Sermons

Following JESUS Today

Following JESUS Today

by Robert Matthews | Following JESUS to the Cross

In Luke 9:18-26, Jesus explains the calculated cost and, yet, the eternal benefit of following Him as a fully devoted follower. It’s not a call to glory, yet, because first we must suffer – deny self and carry a cross. Becoming a disciple of Jesus is not automatic and it will cost you everything, but in the end it is worth the effort.

sermon by: Robert Matthews
date:03.24.2019

Loving Your Enemies

Loving Your Enemies

by Larry Murray | Following JESUS to the Cross

In this world, we don’t have to go back any further in history than this week to see there is evil is this world and hatred of one’s enemies. Terrorism in New Zealand, a school shooting in Brazil, genocide in Nigeria. Here in the U.S., we have our own share of tragedies while battle lines are drawn along political, cultural, and economic lines with professing believers in Christ often on the front lines of these conflicts.

But in Luke 6:27, Jesus says clearly, “Love your enemies.  When it comes to living and loving as followers of JESUS, there are ZERO exceptions to His command to loving others. No religious exceptions, no sexuality exceptions, no ethnic exceptions, not economic exceptions, no political exceptions, no behavior exceptions, there isn’t even an ENEMY exception! Jesus assumes that His followers will have enemies. The love of JESUS compels us to selflessly love those who are the most ungrateful, undeserving, unlikeable, and even unlovable. He explains how to love our enemies in Luke 6:27-36.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date:03.17.2019

Fishing for Men

Fishers of Men

by Larry Murray | Following JESUS to the Cross

“Follow Me,”JESUS said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” JESUS calls people, individually, to follow Him full-time, all the time, wherever they go, regardless of the cost, because of who He is and what He has done.

What the Gospel author records in Luke 4:42-5:11 is not the first time Jesus had been in contact with the men whom He called to be His disciples. Luke already had shared that Jesus had healed Simon Peter’s mother-in-law (Luke 4:38-39) which indicates previous contact with him and Andrew. In fact, if we look at the other Gospels, this seems to be at least the third time Jesus had contact with these men. Jesus had asked Peter, Andrew, James, and John to follow Him earlier, and they had traveled with Him in Capernaum and Galilee (Mark 1:21–39), but then they went back to their trade. Now Jesus calls them to a life of full-time discipleship with a specific purpose.

Who is JESUS that people should follow Him? What are the qualities of individuals who follow JESUS? How should disciples follow JESUS?

sermon by: Larry Murray
date:03.10.2019

Overcoming Temptation

Overcoming Temptation

by Larry Murray | Following JESUS to the Cross

As we follow Jesus to the cross (Luke 9:23-24), one of the most important aspects of our life with Him and our witness for Him is living a life that glorifies Him by overcoming temptation. As the beginning of JESUS’ ministry and mission, He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness for 40 days to be tempted by the Devil (Luke 4:1-13). How was JESUS tempted? How did He overcome it? Why was He victorious?

Wouldn’t it be great to be so connected to JESUS, so grounded in His Word, that when temptation came our way we would be able to stand our ground or turn from it, too? Every time we give in to the temptation to sin, it grieves God and brings harm to ourselves, the people we love, and the gospel of Christ. Overcoming temptation is not a matter of trying harder; it’s a matter of training better – following the example of Jesus – to become the kind of person who normally and routinely does what God wants by relying on God’s Spirit.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date:03.03.2019

Trusting God to Provide

Trusting God to Provide

by Larry Murray | Giving is Living

When Abraham went up on the mountain in obedience to sacrifice Isaac (Genesis 22), the Angel of the Lord said, “now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your only son from me” (Genesis 22:12). For us today, one of the greatest tests of our faith in God is our willingness to sacrifice our money as we trust Him to provide. 

When we give to the Lord Jesus generously and cheerfully, He promises to provide everything we need to live for Him and serve Him (2 Corinthians 9:6-8). The purpose of God’s promise is that we’ll have everything we need to do everything He has called us to do.

Are you giving generously and cheerfully to the work of the Lord? Are you trusting Him to provide for everything you need as you give sacrificially?

