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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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April 30, 2013

How Does the Gospel Help Us to Respond to Criticism?

How Does the Gospel Help Us to Respond to Criticism?

If Christ is our deepest identity in life then we can always know how God thinks of us: we are well-loved in Christ. However, remembering who we are in Christ is easy to forget. But the Lord arranges circumstances that can reorient us. One of the means that God can use to show us if we are rooting our identity in Christ or not is He puts us in the path of criticism.

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April 25, 2013

Preparing For FBC Saint Peters Gathered, April 28, 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 fourth of a four-part emphasis looking at the doctrine of God entitled, Theology: The Glory of God as the Center [...]

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April 25, 2013

What Do We Mean By Head, Heart, and Hands?

What Do We Mean By Head, Heart, and Hands?

One of the ways that I have been stressing a unified approach to our discipleship is by stressing that following Christ involves our head, our hearts, and our hands. Our current preaching series, Doxology: Doctrines for our Discipleship, is intended to inform our minds, inflame our hearts, and enlist our hands. Disciples of Christ, deploy their hands in obedience stemming from hearts stirred through informed heads.

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April 23, 2013

How Do We Lead Someone to Trust Christ?

How Do We Lead Someone to Trust Christ?

Talking to someone about who Christ is, the work that He has accomplished, and the difference He can make in their life, is the necessary call upon each follower of Christ. Therefore, it is logistically helpful to think how we are to direct someone to trust in Christ.

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April 18, 2013

Is God Enough?

Is God Enough?

We all know that we should say God is enough, but is that our true answer? Our emotional states of fear, anger, envy, and anxiety are often barometric indicators that we have turned from satisfaction in Christ. One of the beautiful implications of the Gospel is that God is committed to preserve His own. While we can often find ourselves wayward in regard to the Lord, God is always relentless to recapture His wayward sons and daughters.

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