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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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April 18, 2013

Preparing For FBC Saint Peters Gathered, April 21, 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 four-part emphasis looking at the doctrine of God entitled, Theology: The Glory of God as the Center [...]

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April 16, 2013

How Do We Assess If Our Church Is Healthy?

How Do We Assess If Our Church Is Healthy?

More often than not, it is helpful to be mindful about our health. It is also helpful to be mindful about the health of our church. The health of a church is to be measured by the yardstick of Scripture. Asking questions that correspond to the Scripture can be a good exercise in assessing our faithfulness to the Great Commission.

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April 11, 2013

Preparing For FBC Saint Peters Gathered, April 14, 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 second 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 11, 2013

How Do We Go About Talking to Someone About Christ?

How Do We Go About Talking to Someone About Christ?

A central feature of the Great Commission is “Go.” It isn’t hard to figure out what going means; however, it is often hard to know how to go. We are called to reach out to those who do not know Christ calling them to follow Christ in light of His Gospel. But how should we go about talking to someone about Jesus?

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April 9, 2013

What Difference Is the Gospel to Make in our Marriages?

What Difference Is the Gospel to Make in our Marriages?

There is no greater human blessing from the Lord than marriage. However, the land mine in marriage is that not too long into marriage, husbands and wives begin acting like they really are. The lesson soon learned is that being loved is easy; giving love is hard work. Unless expectations are managed in light of the Gospel, a track wreck is right around the bend.

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April 7, 2013

Catechism Resources For Families

Catechism Resources For Families

What is a Catechism? The English word catechism is from the Greek word for “instruct” or “teach.” A catechism is simply a means to teach Biblical truth in an organized fashion. Generally this is done with questions and answers accompanied by Biblical support and explanation. Catechisms, which have a long tradition in the Christian faith, [...]

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