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

Running the Race

In Hebrews 11, we read about the great examples of faith by the patriarchs, the prophets, and a host of others who walked with God by faith. They have run the race and climbed the mountain with their eyes on Jesus. Now, it’s our turn.  Hebrews 12 is the pinnacle of the mountain where we stand looking up at all of the witnesses to the life of faith in Jesus. We run the race of life with our eyes on Jesus rather than the circumstances surrounding us.

sermon by: Robert Matthews
date: 10.07.2018

Persevering Faith

For Martin Luther, suffering played a significant role in developing deep, persevering faith in God. Suffering must first empty us of our pride, leading us to find our true joy and sole security in Jesus who is greater than anyone else and anything else.  This joy and love, in turn, enables us to face and overcome suffering, as Luther once explained:

“It is God’s nature to make something out of nothing; hence one who is not yet nothing, out of him God cannot make anything, . . . therefore God accepts only the forsaken, cures only the sick, gives sight only to the blind, restores life only to the dead, sanctifies only the sinners, gives wisdom only to the unwise.  In short, He has mercy only on those who are wretched.” – Martin Luther

In Hebrews 11:30-40, the author shows how sometimes God provides for those who trust Him with incredible results. Other times, God permits those who trust Him with terrible suffering. But at all times, God promises those who trust Him will receive eternal rewards. Faith trusts God’s promises in spite of present circumstances by looking to eternal rewards in His presence.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 09.30.2018

Enduring Faith

Dick and Jane Farstad in Ecuador with Mark and Martie

On January 8, 1956 five missionaries in Equador, including Jim Elliot and Ed McCully, were attacked and speared by a group of Aucu warriors. The news of their deaths was broadcast around the world, and Life magazine covered the event with a photo essay. The deaths of the men galvanized the missionary effort in the United States and specifically, the calling of Dick and Jane Farstad to risk their lives to tell others about Jesus Christ. Just four years later, they arrived in Quito with their young children, Mark and Martie, for Spanish language study then on to Arajuno on edge of Amazon to live with the same jungle Quechuas that killed Jim Elliot and Ed McCully a few years before.

Why would Dick and Jane move from the relative safety of America to risk their lives and family in the Amazon? Faith in Jesus Christ. Faith that takes a long-term perspective because in the short-term nothing tangible is realized except our faithfulness.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 09.23.2018

Living by Faith

Nick and Amanda Buccola – Ebenezer Collective

Where do you turn when your world falls apart?What do you do when your worst fears become your present reality?  Who do you go to during times of difficulty? The author of the letter of Hebrews gave a clear answer: Turn to Jesus by faith.

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.”

Faith holds on to the promise of God for the future even when the present evidence of harsh reality questions its reliability because the One who promised is faithful.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 09.09.2018

Jesus is Praying for You

Jesus Is Praying for You

by Larry Murray | PBC Sermons

One of the most encouraging things than anyone can do for us is to pray for us. Even greater is the truth of God’s Word, that Jesus is praying for you. He’s praying for me. Hebrews 7:25 tells us, “He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them.”  Jesus, our Great High Priest, lives to intercede for His faithful followers.

So what does Jesus pray about for us? When Jesus prays for us, what is on his heart? What is on his mind? His prayer in John 17 gives us some specific clues and great insight into Jesus’ intercessory ministry. He prays that we will have the same loyalty, the same security, the same mission, and the same unity, and the same relationship that He has with the Father.

Jesus is praying for you!

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 08.26.2018

We Need Each Other

We need each other. New Testament authors rarely spoke in terms of “my faith,” instead they frequently said, “our faith.” Our faith in Jesus and our hope in His promises cannot be separated from our relationship with each another. As believers in Jesus Christ, we have unlimited access to God that leads to a confident life of faith, hope, and love. Like embers need the fire, we need each other, too, because of our present struggle to walk with Jesus by faith with hope in Him. 

“Let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works… encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 08.12.2018

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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