Sermons

Christian Liberty and God’s Glory

Christian Liberty and God's Glory

by Larry Murray | Authentic Christianity

During our current cultural climate, our world says, you must speak your mind, stand up for what’s right, and fight back to defend our freedoms. But what does the Bible say? What would Jesus do? Where does God stand? How a Christian can act with integrity in a world filled with idols? How do we live an authentic life for Christ in a world that says, “Live for self”?

As followers of Christ, we have freedom, but we must, also, consider how the exercise of our freedom impacts others. The most important factor in saying anything, doing anything, or exercising any Christian liberty is this: Will it bring glory to God? Larry Murray continues our series, “Authentic Christianity,” from 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 09.20.2020

Overcoming Temptation

Overcoming Temptation

by Larry Murray | Authentic Christianity

On Sunday, September 6, during the US Open, Novak Djokovic, the top men’s tennis player was disqualified from the tournament after he inadvertently struck a line judge with a ball hit in frustration. US Tennis Association said: “In accordance with the Grand Slam rule book, following his actions of intentionally hitting a ball dangerously or recklessly within the court or hitting a ball with negligent disregard of the consequences, the U.S. Open tournament referee defaulted Novak Djokovic from the 2020 U.S. Open.” 

Djokavic wasn’t the first athlete to be disqualified from athletic competition, nor will he likely be the last. Disqualification because of sin, especially idolatry, was Paul’s concern for himself and for the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 10:1-14 ).

Since none of us has an exemption from personal temptation, we need to understand the solution to overcoming it. Paul wrote,  “No temptation has come upon you except what is common to humanity. But God is faithful; He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide the way out so that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 09.13.2020

Rights & Responsibilities

Rights and Responsibilities

by Jeff Edmunds | Authentic Christianity

 

The story of Jim Elliot is an exceptional one that I’m sure many of you have heard. He was born in 1927 into a Christian home and placed his faith in Christ at 6 years old.  Growing up, Jim’s focus was to live for Christ.  After graduating from Wheaton College in 1949 he began working with a missionary from Ecuador. This gave him the passion for foreign missions and in 1952 he went to Ecuador at the age of 24 and began evangelizing the Quechua Indians.  While working with Quechua Indians, Elliot began preparing to reach the Huaorani or Auca people which was a people group that had never heard the gospel.  On Jan 8, 1956, Jim and 4 other missionaries were attacked and killed in one of their attempts to reach out to the Aucas.  Jim was 28 years old.

Jim Elliot was willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of the Gospel. In today’s sermon passage (1 Corinthians 9:1-27), we are going to see that this is exactly the kind of mindset Paul is calling all believers to follow. PBC Elder Jeff Edmunds leads us through a discussion of Paul’s example and encouragement to give up our personal rights for the sake of the Gospel and take up our responsibility to win others to Christ.

sermon by: Jeff Edmunds
date: 09.06.2020

Christian Liberty

Christian Liberty

by Warren Mull | Authentic Christianity

 

How does improper exercise of our Christian Liberty distract us from, or even destroy, our mission to lead all people to a life changing, ever growing relationship with JESUS? Our Christian Liberty stops when it begins to jeopardize the sacred rights of others (1 Corinthians 8:1-13; 10:23-11:1).

sermon by: Warren Mull
date: 08.30.2020

Authentic Singles

Authentic Christian Singles

by Craig Williams | Authentic Christianity

 

In today´s Christian culture within the church, marriage and family seem to be highly exalted. We hear how pursuing marriage and raising a family seem to be one of the best things that one can do. Yet the highly admired apostle Paul has something to say that appears to be the opposite of what the church exalts today, that is, singleness. No one seems to talk much about singleness within the church. Singleness is a gift that is not for everyone. Single Christians have played an important role in the advancement of the church throughout history and will continue to do so.

Singles should follow hard down the path that leads them to the greatest undistracted devotion to Christ and His cause. 

sermon by: Craig Williams
date: 08.23.2020

Contentment & Commitment

Contentment & Commitment

by Larry Murray | Authentic Christianity

More than ever during the current coronavirus pandemic, change is certain and inevitable. And with the persistence of change, comes the potential for conflict. Change for schools – virtual or in person. Masks. The economy. Upcoming election for president and other significant elected positions is certain to bring about more change.

In 1 Corinthians 7:17-24, Paul addresses the persistence of change—but not just any change. He is speaking of a preoccupation with changing one’s status – especially when it comes to marriage. Be content. Stay committed.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 08.016.2020

Marriage and Divorce

Marriage and Divorce

by Larry Murray | Authentic Christianity

30 years ago this month, a 22 year old boy asked a 21 year old girl to marry him. She said, YES! And months later said, “I do.” But neither one of them had any clue what they were really getting into, what marriage would require of them, or any idea about either the great joys or deep sorrows they would face along their journey together. Marriage is keeping promises someone else made: the self you were yesterday, the person a decade before that, the child you were 30 years ago.

In Corinthians 7:8-16, the Apostle Paul clarifies God’s command for those who are married: Stay married. Stick with it! Marriage is “for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, ‘til death do us part.”

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 08.09.2020

Biblical Marriage

Biblical Marriage

by Jordan Brown | Authentic Christianity

 


In response to a question that the Corinthians asked Paul (1 Corinthians 7:1), he responded with a view of marriage that was vastly different than the culture values and views of Corinth. As though some of the specific issues may be different in our day and culture, the essential problem of viewing marriage from self-interest and a consumer mentality is the same. Starting in Genesis, the Bible presents marriage as covenant relationship that values the relationship and the other person above one’s own feelings and wants.

How do we live an authentic life in marriage in a world that promotes living for self? Jordan Brown walks us through perspective of Biblical marriage from 1 Corinthians 7:1-5.

sermon by: Jordan Brown
date: 07.26.2020

Your Body and You

Your Body and You

by Larry Murray | Authentic Christianity

 

We live in a world that says, “My body, my choice; My body my life. So when it comes to sex, I can do whatever I want, with whomever I want, whenever I want.” So, how do we live an authentic Christian life in a world that says live for self? Live for sex?

The Apostle Paul said to the church in Corinth, “Flee from sexual immorality…You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. So glorify God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:18-20).

sermon by: Larry Murray
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date: 07.19.2020

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