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The Significance of Christmas
Text: Philippians 2:5-8

Listen as Rob Caine (Youth Pastor here at SRCC) brings us a message about the real significance of Christmas.  In John 1:14 we learn that the word became flesh and dwelt among us.

1) He was God - (vs. 6)
2) He let go - (vs. 7)
3) He took on the role of a bondservant
4) He took on the form of a man

Our attitude today should be the same as that of Jesus by being a servant.
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Text: Galatians 2:20
Are you immersed in Christ? Do you know him as yours? Christmas is a great time to reflect on this.  Listen as Pastor Thad talks about what it means to be alive in Christ. Also listen as several individuals demonstrate obedience to Christ through believers baptism.
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Ephesians 4:25-32

While each of us can relate to grief in life we have a harder time understanding grieving the Holy Spirit. (see also Psalm 78)

1) What is our motivation for not grieving the Holy Spirit? - Because we have been sealed with the Spirit.

2) How do we grieve the Holy Spirit? - by the conviction of sin.
Paul gets specific (beginning in vs. 29):
a) Let no unwholesome word come from your mouth.
b) Bitterness
c) Wrath
d) Anger
e) Clamor
f) Slander
g) Malice


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Bible Institute: Canonicity - Class #12
This is  lesson #12, the concluding lesson, in a study of canonicity, a study about where we get our Bible.  Your instructor is Elder David Nichols.

The booklet "Can I Really Trust the Bible?can be viewed by going to the RBC Ministries website. (Click Here for downloadable version).

Class Notes:
Statistical Information on Religious Trends and Beliefs in the U.S.
* Nine out of ten adults own a Bible.   Only six out of ten believe it is “totally accurate in all its teachings.?
* 74% believe when people are born, they are neither good nor evil; they make a choice between the two as they mature.
* 44% believe the Bible, the Koran, and the Book of Mormon are all different expressions of the same spiritual truths
* 44% believe when He lived on earth, Jesus Christ sinned, like other people
* 55% say a good person can earn a place in heaven
* 83% of teenagers said moral truth depends on the circumstances
* Among whites, 60% endorse relativism, compared to 26% who adopt absolutism.
* Among non-whites, however, 74% support relativism and just 15% believe in absolute morality
* 15% of Hispanic adults and only 10% of African-American adults contended that moral truth is absolute

Genesis 5
1.  Adam – of the earth – firm foundation
2.  Seth – compensation – sprout, seed
3.  Enosh – mortal or man
4.  Kenan – one acquired or begotten
5.  Mahal’lel  - God’s splendor or to God’s praise
6.   Jared – to descend
7.  Enoch – to initiate or to dedicate oneself or to be disciplined to the point of death
8.  Methuselah – a period of time
9.  Lamech ? (unknown word)
10.  Noah – rest or quiet
    [Of the earth’s firm foundation the seed shall come as mortal man, begotten in God’s splendor, He shall descend to earth, dedicating Himself to the point of death, and after a period of time .?. He shall give rest]
Adam = Heb. Man
Eve = Heb. Mother of all living
Woman = Heb. of man
Cain = acquisition; to acquire or to gain materially
Abel = Transitoriness, just fleeting or temporary
Ref.:    Strong’s  Concordance
    Young’s  Concordance
    Unger’s Bible Dictionary
    Wilson’s Expository Dictionary
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Text: John 13:31-14:1,  John 14:16-17
As christians we need to understand the inside help we have through the Holy Spirit of God which dwells within us as believers in Christ.  The church has suppressed this gift of the Holy Spirit but we all need a better understanding of this gift. In John 13:31-14:1 Jesus tells the disciples that he would be with them for only a little while longer and this troubles Peter.  In John 14:16-17 Jesus tells them about a helper, the Holy Spirit, that he will send after he departs from them. Here we see three things about the Holy Spirit:

1) The Holy Spirit is neither inferior nor superior to Christ
2) The Holy Spirit intercedes for us (see also Romans 8:26)
3) The Holy Spirit indwells us (John 14:17)

In Romans 12:9-21 we see areas where we need help.

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Bible Institute: Canonicity - Class #11 This is  lesson #11 in a study of canonicity, a study about where we get our Bible.  Your instructor is Elder David Nichols.

View English Bible Origin Chart by clicking here

1. Textual  = a passage (in whole or in part) of letters and books
2. Criticism = Judgment of grammar and content – an evaluation.
3. The Western church was based in Rome
4. The Eastern church was based in Jerusalem and Syria
5. The Latin text gave us the Received  Text “Textus Receptus?
6. The Byzantine text gave us the “Critical Text?
7. The period of Standardization of the text – 325 – 1500 A.D.
8. Johann Gutenberg developed movable type for the printing press (1454)
9. The period of Crystallization -1500-1648 A.D.
10. Erasmus’ work became known as the “Textus Receptus? Lit. the “Received Text.?
11. Where do the newer versions come from?  The “Critical Text?
12. The KJV rests on a textual basis that is very weak.
13.0The KJV contains many words that are out of date and misleading.
14. The KJV includes scribal errors of translation
15. Remember – the original writings were inspired, not the copies, but God has protected the copies.
16. Beginning as far back as 1725, Richard Bentley and Johann Bengal challenged other scholars to gather available textual materials.
17. 1870-1875 – The first Bible using the “Critical Text? was published  known as the “English Revised Version?
18. There are really very few variations.  The Bible is a very big book with thousands of words.
19. When the eye picked up the same letter or word twice, it was called “Dittography?
20. God has protected the transmission of His Word to man so that even though man’s fingerprints are all over it, nothing has been diluted, damaged, or changed – doctrinally.
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Bible Institute: Romans - Class #13
Springville Road Bible Institute

This is the Thirteenth lesson in a study of the book of Romans.  This week we continue chapter 7.

Note: This is the final Romans podcast for the first semester. Podcasting of Romans will return around the middle of January 2008.

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Challange of Opposition
Text: Jude 20-23

Listen as Kent Fuller (Avant Ministries) from the country of Belize brings us a message from the book of Jude. We are under attack and we face opposition from our adversary Satan and in order to overcome this opposition we must reach up and reach out.

