Doing Good in the Church: Biblical Discernment

We all know the story of Little Red Riding Hood. When she went to visit her grandmother, the Big Bad Wolf knew that she was coming. So he disguised himself to look like Grandma in bed. Little Red Riding Hood barely escaped with her life. The moral of that fairy tale is this: without discernment, you put yourself and others in serious danger.

In Titus 1:9-16, Paul shows how qualified, godly leaders are essential for the church because many false teachers lead others away from truth and grace. Because the enemy is so active in promoting deception and opposing God’s truth and grace, shepherds of Christ’s church must be godly men with discernment who faithfully guard the flock of God’s people.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 10.13.2019

Godly Leadership

“Attitude reflects leadership, Captain.” A confrontation between teammates, Gary and Julius in Remember the Titans, led to an influential, shared leadership that impacted their team, their friends, their school, and, eventually, their entire community. Their character, example, friendship, and courage made all the difference.

In his letter to Titus, Paul emphasized how godly leadership was essential to churches sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. So he gave him an important assignment: Establish godly leadership for the church by appointing qualified leaders who love God and people (Titus 1:5).

  • If you are a leader of the church, are you living as an example, steward, shepherd, teacher and defender of God’s Word?
  • If you aspire to be a leader, is your love for God and people growing in influence, faithfulness, shepherding, and teaching?
  • If you are a member of the church, are you fulfilling your duty, responsibilities, opportunities, and ministries?

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 10.06.2019

Good News and Good Works

God’s grace leads to a life of good works. Good works in the church. Good works in our relationships. Good works in our world. That’s the message at the heart of the Paul’s letter to Titus.

Paul left Titus on Crete, a large island off the coast of Greece, to re-establish order among a network of house churches there.   Since the Good News about Jesus reached Crete (see Acts 2:11), the churches came under the influence of corrupt leaders who said they were Christians, but were ruining the churches and their reputation in the community.

Nowhere else does Paul more forcefully urge the connection between the truth of the Good News about Jesus and good works among His followers. Grace leads to good works.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 09.15.2019

God’s Plans for the Husband

God's Plans for the Husband

by Craig Williams | PBC Sermons

The husband is the leader of the family who loves them above himself. That’s the clear instruction of God’s Word (Ephesians 5:22-29; 1 Peter 3:7). In order to have balance and order in the family there are some practical commands that a husband ought to pay attention to for his home. 

sermon by: Craig Williams
date: 09.22.2019

The Blessings of Fearing God

Psalm 34 is a special psalm, especially, because we have some insight into its context. The inscription points us to 1 Samuel 21 where we see David’s failure when he feared the thoughts, words, and actions of people more than He feared and trusted the LORD. Deception became David’s way of dealing with danger. Out of this fear (1 Samuel 21:12), an ingenious plan came to David’s mind. Concealing his sanity, David began to act like a lunatic (1 Samuel.21:13). It was after this and because of this colossal failure that David wrote Psalm 34. 

The key to our understanding of the relationship of 1 Samuel 21 to Psalm 34 is that David was forgiven by faith in the Lord and renewed by his fear of the LordDavid could teach others about the fear of the Lord because he was understanding it more fully from his own failures. Reflecting on how he responded to his fears of men, David could now see clearly the blessings of fearing the Lord – more!

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 09.15.2019

The Nearness of God

The Nearness of God in Grief

by Robert Matthews | Psalm 34

Everyone experiences some form of grief over the loss of health, love ones, relationships, work, or hope. Because grief is a part of life, it’s important that we understand it and how to comfort others going through it. In Psalm 34:18, David says by experience, “The LORD is near the brokenhearted; he saves those crushed in spirit.”

sermon by: Robert Matthews
date: 09.08.2019

Fearing the LORD

Normally, we try to avoid fear because we think of it as a bad thing. In many cases, fear has a purpose. That’s especially true when it comes to the “fear of the LORD.” The Bible explains that it’s a good thing to fear Him and it’s part of our maturing in Him. Fear of the LORD and love of the LORD go together in life.
The psalmist, David, says to us, “come, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD” (Psalm 34:11).

sermon by: Jeff Edmunds
date: 09.01.2019



The image of the Christian life as a journey through the wilderness captures our experience of following Christ like few others. Journeys involve movement, action, stops and starts. The wilderness involves dryness, detours, difficulties, often, delays. That was David’s experience. God called him to leave his job as a shepherd to conquer Goliath and to, one day, serve as the anointed king of Israel. But, David was not king, yet. Instead, he was on the run for his life, hunted by King Saul, and driven to deceive others out of fear. On his journey with the Lord to become king, David was stuck. Fleeing from Saul, He took refuge in a cave (1 Samuel 21:1-22:1).

Like David, there are many of us who, as followers of Jesus, are stuck, too. It’s then we find ourselves stuck, however, that God works through our suffering to clean our palate, rewire our taste buds that we might taste of His goodness fully. God works through our insufficiency to help us see that He is sufficient. He is good!

Psalm 34:8-10 Taste and see that the Lord is good. How happy is the person who takes refuge in him! You who are his holy ones, fear the Lord, for those who fear him lack nothing. Young lions lack food and go hungry, but those who seek the Lord will not lack any good thing.  

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 08.25.2019

The Rescue from Fear


Psalm 34:4-7 teaches us that even though we live in difficulty and trouble, our response when we are fearful should be to seek the Lord and trust Him. Because of Christ’s finished work on the cross and the grace He extends because of it, we can find our rescue from fear— in the Lord!

sermon by: Ryan Rives
date: 08.18.2019

Sunday Service Times

9:30 am
Adult Life Connection Classes
Estudios Biblicos en Español
Children's Classes
Junior High Senior High 

10:30 am
Coffee and Fellowship

11:00 am
Communion Worship Service in English (Auditorium)
K- Grade 5: Children enjoy worship service in the main auditorium with their families. Children will be dismissed to Children's Church midway through the service.

Servicio de Adoración en Español
11:00 am (Fellowship Hall)


Dr. Constable’s Bible Study Notes

Dr. Constable’s Notes are freely available providing commentary on all 66 books of the Bible. Click HERE for Web-based format (best for viewing on-line) or click HERE for PDF format (best for printing).


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