1st John Series • 12. Perfect Love – 1st John 4:7-18 The more we understand the love of a sovereign God toward us, the more we can freely love others. In so doing, we fulfill the law and the prophets and we KNOW we are in God. This message was preached on March 28, 2021
1st John Series • 12. Perfect Love – 1st John 4:7-18 When we know that we are in God and God is in us, fear is driven out of our lives and we can live in liberty and joy. However, it is only when we love like Christ loves us that we truly know that we are in God. This message was preached on March 28, 2021
1st John Series • 10. Perceive – 1st John 3:10-24 - Part 2 Today's message concludes the sermon titled "Perceive." Elder Bryce begins in 1st John 3:18 showing us the John teaches the best way to understand that God dwells in us is to follow the Holy Spirit in us. When we love others as Christ loves us, we can better perceive that we are safe in the finished work of Christ. This message was preached on March 7, 2021.
If we ever are tempted to worship God simply for what we get from it, we should take a closer look at the Pharisees to see that this is not only selfish it produces vain worship.
1st John Series • 10. Perceive – 1st John 3:10-24 - Part 1 In this message, Elder Bryce teaches us to perceive three things in our discipleship. First of all, we should understand that the world hates us because it hates righteousness. Secondly, We are to understand that God loves us because He acted upon that love and sent His Son to die for us. And lastly, in response to these two things, we should act out our love for God by actively loving others. When we do this, we perceive that we are of God. This justification by faith assures us in our own hearts that we are of God and can still live in liberty even though the whole world lies in wickedness. This message was preached on March 7, 2021.
1st John Series • 9. Tadpoles and Frogs – 1st John 3:4-10 The nature of man without God is dead in sin and serves only sin. An unregenerate person is “committed” to sinning. But when a child of God is born again, the person now has within him the nature of Christ and now has two natures. Elder Bryce concludes this message with the charge to live like Christ by breathing in love and living out that love. This sermon was preached on February 28, 2021
Today's edition of Triumphal Feast concludes the message "Redeeming the Time." We live in a society with a consumer mentality and unfortunately that mentality has infiltrated the thinking of God's people regarding church. Many look for and attend a church that fits their personal taste or that gives them the experience they desire. This attitude is foreign to God's design for HIS church. Church is about glorifying God in Jesus Christ and learning to live like Christ by loving others. Through submitting ourselves to one another in a single local assembly, we will redeem the time and live our lives to the fullest.
Time is fleeting. Once it has passed, we cannot physically go back and reclaim it. However, the Apostle Paul teaches us that we can redeem that time by living differently. The closer we are to Christ in our daily walk, the closer we are to eternity! When we seek the good of others rather than pleasing ourselves, we walk on "God's time" and make the most of our lives.
Today’s edition of Triumphal Feast is the conclusion of the message titled “Walk Like Children.” Last week we learned that God saved us to Himself for His glory. In doing so, He regenerates us so that we are able to glorify Him in our walk as discipleships in His church here in time. Last week’s edition ended in the middle of Ephesians 5:4 with the subject of “jesting.” We will begin today’s message at that point where we see that Christ never acted for His own benefit but always for the benefit of God’s elect.
Ephesians Series • 17 “Walk Like Children” Ephesians 5:1-17 Paul’s letter to the Church at Ephesus is the perfect example of what a church ought to believe and how it should behave together as a unified church. The first three chapters stand as an Articles of Faith clearly showing the finished work of Jesus Christ and that salvation is by grace plus nothing. Chapters four through six are a sort of Church Covenant. Here, Paul teaches how to apply the doctrine of grace taught in the first half of the letter to our daily living with one another in the church. Today’s message begins in chapter five where Paul teaches us to walk in love as children. When we understand and truly believe the doctrine of grace, we are then able to live our lives in the liberty of love knowing that our sonship is secure and preserved by the power of God.