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   Children in the Marketplace
   Matthew 11:11-18; Luke 7:11-35
Sunday School,  April 2, 2017
Christ likens His listeners who liked neither Him nor John the Baptist to quarrelsome children.

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   The Wise and Foolish Builder
   Matthew 7:24-27; Luke 6:47-49
Sunday School,  March 19, 2017
Jesus concludes his Sermon on the Mount with a series of parables and illustrations leading his hearers to the point of decision. He describes two gate and two roads (Matt. 7:13-14), two trees and two fruits (Matt. 7:15-20), and two foundations. As he concludes with an emphasis on the two foundations and the two builders, wise and foolish, Jesus is leading his hearers to the point of decision. Will they follow Jesus and his words or will they continue to follow the teaching of the scribes and pharisees? Their decision will determine whether the house of their lives will stand or fall.

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   The Wicked Vinedressers
   Matthew 21:33-45; Mark 12:1-12; Luke 20:9-19
Sunday School,  February 26, 2017
Christ continues His parables preparing for the New Covenant, enraging the religious rulers.

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   The Mustard Seed
   Matthew 13:312-32; Mark 4:30-31; Luke 13:18-19
Sunday School,  February 19, 2017
The mustard seed symbolizes something very small and insignificant that experiences enormous growth. The parable is all about KINGDOM GROWTH. The mustard seed produces a large plant, not actually a tree, and yet large enough for birds to sit in its branches. The elements of the parable include a man who sows the seed and in this case, it is Jesus Christ sowing the seed of the Gospel. The field is the world, though the Kingdom includes the universe and Heaven. The seed is the Word of God, the message of the King. The growth speaks of the advancement of the kingdom and is witnessed today in terms of the growth of the church. The birds represent the presence of evil, satanic interference in the Kingdom.

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   Sower and the Seeds
   Matthew 13:3-23
Sunday School,  February 12, 2017
This parable has been referred to by some as the parable of parables. It is the key to understanding the rest of the Kingdom parables. Jesus gives us a detailed interpretation of the parable as He explains it to his disciples. In Mark 4, Jesus even asked his disciples how they would understand the rest of the parables if they did not understand this one. The parable of the sower describes how the kingdom begins.

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   The Children of the Bride-chamber
   Matthew 9:10-15; Mark 2:18-20; Luke 5:33-35
Sunday School,  January 29, 2017
Matthew immediately obeyed when Jesus called him. The Pharisees failed to realize there are two kinds of associations with evil men. What about fasting today? There are reasons to fast and the proper manner of doing so. It has no ritual significance. The children of the bride-chamber are those preparing the wedding. No need to fast during this great time of joy.

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   The Two Trees
   Matthew 7:15-20
Sunday School,  January 22, 2017
It is easy to miss great spiritual truths when we fail to look at and understand the context in which they are given. This parabolic illustration by Jesus Christ is not about trees and the context makes this clear. In the context of the Sermon on the Mount and chapter 7 in particular, Jesus gives us a a life principle that is very important in our relationships with other believers. We are not to judge one another but we are to be discerning. What some call the Golden Rule in verse 12 is a guiding principle by itself. We are to be discerning whether or not a tree (brother or sister in Christ) is yielding good fruit or evil fruit. You may discern that some are not truly Christians and these must be avoided lest you are influenced by their evil fruits.

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   Making Disciples
   Matthew 29:18-20
Sunday Morning Service,  January 15, 2017
Why are you here? What is your real reason for being as a Christian? Are you living up to the expectations of Jesus Christ for you as a Christian?

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   Two Gates and Two Ways
   Matthew 7:13-14
Sunday School,  January 15, 2017
There are lots of two's in this lesson. Two gates, two ways, two responses to Christ's teaching in the Sermon on the Mount, two choices, two groups, two ends (results). Do not make this passage teach that you can lose salvation if you slip and fall into things along the broad road. That would bring you around to teaching salvation by works.