In these verses we see a summation of the Ten Commandments. First we are to reach up.  We do this by growing our relationship with God by reading and studying his word. 

Second we are to reach out.  Not only are we to study and pray but we are to serve others (vs. 22).  We need to share with others about our relationship with Jesus . We also need to confront those who proclaim false teachings.

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Bible Institute: Canonicity - Class #10 This is  lesson #10 in a study of canonicity, a study about where we get our Bible.  Your instructor is Elder David Nichols.

View English Bible Origin Chart by clicking here

1.    Inspiration = Authority of God’s Word
        Canonicity = Acceptance  of God’s Word 
        Transmission = Accuracy of God’s Word
        Translations = Availability of God’s Word
2. What is an autograph?  An original  There are no originals known to be in existence today.
3. There are very few O.T. manuscripts , but due to the meticulous care of the Masoretes, the few we have exist.
4. Uncials manuscripts had no punctuation, no capitals, and no divisions.
5. From the 10th-15th century new styles of writing and copying had been developed and some nearly 5000 minuscules were produced.
6. Textual Criticism  - Text = sections of books or letters – Criticism = Judgment of grammar and content – an evaluation.
7.     The “Great Debate?  Older is Better  vs.  More  is better
8.  Period of Reduplication 100-325 A.D. – Copies of originals – copies of the copies
9. The Western = Latin text   The Eastern = Byzantine text
10. The Latin Text gave us the Received Text “Authorized – Textus Receptus.?
11. The Byzantine text gave us the Critical Text – fewer copies dating back to 125 A.D. or so.
12.Period of Standardization of the text 325-1500 A.D. (known as the “Dark Ages?. 
13.  Period of Crystallization (1500 – 1648 A.D.) Years of Enlightenment – the Reformation Era.
14. Erasmus based his translations on the “Textus Receptus? Lit. the “Received Text.?
15. John Rodgers, a good friend of William Tyndale compiled the “Matthews Bible? in English.
16. In 1607, forty eight choice Greek and Hebrew scholars started work on the King James Version
17. Remember – the original writings were inspired, not the copies, but God has protected the copies.
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Bible Institute: Romans - Class #12
Springville Road Bible Institute

This is the Twelfth lesson in a study of the book of Romans.  This week we complete chapter 6 and begin chapter 7.

The Textbook used in the class is the Smart Guide to the Book of Romans
Direct download: Romans_012.mp3
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Text: Matthew 9:35-38

Do you see people as God does?  We all love to share good news in life but what is our role in telling the good news of the gospel?  We cannot be good at sharing the good news until we have a heart of compassion. Compassion is defined as a feeling of sorrow or pity for someone in trouble.  To effectively share with others we must first see them as Jesus did (Matt. 9:36)  Here we see that people are without a way and without a sheppard.  Looking at 2 Timothy 3:1-4 we can see what keeps us from having compassion. First selfishness  and second lovers of money (vs. 2). (Book referred to is Marks of a Healthy Church by Dr. John MacArthur) People today are more focused on their best life now but the truth is the best is yet to come!

We need to see the multitudes and that they are in trouble (Matt. 9:37) While the workers are few the answer can be found in prayer.  Prayer that the lord will send more workers by the power of his Holy Spirit working in the lives of the laborers. We see in vs. 7 (1 Thessalonians  1:2-10) that they were examples and were so effective that Paul didn't need to say anything.
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Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-18

So many times the busyness of life keeps us from saying "thank you"!  The next time we have a few moments to pause in the busyness of life: let's say thank you to God.  The following are prayers as recorded by Charles Spurgeon.  These prayers (from  Prayer-a-Phrases) would be a tremendous place to begin our journey of consistent prayer before the throne of grace.

*Grace
*Faith
*Hope
*Love
*Word
*Christ
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Bible Institute: Canonicity - Class #9 This is  lesson #9 in a study of canonicity, a study about where we get our Bible.  Your instructor is Elder David Nichols.

1.  Inspiration = Authority of God’s Word
     Canonicity = Acceptance  of God’s Word 
     Transmission = Accuracy of God’s Word
2.  The unique features of the Hebrew and Greek languages:
    Hebrew – Very emotional, pictorial, personal language
    Greek – Universal , intellectual language, a language of the mind
3.  Advancements in Writing – Four Stages of Development
    A.  Pictograms  (7000 B.C. – 3500 B.C.)
    B.  Ideograms  (3500 B.C. – 2100 B.C.)
    C.  Phonograms   (2100 B.C. to 1400 B.C.)
    D.  Alphabet  (1450 B.C.)
4.  Writing Materials:
    A.  Clay  (Jer. 17:13, Ezek.4:1)
    B.  Stone  - Rosetta stone
    C.  Papyrus - Egyptian form of paper
    D.  Vellum – (Calf skins)
    E.  Parchment – (Lamb skins)
    F.  Leather -  (Cowhide)
    G.  Metal  - Only thin sheets, of soft materials like lead
    H.  Ostraca - Potsherds
    I.   Paper  (Alabama is 3rd leading producer in the world)
5.  What is a manuscript?  A copy  - The original letters are called autographs.
6.  Manuscripts are a key link in understanding the chain “from God to us.? They provide tangible and very important evidence about the transmission of the Bible.
7.  No manuscripts or portions of manuscripts exist that were written before the  Babylonian captivity (586 B.C.) but there are quite a few scripture copies dating from the Talmudic era (300 B.C. to 500 A.D.)
8.  Two General Classes of Old Testament Manuscripts:
    A.  The Synagogue Roll
    B.  Private copies
9.  The New Testament has a tremendous amount of manuscripts in whole or fragments (as many as some 14,000) some dating back to 125 A.D.
10.  Major Manuscripts of the Bible
    A.  Cairo Geneza Manuscript
    B.  Masoretic text
11.  The Old Testament text owes its accuracy to the commitment, ability and reliability of the scribes and scholars who transmitted it.
12.  The “Great Debate?
      Older is Better vs.  More  is better
13.  Uncials had no punctuation, all capitals, and no divisions
Minuscule manuscripts were written during the age known as the     “Queen of the Cursive.?
15. In the fullness of time, God in His sovereignty and grace brought together all of the ingredients to preserve His Word and to propagate His gospel message.
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Bible Institute: Romans - Class #11 Springville Road Bible Institute

This is the Eleventh lesson in a study of the book of Romans.  This week we continue chapter 6.

