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The Believer and Sin
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
We continued a study of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, particularly concerning the filling of the Spirit.
The Test of Obedience
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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  the Spirit affirms that our salvation is all the work of God and  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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
This message has to do with the revelation of God and the the inspiration and illumination of the Word of God.
Question and Answer
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
Pastor Postiff gives an exposition of Ecclesiastes 10:8 through the end of the chapter.
God is Good
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
The verses we study today contain a motivation for continuing in Christian ministry despite the difficulties that arise in it.
Hosea, Part 25
Deacon Widgeon's series in Hosea continues with an exposition of the 13th chapter.
The Church is a Family
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
Pastor Williquette 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: Scott Williquette
Missionary Scott Williquette reported on his ministry in pastoral training in 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
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
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
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!
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Hosea chapter 9 is the subject of today's study led by Deacon James Widgeon.
A Good Name and the Day of Death
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.
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
Hosea 8 comes back in review form, and then our study moves into chapter 9.
Ecclesiastes 6: Many Conundrums
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.
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
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.
Pastor O'Dell reminds us of the importance of sound doctrine and bringing up our young people in the Word of God.
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
Deacon Widgeon picks up the study of Hosea in chapter 7 after a couple weeks off.
The Bible on Gender Reassignment
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The study of Hosea continues with chapter 7.
Ecclesiastes Part 9
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Brother Widgeon continues teaching through Hosea, moving into chapters 3 and 4.
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
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
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
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
Deacon Widgeon advances our study of Hosea into chapter 2.
Ecclesiastes, Part 6
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
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
Our series in Hosea continues, moving well into chapter 1 with this study.
Ecclesiastes, Part 5
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
In the Sunday school, we continue a study of the 78th Psalm.
Ecclesiastes, Part 4
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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, 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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
The title above is actually only half the story. Pastor Williquette 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
In this message, Pastor Williquette 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
Our spring Bible conference continued with Pastor Williquette 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
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
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 Pastor Williquette. Listen in and remind yourself that a Christian has to be diligently involved in prayer.
Christology: The Exaltation of Christ
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.)
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
The Defeat of Satan
Our series this Resurrection weekend has to do with the powerful revelation in Colossians where the Bible speaks of the Christian receiving the Lord through faith and walking confidently in Him. Christians can be confident because they are complete in Him of Whom Scripture says the fullness of the godhead dwells bodily. This complete life is ours in Christ because He defeated Satan, death, and sin in His all-sufficient death at the cross and His super-victory at the tomb. We take these two amazing events as an integral pair, never forgetting that the once-for-all death of Christ was followed shortly by His resurrection.
In the first message, we see what the cross and resurrection did to the powers of evil headed by Satan. The church shared the Table of the Lord after this message.
OT Sacrifices: The Tithe
In this message, Pastor Postiff explains how the Christian is not under the tithing requirement of the Old Testament. The tithe system was not a simple 10% rule for the Old Testament Jew, but consisted of several different tithes that had different purposes. This message and the next will help you to understand these factors as you consider your own stewardship over the money God has granted to you.
The Righteous Judgment of God
With the help of last week’s sermon, we are ready to tackle a challenging portion of the Bible. It is a challenge because it talks about persecutions and tribulations, and attributes to them a useful purpose that God wishes to accomplish in us. God does judge Christians, but it also sets unbelievers in their place, essentially swapping the present situation of troubler and troubled so that the persecutor now will receive punishment later, and the troubled now will receive relief later.
Ecclesiology: Pastor, Elder, and Overseer
There are several important terms in the Bible that describe the pastoral office in the church. They are overseer or bishop (episkopos), shepherd or pastor (poimen), elder or presbyter (presbuteros), teacher (didaskolos, and preacher (kerux). It is debated whether these terms are used to refer tot he same office. This message demonstrates that the first three terms are basically synonymous as to the office they describe, describing different facets of the same office in the church. So, pastor = elder = overseer.
God's Present Judgment of Believers
Paul extols the Thessalonians as an example to other churches because of their patient faith in the midst of deep trials. Then, to lay the ground work for a more in-depth study of verses 5-10, Pastor Postiff teaches about the uncomfortable truths that God permits suffering in the lives of Christians and that He even judges Christians during their lives.