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   Stones and Serpents
   Matthew 7:7-12
Sunday School,  January 1, 2017
Matthew 7 is the last part of the Sermon on the Mount given by Jesus. In verses 1 - 12, Jesus used three parabolic phrases as comparatives to teach on three different subjects.In verses 1 - 5, He gave instruction concerning judging others and used the comparison of the mote and the beam. In verse 6, He gave instruction on witnessing and used the comparison of the dogs, pearls and swine. In our study today, Jesus provides instruction on the subject of prayer in verses 7-12 and used a comparison between bread and a stone and fish and a serpent. All three instructions related to the first lesson concerning judging others.

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   Birds and Lillies
   Matthew 6:25-34
Sunday School,  December 18, 2016
Jesus exhorts His followers not once, not twice, but three times to not worry and fret over the material needs of this life. What is Jesus actually teaching in this passage? What is He not teaching? Is it truly possible to live worry-free lives?

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   The Mote and the Beam
   Matthew 7:1-6 , Luke 6:37-38
Sunday School,  December 11, 2016
God’s Word specifically commands us not to JUDGE one another. Matthew 7:1 states, Judge not, that ye be not judged. Romans 14:13 commands us not to judge one another. James 4:11 states that we are not to speak evil of another. In Matthew 7:1-6, Jesus uses a parabolic statement to emphasize this command. Why behold the mote that is in your brother’s eye, but consider not the beam that is thine own eye? It is not wrong to exercise discernment, but we must always start with ourselves. Most of us need to do some personal eye surgery before we try to perform such on someone else. We should always strive to glorify God in all our relationships and we must always choose to respond to others with love. That will cause us to treat them as we would like to be treated.

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   Moths and Thieves
   Matthew 6:19-20
Sunday School,  December 4, 2016
Lasting and truly valuable treasure. Our hearts will be focused on what we treasure and where we treasure it. If our focus is not on serving God we will be slaves to this world's wealth.

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   The Two Masters
   Matthew 6:22-24
Sunday School,  November 27, 2016
Who we serve depends on what we choose to experience and what we choose to do.

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   Light and a City
   Matthew 5:14-16
Sunday School,  November 20, 2016
In the midst of a world that Jesus stated was not only living in darkness, but loved their darkness (John 3:19-21), he has commanded believers to be the light. The purpose is not to draw attention to ourselves but so that through our good works men and women in darkness will glorify God.

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   Salt and Its Savor
   Matthew 5:13
Sunday School,  November 13, 2016
This metaphor is a part of a much larger sermon, the Sermon on the Mount. To accurately understand and interpret it, one must view it in the context in which Jesus used it. In order to be salt in the world as Jesus intended his disciples to be, they must understand and apply the beatitudes.

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   Do You Really Trust God?
   Matthew 6:25-34
Sunday Morning Service,  October 2, 2016
 
Are you guilty of worry? Do you agree that, in God's sight, worry is a sin? What has Jesus asked us to consider when we are tempted to worry?

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   How Important Is Baptism?
   Matthew 28:16-20
Sunday Morning Service,  April 24, 2016
 
We are a Baptist church, part of the Baptist denomination. Of course, the primary thing that defines us is God's Word--the Bible. But nonetheless, our stand on baptism is one of the defining points that we use as a name for ourselves. So it would seem that baptism is a very important thing. But how important is baptism to God? This is a question I believe the Bible answers emphatically.

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   Christ's Judgment Call
   Matthew 7: 21-23
Sunday Morning Service,  April 3, 2016
 
In Matthew 7:21, Christ makes a shocking statement as to whether or not certain people are going to go to Heaven: Not everyone who thinks they are going to Heaven really is. This passage speaks to us about the most critical moment in eternity for all of us...the instant in time when we find out whether He will receive us or reject us; whether we will spend eternity in Heaven or Hell. It tells us that people are entering into eternity deceived about their true spiritual condition. Many find out their true standing before God on that future day, but God wants you to know it now. Because your eternity is at stake, you must make sure that you possess eternal life!

