bible True?" How do we know that we have an accurate rendition of the original text? How do we come to a level of certainty within ourselves about the truth of the Bible.

We also examined some key claims of several other religious books in order to compare and contrast them to the Bible.

References

Introduction to the Bible (pdf)

Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus - Luke 16:19-31

Posted July 5, 2017 | 00:46:32 | 7.99 MB |

After reading Proverbs 21, we learned the story of two men and a book. Actually it is a lot more than that. This story has one main point and several sub-points that we can learn from.

There is debate as to whether this is a parable or the report of an actual occurrence. I take it to be a parable, but one that is so reflective of real life that it may be like a historical fiction where just the names have been changed to protect the innocent (or guilty). In any case, the story is so effective that it transports us right into the events so it might as well be real for us, because in effect it will be real for every human someday.

There are a couple of interesting points about the rich man. He was in Hades. He proves that misery in fact does not love company. Also, we learn that he is very interested in evangelism, to call his living brothers to repentance. But he cannot go back to the land of the living. He learns that the Scriptures are a sufficient witness to those who are alive--the very book that he rejected while he was alive.

Finally, Pastor Postiff addresses the idea of power evangelism, which is explicitly refuted by this parable.

Lord's Table: 1 John 4:12-16 - Matt Postiff

Posted July 5, 2017 | 00:24:23 | 4.19 MB |

We studied more about how God shows Himself to the world through the love of Christians. We investigated the Holy Spirit's indwelling in believers, and the Christian's testimony that God the Father sent God the Son as Savior of the world.

Idols of the Heart - John O'Dell

Posted July 4, 2017 | 00:41:14 | 7.08 MB |

After reading of John 15, Pastor John O'Dell spoke to the church from John 15:11 on Christian joy and from Ezekiel 14 about heart idols. He ties the two ideas together at the end of the sermon.

True Discipleship - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 25, 2017 AM | Luke 14:25-35
Posted July 4, 2017 | 00:49:10 | 8.44 MB |

This passage has to do with the cost of Christian discipleship. Being a disciple is the same as being a true believer in Christ. It is the same as being a follower of Christ, a student of Jesus. Early in the NT, the word disciple described anyone who was "hanging around" Jesus, perhaps following Him as He taught. But it became clear as time passed that there were some false disciples (John 6:66). The most common use of the term has to do with the 12 disciples of Jesus. In Acts 6:1 and 14:22 (among others), the word means the exact same thing as a believer or Christian. The disciples were first called Christians at Antioch (Acts 11:26).

There is an error that has been circulating among some evangelicals, namely the teaching that not every believer is a disciple. They suggest that someone can become a believer through mental assent to the facts of the gospel, and although they should go on and become committed as a disciple, many do not do so. They feel it is no big deal—the person is saved and assured of heaven. But Peter denied being a disciple (John 18:17, 25-27), and it is unimaginable that in his deep grief he would have consoled himself by saying he was still a believer and everything was fine. No! His denial was at the core of what it meant for him to be a follower of Jesus.

The 103rd Psalm - Tom McParlan

Posted July 3, 2017 | 00:44:50 | 7.70 MB |

Brother McParlan reminds us of the steadfast love of God in its many manifestations in Psalm 103. We were reminded that we believe in a God-revealed "religion," not a man-made one.

Love comes from God - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 18, 2017 PM | 1 John 4:7-12
Posted June 20, 2017 | 00:44:58 | 7.72 MB |

Our studies in 1 John have brought us to chapter 4:7 at which we learn that love is of God. God regenerates the believer, resides in the believer, and pours out His love in the believer. This love is manifested toward other people. A person without love therefore gives evidence that they have not been born of God.

Parable of the Fig Trees - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 18, 2017 AM | Matthew 21:12-22
Posted June 20, 2017 | 00:42:10 | 7.24 MB |

There are at least three places in the gospels where the Jesus uses the fig tree as an illustration. Matthew and Mark are parallel passages, and Luke records another illustration that uses the fig tree.

These events occurred at the beginning of the "Passion Week," just after the triumphal entry and just prior to the chief priests, scribes, and elders asking the question about where Jesus got His authority. Matthew and Mark record the same events about the fig tree, driving out the traders from the temple, and the teaching about prayer. But the order of their records is different.

We learned three key truths in this message: 1. The church is for worship, prayer, and service to others—it is not for merchandise or entertainment. 2. A barren tree reminds you to live a fruitful life so as to have a good judgment. 3. Our prayers can be powerful, but they have to be righteous first.

Attributes of God in Psalm 103 - Mal Borden

Posted June 20, 2017 | 00:41:16 | 7.09 MB |

Our teacher reads through and teaches from Psalm 103 about what God is like, emphasizing God as the Christian's Father.

Introduction to the Bible, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted June 17, 2017 | 01:07:55 | 11.66 MB |

Pastor Postiff introduces the Bible in part 1 of our anticipated series of lessons on the basics of the Bible. Click the link above called "Audio from June 11, 2017 PM."

References

Introduction to the Bible (pdf)

Organization of the Bible (slides, pdf)

The Bible Summarized in Three Pages and in PDF.

Parable of the Rich Fool - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 11, 2017 AM | Luke 12:13-21
Posted June 17, 2017 | 00:51:13 | 8.79 MB |

This message is about wise use of the resources that God has given to us, particularly in retirement.

The quote, “He who dies with the most toys wins” has been attributed to Malcolm Forbes, a millionaire who lived a lavish and ungodly lifestyle. He had a net worth of hundreds of millions of dollars at his death in 1990. For this message, I have chosen to use him as a foil—a contrast to the kind of person the Lord Jesus wants us to be.

Said another way, Forbes is a modern example of the kind of person that Jesus rebukes in the parable, the fool whose soul was required of him in a day, and his vast wealth could not save him. “Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.” (Prov. 11:4 NIV)

Psalm 19 - Tom McParlan

Posted June 17, 2017 | 00:45:06 | 7.74 MB |

This morning, we studied a companion to Psalm 139, namely Psalm 19. In it, King David further exhibits his profound understanding of God and His attributes, like omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence. We were reminded that God never changes, no matter what, when, or where, or how we view Him. We also see some of the lessons learned in Psalm 19 mirrored in the New Testament.

Lord's Table: 1 John 4 - Matt Postiff

Posted June 12, 2017 | 00:35:33 | 6.10 MB |

Subsequent to reading Hosea 8, Pastor Postiff shares from 1 John 4:4-7. The church shared the Lord's Table after these words.

Praise God for What He Has Done! - David Flinck

Audio from June 4, 2017 AM | Exodus 15:1-18
Posted June 12, 2017 | 00:41:51 | 7.19 MB |

Missionary David Flinck's message from Exodus 15 is this: our response to what God has done and who He is should be spontaneous praise and worship. Moses praises God for several of His attributes.

Missionary Update: David Flinck - David Flinck

Posted June 12, 2017 | 00:34:52 | 5.99 MB |

Missionary David Flinck shared with the church about their ministry. A lot has happened in Antofagasta since they were last in Ann Arbor in April 2013, and his report was very encouraging.

1 John 4:1-3 - Matt Postiff

Posted May 31, 2017 | 00:43:45 | 7.51 MB |

After reading Hosea 6 and 7, we studied more in 1 John, particularly in the opening verses of chapter 4. This passage focuses on false prophets and how to identify them.

Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector - Matt Postiff

Posted May 31, 2017 | 00:44:39 | 7.67 MB |

The point of this parable is to confront people who trust in themselves, who think that they are righteousness, and who look down upon others. The model for us is the repentant tax collector who was deeply remorseful over his sin.

Psalm 139 - Tom McParlan

Posted May 30, 2017 | 00:38:59 | 6.69 MB |

Church member Tom McParlan starts us into a study of the 139th Psalm. In it, we learned about several attributes of God including his omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence. Several audience members participated as well (hard to hear on the recording).

Love for Brothers, and Questions and Answers - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 14, 2017 PM | 1 John 3:22-24, Various
Posted May 19, 2017 | 00:54:00 | 9.27 MB |

We completed our study of 1 John 3 with a brief exposition of verses 22-24, including some very important thoughts on the presence and ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. Then we ventured into extemporaneous territory with questions from the audience and answers from Pastor Postiff. Questions included whether a woman should be a pastor, if there are levels of inspiration, the identity of the sons of God and giants in Genesis 6, the teaching of women in the church, single women missionaries.

Parable of the Persistent Widow - Matt Postiff

Posted May 19, 2017 | 00:53:27 | 9.18 MB |

This is somewhat of a unique parable, because the lesson is given plainly and up front: people have an obligation to pray, and not to give up. That obligation is set upon the certainty that our God is far better than any unjust judge and will hear and answer believing prayer.

The prior verses, in chapter 17, speak about the second coming of Jesus, the Son of Man. There will be a time of sudden judgment like in the days of Noah and Lot, in which people will be taken away in judgment. Jesus' words about prayer are colored by this context.

The Blessing of the Rapture - Mal Borden

Posted May 17, 2017 | 00:37:18 | 6.40 MB |

Although Pastor Borden was pushing through a hoarse voice, he taught our Sunday school Bible study on the resurrection of the believer and the rapture of the church. These are wonderful consequences of the first-fruits resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Love for Brothers - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 7, 2017 PM | 1 John 3:10-21
Posted May 14, 2017 | 00:35:14 | 6.05 MB |

Love for our brothers is connected to our own personal assurance of salvation. Listen in as we study more in the second half of 1 John chapter 3.

Parable of the Persistent Friend - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 7, 2017 AM | Luke 11:1-13
Posted May 13, 2017 | 00:52:13 | 8.96 MB |

You may feel sometimes like the disciples of Jesus, or the disciples of John the Baptist—they wanted to learn how to pray. They felt like they did not know properly how to do that. Jesus teaches us how to pray in Luke 11.

The Essential Doctrine of the Resurrection of Jesus - James Widgeon

Posted May 13, 2017 | 00:39:50 | 6.84 MB |

Without the resurrection of Christ, there would be no hope of eternal life for any person. Last time, we saw that the Bible is a reliable source of information on the resurrection. In this session, we continued our study of the resurrection of Christ.

Parable of the Good Samaritan - Matt Postiff

Posted April 30, 2017 | 00:51:14 | 8.80 MB |

We read Proverbs 12. Then we learned that Jesus draws in his audience again with a story. This time, the parable is about a man robbed and beaten, left for dead, ignored by a couple of religious people, and then compassionately treated by a Samaritan. The lesson is that we are to love as neighbors even those to whom we may not want to apply that command. But the problem is that we cannot do that perfectly, so we need Christ to wash us and help us live like He would have us to do.

Note however that the lawyer had all the right answers but was not a saved individual--he tested the Lord and wanted to justify himself.

Eyewitnesses of Jesus After His Resurrection - James Widgeon

Audio from April 30, 2017 SS | John 2, 10, various
Posted April 30, 2017 | 00:35:53 | 6.16 MB |

We have a reliable historical document in the Bible. We also need to keep in mind three things. When speaking of Jesus, we are talking about a real person. Second, this person actually died by being crucified. Third, we emphasized that he actually rose up from the dead. Giving up on any one of these facts causes the whole structure of Christianity to collapse.

Some other proofs are mentioned regarding the crucifixion and resurrection, including the very words of Jesus who predicted his own crucifixion. These events were also eye-witnessed by many people. These witnesses were, by all accounts, very credible.

The Test of Loving One's Brother - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 23, 2017 PM | 1 John 3:10-24
Posted April 28, 2017 | 00:34:50 | 5.98 MB |

The Apostle John reminds us that we must love our brothers, that is, if our lives give evidence that we have been born of God. The unrighteous world hates the believer, and this sets them apart from Christians.

Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 23, 2017 AM | Matthew 25:1-13
Posted April 28, 2017 | 00:53:26 | 9.17 MB |

After reviewing the outline of Matthew's gospel, we studied about the parable of the wise and foolish young ladies. The main point of the parable is to be ready for the Lord's return, because after He comes back, if you do not believe in Him, you will be locked out of the kingdom of heaven.

Please pardon the audio quality. There was some significant distortion/clipping at quite a few points in the sermon. We will make adjustments for next time!

The Resurrected Savior - James Widgeon

Posted April 28, 2017 | 00:36:16 | 6.23 MB |

Our teacher reminds us of the central doctrine of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We had already established that Christ lived, and that He died; now the question before us regards His resurrection. Jesus Himself predicted the resurrection, and the evidence shows that it came to pass.

The Believer and Sin - Matt Postiff

Posted April 19, 2017 | 00:39:32 | 6.79 MB |

John teaches us that a believer does not and cannot live in a habitual pattern of sin. We examine this idea with a careful look at the tenses of the verbs that he uses.

Easter Sunday: The Glorious King - Matt Postiff

Posted April 19, 2017 | 00:45:56 | 7.89 MB |

After reviewing the crucified King and the risen King, we went through a summary of his ministry, death, burial, and resurrection. We used Peter's sermons in Acts 2-5 and 10 as an outline for our message.

Sunrise Service: The Risen King - Matt Postiff

Posted April 19, 2017 | 00:27:09 | 4.66 MB |

King Jesus arose from the dead. The resurrection of Christ is at the core of Christian preaching, being an eyewitness of it is a basic qualification for an apostle, it is the content of our faith, it declares Jesus to be the Son of God in power, it guarantees our own resurrection from the dead, it effects our regeneration, guarantees our justification, and demonstrates the kind of power that is at work in the believer. It also permits Jesus to assume the throne of David as a living king.

Good Friday: The Crucified King - Matt Postiff

Posted April 17, 2017 | 00:45:19 | 7.78 MB |

We read through and comment on Matthew 26-27 to review what happened with the Lord Jesus Christ as He was betrayed and crucified. We especially noted the charges made against Jesus--that He was the king of the Jews. Jesus was not killed for what He did; rather He was killed for Who He was. But in addition, He was killed for what YOU did.

Abiding in Christ - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 9, 2017 PM | 1 John 2:25-29
Posted April 17, 2017 | 00:39:22 | 6.76 MB |

After reading Matthew 28, we learned about abiding in Christ so that we will have confidence and not be ashamed before Him when He comes back.

The Two Debtors - Matt Postiff

Posted April 17, 2017 | 00:51:09 | 8.78 MB |

After reading of Proverbs 10, we studied the account of a woman who wept over Jesus because of her sin. We saw some important things about the extent of forgiveness, love for God, faith, repentance, and the omniscience of Christ. Importantly, we saw that saving faith can be exercised before saying a single word!

The Bodily Resurrection of Christ - James Widgeon

Posted April 16, 2017 | 00:42:27 | 7.29 MB |

Our teacher lays a foundation for the doctrine of resurrection on the inspiration of Scripture. Then we examine the death of Christ and see that it was a true and real death, followed by a real resurrection in His body.

Missions Report: Tim Goossen - Tim Goossen

Audio from April 2, 2017 PM | Matthew 20:1-16
Posted April 7, 2017 | 00:52:39 | 9.18 MB |

After reading Matthew 27, missionary Tim Goossen returned to the pulpit this evening to update the church on the work their family is involved in. Then he taught us from Matthew 20:1-16.

Abraham's Test - Tim Goossen

Posted April 7, 2017 | 00:53:51 | 9.25 MB |

Missionary Tim Goossen preached on the familiar text in Genesis 22 about Abraham offering his son Isaac to God. The testing of Abraham helped us to see how God uses tests in our lives to help us to worship Him more fully, and sacrifice for Him more completely.

Lord's Table: Bi-Directional Abiding - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 2, 2017 SS | 1 John 2:18-25
Posted April 7, 2017 | 00:23:06 | 3.97 MB |

For the Lord's Table meditation this morning, we turned attention once again to 1 John 2. After review what we studied before, we looked at 2:18-25.

Many Antichrists - Matt Postiff

Posted April 6, 2017 | 00:44:31 | 7.73 MB |

Our study took us through the portion of 1 John 2 that deals with the last hour, antichrists, the Antichrist, apostasy, and the anointing that each Christian has by the Holy Spirit.

The Parable of the Growing Seed - Matt Postiff

Posted April 6, 2017 | 00:44:05 | 7.57 MB |

The parable is about how a farmer plants and harvests a crop. The meaning has to do with the kingdom of God, namely that there is a process of growth to the kingdom instead of a "big bang" entrance to it. Does this parable refer to the individual person who is impacted by the kingdom’s teaching? Or does it refer to the entire kingdom program from beginning to end? Since the growth process is "organic" I believe that both the individual growth process and the corporate growth process are analogous. The parable can help us understand both at the same time.

The Doctrine of Inspiration - Mal Borden

Audio from March 26, 2017 SS | 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Posted March 28, 2017 | 00:40:14 | 6.91 MB |

In this lesson, we look at the doctrine of the inspiration of Scripture. We noted some key features of inspiration, including that Scripture was not produced by dictation (at least in many places), and that it was superintended in every way by the Holy Spirit to ensure that the words of the Bible are God's very words. Literal, grammatical, and historical interpretation are important principles brought out, and the proper handling of figures of speech and the like. Key passages are 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and 2 Peter 1:20-21.

Do Not Love the World - Matt Postiff

Audio from March 19, 2017 PM | 1 John 2:15-17
Posted March 24, 2017 | 00:38:54 | 6.68 MB |

After reading of Matthew 25, we continue our study of 1 John 2, reviewing three tests of eternal life, and focusing on verses 15 to 17 to see whether we love God or the world. The Bible is very straightforward here about the requirement of a believer to avoid loving the world. We then spent some time considering the nature of Biblical commands and evidences to see just how we should think about them.

Parables of the Lamps - Matt Postiff

Posted March 24, 2017 | 00:54:31 | 9.36 MB |

This message treats a number of related parables about lamps--Matthew 5:14-16, Matthew 6:22-23, and Mark 4:21-25 and their parallels. In the first parable, believers are likened to lamps; the eye is a lamp; and the message of Christ is a lamp.

The Doctrine of Revelation - Mal Borden

Posted March 24, 2017 | 00:46:42 | 8.02 MB |

In this lesson, we examine the doctrine of general revelation and special revelation with special attention given to the case of the gentile Cornelius.