OT Sacrifices: The Sin Offering
Our mid-week study in the Old Testament sacrificial system continues with a study of the sin offering, with special attention to the definition of the unintentional sin.
Ecclesiology: The Right Number of Elders
An interesting subject in the general area of ecclesiology is whether the Bible requires a plurality of elders in a local church. That is, should a church have more than one pastor? Should there be multiple elders? The Biblical answer is that one elder or pastor is required in each local church, and the local church may have more than one pastor, but it is not required to have more than one. (Certain portions of this recording are cut out where an audience member asked a question and as a result there was a lengthy period of silence.)
Introducing 2 Thessalonians
A new expository sermon series in 2 Thessalonians begins with this message introducing the city of Thessalonica, its people, Paul's second missionary journey and the church plant that happened there, and the trying circumstances that the young church faced in its first years of existence. The apostle explains his obligation to thank God for what happened there with the Thessalonians growing in faith and love. Paul had taught them and prayed that they would increase in those characteristics, and they did. They are a great model for any church today.
The Deity of Christ
In our theology series, Pastor Postiff continues teaching the Christian doctrine of Jesus Christ. This week we focus on texts that explicitly declare His deity. Jesus is the Lord, worthy of our worship and praise, co-equal with the Father in deity.
Missionary Jack Mitchell shares his burden for local and global outreach of the church for the sake of the gospel of Christ. There is a command for outreach, there are people that are do the outreach, there are people who need the outreach, and there is the time for outreach. In every place, missionaries are desperate for help. Churches and their pastors are desperate for help. What are you doing about that?
Jude's Praise to God
Our sermon series ends with this message in which we learn how Jude praises God with one of the most pointed and powerful doxologies in the Bible. God is able to keep the believer from stumbling. God causes the believer, moreover, to stand before Him. God is our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. And God is the glorious King of the Universe. There is no one like the Triune God worshipped by Christians.
Missionary Update: Jack and Jennifer Mitchell
Jack Mitchell shares how God led the ministry to Benin, Africa and about the ministry there and in the Philippines.
The Lord's Table: A Worthy Manner
We study together, around the Table, what it means to participate at the Table in a worthy manner.
Evangelizing the Lost: Another Way to Contend for the Faith
Jude tells us that a key way to contend for the faith is to be involved in rescuing the lost. The unsaved come in various shapes and sizes, as it were. Some are confused, some are further down the path of ungodliness, and others are totally invested in the ungodly lifestyle they have been taught. Our job is to have compassion, save some, and show mercy mixed with fear toward them.
Studies in Christology, Part 4
Pastor Postiff continues the series of studies in the doctrine of Jesus Christ, dealing in this message with the matters of the virgin birth, incarnation, and kenosis.
The Old Testament Sacrificial System: Burnt Offering
In this message, Pastor Postiff continues his Wednesday series on the OT sacrificial system. The focus of this message is on the burnt offering.
What is a Local Church?
Missionary David Wears challenged us about being a strong, committed local church. He told us: You cannot have strong foreign missions until you have a strong local church. If you had a plethora of local churches, but were faltering at any moment, and they took on a plethora of foreign missionaries. If those churches fell apart, the support of the missionaries would fall apart and they would have to come home. You lose both the church and missionaries if you lose the strong local church.
Reconciled to God
In this message, missionary David Wears emphasizes our service to God as ambassadors to plead with the world to be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ.
Introduction to Missionaries David and Michelle Wears
The Wears family introduce themselves and their mission work to Portugal. More information can be found at wearsportugal.com.
OT Prophecies of Christ, Part 2
In this message, Pastor Postiff covers two topics. First, he answers one of your questions about the tent of meeting in Exodus and Leviticus. The key passage is Exodus 33:7. Then, the bulk of the message is given to the subject of OT prophecies of Christ. Part 1 of this message was given on February 1, 2015 during a conference call with the church because the weather did not allow us to meet at our building. In this part 2, a number of additional OT prophecies are covered, mainly in the Psalms and Isaiah. We find that it is true that the Old Testament is filled with prophetic material about Christ, as the disciples on the road to Emmaus learned in Luke 24.
Another Way to Contend for the Faith
In the concluding verses of Jude, Scripture gives us three key ways that we can contend for the faith. The first we examined last time, having to do with remembering apostolic teaching that warns of the coming of ungodly people. The second, addressed in this message, is how to keep ourselves in the love of God. The basic idea of this is to maintain faithfulness to God. It is done by obeying God's commands, growing spiritually, praying, and looking forward to the second coming of Christ.
