Sep 25, 2016
We Believe in the Family | Part 3. God’s Design For Children
Series: We Believe
we believe sermon series
This Sunday we finish our last sermon in the We Believe series. We have looked at all the articles, sometimes having multiple sermons per article, and have finally reached the end. This Sunday we talk about God's design for children and how children are truly a blessing from the Lord. Even though our culture seems to look at children as an accessory to either have or get rid of, God sees children as a blessing and as an opportunity for discipleship. We also looked at the great joy of adoption and how we can pursue adoption of children since God has adopted us through Jesus Christ.
 
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  • Sep 25, 2016We Believe in the Family | Part 3. God’s Design For Children
    Sep 25, 2016
    We Believe in the Family | Part 3. God’s Design For Children
    Series: We Believe
    we believe sermon series
    This Sunday we finish our last sermon in the We Believe series. We have looked at all the articles, sometimes having multiple sermons per article, and have finally reached the end. This Sunday we talk about God's design for children and how children are truly a blessing from the Lord. Even though our culture seems to look at children as an accessory to either have or get rid of, God sees children as a blessing and as an opportunity for discipleship. We also looked at the great joy of adoption and how we can pursue adoption of children since God has adopted us through Jesus Christ.
     
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  • Sep 18, 2016We Believe in the Family | Part 2. Sexuality, Gender, Manhood, & Womanhood
    Sep 18, 2016
    We Believe in the Family | Part 2. Sexuality, Gender, Manhood, & Womanhood
    Series: We Believe
    we believe sermon series
    We began our 2nd part in what We Believe about the Family. We discussed the issue in our culture where feelings and experiences determine what truth is. It is the Scripture that we must interpret the world around us, especially when it comes to our views of gender and sexuality. God designed human beings to be either male or female with having full equality in their nature but having distinct, complementary roles. The Fall has given us a broken sexuality where we distort God's design but for those who trust in Christ we are being renewed after the image of God.
     
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  • Sep 11, 2016We Believe in the Family | Part 1. God’s Design For Marriage
    Sep 11, 2016
    We Believe in the Family | Part 1. God’s Design For Marriage
    Series: We Believe
    we believe sermon series
    This week we heard what We Believe about God's design for the family and looked specifically at marriage. In our culture the Biblical idea of marriage is under attacked. Our culture tells that marriage is about what makes us happy. We learned from Ephesians 5 that marriage isn't about our happiness but about serving the Lord and having marriage be a picture of the gospel. 
     
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  • Sep 4, 2016We Believe in Religious Liberty For All
    Sep 4, 2016
    We Believe in Religious Liberty For All
    Series: We Believe
    we believe sermon series
    This Sunday we talked about what We Believe about religious liberty. It may be a surprise to some but Baptists have historically always believed in religious liberty and always believed that their should be a separation between the church and the state. We have believed this because Scripture tells us that no government should impose a religion on to any person. All people must respond to the gospel individually and personally. This makes the proclaiming of the gospel extremely important to Christians, because people must hear the good news in order to respond personally to Jesus.
     
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  • Aug 28, 2016We Believe in Seeking Peace
    Aug 28, 2016
    We Believe in Seeking Peace
    Series: We Believe
    we believe sermon series
    This Sunday we learned what We Believe about War and Peace. We examined what Paul says in Romans 12 about living peaceably among men. We understand that in a fallen world where evil dwells there are wars which become part of our history. Truly, there are just ways to go to war and to use that as a way to restrain evil in our world, but we also learn that we ought to be seeking peace with all people as much as possible. However, true peace won't come until the Prince of Peace returns to make all things new.
     
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  • Aug 21, 2016We Believe in Making Christ Supreme
    Aug 21, 2016
    We Believe in Making Christ Supreme
    Series: We Believe
    we believe sermon series
    This Sunday we learned what We Believe about the Christian and the Social Order. Christians need to know how to act like Christians in a culture that is non-Christian. We learn that we must be speaking the truth to our culture but that we are to be patient to a world which doesn't understand the truths of the gospel. We trust that God alone can enlighten someone's mind to understand and respond to the gospel.
     
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  • Aug 14, 2016We Believe in Gospel Partnerships
    Aug 14, 2016
    We Believe in Gospel Partnerships
    Series: We Believe
    we believe sermon series
    This week we talk about what We Believe about Cooperation. Cooperation is what we are calling gospel partnerships becuase it is the gospel that brings different kinds of churches and ministries together to partner towards God's mission. This is why it is such a great thing for us at Ralph Avenue to be a part of the Southern Baptist Convention because we are able to partner with like-minded churches for the advance of God's Kingdom.
     
