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Monthly Archives: May 2009

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Your Work of Faith” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is 1 Thessalonians 1:3 and the audio is 51 minutes long.

Isaiah 41:8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. Who is God speaking to in this chapter? To begin with God is speaking to the islands, which is a reference to the islands in the Mediterranean. But in a broader sense, God is speaking to all the nations of the then known world which were grouped around the Mediterranean Sea. What was… Read More

This is an audio message by Carl Haak titled “The Daughters of Sarah” The scripture text that brother Carl is teaching from is 1st Peter 3:3-6 and the audio is 20 minutes long.

This is an audio message by Carl Haak titled: “I Will Remember the Words of the LORD” The scripture text that brother Carl is teaching from is Romans 8:1, and the audio is 25 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “Lord, Teach Us To Pray” The scripture text is from Luke 11:1-4 and the audio is 46 minutes long.

This is an audio message by Carl Haak titled: “Grace for Today” The scripture text that brother Carl is teaching from is Matthew 6:34, and the audio is 21 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Alfred J. Chompff titled “The Window To The Soul” The scripture text that brother Alfred is preaching from is Proverbs 30:11-17 and the audio is 42 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Alfred J. Chompff titled “The Church Militant” The scripture text that brother Alfred is preaching from is Proverbs 31:10 and the audio is 44 minutes long.

In the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 7, verses 15 and 16 God speaks about ONE land purchase, but in actuality there were two land purchases in view. Jacob and his sons died in Egypt (Acts 7:15-16, Deuteronomy 5:6, John 8:34) Acts 7:15 So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers, Acts 7:16 And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for… Read More

Today we we start to look at John 3:1-8 – ‘the born again experience’. Even though this is only eight verses, it is a very important passage of scripture. May God be pleased to give us understanding as we study this passage. Since this is so important a doctrine (teaching), I would like to expose (reveal) what religion teaches about being “born again” before the Lord Himself in this passage will tell… Read More

Let’s look at John 3:2 John 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Nicodemus, a teacher himself of the Jews, came to Jesus by night. Many believe he came to Jesus by night so he would not been seen by the… Read More

This is the third in an eight part study titled: ‘the born again experience’. Let’s do a quick review of this passage: A religious leader of Jesus’ time named Nicodemus is talking to Jesus. Jesus now speaks in John 3:3, John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. What does it mean to… Read More

Let’s look at John 3:4 looking at the doctrine of being “born again”. John 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Here we see the spiritual blindness of Nicodemus, a supposedly spiritual leader of the people. The best he can think spiritually is consider we go back into our mother’s womb… Read More

We will continue our study on “The Born Again Experience” looking in John 3:5. But first, let’s review our passage thus far. In John 3:1-4 a religious leader of his day Nicodemus is talking to Jesus, and Jesus tells Nicodemus that he must be born again. So the main message of our complete text (John 3:1-8) is concerning being born again. We studied this in John 3:3. Now let’s look at John… Read More

John 3:6 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit.” Jesus is speaking here and He is dividing the whole human race into two and only two classes: 1) those who have been born of the flesh; and 2) those who have been born of the Spirit. All human beings have been born of the flesh – meaning they have been… Read More

“Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again.” John 3:7 Jesus tells Nicodemus not to marvel (be surprised) that ye must be born again. Nicodemus should have known from Old Testament scriptures of the new birth which we looked at in previous verses, but I’ll repeat here: Ezekiel 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen (those in false religion/the lost and dying world), and gather… Read More

John 3:8 “The wind bloweth it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” Jesus here likens the work of the Holy Spirit to the wind: we can’t see the wind, but we see it’s effects. This is the also how the Holy Spirit works: we can’t see the Holy Spirit, but… Read More

Today we want to consider the scribes and Pharisees as actually representing the entire nation of Jews who believes their teachings, and are led by their religious rulers on a slippery slide into Hell. The sins of the religious rulers are imitated and propagated by those who believe their false gospel. And thus, when the Lord Jesus refers to “This Generation” He actually does not point only to the religious rulers, but… Read More

“So Piper, just be simple a minute, do you believe Jesus died for all people? Just give us a straight out answer. And I’m not going to play politics, I’m not going to answer another question. I’m going to do this. Before I answer it, i’m going to force you to define for all people, i’m going to say, now just tell me exactly what you mean and i’ll answer you, because… Read More

“Christ died for all sinners, so that IF you will repent and believe in Christ, then the death of Jesus will become effective in your case and will take away your sins. ‘Died for you,’ means if you believe, the death of Jesus will cover your sins. Now, as far as it goes, this is biblical teaching.” (John Piper – “Taste and See” – Multnomah, 1999, Page 325)

Today we want to consider the scribes and Pharisees as actually representing the entire nation of Jews who believes their teachings, and are led by their religious rulers on a slippery slide into Hell. The sins of the religious rulers are imitated and propagated by those who believe their false gospel. And thus, when the Lord Jesus refers to “This Generation” He actually does not point only to the religious rulers, but… Read More

The title of our study will be “The ministry of reconciliation”. The title means in service to the gospel of Christ which I will explain in some depth in our study. Let’s read our text, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21: 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:18 And all things are of… Read More

In the second part of our study titled: “the ministry of reconciliation”, we will look at 2 Corintians 5:18. 2 Corinthians 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; “And all things are of God”, this means that all spiritual truth comes from God. Man apart from God would never know or seek Him: Psalm… Read More

In the third part of our study titled: ‘The ministry of reconciliation’ we will look at 2 Corinthians 5:19-20. 2 Corinthians 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us… Read More

