Anticipation of the King

Anticipation of the King

by Larry Murray | PBC Sermons

Anticipation! Anticipation is the wonder of Christmas. We wait expectantly for the presents under the tree. As we grow older, we wait in anticipation for the presence of loved ones around the tree. Anticipation means there is more to come. Christmas anticipates something wonderful: the indescribable gift of JESUS. God’s gift of His Son is greater than any present we’ll find under or around a tree.

In the Gospel of Luke 1:39-56, we find Elizabeth and Mary – two ordinary women who anticipate the extra-ordinary gift of God. We discover two godly examples of how we should worship God with magnificent anticipation.

sermon by: Larry Murray

Promise of the King

Joy to the World, the Lord is come, Let Earth receive her King.

When “Joy to the World” first appeared in Isaac Watt’s hymnal of 1719, it was originally titled, “The Messiah’s Coming and Kingdom.” Watt’s intent for the hymn was celebrating the promise of Christ’s second coming as King to Jerusalem more than His first coming as an infant to Bethlehem. Celebrate the Promise of the King as we examine the Announcement of His coming to Mary in the Gospel of Luke 1:26-38.

Let every heart prepare Him room…  Mary’s heart is a model for ours. Her response to Gabriel’s announcement is an example for ours.

sermon by: Larry Murray

Praise to the King

Thanksgiving week is usually a great time to take time with family and friends to reflect on God’s faithfulness to us individually over the past year. It’s also a great time to take time to look ahead to the Christmas season; not just the rush of busyness of shopping, parties, traveling, wrapping presents or wrapping up end of the year. Today is a great time to take time to look ahead to a season of worship: praising God for the indescribable gift of His Son, Jesus.

Praising God isn’t just occasional or even seasonal -Praising God for who He is and telling others about what He has done is the purpose of our lives. That’s the focus of God’s Word from Psalm 145.

For every mountain You brought me over
For every trial you’ve seen me through
For every blessing
Hallelujah, for this I give You praise

sermon by: Larry Murray

God Our Provider

The letter to the Hebrews concludes with a prayer of benediction for us as followers of Jesus (Hebrews 13:20-21). In its original setting it was especially appropriate for the church as it prepared for persecution and suffering. For us today, the prayer is necessary as we look to Jesus by faith in the challenges of our day.

God provided everything we need for salvation in Jesus Christ and provides all we need to live for His glory. Prayer is the way for us to lay hold of His promises. Prayer acknowledges that we’re needy and that God is faithful to provide. When He does provide, He gets the glory because we know that He did it.

sermon by: Larry Murray

God’s Faithfulness and Ours

God’s Faithfulness and Ours

by Tom Constable | PBC Sermons

As PBC celebrated its 50th Anniversary, Tom Constable walked us through the Old Testament Book of Deuteronomy where Moses addressed God’s past faithfulness, Israel’s present obedience to God’s Law, and encouraged future faithfulness from His people.

As we remember God’s past faithfulness, only love for Him will adequately motivate us to obey and follow Him today and in the days ahead. All that God does expresses His love for us. All that we do should express our love for Him.

sermon by: Tom Constable

Strengthened by Grace

Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice, and by his grace that changes us, we give him praise and give of ourselves. In Hebrews 13, we look to those who have gone before us and lived faithful lives. We imitate them as they imitate Christ! We pray that the same grace that changed them, will change us, and will change our leaders now, as they lead us faithfully.

sermon by: Ryan Rives

Enduring Love

The Enduring Love of Faith

by Larry Murray | PBC Sermons

Chaos and confusion around us in our world could create a culture of fear, but, most often, it’s the things around us, personally, that require enduring faith. When life gets hard, our natural tendency is to turn inward, to take care of ourselves, like a turtle. Enduring faith in Jesus Christ perseveres in loving others even when it’s inconvenient, uncomfortable, or difficult.

sermon by: Larry Murray

Unshakable Faith

What kinds of things shake your faith? Suffering? Tragedy? Doubt? Difficult relationships? What remains when our faith is shaken?

In the Letter to the Hebrews, the author encourages believers in Christ that faith grounded in Jesus will stand when the world around us is shaken (Hebrews 12:14-29).

sermon by: Jeff Edmunds

God’s Loving Discipline

God’s Loving Discipline

by Larry Murray | PBC Sermons

Mountain climbers could save time and energy if they reached the summit in a helicopter, but their ultimate purpose is conquest, not efficiency. Runners could get to a destination much faster if they drove a car, but the purpose is the challenge, not just the destination. Sure, they want to reach a goal, but they desire to do it by testing and deepening their character, resolve, and discipline.

Even though it doesn’t feel good going through it, God our Father lovingly disciplines us as disciples of Jesus for our good. Tom Constable points out in his Expository Notes, “there is a real as well as a linguistic connection between “discipline” and “disciple” and “discipleship.” We cannot be Christ’s disciples without the discipline from God that leads to discipleship.

Hebrews 11 is filled with examples of those who endured God’s discipline, so they could walk by faith. Hebrews 12:4-13 provides a realistic perspective of life so that we can endure God’s loving discipline and win the race marked out for us by faith.

sermon by: Larry Murray

Christmas 2018

November 28
Praise to the King (Psalm 145)

December 2
The Promise of the King
(Luke 1:26-38; 2 Samuel 7:12-13)

December 9
The Anticipation of the King
(Luke 1:39-56; Isaiah 9:7-8)

December 16
The Coming of the King
(Luke 2:1-7; 19:36-38)

December 23
The Arrival of the King
(Luke 2:8-15; 23:1-3, 37-38)

December 24
Worship the King
(Luke 2:16-20)

December 29
Hallelujah to the King
(Psalm 150; Luke 2:21-38)

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
(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 HTML format (best for viewing on-line) or click HERE for PDF format (best for printing).

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