Loving your Brother - Matt Postiff

Posted March 24, 2017 | 00:28:48 | 4.95 MB |

After reading Matthew 24, we examined 1 John 2 again, specifically verses 9-14. The test of love for one's brother is put by John very straightforwardly. We also learned about how John wrote to the believers and recognized different levels of sanctification and maturity among them.

Parable of the Talents - Matt Postiff

Audio from March 12, 2017 AM | Matthew 25:14-30
Posted March 23, 2017 | 00:51:02 | 8.76 MB |

After reading of Proverbs 6, Pastor Postiff taught the parable of the talents. We saw that the future is bright for those who are diligent in their service for Christ. On the other hand, those who do not serve the Lord face a fearful judgment. We have a tremendous set of resources to manage in this world, and God expects us to make the best use of these for His purposes. Those who are faithful over a few things will be charged with responsibility over many things.

Peter's Principles - Mal Borden

Posted March 23, 2017 | 00:38:19 | 6.58 MB |

In 1 Peter 1:1-4, Peter condenses what Paul says in many other places, particularly Romans 1-12. Then he speaks about key virtues that we must develop in our Christian life. He took pains to ensure that we would have these things in permanent written form so that we would be able to live for God successfully, without stumbling. Unlike the failure principle made famous by Laurence J. Peter, the apostle Peter gives us a principle by which we can succeed as Christians!

The Old and New Commandment - Matt Postiff

Posted March 16, 2017 | 00:39:51 | 6.84 MB |

After reading Matthew 23, we discussed the evidence of abiding in Christ, discipleship and salvation (a key text: Acts 11:26). Then we gave special attention to 1 John 2:7-8 to understand the old new commandment. Listen in and you will see what is meant by "old new."

The Parable of the Ready, Faithful, and Wise Servants - Matt Postiff

Audio from March 5, 2017 AM | Luke 12:35-48
Posted March 16, 2017 | 00:47:15 | 8.11 MB |

The emphasis of this message is not on the suddenness of Christ’s return (we covered that last time), but rather upon our actions, attitude and demeanor as we await His imminent coming. The fact of it is sure; now what do we do about it?

Filling of the Spirit, Part 3 - Mal Borden

Posted March 6, 2017 | 00:44:12 | 7.59 MB |

We continued a study of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, particularly concerning the filling of the Spirit.

The Test of Obedience - Matt Postiff

Posted March 4, 2017 | 00:48:44 | 8.37 MB |

After reading Matthew 22, we reviewed 1 John 1:5-10 and 2:1-2, and then moved into a study of 2:3-6 regarding obedience to the commands of God. If we keep God's commands, that helps assure us of our salvation. We studied the doctrine of assurance in some depth, so if you think you have been saved but are struggling with being certain about that fact, you will want to listen, particularly toward the later 1/3 of the message.

Parable of the Blooming Fig Tree - Matt Postiff

Audio from February 26, 2017 AM | Matthew 24:32-44
Posted March 4, 2017 | 00:55:32 | 9.53 MB |

After reading of Proverbs 4, Pastor Postiff teaches on the timing of future events and the second coming of Christ from our Lord's Olivet Discourse. We took particular notice of the Lord's instruction to not be deceived, not be troubled, and not give up. We also noted that it is impossible to predict the time of these events, for the Lord taught us that no one can know the day or hour.

Defining our Beliefs - Mal Borden

Posted March 4, 2017 | 00:44:52 | 7.70 MB |

In this lesson, we explore what a Christian worldview looks like. This is in preparation for our study of a summary of Bible doctrine that is upcoming. Then, we look further at walking in the Spirit.

Raymond Saxe Memorial Service - Lee Taylor

Posted February 27, 2017 | 01:43:13 | 17.72 MB |

Dr. Raymond Saxe entered the presence of his Savior on January 23, 2017. On February 25, 2017 there was a memorial service for him in the Ann Arbor area, as well as several services in South Africa the same day. This audio is a recording of almost the entire Ann Arbor service.

00:00:00 Opening Remarks - Pastor Lee Taylor, Fellowship Baptist Church, Whitmore Lake, Michigan

00:00:39 Invocation - Pastor Jim McKinnies, Willis Baptist Church, Willis, Michigan

00:02:22 Hymn O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing, led by Rev. John Losen

00:04:28 Scripture reading and comments - Pastor Matt Postiff, Fellowship Bible Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan

00:13:05 Introduction of Dr. Saxe's sons

00:13:34 Comments by David Saxe

00:24:00 Comments by Stephen Saxe

00:38:17 Comments by Jonathan Saxe and reading of letters from the Clinton Spuyts, Pastor Joe and Mary DeBeer, and Dr. Wilfred Matham

01:04:28 Song "Oh, It is Wonderful to be a Christian" by Mrs. Naomi Postiff, acc. Rebecca Mayer

01:08:36 Bible Message from 1 Thessalonians 1, by Pastor Lee Taylor. Pastor Taylor challenged the audience to have a life that makes an impact for Christ.

Missing from the audio recording is the picture presentation with its audio, hymn Blessed Assurance led by Rev. John Losen, and closing comments and prayer by Pastor Jerry Wichert of Hiawatha Bible Church in Hamburg, Michigan.

The Tests of Sin and Obedience - Matt Postiff

Posted February 22, 2017 | 00:56:37 | 9.72 MB |

After reading of Matthew 21, we reviewed 1 John 1:5-10 and went into some detail in 2:1-6. We discussed the terms abiding and fellowship.

The Parable of the Wedding Feast - Matt Postiff

Posted February 22, 2017 | 00:46:19 | 7.95 MB |

In this particular parable, the Kingdom of Heaven is likened to a VERY IMPORTANT upcoming wedding that you are invited to attend. The story will demand you to consider some questions. Do you care about the wedding? The king? His son? Your own life?

Biblical Literacy - Mal Borden

Posted February 21, 2017 | 00:37:29 | 6.44 MB |

Our teacher shows us how knowledge of the Bible has decreased vastly in the United States in recent decades. This has a number of serious effects. An interesting aspect of the message is a review of some of the beliefs that are considered essential to evangelicalism as over against merely generically "born again" Christians.

God is Holy - Matt Postiff

Posted February 20, 2017 | 00:44:59 | 7.72 MB |

The foundational principle of 1 John 1:5-10 is that God is light (holy), and there is no darkness (sin) in Him. From this truth flows five points of examination that show whether one is a true believer. True believers give evidence in their lives such as walking in the light, having fellowship with God, being cleansed by the blood of Christ, confessing sins, and being cleansed from sin. Unbelievers give evidence of their state because they walk in darkness, lie, do not practice the truth, deceive themselves, and call God a liar.

The Wicked Vinedressers - Matt Postiff

Audio from February 12, 2017 AM | Matthew 21:33-46
Posted February 19, 2017 | 00:50:45 | 8.71 MB |

The parable tells of an farm owner whose tenants do not honor their contract and instead do serious harm to the messengers sent by the owner and seek to steal the farm for themselves. The connection with the kingdom of God is that although Jesus is rejected, He is the centerpiece of God's program of salvation for the world.

Walking in the Spirit and Not Grieving the Spirit - Mal Borden

Posted February 18, 2017 | 00:46:53 | 8.05 MB |

Brother Borden explained how we can use the textbook that he has assigned for reading, namely A Survey of Bible Doctrine by Charles Ryrie. He uses the doctrines of walking in the Spirit and not grieving the Spirit as examples of how to find Dr. Ryrie's comments on those doctrines in the book.

Declaring Jesus for Fellowship and Joy - Matt Postiff

Posted February 10, 2017 | 00:27:44 | 4.76 MB |

After reading Matthew 19, our communion message was taken from 1 John 1:1-4. We learned that God uses John to proclaim the Lord Jesus Christ so that we will have fellowship with God and full joy in the Christian life. That fellowship is far more than a harmonious feeling of closeness to God; it is very eternal life.

The Parable of the Two Sons - Matt Postiff

Audio from February 5, 2017 AM | Matthew 21:28-32
Posted February 9, 2017 | 00:44:30 | 7.64 MB |

Excerpt: "The first son underwent a change of mind after his exchange with dad. First of all, he experienced regret. He was struck with a feeling that he had done wrong before God (hopefully) and before his dad (no question there). He was wrong, no question about it. He disobeyed his father. This feeling nagged him until he did something about it. Let us be clear that it is not the mere feeling that comprises repentance. The feeling arises from the conscience, which accuses us when we do wrong things, based on the information that it has built in from God in creation and what it has been taught. There is an objective right and wrong, and there is in us an apprehension of that right and wrong. This should have an effect on us—an actual change of mind and change of direction. If you do not ever have a sense of being conscience-stricken and then doing something about it, then something is terribly wrong with you. This mechanism is a gift of God; it is indispensable for us in that it helps to keep us on the straight and narrow."

Grieving the Spirit in the Old Testament - Mal Borden

Audio from February 5, 2017 SS | 1 Corinthians 10
Posted February 8, 2017 | 00:44:26 | 7.63 MB |

Pastor Borden walks us through the opening verses of 1 Corinthians 10: how Israel grieved God through their sin, and how that applies to the believer today.

Parable of the Vineyard Workers - Matt Postiff

Audio from January 29, 2017 AM | Matthew 20:1-16
Posted January 30, 2017 | 00:53:39 | 9.21 MB |

After reading Hebrews 13, Betty Widgeon sang "Ship Ahoy!" This song was written by M. J. Cartwright in 1889 and is also known as The Old Ship of Zion.

Pastor Postiff then preached on the parable of the workers of the vineyard, some of whom were hired early in the day for a denarius, and others who were hired at various points throughout the day. We learned a number of lessons about God and about ourselves through this story. We learned that salvation is God's gracious gift, and it is equally bestowed on all who believe.

Grieving the Spirit - Mal Borden

Posted January 29, 2017 | 00:40:26 | 6.94 MB |

Pastor Borden reminds us of critical instructions in the fourth chapter in Ephesians, particularly about not grieving the Holy Spirit with our sin. He connected this text with Isaiah 63:10.

Decision Making and God's Will, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted January 29, 2017 | 00:51:59 | 8.92 MB |

After reading of Matthew 18, we reviewed what we learned last time about God's will. The message continued with a critique of the traditional view of finding God's will, and then gave some more examples of how to process various decisions using wisdom gained from God's revelation.

Parable of the Unforgiving Servant - Matt Postiff

Audio from January 22, 2017 AM | Matthew 18:21-35
Posted January 29, 2017 | 00:49:37 | 8.52 MB |

Peter asks a question about how often he should be forgiving toward an offender. The Lord answered that there is no limit to how much we should forgive others. Jesus then told a story about a man who was unforgiving even though he had been forgiven a huge debt. This story exposes our hearts as to whether we are forgiving toward others or whether we do not truly understand forgiveness at all.

Quenching the Spirit - Mal Borden

Posted January 29, 2017 | 00:48:59 | 8.41 MB |

Pastor Borden's series continues regarding the doctrine of the Holy Spirit and how the Spirit works in the believer for sanctification. This message concerns the quenching and grieving of the Spirit, among other things.

Decision Making and God's Will - Matt Postiff

Posted January 17, 2017 | 00:51:33 | 8.85 MB |

Scripture reading for this evening's service was in Matthew 17. In response to a congregant's question from last week, Pastor Postiff takes some time in this service to teach on the Biblical concept of the will of God and how to make Biblical decisions. We try to demystify the idea of the will of God and ensure that we don't get caught up in a mystical, traditional view of God's will. For instance, we should not test God as Gideon did in putting out a fleece and asking for special signs. In reality, God's will can be known by means of a thorough understanding of God's word and skillful application of that word to life. We close with an illustration about how to decide something that is not spelled out in Scripture.

Steadfast for the Gospel - Jack Mitchell

Posted January 17, 2017 | 00:48:21 | 8.30 MB |

The scripture reading this morning was Hebrews 11. Earlier in the morning, missionary Jack Mitchell gave an update on their work by way of a video and Powerpoint slides. In this service, Dr. Mitchell focused on Philippians 1 toward the end of the chapter, and encouraged us to be unyielding in our commitment to God, undivided in our work for the gospel, and unafraid of persecution.

The Big Picture and a Question - Matt Postiff

Posted January 9, 2017 | 00:41:41 | 7.16 MB |

The Scripture reading was in Matthew 16. We reviewed the categories of systematic theology, and some other topics that need to be understood in order to grasp the big picture of the Bible. Those are the doctrines of salvation, Biblical covenants, dispensations, and the kingdom of God. Pastor Postiff then wanted to find out what practical areas of the Christian life the people in the church feel a need to learn more about and live better.

The Lost Sheep - Matt Postiff

Audio from January 8, 2017 AM | Matthew 18:12-14
Posted January 9, 2017 | 00:46:49 | 8.04 MB |

After reading of Hebrews 10, Pastor Postiff preaches on the parable of the lost sheep. This passage occurs in Matthew 18 and Luke 15 with very similar wording. The Bible reminds us here that Jesus came to seek and save the lost; that it is entirely reasonable to go after one lost person; that there is much rejoicing after someone comes to salvation; and that in fact God desires the salvation of people. The special focus of the passage seems to be on little children, but teh principles apply broadly to all human beings.

The Doctrine of Sanctification - Mal Borden

Posted January 9, 2017 | 00:43:32 | 7.47 MB |

Pastor Borden helps us untangle the issue of the aorist tense in Romans 12:1-2. He gives a helpful historical perspective on two major approaches to the doctrine of dedication and shows that the present tendency in conservative circles is not to interpret Romans 12:1 as a one-time act of dedication. This represents a correction of the common earlier trend of teaching it as a crisis act done once in the believer's life. This trend was especially active about 40 to 60 years ago.

A House Divided - Matt Postiff

Audio from January 1, 2017 AM | Matthew 12:22-30
Posted January 9, 2017 | 00:50:12 | 8.62 MB |

After reading of Hebrews 9, Pastor Postiff preaches on the divided house parable given by our Lord. In it, Jesus shows the people how foolish it is to ascribe His power to the Devil. Therefore, it should be clear where His supernatural power comes from. So what should you do in response to the fact that the Lord is from heaven? In the passage we see the healing of a blind and mute man, the amazement of the people, the strong unbelief of the Pharisees, and the nonsense of the Pharisees objection to his miracle. You are either for the King or against Him.

Because of the holiday, we had no Sunday school program this morning, and we completed a video on the Exodus from Egypt in the evening. Thus, this is the only recording for January 1, 2017. Thanks to all who listen in to the ministry via the web, and thanks for your prayer and financial support of Fellowship Bible Church!

Jesus Lord of Angels: Christmas Worship - Matt Postiff

Posted December 28, 2016 | 00:39:57 | 6.86 MB |

Our Sunday school service was not recorded this morning. It was an interactive study on Romans 12:1-2. This was followed by our Christmas morning worship service. In years past we have examined the incarnation event from the perspectives of Joseph, Mary, Zacharias, and Simeon. Many an accounting has been given of the event of Christ's birth from the perspective of the shepherds, even in songs like The First Noel. We remember Anna in Luke 2:36-38. The same story has been told from the perspective of the wise men from the east. We could tell it from the viewpoint of Herod, and also from the point of view of the priests and scribes. But what about the angels? What does this history look like from their perspective? The Bible gives us some insight which we will study today.

Jesus the Nazarene: Christmas Eve Worship - Matt Postiff

Posted December 28, 2016 | 00:46:03 | 7.91 MB |

A problem in Matthew 2:23 is that there is no quote from the Old Testament that matches the wording about a "Nazarene." In fact, there is no use of the word Nazarene or Nazareth in the English translation of the Old Testament. The closest word is "Nazirite." This message explores that term and its possible origin.

The Parable of the Defiled Heart - Matt Postiff

Audio from December 18, 2016 AM | Matthew 15:10-20
Posted December 28, 2016 | 00:44:34 | 7.65 MB |

After reading of Hebrews 8, Pastor Postiff teaches through the parable of the defiled heart. It is very important to notice the prior context in both passages. In Matthew 15:1-9 and Mark 7:1-13, our Lord has just had another negative encounter with the Pharisees and scribes. They serious expressed concern over the disciples eating with unwashed hands, while they themselves did very nasty, unlawful things even against their parents! This is classic "swallowing a camel" while "straining out a gnat" and nitpicking the speck in your brother's eye while carrying around a log in your own! Where these analogies fail is that eating with unwashed hands is not even as big as a gnat, nor is it a speck in the eye! The Lord will teach us that eating with dirty hands is not a sin....

The Filling of the Spirit, Part 2 - Mal Borden

Posted December 28, 2016 | 00:40:52 | 7.02 MB |

Our teacher reviews the beginning of the church in Acts 2, as well as the doctrines of Spirit indwelling and filling. The ideas of quenching and grieving the Holy Spirit are covered in this message as well.

Christmas Program 2016 - Matt Postiff

Posted December 12, 2016 | 01:04:20 | 29.45 MB |

Our annual Christmas program consists mostly music and readings, and a short message by Pastor Postiff. This year, our topic was the names of Christ. We provide this audio in hopes it will a blessing to those who were shut in due to the inclement weather on December 11, and to our other remote friends of FBC who could not be with us.

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure and Pearl - Matt Postiff

Audio from December 11, 2016 AM | Matthew 13:44-46
Posted December 12, 2016 | 00:36:13 | 6.22 MB |

The two short parables of the hidden treasure and valuable pearl help us to discern whether we truly recognize the value of the kingdom of heaven. Do we see the surpassing value of what Jesus is talking about? Do we DO something about it, like what the treasure-finder and pearl-hunter did?

Reviewing the Ministry of the Spirit - Mal Borden

Posted December 12, 2016 | 00:43:53 | 7.54 MB |

In this message, our teacher exemplifies the traditional dispensational approach to the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, indwelling, filling, dedication, and sanctification as he reviews some of his recent classes on the Spirit.

