All Things New: A New Creation

A New Creation

by Larry Murray | All Things New

The pressures of life, expectations of academic excellence, and the shame from his family led Ravi Zacharias to attempt suicide by swallowing poison at the age of 17. While in the hospital, however, Fred David, a Youth for Christ worker, shared a Bible with his mother and encouraged her to read to him from John 14. His mother read out loud Jesus’ words in John 14:19, “Because I live, you will live, too.” 

Zacharias thought, “This is my only hope: A new way of living. Life as defined by the Author of Life.” Hearing about Christ’s death on the cross in his place, he committed his life to Him. And for next 48 years, he became an ambassador for Christ around the world as an author and a leading apologist. Through his radio program, Let My People Think, he explored issues such as the credibility of the Christian message and the Bible, the weakness of modern intellectual movements, and the uniqueness of Jesus Christ. Ravi Zacharias experienced how God makes all things new through faith in Christ.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17) This is the biography not only of Ravi Zacharias or the Apostle Paul, but of every believer in Christ! Truly, old things have passed away, and new things have come because God makes all things new.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 05.24.2020

Resurrection Victory

Resurrection Victory

by John Adair | Authentic Christianity

The Battle of Bunker Hill, or Breed’s Hill, was fought on June 17, 1775, during the Siege of Boston in the early stages of the American Revolutionary War. The battle is named after Bunker Hill in Charlestown, Massachusetts, which was peripherally involved in the battle. It was the original objective of both the colonial and British troops, though the majority of combat took place on the adjacent hill which later became known as Breed’s Hill. The British won the battle from a tactical sense, but it proved to be a somewhat hollow victory, a sobering experience for them, involving many more casualties than the Americans had incurred, including many officers.

Because of the resurrection of Jesus, there are no more hollow victories for our final enemy – Death. John Adair leads a discussion from 1 Corinthians 15:50-58 about our resurrection victory in Christ.

sermon by: John Adair
date: 05.03.2020

Resurrection Power

Resurrection Power

by Larry Murray | Authentic Christianity

In a Dallas Morning News article last week concerning the collective attempts to slow the COVID-19 virus, Dr. Philip Huang, Dallas County Health Director, said, “This is what we’re all trying to address and keep death down as much as we can.” The significant changes of physical distancing we have made to limit the spread of coronavirus, flatten the curve, have made a difference, and saved lives. But here’s the reality – everyone who survives the coronavirus will eventually die of something else or some other cause. So what you believe about the resurrection really matters. Eventually.

There is no reason to believe that the body and soul will continue to exist at some point in the future, unless there is reason to believe that the power of death has been defeated. That is precisely what the Bible states—death has been conquered by the resurrecting power of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:20–22). The resurrection of Jesus from the dead reveals the power of God over all life – including your life.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 04.26.2020

Resurrection Faith

Resurrection Faith

by Jeff Edmunds | Authentic Christianity

In our everyday life we face the consequences of our decisions, sometimes those are good, sometimes they are not.  If I choose to speed, I may get a ticket; if I decide to take the day off, I get to spend it with my wife.  The things we believe about God also has consequences.  Paul shows the Corinthians the importance of the resurrection by showing them the negative consequences of no resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:12-19).  As a result, not only can we find confidence in the resurrection of Jesus but we see that resurrection as the basis of our faith.

sermon by: Jeff Edmunds
date: 04.19.2020

Resurrection Hope

Resurrection Hope

by Larry Murray | Authentic Christianity

In the middle of the COVID-19 / Coronavirus crisis, many people are hopeful. But, hope is not just wishful thinking for the future – it’s confident living based on truth. It’s Jesus resurrection from the dead that is the basis of our eternal hope. We have hope for life and in death by faith in Jesus’ death in our place. His resurrection proves it. He is risen!

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 04.12.2020

Palm Sunday People

Palm Sunday People

by Larry Murray | Authentic Christianity

When Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday prior to His crucifixion, on His way to the cross, there were three groups of people – the Pharisees, the disciples, and the crowds (see Matthew 21:1–11; Luke 19:39–40). In 1 Corinthians, Paul describes three groups of people similar to those found on the road to Jerusalem.

Jesus differentiates the pretenders and the posers from those who are progressing in their walk with Him. Life with Jesus requires a decision whether you make an active one or a passive one. Are you ignoring and rejecting Him? Are you wholeheartedly following Him? Or merely acknowledging Him as a Christian? What have you decided about Him?  

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 04.05.2020

Gaining Insight into God’s Wisdom

Gaining Insight into God's Wisdom

by Larry Murray | Authentic Christianity

How would you answer the following question? It came from Lin, a woman in Wuhan, China. ”The Corona virus started from my city and it spreads all over the world. The city is locked down: we are not allowed to leave the area. We have been isolated for weeks and we don’t know when is the end. Many families are broken and suffering.… why did God let the Coronavirus happen? Is it God’s plan?”

The Wisdom of God cannot be found in more research, more progress, more knowledge, more information, or – what usually seems to be the solution – more technology. In 1 Corinthians 2:4-13, Paul says that the wisdom of God is found in the cross of His Son and power of His Spirit.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 03.29.2020

The Power of God in the Lives of His People

The Power of God through the Lives of His People

by Ryan Rives | Authentic Christianity

As Christians we may feel the pressure to stand behind a pedigree or methodology to share the gospel with others. In 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, Paul tells us that God uses the transformation of insignificant people, with a message that seems foolish to the world, to draw people to himself by the power of His Spirit. In uncertain times, our call is still to speak truth and share boldly while living in obedience, trusting that God will use us for His purposes and for His glory.

sermon by: Ryan Rives
date: 03.22.2020

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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