The Textbook used in the class is the Smart Guide to the Book of Romans
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Church Conference 2007
There are many ministries at here at Springville Road Community Church and we like to take time every year to talk about some of these ministries.  This year rather than having several speakers come and talk about these ministries one of our Deacons, Brian Reed, created some short videos.  These videos are about our English as a Second Language (ESL) ministry, the Springville Road Bible Institute, and the AWANA program at SRCC (note: some of the AWANA video was shot on "crazy hair night" and the people shown want you to know that this is not their everyday hairstyles.)  (Click on the links to watch the videos.)

After the videos Teresa Blount, our Pastor Thad Blount's wife, came and shared her testimony and some insights into her walk with God as a pastor's wife, mom, and teacher. Listen to this podcast to hear Teresa and Pastor Thad.
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Bible Institute: Canonicity - Class #8 This is  lesson #8 in a study of canonicity, a study about where we get our Bible.  Your instructor is Elder David Nichols.

*Three historical developments in the area of Biblical transmission:
       A.  The invention of writing before 3000 B. C.
       B.  The beginning of translation before 200 B.C.
       C.  The development of printing before 1600 A.D.
*Eight ways God has spoken:
       A.  Through Angels
       B.  Through a loud voice
       C.  Through a still, small voice
       D.  Through nature
       E.  Through the mouth of an ass
       F.  Through dreams
       G.  Through visions
       H.  Through Christophanies – a pre-Bethlehem appearance of Christ
*What Old Testament languages did God choose to use?
     A.  Hebrew – Williamington’s Guide to the Bible: “Hebrew is a pictorial language, speaking with vivid bold metaphors,  which challenge and dramatize the story.?
     B.  Aramaic was the language of the Syrians and was used throughout the near east.
*New Testament Languages
     A.  The Semitic language – Jesus and His disciples used it as their native tongue.
     B.  The Hebrew language – also had influence in the New Testament through more idiomatic expressions
     C.  The Latin or Roman – We see “loanwords? such as “centurion?, “tribute?, and “legion? as well as the inscription on the cross.
      D.  Greek – The Koine Greek was the most widely used language throughout the world during the first century
* The Greek alphabet was derived from the Phoenicians (they developed the first known written language sometime prior to 1450 B.C. and as early as 3500 B.C.
* The Greek vocabulary was representative of several cultures as well as a vast geographical expanse and it became the official language of the empires into which Alexander the Great’s conquests were divided.
* The Koine Greek language was uniquely suited to relay the revelation of Christ in theological terms.
* Greek is an intellectual language.  It is more a language of the mind than of the heart.
* As demonstrated in the writings of the great Greek philosophers  Geisler and Nix state: “Greek possessed a technical precision not found in the Hebrew language.?
* In addition, Greek was a universal language – well suited for  delivery of the gospel to a lost world.
* Whereas Hebrew was particular to the Jewish people – the Old Testament truths about God were initially revealed to one nation (Israel) in its own language.
* The fuller Revelation given by Christ in the New Testament was not so restricted.    Instead, the message of Christ was to be “preached in His Name to all nations.?  Luke 24:47
* Galatians 4:4  - Paul said, “When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son.?
*    Inspiration = authority
*    Canonicity = acceptance                   
*    Transmission = accuracy
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Bible Conference 2007: "How the Race is Won"
Text: Hebrews 10

This is the second message of our 2007 Bible Conference.  Don Barrett continues the series on Running the Race with Purpose in this session by preaching on  how the race is won.

To win the race we must finish.  What is it that drives you? What are your passions and motivations in life? How do I know if I'm going to finish?

1st by careful examination.  (Hebrew 10:19) This will require me to jettison things that hold me back.

2nd I must have evaluation. (Hebrew 10:22-24) "Let us..." Let us what? Draw near, hold fast. Back in Hebrews chapter 2:1-3 we see some of the things to evaluate, "Lest we drift". Are we prone to wander? yes, so we need to be earnest.  We need to exhort one another daily by asking each other how we are doing spiritually. Have you become dull of hearing and unwilling or able to eat anything but milk (Hebrews 5:11- ).

3rd A prayerful Exhortation - (Hebrews 10:24-25) We must get our mind in the game. To get down and focused we must sometimes be zapped.  If you are disinterested in these things then you might not be in a position to finish the race.
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Bible Conference 2007: "How the Race is Run"
Text Hebrews 12:1-2

The theme for our Bible Conference this year is "Running the Race with Purpose". and we were pleased to welcome Don Barrett as our guest speaker.  Don has served in the ministry for over 30 years and was pastor of Lake Charles (La.) Bible Church for almost 17 years before becoming Executive Director of Camp Pearl Ministries in 1996 until the present. Don and his wife Angie are the parents of 3 grown children.

In this first session of our conference Don speaks about how the race of faith is run. First the race must be run with focus. Heaven is not a prize or reward because all who believe in Jesus Christ and trust in him as savior and lord will go to heaven because it is a free gift given by grace.  Heaven is not the issue but rather what we will do when there.

When do we start the race? Upon the day of our salvation and even though the life of a Christian has many pitfalls and difficulties a judgment still awaits the Christian with regard to what he has done in this life. What is it that holds us back in the race?  We all have 168 hours in our week and we need to evaluate what we do with our time.  Is what you're doing with your time wise? The things that you spend your time on are weighing you down and burden you as you run the race.

Second, how do we run the race? By running it in Christ because he started our faith, continues our faith and he will complete our faith. Our goal should be to live for Christ so that one day he will say "Well done my good and faithful servant."

Third, the distinction. We are not running the race against one another but together.  Are you just getting by (See 2 Peter 1:3) or are you running the race with a purpose so that others will also want what you have?
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Bible Institute: Romans - Class #10 Springville Road Bible Institute

This is the Tenth lesson in a study of the book of Romans.  This week we continue chapter 5.

The Textbook used in the class is the Smart Guide to the Book of Romans
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Text:John 8:12-47

As we continue our study in the book of Hebrews we need to go back to the book of John to better understand the advantages of Christ's humanity.