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   The Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ
   Isaiah 7:1-14; 9:1-2; Matthew 1:18-25; 4:15-16
Sunday School,  December 20, 2015
 
The true meaning of Christmas centers in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, God with us. Christ came to this earth at a time when the children of Israel walked in darkness. God's promise was that these same people would experience a great light (Isaiah 9:2). The historical context leading to the prophecy of the virgin birth is most important. The land of Judah was under the constant threat of attack from Samaria, Syria and Assyria and many thousands had already been killed. The promise from God was that a great light would be witnessed by these same people. Jesus was the answer to that prophecy Who said, I am the light of the world: He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (John 8:12).

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   I Will Build My Church
   Matthew 16:18
Sunday Morning Service,  November 8, 2015
 
We are often reminded that the “church” isn’t a building. The church is made of people. However, in the words of Jesus himself, the church is a building. For he said, “I will build my church.” If it is true that we are the church, then we must endeavor to understand the nature of the church and our place in it by appreciating the metaphor of the building that Jesus left for us.

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   Anger of the Heart
   Matthew 5:21-26
Sunday Morning Service,  August 30, 2015
 
Matthew 5-7 records Jesus’ most famous sermon, “The Sermon on the Mount.” In this sermon, Jesus addresses a number of topics that are just as relevant today as they were in the first century. One of the topics He preaches about deals with the sin of anger. Anger is far more pervasive in our lives than we realize; we often excuse our quick-tempered frustrations, angry responses and bitter hearts. Jesus’ teaching reveals to us that anger cannot be excused. In Matthew 5:21-26 Jesus teaches three things concerning the sin of anger.

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   Facing Temptation Like Jesus Did
   Matthew 4:1-11
Wednesday Evening Service,  June 11, 2014
Matthew portrays Jesus as the True Israel. Jesus enters Egypt and God calls him out again (Matt 2:15); he passes through water (Matt 3:13–17); and enters the wilderness where he is tempted 40 days (Matt 4:1–11). Our focus is on Jesus’ time of temptation. Just as the serpent tempted Eve in the lush garden of Eden, and just as the nation of Israel was tempted to disobey God in the wilderness, so Satan appears to tempt the Lord Jesus. Only, where Adam and Eve and later Israel gave into the temptation, Jesus resisted and remained sinless. What can we learn from Jesus’ experience in the wilderness that teaches us to face temptation like he did? There are three essential lessons.

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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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   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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   Childlike Praise
   Matthew 21:7–16
Sunday Morning Service,  April 13, 2014
 
What irony, that though Jesus is surrounded by sophisticated religious leaders in the temple, it is the children who are shouting his praise! Yet children have unique qualities we must all possess—no matter what our age—if we would learn to truly praise the Lord in joyful fellowship with him. This occasion suggests at least three qualities necessary for childlike praise.

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   Jesus' A-triumphal Entry
   Matthew 21:1-17
Sunday Morning Service,  March 24, 2013
 
Having reached Jerusalem, Jesus carefully prepares His royal entry, challenging the Jewish authorities that he is coming as the Davidic king. Yet this is no “triumphal” entry, but an entry punctuated by humility. What made Jesus’ entry humble? The same qualities which must mark His own followers.

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   Anxiety: The Believer’s Oxymoron
   Philippians 4:4-19; Matthew 6:25-34
Wednesday Evening Service,  January 16, 2013
We live in a nation riddled with anxiety. There are a number of different psychological problems related to what is referred to as Anxiety Disorders. They include: headaches, back aches, high blood pressure, stress, fear, depression, panic attacks, apprehension, tension, pressure, restlessness and worry. At a chronic level, anxiety can trigger headaches, sweating, muscle spasms, palpitations of the heart, hypertension, fatigue and a number of other physical problems. God’s people are commanded not to be anxious (Philippians 4:6). His Word has provided everything we need to accomplish this command (2 Peter 1:3; Philippians 4:6, 7; Psalm 55:22; Matthew 6:26-30).