Gathering at the Lord's Table
Pastor Postiff describes the idea of the gathered church, particularly as it relates to gathering together at the Table of the Lord. The main idea is that the Lord's Table is a worship service of the church and must be done corporately, not individually or privately.
In this message, Andy Bennett unpacks the meaning of Matthew 16:21-28. Prior to this passage, the Lord had carried out an extensive public ministry. From this point of Matthew's gospel forward, Jesus takes much more time to teach the disciples about his death and resurrection and what real discipleship is all about.
Jonah, Part 4
Pastor O'Dell concludes his series with a study of the fourth chapter of Jonah, adding to the fourteen characteristics of God that the study uncovered thus far.
Remember the Teaching
At verse 17 Jude tells us more about what it means to contend for the faith. He tells us to remember apostolic teaching. He tells us to build each other up in the faith, to keep on praying, persevering, and looking for the coming mercy of Christ. He also tells us to proclaim the good news of Jesus so as to save some people from eternal fire. The task is difficult and dangerous, but God is able to protect you and present you faultless before His throne. Observe that verse 17 starts out with “but you” as does verse 20. Jude's focus now is not on "these" ungodly men, but on "you." Listen in as we review the apostles message about ungodly people.
The Doctrine of Christ
To extend our study of the Trinitarian and Christological Controversy of the fourth and fifth centuries, we examine in this message some additional Christian teachings about Jesus Christ. We discuss the matter of the so-called immaculate conception and mention some OT prophecies of Christ.
Future Judgment of the Ungodly
Before our series in Jude continued with verses 14-16, Pastor Postiff reminded the church of its membership covenant as the church welcomed a new member (audio omitted). Then we thought together about the scourge of abortion that plagues the land of the United States and the entire world by reading Jeremiah 19. Then we studied Jude 14-16, the third in a series of messages on the characteristics of the ungodly and what God's plan is for them. The main point of this message was that the message of prophet Enoch is still as true today as it was 5500 years ago. God is going to judge the ungodly. There is plenty of evidence to convict them.
Jonah, Part 3
Pastor O'Dell takes us through Jonah 3 in this session, looking at the preaching of Jonah and the repentance of the Ninevites.
More Unbelief in the New Testament
Our series on Imperfect Faith, No Faith, and Great Faith continues with more examples of unbelief in the New Testament. At the end of the message, Pastor Postiff begins to give some more examples of great faith from the NT which should be a great encouragement.
Historical Theology, Part 3
Our review of the Trinitarian and Christological Controversy of the early church continues with the councils of Constantinople, Ephesus, and Chalcedon. At this point, the church as a whole had come to a good foundational belief and terminology regarding the deity of Christ, His humanity, His singular person, and His two natures.
The Ungodly, Part 2
Pastor Postiff teaches through the "woe oracle" in the middle of Jude. It is a heavy message of judgment on those who conduct themselves like their predecessors described in verses 5-7: unbelieving Israel, the fallen angels, and Sodom and Gomorrah. With such, God is very displeased.
Jonah, Part 2
Pastor John O'Dell continues his series in Jonah with an exposition of chapter 2. Listen and learn!
Unbelief in the New Testament
Pastor Postiff gives a brief study of verses in the New Testament that address the subject of unbelief.
Historical Theology, Part 2
The real core of our study begins with this message as we dig into the various ways to study historical theology, and then jump right to the Council of Nicea and move into the doctrine of the Trinity and Christology. Pastor Postiff discussed the Nicene and Athanasian Creeds, including a reading of the text of each creed. An impromptu question and answer session at the end gives an opportunity to further extol our great God for His infinite person.
The Ungodly, Part 1
Pastor Postiff shows how to glean some observations from the text of Jude, and then launches into a description of the ungodly people that Jude is concerned about. AN interesting aside about the pseudepigraphal work The Assumption of Moses is included. The passage becomes for us an exhortation to stay as far away from the life of ungodliness as we can.
Jonah, Part 1
Pastor John O'Dell introduces a multi-part series in the book of Jonah with this message on chapter 1. Listen in and you will find out that there is a lot more to the book of Jonah than the story about a big fish.
