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   The Believer's Life of Faith
   Hebrews 11:1-3, 11-16; Romans 4
Sunday Morning Service,  October 9, 2016
 
Most people today do not know the joy and peace that comes from living by faith. Outside of the church, there is much strange thinking about the subject of faith. It is treated as a noun instead of a verb. Faith is an action word and it is always linked with obedience. We are living in an age when it is assumed that faith means nothing in the realities of contemporary life. It is a greater tragedy when the believer in passivity fails to trust God to the point of personal and active involvement in the life of faith. Romans 14:23 reminds us that whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Our lifestyle must arise out of a genuine trust in God or it will be categorized as sinful.

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   Survey of Romans
   Romans
Sunday School,  August 28, 2016
 
Paul's great doctrinal thesis on salvation.

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   A Time of Transition
   Acts 1:12-14; Romans 15:4-7
Sunday Morning Service,  February 7, 2016
 
Just prior to His departure into Heaven, Jesus instructed His followers to WAIT for the promise of the Father (Acts 1:4). He recognized that there would be a time of transition between His departure and the arrival of the Holy Spirit of God. Not only did Jesus instruct them to wait, He also gave them instructions as to how they were to wait. Acts 1:14 reveals how they waited - "with one accord in prayer and supplication." Being now in a time of transition, we also need to follow the instruction of our Lord and Savior who said, My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they FOLLOW Me (John 10:27). Therefore, like the disciples of Christ, we are to wait until the Lord brings us another shepherd and the key to achieving God's blessing and direction is to wait with one accord in prayer and supplication.

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   Stirring Up Spiritual Memory – Part 2b
   2 Peter 1:12-15; Romans 8:1-11
Sunday Morning Service,  January 17, 2016
As Peter neared the end of his ministry to the church, he was intent not to give the Lord’s people something new, but to stir their spiritual memory, or make them recall what they already had. Likewise, as my pastoral ministry at Bethany draws to a close, I would like to remind you of several essential blessings that are yours as believers in Christ.

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   Love the Brethren
   Romans 12:9-11
Sunday Morning Service,  March 22, 2015
 
Nobody likes a fake. It disgusts us to be taken by someone or something that is not the real thing. While it is not fun to find out that what something is fake, it is much more disturbing to find out that someone is fake. Paul warns of this in Romans 12:9. We live in a world (even in our Christian circles) where people are taught how to put on a good face, hide your true colors and manipulate a situation. Teens and children hear their parents talking and learn firsthand how to fake a love for certain people in the church. Here Paul is warning against that kind of love. He starts by giving two direct overriding statements that characterize genuine love.

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   What in the World Is Going Wrong?
   Romans 1:16–32
Sunday Morning Service,  January 18, 2015
 
Our country is in a mess. Only God can solve our problems. We as His children must do what we can to see revival in the land (2 Chronicles 7:14).

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   Wedded to Christ
   Romans 7:1-13
Sunday Morning Service,  July 13, 2014
 
Married to Christ? You cannot exaggerate the possibilities in such a thought. Paul is dealing with the believer's relationship to God's Law. The Old Testament saint lived in bondage to the Law while the New Testament saint has been set free from the Law. The Apostle Paul pictures the believer's new position by using the analogy of marriage further revealing what it means for the Christian to be in Christ. There are many privileges and benefits in this relationship for which every believer ought to be preparing.

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   Sheep to be Slaughtered
   Romans 8:31-39
Sunday Evening Service,  July 14, 2013
 
Toward the end of the rapturous heights of Romans 8, why does Paul cite Psalm 44? What is the connection? The answer reminds us that there are times God's people suffer because of their obedience, and that it is the love of God that will ultimately save us.

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   The Conscience and the Christian Life
   Romans 2:14-16; 1 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:15; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Romans 14:5, 8, 12
Wednesday Evening Service,  October 17, 2012
The human conscience provides internal evidence of our creation and of our Creator. Historically, people have recognized that they have a conscience that somehow communicates to them the difference between right and wrong. Historically, people who did not have the Law of God demonstrated their conscience at work when they automatically did those things which were contained in God’s Law. Romans 2:14-16 reveals that the Law was written in their hearts. In our study, we will recognize that the conscience is not enough to cause us to always make right decisions. In fact, it is a grave mistake to let your conscience be your guide since what comes out of it is largely determined by what we put into it – just like a computer.