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   Witnessing the Good News
   1 Timothy 3:14-15; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15
Sunday School,  October 7, 2012
The Dead Sea is called such because there is no outlet and yet it is saturated with rich mineral deposits.  The Body of Christ (the Church), though rich in many ways, is evangelistically dysfunctional because it stopped giving out what it had received.  When Christ saw that His church had no evangelistic outlet, He threatened to remove her lamp (Revelation 2:5), indicating that the members would lose their light – forfeit its place of light-bearing.

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   Hope for Hurting Parents
   Proverbs 22:6; Psalm 127:4; Deuteronomy 6:1-7; Matthew 22:37-39; Jeremiah 17:5-8
Wednesday Evening Service,  October 3, 2012
 
Godly parents will allow the trials and sin of their children help them to see their own sin more clearly. They must understand that God helps those who humble themselves. The goal of parenting must never be to win the battle between you and your children, but instead to glorify God – even in the midst of the trials. Parents must keep their focus on God and not the trials or their feelings. All parenting trials to drive you to desperate, fervent prayer.

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   Prayer and the Local Church
   Hebrews 10:19-25; Matthew 6:9-13; 18:20; Acts 1:4, 14;
Sunday School,  September 2, 2012
Missionaries, when they are home, often thank the church for praying for them because they are very dependent on praying churches for effectiveness of their ministries in other countries. Many church members fail to recognize that prayer is one of the most important things they can do when they gather together. Some even think that their individual prayers are just as effective as corporate prayer. While their prayers may be effective, they cannot be obedient and avoid gathering together for prayer as did the early church as noted in the book of Acts and in the epistles.

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   Instruction in Prayer
   James 4:1-4; Matthew 6:7-13; Ephesians 6:18; Hebrews 4:14-16
Wednesday Evening Service,  August 29, 2012
Why is it God does not answer my prayers? This is an oft asked question and for the most part the answer is given in James 4:3 – Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss that ye may consume it upon your lusts. God has given us specific instructions as to how we are to pray and even what we should pray. Getting our prayers answered is directly related to praying as God has instructed us in His Word.

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   Biblical Revival – Part 2
   Nehemiah 8; Psalm 85:6; Matthew 5:3-4; Ephesians 3:14-21
Wednesday Evening Service,  August 8, 2012
Revival is only for those who belong to God by faith in Christ Jesus. Unsaved people cannot be revived for they are dead in trespasses and sins. New life implies that life already exists. Some of the indications that revival is taking place are: 1) A desire to hear from God, 2) Full attention to God's Word regardless of the length of time, 3) Respect and reverence for God's Word, 4) Agreement with God, 5) A response of humility and genuine worship, 6) Seeing ourselves as God sees us, 7) Obedience to God's Word and 8) Strength that comes our of the joy of the LORD.

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   Baptism and the Lord's Supper: Signs of God's Work
   Matthew 28:19
Sunday School,  July 29, 2012
Our series on discipleship continues as we look at a short summary of the Bible's teaching on the two ordinances, baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptism is the external sign of God's inward initial gracious work of regeneration. The Lord's Supper is an external sign of God's inward continual gracious work of sanctification.

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   You Are the Salt of the Earth
   Matthew 5:13; Matthew 5:13-16; 2 Kings 2:19-22
Wednesday Evening Service,  July 18, 2012
 
Jesus often used common, agrarian metaphors to communicate profound truth. What does he mean when he tells his followers, "You are the salt of the earth"? A study of this well-know saying reveals two ideas by which Jesus challenges all who would come after him: (1) a declaration of the disciple's mission; (2) a warning of the disciple's failure.