Lord's Table: Remove the Leaven - Matt Postiff

Audio from December 4, 2016 PM | 1 Corinthians 5:9-13
Posted December 5, 2016 | 00:31:42 | 5.44 MB |

After reading Matthew 15, Pastor Postiff taught through 1 Corinthians 5, with a focus on verses 9 to 13. There, we learn that God judges those who are outside the church, but the church itself is tasked with the responsibility of judging those who are inside the church. That judgment, in context, has to do with removing those who are living in sin so that the church maintains its purity. A real challenge with this text is how to implement the "not even to eat with such a person."

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and Leaven - Matt Postiff

Audio from December 4, 2016 AM | Matthew 13:31-35
Posted December 5, 2016 | 00:52:02 | 8.93 MB |

Both the parable of the soils and the wheat/tares show that there is a difficulty in discerning false believers from true ones. The final judgment (pictured as harvest) will tell the tale. Both these parables indicate a preparatory phase for the kingdom, pictured by planting, followed by waiting, growing, and harvesting. The parables of the leaven and mustard seed fit well here, because they also are connected to this preparatory phase for the kingdom.

The Filling of the Spirit - Mal Borden

Posted December 5, 2016 | 00:45:10 | 7.75 MB |

The text of Scripture in Ephesians 5:15-21 shows several important results of being filled with the Holy Spirit. Brother Borden emphasizes the command to be filled with the Spirit, and reminds us that God gives or will give the resources to carry out His commands. Our relationship with the Spirit should be characterized by several other attributes that are covered in this message.

Bible Translations, Study Bibles, and Obadiah - Matt Postiff

Posted December 5, 2016 | 00:43:11 | 7.41 MB |

Pastor Postiff discussed questions regarding good Bible translations and study Bibles. We discussed a question about Jeremiah and one of his Lamentations (3:1) as well as about Peter's walking on the water. Afterward, he gave a brief introduction of the book of Obadiah.

The Parable of the Wheat and Tares - Matt Postiff

Audio from November 27, 2016 AM | Matthew 13:24-30, 13:36-43
Posted December 5, 2016 | 00:53:28 | 9.18 MB |

After Scripture reading in Hebrews 6, Pastor Postiff taught what the wheat and tares parable means and how it relates to the church today. The Devil wants to stop good spiritual growth before it starts, and certainly before it can produce fruit. But the Devil is not content to only stop good seed from growing. He also wants his own plants to grow. He wants to choke out the good growth with his own bad growth. He wants to control everything; to overrun all good with evil. It is this kind of situation that the Lord pictures for us in the second major parable, that of the wheat and tares.

Quench not the Holy Spirit - Mal Borden

Audio from November 27, 2016 SS | Romans 6:11-13; 1 Thess. 5:19; Romans 12:1-2
Posted December 5, 2016 | 00:43:28 | 7.46 MB |

Brother Borden reviews prior sessions on the ministry of the Holy Spirit, emphasizing the need to be filled with the Holy Spirit, that is, to be controlled by Him. He then taught on 1 Thess. 5:19 and the idea of stifling or suppressing the ministry of the Spirit. He emphasizes that what is needed to live the Christian life has already been given by God to every believer.

The Servant Songs - Wilfred Matham

Posted November 22, 2016 | 00:55:45 | 9.57 MB |

For the final message of our Bible conference, Pastor Matham preached on the servant songs in Isaiah 42, 49, 50, and 52-53, focusing on the latter passage.

Who is This King of Glory? - Wilfred Matham

Posted November 22, 2016 | 00:46:59 | 8.07 MB |

Pastor Matham preached on Psalm 24, covering the rightful owner of the universe, the righteous people of the Lord, and the returning king. Scripture reading was from Matthew 13, and Pastor Postiff offered prayer for a newly graduated police officer in our church. We give thanks to all first responders for their service to our nation, and particularly for this young man giving himself in service to his people.

The Gospel to All People - Wilfred Matham

Posted November 22, 2016 | 00:39:54 | 6.85 MB |

Pastor Matham preached on 1 Timothy 2:1-7 and reported on the work that God is doing in South Africa, including the threats against that work. He suggests that evangelism is threatened by a lack of edification. Democracy is threatened by disorder. Profession of Christianity is threatened by pluralism. The gospel is also threatened by the rise of African traditional religion (ATR). A fascinating fact he shared concerned the global shift of the focus of Christianity from the north and west to the south and east. Receiving nations are now becoming sending nations in terms of missionaries.

He taught a little quip based on John 14:6 to remind us of the exclusive claims of Christ: Jesus taught that He is the way, and without the way, there is no going; He is the truth, and without the truth, there is no knowing; He is the life, and without the life, there is no living.

A number of questions and answers were given at the end of the session.

Three Stages of Salvation - Wilfred Matham

Posted November 22, 2016 | 00:52:59 | 9.10 MB |

Pastor Wilfred Matham reported on recent ministries and reflected on the eye problem he experienced while with Fellowship Bible Church about 9 years ago. For the opening message in our Fall Bible Conference, he preached on an overview of the three stages of salvation from Philippians 3. The stages are justification, sanctification, and glorification.

Ministry Reports - Matt Postiff

Posted November 22, 2016 | 00:52:09 | 8.95 MB |

A report was given on today's ministry at American House apartments, followed by Pastor reporting on the chartering service at Fellowship Bible Church of Howell. Then Pastor reported on the Bible Conference in Salem Ohio at which he spoke, and then on the ministry trip to Chile, South America. Such reporting is Biblical, inasmuch as Acts 14:27 models it for us in the lives of the apostles and early church at Antioch.

The Parable of the Soils - Matt Postiff

Posted November 20, 2016 | 00:42:57 | 7.38 MB |

Pastor Postiff carefully explains the four soils, six outcomes, four levels of fruit (zero, 30-, 60-, and 100-fold). The main point of the parable is that where there is fruit, there is a picture of salvation. Where there is no fruit, there is no salvation.

The Filling of the Spirit - Mal Borden

Posted November 20, 2016 | 00:44:22 | 7.62 MB |

We learn more about the Holy Spirit's ministries. Last time we looked at the convicting, regenerating, sealing, baptizing, and indwelling ministries of the Holy Spirit which begin at the moment of salvation and are permanent going forward for the believer. Now we consider how the Spirit continues His work in us in the ministry called the filling of the Spirit.

Daniel, Part 5 - John O'Dell

Posted November 8, 2016 | 00:42:12 | 7.25 MB |

Pastor O'Dell makes four basic observations from Daniel 4 and 5 before serving the Lord's Table. The observations are: 1. Salvation is instant, but evangelism is a process. 2. Pride is a sin that brings God's judgment. God judges pride in believers and unbelievers. 3. No one can know whether I'm saved but me and God. It is a personal issue/transaction.4. That which we often view from our human perspective as a defeat, is in God's hand something that is a great victory. Like the cross of Christ--seen as a great defeat by the world, but providing a great victory for God's people.

Daniel, Part 4 - John O'Dell

Posted November 8, 2016 | 00:51:07 | 8.78 MB |

Pastor O'Dell emphasizes the historicity of this account in Daniel. In other words, it is not a story that Daniel was thrown into the lions' den. It actually happened.

Daniel gives us lessons about how to stay faithful in difficult times. We see Daniel's character, his job, and his test. God delivered Daniel through the trial and right out of it; other times, God sees fit to deliver people through the trial by having them enter the gates of heaven.

Pastor O'Dell makes some application to our present electoral situation.

Ministry of the Holy Spirit - Mal Borden

Audio from November 6, 2016 SS | 2 Peter 1, Ephesians 1
Posted November 8, 2016 | 00:52:19 | 8.98 MB |

Our teacher leads us through a number of New Testament texts that describe various aspects of the Holy Spirit's ministry.

The Parables of Jesus - Matt Postiff

Posted November 8, 2016 | 01:01:35 | 10.57 MB |

This message concerns the parables of our Lord that are recorded in the gospels. There are about 40 of them. We examined what a parable is and why the Lord used them in His teaching. We saw that parables conceal truth from unbelievers and reveal truth to believers.

Upper Room Discourse, Part 4 - Mal Borden

Posted November 8, 2016 | 00:44:51 | 7.70 MB |

This message concerns the Spirit's work in salvation. Five works of the Holy Spirit impact every believer at salvation and qualify us for specific applications and responses designed to glorify God as we continue to pursue His will and mature in our service for Him in the present Church age. They are: conviction, indwelling, regeneration, sealing, and baptism.

Daniel, Part 3 - John O'Dell

Posted November 8, 2016 | 00:58:07 | 9.98 MB |

Pastor O'Dell points out that Daniel 1-3 is not a collection of three separate stories, but rather three connected accounts. One major point: We need to be sure to know that doing what is right does not always bring earthly benefit, but doing right because it is right does bring a heavenly blessing later on.

Daniel, Part 2 - John O'Dell

Posted November 1, 2016 | 01:02:50 | 10.79 MB |

Pastor O'Dell continues his new series in Daniel 2. Particularly remarkable is the praise and thanksgiving of Daniel when he received revelation about the dream after praying for that.

Upper Room Discourse, Part 3 - Mal Borden

Posted November 1, 2016 | 00:46:41 | 8.02 MB |

Pastor Borden continues his series in the upper room discourse with a focus on the convicting work of the Holy Spirit. Other texts in John 1 and Acts 1 are also considered. Every believer has been a recipient of this gracious ministry when we were not seeking God (Rom. 3:10-11), nor when we thought we were choosing Him but later learned that He had chosen us (John 15:16). By these things [1] the Spirit affirms that our salvation is all the work of God and [2] stresses our need to clearly understand what only God can do, as well as what we can and cannot do as privileged partners with the Spirit in this amazing ministry.

Daniel, Part 1 - John O'Dell

Posted November 1, 2016 | 00:53:46 | 9.23 MB |

Our preacher taught us that Daniel 1 covers a period of three years in which Daniel and his friends were taken to Babylon, instructed in the wisdom of the Chaldeans, and placed into positions of great influence in the Babylonian kingdom. God has His plan and is fulfilling it even when evil reigns in the world. We were reminded that obedience to authority is a matter of testimony. We must not be indifferent to the things going on around us, but we have to live for God despite what is going on around us.

Upper Room Discourse, Part 2 - Mal Borden

Posted October 29, 2016 | 00:51:07 | 8.78 MB |

We start with Matthew 16:18 on the first teaching about the church, but then continue in the upper room discourse and the promised ministries of the Holy Spirit. This studies details those Holy Spirit ministries that would be a part of the future Church, such as the permanent indwelling of every member of the Church, conviction of the unsaved, and His being a Helper, Teacher, Comforter, Example, and Intercessor. We also learn a definition of persecution as it relates to the Christian faith.

Last Words - Matt Postiff

Audio from October 16, 2016 AM | 2 Timothy 4:16-22
Posted October 29, 2016 | 00:51:45 | 8.88 MB |

Our study of Paul's final chapter concludes with his reviewing the latest happenings in his situation. We learn some interesting things about the punishment Paul was expecting and how God strengthened him in the midst of this awful end-of-life trial.

How to Handle Doctrinal Differences - Matt Postiff

Posted October 29, 2016 | 00:45:19 | 7.78 MB |

After reading of Matthew 11, Pastor Postiff shared some of the material that he has been asked to teach on in the upcoming pastors conference in Santiago, Chile. In particular, tonight's study focused on how to handle differences in doctrine between individuals in a fellowship of pastors or churches.

Men of Character - Matt Postiff

Audio from October 9, 2016 AM | 2 Timothy 4:9-15
Posted October 29, 2016 | 01:02:10 | 10.67 MB |

Here we meet nine men, with seven defining character traits. The main point of these verses is that Paul is appealing to Timothy to come quickly and bring several things with him.

Introduction to the Upper Room Discourse - Mal Borden

Posted October 29, 2016 | 00:45:11 | 7.76 MB |

Pastor Borden continues the teaching on the Holy Spirit, using the text in the Lord's discourse in the upper room. In this text, Christ teaches the disciples about vital things including His death and resurrection, that had to precede the beginning of the Church. He also told them of the primary role of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and following. He assured them that the Church would continue on earth until the Rapture and would be unique and spiritually superior to anything they had experienced.

Lord's Table: The End of the Matter - Matt Postiff

Audio from October 2, 2016 PM | Ecclesiastes 12:8-14
Posted October 5, 2016 | 00:31:36 | 5.43 MB |

We took the opportunity of the Lord's Table service to conclude our exposition of Ecclesiastes. At the end of the book is an important part about fearing God and keeping His commandments, knowing that God will bring all of our lives into judgment. Christians are thankful that the sinful works we have done are taken by Christ at the cross, and so we gladly remember the Lord at His Table. The New Testament's revelation adds to what Solomon wrote is that the Christian's sinful works are judged at the cross so that he will not have be judged for them when he stands before the Bema seat of Christ.

Poured Out - Matt Postiff

Audio from October 2, 2016 AM | 2 Timothy 4:6-8
Posted October 5, 2016 | 00:48:49 | 8.38 MB |

In these verses, the apostle Paul reflects his belief that his death is coming very soon. Reading this portion is a sad undertaking, yet at the same time we sense a remarkable trust in God. We learn from it that we should consider our lives like Paul considered his: an offering to God, which when we die, is finally poured out to the last drop in His service and worship.

The Written Word of God - Mal Borden

Posted October 5, 2016 | 00:45:30 | 7.81 MB |

This message has to do with the revelation of God and the the inspiration and illumination of the Word of God.

Question and Answer - Matt Postiff

Posted October 4, 2016 | 00:55:28 | 9.52 MB |

Tonight's question and answer session had questions on 1 John 5 and the sin unto death; and the cessation of prophecy and other miraculous gifts.

Preach! - Matt Postiff

Posted October 4, 2016 | 00:49:26 | 8.49 MB |

The passage is structured like a sandwich, with the bread as Timothy's responsibilities in verses 1-2 and 5. The middle of the sandwich describes those who will reject sound teaching in verses 3-4. This is one sandwich with good bread but terrible contents!

Paul issues Timothy a command to preach the Word of God. This is made consciously, openly, and fully before God the Father and God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Hosea, Part 30 - James Widgeon

Posted October 4, 2016 | 00:37:49 | 6.49 MB |

Our teacher taught through the entire book of Hosea in review fashion in about 38 minutes! Listen in as the series of study is completed which started back on December 27, 2015.

Ordination Service: Terry Scott - Matt Postiff

Posted September 22, 2016 | 00:58:17 | 10.01 MB |

Tonight the church had the high privilege to formally recognize Terry Scott for the gospel ministry. The audio explains the background of the situation, records Pastor Postiff's charge to the candidate from 1 Peter 5:1-4, and then has the prayers for Pastor Terry. May the Lord bless his ministry richly. Join us in rejoicing by listening in, and praying. Thank you!

Reviewing 2 Timothy 3 - Matt Postiff

Posted September 22, 2016 | 00:52:05 | 8.94 MB |

We have studied the entire third chapter in two sections, but there is more to be said. Remember the basic outline of the passage. Verses 1-9 deal with the dangerous times that will exist in increasing measure at the end of the age. The character and conduct of the people who are at the center of these dangerous times are detailed.

In verses 10-17, Paul instructs Timothy as to how he can successfully navigate the evil days in which he lives. The basic tool in his toolbox is the Bible. The Word of God will outfit him for everything that he needs. We can be ready by taking heed to the same message.

Living in Light of the End of Life - Matt Postiff

Audio from September 11, 2016 PM | Ecclesiastes 11-12
Posted September 12, 2016 | 00:46:21 | 7.96 MB |

What is going to happen to us down the line, at the end of our lives, has to shape our current activities, choices, values, priorities, etc. We need to avoid certain things like sorrow and evil so that we will not incur unnecessary judgment at the end of our lives. We also look at a translation issue in 12:2, and the metaphors of the end of life in 12:3-5. Listen in as we study these matters in more detail.

Surviving the Last Days - Matt Postiff

Audio from September 11, 2016 AM | 2 Timothy 3:10-17
Posted September 12, 2016 | 00:40:06 | 6.89 MB |

The last half of the third chapter of 2 Timothy instruct the Christian pastor, and the believer, what to do in response to the growing threat of apostasy and idolatry that will characterize the end of the age before the Lord's return.

Hosea, Part 29 - James Widgeon

Posted September 12, 2016 | 00:37:33 | 6.45 MB |

After reviewing last week's study, this message continues the exposition of Hosea 14. In it, the people of Israel were instructed to bring repentant words to God to draw near to Him. This is wise instruction for anyone who has strayed from the ways of God.

Lord's Table: Remembering - Matt Postiff

Audio from September 4, 2016 PM | Ecclesiastes 11-12
Posted September 12, 2016 | 00:24:32 | 4.21 MB |

We began to look at Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:7 and focused on its theme of "remembering" in connection with remembering the Lord's death at the communion table. In the next Sunday evening sermon, we take a closer look at the same passage.

Dangerous Times - Matt Postiff

Posted September 11, 2016 | 00:45:35 | 7.83 MB |

Warning! This is message with some gloomy content. The Bible prophesies of the growing evil and apostasy of mankind as the time grows closer to the coming of the Lord. We learn of the character and conduct of these ungodly people in verses 1 through 9. Next time we will see how to face this threat by the equipping power of the Word of God.

Hosea, Part 28 - James Widgeon

Posted September 11, 2016 | 00:37:03 | 6.36 MB |

Our teacher reminded us from Hosea 13 that the people of Israel made idols with their own hands and worshiped them. We then continued into chapter 14 and saw that disaster awaited them if they did not turn back to the Lord their God--and ours.

Risk It! - Matt Postiff

Audio from August 28, 2016 PM | Ecclesiastes 11:1-6
Posted September 6, 2016 | 00:44:00 | 7.55 MB |

The first six verses of Ecclesiastes give us great wisdom on various kinds of investments and how to live in a world where many things are outside of our control.

