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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  • 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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  • Jul 3, 2016Faith That Sees Everlasting Life | John 3:22-36
    Jul 3, 2016
    Faith That Sees Everlasting Life | John 3:22-36
    Series: I AM
    I AM sermon-01
    This Sunday we move on to the next section of John 3 and finish up the chapter. Here we learn about one of John the Baptist's great statements about Jesus being greater. John proclaims that in order for Christ to be greater he must be lesser, or John must decrease in order for Christ to increase. John affirms that he is not the Christ but continues to point to the one who is the Christ and that believing in him we can have eternal life and security from the wrath of God.
     
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  • Jun 26, 2016VBS Family Sunday | The Everlasting Way
    Jun 26, 2016
    VBS Family Sunday | The Everlasting Way
    Series: VBS
    We just had a great week of VBS where we learned that Jesus sees, knows, and loves us. This Sunday we looked at our key verse from VBS to see how Jesus leads us in the everlasting way. It is only by the work of Jesus Christ on the cross that he can remove any offensive ways in us and lead us in the everlasting way. We must repent and believe in Jesus in order to receive his gift of salvation, and to recognize him as Lord to lead us in the everlasting way.
     
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  • Jun 26, 2016A Night’s Lesson: Part 3 | John 3:1-21
    Jun 26, 2016
    A Night’s Lesson: Part 3 | John 3:1-21
    Series: I AM
    I AM sermon-01
    We finish up the story of Jesus and Nicodemus highlighting the fact that we are condemned because our nature is to love the darkness rather than the light. We avoid so many things in life that show us the light because we have chosen to run away from the light and hide in the darkness. It is only through the work of Christ that he exposes the darkness and brings us into the light.
     
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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 19, 2016A Night’s Lesson: Part 2 | John 3:1-21
    Jun 19, 2016
    A Night’s Lesson: Part 2 | John 3:1-21
    Series: I AM
    I AM sermon-01
    This Sunday we tackle again John 3:1-21. Samuel focused on the fact that we are condemned unless we believe in Christ. It is only faith in Christ that we can receive eternal life, that we can be born again to see the Kingdom of God. Luckily, God has so loved the world that he has given his son that we don't have to be condemned. 
     
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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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  • Jun 12, 2016A Night’s Lesson: Part 1 | John 3:1-21
    Jun 12, 2016
    A Night’s Lesson: Part 1 | John 3:1-21
    Series: I AM
    I AM sermon-01
    We pick in the third chapter of John which tells us about the story of Nicodemus. This passage explains that no one can see the Kingdom of God (=God's saving rule and reign over his people) unless they are born again, that is, spiritually resurrected.
     
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  • Jun 5, 2016We Believe in Observing Baptism & The Lord’s Supper
    Jun 5, 2016
    We Believe in Observing Baptism & The Lord’s Supper
    Series: We Believe
    we believe sermon series
    We believe in practicing the only two ordinances of the church; baptism and the Lord's Supper. These ordinances are symbols of the gospel and our unity as a church. Baptism shows a believer who has died in a death like Christ but who has been raised to walk in a new life following Jesus all their days. The Lord's Supper is for those who are baptized believers that they may take part in a memorial meal for what Christ has done by having his body broken and his blood poured out for his people.
     
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  • Jun 5, 2016The Faith That Jesus Believes | John 2:23-25
    Jun 5, 2016
    The Faith That Jesus Believes | John 2:23-25
    Series: I AM
    I AM sermon-01
    We pick up John again this week as we finish out chapter 2 and move on to chapter 3. We learn the issues that keep us from having deeper faith in God. Deeper faith can only come from God as he brings spiritual life into a person through the Spirit of God. Miracles, signs, and wonders are not sufficient to ground our faith in Jesus, we need God to work his sovereign grace in our life.
     
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  • May 29, 2016We Believe Salvation Culminates in an Eternal Glorified State
    May 29, 2016
    We Believe Salvation Culminates in an Eternal Glorified State
    Series: We Believe
    we believe sermon series
    We believe that the end state of every believer will be a glorified state that occurs when we die and go to be with the Lord. Though we will endure pain and suffering in this world, it ultimately doesn't compare to the eternal weight of glory that is waiting for all who trust in Jesus. As we grow through sanctification, glorification becomes the next and final step in the process of salvation.
     
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  • May 22, 2016The Fellowship of Joy Divine | Philippians 1:1-21
    May 22, 2016
    The Fellowship of Joy Divine | Philippians 1:1-21
    Dr. Pitts from the Long Run Baptist Association comes to preach one more time at Ralph Avenue before his retirement. Dr. Pitts has served as the interim pastor of RABC two times before and was involved in the selection of bringing Samuel here as the pastor. Thank you Dr. Pitts for everything you have done!
     
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  • May 22, 2016The Resurrected Temple | John 2:12-22
    May 22, 2016
    The Resurrected Temple | John 2:12-22
    Series: We Believe
    I AM sermon-01
    This Sunday we go through an important passage of John that tells of Jesus going into the temple during the Passover to drive out the money changers who were making the temple to be a business rather than a house of prayer. Jesus is confronted to explain his behavior to which he responds with an astounding statement that if the temple is torn down he will rebuild it in three days. John let's us know that he was not speaking of the temple building when he said this, but of his own body. Jesus is going to raise himself from the dead showing his victory as the King who has inaugurated his promised Kingdom.
     
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  • May 15, 2016We Believe Salvation Includes Growth in Grace
    May 15, 2016
    We Believe Salvation Includes Growth in Grace
    Series: We Believe
    we believe sermon series
    We Believe that salvation includes sanctification, meaning that we as believers become more holy and more like Christ. We believe that this is a life-long process be which we responsibly cooperate with God as he works in us and we seek to obey him in everything. Not only has God saved us and declared us to be righteous but he is making us righteous as we continue to follow him every day of our lives.
     
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  • May 8, 2016We Believe Salvation Includes Full Acquittal Part 2
    May 8, 2016
    We Believe Salvation Includes Full Acquittal Part 2
    Series: We Believe
    we believe sermon series
    We Believe that Salvation includes the full acquittal of sinners based on the perfect righteousness of Christ. We stand condemned before God as flesh can never satisfy the law's demands. Praise God that Christ is the propitiation (mercy seat) for all who trust in him!
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