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, 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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  • 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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  • Aug 7, 2016Believing Without Seeing | John 4:43-54
    Aug 7, 2016
    Believing Without Seeing | John 4:43-54
    Series: I AM
    I AM sermon-01
    This Sunday we finish the fourth chapter of John by examining the truth of believing without seeing. We live in a culture where we can only believe that which is visible, that which can be seen. Yet Jesus calls us to trust him and his word without any promise of any visible sign or miracle. We learned that we are truly blessed if we have not seen and yet have still believed. 
     
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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 24, 2016Thirsty For A Drink: Part 3 | John 4:1-42
    Jul 24, 2016
    Thirsty For A Drink: Part 3 | John 4:1-42
    Series: I AM
    I AM sermon-01
    We finish our last sermon on the story of the women at the well in John's Gospel focusing on how Jesus is the savior of the world. In this story once the women goes away to tell everyone about what Jesus had told her and confessing he was the Christ, others come to see Jesus and ask him to stay longer. Eventually the others who came to see Jesus starting to believe him to be the Messiah for themselves. This story really highlights the idea of racial reconciliation that Jesus comes to bring between Jews and Gentiles. Jesus Christ is indeed the savior of the world as he has come to save his people from their sins, not just the Jews but also the Gentiles who by faith trust in the work of Jesus on the cross.
     
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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 17, 2016Thirsty For A Drink: Part 2 | John 4:1-42
    Jul 17, 2016
    Thirsty For A Drink: Part 2 | John 4:1-42
    Series: I AM
    I AM sermon-01
    This Sunday we looked again at the story of the Woman at the Well but focused in on the middle part of the story. In this story we see the great power that Jesus has to know everything about this woman, and to know everything about us. This woman had a desire for water that would keep leaving her unsatisfied and coming to the well always for more water. We learn that Jesus as the Messiah sent from God has come to bring us living water so that we may be truly satisfied. Jesus as the Messiah is not only coming to bring living water but also to bring a change in how we worship because through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit dwelling in us it won't matter where we worship. The worship of the church doesn't happen when they meet in a certain building but when God's people come together and Jesus is with them.
     
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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 10, 2016Thirsty For a Drink: Part 1 | John 4:1-42
    Jul 10, 2016
    Thirsty For a Drink: Part 1 | John 4:1-42
    Series: I AM
    I AM sermon-01
    This Sunday we tackle most of chapter 4 where we read about Jesus and the woman at the well. Here Jesus meets with a woman that Jews did not associate with, Samaritans were seen as half-Jew and had theological differences with Jews. Yet, Jesus meets with her, he knows everything about her, and he tells her that he is the Messiah and that one day all those who follow the Messiah will not worship in one location but will worship God in Spirit and in truth.
     
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