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May 23, 2013

Who Is Best Suited to Disciple Children?

Who Is Best Suited to Disciple Children?

On the one hand, trained professionals might be best suited to train children; after all, the professionals have been properly oriented in the needed skills and expertise. However, trained professionals are not the best suited as the primary trainers of children; parents are. It may not seem the most efficient, but God has entrusted to parents the primary task of discipling their children. Wouldn’t you think that since God loves children so much, He wouldn’t assign their spiritual development to parents unless He was convinced that was the best route?

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May 23, 2013

Preparing For FBC Saint Peters Gathered, May 26, 2013

This weekend at FBC Saint Peters we will regroup in order to be readied for reaching out and remaining with. To that end, we are continuing our series Doxology: Doctrines for our Discipleship with the third of a three-part emphasis looking at the doctrine of Scripture entitled, Bibliology: The Glory of God Expressed in the [...]

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May 21, 2013

What Does Genuine Christianity Look Like?

What Does Genuine Christianity Look Like?

Biblical Christianity is rooted in the historical truth concerning the Lord Jesus Christ who died and rose again. However, merely assenting to the truths of Christianity does not fully capture what it means to be a Christian. The truths concerning the Lord Jesus Christ have practical effect on those who are Christian. Christianity is practically seen in Christians. But what are some of the practical marks of Christianity? Love and holiness are two essential marks.

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May 16, 2013

How Can Remaining With Prepare Us for Reaching Out?

How Can Remaining With Prepare Us for Reaching Out?

We are called to be in the world but not of it. Followers of Christ are somewhat alien to this present evil age; we are citizens of the age to come who, nevertheless, live amidst this present age. Our churches should be reflective of the culture that is to come and thus, counter-cultural to the world around us. As we remain with each other in distinctly Christian ways we are being prepared to reach out with love, grace, maturity, and truth.

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May 14, 2013

How Should the Gospel Create Community and Dispel Our Fragmentation?

How Should the Gospel Create Community and Dispel Our Fragmentation?

Jesus is our Peace; His work on the Cross obliterates all barriers that hinder true community. Followers of Christ are called to remain with each other in community with one another. However, the forging of community, even among God’s people, is fraught with much potential peril. We can forget the unity that Christ has established by building our lives and our identity around a cause other than the Lord Jesus Christ.

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May 9, 2013

How Should We Parent Our Children to Live In Light of the Gospel?

How Should We Parent Our Children to Live In Light of the Gospel?

Parenting is a particular kind discipleship. Moms and dads are called to love their sons and daughters. Part of loving children involves pointing them to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and to follow the Lord Jesus Christ as a disciple who learns to share Christ with others. As parents model both being shaped by the grace of God and thus being sent to spread the Gospel, children, in turn, can be better shaped by the grace of God and thus compelled to spread the Gospel.

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May 9, 2013

Preparing For FBC Saint Peters Gathered, May 12, 2013

This weekend at FBC Saint Peters we will regroup in order to be readied for reaching out and remaining with. To that end, we are continuing our series Doxology: Doctrines for our Discipleship with the first of a three-part emphasis looking at the doctrine of Scripture entitled, Bibliology: The Glory of God Expressed in the [...]

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May 7, 2013

How are We to Think about the Notion that All Religions are the Same?

How are We to Think about the Notion that All Religions are the Same?

As the Coexist bumper sticker implies, we live in an era that seems to work off the assumption that all religions are basically the same. It is a very attractive idea to a culture that has a confused understanding of a proper concept of tolerance. However, the idea that all religions are the same is rooted more in wishful thinking than reality. Jesus Christ is unlike any religious system; there is no comparison to who He is and what He has accomplished.

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May 2, 2013

Preparing For FBC Saint Peters Gathered, May 5, 2013

This weekend at FBC Saint Peters we will regroup in order to be readied for reaching out and remaining with. To that end, we are continuing our series Doxology: Doctrines for our Discipleship with the first of a three-part emphasis looking at the doctrine of Scripture entitled, Bibliology: The Glory of God Expressed in the [...]

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May 2, 2013

How Can We Share the Gospel by First Listening?

How Can We Share the Gospel by First Listening?

Sharing the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ requires words. We have been given the privileged task explaining who Christ is, what He has done, and the difference He makes in all who trust in Him. But perhaps we should purpose to listen before we speak. Love propels us to speak to others about Jesus; love should also compel us to listen to others so that we best know how to apply the Gospel to the particulars of their life.

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