Category Archives: Series

A Baptist Catechism: Question 50 (Sunday School, November 12th, 2017)

Speaker: Eric White

Service: Sunday School

Catechism Question: #50

Date: November 12th, 2017

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A Baptist Catechism: Questions 48-49 (Sunday School, October 29th, 2017)

Question 48: What did God reveal to man for the rule of his obedience?

The rule which God revealed to man for his obedience, is the moral law, which is summarized in the two great commandments.

Question 49: What are the two great commandments?

The two great commandments are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind; and our neighbor as ourselves. 

 

Speaker: Ryan Martin

Service: Sunday School

Date: October 29th, 2017

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Glory to God Alone (Worship Service, October 29th, 2017)

Title:  Glory to God Alone

Passage:  1st Timothy 1:17

Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin

Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service

Date: October 29th, 2017

While the medieval church was never so ignorant to say out loud that they did not want to give glory to God alone, the facts betrayed a different reality. I do not mention the widespread immorality and sin that spread throughout the church. By holding that Christ cooperated us to make us righteous to pacify God’s wrath, that we might rest in some way on our merits before God, that we must submit to human authority on matters of faith and practice, by the practice of indulgences, the medieval church undermined the glory of God. I want us to consider soli Deo gloria, that we would be a people who give glory to God in our salvation and in our lives.

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A Baptist Catechism: Questions 46-47 (Sunday School, October 22nd, 2017)

Question 46: What shall be done to the wicked at their death?

The souls of the wicked shall at their death be cast into the torments of hell, and their bodies lie in their graves till the resurrection, and judgment of the great day. 

Question 47: What shall be done to the wicked at the Day of Judgment?

At the Day of Judgment the bodies of the wicked being raised out of their graves, shall be sentenced, together with their souls, to unspeakable torments with the devil and his angels forever. 

Speaker: Eric White

Service: Sunday School

Date: October 22nd, 2017

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Grace Alone (Worship Service, October 22th, 2017)

Title: Grace Alone

Passage:  Ephesians 2:4-10

Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin

Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service

Date: October 22th, 2017.

The passage I have selected for today’s message on grace is from one of the most well-known and clear attestations of the riches of Christ’s grace to us in all of holy Scripture. To help them sense the spiritual beauty of what has happened to them in Christ, he breaks open the chapter with a frank yet profound description of their condition apart from Christ. Yet we begin to feel the good news of God’s grace right away in this passage with the opening two words of v 4: But God. For there is no good news, no grace, no glorious but God, until we have come to terms with who we are apart from him. Altogether, I hope to show that no man is saved but by grace alone. 

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Christ Alone (Worship Service, October 15th, 2017)

Title: Christ Alone

Passage:  John 14:1-7

Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin

Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service

Date: October 15th, 2017

Indulgences led to confidence in a merit apart from Christ. In his classic the Institutes of the Christian ReligionJohn Calvin critiqued the Catholic doctrine of penance. He said Catholics held ‘that there are many helps by which we may redeem sins: tears, fasting, offerings, and works of charity. With these we must propitiate the Lord. … With these we must merit his pardon. For although he has forgiven the guilt through the largeness of his mercy, yet by the discipline of his justice we retains punishment. … When the Scripture says, ‘by the name of Christ,’ it means that we bring nothing, we claim nothing of our own, but rely solely upon the commendation of Christ” (3.4.25). This is a crucial Reformation doctrine. We claim nothing of our own, but rely solely upon the commendation of Christ. This is the matter of today’s sermon. Our whole salvation rests on Jesus Christ and him alone. 

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A Baptist Catechism: Question 45 (Sunday School, October 8th, 2017)

Question 45: How will Christ come to save his church?

Christ will come to save us, his church, very shortly, at a time that no man knows, before God pours out his wrath during the Tribulation, by rapturing those dead and alive in Christ to meet him together in the air. 

Speaker: Ryan Martin

Service: Sunday School

Date: October 8th, 2017

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Scripture Alone (Worship Service, October 8th, 2017)

Title: Scripture Alone

Passage:  Ephesians 2:19-22

Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin

Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service

Date: October 8th, 2017

For Luther, the authority for the church was Scripture alone. This became a very important matter in the Reformation. It is not without accident that our second catechism question is What rule has God given whereby we may glorify him? The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, is the only rule to glorify God and enjoy him. This simple answer was not in any way self-evident in the medieval church. But medieval Christianity not only denied that Scripture was the final authority in matters of doctrine and practice, it also kept the Bible from the people. To argue for the doctrine of sola Scriptura, I want to look at three books in particular. It’s not that the teaching isn’t found elsewhere, but I trust this will nevertheless illustrate that the Scriptures do, in fact, espouse that Scripture and especially the New Testament is our ultimate authority. 

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A Baptist Catechism: Questions 43-44 (Sunday School, October 1st, 2017)

Question 43: What benefits do believers receive from Christ at their death?

The souls of believers are at their death made perfect in holiness and do immediately pass into glory, and their bodies do rest in their graves till the resurrection.

Question 44: What benefits do believers receive from Christ at the resurrection?

At the resurrection, believers being raised up in glory, shall be openly acknowledged and acquitted, and made perfectly blessed both in soul and body in the full enjoying of God to all eternity.

Speaker: Eric White

Service: Sunday School

Date: October 1st, 2017

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Faith Alone (Worship Service, October 1st, 2017)

Title: Faith Alone

Passage: Romans 3:21-26

Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin

Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service

Date: October 1st, 2017

One of the key questions for Martin Luther and John Calvin was, how is a man right with God? That is, how can a man be justified in the sight of God? This was central for the Reformers. Their answer, which they took from Scripture, was absolutely right: men and women are justified by faith alone. We also affirm the doctrine of justification by faith alone, not because the Reformers taught it, but because, as they rightly rediscovered, the Bible teaches it. God’s Word teaches faith alone in many different places, but I’ve selected Paul’s words in Romans 3:21-26 to draw it out for us this morning.

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