Our series in Jude continues with the gloomy reality that God judged unbelief and sin severely in various cases in the Old Testament: with the Israelites, fallen angels, and the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. The message reminds us that God is a God of judgment and destruction. He is a lot more than that, but this much reminds us that we need a good dose of respect and fear for the living God and what He calls us to be. We will face Him as our judge someday soon. What God did back then, He still will do in the future.
2014 Year in Review
Pastor Postiff takes the congregation on a whirlwind tour of what happened at FBC in 2014 as a way of thinking about what we have done for God and what we can do in the future.
An Urgent Letter
We begin a new series in the short book of Jude. Jude introduces himself in a way that teaches us something about how to think of ourselves. He greets the readers with an encouraging word, and then explains what he is writing and why. His concern is to protect Christians and their churches from false teachers and ungodly people who are trying to infiltrate the church and do damage to it. In the remainder of the book we will learn characteristics of these ungodly people and how we can stand firm and move forward in the Christian faith in spite of them.
Observations About Christmas
Pastor Postiff shares four observations about Christmas that you may not have considered before. Listen in about the miracle of the incarnation, the kingly character of our Lord's birth, and two other observations to set your mind in the right Christmas spirit.
Listen in and experience the first Christmas through the eyes of Joseph, the husband of Mary and adoptive father of Jesus. He was a humble and righteous man, a man with great God-given responsibility, and one who was amazed at Jesus. Be reminded of who Jesus is and what He has done.
2 Peter Outline
In this message, we take in the entire book of 2 Peter, and produce an outline for it. Along the way, we learn that Peter is trying to remind us of some critical truths and encourage us to grow. These things will help us to fare well against the false teachers that are always around us. God knows how to judge them, and how to deliver us!
John the Baptist
In this message, Pastor Postiff sketches the character of John the Baptist. John is a very interesting figure in history, and played a crucial but often-overlooked role in the account of the incarnation and life of our Lord Jesus Christ. Christmas is all about the birth of Jesus and why He came, but John’s role is very instructive as well. John is a model for us, of humility and of dedicated service to God.
Outline of Jude
This is a somewhat interactive teaching session on the book of Jude, where our goal is to produce an outline of the entire book. You would be benefited to have your Bible open and pencil and paper in hand to jot down some notes and put together an outline as Pastor Postiff teaches through his process of constructing an outline.
Baby Dedication: The Role of Dad and Mom
This message serves as a reminder to parents, in particular, of their responsibilities to raise children in the way of the Lord. Key points include that fathers are to love their children and take care not to exasperate them; fathers need to be careful to not only put bread on the table, but to provide spiritual bread to their children; fathers must structure the family life around the values of the Lord instead of the values of the world. Mothers are to love their children; they must have a lot of personal contact with children, especially in the early years; and mothers must strive to be like the virtuous wife in Proverbs 31. Note: there is some material here, starting at the 30:50 mark, that is completely counter-cultural and may shock you. Enjoy, and may it provoke you to love and good works!
Protecting the Lord's Table
In this brief message before the congregation partakes of the Lord's Table, Pastor Postiff explains some considerations in protecting the Table. The communion service is neither wide open, nor is it closed. In between is the position that Fellowship Bible Church has taken, along with multitudes of other faithful Christian churches. Pastor Postiff explains more here.
The Lost Son
We learned from Luke 15 how God is happy when a person responds to Christ with repentant faith. That means that he or she turns from a life of sin and wrong and believes in Jesus Christ. Thus that person's relationship with God is established and placed on peaceful ground instead of being estranged. The timeless story of the prodigal son was our source material: the black sheep of the family came to his senses and returned home.
The church participated in a time of thanksgiving and song, followed by an exposition from Psalm 19 on how we should be thankful for God's Word, among many other things.
The Medicine of Thanksgiving
The Psalms can be categorized into six main groups emphasizing different content: praise, thanksgiving, laments, trust, wisdom, or kingship. Psalms 105 and 106 are thanksgiving Psalms focusing on God and His works, along with His mercy in the face of utter human failure. It is interesting to note that Psalm 105 focuses on God and His works, while Psalm 106 focuses on the failure of man and the steadfastness of God to keep His promises, even when the people did not keep faithful.
