Synopsis: A number of religious groups practice the belief of "baptismal regeneration," literally, "being born again through baptism." In essence, they teach that salvation is impossible apart from water baptism. What does the Bible say about this belief? Is this what the Holy Spirit intended to communicate on the day of Pentecost when Peter delivered the gospel message?
Synopsis: In this final message from John 15, the 7th of 7 pictorial descriptions of Christ in this Gospel, emphasis is placed upon Christ's fullness as the vine. The total satisfaction and complete sufficiency of our Savior to sustain life and to provide nourishment for life is seen in two ways. Christ has a message for you today in this text whether you are a branch outside of Him or a branch in Him.
Synopsis: In preparation for the Lord's Supper, we draw our attention to Zechariah 13:7 and Matthew 26:26-32 and note the Old Testament prophecy given regarding "The Smiting of the Shepherd." There are two powerful thoughts that are overwhelming when they are considered.
NOTE: Since the evening service centers around the observance of this important church ordinance, extended periods of silence were edited out from the audio recording so that there can be continuity in what is spoken and what is heard musically.
Synopsis: In this third of four messages from John 15, we continue looking at the fruitfulness of Christ. Today we ask and answer the question, "What is the kind of fruit that is being produced in the lives of believers that Jesus is speaking of?" The message concludes with an encouraging thought as the provision for fruitfulness is considered.
Synopsis: This message focuses on the response that was given to Peter's preaching. Peter called for a two-fold response from those who called out for what their next steps needed to be. One of the encouraging lessons we can learn from our text is that God is able to use us in the twenty-first century as He did His saints back in the first century. It is our privilege to be useful and usable to Him in proclaiming the Gospel of Christ.
In our text today, there are two distinct ways in which God's Spirit moved in the hearts of the Jews who heard Peter preach. It's the same two ways God works in hearts today.
Synopsis: This message is the second of four from John 15 in which Jesus declares "I am the true vine." This statement presents a sharp contrast between the fruitlessness of Israel (a failing and imperfect type of Christ) and the fruitfulness of Christ. He is the true vine Who does not fail to produce the fruit the Father wanted to see and which glorifies Him. Christ's fruitfulness is seen in two distinct ways in our text. As Christ considers you, would He be able to say "you are one of my branches?"
Synopsis: In this first of four sermons from John 15 in which Jesus identifies Himself as the true vine, there are three main substantive ideas being communicated. This message covers the first of these truths about the person and work of Christ. He is uniquely qualified to the Savior of sinners. His unique perfection, His unique person, and His unique passion declare His fitness as the true Vine.
Synopsis: Peter's address to the Jewish crowd filled with scoffers and those curious about the miracle at Pentecost is a model for us to follow in our own proclamation of the gospel. In part two of this "Message at Pentecost," special attention is given to the character of Peter's message: it was Scriptural. His reliance upon God's Word instead of his own is a pattern for us to adopt. Furthermore, Peter explains it was the reality of Christ's resurrection, verified by present-day witnesses and predicted in the Old Testament by credible sources, that served as the catalyst for the proclamation of the gospel to the visitors in Jerusalem in the unique manner in which it was done. The reality of the resurrection ought to prompt us to use God's Word to boldly proclaim the same gospel the early disciples did.
Synopsis: In this final message on John 11:25-26, a third key truth is emphasized - genuine faith personally applies Christ and what is known about Christ to one's personal encounter with life and death. The fact of the matter is that a person only really believes what activates him. The way a person currently lives his life, the way a person views life and death reveals what has been accepted and believed to be true--regardless of what one's mouth claims!
Synopsis: In this fourth of five messages, we look at the second great truth Jesus intended to reveal about Himself that distinguishes Him from any ordinary man. The first great truth was a revelation of His deity as He claims the same name Jehovah did when commissioning Moses at the burning bush (cf. Exodus 3:14). He exercises the privileges and power unique to deity and has the perfections of deity. The second great truth concerns the consolation He gives to sorrowing believers. Christ intended this promise to not just extend to the future to teach truth about the resurrection and eternal life but also as a promise for the present that was to have immediate value to Martha, Mary, and all who are His people.
Synopsis: In part three of five, this message focuses on yet a third way that Christ's perfection, privileges, and power reveal Him to be God in human form: Christ sustains the life of His people. Their lives continue despite physical death. Their lives are renewed in times of failure. Their lives are also revived in times of fainting. Whether a believer's need is for restoration, renewal, or revival, the only One Who can meet that need in any substantive manner, is Christ the Resurrection and the Life.