What has King Jesus come to do? Matthew 3:1–12 looks forward to the morning sermon on the coming Lord's Day. In these twelve verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us King Jesus has come to fit His people for glory with Him before pouring out His wrath in unquenchable fire.
The Cold-Water Committee from Judaea_11 Acts 15:1-35 The Life of the Apostle Paul Men from Judea (The Cold-water Committee) came to Antioch teaching the necessity of circumcision and keeping the Law. Paul and Barnabas disputed this, and the decision was made to send them to Jerusalem to talk with the apostles and elders. Along the way, Paul and Barnabas described the conversion of the Gentiles which caused great joy.
At Jerusalem Paul and Barnabas first reported to the whole church. When Pharisees who were believers said that circumcision and keeping the Law of Moses were necessary, the apostles and elders met to discuss the issue further. After much dispute, Peter spoke of how God chose him to be the first to preach the gospel to the Gentiles, how God acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, and how God made no distinction, purifying their hearts through faith. Peter thus questioned why they should put a yoke on the Gentiles that even they themselves were unable to bear. Rather, by the grace of the Lord both Jews and Gentiles could
be saved in the same manner. Barnabas and Paul again reported the miracles and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.James, the Lord's brother, offered Amos' prophecy in support of what Peter said. He then recommended they not trouble the Gentiles, but that a letter be written asking them to abstain from things offered to idols, blood, things strangled, and sexual immorality. The apostles and elders, with the whole church, agreed to send the letter, and to have Judas and Silas accompany Paul and Barnabas to confirm its authenticity.The letter,approved by the Holy Spirit,was delivered and received in Antioch.
On Pastor Greg's birthday, we discuss the observance and celebration of the annual anniversary of one's birth in light of Scripture. And we note the most important birth day that all who are born of "the flesh" must experience in "the spirit"!
Also Reference: Exodus 28:10, Romans 14:5
This week we continue our exposition of Paul's letter to Titus, focusing on Titus 1:6. Last week we saw that elders (pastors) are a gift of Christ to His church, whose function in part is to help the church be well-ordered. But what type of Christian can lead the church? That is the question we will start to answer in today's message. Do the same standards we expect of our leaders also apply to other Christians? Do we tend to create rules or qualifications that aren't found in Scripture? Can women be pastors? Does the way one's marriage and own home life are lived out impact whether or not he should be leading in God's house? Is marriage or having children even a mandatory requirement to shepherd a church? Join us for our sermon "The Pastoral Office (Part II)" as we seek to answer these questions and more!
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This sermon was delivered on September 17th, 2023, by Pastor Gustavo "Guga" Barros at Salem Reformed Baptist in Salem, Oregon.