We learn a lot in this passage about thanksgiving, particularly by applying it as a way to smash the sins of complaint, greed, materialism, pride, and the like. If you think you are thankful enough, listen to this message and double check!
Guest speaker Dr. Wilfred Matham explains the context of Colossians and focuses in on the passage 4:2-6. The message emphasizes the matters of fervency, watchfulness, and missionary-mindedness. Dr. Matham also reports on his ministry in South Africa and how it will be changing in the new year.
Review of Zechariah
With this message, we complete a series of 20 sermons on the enigmatic prophet Zechariah. It's riches have unfolded for us after much study and explanation. In this message, we revisit the book's outline and review all the major sections, ensuring that we understood the point of each. The message of the book is that while God is displeased with the rebellion of His people Israel and He will punish them sorely for it, He will restore them to glory in the Day of the Lord by having the Messiah Shepherd rule over them and the world in righteousness. What a day of glory for Him, and for every believer, that will be!
How to Close a Letter
Paul wrote some very important letters. We can follow his example not only in what he wrote, but how he structured his communications. Examine how he closed his epistle to the Romans. He did so with greetings, with grace, and with glory to God.
Thus Pastor Postiff closes his exposition of the book of Romans after nearly two years of study. The apostle sends greetings from several believers with him, wishes grace to the reader, then gives a rich doxology. The closing praise to God shows how important it is that glory to ascribed to God through Jesus Christ. Apart from the Son, there is no real praise to the Father.
This message also deals with some differences between Bible manuscripts.
The Day of the Lord: Disaster and Blessing
In this message, Pastor Postiff reviews the chronology of Zechariah 12-14 and provides an exposition of chapter 14, including the destruction and deliverance of Jerusalem, the geographical and governmental blessing that comes in the millennial kingdom, the destruction of the nations and then sudden turn-around into worshipers of God, and the widespread holiness that will be present in Jerusalem in that day.
Beware and Avoid
The apostle Paul is urgently concerned about the church in Rome, despite the fact that there are no previous indications in the letter of big problems within the church. There are always threats to any church, and especially good churches. So, he urges them to beware of false believers and false teachers, to avoid them, and to be careful to be good and eschew evil. He gives five characteristics of false believers and teachers to help us identify them. At the end of the section, he provides some reinforcement by reminding us that God will eventually crush Satan totally. Thanks to God there comes a time when no more threats will be able to rise against His people.
Why People Turn Away
Prior to observing the Lord's Table, Pastor O'Dell identifies four reasons people turn away from following the Lord. Included are emotionalism, worldliness, compromise of faith, and the most difficult of all: lack of genuine salvation.
Esteemed guest speaker Pastor John O'Dell preaches on Ephesians 6 and how the Christian wrestles against Satan. Listen with us to learn how to resist the Devil and to overcome his subtle scheming against our souls.
The Church Family at Rome
Paul closes his great letter to the Romans with a commendation for Phoebe, greetings to a large number of Christians in the church, a warning to avoid those who are divisive, greetings from some of Paul's co-workers, and a benediction directed toward God. We read in the passage of a number of choice servants of God who are described with phrases like "firstfruits to Christ," those who "worked hard" in the Lord, and "approved in Christ." We can learn a lot from a passage that doesn't seem to yield much on first read. Listen to find out more!
The Day of the Lord
We saw earlier in our studies that Zechariah 13:7-9 provides a panoramic view of Bible prophecy, spanning from the crucifixion of Christ to the salvation of the remnant that enters into the millennial kingdom. In this message, we fit the contents of chapters 12, 13, and 14 into a single timeline. That timeline is available here for you to follow along as we study.
Paul's Ministry Plan
Paul has begun the final words of the lengthy letter to the Romans. He explains that he is praying that God will clear the way for him to finish his current work and then see the Roman church on his way to Spain. We see that Paul's plan was postponed, but very clearly laid out. He requested much prayer for it because all plans are "if the Lord wills." We too need to think about what we plan to do for God. Do you plan to do the basics, like staying faithful to God, growing in His word, and going to church? Do you plan to do more than the minimum? Are you thinking of doing something significant for God?
Jacob wrestled all night with God. This experience in the life of Jacob is the culmination of 20 years of problem living for Jacob. He is a man who has had many problems. Unfortunately much of that was of his own doing. Not all of it, but much of it was his own fault. The biggest problem that Jacob had was that he tried to get through life on his own schemes rather than by God's way. It always led to disappointment and heartache...