The Lord will provide (Genesis 22:14, 2 Corinthians 9:8). Giving is living and living is giving.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date:02.24.2019

When Giving Less is Giving More

When Giving Less is Giving More

by Larry Murray | Giving is Living

After Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Oskar Schindler was an opportunistic businessman who set up an enamelware factory in Krakow that used a combination of Jewish and Polish workers. His initial interest, of course, was to make money with cheap or free labor. But as time went on, he grew to care about his Jewish workers, particularly those with whom he came into contact on a daily basis. He began paying German officials to allow prisoners to work for him. In essence, Mr. Schindler was paying for the salvation of the Jewish prisoners from the gas chambers of Nazi concentration camps. By the time the war had ended Schindler had sacrificed nearly everything that he owned to save those who could not help themselves. By all estimations, Mr. Schindler spent millions to save the lives of at least 1,200 people -eventually becoming bankrupt as a result.

For what or for whom would you give everything you have? Few things reveal the real state of our hearts like the way we spend and give away our money. That’s why Jesus chose the temple treasury as the place to point out true devotion to God and total trust in Him. Sometimes, like the poor widow observed by Jesus (Mark 12:41-44), giving less is giving more.

 

sermon by: Larry Murray
date:02.17.2019

The Sacredness of Money

The Sacredness of Money

by Curt Whiteside | Giving is Living

In her book, Total Truth, author and apologist Nancy Pearcy writes about a cultural phenomenon where evangelical Christianity has be relegated to an isolated corner of society and pushed out of the mainstream of our culture. Christianity has been pigeon-holed into this thing we do on Sunday mornings, separate from the real world. She calls this the public/private split.

One of the most common areas where we’re likely to separate public from private, and secular from sacred is with our money. What Pearcy talks about on a large, macro level, Jesus talks about on the personal, heart, and micro level in Matthew 6:19-24. Whatever we value the most inevitably occupies the center of our hearts – the center of personality that controls our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Jesus explains to us (Matthew 6:21), “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

 

sermon by: Elder Curt Whiteside
date:02.10.2019

Encouraging Commitment

Encouraging Commitment

by Larry Murray | Giving is Living

It was over Thanksgiving break during my sophomore year of college (1987) that Walt Baker asked me (Larry) to consider going to Haiti with him and others the following summer. The faithful provision of the Lord Jesus through the generous giving from His church encouraged me to go, serve, and trust Him.

In the early church (Acts 4:32-35), we see the contrasting motives of Barnabas’ giving (Acts 4:36-37) and Ananias’ deception (Acts 5:1-10). Barnabas’ gift was given with a heart of sacrifice; Ananias was prompted by a desire for recognition.

When we sacrificially give to the Lord Jesus and serve Him with our lives, He is glorified, the church is unified, and our lives are edified.

 

sermon by: Larry Murray
date:02.03.2019

From God TO God

Would God ask us to give something that we don’t have to give? Would God ask us to do something we are not able to do?

In the book of Exodus, God asked His people to build a tabernacle, “make a sanctuary for Me so that I may dwell among them.” (Exodus 25:8) In the story of the funding, construction, furnishing, and operation of the tabernacle (Exodus 35), we find principles for the work of God provided by the people of God for the glory of God. God is personally involved in the process of moving His people in order to accomplish His purposes here on Earth.

It’s easy to make assumptions about our giving: we go to work, we earn the money, we develop our skills, we decide how much to give, we write the checks, we schedule our own calendars -it seems that giving is centered around us. But in reality, God is involved in every aspect of giving from providing the resources to receiving the gifts. Giving is from God TO God. As we discover in Exodus 35, our giving is prescribed by God, prearranged by God, produced by God, and, ultimately, presented to God, 

sermon by: Larry Murray
date:01.27.2019

SUMMER 2019 Sermon Series

Who are you? How do you view yourself? Who do others say that you are? In a world of stolen identity, false identity, mistaken identity, and lost identity, you need – more than an ever – to find your true identity. Who does the God who created you say that you are?

The Bible explains that your true worth and greatest value in life has nothing to do with what you do or how you do it, but who you are in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3-14). Join us throughout the summer at PBC as we discover our IDENTITY “in Christ.”

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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