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   Biblical Gender Roles and the Rise of Feminism
   Genesis 2:18–24; 1 Corinthians 11:3; 8:6
Sunday School,  July 24, 2016
In this session, we review what the Bible says about the uniqueness of men’s and women’s roles, and how feminism has eroded gender distinctions as a direct assault on God’s created order.

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   Why We Turn from the Truth to Embrace Falsehood – Part 2
   2 Corinthians 2:11; John 8:44; Genesis 3:1-5; Matthew 4:1-11
Wednesday Evening Service,  June 4, 2014
If we would learn to be faithful to the truth of God’s Word, then we must first learn why we would ever allow ourselves to turn to error in the first place. This lesson will take us into the garden in Eden to examine the first instance of a turn to error. We will then briefly survey the course of human history since the garden, littered with examples of this same turning from truth, repetitions of the Fall. In our journey, we will discover that there are two basic answers to the question, Why do we turn from truth?

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   Introduction: So What's the Big Deal?
   Genesis 2:7-8, 15; John 4:23; Hebrews 12:28
Sunday Afternoon Service,  June 1, 2014
Bombarded with so many varying views and attitudes about the church’s worship, its format and music and style, it is easy for us to become apathetic about this important area of our Christian walk. “Why bother?” we wonder, and resign to our own opinion. If we take a closer look, however, we will realize that the issue of how we worship is of great significance and deserves our attention for at least three important reasons.

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   Why We Turn from the Truth to Embrace Falsehood – Part 1
   2 Corinthians 2:11; John 8:44; Genesis 3:1-5; Matthew 4:1-11
Wednesday Evening Service,  May 21, 2014
If we would learn to be faithful to the truth of God’s Word, then we must first learn why we would ever allow ourselves to turn to error in the first place. This lesson will take us into the garden in Eden to examine the first instance of a turn to error. We will then briefly survey the course of human history since the garden, littered with examples of this same turning from truth, repetitions of the Fall. In our journey, we will discover that there are two basic answers to the question, Why do we turn from truth?

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   Introduction: Principles of Satan's Attacks
   Genesis 3:1, Paul's Epistles
Wednesday Evening Service,  May 14, 2014
The attack on truth can be summarized in Satan’s challenge to Eve in Gen 3:1, “Did God actually say?” For the first time, Eve was confronted with the question of whether God spoke the truth, or whether he meant something else instead, or whether he had the authority to tell Eve what to do. Furthermore, Eve was introduced to the false idea that there is more than one version of the truth. In this introductory session we survey what this same attack looked like in the first churches and identify some foundational principles of Satan’s attacks.

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   The Divine Pattern of Obedience and Blessing - Parts 2b, 3
   Genesis 3; 2 Corinthians 11:3
Sunday Morning Service,  August 25, 2013
 
In the beginning, the Lord God established the pattern of our unique relationship to him. This three-part sermon explores the nature of that pattern, its violation in the fall, and its implications for our walk with the Lord as his church. The Scriptures exhort us to believe that joyful harmony between us and God—as well as one another—comes only as we yield our hearts to God’s pattern of obedience.

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   The Divine Pattern of Obedience and Blessing - Part 2a
   Genesis 3
Sunday Morning Service,  August 18, 2013
 
In the beginning, the Lord God established the pattern of our unique relationship to him. This three-part sermon explores the nature of that pattern, its violation in the fall, and its implications for our walk with the Lord as his church. The Scriptures exhort us to believe that joyful harmony between us and God—as well as one another—comes only as we yield our hearts to God’s pattern of obedience.

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   The Divine Pattern of Obedience and Blessing - Part 1
   Genesis 1 - 2
Sunday School,  August 11, 2013
 
In the beginning, the Lord God established the pattern of our unique relationship to him. This three-part sermon explores the nature of that pattern, its violation in the fall, and its implications for our walk with the Lord as his church. The Scriptures exhort us to believe that joyful harmony between us and God—as well as one another—comes only as we yield our hearts to God’s pattern of obedience.

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   Prophetic Israel Today
   Deuteronomy 7:6-8; 28:1-65; Genesis 12:1-3
Wednesday Evening Service,  August 17, 2011
This is the first session of two concerning Israel. The goal this evening is to build a foundation upon which we can look at Israel prophetically and how we should position ourselves with regard to the nation of Israel today. Next week, we will look more at current events in Israel and the Middle East to see how they interface with biblical prophecy. We will also note some events that will probably take place prior to the rapture of the church and the Tribulation Period.

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   The Doctrine of the Spirit: The Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament
   Genesis 1:2
Sunday School,  August 14, 2011
Was the Spirit active in the Old Testament? We believe he was, in at least five ways: creation, divine disclosure, special enablement for service, theocratic anointing, and, in a way that pointed to his future ministry, as the subject of prophecy in the hope of Israel.

