Monday, March 24, 2014

A Critical Challenge to the Church (Trailer)

Watch, listen or download the full message by Colin Mercer here.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Did you know?

St. Patrick wasn’t Irish. He was born in mainland Britain.
His real name wasn’t Patrick. It was Maewyn Succat. Pope Celestine gave him the name Patrick later in his life, and we still know him by that name today.
St. Patrick was kidnapped by Irish Pirates from what is now known as Wales when he was 16 and sold as a slave in Ireland.
While enslaved, something special happened to Patrick. He said, “It was there that the Lord opened the understanding of my unbelieving heart, so that I should recall my sins, and turn with all my heart to the Lord, my God.”
After six years of slavery, during which he became a Christian, St. Patrick escaped from Ireland.
When back in Britain, St. Patrick was called to return to Ireland as a missionary with a message.

Patrick’s Message


When Patrick was in slavery, he came to know Jesus Christ as his Savior. He realized that he was not just a slave to the Irish, but also a slave to sin. We, too, are slaves to sin. The Bible says, “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” and “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin” (Romans 3:23; John 8:34). We have all lied or stolen something, had bad thoughts or meant ill to our fellow man. We have all sinned.


Patrick was separated from his homeland, but he was also separated from God because of his sin. “Your iniquities have separated between you and your God” (Isaiah 59:2). We are also separated from God because of our sins.


Patrick realized he could be saved from the consequences of his sin by placing his faith in Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day so that we can be saved.
Patrick did not trust in any of his own efforts for salvation—he trusted in Jesus Christ alone. “By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).


After Patrick became a Christian and received new life in Christ, he escaped from slavery in Ireland. This led to new opportunities. Later, when he was in Britain, he was sent as a missionary. Where? Back to Ireland! Jesus was sent here to give us new life. He said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31) — As Patrick was!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Do You Have A Burden For The Lost?

Excerpt from the message "God's Faithful Word" on Romans 9:1-5 by Pastor Ron Bridge of Rehoboth Baptist Church given on March 20, 2011

Download the mp3 or listen to the full sermon here

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Examine Yourselves (2 Corinthians 13:5)

Watch, listen or download the full message by John McKnight here.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Church Growth Strategies or The Gospel?

I have noticed a couple of local Baptist churches have adopted several church growth strategies in order to attract people into the church. It's like a blueprint that seems to be spreading. Some of these strategies include a name change, different types of community involvement, aesthetic improvements, etc.. Not that any of these things are inherently bad, but they are worldly efforts and strategies to increase numbers and hence produce false converts. John MacArthur explains how the transcendence of the Gospel to change lives through the power of the Spirit grew the early church and is the same means today by which it must grow.

Watch, listen, download or read the full message: Marks of Real Church Growth by John MacArthur here.