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: This final message in the "Sola" series focuses on "Soli Deo Gloria, meaning "Glory to God Alone" or "To God Alone Be Glory." Two main questions are covered: 1) Why is the Glory of God the intended goal in a sinner's salvation? and 2) What is the response God intends man to give when he is saved?
Synopsis: There was a fatal flaw in the Jewish mindset as they expressed a zeal for God but without knowledge. The error of the 1st century Jew is the same mistake many make today in regards to how to have a right standing before God. Are you one of them?
Synopsis: Romans 6 presents to us the Christian's Declaration of Independence. If we as born-again believers would live as free men and women, there are some critical truths about the Gospel we must know as a fact and by experience!
Synopsis: In part 2 of "The Christian's Declaration of Independence," we now see the practical application of the truths Paul says we must know and believe to be personally true. God's divinely inspired order must be followed: rearranging the order or substituting our own means our attempts at spiritual victory are doomed to failure.
Synopsis: President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation immediately changed the status of over three million slaves.They were now legally declared free. However it would be several years later before they actually began enjoying their freedom. In Romans 6:15-23, we find the Christians' Emancipation Proclamation. Are you enjoying your freedom by serving your new Master? Paul presents eye-opening truth that challenges us with the implications of our new freedom.
Synopsis: If we are to express the faith of Abraham, then our faith must have the same characteristics his had. And whether we are talking about saving faith or sanctifying faith, these characteristics are the same in either case! In part one, this message covers the first three characteristics to help us in this regard.
Synopsis: If we are to express the faith of Abraham, our faith must have the same characteristics his had! In part one we looked at the first three. Today, in part 2 of this message from Romans 4:20-21, we look at the fourth characteristic of the kind of strong faith that Abraham expressed and that we can express as well--a faith that pleases God.
Synopsis: It is no accident that this exclamation of worship the Apostle Paul delivers in Romans 11:33-36 immediately precedes the chapter that begins with an appeal to a consecrated service to God that is designed to show here's what that gospel's impact looks like in a born-again believer's life! This instructional hymn of praise is also impacting praise as this text not only forms the basis for but also the motivation for "God-focused Living."
Synopsis: Many things are taught and believed about baptism and there are various practices associated with it. In this brief message delivered before observing the ordinance of baptism, our pastor answers three questions from God's Word regarding baptism: 1) Why should a person get baptized? 2) When should a person get baptized? 3) What is the significance of baptism? What does it picture or illustrate?