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Painfully Exposed For The Sake Of Grace

12/30/18

Speaker: Elijah Hearin

Passage: Isaiah 1:1–1:20

Summary: "The message of the book of Isaiah is one of judgement and salvation. In Isaiah 1:1-20 we find a summary of this message in its entirety as the prophet Isaiah calls the nation of Judah to bring their sinful heart out of hiding and into the hands of the Lord. The relevancy and need for this message is not to be confined to the 8th century, when it was first spoken. Rather, Isaiah’s message is to be heeded to today, for all men and women being out of alignment with God tend to hide themselves from Him, yet there is no reason to do so. God wants our hearts, and if we would only turn to Him, He will bring us into the joy unending of being brought back into alignment with Him."

The Full Picture

12/23/18

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: To understand the Christmas story, and our own story, we need to wed the human and the divine. Think of the human elements of that first Christmas: a young man and young woman, an arduous trip to Bethlehem, unfavorable conditions in an unfamiliar setting. Then there are the shepherds on a routine, perhaps boring, night. But then God breaks into the story: heaven opens; angels sing. We need both parts of the story to get the full picture. And the same is true in our own lives. We know the human side of our story, but it is essential that we not miss the divine side, for it is that which rounds out the picture and brings God and his purposes into the equation.

The Wise Guys

12/16/18

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: A study in Matthew’s Gospel separates fact from fiction regarding the Wise Men of the Christmas story. The truth is a bit different from much of our traditional understanding when it comes to these guys who came bearing gifts for the Christ-child.

Don’t Get Scammed

12/02/18

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: 2 Corinthians 11

Summary: The Apostle Paul feared that those in the Corinthian church who still opposed him would be “led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” That same fear is appropriate for us in today’s church. We must become grounded in God’s truth revealed in his Word if we are to recognize error and false doctrine.

Whose Commendation Really Matters?

11/25/18

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: 2 Corinthians 10

Summary: Chapter ten of Second Corinthians marks a change in focus in this letter. Though most of those in the Corinthian church who had opposed Paul had repented, there remained a dissenting minority. Beginning at chapter ten, Paul turns his attention to these folks and defends himself, his ministry and his apostleship. In this chapter he defends against the charges of cowardice, of weakness and contemptible speech, and of ambition.

The Grace of Giving (2)

11/18/18

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: The Apostle Paul continues to talk about principles of giving that he began back in chapter eight. He adds the principles of sowing and reaping, of supply, blessing, glory and unity. He concludes these two chapters that focus on how the Corinthians should give by exclaiming: “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift.” God should be the measure, the standard for giving. He has already demonstrated the heart of a “Giver.” We are called upon to give because we have experienced his grace in our lives.

The Grace of Giving (1)

11/11/18

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: 2 Corinthians 8

Summary: Paul uses the example of the churches of Macedonia to spur the Corinthians on in the follow-through of their commitment to take a collection to assist believers in the Jerusalem church. These believers lived out several principles of giving that are instructive for us today: the principles of stewardship, sacrifice, proportionality, and motive. Oh that Christians today would give such evidence to the grace of God in their lives in giving as those in Macedonia did!

From Despair to Delight

11/04/18

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: 2 Corinthians 7:2–7:16

Summary: Paul, the great apostle/evangelist/church planter extraordinaire, was downcast, in despair, as he awaited news from Titus who had carried a painful letter to those believers in Corinth who were in revolt against Paul. When news finally comes that most had repented and re-affirmed their affection for Paul, he was filled with joy and rejoicing. His harsh letter had brought about a godly grief accompanied by repentance. We get a look at the difference between godly grief that leads to life and a worldly grief that leads to death.

The Best Defense is a Good Offense

10/28/18

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: 2 Corinthians 6:3–7:1

Summary: The Apostle Paul again defends himself and his apostolic authority by detailing his suffering on behalf of all the churches he served. To him, his sufferings authenticated his credentials as an apostle; they qualified him for this role, not disqualified him as his critics charged. Halfway through this passage, Paul warns those in the Corinthian church who supported him to separate from those who stood opposed to him. He addresses them as unbelievers and declares that it was impossible to be in fellowship with them. If the believers are to open their hearts to Paul, they will have to disassociate from those within the church who reject Paul and his ministry.

Compelling Motives for Ministry

10/21/18

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: 2 Corinthians 5:11–6:2

Summary: The New Testament indicates that each and every believer is a minster of God’s grace through Christ. Why? What are the reasons/motives for such service? The Apostle Paul, defending his apostleship to those in the church of Corinth, explains three motivations for his ministry among these believers. These same three motivations should be ours for who we are and what we do as God’s children.