More on Being Useful to God - Matt Postiff

Audio from August 28, 2016 AM | 2 Timothy 2:22-26
Posted September 6, 2016 | 00:42:47 | 7.35 MB |

Last time (2:20-21) we asked ourselves whether we really want to be useful to God, like a vessel that is used for honorable purposes in God's house. Undoubtedly there are vessels in God's house that are more useful than others; and some are downright useless, like Hymenaes and Philetus.

Then we examined a key piece of wisdom from the Bible on how exactly to be such a useful person for God. What that involves is cleansing yourself from dishonorable vessels, which means to disassociate from sin and from the people who are like the dishonorable vessels. In other words, if you want to fly like an eagle, you don't hang around with a bunch of turkeys! (That's a sort of paraphrase of Proverbs 13:20!) Avoid contamination by bad fellowship, by bad input, by bad company, whether inside or outside of the church.

When you actively take this step of cleansing yourself, God will see to it that you will be sanctified, useful, and prepared for His service (v. 21).

The text carries forward with more sound counsel on how to be useful to God. This applies especially to pastors. But since pastors are supposed to be mature Christians, and all Christians want to be mature Christians, this applies to the Christian reader as well. Paul's words concern the pastor's holiness, his wisdom, and his manner of life.

Useful and Fruitful - Mal Borden

Posted September 5, 2016 | 00:45:40 | 7.84 MB |

This message continues the series in 2 Peter 1, particularly starting at 5. Because of what the Christian has been given, he is obligated to continually add various Christian character traits, both internal and external. We learn here about an endowed potential, an enduring project, an excelling performance, an eternal prize, and an extensive prompting.

Living in a Fool's World, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Audio from August 21, 2016 PM | Ecclesiastes 10
Posted August 22, 2016 | 00:32:25 | 5.57 MB |

Pastor Postiff gives an exposition of Ecclesiastes 10:8 through the end of the chapter.

God is Good - Matt Postiff

Posted August 22, 2016 | 01:10:22 | 12.08 MB |

During this special service one year after the passing of Hayden Smith, his father Bill Smith testifies how the Lord has sustained the family during this past year and gives thanks to all who have helped them. Pastor Postiff shared about Hayden's current situation and upcoming events, followed by a defense of the goodness of God in the face of tragedy, and finally gave some words of comfort from Isaiah 61. If you doubt that God can be good, and all powerful, and permit evil and tragedy in the world, this is a message you need to consider carefully.

Introduction to 2 Peter - Mal Borden

Posted August 22, 2016 | 00:46:36 | 8.00 MB |

Guest teacher Pastor Mal Borden introduces us again to the bondservant Peter and his second letter with the opening four verses.

Living in a Fool's World - Matt Postiff

Audio from August 14, 2016 PM | Ecclesiastes 10
Posted August 16, 2016 | 00:35:46 | 6.14 MB |

Our series in Ecclesiastes continues with a study of chapter 10 and how to live in a world full of fools. In Ecclesiastes, the fool is not only one who denies God, but one who has little understanding and wisdom about how to best live in this world.

Please forgive the audio quality on this message. Something evidently needs attention in our sound system.

Dangers of False Teaching - Matt Postiff

Audio from August 7, 2016 AM | 2 Timothy 2:16-19
Posted August 16, 2016 | 00:46:00 | 7.90 MB |

Last time we examined the minister's job description. We learned that he must remind the church of divine truth; charge them not to participate in profitless word-wars; work hard to be an approved worker before God in terms of handling the Bible properly; and shun empty talk. Earlier the pastor was likened to an athlete, a soldier, and a farmer. Now, the minister is likened to a skilled workman who has a job to do. He doesn't have time to waste on useless talk, and he certainly doesn't have time to spend on word-wars that damage his workmanship.

The next message in the series was entitled "Useful for Honor." Unfortunately, on 8/14/2016 we had no electricity at the church during the morning service so could not record the audio. Following is a summary of what we learned.

Do you want to be useful to the Lord? Do you have that as one of your life’s primary goals, right alongside loving God, honoring God and witnessing for God? If you do not have that desire to be useful to God, here is a diagnostic question: what is wrong with you? Do you want to be useless? Do you care? Do you love God? As we study, you will see that the word useful brings out a key idea in this passage of Scripture.

The Christian's Internal Character - MattPostiff

Posted August 16, 2016 | 00:18:46 | 3.22 MB |

For the Lord's Table this morning, Pastor Postiff taught from a number of passages having to deal with our thinking and hearts. The internal matters, the matters of the heart, are the core of Christianity. The Christian faith is not only or merely external.

The Pastor's Ministry Description - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 31, 2016 AM | 2 Timothy 2:14-16
Posted August 3, 2016 | 00:43:31 | 7.47 MB |

We learned that the minister has a job in the face of serious doctrinal error. The profitless words and the babbling that Paul speaks about are not just humorous or trivial matters; they may well contain diabolical lies that try to ruin the hearers. These are to be rebuked and avoided like the plague that they are.

Hosea, Part 27 - James Widgeon

Posted August 3, 2016 | 00:38:22 | 6.59 MB |

Our teacher takes us through the history of the kings of Judah and Israel in order to study a bit more about Hosea 13:11 and the king that was taken away in God's anger.

The next message in this series, #28, was lost because our church building had no electricity on 8/14/2016.

Future Reward for Christian Service - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 24, 2016 AM | 2 Timothy 2:11-13
Posted July 27, 2016 | 00:50:09 | 8.61 MB |

We examine the hymn or poem that Paul records in these verses which is a "faithful saying." We are reminded that those who died with Christ will live with Him; those who endure persecution will reign with Him; those who deny Christ will be denied by Him; but our faithlessness cannot break the faithfulness of God.

Hosea, Part 26 - James Widgeon

Posted July 27, 2016 | 00:42:02 | 7.22 MB |

In Hosea 13, Ephraim's destruction is foretold. In this study, we reviewed the material in the first portion of chapter 13 and then continued further into the chapter. As a postscript, we investigated the identity of Samuel and the issue of his sons not following in his ways.

Some Sage Advice - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 17, 2016 PM | Ecclesiastes 10
Posted July 19, 2016 | 00:34:02 | 5.84 MB |

Solomon provides four bits of advice in the following areas: recognizing the inherent dangers of life, making good use of tools for your work, taking care to avoid foolishness, and maintaining your possessions.

Why Continue Ministry? - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 17, 2016 AM | 2 Timothy 2:8-13
Posted July 19, 2016 | 00:56:58 | 9.78 MB |

The verses we study today contain a motivation for continuing in Christian ministry despite the difficulties that arise in it.

Hosea, Part 25 - James Widgeon

Posted July 19, 2016 | 00:35:31 | 6.10 MB |

Deacon Widgeon's series in Hosea continues with an exposition of the 13th chapter.

The Church is a Family - Missionary Speaker

Posted July 18, 2016 | 00:51:34 | 8.85 MB |

Listen in to study some of the "one anothers" in the Bible. Be reminded that the church members do have a responsibility toward its brothers and sisters. One kind of responsibility is to avoid doing things to harm fellow family members, like not provoking others and not slandering others or gossiping about others (see James 4:11-12). The other kind of responsibility is to do things that help others, even those outside of the faith. The glue that holds churches together is forgiveness and forbearance toward one another!

Some of Jesus' Miracles in John 6 - Missionary Speaker

Posted July 18, 2016 | 00:47:53 | 8.22 MB |

Our speaker explains the content and significance of the miracles in the sixth chapter of John's gospel. The setting is the feeding of the 5,000 men (probably more like 20,000 people) and the disciples' journey by boat over the Sea of Galilee. Jesus performed five miracles. First, he saw the disciples several miles off in the middle of the night in a storm. Second, He walked on the water. Third, He enabled Peter to walk on the water. Fourth, the wind immediately ceased (Mark 6:51). Fifth, immediately the boat arrived at the land where they were going (John 6:21). All of this is meant to help the non-Christian understand who Jesus is and to repent of sin and believe in Christ.

But it also has an application for the believer. Jesus is sovereign over everything in the created realm--which is everything! Jesus knows and sees everything. Jesus rules over the greatest forces of nature. Jesus is king over time and space. The miracles Jesus did were as easy as any normal activity of a person. He ensures that all things are for the good of the believer and for the glory of God. This should help us handle all situations with calmness and tranquility. Jesus' presence should eclipse all fear. The mere fact that Jesus is here should banish all fear!

Missionary Update - Missionary Speaker

Posted July 15, 2016 | 00:45:43 | 7.85 MB |

Our missionary reported on his ministry in various places around the world. He reminded us that we are all missionaries in our locale. They teach pastors to teach the Word more accurately and to shepherd God's people more Biblically in order to reach their lands with the message of the gospel.

Lord's Table: Isaiah 53 - Matt Postiff

Posted July 15, 2016 | 00:30:05 | 5.17 MB |

Pastor Postiff connected Acts 8:26-35, a passage in 1 Peter, and Isaiah 53, hoping that we would read it with fresh eyes as if we were hearing it for the first time.

Developing a Taste for God's Word - Joe Valentin

Audio from July 3, 2016 AM | 1 Peter 2:1-3
Posted July 15, 2016 | 00:45:02 | 7.73 MB |

In this sermon, missionary Joe Valentin encouraged us to cleanse our spiritual palettes and grow in our desire for the Word of God. As a worker in Bible translation, brother Valentin knows and really believes in the value of the Word of God in our own language.

Missionary Update: Joe Valentin - Joe Valentin

Posted July 15, 2016 | 00:45:01 | 7.73 MB |

The church had the privilege to hear an update on the Bible translation ministry of Joe and Bonnie Valentin with Bibles International. We also had some Q&A (the questions are hard to hear). Listen in!

Ecclesiastes 9 - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 26, 2016 PM | Ecclesiastes 9:11-18
Posted July 15, 2016 | 00:29:26 | 5.05 MB |

After reading of Matthew 2, Pastor Postiff reviewed Ecclesiastes 9:1-10 and moved into an exposition of the remainder of that chapter. Solomon reminds us that after we die, we cannot do the activities of life anymore. We have one opportunity to live, and that opportunity is precious and must be maximized for God. Solomon further expresses that although the unexpected often happens despite skills that would indicate to the contrary, such skills as wisdom are still better than foolishness.

A Good Minister of the Gospel - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 26, 2016 AM | 2 Timothy 2:1-7
Posted July 14, 2016 | 00:48:12 | 8.28 MB |

After reading of Luke 23:26-56, Pastor Postiff preached on 2 Timothy 2:1-7. Chapter 2 is structured around seven metaphors or illustrations by which the apostle Paul wants us to learn what Christian life and ministry is all about. This message addresses the metaphor of a spiritual child, a soldier, an athlete, and a hard-working farmer.

Hosea, Part 24 - James Widgeon

Posted July 14, 2016 | 00:35:28 | 6.09 MB |

Our teacher reminds us that all Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for us, including the book of Hosea, although it was written so long ago. Much of our study has been taken up with the sins of Israel through idolatry and the consequences of those sins. Some of Israel's history is reviewed as it connects to Hosea 12 and 13.

Precious Promises - John O'Dell

Posted June 30, 2016 | 00:49:17 | 8.46 MB |

Pastor O'Dell preached on five precious truths in Peter's epistles. For instance: trials are hard, but God works something great through them. Listen in!

Ashamed and Not Ashamed--of the Gospel - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 19, 2016 AM | 2 Timothy 1:13-18
Posted June 30, 2016 | 00:45:18 | 7.78 MB |

After a couple of classic hymns and reading of Luke 23, Pastor Postiff taught from 2 Timothy 1:13-18 about examples of people who were ashamed of the gospel, and those who were not. We pray God will help us Christians to stand strong for the faith and not be ashamed of Christ.

Hosea, Part 23 - James Widgeon

Posted June 30, 2016 | 00:34:17 | 5.89 MB |

Hosea chapter 12 is our starting point this morning. The life of Israel is difficult because of its disobedience to God; and it is about to get worse with the dispersion at the hands of the Assyrians in 722 B.C. In conjunction with this, we studied the account of Jacob and Esau and their father Isaac.

Ecclesiastes 9 - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 12, 2016 PM | Ecclesiastes 9
Posted June 14, 2016 | 00:37:47 | 6.49 MB |

Subsequent to reading Matthew 1, Pastor Postiff preached through the opening portions of chapter 9. Despite the fact that Solomon lacked later revelation including the entire New Testament, his writing is no less inspired than any other portion of the Bible (11:21 in the audio). What he writes comes from the perspective of a man observing life and seeing that all people, whether good or bad, end up in death (14:32). This frustrating reality is true, although incomplete (14:50) because Solomon does not have the benefit of a completed personal eschatology. The frustration is that when you die, you cannot live anymore! Humanity's one opportunity to live is precious and needs to be maximized. While doing so, God tells us through Solomon, we can enjoy the wonderful gifts that He gives us. No do-overs on life!

Completely Persuaded - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 12, 2016 AM | 2 Timothy 1:9-12
Posted June 14, 2016 | 00:54:13 | 9.31 MB |

After public reading of Scripture in Luke 22, Pastor Postiff explained 2 Timothy 1:9-12 with its additional reasons why we should not be ashamed because of the gospel. The message ends with a brief explanation of and rebuttal of Pascal's wager as a philosophy of the Christian life.

Hosea, Part 22 - James Widgeon

Posted June 14, 2016 | 00:37:49 | 6.49 MB |

In this message, our teacher reviews Hosea 11 with a concise outline, and moves into chapter 12. A very helpful thought from the message was this: people love to have the choice of what to do, but they lament that they cannot choose the consequences.

Lord's Table: Remembrance - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 5, 2016 PM | 1 Corinthians 11:24-25
Posted June 10, 2016 | 00:25:02 | 4.30 MB |

After reading Lamentations 5, we studied the critical need to remember Christ at the Table of the Lord.

Baby Dedication and Salvation from the Lord - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 5, 2016 AM | 1 Samuel; 2 Timothy 1:9
Posted June 10, 2016 | 01:00:16 | 10.35 MB |

Pastor Postiff reminded us of Samuel and his parents from 1 Samuel in preparation. This teaching set the stage for a dedication ceremony and prayer for young 4 month-old Samuel who is a gift to one of the families in our church. They brought him for public dedication.

Scripture was read from Luke 22 and then Pastor Postiff offered exposition of 2 Timothy 1:9. One point that was emphasized in this message is that the power of God enables hte believer to not fear but rather be bold for the gospel. Another important idea we find in verse 9 is that salvation is NOT according to our works. It is rather based on God's purpose and grace.

Hosea, Part 21 - James Widgeon

Posted June 10, 2016 | 00:36:57 | 6.34 MB |

The study recorded here concerns Hosea 11. One important point that brother Widgeon made was that leaning upon one's own understanding is a dangerous place to be.

The listener will observe that there is some audio distortion and jumps. These are due to adjustments to the audio recording computer which was replaced just before this message was recorded.

The Gospel Revolution - Tom Gibbons

Audio from May 29, 2016 AM | Acts 17:16-17
Posted June 5, 2016 | 00:53:03 | 9.11 MB |

Missionary Tom Gibbons challenged the church to recognize the spiritual circumstances of the world around them and then to do something about what we see. Missions and evangelism is gospel revolutionaries taking the gospel revolution to enemy territory. We need to see our world clearly, feel the burden of evangelism profoundly, and speak the truth fearlessly.

Missionary Update from Tom Gibbons - Tom Gibbons

Posted June 5, 2016 | 00:36:47 | 6.32 MB |

GMSA Missionary Tom Gibbons gives an update on the church planting and camp development ministry in Chivilcoy, Argentina. Tom and his wife Debbie are one of three families that FBC supports in that region. The other two are Tim and Cristina Goossen in Gualeguaychu, Argentina and Mariano and Becky Proto in Carmelo, Uruguay.

Wise Counsel from Qohelet's Observations of Life - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 22, 2016 PM | Ecclesiastes 8
Posted May 23, 2016 | 00:50:18 | 8.64 MB |

After reading Lamentations 4, Pastor Postiff gave a verse-by-verse exposition of Ecclesiastes 8. The key take-away comes at the end of the chapter. It is there that we learn that if we ask a lot of questions about the meaning of life and God's administration of the affairs of life, we need to realize that we will NOT be able to come up with satisfactory answers. We are incapable. Pastor Postiff suggested that the two-fold reason for this is that we are finite and sinful. Only God knows how He is directing the affairs of the world. This humbles us, which helps us to keep our trust in God instead of in our own intellects!

Don't Be Ashamed - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 22, 2016 AM | 2 Timothy 1:6-8
Posted May 23, 2016 | 00:47:41 | 8.19 MB |

After reading Luke 20 and 2 Timothy 1, Pastor Postiff emphasizes Paul's message that urges us not to be ashamed about the gospel. While the world attempts to heap shame upon the Christian for his beliefs and morality, the real shame is that people don't acknowledge Christ or believe the gospel. We must be bold, not shrinking back. We have the most glorious and powerful message of all.

Hosea, Part 20 - James Widgeon

Posted May 22, 2016 | 00:37:10 | 6.38 MB |

The study of Hosea continues with the remainder of chapter 10 and beginning of chapter 11. We saw a connection between Hosea 11:1-2 and Exodus 4:22. The phrase "they called" of 11:2 offered an interpretational difficulty. We understood it as the prophets calling the people of Israel, while the people continually turned away from their message and from God.

More Wise Advice from Ecclesiastes - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 15, 2016 PM | Ecclesiastes 7
Posted May 22, 2016 | 00:51:40 | 8.87 MB |

After reading of Lamentations 3, Pastor Postiff concludes the study of Ecclesiastes 7. We also addressed a question about the ministering presence of the Holy Spirit in Old Testament saints.

Introduction to 2 Timothy - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 15, 2016 AM | 2 Timothy 1:1-5
Posted May 22, 2016 | 00:47:19 | 8.12 MB |

Paul addresses Timothy and reports on his prayer for his younger sidekick. It is encouraging to read Paul's mention that he was persuaded that Timothy was a genuine believer. Paul was hoping to see Timothy one more time before he died. His death, he felt, was imminent. Pastor Postiff reminded the church that there is no such thing as apostolic succession, and gives several reasons why that is the case. Luke 19 was read publicly at the beginning of the service.

