Prioritize Scripture! In order that true religion may shine upon us, we ought to hold that it must take its beginning from heavenly doctrine & that no one can get even the slightest taste of right & sound doctrine unless he be a pupil of Scripture. Calvin, J. The Institutes of the Christian Religion Emphasize […]
Worship is first about God. We are to praise Him; to see Him and exult in what we see. But we are also placed in the church by God to use our spiritual gifts. Do you come to church to use your spiritual gifts? Are you looking for people to whom you can minister? A […]
It’s particularly troubling that people skim right over parting statements. Often the last thing we say is what we deem the most important not the least. Think also of the last words of a dying man as he utters his final labored pleas. Often he’ll attempt to bind his hearer with an oath that they […]
“[Sanctification] is a principle of grace savingly wrought, whereby the heart becomes holy, & is made after God’s own heart. A sanctified person bears not only God’s name, but His image” – Thomas Watson But where does Sanctification come from? Is it ultimately a work of God or do we play a role in becoming […]
Sanctification is not like regeneration. Regeneration is all God’s work- Sanctification is a joint endeavor. We cooperate with the Spirit of God to be sanctified…we actually work at it. It’s what Kevin DeYoung calls Spirit-Powered, Gospel-Driven, Faith-Fueled EFFORT. Listen as Pastor Matt explains things we must incorporate into our lives to become more like Jesus.
How would you like to live a life that is characterized by constant rejoicing, peace, and thanksgiving? Sounds nice, huh? The truth that it takes to ground such a sublime existence is found in I Thessalonians 5:15-18. Listen as Pastor Matt presents a simple truth that has life altering impact when believed.
For Christians, the severest, most painful disappointments come not from the wickedness of the unbelieving world but from other sheep within the church. Sheep are definitely capable of harming other sheep, sinning against them in a variety of ways, such as attacking them with wicked words that include gossip & slander, ostracizing them from fellowship.- […]
The work of a pastor is difficult. However, much that is considered as the pastor’s work is actually the work of the entire congregation. A healthy church member is a disciple making church member who takes seriously his/her responsibility to shepherd other members. Listen as Pastor Matt explains from I Thessalonians 5:14 how to help […]
This text is an awkward text for a pastor to preach. Why? Just read it: 1 Thes. 5:12–13 But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, & have charge over you in the Lord & give you instruction, 13 & that you esteem them very highly in love […]
The Bible gives us everything we need for life and godliness. Therefore, the Bible’s relative silence concerning the timing of Christ’s second coming is telling. Listen as Pastor Matt shows from I Thessalonians 5:1-3 that knowing the timing of Christ second coming would be unprofitable, that because of this fact God has made such knowledge […]