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   The Ministry of the Son of God
   Genesis 18; Luke 14:16-30; Acts; Hebrews; 1 John 2:28-3:1
Sunday School,  June 26, 2011
A ‘ministry’ is an act of service that one performs for the benefit of another. Therefore, to speak of the ‘ministry’ of God the Son is to recognize that that Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, though He is God, has revealed Himself as a servant, a servant of God the Father and a servant on behalf of His own people. We study the ministry of the God the Son as meek and thankful disciples, desiring to follow the example of our Lord who serves us. The ministry of Jesus in traditional Christian theology since the Reformation is comprised of three offices: Prophet, Priest, and King. More recently, however, Millard Erickson (Christian Theology) has suggested that it is more helpful to consider the ministry of Jesus according to the functions of these three offices: Christ as Revealer, Reconciler, and Ruler. Keeping these functions in mind, we will look briefly at the ministry of the Second Person of the Godhead in the Old Testament, the Gospels, the Church, and the Eschaton.

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   The Eternal State: The Goal of Redemptive History
   Genesis 1-2; Revelation 21-22
Wednesday Evening Service,  June 8, 2011
When we take a trip it is important to know our destination. If we do not know where we are headed we wander or become lost. As believers in Christ, we have answers for this world because our eschatology teaches us not only who we are but also where we are going. In this session we will consider the ‘metanarrative’ or ‘grand story’ of all of redemption history by looking at the beginning of the story and at the end of the story. We begin where the Bible begins, in Genesis 1-2, and end where the Bible ends, in Revelation 21-22. Comparing these chapter pairs encourages us that God has a sovereign plan, a plan which brings God and His people into perfect oneness.

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   The Sovereignty of God in the Salvation of His People
   Genesis 45:9-50:26
Sunday Morning Service,  March 20, 2011
 
As we have looked at the Genesis’ life of Joseph, we saw the sovereignty of God in the midst of hatred, lust, and deceit in chapters 37-39. In 40-45:8, we saw the sovereignty of God in the midst of good and evil. This sermon looks at the story as a whole and these chapters’ emphasis on the sovereignty of God in the salvation of his people, ultimately focused on Jesus Christ himself. Like Joseph, we must have unrelenting faith that in all human history God has good purposes to bring about the salvation of his people.

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   The Doctrine of Man: Creation, Image of God, and Historicity of Adam
   Genesis 1:26-31
Sunday School,  March 20, 2011
This first lesson on the doctrine of man discusses the creation of man, the image of God, and the historicity of Adam.

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   The Doctrine of God: The Attributes of God – Part 3
   Genesis 18:4
Sunday School,  March 6, 2011
This final lesson on the attributes of God discusses God's omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, eternity, lordship, righteousness, justice, mercy, lovingkindness, and God's chief end.

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   The Sovereignty of God in the Midst of Good and Evil
   Genesis 40:1 - 45:8
Sunday Morning Service,  November 21, 2010
 
The story of Joseph in Genesis 40:1 - 45:8 shows that the promise of God that he will work all things out for the good of those who love him ought to radically change the way Christians live.

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   Hatred, Lust, Deceit...and the Sovereignty of God
   Genesis 37 - 39
Sunday Morning Service,  October 10, 2010
 
The point of Genesis 37-39 is the same point as the whole story of Joseph (chapters 37-50), that we should believe that God always accomplishes his sovereign plan for the good of those who love him. In the first three chapters of this epic, we see three powerful reasons why we should believe this: (1) the sin of hatred is not able to thwart the plan of God (ch. 37); (2) the sin of lust is not able to thwart the plan of God (ch. 38); and (3) the sin of deceit is not able to thwart the plan of God (ch. 39).

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   Discipling the Next Generation
   Genesis 18:19
Sunday Morning Service,  June 15, 2008
 
Abraham was divinely chosen to communicate the knowledge of Jehovah to his descendants. In a similar way, Christian parents are charged with the responsibility to disciple their children after them (Eph. 6:4). In this text, the Lord Himself outlines the shape of Abraham’s responsibility, encouraging us to embrace three essential lessons about discipling the next generation.

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   The Elements of a Christian Worldview
   Genesis 1-3
Sunday School,  February 10, 2008
 
The Christian who embraces a Christian worldview relies wholeheartedly on the Bible to guide his operation in the world. However, how does a Christian construct his Christian worldview? There are three necessary elements that must be present (stated here in the form of three questions): “Can I trust the Bible?” “What does the Bible teach?” and “How Do I Study the Bible?” In this lesson, Richard Winston seeks to answer the second question by discussing four major biblical themes: creation, fall, salvation, and consummation.

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   A Dangerous Acquiescence
   Genesis 13-14, 19; 2 Peter 2:4-10
Sunday School,  September 16, 2007
 
The process of becoming like Christ is a matter of holiness. But when we acquiesce to the sin or values in the world, we find ourselves in a position where we look and act more like the cosmos than like Christ. When this happens to a child of God, it is by degrees. As the life of Lot illustrates in four decisive steps, compromise toward the world can lead to a terrible spiritual end.

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   Genesis: A Book about God
   Psalm 47; Genesis
Sunday Evening Service,  June 10, 2007
Genesis is a magnificent book that reveals God in the fullness of His attributes. God is the chief subject of this grand book, especially His sovereignty, grace, and goodness. In this message, Richard Winston explores these attributes as they are revealed through the timeless events of the book of Genesis.

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