• Growth In Grace

    Posted Dec 27th, 2009 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    With a new year comes for many the opportunity for a new start. Resolutions will abound next week. For some they will be physical resolutions, packing out the gyms for a month or two. For others certain destructive behaviors will be suppressed. Many of these resolutions, however, will be short lived because resolutions are only …

  • TULIP VI – Perseverance of the Saints

    Posted Dec 18th, 2009 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, TULIP With | No Comments

    What happens to the one who becomes a follower of Jesus and then falls away? If you have spent any amount of time in the church you know that question arises not from the hypothetical but from the actual. Apostasy happens. In the minds of many Christians, there are two answers to that question. Historically, …

  • TULIP V – Irresistible Grace

    Posted Dec 13th, 2009 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, TULIP With | No Comments

    What happens to the one who becomes a follower of Jesus and then falls away? If you have spent any amount of time in the church you know that question arises not from the hypothetical but from the actual. Apostasy happens. In the minds of many Christian there are two answers to that question. Historically, …

  • John 7-8

    Posted Dec 8th, 2009 By in Youth Group Blog With | No Comments

    This week, we read John 7-8. Stop reading the blog right here and go read the passage. I’ll wait for you. Done? Good. Think about the normal three questions for Wednesday night, and this bonus question: There is a phrase or idea that occurs quite a few times in these chapters. What is it and …

  • TULIP IV- Limited Atonement

    Posted Dec 2nd, 2009 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, TULIP With | No Comments

    The most controversial petal on the TULIP is “L” which stands for “Limited Atonement.” As the second word in the phrase indicates, this relates to the death of Christ. What, if anything, did the death of Christ accomplish? On the one hand, there are those who think that the death of Christ made salvation possible …

  • TULIP III – Unconditional Election

    Posted Nov 27th, 2009 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, TULIP With | No Comments

    As we meditate upon the implications of Total Depravity, we inevitably come to the place where we throw up our hands and with the disciples say, “Then who can be saved?” (Lk. 18:26). When that question is raised, you know someone understands this doctrine. The answer is simple: God overcomes our fallenness and depravity by …

  • TULIP II – Total Depravity

    Posted Nov 20th, 2009 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, TULIP With | No Comments

    Years ago Loraine Boettner suggested that the five points of Calvinism are “not isolated and independent doctrines but are so inter-related that they form a simple, harmonious, self-consistent system.” Therefore, “Prove any one of them false and the whole system must be abandoned” (Reformed Doctrine of Predestination, 59). This is why there is no such …

  • Tulip part I

    Posted Nov 13th, 2009 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, TULIP With | No Comments

    After about eight months we finished our WWDWWD concerning our worship practice. For more information or to review any of the articles please visit our website and specifically my blog to the archived articles. Since these articles have been received so well I will continue to write on topics that I think will be helpful …

  • The Benediction

    Posted Nov 12th, 2009 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    All of our worship services end the same way: The minister lifts his hands and pronounces abenediction upon the people. Benediction is simply a word that means, “blessing.” While the benediction may seem foreign and uncomfortably sacerdotal to those from low church traditions, it is nevertheless Biblical. For example, we find God calling Aaron and …

  • Reformation Service

    Posted Nov 1st, 2009 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    This week we raise and hopefully answer the question: Why do we pause to remember the protestant reformation each year? Let me suggest three reasons why. First, we do so to emphasize our catholicity. To answer the question like that is somewhat ironic because historically the reformation was the watershed event that severed the Protestants …

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