Hosea, Part 19 - James Widgeon

Posted May 22, 2016 | 00:38:44 | 6.65 MB |

The text of Scripture in Hosea 1:1 emphasizes that the word of the Lord came to Hosea. He was not reporting his own word, but the word of God. God sent the prophet Hosea to a people whom He loved. But they still refused to listen.

Don't Be Naive - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 8, 2016 PM | Ecclesiastes 7
Posted May 10, 2016 | 00:37:25 | 6.42 MB |

For our worship service scripture, we read from Lamentations 2. In our continuing series in Ecclesiastes, Pastor Postiff explains the middle portion of chapter 7. The difficult passage that speaks of being "overly righteous" and "overly wise" is explained in a way that fits the context much better than a "moderation" or "self righteousness" explanation. Listen and learn!

The Ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven - Matt Postiff

Posted May 10, 2016 | 00:55:58 | 9.61 MB |

Today is Ascension Sunday. This Sunday is the closest to the Thursday which is 40 days after the resurrection, which is May 5 this year. Since we have not observed this holiday before, we thought it was important to spend some time considering the ascension of Christ.

The ascension of Christ to Heaven is a pivotal event because it marks the shift from the preceding phase of Jesus’ work to the new phase of it through the Spirit and apostles. It is also connected to the present ministry of Christ and His coming again to rule over His kingdom. We consider these truths in this message from God's word.

Hosea, Part 18 - James Widgeon

Posted May 9, 2016 | 00:34:56 | 6.00 MB |

We study a portion of Hosea 10 that offers some interpretive difficulties. It also has some riches in it that remind us, for instance, that we should not have a divided heart, but rather a heart united to fear the name of God (see Psalm 86:11).

Together With Christ - Matt Postiff

Posted May 9, 2016 | 00:24:07 | 4.14 MB |

Before the Lord's Table service, Pastor Postiff read from 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 and shared a message on several verses in Scripture that show our connection "together with Christ."

Closing Words to Philemon - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 1, 2016 AM | Philemon 21-25
Posted May 7, 2016 | 00:49:38 | 8.52 MB |

This recording includes reading of Luke 17 with a few comments; the reading of a letter received by Bill and Andi Smith from an organ recipient from their late son Hayden Milton Smith; the presentation of a graduation gift to Hanna Welch, recent UM graduate, and preaching from Philemon. The closing words of the letter contained a lot for us to consider. We summarized our study of the letter by reminding ourselves that it encourages us to be an intercessor like Paul, to be a penitent sinner like Onesimus, and to be a loving Christian like Philemon.

Hosea, Part 17 - James Widgeon

Posted May 7, 2016 | 00:38:29 | 6.61 MB |

Hosea chapter 9 is the subject of today's study led by Deacon James Widgeon.

A Good Name and the Day of Death - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 24, 2016 PM | Ecclesiastes 7
Posted April 30, 2016 | 00:36:05 | 6.20 MB |

After a brief report by one of our teenagers regarding a spiritual life enrichment program, and reading of Lamentations 1, Pastor Postiff took up Ecclesiastes 7. It expresses that it is good to have a good name and to make it to the end of life with that good name, among other truths. This is the passage that says that it is better to go to a funeral than a fun-filled party, because that is where we will all end up, and this in turn influences our priorities and how we live now.

Imputation-Based Reconciliation - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 24, 2016 AM | Philemon 17-21
Posted April 30, 2016 | 00:55:59 | 9.61 MB |

Our study of Philemon has reached the theological climax of the letter in which Paul proposes an exchange of merit and demerit between himself and Onesimus, to permit Phielmon to accept Onesimus once again. This exemplifies what Christians should do in their personal relationships, and illustrates what God does for the believer through Christ. At about the 5:00 minute mark, Pastor gave a brief testimony about Joyce Cartwright and prayer for her and Chuck as they move away.

Hosea, Part 16 - James Widgeon

Posted April 30, 2016 | 00:32:53 | 5.65 MB |

Hosea 8 comes back in review form, and then our study moves into chapter 9.

Ecclesiastes 6: Many Conundrums - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 17, 2016 PM | Ecclesiastes 6
Posted April 17, 2016 | 00:39:44 | 6.82 MB |

After reading of Jeremiah 52, the last chapter of that great prophecy, we studied Ecclesiastes 6 together. This chapter offers a glimpse into the frustratingly fleeing nature of life, and gives a reminder that we should not be dissatisfied with the lot God has assigned us.

The Appeal - Matt Postiff

Posted April 17, 2016 | 00:57:10 | 9.82 MB |

Paul now makes his appeal for Onesimus. An important note about this message is that Paul does not lay on Philemon an obligation, but makes a request that he hopes will be motivated by Philemon's Christian love.

Hosea, Part 15 - James Widgeon

Posted April 17, 2016 | 00:32:48 | 5.63 MB |

Hosea chapter 8 is the subject of the study in this Sunday school Adult Bible study class. The prophet wrote against a northern kingdom that was in a moral mess of idolatry.

Judges 2 - John O'Dell

Posted April 17, 2016 | 00:48:12 | 8.28 MB |

Pastor O'Dell reminds us of the importance of sound doctrine and bringing up our young people in the Word of God.

John 6 - John O'Dell

Posted April 17, 2016 | 01:00:42 | 10.42 MB |

Guest speaker Pastor John O'Dell gives an exposition of the latter portion of John 6, reminding the church that the entire chapter must be kept together in order to avoid unsound doctrine.

Hosea, Part 14 - James Widgeon

Posted April 17, 2016 | 00:39:17 | 6.74 MB |

Deacon Widgeon picks up the study of Hosea in chapter 7 after a couple weeks off.

The Bible on Gender Reassignment - Matt Postiff

Posted April 16, 2016 | 01:01:02 | 10.48 MB |

Pastor Postiff goes over the answer to a question that he received about gender reassignment in the Bible. See the associated blog post.

Introduction to Philemon, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted April 16, 2016 | 00:48:39 | 8.35 MB |

Our introduction to Philemon continues with an explanation of Paul's prayer for Philemon. Paul heard of the love and faith of Philemon and that was a major impetus of Paul's prayer.

The Presence of the Lord in the Table of the Lord - Matt Postiff

Posted April 16, 2016 | 00:29:15 | 5.02 MB |

As you probably know, there is a big debate as to how the Lord is present in the Table. Liturgy-centered believers have grown up understanding there is some mystical or sacramental presence of the Lord in the bread and wine of the Table. They can be shocked when they learn the symbolic view which we hold. In this message, Pastor Postiff gives a brief explanation of the various views and challenges us to think carefully and theologically about the presence of the Lord in the Table ordinance.

Road to Emmaus - Matt Postiff

Posted April 2, 2016 | 00:29:52 | 5.13 MB |

A message on the Lord's teaching of the two disciples as they walked to Emmaus, recorded in Luke 24. It is a fascinating portion of the Bible, and if you look carefully throughout Scripture, you can learn just what those disciples learned that day from Jesus.

A Tale of Two Trees - Matt Postiff

Posted April 2, 2016 | 00:51:48 | 8.89 MB |

Starting at 07:56, Pastor Postiff opens his sermon with a brief history of how Ann Arbor, Michigan was started. Our so-called "city of trees" evokes the memory of two more important trees: the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and the tree that Christians call the cross of Christ. These trees remind us of the need and provision of salvation that is what Easter is all about.

The Resurrection: Sunrise Service - Matt Postiff

Posted April 2, 2016 | 00:27:33 | 4.73 MB |

For this Easter morning service, the church read through all the resurrection accounts in the Scriptures and saw how they fit together.

Prayer for the Sick - Matt Postiff

Posted March 24, 2016 | 00:51:11 | 8.79 MB |

A dear and very sick friend of our church asked us to participate in special prayer in the manner of James 5:13-18. Because he was able to make it to the church at this early stage after his cancer diagnosis, we had the blessing of sharing together in a study of the James passage and then to have special prayer with anointing. In our ministry this is a very rare occurrence, and it was a first-time experience for many in the church. This was not a 'spectacle,' however. Pastor Postiff spoke on the James passage to help us understand better how prayer is to be offered in the case of severe illness and what the Bible teaches that God does about such prayer. The service ended with the prayer of Deacon James of Widgeon and Pastor Postiff. Deacon Widgeon's prayer was not audible, so we have omitted it, but kept the rest.

Bible Question and Answer - Matt Postiff

Posted March 24, 2016 | 00:49:05 | 8.43 MB |

Pastor Postiff took questions on a number of topics, including burial versus cremation; donation of one's body for medical research; organ donation (living and deceased); the enigma of Lot and how he could be a righteous man living in the midst of Sodom, along with his use of alcohol and the incident of incest with his daughters; the reason that the location of Lot's tent is given in Scripture; how Lot could have attempted to give up his daughters to the assailants outside his home; a brief mention about the justified use of deadly force; about the "wisdom" of Solomon given all his sins; when Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes; and about Luke 13 and how it is that people will attempt to enter the door of salvation but will not be permitted.

Church Plant Commissioning Message - Matt Postiff

Posted March 24, 2016 | 01:15:05 | 12.89 MB |

Fellowship Bible Church enjoyed a special commissioning service for their members who will be launching Sunday morning services in Howell, MI. Pastor Postiff outlined the history of the work in Howell and encouraged the church in Ann Arbor as well as the group in Howell to be faithful to the Lord and wholeheartedly take up the task of church planting and strengthening of our sending church. The service concluded with a time of prayer in which the planting team members were committed to the Lord.

Hosea, Part 13 - James Widgeon

Posted March 24, 2016 | 00:37:54 | 6.51 MB |

The study of Hosea continues with chapter 7.

Ecclesiastes Part 9 - Matt Postiff

Audio from March 13, 2016 PM | Ecclesiastes 5
Posted March 19, 2016 | 00:40:05 | 7.00 MB |

Pastor Postiff reminded us about the opening of chapter 5, that taught us to "watch our tongues." Then we examined the portions that have to do with societal corruption, material things, and enjoying the work God gives us.

Introduction to Philemon, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted March 19, 2016 | 00:48:56 | 8.40 MB |

Having laid the foundation in the past three weeks about slavery in the Bible, we now turn to Philemon and Onesimus and Paul's letter to Philemon. This message focuses on the background of the circumstances that surround the letter and Paul's greeting.

Hosea, Part 12 - James Widgeon

Posted March 19, 2016 | 00:40:08 | 6.89 MB |

The focus of this message is Hosea 7. Pastor Postiff added some reminders having to do with questions raised by the audience during the lesson regarding the purpose of the Old Testament for us today.

Lord's Table: Assurance of Salvation - Matt Postiff

Posted March 18, 2016 | 30:25 | 5.22 MB |

Pastor Postiff explains the bases of Christian assurance of salvation. We outlined four different views on whether one can have assurance of salvation and upon what bases. We then discussed briefly several factors that weight against assurance, talked about why it is important, and then detailed the three-fold basis of assurance.

The Bible and Slavery, Part 3 - Matt Postiff

Posted March 18, 2016 | 00:59:37 | 10.24 MB |

After a brief review, Pastor Postiff continues the study of slavery in the Bible by going over Old Testament regulations for domestic and foreign slaves in Israel. The terrible so-called justification of slavery based on Genesis 9:21-27 is also explained and dismissed as a terrible example of Bible interpretation. Pastor Postiff takes a clear and strong abolitionist position at the end of the message. The weight of Biblical theology and morality demand that property slavery and any abusive forms of that institution be eliminated. Servant arrangements or debt-payback arrangements are not forbidden and can be done righteously according to God's word.

With this message, the mini-series on slavery is completed and next time, we will start looking at the letter to Philemon and learn about Onesimus and his slavery situation.

Hosea, Part 11 - James Widgeon

Posted March 18, 2016 | 00:40:03 | 6.88 MB |

The exposition of Hosea continues into chapter 6, with references to Acts 8 about a man named Simon whose heart was not right with God.

Ecclesiastes, Part 8 - Matt Postiff

Audio from February 28, 2016 PM | Ecclesiastes 4-5
Posted March 5, 2016 | 00:36:56 | 6.34 MB |

In this message, we complete the study of Ecclesiastes 4 and continue into chapter 5. The study at the end of chapter 4 concerns the comparison between an old and foolish king and a young and poor but wise youth. In chapter 5, we saw that Solomon urges us to watch our mouths.

The Bible and Slavery, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted March 5, 2016 | 00:53:15 | 9.14 MB |

Pastor Postiff extends the discussion of two weeks ago with a study of New Testament regulations for slaves and masters, freedom for slaves, slavery in ancient Rome, and the Old Testament regulation on Israelite servants and masters. There will be one more part to this series on March 5, 2016.

Hosea, Part 10 - James Widgeon

Posted March 5, 2016 | 00:44:19 | 7.61 MB |

Deacon Widgeon continues his explanation of the text of Hosea, this time dealing with chapter 5. One interesting portion had to do with the removal of a landmark, which amounted to stealing property. The study continues into chapter 6 with a call for repentance.

The Fear of God - John O'Dell

Posted February 25, 2016 | 00:39:23 | 6.76 MB |

Pastor O'Dell gives some overview of Hebrews and then focuses on the opening verse of the fourth chapter where the idea of the fear of God is mentioned. He emphasizes the proper definition of fear, which goes beyond mere reverential respect for God. It is helpful to take note of the object of our fear and the reason for our fear.

Haman: A Bad Example - John O'Dell

Posted February 25, 2016 | 01:08:22 | 11.74 MB |

After reading from Scripture in Luke 9, from about 7:50 to 12:39, Pastor Postiff offered special prayer for the Smith family who lost their beloved son Hayden 6 months ago today. Pastor O'Dell then preached on the bad character of Haman with his character traits of anger and pride and the like.

Hosea, Part 9 - James Widgeon

Posted February 25, 2016 | 00:37:15 | 6.40 MB |

Deacon Widgeon continues teaching through Hosea 4 and moves into chapter 5. He reminds us that we should obey God even if we don't understand all the ins and outs of what He has asked us to do. He also reminds us that Israel was full of pride instead of being humble and ashamed of their sin.

Ecclesiastes, Part 7 - Matt Postiff

Posted February 25, 2016 | 00:37:59 | 6.52 MB |

After reading Jeremiah 40-41, we reviewed the opening verses of Ecclesiastes 4 and continued an exposition of the "two better than one" portion of the chapter.

The Bible and Slavery, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted February 18, 2016 | 00:57:36 | 9.89 MB |

In answer to the issue of slavery raised in Colossians 3 and 4, as well as in preparation for a study of Philemon, we spent some time examining the issue of slavery and how the Bible talks about it. A key takeaway from this message is that kidnapping or "man-stealing," as it is called, is a crime punishable under the Law of Moses by death. Such slave trading was therefore unlawful in the nation of Israel. The next message in this series will take up a couple of difficult issues that arise from the Old Testament.

Hosea, Part 8 - James Widgeon

Posted February 18, 2016 | 00:37:12 | 6.39 MB |

We continue our exposition of Hosea, with special attention to the remainder of chapter 4, reference to Israel's covenants in Genesis 12, the charges that God brought against her, and the lack of knowledge that ended up destroying the people of Israel. An interesting thing comes up about the responsibility of the priests of the people.

Lord's Table: Forgiveness and Love - Matt Postiff

Posted February 9, 2016 | 00:36:33 | 6.28 MB |

The well-known account of the sinful woman who washed Jesus feet with her hair is the subject of our communion meditation for this evening's Lord's Table service. Listen in as several brothers in the church share Scripture reading and comments, followed by Pastor's exposition of the end of Luke 7.

Closing Words - Matt Postiff

Audio from February 7, 2016 AM | Colossians 4:15-18
Posted February 9, 2016 | 00:59:18 | 10.18 MB |

Don't stop paying attention just because it is the last few lines of the letter. Sometimes the most significant words come at the end! The Bible covers four issues in the final verses. First, Paul gives final greetings. Then he exhorts the people to read the letter and another letter that they will receive via Laodicea. He makes a public admonition to Archippus to fulfill the ministry he has been assigned. And finally, he gives a closing salutation.

Thus ends our study of Colossians for now! Do not be wowed by anything other than Christ, and let His gospel transform you from a worldly person to a person full of the fruit of the Spirit.

Hosea, Part 7 - James Widgeon

Posted February 9, 2016 | 00:38:27 | 6.60 MB |

Our exposition of Hosea continues, with reference to a number of other Old Testament passages of Scripture. One audience question arose, having to do with the nature of demonic influence on people who practiced idolatry. This brought up the issue of the stubbornness of the human nature which does such things even when the care of God has been clearly manifested.

Bible Question and Answer - Matt Postiff

Posted February 2, 2016 | 00:53:47 | 9.23 MB |

After reading of Jeremiah 38 and 39, Pastor Postiff answered some Bible questions. Included were questions (1) about the KJV translation of Hosea 2:16 with the words "Ishi" and "Baali"; (2) about why the Lord commanded the crowd to stay quiet about the healing that He had just performed and why then the people did not obey Him; (3) about why the demon in Mark 9 did not immediately leave the boy when the Lord commanded him to do so; (4) about where demons go after they are cast out; (5) and a general question about demons, demonic influence, the relationship of a Christian believer to demons, societal influence of demons, and the like.

Apostolic Partners, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Audio from January 31, 2016 AM | Colossians 4:10-14
Posted February 1, 2016 | 00:59:50 | 10.27 MB |

We continue our study of Paul's apostolic helpers by looking at Aristarchus, John Mark (the cousin of Barnabas), Jesus Justus, Epaphras, Luke, and Demas. Two stories come to the fore: about Mark's departure from Christian work and subsequent restoration; and Demas's departure without a restoration. Listen in for encouragement in the midst of failure, and warning to avoid apostasy.

Hosea, Part 6 - James Widgeon

Posted January 31, 2016 | 00:37:19 | 6.41 MB |

Brother Widgeon continues teaching through Hosea, moving into chapters 3 and 4.