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   The Death of John the Baptist
   Mark 6:13-29; Romans 2:14-15; Mark 8:36
Sunday Morning Service,  October 14, 2012
Let your conscience be your guide! A person’s conscience is only as reliable as the data that has been placed into it. We live in a society that calls evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20). Obviously, the conscience can be tainted. God’s Word cannot be tainted or changed and is greater than our conscience. King Herod’s conscience being tainted, he could not make right decisions. Yet there was enough truth in his conscience that when he made the wrong decisions, he was internally tormented.

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   Hope: The Christian's Anchor
   Romans 8:18-25
Sunday School,  October 14, 2012
Christians do not have an "I hope so" kind of faith. Our hope is sure and steadfast, founded on the nature of God himself, and the sure word of his promises. Christian hope is bound up in the future as it anticipates the eternal life we have in Christ. As a result, hope powerfully alters our lives in the present.

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   Spiritual Gifts
   1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 27-31; Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 4:7-11; 1 Peter 4:10-11
Sunday School,  September 23, 2012
God has equipped every believer with one or more gifts to be used in connection with the functioning of the local church. No church ministry can function without them. Since God has designed and distributed these spiritual gifts to function within the church family, we should be aware of what they are and how they are to be used for God’s glory (1 Corinthians 12:1). Today’s lesson cannot be anything more than a general overview considering our time element.

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   Change
   2 Corinthians 5:16-17; Ephesians 2:1-15; 4:17-24; 1 John 3:1-3; Romans 8:1-23
Wednesday Evening Service,  September 19, 2012
 
Change is something the Spirit of God continues to do in the Christian life when the child of God surrenders to grow in the grace and knowledge of God (2 Peter 3:18). Change is the process by which old things are passed away and all things become new (2 Corinthians 5:17), making it possible for the believer to glorify God in his life (1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 10:31).

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   Jonathan Edwards's Farewell
   Romans 12:9a
Wednesday Evening Service,  August 1, 2012
This lesson looks first at some Bible principles for handling conflict. We then turn to the history surrounding Jonathan Edwards's departure from Northampton and calling to Stockbridge, with a special emphasis on his farewell sermon.

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   Living for the Glory of God
   John 1:14; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Isaiah 43:7; Romans 1:18-21
Sunday School,  July 22, 2012
The Westminster Shorter Confession states that the chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. This is stated because it is what God’s Word commands us to do. Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

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   The Music of the Spheres
   Psalm 19; Romans 1
Sunday School,  July 15, 2012
 
All we see is evidence of what we cannot see. But evidence alone is not truth. It is the interpretation of the evidence that leads to truth. Many people look at the sky and conclude different things, but Psalm 19 interprets, "The heavens are telling the glory of God." We will explore this distinction between evidence and interpretation through three important observations: (1) We must depend upon the Word of God to interpret the evidence we see in the physical world; (2) We must exercise wisdom when interpreting the evidence; and (3) We are fully assured that God has given to us the true interpretation in his faithful Word.

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   Biblical Revival
   Psalm 85:6; Acts 3:19; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Isaiah 57:15; Romans 13:10-14; Habbakuk 3:2
Wednesday Evening Service,  July 11, 2012
There is much confusion and mixed feelings regarding the word revival. Few Christians really know what it is and the many more believers have never truly experienced it. The term revival is used by many churches for an evangelistic emphasis instead of genuine revival. Revival is not something that a church can decide to have. It cannot come without a sensitivity to sin and God's people dying to self so that Jesus might truly be Lord in their lives.

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   Faith Illustrated
   John 20:24-30; Hebrews 11:1-6; Romans 14:23
Wednesday Evening Service,  May 23, 2012
Thomas is the illustration used for this session. He actually demanded to have physical verification of Christ's resurrection before he would believe. When Jesus suddenly appeared, he fell down before Him exclaiming, My Lord and my God. A lot of people claim to have faith but cannot tell you the object of their faith. Faith without an object is no faith at all. In short, faith is simply taking God at His Word and acting upon it. When witnessing to the lost, we ought to ask: What would it take before you will believe and trust Jesus Christ as your own personal Lord and Savior.

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   Not Ashamed of the Gospel
   Romans 1:16-17
Special Service,  April 20, 2012
 
Paul was not ashamed to preach the gospel and make it central to his missionary activity. His confidence was due to his understanding that the gospel is God's powerful way of saving sinners. He realized that the good news of the person and work of Christ delivers guilty sinners from condemnation, providing them with a standing of perfect righteousness before God. He also realized that the gospel works transformation in the lives of formerly enslaved sinners making their practical lives look more and more like their perfect standing.

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   The Real Thing
   Romans 12:9-11
Sunday Morning Service,  March 18, 2012
 
Paul challenges us to be real with our love. This includes a hatred for evil, and a dogged attachment to all that is good. Verse 10-11 gives specifics regarding this love. It is a devoted family love that puts a high value on every person.