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Let’s take a close look at this verse in the final part of our study on ‘the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:21 For He (the Father) hath made Him (Jesus) sin for us (not a sinner – but a sin sacrifice for believer’s),… Read More

In this study we will look at ‘The call of God’. In ‘The call of God’ I’m talking about the ‘gospel call’ – God’s gospel proclaimed in the Bible. There are two calls: 1) The external (outward) call: this is the call that goes out into the world: the gospel preached out to everywhere that God sends it. 2) The internal (inward) call: this is the call that regenerates (being born again):… Read More

To review, ‘The call of God’ has three points: 1) The call of the gospel. 2) The external call of the gospel. 3) The internal call of the gospel. _______________________________________________ 1) The call of the gospel The gospel that’s proclaims salvation conditioned on Christ alone: “But God forbid that I should glory (have confidence in, trust in for salvation), save (except) in the cross (not the literal cross, but Christ’s work) of… Read More

In our third study on the subject, ‘The call of God’ we will focus on that internal (inward) call of the gospel accompanied by the Holy Spirit, where one is enabled by God to look to Christ ALONE for ALL of their salvation. We will look at this doctrine (teaching) in 1 Corinthians chapter one: 1 Corinthians 1:18 “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto… Read More

In our final part of this study on ‘The call of God’ we will concentrate on the inward (internal) call for this is the CALL OF GOD which results in the sinner realizing that they are in a state of justification (not guilty, righteous) before God ALL based on the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ! Our text today will be 2 Peter 1:10. 2 Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather,… Read More

“The whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.” Matthew 8:32 Once the devils entered the swine it would be impossible to distinguish them from the swine. The reason being, and the truth of the matter is, the swine and the devils are now one. The will and desire of the swine, the Lord now giving them leave to act upon the… Read More

Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? In the world there are two classes of people: servants of sin, and servants of righteousness. Servants of sin will sin unto death, and servants of righteousness have obeyed unto righteousness. This is what we will consider today. The word… Read More

Romans 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin”: by nature and by practice we are all servants of sin: 1) By nature: we were seen as sinners before we were ever born. How? We inherited the sin nature from Adam (the… Read More

Romans 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. Let’s review what we are studying in this passage (Romans 6:16-23): God is dividing the whole world of sinners into two classes. 1) A servant (slave) to sin: one who does not believe in Christ ALONE for ALL of salvation; and 2) A servant (slave) of righteousness: one who believes in Christ ALONE for ALL of salvation. Today… Read More

Romans 6:19: I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. Our passage we are studying (Romans 6:16-23) speaks of the two classes of sinners in the world of 6 billion or more sinners. The two classes are: 1) servants of… Read More

Romans 6:20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. Remember that “servants of sin” are those sinners who do not believe in Christ ALONE for ALL of their salvation. “free from righteousness” means that servants of sin don’t have any (FREE FROM) righteousness. Our text is telling us that an unbeliever has NO righteousness of their own. If you are a servant of righteousness (trusting in… Read More

Romans 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. “What fruit” (fruit is works) “had ye then” (when?: “then” – when you were servants of sin – see the previous study of verse 20) “in those things” (works) “whereof ye are now” (Now – a servant of righteousness) “ashamed? for the end” (result) “of those things is death.”… Read More

Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. “But now” – when? “Now” – since you have believed the true gospel. The true gospel is God’s promise to save His people (Matthew 1:21), entitle them to ALL of salvation, including the work of the Holy Spirit in them, the eternal forgiveness of ALL their sins,… Read More

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. “For the wages of sin is death”: many of us work and receive a paycheck – a money payment for our work: these are our “wages”. The “wages” – payment that we deserve for our sins is death – eternal damnation – we (apart from God) are dead spiritually –… Read More

As you may know, in Luke 21 the Lord Jesus told Peter several times: “Feed My Sheep”. Of course Jesus did not have those wooly animals in view. Jesus used the word sheep as a picture of the people of God. The sheep represented people for whom the Lord Jesus suffered and died on the cross. Peter had to feed these people spiritual food. But before the disciples were sent out to… Read More

The title of this article is “Feed My Sheep”. As you may know, in Luke 21 the Lord Jesus told Peter several times: “Feed My Sheep”. Of course Jesus did not have those wooly animals in view. Jesus used the word sheep as a picture of the people of God. The sheep represented people for whom the Lord Jesus suffered and died on the cross. Peter had to feed these people spiritual… Read More

We do not know of any reliable history of the Baptists from the apostles’ days down to the present. Of all the books that have been published on ecclesiastical history, that have come under our observation, we have seen none that traces our history from the organization of the primitive Baptist Church on the day of Pentecost to the present time, as all that we have read, after the Church a few… Read More

In Matthew 8:5 we read the account of the Roman centurion who had a servant that was very sick. The centurion begged the Lord Jesus if He would please heal his servant. And promptly Jesus said: I Will Come and Heal Him (Matthew 8:5-7) Let us read the account, beginning in Matthew 8:5, Matthew 8:5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, ……… Why did Jesus do so many miracles in Capernaum?… Read More

In Matthew 8:5 we read the account of the Roman centurion who had a servant that was very sick. The centurion begged the Lord Jesus if He would please heal his servant. And promptly Jesus said: I Will Come and Heal Him (Matthew 8:5-7) Let us read the account, beginning in Matthew 8:5, Matthew 8:5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, ……… Why did Jesus do so many miracles in Capernaum?… Read More

In this article I would like us to take a closer look at a verse that has intrigued me for a long time. I am talking about Proverbs 30:17. And if you glance at Proverbs 30:17 you know immediately that this is a verse which requires a great deal of spiritual interpretation. But first let us look at the context where we find this verse. We read in Proverbs 30:11-17, Warnings About… Read More