Sunday Main 10-14-12

    Freed to Love XII.mp3  Stir it up! – PDF  Key Texts: Deut. 30:6; II Thess. 3:5; Rom. 14; I Cor. 8 Review: As Jesus said in Matthew 18:7 and Luke 17:1, it is impossible to avoid offenses, but woe to those through whom they come, “It would be better for them if a millstone were tied around their neck and they were drowned in the depth of the sea…”. These are words which are uncharacteristic of Jesus’ typical teaching, which should cause all who love Him and take His words with the gravity they deserve – to consider closely their […]

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Grace, the law & Tithing I

Grace, The Law & Tithing I The Law and the Believer I.mp3 A question came up in one of our small groups this month concerning tithing. I had recently been addressing this very same topic with the elders of our “sister church”, A Grace Place and with Dave in particular over the course of the last year. So it seemed almost fortuitous that this question should come up now while all the facts are so clearly in my mind to deal with them. One thing I have found, and in all honesty it has been much to my surprise, is […]

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The Danger of False Doctrine

A little leaven… All false doctrine has its roots in truth, which is what makes it believable! Just like rat poison, false doctrine does not need much error to be deadly. Consider this… How many grains of sand would I have to put into a jar of honey to make it not 100% pure honey? How much leaven (yeast) does it take to raise a whole lump of dough? – (the metaphor Jesus used in His teaching for the false doctrine of the Pharisees – Matt. 16:6-12; Gal. 5:7-9). Not to make too much use of  examples, but this is a very […]

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Sunday Main 09-30-12

    Freed to Love XI.mp3  Stir it up! – PDF  Key Texts: Deut. 30:6; II Thess. 3:5; Matt. 18:21-35; Lk. 17:1-10 Review: This week as we journeyed through Jesus’ instructions on how to deal with an offending brother we did a side by side comparison of Matt. 18 & Luke 17. This comparison offered us a much broader lense through which to see this teaching as it really took place. Though Matthew naturally has more of the original discourse, Luke’s information gathered from the apostles is from a Greek perspective and so capitalizes on different aspects of the event. For example […]

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Sunday Main 09-23-12

    Freed to Love X.mp3  Stir it up! – PDF  Key Texts: Deut. 30:6; II Thess. 3:5; Matt. 18:15-20 References: Matt. 5:23,24 We also spent some time qualifying why Matthew 5:23,24 was an appropriate New Covenant verse applying to all Christians – See Beatitudes Example. I Cor. 5:6-8 Gal. 5:7-13 II Thess. 3:13-16 Matt. 16:17-19 Review: This week continued looking at the second and third expressions of love in our list of ways in which we are “Freed to Love” – namely… Stop wallowing in self-oriented story and accept the story He had written for you beginning with His agape’ love for […]

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