Christian Growth Category

Building a Multi-Cultural Ministry on Gospel Doctrine

What does it mean to build a Multi-Cultural Ministry on Gospel Doctrine?

More Riches than Powerball

“Hello, I’m pleased to report that you just won the lottery!” Come on, admit it. Have you ever wondered what you would do if you heard those words spoken to you? How would you feel? Where would you go? Instantly before you is a life of leisure and financial security

Stand Firm and Hold On!

The church in Thessalonica was surrounded by opposition tempting them to give way. False teachers and cruel governments sought to loosen their grip on the gospel - to let go of the truth that Paul had given them from Christ in both writing and word. In the midst of such trials, Paul gives the exhortations to “stand firm”, and “hold on”.

The 2nd Most Important Book For a Christian

For Christians, the Bible is our most important book. After the Bible there are a few books every believer should probably read, re-read, and apply. On this short list I'd include Foxes Book of Martyrs, Bunyan's Pilgrims Progress, Augustines Confessions, Lewis's Mere Christianity, Packer's Knowing God, and Operation World. But even these great works fall behind what I consider the second-most important book for every Christian.

What is required of those that hear the Word preached?

A. It is required of those that hear the Word preached, that they attend upon it with diligence, pre...

Summer Training

Once you repent of your sin and trust in Christ, then God declares you to be righteous—godly, pure, even though you are still a miserable sinner. He forgives you of all your sin! That’s God’s work for us—justification, accomplished at the cross and received only by trusting in Jesus. And the Spirit of Christ, having entered your life, now begins to train you to be actually godly. To become what you actually are. That’s God’s progressive work in us—sanctification, wrought by the Spirit.

A Congregation that Confronts

Early on in his reign Israels first king, Saul, was trying to do what he had been commissioned to do by the Lord - delivering the people of God from the oppression of the Philistines. However he soon found himself surrounded, and by chapter 13 of 1 Samuel an army as numerous as the sand on the sea shore had him cornered. Samuel has been called, but has not come, Philistines are breathing down his neck, and his troops are deserting left and right. So in desperation,

Stop Making Excuses

We saw in this past weeks sermon from 1 Samuel 15, that King Saul, when confronted on his disobedience of the LORDs command to exact righteous judgement upon the Amalekites, responded with a great number of excuses. Read the text to see if you can pick them out for yourself:

Temptation Is Not The Same As Sin

It’s one of those things we know to be true on an intellectual level, but we forget it easily in personal experience. Temptation is not the same as sin. This truth is obvious from the Scriptures. In the Lord’s Prayer, we are taught to pray “forgive us our debts” and “lead us not into temptation” (Matt. 6:12-13). Debts and trespasses require forgiveness; temptation needs deliverance. They are not the same.

Growing as a Christian - Publicly

God never intended the true believer to live the Christian life alone. After Christ’s ascension, the apostles went everywhere starting churches and ordaining elders in each (Acts 14:23). They did this so the young Christians could be strengthened, encouraged, guided, instructed, and above all worship God together.

Growing As A Christian - Privately

Growth is not an option for a Christian. God is changing us through the Word of Christ by the Spirit of Christ into the image of Christ. How can we recognize God's sovereign hand in our sanctification, and glorify Him in and through it? How do we as a church grow together into maturity? Receive some practical guidance in this month's Herald.