Do you belong to Jesus and are you certain you belong?  If you are not in Christ you will die in your sins. (vs.38) Jesus tells them that they are following their father - Satan. They claimed that Abraham was their father but they did not do the deeds of Abraham. (vs. 39)

If we claim God as our father (vs. 42) then we will love Jesus by 1) Demonstrating our love for Jesus by sharing him with others. 2) By enjoying obeying his commands 3) By loving the thought of his appearing.

In vs. 44 we see how to identify those who are following Satan - He does not stand in the truth.
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Bible Institute: Canonicity - Class #7 This is  lesson #7 in a study of canonicity, a study about where we get our Bible.  This week we continue our look at Biblical Archeology and its role in authenticating the bible. Your instructor again this week is Elder Steve Bartlett  .

The Slide Show that Steve used in class may be downloaded to follow along as you listen. You must have a pdf reader on your computer to see the slides.


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Bible Institute: Romans - Class #9 Springville Road Bible Institute

Due to a problem with the recorder we are unable to post the ninth lesson in a study of the book of Romans but we will pick back up with lesson 10.

The Textbook used in the class is the Smart Guide to the Book of Romans
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Text: I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14

Listen as Rob Caine brings us a message about the return of Christ.  The bible speaks of Christ return but do we really believe it could happen at any time and are we ready for his return today?

In  I Thessalonians 4:13-18 we see an event that is known as the rapture; here we see that Christ is coming back.  In I Corinthians 15:50-52 we see that we shall be changed. When will this take place? In James 5:7-9 we see that the "coming of the Lord is at hand".  Hebrews 10:23-25  says "as you see the day approaching". I Peter 4:7 states that "the end of all things is near". I John 2:18 refers to the "last hour". If these writers believed that the end was near then just how much closer are we today? God is not bound by time because to him a 1000 years is as a day and a day is like a 1000 years. God created time but he is not bound by it.

Next we must ask ourselves if we are ready?  Titus 2:11-14.  How can you be ready? 1st you must be saved (vs.11) The possibility for salvation exists for all men through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross (vs. 12). 2nd you must deny sin a place in your life. We should not be looking for security and pleasure in this world but looking toward the blessed hope.
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Bible Institute: Canonicity - Class #6 This is  lesson #6 in a study of canonicity, a study about where we get our Bible.  This week we will take a look at Biblical Archeology and its role in authenticating the bible. Your instructor this week is Elder Steve Bartlett .

The Slide Show that Steve used in class may be downloaded to follow along as you listen. You must have a pdf reader on your computer to see the slides.
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Bible Institute: Romans - Class #8 Springville Road Bible Institute

This is the eighth lesson in a study of the book of Romans.  This week we continue chapter 4.

The Textbook used in the class is the Smart Guide to the Book of Romans
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Text: Hebrews 2:10-13

If you need to know you are blessed then just read Hebrews chapter 2.  Listen as Pastor Thad continues our study in the book of Hebrews.

Christ Humanity allows us to share in his glory.
1) Who made sharing in this glory possible? - (vs. 10) The Father
2) When did this take place? - While we might be thinking the future it is actually the past.  The glory began when the father chose you in time past (Eph. 1:3-6).
3) Who shares in this glory? - (Gal. 3:23 - 4:7) We are no longer slaves but sons.  This was something meant for Christ that we as Christians get to share!
4) What is his purpose in bringing sons to glory? - It completes the picture. Christ led the way and he did this by suffering.  He cleared the path through the cross to glory (vs. 10-11)
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Bible Institute: Canonicity - Class #5 This is  lesson #5 in a study of canonicity, a study about where we get our Bible.  Your instructor is Elder David Nichols.

1.The 5 basic criteria of Canonicity
    1)  Is it authoritative – does it claim to be of God?
    2)  Is it prophetic – was it written by a servant of God?
    3)  Is it authentic – does it tell the truth about God, man, etc.?
    4)  Is the book dynamic – does it possess  the life-    transforming power of God?
    5)  Is the book received or accepted by the people of     God?
2. The development of the Old Testament canon was during the period of 1500 B.C. to 100 A.D.
3. The development of the New Testament canon was during the period of 55 A.D. to 200 A.D.
4. Apocrypha = hidden, misunderstood
5. Purposes in putting together a New Testament canon
    a.  The Ecclesiastical reason
    b.  The Theological reason
    c.  The Political reason
6. Emperor Constantine became a Christian and ordered Eusebius to prepare 50 Bibles to be distributed
7. The New Testament was written during the last half of the first century.
8. During the 4th century – 27 books are secured as canonical and have never been questioned since.
9. Books rejected by all “Pseudepigrapha? – By the 9th century, it has been estimated that perhaps there were as many as 280 of these books.
10. These books were completely rejected by all the church fathers because none of them met any of the standards of canonicity and many of them teach heresy and religious fantasy.
11. Books disputed by some – “Antilegomena?
    a.  Hebrews
    b.  James
    c.  II Peter
    d.  II and III John
    e.  Jude
    f.  Revelation
12.  Of the twenty seven books that make up our New Testament, all have passed the test of canonicity and have a permanent place in our Bible.          
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Bible Institute: Romans - Class #7 Springville Road Bible Institute

This is the seventh lesson in a study of the book of Romans.  This week we finish up Romans Chapter 3 and begin chapter 4.

The Textbook used in the class is the Smart Guide to the Book of Romans
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Text: Hebrews 2:5-18

This week we return to our study of the book of Hebrews. Listen to Paster Thad as he shares with us about who will rule in the world to come.

Man lost his dominion at the fall (Garden of Eden).
1)What dominion had been given to man? (Gen. 1:26) - The Earth.  God allowed man to share in his glory and while this was lost Jesus got it back.
2) How was this dominion lost? - Sin (Heb. 2:8). Man has lost that rule no matter what you might hear or think today.
3) What about me? - In Revelation 19:11 - 20:6 we see Christ win the battle over Satan and then in Rev. 20:6 we see that we shall be priest of God and shall reign with him
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Bible Institute: Canonicity - Class #4
Springville Road Bible Institute -

This is  lesson #4 in a study of canonicity, a study about where we get our Bible.  Your instructor is Elder David Nichols.

