Grace-Unity Movement

Misunderstanding Grace Leads to Error More sin leads to more grace (Romans 6:1-2) Grace is a license to sin (Jude 4) With the grace-unity movement, grace is the basis for unity What is Grace? God’s gift of salvation (Ephesians 2:8) The gospel is the message of God’s grace (Acts 20:24) Grace is not without works […]

Who Is My Brother?

What Makes Us Brethren? By faith we have been baptized into Christ (Acts 2:37-38; Galatians 3:26-29; 1 Corinthians 12:13) What if one does this but joins an institutional church or a denomination? Still a brother What if one doesn’t do this, but is religious and claims belief in God/Jesus? Not a brother Be Mindful of […]

Eager Hearers

Text: Acts 17:11 What Is an Eager Hearer? More than just wanting to listen Readiness or willingness of mind – James 1:21 Preaching to Eager Hearers This is the audience the truth teacher wants The false teacher cannot face the scrutiny of eager hearers What Do Eager Hearers Make? Disciples – Acts 17:12 Unity – […]

Do Not Be Short-Sighted

Text: 2 Peter 1:9 Add to Your Faith – 2 Peter 1:5-11 Set Your Mind on Things Above – Colossians 3:1-3 Clean Out the Old Leaven – 1 Corinthians 5:6-7 Do Not Give the Devil an Opportunity – Ephesians 4:26-27

Following the Crowd

[This can be used as a follow-up sermon to the one in the previous post – Standing Alone] Peter – Matthew 26:69-75 Barnabas – Galatians 2:11-14 Pilate – Luke 23:13-25

Doctrinal Purity

Text: 1 Timothy 4:16 Doctrine = teaching; Purity = unchanged/uncorrupted Does it matter what we believe? – 2 Thessalonians 2:10,12 NT examples of doctrinal impurity – 2 John 7-11; 1 Corinthians 15 Erroneous views can potentially lead to sin What if it doesn’t lead to sin? – still a matter of faith; do we believe […]

Measures of a Sound Church

Some things that are not indicators of soundness: Large numbers – Matthew 7:13-14 A popular, well-liked preacher – John 15:18-19 A new, fancy building – John 4:21 A reputation of being a sound church – Revelation 3:1 Proper indicators of soundness: Holding fast the pattern – 2 Timothy 1:13 Preach the gospel without additions/subtractions/changes – […]