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   Religious Affections
   Matthew 7:16
Wednesday Evening Service,  June 20, 2012
Can we know for sure if another person is a true believer? We cannot know certainly, but Jesus gave us some ways whereby we can render good judgment. With that principle in mind, we look at Jonathan Edwards's classic book Religious Affections.

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   Christ's Call to Discipleship
   John 6:66, John 13:35; 15:8; Matthew 12:49-50; 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:2
Sunday School,  June 17, 2012
The word "disciple" refers to a learner or pupil. It is used 238 times in the Gospels and another 28 times in the book of Acts. It is a word greatly misunderstood because of those who tend to make it mean whatever they want it to mean. Jesus assumed we would be sharing our faith with others (Matthew 28:19). In our faithfulness to this task, He has asked us to MAKE DISCIPLES. It is our responsibility to take that which the Lord has given to us and to share it with others, that they also would become disciples (II Timothy 2:2). One of the greatest aspects of being a disciple is to be with Christ and to become like our Master (Romans 8:29; Ephesians 5:1; Philippians 2:5). This is the first and most important step to be used of God for His glory.

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   Hallowed Be Thy Name: A Call To Missions
   Matthew 6:9
Sunday Morning Service,  April 22, 2012
 
The Lord's prayer is filled with petitions or requests. The first petition communicates what God's top priority is for this earth - that all the world be filled with people that are hallowing His name. What does that mean and how does He wish to accomplish this passion of His? World missions is part of the answer.

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   Resting in What Is Written
   Matthew 4:1-11
Sunday Morning Service,  March 11, 2012
 
Just as God’s son, Israel had been led into the wilderness and tempted, so was God’s Son, Jesus. But where Israel had miserably failed, Jesus magnificently triumphed. How did Jesus stand strong against the cunning temptations of the devil? We find the answer in Jesus’ confidence in the written Word of God, and it is this same confidence through which we also must stand holy in our own time. How do we rest in the written Word as Jesus did?

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   The Reality of Angels
   Luke 1:11-20; 26-38; Matthew 1:20-23; 2:13; 18:10; Hebrews 1:14
Sunday School,  December 25, 2011
 
Some people have a problem in believing in that which they cannot see, feel or hear. There are millions of angels, good and bad. Their activity in the Bible provides us much information that helps us to understand their ministry to God's children today. Two major responsibilities revolve around God's glory and God's will. They understand that it is as we choose to do God's will and glorify Him in our lives, that we achieve our greatest happiness and success.

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   Offering the Blessing
   Matthew 14:14-20; John 6:14-35; Matthew 26:26; John 9:31; Colossians 1:12, 3:17
Sunday Morning Service,  November 6, 2011
 
Jesus taught us many things about prayer in the Gospels, but He also demonstrated the importance of prayer before His followers. While we recognize that our private praying ought to be in secret, we should also recognize that our public praying will only be as good as our private praying. One aspect of our Lord’s praying that should be practiced more in our lives is that of thanksgiving, thanking God on a regular basis for all that He continues to bestow on us. Praying before a meal is a very common practice in our homes but often it becomes more of a ritual than it does sincere prayer. This is a prayer of thanksgiving and should reflect our humble praise and thankfulness to God, Who daily benefits our lives.

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   Understanding the Lord's Supper
   Matthew 26:17-30
Sunday Morning Service,  October 2, 2011
 
While there are many things in the Bible we should never forget, Jesus established the Lord’s Table that we might never forget what He did on Calvary’s Cross, to take away our sins (John 1:29). Christ’s disciples, Peter and John, were given the responsibility of making the preparations for Christ and His disciples to share together the Passover. Little did they know that Jesus would use the occasion to institute the Lord’s Supper? Without knowing it, their preparations were symbolic of the shedding of the Lamb’s blood that would take place soon after their meal.