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   Praying in the Spirit
   Romans 8:14-29
Sunday Morning Service,  November 27, 2011
 
As Christians, most of our failures are prayer failures. Many of these failures go directly to our not understanding the doctrine of the Holy Spirit and His role when we pray. It is God’s will that we pray, but if we are to be effective in our praying, then we must pray in accordance as to how we are instructed to pray in God’s Word, and we must recognize the provision God has made in giving us the Holy Spirit when we pray.

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   Philemon - Inductive Study 2
   John 5:39, 46, Romans 12:3, Psalm 1, Philemon
Sunday School,  November 20, 2011
Today, we are beginning where we left off last week in our observing and learning all we can about the Apostle Paul in the book of Philemon. I will do a summary statement at the end and we will then go right into the second lesson, where eventually, we will begin to observe and learn all we can about the person, Philemon from the text.

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   Spiritual Gifts
   Romans 12
Sunday School,  September 11, 2011
There is much confusion today regarding spiritual gifts. In this lesson we will do a quick survey of the charismatic movement in relation to Scripture. We will then discuss how each Christian should be using the gifts God has given them.

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   The Life-Altering Effects of the Future – Part 2
   Romans 8:18-25
Wednesday Evening Service,  August 31, 2011
Having investigated timelines of the future throughout the summer, this lesson looks at how the truth about the future changes our lives in the present.

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   The Life-Altering Effects of the Future
   Romans 8:18-25
Wednesday Evening Service,  August 10, 2011
Having investigated timelines of the future throughout the summer, this lesson looks at how the truth about the future changes our lives in the present.

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   The Deity and Personhood of the Holy Spirit
   John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7-8; Romans 8:16, 26
Sunday School,  August 7, 2011
The Holy Spirit of God has been the subject of denial and neglect for centuries. Some consider the Spirit to merely be an impersonal influence or an energy force. It is blasphemy to think of Him in any other way than the third person in the Trinity possessing the same essential deity as the Father and the Son. He is to be worshiped, loved and obeyed as such, in the same way as God.

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   Justification and Union with Christ
   Romans 1-3
Sunday School,  July 17, 2011
Martin Luther said that justification by faith is the doctrine that determines whether the church is standing or falling. Justification deals with the heart of the gospel, for it answers the question, "How can I be declared righteous in the sight of God. A right understanding of this doctrine is essential to a right understanding of the gospel.

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   The Doctrine of Salvation: The Atonement and the Gospel
   Romans 3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13; 1 Corinthians 15
Sunday School,  July 10, 2011
We look at the heart of the Christian faith in this lesson exploring the doctrines of the atonement and the Christian good news. Some of the questions we answer are: Why was his death necessary? On what basis does God forgive sinners? How does Christ's death accomplish forgiveness? What are other understandings of the atonement and how do they fit with Scripture? And what is the Christian gospel? What is not the gospel?

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   The Doctrine of Man: Original Sin
   Romans 5:12-19
Sunday School,  April 10, 2011
What is original sin? This lesson explores what the Bible says about this important doctrine of the Christian faith, including a brief defense and further discussion of how it relates to the salvation of children who die in infancy.

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   Total Depravity
   Romans 1:18-22
Sunday School,  April 3, 2011
Total depravity is a general term describing the effects of sin in the sinner’s life. It is sometimes called absolute total inability and refers to man’s unwillingness and inability to deal with his sin and secure salvation on his own.

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   The Doctrine of God: Existence
   Romans 1
Sunday School,  February 6, 2011
This lesson surveys the reasons often given to prove the existence of God. Yet, we conclude, as the Bible never embarks on such a project as proving God's existence, ultimately these proofs are inadequate by themselves to demonstrate the validity of Christianity or convince a person to turn from sin to Jesus Christ.

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   The Giving of God’s People
   Romans 8:23; Psalm 116:12-19; 2 Corinthians 8-9
Sunday Morning Service,  January 23, 2011
 
One of the greatest blessings of the church comes when God’s people give of their resources for the benefit of the Lord’s work and his people in need. This morning we will see how the Bible sets forth the idea of Christian giving as we recognize three important truths.

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   The Doctrine of the Word of God: Revelation
   Romans 1:18-32
Sunday School,  January 2, 2011
The Word of God teaches that God has revealed Himself in two ways. General revelation is never used properly by natural men. God's special revelation, properly defined, is not to be equated with Scripture, but Scripture is a special or particular revelation from God.

