Oct 2, 2016
God Delivers from Chaos | Judges 1:1-7
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This Sunday we started our new series through the book of Judges. If you would like to see our pastor explain the outline of the book you can go to our blog. In this first sermon we pick up the story of the Bible from where Joshua ends. Joshua has died but people still need to be removed from the land. The Lord calls Judah to finish the task, to bring God's promises of a new land to Israel. We find out that Judah is pretty important in the Bible. David the king will come from Judah's line and so will Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ will come as the fulfillment of God's promises not only to deliver his people from chaos but also to give them a new land where there will be no more pain or chaos.
 
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  • Oct 2, 2016God Delivers from Chaos | Judges 1:1-7
    Oct 2, 2016
    God Delivers from Chaos | Judges 1:1-7
    life-in-chaos-01
    This Sunday we started our new series through the book of Judges. If you would like to see our pastor explain the outline of the book you can go to our blog. In this first sermon we pick up the story of the Bible from where Joshua ends. Joshua has died but people still need to be removed from the land. The Lord calls Judah to finish the task, to bring God's promises of a new land to Israel. We find out that Judah is pretty important in the Bible. David the king will come from Judah's line and so will Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ will come as the fulfillment of God's promises not only to deliver his people from chaos but also to give them a new land where there will be no more pain or chaos.
     
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  • Sep 25, 2016I AM the Bread of Life | John 6:22-40
    Sep 25, 2016
    I AM the Bread of Life | John 6:22-40
    Series: I AM
    I AM sermon-01
    This Sunday we talked about a major I AM statement of Jesus, that he is the Bread of Life. We all know what hunger and thirst feels like in our lives and we know that no matter how much we eat or drink we will at some point need more food and drink. Often times we are so concerned about the temporal things in life. The people talking to Jesus were concerned with the same thing and believed that the Manna that their fathers received came from Moses. Jesus had to show them that their food ultimately came from God and it is God who is sending them Bread from Heaven. Jesus comes to satisfy our deepest longings and to give us a thirst and hunger for him alone.
     
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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 18, 2016The Ultimate Storm Chaser | John 6:15-21
    Sep 18, 2016
    The Ultimate Storm Chaser | John 6:15-21
    Series: I AM
    I AM sermon-01
    This Sunday we looked at a very familiar story of Jesus walking on the water. We discussed two very important ideas in this passage: Jesus is the 'I AM' and we can trust him no matter the circumstances. Even when a dangerous storm was coming to destroy the disciples on the boat, the reality of Jesus being the 'I AM' brought comfort to their fear. We must respond by accepting Jesus for who he is as the 'I AM', and we can have hope that he calms our fears.
     
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  • Sep 11, 2016That Prophet | John 6:1-15
    Sep 11, 2016
    That Prophet | John 6:1-15
    Series: I AM
    I AM sermon-01
    This Sunday in John we looked at the famous story of jesus feeding the 5,000. We learned that we can't really understand this story without taking all of chapter 5 to understand the importance of what Jesus is doing and his connection to Moses. When Jesus feeds the 5,000 the people ask if this is the prophet that has come into the world. We can't know what that means unless we know about the promise that God gave when he said that there would come another prophet like Moses. Moses gave food in the wilderness to Israel and now Jesus is giving food to the 5,000 by his own power. Jesus shows himself to be the better Moses.
     
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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, 2016The Old Testament is All About Jesus | John 5:30-47
    Sep 4, 2016
    The Old Testament is All About Jesus | John 5:30-47
    Series: I AM
    I AM sermon-01
    This Sunday we talked about who is a witness of the Lord Jesus Christ. In this part of John we see the Jews questioning Jesus' authority and Jesus tries to show them that their are others who are witnesses of him. He especially wants them to understand that the entire Old Testament bears witness to who he is as the Messiah. The Jews were missing the point of Moses' teaching and that all of the Scriptures point to the fulfillment of the Messiah. The New Testament is the place where we learn about Jesus being that Messiah.
     
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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 28, 2016Two Resurrections | John 5:16-29
    Aug 28, 2016
    Two Resurrections | John 5:16-29
    Series: I AM
    I AM sermon-01
    This Sunday we studied more of John chapter 5 and saw how Jesus responded to the religious leaders who were mad at him for healing a man on the Sabbath. To make matters worse, Jesus equates himself with God and this makes the Jews want to kill him even more. They knew that for Jesus to say such a thing about himself was blasphemy if it wasn't true, but it also would mean that he would have divine authority. Moreover, Jesus talks about two kinds of resurrections, one to life and one to death. The reality is that if we trust who Jesus is and that he is indeed the Son of God, God in human form, then we can have confidence that we will have a resurrection to life.
     
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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 21, 2016Sin No More | John 5:9-15
    Aug 21, 2016
    Sin No More | John 5:9-15
    Series: I AM
    I AM sermon-01
    This Sunday we learned more about the story of the sick men waiting to be healed. Here we see that Jesus is the one who can make anyone broken whole again by his power. We see that when the Jews criticized the man for carrying his bed on the Sabbath that legalism kills while grace heals. We must not expect people to have all their life together perfectly in order to be a part of this church. We also learned from this story that the very power that makes us whole is also the power to change us to be made more holy. Jesus commanded the man to sin no more, and he commands the same to us.
     
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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 14, 2016Wilt Thou Be Made Whole? | John 5:1-9
    Aug 14, 2016
    Wilt Thou Be Made Whole? | John 5:1-9
    Series: I AM
    I AM sermon-01
    This week we get to the 5th chapter of John. In this section of Scripture we learn about the sick man that Jesus heals. In all the healing sections of John we see the faith of those whom Jesus heals. This is a pattern for all those who come into contact with Jesus and his word, we must trust him completely. It is becuase of our sin and the sin which effects this world that we are broken people. We often do cry out at times and ask how can I be made whole? Luckily, the Bible points us to the only person who can make us whole, Jesus Christ.
     
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