Synopsis: Sola Fide meaning "By Faith Alone" was the central issue of the Reformation. It refers to the means or the channel through which salvation comes. The object of faith determines the value of faith. The only worthy object of our faith is Christ and His finished work alone. Faith in faith, faith in a creed, faith in a church, faith in one's works, faith in another man's religious pronouncements all share the same fatal flaw: they terminate in man--what he has said or what he has done--and are all unacceptable alternatives that God rejects.
Synopsis: Sola Gratia, meaning "By [God's] Grace Alone" or "Only By [God's] Grace," is the second of five "Solas" that are being looked at this month as the 500th year anniversary of Martin Luther's postings of his 95 theses approaches. This message looks at the meaning of the statement, "Sola Gratia," and the need for it. If we are to grasp the significance of this Sola, we need first to understand the concept of grace or "Gratia."
Synopsis: This second message in this Reformation series continues looking at the first "Sola," "The Scriptures Alone" (Sola Scriptura). This message answers the questions, "Why the need for this conviction today?" "Why should this be an area of concern for us?" and "Why should we stand upon this principle of truth as a matter of personal and corporate conviction?" It may surprise you to learn of some areas in which this principle of truth is being compromised today.
Synopsis: One of the beneficial results of the Protestant Reformation was the deliverance of five Latin statements that represented the five core values embraced by those who rejected the excesses, abuses and heretical teachings of the Roman Catholic Church -- especially with regard to the doctrine of salvation. These same five core values ought to be embraced today as fundamental convictions and lived out by every genuine born-again believer. So it is entirely appropriate for us as Baptists to look at these and remember the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in that light. In this first message, we look at "Sola Scriptura," meaning, "The Scriptures Alone" or "Only the Scriptures."
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.