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   Baptism: Is It Really Worship?
   Romans 6:1-5
Sunday School,  September 5, 2010
This final lesson in our summer series on worship discusses (1) what baptism is and (2) whether or not it is worship.

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   God’s Wonderful Love
   Romans 5:8
Sunday Morning Service,  August 1, 2010
 
The Lord’s Table is a wonderful reminder of God’s love for His own. In this life we will never know or understand the depth of His love toward us. Romans 5:8 reminds us, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Without that rescuing love, we would all be helpless and hopeless, as a result of our sinful condition for there is none righteous, no not one (Rom 3:10).

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   Biblical Discernment
   Romans 12:1-2
Sunday Afternoon Service,  July 25, 2010
 
One of the most difficult issues of the Christian life is being able to discern God's will when he has not explicitly expressed it in his Word. Romans 12:1-2 give us the prerequisites for being people able to discern the good and perfect will of God.

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   Reading the Scripture and Hearing the Word
   1 Timothy 4:13; Romans 10:17
Sunday School,  July 25, 2010
The New Testament clearly mandates the public reading of Scripture. This lesson explores why it is such a vital practice in a Christian church. We also show the New Testament emphasis on hearing the Word of God in public worship. This nearly forgotten element of corporate worship reminds the people of God what they are to hear, how the Word of God is to be heard, what benefits there are to hearing the word, and how the saints may practice hearing the Word.

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   New Testament Hospitality
   Romans 12:13; Hebrews 13:1-2; 1 Peter 4:9
Sunday Morning Service,  June 6, 2010
 
Is the hospitality commanded in the New Testament what we typically think of as hospitality today? As we engage a number of New Testament passages we examine how New Testament Christians would have understood hospitality, discuss why it is required of followers of Christ, and look at how to apply it.

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   Life in the Early Christian Church
   Acts 2; 1 Corinthians 16; Romans 16
Wednesday Evening Service,  May 19, 2010
So often when we read the Scriptures we recast events in our minds so that they align with our own experience. When it comes to the gathering of the church, we may imagine a large assembly of people sitting in rows looking at a pastor. But the original gathering of local churches is far removed from how the western church normally meets today. The purpose of this session is to inform our appreciation of the NT by discovering the way the first churches gathered in the ancient world.

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   Loving One Another in the Church
   Romans 13:8-10
Sunday Morning Service,  November 15, 2009
The Bible instructs members of the body of Christ to love one another. However, unless our love is intentional, we lack a necessary ingredient for obedience to this foundational command. What does the exhortation, “Love one another,” imply for us in this text?

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   Evangelizing Roman Catholics
   Romans 4, various other texts
Wednesday Evening Service,  August 19, 2009
Do Roman Catholics need to be evangelized? That is the question that many Protestants ask themselves at one time or another. In this lesson, Richard Winston examines The Catechism of the Catholic Church in an effort to discover whether or not its statements on salvation and justification accord with the teachings of Holy Scripture. Practical advice is given for interacting with Roman Catholics in this vital issue.

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   God the Father As Our Father
   Romans 8:14-17
Sunday Morning Service,  April 19, 2009
 
Believers are those who have found forgiveness through faith in the death of Christ for their sins and His resurrection. But adoption is wonderful aspect of our salvation that goes beyond forgiveness to welcome the believer into the very family of God as a son or daughter. In fact, it is arguable that adoption—having God as Father—is the highest benefit that we can possibly know as a believer in Christ, for two reasons.

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   Separated unto the Gospel
   Romans 1:1-17
Sunday School,  September 7, 2008
 
Earlier this year, the Lord called the Winston family to join the ministry of the Free Presbyterian Church in North America. In this lesson, Richard Winston explains the history, emphases, and distinctives of the Free Church and how and why he would like to serve in that denomination.

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   Boldly Proclaiming the Gospel of Christ
   Romans 1:16
Sunday Afternoon Service,  June 29, 2008
 
Every Christian bears the responsibility to proclaim the gospel of Christ. With our deeds, and especially with our words, every believer must testify to the lost of the saving power of the Gospel. However, all of struggle to fulfill this responsibility. Some of us are shy, whereas some of us do not feel fully qualified to answer every question that an unbeliever may present. What is the key to overcoming these obstacles and becoming bold witnesses of the Gospel? In Romans 1:16, the Apostle Paul shows us how each of us can boldly proclaim the Gospel of Christ.