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   The Authority of the Church
   Matthew 18:15-20; 28:18; 21:23; I Timothy 3:15
Sunday School,  September 25, 2011
The word authority causes many Christians to cringe in this day when genuine commitment to Christ is waning. The authority of the Church is really the authority of God the Father, Son and Spirit and God’s Holy Word. Jesus said, All authority is given unto Me in Heaven and in earth. We need to ask ourselves if we really believe this and whether or not our lives indicate such by the way we live.

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   The Future Judgments of God
   Matthew 24-25; Revelation 20:5, 11-15; Joel 3:1-2; Zechariah 12:10-13; 14:3
Wednesday Evening Service,  July 20, 2011
There are some 38 -42 judgments of God in the Bible, depending on what is and what is not included. There are seven future judgments that will take place following the rapture of the church - 1) Judgment of Believer's Works (Bema Seat), 2) the Tribulation Judgments (seven of each - Seals, Trumpets and Vials), 3) Final Judgment upon the Nation of Israel, 4) Judgment of the Nations, 5) Judgment upon the Fallen Angels, 6) Judgment upon the Beast, Antichrist, False Prophet, the Great Harlot and Satan and 7) The Great White Throne Judgment.

Judgment is always against sin except at the Bema Seat, where believer's will be rewarded on the basis of their works.

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   The Church and the Coming of Christ
   Matthew 24; 1 Thessalonians 4-5; 2 Thessalonians 1-2
Wednesday Evening Service,  July 6, 2011
Many believe that the Lord will rapture the church before the Tribulation, and that the Rapture and Second Coming are two separate events. However, a look at the Olivet Discourse, especially in light of Paul's application of it to the church in the Thessalonian Epistles seems to indicate that the church will go through the Tribulation. At the very least, it is wise to be prepared for such a possibility.

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   The Great Tribulation
   Isaiah 24-27; Jeremiah 30; Daniel 9, 12; Matthew 24-25; Revelation 4-20
Wednesday Evening Service,  June 29, 2011
From time to time we witness amazing catastrophes upon the earth, from wild fires, to floods, violent tornadoes, hurricanes, earth quakes, tsunamis, pandemics, wars, and many other disasters. But these events are mere tremors compared to the Great Tribulation prophesied in Scripture. The Bible speaks of a time of unprecedented angst and destruction that will shake the foundations of the planet and kill literally billions of people. What is the significance of this time of great trouble? Do these Scriptures foretell real events or figurative? In this study we will read through several passages which foretell the Great Tribulation, look at various views on how to interpret the Tribulation, and finally answer the question, “What shall we do?” in light of the Bible’s teaching.

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   The Historical Jesus
   Matthew 27:22
Sunday School,  June 5, 2011
Historians have noted that around any great person there are always legends that spring up about them, eventually making it difficult for us to discern fact from fiction. This is the principle at work in the distinction between what is termed ‘the Christ of history’ and ‘the Christ of faith.’ The questions that a study of the ‘historical Jesus’ seeks to answer are whether or not the Christ of history (the living, God-Man, Jesus) and the Christ of faith (what the Bible tells us to believe about Jesus) are the same, and whether or not it matters. This lesson will seek merely to introduce the study of the historical Jesus and to argue that our salvation is based, not upon empirical history, but upon the true witness to Jesus given to us by the evangelists who wrote our four gospels.

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   Who Is Jesus Christ?
   Matthew 16:13-15; Philippians 2:5-9; Hebrews 1:1-3, 8
Sunday School,  May 22, 2011
Jesus asked, "Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?" Many people have no clue as to the answer of Christ's question because they choose to answer it apart from the only source that reveals the answer - God's Holy Word. There are also a number of different answers by men who were seeking to answer that question, seriously looking for truth. The orthodox answer is that Jesus is one Person. He has a complete human nature and a complete divine nature and yet these two natures can never be mixed, confused, divided, or separated. Jesus Christ is 100% God and 100% man.