1. The development of the Old Testament Canon involved a period of development from 1500 B.C. to 100 A.D.
 A)  Progressive collection of prophetic books B)  Prophetic continuity through the books  C)  Books accepted by all – Homologoumena  D) Books rejected by all – Pseudepigrapha  E)  Books disputed by some – Antilegomena  F)  Books accepted by some – Apocrypha
2. From the very beginning, the inspired writings were collected by the people of God and they were revered as being very special and sacred.
3. The books of Moses were cited throughout the Old Testament
4. A psalm of David – Ps. 18 – is recorded word for word in II Sam.22
5. Daniel cites Jeremiah 25 in Daniel 9:2.
6. The prophet Jonah recites parts from many psalms (Jonah 2)
7. Clearly there is seen a progressive collection interlocking the Old Testament together so that we can see a growing collection of divinely
8. There was also a prophetic continuity through the books:            * One Theme – Jehovah – Jesus Christ  * One problem – sin – separation from God  * One solution – salvation by a substitutionary atonement by a Savior 
9. Joshua wrote the last chapter of Genesis
10. Judges continues after the death of Joshua, the son of Nun.
11. Samuel established a school of prophets I Sam. 19:20
12. Homologoumena – to speak as one
13. Pseudepigrapha – false writings
14. Antilegomena- to speak against
15. Apocrypha – hidden or doubtful   
16. Homologoumena – received by all  *  34 of the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament were never disputed
17. Pseudepigrapha – rejected by all    * Most of these books arose from within the context of religious fantasy *Curiosity about the death of Moses led to the writing of the non-canonical book, "Assumption of Moses *  These books reflect a literary style of a period around 200 B.C.  To 200 A.D
18. Antilegomena – disputed by some

Five -                                    Rejected because: 
The Songs of Solomon        Too sensual
Ecclesiastes                         Too skeptical
Esther                                   No mention of God by name
Ezekiel                                  Too anti-Mosaic
Proverbs                               Too conflicting
Apocrypha – accepted by some
Def. Something understood only by the initiated and not an outsider There are fifteen books Usually placed between Malachi and Matthew.          


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Bible Institute: Romans - Class #6
Springville Road Bible Institute

This is the sixth lesson in a study of the book of Romans.  This week we continue Romans Chapter 3.

The Textbook used in the class is the Smart Guide to the Book of Romans
Direct download: Romans_006.mp3
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Amazing Grace
Text: 2 Corinthians 8 & 9

Listen to Brom Cowser as he tell us about Faith Promise and how you to can change your attitude to one of anticipation in the area of giving for God's work.

Examples:
1) Christ
2) Rich and Poor
3) The Cheerful Giver

Faith Promise is not a pledge to the church but rather a promise between you and God.  Why do we do this? (2 Cor. 9:13) They glorified God by the confession of the gospel and the liberal sharing with all men. As God gives to you, you can have the privilege of passing it on to the Lord and his work.


Brom and Betty Cowser's over 50 years of missions experience have equipped them in counseling other missionaries while in the field and during their furloughs. Brom also speaks at camps, mission conferences and colleges. However, their greatest joy is their radio ministry. Brother Cowser prepares and broadcasts messages via radio each week for several island ministries in Papiamentu and English. Currently the program is broadcast by eleven different radio stations. They appreciate your prayers that each broadcast will be a blessing to all the listeners and that listeners will be saved. They also ask for prayer that the radio equipment will remain in good working order and for safety in their travels and good health.


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Bible Institute: Canonicity - Class #3
Springville Road Bible Institute -

This is  lesson #3 in a study of canonicity, a study about where we get our Bible.  Your instructor is Elder David Nichols.

1. The first link in the chain of God delivering His Word to us is inspiration.
2. The second link in the chain is canonicity.
3. Canon = Greek Kanon is defined as a measuring rod.
4. Inspiration deals with authority.
5. Canonicity deals with acceptance.
6. The Canon of the Old Testament differs from the development of the New Testament as seen below.
Old Testament   - Jewish community, Collected over several  thousand years
 
New Testament  -  Universal body of believers, Letters were sent to large geographical area, Collected over approx. 100 – 200 years

7. In 303 B.C. Diocletian ordered the destruction of the Bible.
8. The existence of a canon or collection of authoritive writings began 3000 to 4000 years ago.
9. Some of the wrong views on what determines canonicity are:
A.  Age determines canonicity   B.  The Hebrew  language determines canonicity  C.  The Torah determines canonicity   D.  Religious value can determine canonicity
10. Some right views of what determines canonicity –   A.  Inspiration determines canonicity
11. Five basic criteria of canonicity:  A. Is the letter authoritive   B.  Is it prophetic C.  Is it authentic   D.  Is it dynamic  E.  Is the book received or accepted by the people of God.
12. The Apocrypha are 15 non-canonical books written between 400 B.C. and 100 B.C.  Greek Apokryphos def. As “hidden?
13. Remember false teaching never liberates!
14. God spoke to the prophets, then He worked in the hearts of the people so they would accept it.

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Bible Institute: Romans - Class #5
Springville Road Bible Institute

This is the fifth lesson in a study of the book of Romans.  This week we continue Romans Chapter 2 and into Chapter 3.

The Textbook used in the class is the Smart Guide to the Book of Romans
Direct download: Romans_005.mp3
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1 Corinthians 11:26

The Lord's Supper reminds us that the pivotal event in word history is the cross.

1) Who? - Eph. 1:7-8 In him (Christ) we have redemption through his blood. Redemption is to be bought off the slave block of sin. The forgiveness of our trespasses could not have been satisfied any other way. Hebrews 9:12-14
2) Why? - Why do we have the Lord's Supper? Because (1 Corinthians 11:26) you proclaim the death of Christ and what it accomplished.
3) What? - What would keep me from celebrating? For the believer it is sin in my life. 1 Cor. 11:27 - "unworthy manor". Sin easily entangles us and sin is more than just actions but is also our thoughts.
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Bible Institute: Canonicity - Class #2
Springville Road Bible Institute -

This is  lesson #2 in a study of canonicity, a study about where we get our Bible.  Your instructor is Elder David Nichols.

