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: Someone once said, "Christ's last command ought to be our first priority." God has a job description for us--a watchman. What is that? What was his job? Find out what God intends you to be and do.
Synopsis: The greatest news in the world will not be found on any of the TV networks, but in God's Word. The Gospel is God's Good News to sinful man. In essence the gospel is all about who Jesus is, what Jesus said, and what Jesus did. With good reason, then we should delight in hearing it and sharing it.
Synopsis: Some of the most competitive men and women in life are content to be defeated in their spiritual life. They seemingly have no will to be victorious over temptation because they have lost too many battles with the same sin. Some people are lessons to learn from; others are examples to follow. The first is negative; the second is positive. If Joseph could walk with God successfully overcoming temptation, then so can you. Here are three dynamics of temptation you need to know.