Apostolic Partners - Matt Postiff

Audio from January 24, 2016 AM | Colossians 4:7-9
Posted January 26, 2016 | 01:00:19 | 10.36 MB |

About 15 years ago Pastor Saxe preached on this section of Scripture and titled it "Apostolic Partners." That title captured my attention and for some reason I never forgot it. As I think on it now, the title interested my mind because it spoke of a team effort, of fellowship in the work of the gospel, of partnership, of a precious inter-personal relationship that was shared between Paul and his co-workers, and of people instead of just doctrines or ideas. Such special team partnerships are part of our own experience in this church and in our sister churches.

In this message, we examine this passage afresh, looking at reasons why we should study a section of the Bible on greetings: after all, it doesn't seem very important. But we will see that the examples of faith that we see here are important models for us to follow.

Hosea, Part 5 - James Widgeon

Posted January 26, 2016 | 00:36:22 | 6.24 MB |

We review Hosea again and continue into chapter 2 and 3. An emphasis is made on God's betrothal of Israel, her unfaithfulness, and His readiness to take her back again.

Question and Answer - Matt Postiff

Posted January 26, 2016 | 00:51:14 | 8.80 MB |

Pastor Postiff answers Bible questions about Genesis 4:7, the nature of the Holy Spirit's ministry in the Old Testament compared to His New Covenant ministry (Prov. 1:23 was one passage we examined), how the Spirit's work of rebirth is related to the Old Testament's New Covenant promises (Ezekiel 36:24-27), and a continuation in our study of Ecclesiastes 4. Despite Qohelet's depressive mode in the opening verses of chapter 4, we understand that there is a very great good to living, and that is that we can fellowship with Jesus Christ. Apart from God, this perspective does not become evident.

Wise Conduct and Gracious Speech - Matt Postiff

Audio from January 17, 2016 AM | Colossians 4:5-6
Posted January 24, 2016 | 00:55:19 | 9.50 MB |

The previous verses have addressed specific matters of personal conduct, conduct in the church, life in the family and home, and toward God in prayer. The last general instruction in the letter (before greetings and final words) has to do with our conduct toward those who are outside the church.

Hosea, Part 4 - James Widgeon

Posted January 24, 2016 | 00:39:48 | 6.83 MB |

Deacon Widgeon advances our study of Hosea into chapter 2.

Ecclesiastes, Part 6 - Matt Postiff

Posted January 16, 2016 | 00:40:23 | 6.93 MB |

We continued our study of Ecclesiastes 3. We thought about the rhythm of life in the opening verses of chapter 3 last time. But now we see God's perspective on life, in which his actions are forever. Furthermore, the text considers the problem of wickedness in places where righteousness is supposed to be. Finally, Solomon considers the matter of the great likeness of people and animals.

Devoted to Prayer - Matt Postiff

Audio from January 10, 2016 AM | Colossians 4:2-4
Posted January 16, 2016 | 00:59:09 | 10.16 MB |

Christians have responsibilities in several areas of their lives: to know true doctrine and not be deceived by false teachers (Colossians 1:1-2:19), to be involved in personal sanctification (2:20-3:12), inter-personal relationships (3:13-15), corporate worship (3:16-17), marriage (3:18-19), family life (3:20-21), and employment (3:22-4:1). All these responsibilities must be combined in a wise and God-honoring way so as to be operational in our lives. But there is another area that, in a way, is foundational to these, and that is prayer. It is impossible to faithfully carry out our Christian responsibilities without praying.

This message explores how we can carry out our duty to pray in our personal lives and for our pastors and missionaries.

Hosea, Part 3 - James Widgeon

Posted January 16, 2016 | 00:31:57 | 5.49 MB |

Our series in Hosea continues, moving well into chapter 1 with this study.

Ecclesiastes, Part 5 - Matt Postiff

Audio from January 3, 2016 PM | Ecclesiastes 3:1-13
Posted January 6, 2016 | 00:49:16 | 8.46 MB |

We studied what is probably the most well-known passage of Ecclesiastes, but not because people study their Bible carefully! The idea of "a time for everything" has gotten into pop culture in America through an old song, but we carefully considered what it means that there is a time for every event in God's wise plan.

House Rules, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Audio from January 3, 2016 AM | Colossians 3:20-4:1
Posted January 6, 2016 | 00:56:50 | 9.76 MB |

Our study of the Bible's "household code" continues with instructions for children, fathers, servants, and masters. The idea of submission and obedience comes up again as it did in the prior message. Pastor Postiff only briefly touches on the issue of slavery in the Bible, reserving a fuller treatment for another time.

Hosea, Part 2 - James Widgeon

Posted January 3, 2016 | 00:34:07 | 5.86 MB |

The book study in Hosea is still in a very introductory phase, with some review of 1 Kings followed by an examination of the opening verses of chapter 1. A question was raised about the propriety of God's command to Hosea to take a wife of harlotry, or whether it even was a command.

2015 Year in Review and Q and A - Matt Postiff

Posted December 29, 2015 | 00:45:36 | 7.83 MB |

Pastor Postiff reviewed some of the sermon material that was covered during the 2015. Two questions were addressed, regarding the problem of evil and the gospel of the kingdom.

House Rules, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Audio from December 27, 2015 AM | Colossians 3:18-19
Posted December 28, 2015 | 01:01:30 | 10.56 MB |

Pastor Postiff deals with the unpopular but important truth dealing with wives submitting to their husbands and husbands loving their wives. If you are having marital problems, this passage is a brief instruction manual that will be a great help to you.

Hosea, Part 1 - James Widgeon

Posted December 28, 2015 | 00:39:45 | 6.83 MB |

Following on from the study of Psalm 78 in the Adult Bible Study, our teacher, James Widgeon, takes us into a study of 1 Kings to set the stage for Hosea.

Out of Egypt: Christmas Eve - Matt Postiff

Posted December 28, 2015 | 00:42:17 | 7.26 MB |

A somewhat obscure text, Matthew 2:15, forms the basis of the Christmas Eve message from this worship service. Israel was called out of Egypt; Jesus was called out of Egypt; the believer is figuratively called out of Egypt into the salvation-land of promise. Meditate on that truth with us as you listen in.

Jesus, the Center of Christmas - Matt Postiff

Posted December 21, 2015 | 00:57:56 | 9.89 MB |

The Bible does not command the Christian to celebrate Christmas. We are told rather to remember the Lord's death. His incarnation, however, is still significant because it was on the way to the crucifixion and death that provided forgiveness of sin. In this message, Pastor Postiff takes a tour of the "doctrine of Christmas" and expands upon several key ideas about Christmas--what it means in the secular mind, and what in means in the Christian mind.

Psalm 78, Part 3 - James Widgeon

Posted December 21, 2015 | 00:36:04 | 6.19 MB |

Brother Widgeon continues his exposition of Psalm 78 with more on the history of Israel and what we can learn from it.

Jesus the Messiah - Matt Postiff

Posted December 21, 2015 | 01:29:44 | 30.81 MB |

A wonderful program of Christmas music, Scripture readings, and a sermon that illustrates the saving program of God using the outline of Handel's Messiah. This Christmas program is all about Jesus the Messiah.

Whatever You Do - Matt Postiff

Posted December 15, 2015 | 00:36:19 | 6.23 MB |

The Bible continues in Colossians 3:17 to encourage the Christian to live a godly life by saying that whatever we do--whether words or actions--needs to be done in the name of the Lord Jesus and with thanks to God the Father through Jesus. This is a comprehensive statement that doesn't leave room for another valid compartment in our lives in which we live outside of the name of the Lord Jesus and without thanksgiving to God.

Psalm 78, Part 2 - James Widgeon

Posted December 14, 2015 | 00:37:28 | 6.43 MB |

In the Sunday school, we continue a study of the 78th Psalm.

Ecclesiastes, Part 4 - Matt Postiff

Audio from December 6, 2015 PM | Ecclesiastes 1-2
Posted December 14, 2015 | 00:45:05 | 7.74 MB |

We continue our study of Ecclesiastes, and see that Solomon advises us to enjoy the gifts that God has given us: food, work, family, etc.

The Richly Indwelling Word - Matt Postiff

Audio from December 6, 2015 AM | Colossians 3:16
Posted December 14, 2015 | 00:51:14 | 8.80 MB |

After reading of John 21, Pastor Postiff exhorted the church that every believer needs to know his Bible well. The entire Word of God must live in the believer and have an impact in his life. It is the center of the church's teaching and music ministries.

Lord's Table: Prayer - Matt Postiff

Audio from December 6, 2015 SS | 1 Samuel 12:19-25
Posted December 14, 2015 | 00:24:52 | 4.27 MB |

Pastor Postiff briefly explains the meaning of the Lord's Table, and makes a timely exhortation on the matter of prayer for the pastor's ministry and for Christian ministry in general. Various passages are briefly examined, followed by an explanation of 1 Samuel 12:19-25.

Appropriate Behavior for the Christian - Matt Postiff

Audio from November 29, 2015 AM | Colossians 3:12-15
Posted December 14, 2015 | 00:54:30 | 9.36 MB |

We come now to the very important "put on" section of Colossians 3. God graciously grants the Christian believer the freedom to live a life of kindness, humility, patience, forgiveness, and love. it takes some good participation on our part to implement these virtues, but we can do so.

Israel from Captivity to David - James Widgeon

Posted December 14, 2015 | 00:38:59 | 6.69 MB |

James Widgeon gives an exposition of Psalm 78. His outline follows MacArthur: (1) Verses 1-11 has an exhortation and instruction to children; and 2) Verses 12-72 include a lecture on the graciousness of God in two parts, verses 12-39 and verses 40-72.

Thanksgiving: Justification and What God Has Done - Andy Reyes and Matt Postiff

Audio from November 25, 2015 PM | James 2:25-26; Luke 17:11-19
Posted December 6, 2015 | 00:33:39 | 5.78 MB |

Andy Reyes preached on justification in James and the problem passage having to do with justification by faith and/or works with the Old Testament illustration of Rahab. Pastor Postiff followed up with a brief exhortation from Luke on the ten lepers, only one of whom returned to express thanksgiving to the Lord.

Ecclesiastes, Part 3 - Matt Postiff

Audio from November 22, 2015 PM | Ecclesiastes 1-12
Posted November 25, 2015 | 00:42:16 | 7.26 MB |

Pastor Postiff takes us on a high-level tour of Ecclesiastes, showing the theme, key ideas, the boundaries of the introduction and conclusion, and features used in the body of Solomon's book including his experimentation, reflections, conclusions, and exhortations.

The Old Man and the New - Matt Postiff

Audio from November 22, 2015 AM | Colossians 3:9-11
Posted November 24, 2015 | 00:49:24 | 8.48 MB |

We come now to a restatement of a core truth of spiritual transformation in the Christian’s life. I say restatement because we have seen already the idea of dying with Christ and rising again with Him. These truths speak to our Christian identity, that is, who we are in Christ. More particularly it speaks to how believers have that identity, because they are identified with Him in His death and resurrection.

And so because of that, we are to make our priorities heavenly priorities and our thoughts heavenly thoughts. We expect that the Lord will return suddenly, and perhaps rather soon, at which time it will become evident who we really are in Him. The world will not scoff at us then!

We must therefore mortify (kill) the things in our lives that are earthly, sensual, and demonic, like fornication, passion, covetousness, anger, filthy language, lying, etc. In this sermon, we learn more about why we must do that and how it is possible.

Psalm 23 - James Widgeon

Posted November 24, 2015 | 00:30:00 | 5.15 MB |

Deacon James Widgeon shares thoughts from a very well-known Psalm, the 23rd. See if you gain some new insight into God's word as you listen in.

Ecclesiastes, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted November 15, 2015 | 00:41:43 | 7.16 MB |

We continue our study of the introductory matters in Ecclesiastes, covering more about the message of the book, including the enjoyment of life theme, the vanity theme, and the idea of grasping for the wind, all of which recur several times in Solomon's book about life.

Killing Sin - Matt Postiff

Audio from November 15, 2015 AM | Colossians 3:4-8
Posted November 15, 2015 | 00:54:20 | 9.33 MB |

We continue our study of Colossians 3 in the ‘practical’ section of the letter. Paul gets specific and personal as to how Christians are to live. Simply put, believers are to mortify sin because the sinful lifestyle characterized our past and brings the wrath of God both now and especially in the future. We also look forward to being glorified with Christ at His second coming, so we want to move decisively in the direction of purity starting NOW.

Matthew 24: The Olivet Discourse - Terry Scott

Posted November 15, 2015 | 00:39:54 | 6.85 MB |

This passage offers many interpretive difficulties, the first being its setting in God's eschatological timeline. After discussing this point, Terry Scott taught the body of the chapter with an emphasis on the unknown timing with signs building up to the revelation of Jesus Christ and the inauguration of the kingdom.

Ecclesiastes, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted November 15, 2015 | 00:43:08 | 7.40 MB |

In this message, Pastor Postiff begins to introduce the book of Ecclesiastes. Issues of authorship, canonicity, and the meaning of "vanity" are considered along with several other things. The book of Ecclesiastes has a positive, godly message for us all, even 3000 years after it was written.

The Resurrection Mindset - Matt Postiff

Audio from November 8, 2015 AM | Colossians 3:1-3
Posted November 15, 2015 | 01:00:14 | 10.34 MB |

We begin our study of the practical section of Paul's epistle by looking at the resurrection mindset of the believer. Immediately we were faced with an issue of the grammatical construct of a "first class condition" and had to learn how to properly translate and handle that construction at the beginning of verse 1. Then we learned that we must have heavenly priorities operational in our thoughts and lives. Why is this? Because Christians died with Christ and rose again with him when they were saved.

The Fourth Discourse: Sin in the House - Terry Scott

Posted November 15, 2015 | 00:56:44 | 9.74 MB |

Terry Scott teaches through Matthew 18, particularly about child-like faith and forgiveness of sin in the family of God. The matter of church discipline is covered as well. Pastor Postiff added some material on these matters in the last 12 minutes or so of the class.

Lord's Table: Wait for One Another - Matt Postiff

Audio from November 1, 2015 Lord's Table | 1 Corinthians 11:33-34
Posted November 14, 2015 | 00:23:28 | 4.03 MB |

After the reading of Jeremiah 20, Pastor Postiff shared the last two verses in 1 Corinthians 11:33-34 to prepare for the Lord's Table.

Divine Realities in an Uncertain World - Jack McMahan

Posted November 14, 2015 | 00:56:43 | 9.74 MB |

Isaiah, like us, lived in a wicked society. Isaiah saw a vision of God seated in heaven, the thrice holy God, separate from all creation, the Holy One of Israel. Today, we see God through His Word. We must humbly confess our sins, because we need God. We must not try to find any other "attraction" to the church but God Himself.

Priorities for Churches that Reach the Lost - Jack McMahan

Posted November 14, 2015 | 00:41:10 | 7.07 MB |

Missionary Jack McMahan reminded us that Acts is a tale of two churches: the church in Jerusalem, and the church in Antioch. He reminded us that God uses frail vessels to save the souls of others. The church must have the priority of evangelism and teaching the Word of God. It must also prioritize Christ-like leaders. It must also put emphasis on serving the Lord in the local church. It must also put a high priority on prayer. It must prioritize the sacrifice of good leaders to missions work.

The Mirror of the Word - Andy Reyes

Posted November 14, 2015 | 00:25:40 | 4.41 MB |

Guest teacher Andy Reyes takes us through the passage in James about applying the Word of God in our lives.

The Reformation and Not Living Like the World - Matt Postiff

Posted November 8, 2015 | 00:59:51 | 10.28 MB |

After reading in Jeremiah, Pastor Postiff read a number of Luther's 95 Theses posted on the door of the Wittenberg church in Germany in 1517. The church then watched a video about Pastor Olaf Latzel on CBN News.com. We saw that the Reformation is needed today in Germany just as it was nearly 500 years ago.

Pastor then completed a sermon he started in Sunday school on worldliness that should not be present in the life of the believer. The PowerPoint slides for that talk are available here: Don't Be Like the World.

False Additions to Christianity, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Audio from October 25, 2015 AM | Colossians 2:18-23
Posted November 8, 2015 | 00:54:02 | 9.28 MB |

In the previous message, we focused on Colossians 2:16-17 with an emphasis on the fact that Christians are not permitted to submit themselves to religious rituals as a way of salvation or sanctification. The present study extends from verses 18 through 23 and adds that Christians are not permitted to worship angels nor to submit to asceticism as a method of solving the problem of sin. These things are idolatrous and take away from the finished work of Christ as it applies to the believer's life.

False Religions Added to Christianity - Matt Postiff

Audio from October 18, 2015 AM | Colossians 2:16-17
Posted October 23, 2015 | 00:41:39 | 7.15 MB |

After an amazing sequence of verses on the preeminence of Christ and the work He has done for us in salvation, Paul turns his attention to exhortations to protect against the man-made traditions that were flooding Colossae. The first of these was Jewish rituals. The other two--angel worship and ascetic practices--will be addressed in a future message.

Creation and Question and Answer - Matt Postiff

Audio from October 11, 2015 PM | Genesis 1-3, etc.
Posted October 23, 2015 | 00:48:07 | 8.26 MB |

Pastor Postiff answered a young audience member's question about Hebrew poetry, discussed briefly with the congregation the doctrine of God, and then starting at about the 13:00 minute mark covered the matter of essential truths of young earth creation to arrive at a definition of what that doctrine is.h

The Power of Salvation - Matt Postiff

Audio from October 11, 2015 AM | Colossians 2:11-15
Posted October 22, 2015 | 01:00:38 | 10.41 MB |

In verses 8-10 we were told to beware lest we be captivated by the empty philosophy of deceitful, man-made, worldly traditions. We should not be captured that way because we are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, in Whom dwells all the fullness of deity and in Whom we are complete. Anything less than Christ would be a raw deal. We have Jesus, the God-man Who is over all things; what else do we think we need?! Who else do false teachers think we need? Some new religious book? Some best-seller? Some movie? Pop psychology? Music to draw in the lost? Some "new revelation" or religion?