How We Got Our Bible - Internal Evidence of Inspiration:

1. II Tim.3:16 all scripture is given by inspiration of God.
2.Christ accepted the persons and the events mentioned in the Old Testament as historical fact.
3. Christ used scripture as conclusive evidence in answering His critics.
4. Christ used the authority of scripture to refute the temptation by satan in the wilderness. (Matt.4:4, 7, 10)
5. The writers all claimed  to be inspired by God.
6. Daniel read Jeremiah’s prophecy that the Babylonian captivity would last 70  years.
7. Peter accepted the writings of Paul as being inspired.
8. John said that the writings of the Apostles, along with his own writings were inspired by God and authoritative. (I Jn. 4:6)

External Evidences of Inspiration:
1. The unity of the Bible.
2. The transforming ability of the Bible.
3. Fulfilled prophecy.
4. Biblical accuracy about history.
5. The indestructibility of the Bible.
6. Inspiration gives the Bible its authority.

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Text: Hebrews 2:1-4

As we begin chapter 2 we see the first of five warnings given in the book of Hebrews.  The content of Hebrews reveals the need for warnings and this first warning arises directly from the preceding chapter.

The Author’s Wisdom:
* Pay attention- The word translated “pay attention? means to hold to.  Hebrews 2:1 literally reads, “It is exceedingly necessary that we give heed to what we have heard.?
* This command is not isolated in the book of Hebrews. (3:1; 12:1-2)
* The wisdom of the author is repeated and rightly so considering the condition of the readers. (5:11-6:12; 10:19-25)

The Author’s Warning:
* The failure to hold on to would result in drifting.
* The word for “drift? in the original language means to float by. 
* Meaning if we do not determine to pay close attention we will drift away. 
* Failing to hold on to the word (the gospel) is described in verse 3 as “neglecting a great salvation.?
* If we are careless listeners or if we neglect the Word the Bible says we will be disciplined by the Father.(12)
* An example of potentially drifting is given by the apostle Paul in the book of Galatians.

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Bible Institute: Canonicity - Class #1
Springville Road Bible Institute -

This is the first lesson in a study of canonicity a study of from where we get our Bible.  Knowing that the Bible is the Word of God is important and as Christians we need to know how the Bible came  together, how it was written and if it is complete. Your instructor is Elder David Nichols.

How We Got Our Bible:
1. We define Canonicity as a rule of faith.
2. The word Bible comes from the Greek word Biblos.
3. A Testament is a covenant, agreement, promise.
4. The fourfold Old Testament is based on a topical arrangement of books stemming from the translation of the Hebrew scriptures into Greek.
5. Our Bible is not chronological.
6. The Septuagint was translated by 70 Hebrew scholars in Alexandria, Egypt around 250 B.C.
7. Christ is the central theme of the Bible.
8. Chapters were added in 1227 A.D.
9. Verses were added in 1551 A.D.
10. Chapter divisions and verses are not inspired by God, only the scriptures are.
11. Inspiration literally means God breathed.
12. Inspiration  may be defined as “God controls the written using the writer’s vocabulary to deliver a message free from error.
13. The orthodox view teaches the Bible is the Word of God.
14. The modernistic view teaches the Bible contains the word of God.
15. The Neo (new) orthodoxy view teaches the Bible becomes the Word of God.
16. We believe that inspiration is always:
      A.  Verbal which means literal   
      B.  Plenary which means full         and
      C.  Inerrant – without any errors

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Bible Institute: Romans - Class #4
Springville Road Bible Institute

This is the Fourth lesson in a study of the book of Romans.  This week we begin Romans Chapter 2 and review for the first exam.

The Textbook used in the class is the Smart Guide to the Book of Romans
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Text: Hebrews 1:4-14

Is Jesus most prominent in your life today?  In this section the author of Hebrews makes the case for Christ and his preeminence and while angles are important they are subordinate to Christ.

1) Jesus has the greater title.
2) Jesus has the greater position - he is to be worshiped angels are not.
3) Jesus is sovereign - He will demonstrate his authority at his second coming.

He will be enthroned. God has anointed him and he is the eternal creator who never changes.

Note: Please excuse the poor audio quality during the first minute of the sermon as there was a problem with the Pastor's microphone that was quickly repaired.
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Text: Hebrews 1:1-3


As we continue our study in the book of Hebrews the question that leaps from the first three verses must be considered and certainly was in the minds of the believing Jews. The question is:  What argument exist that proves Jesus is greater than the prophets of old?

1. His relationship to the Father
2. His Resume'

a) He has inherited all things.
b) He created all things.
c) He is God.
d) He sustains.
e) He was the perfect sacrifice.
f) He has a position of authority and exaltation.

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Bible Institute: Romans - Class #3
Springville Road Bible Institute

This is the Third lesson in a study of the book of Romans.  This week we complete Romans Chapter 1.

The Textbook used in the class is the Smart Guide to the Book of Romans
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Text: Exodus 7:13-17; Phil. 1:6; Psalm 73:12-20

Listen as Dean Self brings us a message about the will of the Lord. 

God will 1) Cause things to happen  or 2) Allow things to happen. While man has responsibility ( see the example of Adam and Eve in the garden) we should never think that our choices will change or determine God's will (Phil. 1:6)

Examples:
1) Jonah - when we are out of God's will we have to "pick up the tab".
2) Joseph - While his brothers meant it for evil God meant it for good.
3) Pharaoh - He did not trust in the Lord and look at what happened!

If you harden your heart God will "super-size" it, but if you trust in the Lord then he will "tenderize" it.
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Bible Institute: Romans - Class #2
Springville Road Bible Institute

This is the second lesson in a study of the book of Romans.  This week we look at Romans Chapter 1.

The Textbook used in the class is the Smart Guide to the Book of Romans
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Text: Deuteronomy 6:4-23

As we experience the mercy of God we are able to pass on the things of God to our children. If we want our children to know about God then we must take time to:

1. Teach them
2. Not forget
3. Remember that you have a story to tell.
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Bible Institute: Romans - Class #1
Springville Road Bible Institute

This is the first lesson in a study of the book of Romans.  Your instructor is Elder Steve Bartlet. The class is  taught on Monday nights at 7:30 at Springville Road Community Church.