An Instrument of Grace
Paul saw his ministry as producing an acceptable offering consisting of saved Gentiles through the gospel and the Spirit (Romans 15:16-18). These two factors--the gospel and the Spirit--were critical to the acceptability of the sacrifice. Any offering to God apart from the gospel and the Spirit is unacceptable, like an idolatrous sacrifice on a high place in the OT. The reason that Paul could carry on this kind of gospel-offering ministry was that God had given him a grace gift to be a minister of the gospel. Paul therefore boasted in God, not in himself. With that attitude and God's work, His ministry was indeed fruitful over a large swath of the Roman empire. Paul strove to preach Christ where there was no gospel witness and to allow the churches he planted to carry on the work in their locale.
The Sword Smites the Shepherd
The prophet Zechariah offers a brief but panoramic view of history from the crucifixion of Christ to the second coming. It is a remarkably compressed prophecy. In this message for the Lord's Table service, we focus our attention on the sword that awakes against the shepherd in order to do its awful death-producing work. The Shepherd is none other that the Lord Jesus Christ. The action of the sword striking the shepherd drove our consideration to Isaiah 53 where the same word is used.
Godly, But Always in Need of Reminder
These verses serve two primary purposes in the book of Romans. First, they summarize Paul's high regard for the church and explain why he wrote the letter despite such good standing of the church. Second, the verses form a transition by which Paul moves from the major content of the letter to focus instead upon the ministry which God has given to him personally. Along the way, Paul gives a three-fold commendation of the church that is a model for all godly churches; and he points out the importance of receiving reminders from the word of God to keep us on the straight and narrow.
There is a Fountain
The closing of chapter 12 gave details about a mass conversion of Jews to the Messiah when they look upon the one they pierced. Chapter 13 continues this prophecy, showing how there will be a fountain providing forgiveness and cleansing from sin to the nation of Israel. From top to bottom the nation will be changed. However, there still will be pockets of rebellion against God. These will be dispatched or shamed into silence because of the massive moral transformation of the nation.
Receive One Another
The exhortation to the strong and weak is concluded in these verses. Now, instead of receiving only the weak (14:1), Paul tells us to broaden that exhortation to receive one another." We ought to welcome other believers because Christ Jesus received us and in a similar manner as He received us. Christ accepted us despite all our flaws. We ought to accept one another in Christian love so as to have joy and peace in our churches.
The Physical and Spiritual Deliverance of Israel
Zechariah eases up on the heavy symbolism of the chapter 11, and in the twelfth chapter he focuses our attention on the "Day of the Lord" which includes the Tribulation and millennial kingdom. These days open with enemies attempting to wipe out the nation of Israel. But God promises to destroy the enemies, deliver Israel, and on top of that, He promises to save Israel from their sin. A remarkable turning from sin to the Messiah will occur "in that day" when the Jews finally realize that they killed the Messiah.
The Bible, inspired by God through the hand of the Apostle Paul, continues with the subject of "strong" and "weak" brothers. The focus of the instruction is toward the strong, how they ought to handle the scruples of others so as to build up the weak brother, rather than to please the strong-faithed brother himself. The pre-eminent example of bearing the burdens of others is Christ, who bore the insults of those who insulted God.
Heaven, Part 5
Pastor Postiff continues the Wednesday night series on the Biblical doctrine of Heaven with part 5. Previous messages covered the characteristics of Heaven and its residents, but largely focused upon Heaven in the far future, after all of God's program is completed. This message shifts focus to Heaven as it exists today, the present dwelling place of God and the place to which believers go who die before the rapture.
Shepherds of Israel, Part 2
This is part 2 of our exposition of Zechariah 11, covering particularly verses 4-14 and 15-17. God is clear about his attitude toward evil leaders in the nation of Israel, and His attitude carries forward to the church when there are shepherds who mislead the people. Both leader and people bear a share of responsibility and guilt in such a case. The meeting began with a question from the audience about the theology of worship, so Pastor Postiff made a few introductory remarks on that topic before launching into a reading of Joshua 15-16 and the study of Zechariah.