Beyond the facts of the deity and headship of Christ, the Bible explains several more truths that double as reasons why we should never be drawn away from Christ to follow another form of doctrine. Look at what Christ has done for those who are His. If you in Christ, you have been spiritually circumcised, Spirit-baptized, regenerated, forgiven, and freed from the power of demonic forces.

Mission Mandate - Terry Scott

Posted October 22, 2015 | 00:38:57 | 6.69 MB |

This message is a study of Matthew 10, with its limited 'mission mandate' which Terry Scott correctly contrasts with the global missions mandate of Matthew 28.

Avoiding Condemnation - Matt Postiff

Audio from October 4, 2015 PM | 1 Corinthians 11:32
Posted October 21, 2015 | 00:32:40 | 5.61 MB |

After reading in Jeremiah, Pastor Postiff shared from 1 Corinthians 11 regarding judging ourselves so that we would not be condemned with the world. We saw how the text presupposes that the world will in fact be condemned, and that the believer can do something to avoid experiencing God's condemnation.h

Christ the Fullness of God - Matt Postiff

Audio from October 4, 2015 AM | Colossians 2:8-10
Posted October 19, 2015 | 00:54:00 | 9.27 MB |

The apostle Paul, under God’s direction, writes to combat the false teaching that was sweeping into Colossae. He tells the believers there, and Christians today, not to be carried off with false teaching. There are two reasons why. First, Christ is God, and second, all believers are complete in Christ. So, there is no need for any one or anything else! Christian salvation is all you need, and beside that, it is the only real salvation there is.

The Sermon on the Mount, Part 2 - Terry Scott

Posted October 19, 2015 | 00:37:12 | 6.39 MB |

Matthew chapters 6 and 7 were the subject for the Sunday school in Terry Scott's continuing series on the Lord's discourses in Matthew's gospel.

Repetition in Song, Sola Scriptura - Matt Postiff

Posted September 28, 2015 | 00:57:43 | 9.91 MB |

After reading Jeremiah 10 and 11, Pastor Postiff taught on two topics. First he gave an analysis of several Christian songs in terms of their repetition and interacted with the audience's questions about that matter (starting at 8:15; Powerpoint available here, blog post here). The second part of the message was an extension of the morning sermon on Colossians 2:6-7 concerning the matter of the Scripture as our sufficient and sole rule of faith and practice (starting at 34:30).

Walk as You Were Taught - Matt Postiff

Posted September 28, 2015 | 00:55:26 | 9.52 MB |

In light of the danger to the Colossians, posed by persuasive false teachers, Paul reinforces to them how they should live in Christ. He does this by reminding them of the teaching that they had received about Christ. They received Christ under a certain form of teaching, and they were to follow through faithfully with that teaching. We learned that we need to evaluate the teaching we receive today by the gold standard in the Scriptures. We also read John 11 and were blessed with an arrangement of an old hymn "Face to Face with Christ My Savior."

The Sermon on the Mount - Terry Scott

Posted September 28, 2015 | 00:46:43 | 8.02 MB |

Terry Scott begins a series of studies on the discourses of our Lord recorded in Matthew's gospel. The subject of today's message is the Sermon on the Mount, chapters 5-6.

No Worries! Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted September 26, 2015 | 00:33:06 | 5.68 MB |

Pastor Postiff shared at the prayer meeting a message about the sources and Christian solutions of worry. There is more to be said, but Psalm 127:1-2 was our starting point to see how useless it is to worry about things that are outside of our control. We can burn the candle at both ends, but if God is not in it, it is empty. We learn again then the desperate need we have to trust the Lord in all of life.

Pastor Postiff taught part 2 of this message on September 30, 2015. Unfortunately it was not taped. Contact us if you would like the notes.

Theology: Queen of the Sciences, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted September 26, 2015 | 00:54:02 | 9.28 MB |

Pastor Postiff continues calling the church to look at theology as the highest of all areas of knowledge. It has been fashionable in the past generation or two to call the church to greater involvement in many fields of human knowledge, to "redeem" those fields or "take them back" for God. His thesis is in an entirely different direction, namely that we should remind ourselves that God and the study of God are the highest and best field of knowledge that exists. We should focus our attention on Him, because without God, no other field of knowledge would exist. Furthermore, an academic knowledge of a certain sub-speciality will be impoverished to the extent that it does not know God.

Paul's Ministerial Concern - Matt Postiff

Posted September 26, 2015 | 01:01:23 | 10.54 MB |

The Bible here describes Paul's struggle of concern and prayer for the believers in Colossae that they may be lovingly connected to their church and on guard against false teachers who use persuasive words to lure people away from Jesus Christ.

Introduction to James - Andy Reyes

Posted September 26, 2015 | 00:40:16 | 6.91 MB |

Intern Andy Reyes offers his first exposition of the book of James. In it, he covers the opening verse of chapter 1, and addresses the servant mindset of James.

Theology: Queen of the Sciences, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted September 19, 2015 | 00:38:10 | 6.55 MB |

Pastor Postiff begins to lay out a case, from a Christian perspective, that the study of God is the most important science of all fields of sciences. This message is a call for Christians to reassert that theology is in fact the queen of sciences. The unbelieving world will likely not agree. But we need to move past the arguments between atheism and Christian theism, for God does in fact exist. There is no higher or perfect object of study than God.

Ministering the Mystery of the Gospel - Matt Postiff

Audio from September 13, 2015 AM | Colossians 1:25-29
Posted September 18, 2015 | 01:01:20 | 10.53 MB |

We would not even have spiritual life, much less any further blessings, unless it were for the mystery of the gospel made known by God through His apostles and prophets. God is at work through His servants, and in you, to accomplish His great goal to perfect you. Each of us needs to strive toward that goal according to His working which works in us.

The gospel took you from where you were in sin and death to where you are in life and freedom. But God is not done! He wants to take you from where you are to perfection in Christ Jesus.

Lord's Table: Interpersonal Relationships and Judging Ourselves - Matt Postiff

Posted September 10, 2015 | 00:25:12 | 4.33 MB |

For this Lord's Table service, we thought about Ephesians 4:31 and its parallel, Colossians 3:8. Then, Pastor Postiff tied those in with 1 Corinthians 11:31-32 to remind us of the need to judge ourselves in order to avoid the chastening hand of God for sins concerning the Table.

Suffering for Christ - Matt Postiff

Posted September 10, 2015 | 00:44:50 | 7.70 MB |

Paul begins in verse 24 to focus on the ministry that God gave him to proclaim the gospel and make sure that people grew to maturity in Christ. To begin with, he gives us some insight into his theology of suffering. In particular, he tells how he rejoices in suffering as a way to fill up the afflictions of Christ, to help the believers in Colossae, and to propel the mission of the entire Church forward. Considering Christians who have come under attack throughout world history, and the believers who are suffering at the time of this message, we must consider our own view of suffering and what we will do if it is thrust upon us.

Public Service Announcement: Alcohol - Matt Postiff

Posted September 10, 2015 | 00:03:41 | 649.27 KB |

Pastor Postiff gives 14 reasons why you should not partake of alcoholic beverages at all, and answers several objections. Listen in--it's only about three and a half minutes of your time, but it may save your life.

The Resurrection of the Dead - Mark Snoeberger

Posted September 4, 2015 | 00:43:08 | 7.41 MB |

Dr. Mark Snoeberger reminded us on Sunday of Jonathan Edwards' ninth resolution, to consider his own death. Death is a common circumstance to all, but Christians know that God grants the blessing of resurrection and immortality for all believers. In the opening verses of 2 Corinthians 5, Paul gives a defense of the facts of immortality, and then gives God's expectations for us in view of our immortality. There is a permanent sphere of existence to which we graduate when we die. We will experience a greater life in the age to come. But this truth is not only for comfort during grief; this future reality calls for us to shape our present life in view of our future life.

King of the Beasts - Mike Brunk

Posted September 2, 2015 | 00:41:56 | 7.20 MB |

Pastor Postiff offered introductory remarks. Bill Smith testified of how God has led their family in the immediate aftermath of their son's Hayden's tragic death. Then Missionary Mike Brunk opened Daniel 6 to help us understand a message cleverly entitled "The King of the Beasts."

Daniel 6 contains one of the most famous stories in all of the Bible. The text is outlined like this: the jealousy of wicked men, the integrity of faithful men, and the snare of foolish men. A big lesson we learn from it is that when we face difficulties, we have to go on, like Daniel did. He faced the king of the beasts, the lions, but there is one greater King than even the lions, and that is God. God delivered Daniel from the lions!

Kingdom Digits - Mike Brunk

Posted September 2, 2015 | 00:53:21 | 9.16 MB |

The series in Daniel continues in our Bible conference this weekend. We see in this message how God gives grace to the humble, and resists the proud. Missionary Brunk encouraged us to be sensitive to the things of God during a time of very difficult emotions. Listen in to hear where the title "Kingdom Digits" comes from!

Kingdom Dreams - Mike Brunk

Posted September 2, 2015 | 00:45:17 | 7.77 MB |

To begin the service, Missionary Brunk showed a brief video updating the church on his ministry. Then he turned to the conference series in Daniel.

In chapter 2, God gives Nebuchadnezzar a dream about the future of world government. That is God's plan for the world. But in chapter 3, Nebuchadnezzar has his own plans which are in conflict with God's plan. God reveals truth; the king defied God's truth; and God confirms His truth.

When our plans don't match God's plans, our duty is to humble ourselves under the hand of God.

Kingdom Disaster - Mike Brunk

Posted September 2, 2015 | 00:55:39 | 9.55 MB |

After Wednesday's message on unity in the church, one of our church's teenagers was killed in a car accident. The initial plan for our Bible conference did not seem appropriate to the new circumstances of the church family, so Missionary Mike Brunk changed the series to look at some texts in the book of Daniel to remind the church family of the sovereignty of God over all the events of the world, world kingdoms, and in the lives of His people. The book of Daniel is about how God is in control when things seem out of control. The remaining messages will be the Kingdom Dreams, Kingdom Digits, and the King of the Beasts.

We saw that God lovingly trains and disciplines His people. Daniel resolved not to be conformed to his worldly surroundings.

Bible Conference: Unity Overturned - Mike Brunk

Posted September 2, 2015 | 00:39:20 | 6.75 MB |

Missionary Mike Brunk begins a planned series of five message on Ephesians and unity in the church. This first message has to do with the effect of sin and how it spoils unity by separating people from God. The remainder of the series is slated to cover different aspects of Biblical unity: the second message will show that Christ has determined to make a unified whole of his creation; third, Ephesians 4:1-6 will show the standard of unity; the fourth message will be unity empowered, focusing on the centrality of the Bible to true unity; and finally the series will cover the demonstration of unity by appropriating the word into daily life.

Qualifications of the Pastor, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted September 1, 2015 | 00:37:15 | 6.40 MB |

In addition to the singing of hymns, we read Jeremiah 3-4 in this service. Pastor Postiff spoke about further qualifications of a pastor. We touched on the topics of seminary training, apprenticeship, humility in the pastorate, and openness in the pastoral search process.

Reconciled in Christ - Matt Postiff

Audio from August 16, 2015 AM | Colossians 1:21-23
Posted September 1, 2015 | 00:55:31 | 9.53 MB |

Our worship service consisted of a reading of John 6 and preaching from Colossians 1:21-23, in which we are reminded that Christians were formerly estranged from God, but Christ reconciled them through faith.

In verses 21-23, the focus shifts from the Lord's provision of reconciliation to the individuals who are recipients of that reconciliation. Our condition prior to reconciliation was horrific. We were alienated and enemies of God. The outcome of reconciliation, Christ's goal in the believer's life, is that we would be holy and without blemish. The continuing evidence of reconciliation is that Christians continue in the faith--and if we do not, that is "anti-evidence" of reconciliation.

Qualifications of the Pastor, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Audio from August 9, 2015 PM | Titus 1, 1 Timothy 3
Posted August 28, 2015 | 00:37:24 | 6.42 MB |

We resume our study from some weeks back on the doctrine of the church in this message. The qualifications of the pastor are the particular subject we take up, in addition to beginning the reading of Jeremiah 1-2.

Christ Above All, Part 3 - Matt Postiff

Audio from August 9, 2015 AM | Colossians 1:20
Posted August 26, 2015 | 00:57:59 | 9.95 MB |

Christ is above all because He made reconciliation for sin toward God. He did this for all things, as the text tells us, whether things on earth or things in heaven. His cross-work provided reconciliation for enemies of God to become friends of God. This is the last portion of the chapter that deals with the emphasis on the supremacy of Christ, as the next verses turn to the subject of the application of that reconciliation to believers in Christ.

Children's Memory Program - Matt Postiff

Posted August 17, 2015 | 00:08:18 | 1.43 MB |

The Truth Tracker's program will be starting on September 2, and we thought we would give you a sampling of what the children do for the year by looking back to the 2014/15 school year. One of our 6-year-olds, Daniel, will recite the memory work that he learned in the Tiny Tracker's program, which is the youngest age group of our Truth Tracker's club.

There is no sleight of hand here. What happened was that during the school year, the children would learn a key word and a verse to go with it. They would have a story lesson about that word and verse, and then they would be responsible to learn the verse. Parental involvement at home is a very important part of this, as the parents review the verse with the child several times in the following week, and review the previous weeks' verses as well. By repetition, Daniel remembers all thirty weeks of verses, and still retains them now, months later.

Your child can do this too in our Truth Trackers program!

Bible Question and Answer - Matt Postiff

Posted August 5, 2015 | 01:01:19 | 10.53 MB |

After reading of Esther 8 through 10, Pastor took questions from the congregation. Questions included the nature of the decree made by King Ahasuerus both through Haman and Mordecai; whether a woman needs to wear a head covering and the principle of submission to authority; a question about free will, determinism, and total depravity; a question about how to handle a partner in witnesses who does not share your theological system.

One notable question was about the doctrine of election and whether Fellowship Bible Church believes in evangelism. In short, yes, we do preach the doctrine of personal unconditional election, and YES, we do evangelize because God told us to, and because evangelism is the means by which He calls people to salvation!

Another question was whether the phrase "through his blood" is missing in Colossians 1:14 and the KJV-only error. There was a question about the different versions of the Living Hymns hymnal that we have acquired over the years. There was another question about whether time ceases to exist after eternity begins, and from where time originated. The origin of sin was also discussed.

Christ Above All, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Audio from August 2, 2015 AM | Colossians 1:18-19
Posted August 5, 2015 | 00:54:40 | 9.39 MB |

Christ is above all as the head of the church, as the first resurrected and glorified One, and as the One in Whom dwells all the fullness of God. We learned not only that Christ is the head of the church and that the church is a body, but also the practical implications of these truth for church life. Christ is the first-born from the dead, indicating that He has priority in time of resurrection and in rank over all creation, of which He is not a part since He is uncreated. Verse 18 uses first-born in a somewhat different than the use of the same word in verse 15, but in neither case does the word indicate that Christ was generated or had a beginning. Finally, we thought together about the the idea of the term "fullness" which has to do with the complete essence of deity which was pleased to dwell in Christ.

Inter-Personal Interaction and the Lord's Table - Matt Postiff

Audio from August 2, 2015 Lord's Table | 1 Corinthians 11:18-22
Posted August 5, 2015 | 00:21:04 | 3.62 MB |

For this Lord's Table service we thought on the matter of our inter-personal relationships and how they affect our participation at the Lord's Table. Individualism is not the focus of 1 Corinthians 11 where we studied, but the group dynamics in the Corinthian church were definitely impacted by how individuals viewed themselves and how they interacted with others. This recording omits the congregational singing and sharing of the Table so it is shorter than normal.

Theology of Christ: His Future Ministries - Matt Postiff

Posted July 28, 2015 | 00:37:55 | 6.51 MB |

After reading Esther 5-6, Pastor Postiff addresses a question posed during the song service about a portion of the sermon from the morning message that had to do with the fact that Christ had half-brothers and sisters. This raised the question of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. After this, we got to the message having to do with the future work of Christ, including the rapture all the way His handing the kingdom over to God the Father.

Christ Above All, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 26, 2015 AM | Colossians 1:15-17
Posted July 28, 2015 | 00:56:24 | 9.68 MB |

Christ, the very image of God, created and sustains everything. The Bible describes in more detail the Redeemer spoken of in verse 14 in terms so exalted there can be no question that the Lord Jesus Christ is peer to God the Father. He is the very same image of God that God is. There is no one more like God than Christ is. He is the first-born precisely because He created all things, as it says in Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1-3. He is before everything and He holds everything together.

Evangelizing Sinners of All Sorts - Matt Postiff

Posted July 28, 2015 | 00:39:56 | 6.86 MB |

Our series on evangelism continues with a study of how to proclaim the Christian message to homosexuals. The approach is not to focus on the particular sins of the person who is receiving the message but instead to bring a positive presentation of Christ and how He has solved the sin problem in general. One type of sin is not in essence worse than others such that it would cause us to be side-tracked on issues that hang up a gospel conversation so that it does not get to Christ.

Theology of Christ: His Present Session - Matt Postiff

Posted July 23, 2015 | 00:31:24 | 5.39 MB |

We continued the public reading of Scripture in Esther 3-4, and then shared testimonies about the Art Fair Outreach of last week. (A number of testimonies were not given at the microphone, so they have been omitted from the recording.) Then we studied the doctrine of Christ specifically with respect to his present sustenance of the universe and intercession for believers.

Complete Transfer - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 19, 2015 AM | Colossians 1:13-14
Posted July 23, 2015 | 00:50:59 | 8.75 MB |

God has done three things for Christians that qualify them to be partakers of the heavenly inheritance: He rescued them from sin, death and Satan; He transferred them into the kingdom of His Son; and He redeemed them, through forgiveness of sins, from the obligation to pay the penalty would confine them eternally. These truths are cause for gratitude to God!