The Textbook used in the class is the Smart Guide to the Book of Romans
Direct download: Romans_001.mp3
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Text: Hebrews

The theme of the book o f Jesus is "Jesus is far better!".
While the author of the book is unknown it is inspired by God.
The recipients of the letter were Christians especially Jewish Christians.
Why was the book written?
1. To emphasize that Jesus provides a superior basis for relating to God. (Hebrews 10:19-22)
2. To emphasize the importance of encouraging one another. (Hebrews 5:11)
3. To challenge the readers cocerning the importance of maturing in the Christian life. (Hebrews 5:11-6:20)
4. To challenge the readers to draw near to God as the basis of endurance. (Hebrews 4:14-16)
5. To encourage the readers who at some point in the past faced significant persecution. (Hebrews 10:32-34; 12:4; 13:13-14)
6. To challenge the readers to assemble together on a regular basis. (Hebrews 10:25)
7. To encourage the readers to run the race looking especially to Jesus as the greatest example (Hebrews 11 thru 12:1-2)
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Text: Genesis 1-3

The book of Hebrews begins with God and in Genesis we see God from the beginning of the bible.  So before we jump into Hebrews let's look back first in Genesis.

We see God as:
1. Creator
2. Provider
3. Forgiveness

As we study Hebrews we need to look at the reality of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
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Text: John 6:39, I John 3:24;  4:13

A) The Holy Spirit teaches those belonging to Christ.

B) The Holy Spirit prays for those belonging to Christ.

C) The Holy Spirit conforms us to the image of Christ.

D) The Holy Spirit strengthens those who belong to Christ.

E) The Holy Spirit assures us that we belong to Christ
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Text: I Corinthians 11:23-34

As we look at the Lord's Supper let us consider the following:

1) Meditation - On the Lord Jesus. He gave thanks, His body was broken, and his Blood that had to be shed.

2) Examination - Assessing our Spiritual State.

3) Fellowship - To come together and Worship.
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Text: James 3:17

Listen as Dean Self brings us a practical message from the book of James.  Everyone wants to know what the right decision is.  How do you know what is right? James speaks about true wisdom coming from above. When making a decision do you have a pure motive? Is it a  peaceloving decision? Is it a reasonable decision? Does it show mercy and good fruit? Is it impartial? Is it Hypocrisy? Who gets the glory?
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Text: I John 3:4-10

Listen as Paster Thad continues our study into who belongs to Christ as we look at those who "Practice Righteousness".
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Text: Phil. 4:4-7

We tend to rejoice in man and his abilities but we need to fully depend on God. Listen as Pastor Thad shares one of his Grandfathers favorite sermons.
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text: John 6:39

Can a person lose his salvation? No because the father keeps those he has given to the son.  Listen as Pastor Thad explains this important subject.
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Listen as Youth Pastor Rob Caine speaks on fathers and our Heavenly Father.
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Text: John 6: 37

Man likes to think that he is in control but it is really God who controls all including life and death. In John 6:37 we read:

1) That salvation is of the Lord
2) There is security in Christ


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Text: John 6: 26

Don't Labor for food which parishes but rather for the food that endures to eternal life. What is this food? Jesus Christ! Listen and learn more.
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Text: John 6:35

Jesus is not just a provider but an abundant provider. " I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never hunger". Here we see complete satisfaction, something that nothing in this world can give. many people today see Christ as nothing but a problem solver.  In this passage we see that the people were only following him because he fed them.  Jesus told them that he had a food that would never run out.
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Text: 2 Timothy 4

No matter what we face we should be willing to take a stand for the truth of God's word. In 2 Timothy 4 Paul gives Timothy the formula for talking a stand.

1) We will see pressure
2) It involves endurance
3) Do the work of an evangelist
4) Fulfill your ministry

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Text: 1 Corinthians 15

Do you have hope? True hope is based on Jesus Christ; all other hope is false hope.  In 1 Cor. 15 we see the Gospel of hope.  In verse 3 "Christ died for our sins". The price that Christ paid for our sins was high.

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Text: Proverbs 3:5-6

There are many times in life when we must wait on the Lord.  We all want yes or no answers but there are times when when the answer is to wait.  We must learn to trust in God.  Listen as Paster Thad teaches on the Proverb that teaches us to Trust in the Lord and lean not on our own understanding. In this message an update is also given on the current status of Springville Road Church.
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Text: Revelation 3:20; I Thess. 5:12-22

This is the second message of a series looking at the Emerging Church Movement:

I. Definition - is a controversial 21st century Christian movement whose participants seek to engage postmodern people, especially those not already in the church. Their target age appears to be 18-35 year olds. Proponents call the movement an emerging "conversation" to emphasize its developing and decentralized nature. They tend to radically contextualize their methods and __message__ to impact a postmodern culture.

II. Values and Characteristics

A. They have a __Flexable__ approach to and continual reexamination of theology.
B. They rely on open dialogue rather than__dogmatic__proclamation of Scripture.
C. They have a __non-authoritative__ stance on the gospel of Jesus Christ.  don't believe making disciples must equal making adherents to the Christian religion.

"I do hope all who feel so called will become Buddhist followers of Jesus. I don't hope all Jews or Hindus will become members of the Christian religion." - Brian McLaren

D. They depend more on methodology than __Theology__.
E. They do not emphasize the importance of __leadership__within the church.
F. They suggest that Scripture is not clear enough to allow for clarity.

III. A Biblical Response for the Church

A. __Heed__the Warnings from Scripture (James 5:19-20; II John) we should "test all things" and we should "examine and cling".

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Text: Revelation 3:20; I Thess.. 5:12-22

This is the introductry message of a series looking at the Emerging Church Movement:

The Emerging Church is a movement that believes in dialog over doctrine.  In examining the scriptures is this approach wise or proper? The Emerging Church Movement is more concerned about experiencing God and not just sitting in a pew watching.  They have a nonauthoritative stance of the Gospel and a non-emphasis of Church leadership.  The Emerging Church Movement also believes in experience over reason.  Each of us will answer to the Lord. In Thessalonians we see that we should "test all things" and we should "examine and cling".