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   Sensationalism Versus Substance - Part 2
   Matthew 24; Daniel 9
Wednesday Evening Service,  May 18, 2011
In part one of this study we looked at various claims made by men throughout church history until modern times that they could pinpoint the time of Jesus' return. In order to make these claims most date-setters do a fair amount of mathematics using times and numbers in Scripture along with dates in history which are often uncertain. The result has led to one false claim after another, encouraging onlookers to scoff at the idea of the Lord's return. In part two we begin to examine the prophetic material offered to us in the Scriptures in order to determine how certain the Bible allows us to be about the time of Christ's return and about what will then take place upon the earth. Overall, we see that when God gives prophecy to His people it is always for their encouragement and edification.

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   The Deity of Christ
   John 1:1; Matthew 11:25-27; Titus 2:3; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-4
Sunday School,  May 8, 2011
The reason the doctrine of the Trinity, though veiled in the Old Testament, comes alive in the New, is the coming of Jesus Christ and His claim to deity. It was essentially the claim of Jesus that He was God which made it necessary for the church to put into workable terminology how it could be true that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are equally God, yet there is only one God. In this lesson we will not so much examine how Jesus is God; instead we will examine the key biblical texts demonstrating to us that Jesus is God.

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   The Doctrine of the Word of God: Authority & Canonicity
   Matthew 28:18
Sunday School,  January 23, 2011
Why do we have the books that we have in the Bible? Is the Canon opened or closed? This lesson looks at the doctrines of Authority and Canonicity.

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   A Virgin Bears a Son – Part 2
   Matthew 1:18-25
Sunday Morning Service,  January 2, 2011
 
When Joseph is devastated by the news that Mary, his wife-to-be, is expecting a child, God reveals to him that all is yet well. For God Himself is moving in a miraculous and unprecedented way to accomplish His promises. In this text there are three reasons Mary’s conception, though troubling to Joseph, reveals the power and salvation of God.

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   A Virgin Bears a Son – Part 1
   Matthew 1:18-25
Sunday Morning Service,  December 19, 2010
 
When Joseph is devastated by the news that Mary, his wife-to-be, is expecting a child, God reveals to him that all is yet well. For God Himself is moving in a miraculous and unprecedented way to accomplish His promises. In this text there are three reasons Mary’s conception, though troubling to Joseph, reveals the power and salvation of God.

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   The Concept of the Family in the Early Church
   1 Peter 2:4-5, Matthew 12:46-50, 1 Timothy 3:4-5, 12, 15; 5:1-2
Wednesday Evening Service,  August 18, 2010
The idea of the church as a household is ubiquitous in the New Testament. In fact, the metaphor originates with Jesus Himself (Matt. 12:46-50). But it is one thing for us to say that our church ought to be like a family and another thing to know what the family looked like in the ancient world. It does us little good, and may even mislead us, to insist that the church is a household if we are not able to appreciate what the Greco-Roman household was like, what its purpose was, who were its members and what were their responsibilities. In this session we will look at the shape and significance of the ancient household so that we are able to see how the idea of family was employed as a metaphor for the church by the New Testament writers.

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   I Am with You Always
   Matthew 28:16-20
Sunday Morning Service,  June 8, 2008
 
“I used to ask God to help me. Then I asked if I might help Him. I ended up by asking Him to do His work through me.” These word of Hudson Taylor also reflect what we see in the New Testament concerning God working in and through His servants. “I am with you always” is God's promise to His servants and is seen through the history of missions.

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   What It Means to Follow Jesus
   Matthew 16:21-27
Sunday Morning Service,  April 6, 2008
 
The gospels illustrate that there were many would-be followers of Jesus who turned back. But when Jesus challenged people to follow Him, He spoke of radical abandonment involving self-denial and cross-bearing. This incident in Matthew's gospel defines what it really means to "follow Jesus."