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  • Aug 7, 2016We Believe in Christian Education
    Aug 7, 2016
    We Believe in Christian Education
    Series: We Believe
    we believe sermon series
    This Sunday we hit on what We Believe about Christian Education. Christians are always on a journey to learn more about God and his word, and with a culture that is increasingly hostile to God's word, Christians must be ready to pursue all they can learn about the Bible to engage the culture. Education is something Christian's should have a deep passion for, because truth changes us, the gospel truth has changed us and we must proclaim this truth to the entire world in a reasonable and intelligent way. 
     
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  • Jul 31, 2016We Believe in Stewardship
    Jul 31, 2016
    We Believe in Stewardship
    Series: We Believe
    we believe sermon series
    This Sunday we went over what We Believe about Stewardship. We took a look at what it means for us to be stewards of things that God has given us, whether it is our money, time, or skills, everything we have comes from God as a gift. Truly everything we have is a gift from God and this is the motivation believers have to be cheerful givers and to give generously. We give because God gave to us, and most importantly, he gave us his son to die. It is the cross which puts into perspective our motivation and joy to give abundantly to God, the gospel mission, and to others. 
     
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  • Jul 24, 2016We Believe in The Great Commission
    Jul 24, 2016
    We Believe in The Great Commission
    Series: We Believe
    we believe sermon series
    This Sunday we learn what We Believe about Evangelism and Missions, or more specifically about the Great Commission. Instead of looking at Matthew 28, we turn to Matthew 22 where Jesus gives the parable of the wedding banquet. In this parable we see exactly the call we have as servants of the Lord to call all people to come to the wedding banquet of God. Servants who go and offer the invitation of wedding of not expected to have it easy because even the servants in the parable where killed by those they went to offer the invitation to. The Lord has called every Christian to the task of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ's death and resurrection with the lost.
     
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  • Jul 17, 2016We Believe God Will Bring the World to its Appropriate End
    Jul 17, 2016
    We Believe God Will Bring the World to its Appropriate End
    Series: We Believe
    we believe sermon series
    This Sunday we went over what We Believe about the End Times or what theology calls Eschatology. There are differing opinions about the End Times but we know that the Lord Jesus Christ will return, there will be a perfect judgement, believers will be brought into life with the Lord while unbelievers will be brought into death in Hell. We also considered the doctrine of Hell, a doctrine that is being abandoned by Christians, but a robust doctrine of Hell is what helps us to see how good the news of Jesus Christ coming to pay the punishment we deserve really is.
     
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  • Jul 10, 2016We Believe in Observing the Lord’s Day
    Jul 10, 2016
    We Believe in Observing the Lord’s Day
    Series: We Believe
    we believe sermon series
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    This Sunday we go over what We Believe about the Lord's Day. Here we seek to answer the questions for why we gather on a Sunday and what is the reason behind this. We learned that we gather on Sunday because of the resurrection, because the resurrection changes everything, including what day we worship the Lord. When Jesus rose from the dead proving he is the Messiah, the disciples and the early church lived in light of that. Since Jesus rose again on a Sunday the church of the Lord Jesus Christ met on Sunday to celebrate the resurrection by breaking bread, being taught from God's word, fellowshipping, praying, and supporting each other. While the original Sabbath represented the completion of God's created work, the Lord's Day represents the completion of God's redemptive work through Christ.
     
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  • Jul 3, 2016We Believe in the Kingdom of God
    Jul 3, 2016
    We Believe in the Kingdom of God
    Series: We Believe
    we believe sermon series
    This Sunday we tackled the statement from the BFM 2000 on the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God has been misunderstood for a long time and sometimes we can be too "Kingdom focused" and miss other important themes of Scripture. We learned that the Kingdom of God is God's rule and reign over the world. God exercises this reign generally since he is the creator of the world and particularly now as people submit themselves to his reign. God's plan is to fully bring the Kingdom of God to earth and restore this broken world that has opposed his reign. Christians share in Kingdom work as the proclaim the glories of Christ throughout the world.
     
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  • Jun 19, 2016We Believe in the Church, the Body of Christ
    Jun 19, 2016
    We Believe in the Church, the Body of Christ
    Series: We Believe
    we believe sermon series
    This Sunday we learned about what We Believe about the church. Jesus spoke about how he would build his church and give his people authority as they represent the Kingdom on earth. We learned that there are three marks of the church: 1. The right preaching of the Word, 2. The right administration of the Ordinances, and 3. The right practice of Church Discipline. These three marks define a true church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
     
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  • Jun 12, 2016We Believe in God’s Purpose of Grace
    Jun 12, 2016
    We Believe in God’s Purpose of Grace
    Series: We Believe
    we believe sermon series
    This Sunday we talked about what we believe about God's purpose of grace, dealing with some controversial issues like election and predestination. We understand that we have to have some doctrine of election because the Bible clearly teaches it. We believe that God has set his love upon his own people before the foundation of the world and has chosen them in Christ as Ephesians 1 tells us. God gives us great grace not because of who we are or what we have done but simply because God is a loving and gracious.
     
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