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The Example of Abraham
Text: Genesis 12

Listen to our guest speaker Nard Pugyao as he talks about Abraham and his willingness to obey God no matter the cost.  Nard shares examples from his own life and how he has learned to trust God and his work. Nard Pugyao a missionary from the Philippians who is currently serving with JAARS. Please vist Nard's website at http://www.isnag.org.You can also learn more about JAARS aviation at http://www.jaars.org/aviation04/avia_home.shtml.
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Text: John 20 - 21

Listen to the truth of the Resurrection from this Easter Sunday Service.  Is there enough celebration today about the resurrection of Christ?  Do we spend more time talking about our favorite team's big win than we do about our risen Lord? Do you find yourself asking just where the week has gone?  Have you gone days without considering the Lord and become consumed with your own plans?
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Text: 1 Corinthians 7:1-5

This is the 6th and concluding message of our series on the family.  There is a great danger for both the married and the single person with regard to sexual sin.  This was a major problem in the the early Corinthian Church but it is just as big a problem in the church today.  We need to remember that our bodies are joined and members of Christ and are a temple of the Holy Spirit. Consider the following three words as you listen:

1) Permanence
2) Responsibility
3) Authority
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Text: Jude 3-4; Gen. 2:15-16

We have a responsiblity to stand for the truth of God's word.  Today we are seeing Christaians fail in their mission to uphold the truth.  In the book of Jude we see where we are commanded to contend earnestly for the faith.  We need to be ready to give an account for the hope in us because we have a responsibility to hand down the truth of God's word.

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2 Timothy 2:2;  Phil. 2:1-5

Listen as Dean Self brings us a message from God's word.  Dean challenges us to be a mentor to others as well as to be willing to be mentored by others. "Commit these things to faithful men."
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Bob is currently serving as Assistant to the General Director for Ministry Strategy and Missionary Development at World Reach.  Bob and his wife Suzi's  primary focus will be providing pastoral care and support to World Reach missionaries.  They travel to each of the fields to become acquainted with each of the missionaries and the various challenges and stresses related to their ministry.  In addition to providing spiritual support to the missionaries and their families, they seek to assist each missionary with planning and goal setting for a more effective ministry.  While on the fields they are involved in teaching at World Reach mobile Bible Institutes and speaking in local churches.   Finally, they meet with each missionary on furlough and provide debriefing, counsel,  encouragement, and assistance.

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Text: Genesis 41

Tom graduated from Wheaton College in 1967; and Columbia Theological Seminary in 1969.  Mr. Cheely was ordained by the Knoxville Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in the United States in 1969.  He has served as senior pastor of several churches before becoming the Missions Pastor at Briarwood Presbyterian Church.  
    In addition to his responsibilities at Briarwood, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of JAARS, the technical arm of Wycliffe Bible Translators; as a member of the Board of Directors of ACMC (The Association of Church Missions Committees); and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Theological Seminary, where he served as Chairman of the Department of Missions.

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Missions Conference 2007: Kent Fuller
Listen to a quick update from Kent Fuller.  Kent and Marion are missionaries serving in Belize.
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Text: Leviticus 18; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; 1 Corinthians 5
This is the Fifth message in the Marriage Under Attack Series:
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Text: Romans 11:33-12:2

Are you presenting your body as a living sacrifice? Who knows the mind of God? Be transformed by the renewing of your mind through the reading and studing of his word.

Listen as Pastor Thad Blount shares his heart and testimony while warning the church about the dangers it faces today.

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Text: Mark 1:9-

While there is quite a bit of talk these days about investments, IRAs and 401K plans we need to ask ourselves about our investment in the Kingdom of God. As disciples of Christ we are to invest in the Kingdom by being fishers of men.
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Text: Ephesians 5:25-32

This is the Fourth message in the Marriage Under Attack Series:
There are many hurdles in marriage and one of them is is Love.

General Truths About Love

      1.  The __origin__ of love is from God.  (I John 1:7)

      2.  Love is declared to be a test of
            __discipleship__. (John 13:35)

      3.  Love is a major theme in Pauline literature.
            (I Thessalonians 1:3)

      4.  Love for God expresses itself in __obedience__.
            (I John)

      5.  There are two primary __verbs__ for love in the   
           New Testament.

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Text: Ephesians 5:17-24

This is the Third message in the Marriage Under Attack Series:
There are many hurdles in marriage and one of them is is Submission.

I.  General thoughts on SUBMISSION :
 
      A.  Submission is about your own heart.

      B.  Submission is not a statement of worth.
 
      C.  Submission is not easy.
 
      D.  Submission can be a measurement of
            Spiritual growth.
 
      E.  Submission does not appear as optional.
 
      F.  Submission implies a voluntary yielding.


II.  Instruction on SUBMISSION  :

   
      A. Submit to your own husband! (Ephesians 5:22)
         
    
      B. Submit as to the Lord! (Ephesians 5:22)        

   
      C. Submit as the church does to Christ! (Ephesians 5:24)


 

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Text: Genesis 3:7-14

This is the second message in the Marriage Under Attack Series:
In looking at coflicts which arise in marriage we need to go back and look at Adam and Eve and see were it all started.

Impact Sin had on Relationship:

1. There was _shame__ (7-11)
definition - to feel embarrased or inadequate; to have feelings of guilt.

 2.  There was _blame__(12-14)
definition - to place responsibility on; to find fault
with; to accuse.


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Text: Genesis 2:24

This is the First message in the Marriage Under Attack Series:

Questions to consider:

Is your husband too _dependant_ on his parents?

Are your husband's parents too __
involved____ in your marital life?

Why is it important to ____
leave and cleave____?

What are potential consequences in not __obeying___ God?


What does it mean to leave?

The word for leave is translated __abandon____.  It also means to loosen or to leave behind.


What is the Lord saying in Genesis 2:24?

He is not telling the man to __disrespect___ his parents.

He is not telling the man to _ignore___ or __forget__ his parents.

He is telling the man to switch his __primary___ allegiance.

He is telling the man his primary ___help__ is no longer from his parents.

He is telling the man to be __glued_ to his wife.
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