The Bible explains how our behavior affects other people, and how our love for God should affect our behavior. The theme of strong and weak faith continues in this passage, with a message for those who think they are strong. They ought not flaunt that strong faith, but rather use it to restrain their conduct so as to not cause others to stumble. The passage ends with the well-known passage written to the "weak" brother, that he must conduct himself in faith, else his conduct amounts to sin.
Shepherds of Israel
By all accounts, Zechariah 11 is one of the most difficult chapters in Old Testament revelation. In this part 1 message, Pastor Postiff focuses on the figures or metaphors used in the passage, and begins to work through a conservative interpretation of the passage. Listen to this message and the next to get a handle on this mysterious prophecy.
All for Christ
This passage adds a second debatable matter to the earlier one about the eating of certain foods. This one has to do with the observance of certain days on the calendar. Those strong and weak in faith view the matter differently, but there is no cause for one to despise the other, or the second to condemn the first. Both must have studied and thought through the matter enough to be fully convinced, and then avoid friendly fire against one another if they end up holding differing views. Most importantly, the passage emphasizes that the Christian must focus his attention on living entirely for Christ in everything he does.
Romans 14:10-12 speaks of the future judgment before Jesus Christ that all believers will experience. This launched us into a study of the doctrine of judgments more generally, where we found that all people, Christians or not, will experience an evaluation before God. The evaluation actually happens in stages for different groups of people (Christians, Old Testament believers, those living at the end of the Tribulation, and the rest of unbelieving humanity). Each will be evaluated as to whether he believed in Christ and to the quality of his works. Pastor Postiff outlines each of the different judgments and how it is that we can be rescued from a negative outcome in our own evaluation.
God promises through Zechariah to bring back a multitude of Jews to the land of their inheritance through Abraham. They will completely defeat their enemies, and the land will be overflowing with those who were previously scattered to the four winds. This passage also has something to say to false shepherds who promise prosperity from idols instead of pointing the people to the one true and living God.
Receive the Weak
Christians must welcome into their fellowship those who have weak faith. Weak faith is defined in this passage as the faith of a person who is bound to certain dietary restrictions from his life prior to salvation. The Scriptures teach us to not criticize such a brother or sister but rather welcome them into the fellowship. And we must all recognize that whether we think we are weak or strong, everything we have is given by God and we ought therefore to be humble in our relationships with each other.
Battling Consumerism in the Church
A consumer-centric mindset has beset much of the church, particularly in North America. Pastor Postiff discusses this in light of Acts 20:35, and along the way reminds us that Jesus' words about giving were not mere words. He gave Himself for us, so we ought to give ourselves to Him instead of looking at everything from a "what can I get out of it" mindset. Zechariah 10:2 is also discussed briefly in this message.
In Romans 13:11-14, there are seven interconnected exhortations that bring our attention to focus in terms of how to live in this sinful world and how to give ourselves as living sacrifices to God. This section looks forward to the future; Romans 12:1-2 exhorted us to look to the past. Both what God has done in the past and what He will do in the future "hem us in" to live holy lives. The Christian’s final salvation is right around the corner, so we ought to live godly lives.
The Coming King
God lays out an oracle against the northern and western enemies of His people, promises the coming of a humble and conquering king, and reveals the salvation that He will provide for His people.
The Debt of Love
The Christian has an ongoing obligation, never finally or fully discharged, to love others as he loves himself. Our obedience to this command is driven and motivated by our love for God. We show that our love for God is not proudly self-centered, but is humbly directed toward others.
Pastor Scott Williquette reports on his ministry with the Pastoral Enrichment Program of Baptist Mid-Missions.
Taking Up the Cross
A sermon about what it means to "take up your cross." The cross was (and still should be to us) a symbol of violent death. Jesus demands that all of His disciples be ready to suffer for His sake.
Loving God with Everything
Devotion to God, passionate love for God, should be the driving force in our lives, and it should be the content of what we pass on to future generations. Love for God is the core of the Christian life. Duty and discipline flow from that. We are not only required to know the things that God wants us to do and not to do, and to have in our minds a set of principles and practices of wise conduct, but also to have a heart passion for God.
An exposition of Romans 13:1-7 on how Christians must obey the governing authorities and pay taxes. Includes a discussion of the Biblical teaching on owning and using the means of self defense.
A passage that shows clearly God's favor toward Jerusalem in the near term of the post-exilic community, as well as in the far future when God raises Jerusalem to be the head of nations.
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