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   The Nature and Authority of the Church – Part 2
   Matthew 16:13-20
Sunday School,  January 20, 2008
 
The church of Jesus Christ is endowed by its head with authority to perform certain functions. These functions are essential for the life and purity of the body as well as the glory of the Lord Jesus. However, the authority that the church possesses has not always been clearly defined and thus many Christians wonder exactly what role the visible church should play in their spiritual lives. In this lesson, Richard Winston defines the authority of the church as it relates to the matters of membership and discipline.

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   The Nature and Authority of the Church – Part 1
   Matthew 16:13-20
Sunday School,  January 13, 2008
 
When the Lord Jesus announced that He would “build His church,” He was introducing His disciples into a whole world of exciting theology. What exactly did He mean by the word “church,” and in what way would it prevent the gates of hell from ever prevailing against it? Additionally, who (or what) is the rock upon which the Lord Jesus builds His church? And what does all of this mean for the Christian today? In this first of two lessons, Richard Winston explains the nature of the church and its role in our lives!

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   The Human Lineage of Jesus
   Matthew 1:1-17
Sunday School,  December 30, 2007
 
Matthew’s genealogy connects Jesus racially to Abraham and royally to David, demonstrating that He is the rightful heir to the Davidic throne. We may be tempted to gloss over this introduction to the gospel as a mere historical list of names; but a closer look reveals several amazing qualities of God that should be celebrated in the coming of Jesus.

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   Facing Temptation like Christ
   Matthew 4:1-11
Sunday Afternoon Service,  November 25, 2007
 
Temptation is a continual spiritual toxin that plagues the believer. Through the example and ministry of Jesus, we are equipped, in Him, to face temptation. In the temptation narrative in Matthew, we find three essential lessons which teach us to face temptation like Jesus.

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   The Greatest Mission
   2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Matthew 9:35-38
Special Service,  November 17, 2007
 
It was great when:
     God told Noah to build the Ark.
     God called Moses to lead Israel.
     God asked Samuel to anoint David.
     God used Nehemiah to rebuild the wall.

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   Believers Have a Distinct Function
   Matthew 5:13-16
Sunday Afternoon Service,  October 7, 2007
 
What should the function of the Christian be in a decaying and dark world? Jesus answers the question: ye are salt and light.

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   The Parable of the Sower
   Matthew 13:1-9; 18-23
Sunday Morning Service,  June 24, 2007
 
Christ's famous Parable of the Sower uses images from the agricultural world to teach fundamental spiritual lessons. The most important thing that we must determine in this life is how we will respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ. In this sermon, Richard Winston examines the four ways that people often respond to the gospel and brings them to bear on our lives today.

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   Repairing the Altar of the Lord
   Matthew 6:5-6
Sunday Afternoon Service,  April 29, 2007
 
How important is the Christian's private worship? In this sermon, Richard Winston examines the teaching of our Lord regarding the priority, the secrecy, and the benefits of a daily, personal time of Bible reading and prayer.

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   Distinguishing Jesus' Death and Resurrection - Part 1
   Matthew 16:21, John 12:20-33
Sunday Morning Service,  April 1, 2007
 
The gospel of Christ is the good news that Jesus died for our sins and that He rose again. In order for a lost sinner to receive salvation, he or she must believe both of those truths. But what is the relationship between Jesus' death and His resurrection? What do they have to do with one another?

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   The Gift of Forgiveness
   Matthew 18:21-35
Sunday Morning Service,  November 26, 2006
 
Peter asks, "How often should I be willing to be restored to my brother who sins against me?" Trying to justify himself and being generous in nature, he suggests forgiving up to seven times. But Peter's thinking is faulty. So Christ corrects Peter's mistake by saying that forgiveness should be extended 490 times! (i.e. infinitely!) Christ then gives a parable that teaches the following truth: If we have been infinitely forgiven by God, then we must infinitely forgive others.

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   To Take Up the Cross
   Matthew 16:21-26
Sunday School,  June 25, 2006
 


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