Doing the Work of God - Mariano Proto

Posted July 23, 2015 | 00:42:42 | 7.33 MB |

Missionary Proto testifies using Acts 16 how his family was called to the city of Carmelo, Uruguay, to plant a new church. Pastor Postiff followed with a challenge to the church to consider what it--the church--will do in its next term of missionary service. Normally we think about what the missionaries will do in their next term of four or five years of service until furlough. But the question is, what will WE do for God in OUR next term of service?

Renewed for the Mission at Hand - Mariano Proto

Audio from July 21, 2015 AM | 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Posted July 23, 2015 | 00:48:16 | 8.29 MB |

Mariano Proto, missionary to Uruguay, shares with the church some encouraging words about the renewal of our attitude, soul, and focus to help endure in the midst of difficult life circumstances and ministry.

Don't Be a Fake! - Mariano Proto

Audio from July 12, 2015 SS | Judges 2:8-11
Posted July 22, 2015 | 00:36:14 | 6.22 MB |

One of our missionaries, Mariano Proto, reports on his ministry in Uruguay, and challenges the congregation to be real Christians instead of fakes.

Lord's Table: Blood of the Covenant - Matt Postiff, et al

Posted July 22, 2015 | 00:43:20 | 7.44 MB |

Pastor Postiff and several men of the church share Scripture reading and comments regarding the Lord's Table. The New Covenant again takes the focus in the message this evening, particularly the church's relationship to it as respects the blood of the new covenant. Several key passages in Hebrews mention this blood, as the blood of the covenant, the blood of sprinkling, and the blood of the everlasting covenant.

We advance the idea that the blood of the covenant is distinguishable from the covenant itself. These two ideas cannot be separated--they always go together--but there is the blood of the covenant, and then there is the covenant. The covenant is the setup, the terms, the promises. The blood of the covenant is what activates or solemnizes the covenant. The blood of the covenant is that thing upon which the covenant rests; it is the foundation or ground of the blessings of the covenant because of the purification necessary to have a covenant relationship between God and man. The blessings of the new covenant, such as forgiveness or remission of sins, all rest upon that foundation. God cannot enter into a relationship with someone who is sullied by sin. The blood of the covenant has to be there to wash away sin that would prohibit any blessings. Christians are not under the full terms or blessing of the new covenant, but we have been purified by the blood that is associated with that covenant, and we have received the blessings that are provided to present-day Christians because of it.

Prayer for Maturity - Matt Postiff

Audio from July 5, 2015 AM | Colossians 1:9-12
Posted July 22, 2015 | 00:45:38 | 7.83 MB |

The Bible continues to record the prayer of Apostle Paul for the Colossian Christians. His prayer shows what he believes is most important for them. He wants them to be filled with the knowledge of God's will and to conduct themselves in a manner worthy of Christ. Pastor Postiff also gives an illustration to help explain why good works are not pre-requisites to obtaining salvation, but are rather to flow out of the Christian's life after salvation.

The Modern Need for the Message of Hebrews - John O'Dell

Audio from June 28, 2015 PM | Hebrews 1:1-3
Posted July 21, 2015 | 00:56:00 | 9.62 MB |

After a reading of Psalm 19 by visiting former FBC member Rob Meisel, Dwayne Reid introduced the reader as well as the preacher for the evening, Pastor John O'Dell. Pastor O'Dell read from Hebrews 1:1-3 and reminded us that "the most important part of building a house is the foundation." The opening verses of Hebrews are the foundation of the entire book, and the book is very applicable to our present day and culture. Great numbers of people who once claimed to be Christians in our nation have dropped off even in the last 8 years. Others are not growing spiritually. Hebrews deals with both of these problems.

Thanks to God for Faith, Love, and Hope - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 28, 2015 AM | Colossians 1:3-8
Posted July 21, 2015 | 00:43:47 | 7.52 MB |

The Christian Gospel totally transforms the lives it touches. In this passage, we learn to exercise love, know the nature of God, see how to live like a faithful minister, give thanks and give others a reason for thanksgiving. We also are reminded to look forward to our hope of future blessing at the final installment of the blessings of salvation.

Before getting to the passage itself, Pastor Postiff presents a clear position statement of the church on the matter of of gay marriage in light of the June 26, 2015 decision of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Theology of Work, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Posted June 22, 2015 | 00:43:15 | 7.42 MB |

After reading Esther 1-2, our study consisted of a review of the Scriptural reasons for labor. Last time we looked at bad attitudes toward work; this time, correct attitudes are mentioned. The public policy on labor is discussed at the end of the message, including the Christian view on the government, benevolence, job creation, labor, outsourcing, the consumer side of the economy, and the minimum wage.

Introduction to Colossians - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 21, 2015 AM | Colossians 1:1-2
Posted June 22, 2015 | 00:50:09 | 8.61 MB |

We are excited to delve into a new expositional series in the book of Colossians. The opening verses declare that Paul is the author, an apostle of Jesus Christ by God's will, and he is writing to the saints-and-faithful-brethren in Christ in the city of Colosse. Paul never visited that city; it was evangelized by Epaphras. The latter has recently visited Paul and shared that there were some serious problems in the Colossian church. The letter is Paul's response.

Content of Saving Faith - Matt Postiff

Posted June 22, 2015 | 00:39:51 | 6.84 MB |

Our study of the doctrine of salvation and how to evangelize our loved ones continues. Today's class focused on the content of saving faith, and reminds again that the Christian's trust is to be in Jesus Christ--not in faith itself or one's profession of faith, or anything else.

Theology of Work, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 14, 2015 PM | Daniel 11-12, Various
Posted June 19, 2015 | 00:21:22 | 3.67 MB |

In our evening meeting, we read from Daniel 11 and 12 as well as discussed some negative ideas about labor/work. Next time we plan to study the positive theology of work that is commended to us in Scripture. We also had the privilege to hear from Hayden Smith regarding a special trip to Haiti to do benevolence work. Unfortunately the recording was not the best quality, so it is excluded from this audio file.

Grace and Peace be With You - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 14, 2015 AM | 2 Thessalonians 3:16-18
Posted June 19, 2015 | 00:41:10 | 7.07 MB |

We are closing our study of 2 Thessalonians by looking at Paul's benediction, a bestowal of blessing on the Christians in the young church. The apostle prays for God's people to experience the Lord's peace and grace. What exactly does that mean? Find out by listening in!

Lord's Table: New Covenant - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 7, 2015 PM | New Covenant Passages
Posted June 19, 2015 | 00:38:02 | 6.53 MB |

The New Covenant has puzzled many dispensational and covenantal theologians. In this Lord's Table service, Pastor Postiff gives some clarifying remarks about the New Covenant and encourages the church family to marvel at the provisions God has shared with Gentiles in a pre-fulfillment blessing connected to the New Covenant.

A Bad Report: Disorder in the Church, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Audio from June 7, 2015 AM | 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15
Posted June 19, 2015 | 00:54:48 | 9.41 MB |

The middle of 2 Thessalonians 3 has to do with disorderly conduct in the church, and specifically with laziness in work habits. Paul gives instructions as to how to handle such problems. We started our study in verse 6, and then veered into similar passages regarding church discipline. In this second message we come back to verse 6 to resume the exposition by explaining who the culprits are in the church, and Paul's commands to work diligently, to keep doing good, and to separate from disobedient believers.

Repentant Faith - Matt Postiff

Posted June 19, 2015 | 00:40:14 | 6.91 MB |

Pastor Postiff continues his Sunday school series on practical evangelism. The last few weeks we have been looking at the Biblical conditions of salvation and in particular repentance as a descriptor of the genuine kind of faith.

Committed to Support the Pastor - Missionary Speaker

Posted June 1, 2015 | 00:58:35 | 10.06 MB |

The title above is actually only half the story. Our teacher not only outlines the responsibilities of the church toward its pastor, but also the responsibilities of the pastor toward the church. This is a great reminder for both shepherd and flock. May God be honored as you listen.

Committed to the Lord's Day - Missionary Speaker

Posted June 1, 2015 | 00:46:28 | 7.98 MB |

In this message, our teacher builds a case from the entirety of the Bible for setting aside Sunday, the Lord's day, as a day for worship and refreshment. Our culture has wholeheartedly embraced a secular Sunday model of life, where stores are open and very little is thought of worship of God on Sunday, much less any other day of the week. One of the key ideas here is that Christians should dedicate time to worship and rest. The message notes particularly the repeated nature of the 1-in-7 pattern that God set out at creation and carries through the Bible.

Committed to Spreading the Gospel - Missionary Speaker

Posted June 1, 2015 | 00:41:08 | 7.06 MB |

Our spring Bible conference continued with our teacher challening the church to the task of evangelizing those around us. This is a convicting message that reminds us of a key reason for which God has left us on earth.

Committed to Suffering for God's Glory - Missionary Speaker

Posted June 1, 2015 | 00:48:11 | 8.27 MB |

The theme of tonight's Bible Conference message was "We are committed to glorifying God through our trials." Trials reveal the quality of someone's character, and they change someone's character. The service opens with a hymn by Mrs. Naomi Postiff.

Committed to Prayer - Missionary Speaker

Posted June 1, 2015 | 00:56:22 | 9.68 MB |

The opening message in our 2015 Bible conference is on the Christian's committment to prayer. The service opens with a prayer-hymn sung by Mrs. Naomi Postiff entitled O God You are My God, followed by an exposition of James 5 on prayer by our teacher. Listen in and remind yourself that a Christian has to be diligently involved in prayer.

Christology: The Exaltation of Christ - Matt Postiff

Posted May 25, 2015 | 00:37:44 | 6.48 MB |

We studied the resurrection, the ascension, and session of Christ. Some of the evidences for the resurrection are considered.

A Bad Report: Disorder in the Church, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 24, 2015 AM | 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15
Posted May 25, 2015 | 00:50:14 | 8.62 MB |

The general subject matter of the middle segment of chapter 3 has to do with disorderly conduct in general, and more specifically with laziness in work habits, and what must be done to handle those problems. In this message, we start a study of the verses by visiting the foundational supporting passages that address the same subject matter and connect them to Paul's exhortation to separate from disorderly brothers.

Laura Jacks Memorial Service - Matt Postiff, others

Posted May 23, 2015 | 01:35:08 | 16.33 MB |

This is a special audio presentation of Fellowship Bible Church. This audio records the memorial service for a faithful believer named Laura Jacks. Laura was a very active member of Fellowship Bible Church who died at the end of April from cancer. Today, May 23, 2015 was her memorial service. Many of her family, church friends, and co-workers and volunteers were present to participate and honor her memory.

The Doctrine of Christ: Atonement - Matt Postiff

Posted May 23, 2015 | 00:41:27 | 7.12 MB |

After prayer, we took up the reading of Daniel at chapters 8 and 9. Then we studied Christology again, particularly regarding the atonement. The study encompassed the doctrines of wrath, enmity, bondage, guilt, propitiation, reconciliation, redemption, expiation, and the extent of the atonement.

A Missionary's Prayer - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 17, 2015 AM | 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5
Posted May 23, 2015 | 00:47:05 | 8.08 MB |

Paul requested prayer for himself and his missionary team that they would be able to take the gospel far and wide. He expressed confidence that the Thessalonians would continue to obey the instruction that they had received, and then prayed that the Lord would lead them into a greater experience of God's love and Christ's perseverance. We also learned that this passage was preparatory for a difficult issue that is going to arise in the following verses.

The Life of Christ - Matt Postiff

Posted May 20, 2015 | 00:39:28 | 6.78 MB |

Our Scripture reading was taken from Daniel 7, followed by a high-level study of the life of Christ. We looked at the proportion of the gospels that were devoted to various portions of the life of our Lord, as well as some other interesting details. This message is intended to be a helpful overview of the life and ministry of Jesus.

Encourage and Strengthen - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 10, 2015 AM | 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
Posted May 20, 2015 | 00:54:46 | 9.40 MB |

In light of the persecutions and false doctrine that had plagued the Thessalonian church, Paul records a prayer for them, that the Lord and God the Father would comfort and establish them. His desire is for them to continue in good speech and good works, with the truth of the gospel and God-honoring works foremost in the thought.

Christology: The Blood of Christ - Matt Postiff

Posted May 3, 2015 | 00:40:05 | 6.88 MB |

The Bible reading portion of our service was given to reading Daniel chapters 5 an 6. Most of our time was spent studying the matter of the blood of Christ and a wrong view that calls into question the complete humanity of Christ. We also studied briefly the impeccability of Christ.

Thanking God for Salvation - Matt Postiff

Audio from May 3, 2015 AM | 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15
Posted May 3, 2015 | 01:03:51 | 10.96 MB |

God's work in salvation is worthy of thanks because it totally sets the believer apart from all who will be deceived by the Antichrist. Our study included the doctrine of divine election to salvation which is a major subject of verses 13-14. We learned a definition of election: That God in love chose all believers, before the foundation of the world, to salvation in Christ with all its attendant blessings and obligations.

The Humanity of Christ - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 26, 2015 PM | Daniel 4, various
Posted May 3, 2015 | 00:32:27 | 5.57 MB |

We read Daniel 4 about Nebuchadnezzar's change of heart, and then studied the humanity of Christ including Jesus' human emotions, among other truths.

The Awful Antichrist - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 26, 2015 AM | 2 Thessalonians 2:5-12
Posted May 3, 2015 | 01:14:08 | 12.73 MB |

The Thessalonians had been attacked by one or more false teachers who were trying to convince them that hte Day of hte Lord had already come, and that they missed out on important end-time events.

The apostle Paul exhorts them not to be deceived and reminds them of what he had taught them previously. The mystery of lawlessness is presently under the restraining hand of God, but will be unleashed at the appropriate time, leading to a great apostasy and the disclosure of the man of sin who is the very embodiment of evil. Millions of people will be influenced to follow his evil ways and to worship him. In the end, Christ will return and destroy the Antichrist by throwing him alive into the lake of fire.

Listen in for more details and a challenge to make sure you are in Christ so that you won't be deceived by the Antichrist.

Studies in Christology, Part 7 - Matt Postiff

Posted April 21, 2015 | 00:17:28 | 3.00 MB |

This audio discusses the doctrine of Christ's true deity and humanity. The controversy over the blood of Christ is dealt with very briefly.

Visiting the Sick - Matt Postiff

Posted April 21, 2015 | 00:06:55 | 1.19 MB |

In this brief message, Pastor Postiff gives a few practical thoughts on how to visit those who are sick and shut-in. Have a pencil and paper ready to jot down a few thoughts so you can be well-prepared to make your next visit.

Concern About the Future - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 91, 2015 AM | 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4
Posted April 21, 2015 | 00:46:24 | 7.97 MB |

Although the believers in Thessalonica were suffering persecution, they were NOT in the midst of the Day of the Lord. They had been falsely taught otherwise by someone who caused them a lot of emotional trouble because they believed they had missed the rapture and were going to have to endure an awful time suffering during the Tribulation. Paul exhorted them to stop being deceived and remember back to what he had taught them earlier.

Practical Evangelism, Part 1 - Matt Postiff

Posted April 21, 2015 | 00:38:40 | 6.64 MB |

In this message we look at some principles to help us proclaim the Christian faith. The focus today is on the spiritual disability experienced by non-Christians in their thinking. (Portions of the audio that contained audience interaction are omitted in this edition because voices from the audience could not be heard.)

Children: Sing - Matt Postiff

Posted April 16, 2015 | 00:08:47 | 8.04 MB |

On a recent Sunday morning, Pastor Postiff shared with the children why we should sing in church. We learned three reasons why we should sing in church: (1) Pastor asks you to; (2) God asks you to in the Bible; and (3) It makes God happy. As you might expect, this lesson is good for the adults too!

Studies in Christology, Part 6 - Matt Postiff

Posted April 15, 2015 | 00:35:31 | 6.10 MB |

This evening's Scripture reading was taken from Daniel 1-2. Following this, Pastor Postiff provides some theological instruction on the doctrine of Christ, particularly given more defense of the doctrine of Christ's deity. In short, Christ shares all the attributes of deity with God the Father.

Children: Obedience - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 15, 2015 Children's Sermon | Ephesians 6:1-3, Colossians 3:20
Posted April 15, 2015 | 00:12:15 | 2.80 MB |

Pastor Postiff gave a children's sermon on the matter of obedience. It might be helpful for your youngster to listen in too!

Prayer for the Honor of Christ - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 12, 2015 AM | 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
Posted April 15, 2015 | 00:38:29 | 6.61 MB |

As often in his letters, Paul reports on his prayers for the believers. He prays that the Christians in Thessalonica will be counted worthy of participating in the future kingdom of God and of the glory of Christ. He prays that God would take the desires for faithful good works in the lives of the believers and fulfill them by His power. And He prays that Christ would be honored in their lives. This message includes some helpful application as to how we make plans to do things for the Lord.

OT Sacrifices: The Tithe, Part 2 - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 8, 2015 Bible Study | Deuteronomy 14:22-29
Posted April 15, 2015 | 00:28:02 | 4.81 MB |

In this message, we finish the study from a week ago by giving some more detail about the several tithes in the Law of Moses.

The Defeat of Sin - Matt Postiff

Posted April 7, 2015 | 00:46:42 | 8.02 MB |

The Lord Jesus Christ delivers His people from sin and all its effects:

  • Physical death – future, through the resurrection.
  • Spiritual death – present, through new life given at salvation.
  • Physical ailments and diseases – future, in heaven.
  • Power and practice of sin – present, through salvation’s transformation and the Spirit’s presence gradually making us more holy.
  • Guilt and penalty of sin – present, through forgiveness.
  • Presence of sin – future, in heaven.

How He does all these amazing things is the subject of this message. In short, Jesus’ work entirely transforms the person who is saved, and fixes up their sin record or "criminal" record so that there are no more legal grounds for condemnation.

The Defeat of Death - Matt Postiff

Posted April 7, 2015 | 00:24:57 | 4.28 MB |

Colossians 2:12-13 teaches that death was defeated by the cross-work and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Death was devastated in three departments: the physical death of Jesus was reversed in his physical resurrection; the physical death of the believer in Christ will be reversed at the physical resurrection; and spiritual death is transformed into spiritual life when salvation comes to a non-Christian and turns him or her into a Christian.