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   Cultivating a Christian Worldview: The Experience of Salvation
   Ephesians 2:8; Philippians 2:12; Romans 13:11
Sunday School,  March 2, 2008
 
One of the key elements of the Christian worldview is the doctrine of salvation. Salvation can be approached from many angles, including its original promise in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:15), its accomplishment by Christ (Phil. 2:5-11), or its reception by faith and repentance (Acts 20:21). In this lesson, Richard Winston approaches the doctrine of salvation as it is experienced by the believer in three phases: justification, sanctification, and glorification. Each phase is defined and proofs are given with Scriptures.

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   The Gospel: An Act of Eternal Grace
   Romans 1:16-17
Special Service,  November 16, 2007
 
The gospel is the crown jewel of the Christian faith. What is the gospel? What place should it have in the life of the church? The Apostle Paul highlights the primacy of the gospel in Romans 1:16-17.

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   God's Gracious Gifts
   Romans 12:3-8
Sunday School,  November 11, 2007
 
Paul starts this section (12:1-2) with a challenge to commitment based on God's mercies. In verses 3-8 we see the futility of boasting in what God has graciously given us. Three main thoughts will be discussed: 1) There is no sense in boasting over God's gracious gifts. 2) God has blessed us all uniquely with His gifts. 3) We should be seeking to use our gifts for God's glory.

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   Using Your Brain
   Romans 10:1-3
Sunday Evening Service,  July 29, 2007
 
There is much zeal for God in the contemporary world. Yet the Bible warns that there will be many who claim to embrace God who are not really of God. They have a "zeal" which is not according to knowledge. God desires His children to have a zealousness that is informed. The Christian walk requires the believer to use his or her brains in at least three areas.

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   Baptism: Affirming Life in Christ
   Romans 6:1-4
Sunday Morning Service,  May 13, 2007
 
The New Testament demonstrates the believer's baptism to be the first step of obedience in the Christian life. But what is the believer saying when he or she is baptized? Paul's words about the believer's life in Christ in this text reveals two significant statements which baptism affirms.

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   Love Your Neighbor As Yourself
   Romans 13:8-10
Sunday Evening Service,  March 25, 2007
 
Total Consecration to God involves loving one another as the law commands. The Christian's obligation to love others is his highest priority and a fulfillment of the law of God.

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   Coming Near to God, the Holy One
   Romans 8:14-17
Sunday Morning Service,  February 4, 2007
 
If the holiness of God means that there is ineffable distance between the Creator and His creatures, then it is impossible to conceive of unholy sinners ever coming near Him. Yet, because of salvation through Christ, those who believe in Him have been brought near to God. This wonderful new relationship we share with God is presented in the New Testament as "adoption" into God's family and it is to be considered the highest blessing of our salvation for at least three reasons.

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   Our Riches in Christ
   Romans 6:9-10
Sunday School,  September 24, 2006
 


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   Adam and Christ
   Romans 5:12-21; 1 Corinthians 15:45, 47
Sunday Afternoon Service,  September 3, 2006
 


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   Wrath Meets Love
   Romans 3:21-26; 1 John 4:10
Sunday Morning Service,  August 6, 2006
 
God's wrath and God's love, often thought of only as contrary aspects of God's nature, wonderfully unite in the doctrine of the propitiation. While God's wrath upon sinners is necessary and just, God's love provided a Substitute, the Lord Jesus Christ, to receive His wrath in our stead. In order for us to fully appreciate this rich truth, however, we must be convinced of at least three biblical realities.

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   God's Love As Seen in Mothers
   Romans 5:8; Proverbs 31:10
Sunday Morning Service,  May 14, 2006
 


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   The Role of the Holy Spirit in Prayer - Part 1
   Romans 8:26-27
Sunday Morning Service,  March 26, 2006
 
Because we are inarticulate in our attempts to pray according to the will of God, the Holy Spirit offers divine assistance. In this text, we recognize three dynamics of the role of the Holy Spirit which come alive when we go to the Lord in prayer.

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   Discerning God's Will
   Romans 12:2
Sunday Evening Service,  February 26, 2006
 


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   Sacrifices to God
   Romans 12:1
Sunday Evening Service,  February 12, 2006
 


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   Freedom from the Reign of Sin
   Romans 6:1-14, 22
Sunday Morning Service,  January 15, 2006
 
In this passage, Paul argues that our participation in the work of Christ frees us from the reign of sin!

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   The Relationship of Works and Grace
   Romans 4:1-8
Sunday Morning Service,  November 6, 2005
 
In this text, two relationships are contrasted side by side: in the first, a person earns his righteousness by works; in the second, a person is given righteousness because of grace. Paul demonstrates through the life of Abraham why, in the plan of God, it has always been this second relationship that has resulted in salvation for those who believe.

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