They Shall Become One
Genesis 2:24: "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." God set forth His design for marriage early in Scripture. It dates back to the first man and woman, Adam and Eve. God created woman to be a companion to man, because it was not good for man to be alone. The world has deviated from that design time and time again. Mankind has practiced sexual immorality from early in mankind's history. We invite you to listen to a short sermon titled, They Shall Become One. It is a brief look at the sanctity of marriage and the dangers of worldly lusts.
The Future of the Church
The future of the Lord's church is secure in the care of God, but what can we do to strengthen the local church and help the spread of the gospel in the world? We invite you to listen to the last sermon in Neil Gilbert's series of lesson with us titled, The Future of the Church.
Are We Putting The Lord First?
Are we putting the Lord first, or are we allowing other things take the place He should hold in our lives? Neil Gilbert takes a look at this question in his sermon titled, Are We Putting The Lord First? We invite you to listen.
Contentment Parts 1 and 2
Neil Gilbert began a series of sermons today that will continue Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. We will meet each night on the lot east of the building at 81 Elgin Hills Drive in Rogersville, Alabama and invite you to join us if you are able. The first and second lessons are posted to our website for those who might want to listen online. Both lessons focus on contentment. We invite you to listen and hope you might join us for our series of studies.
What Shall I Do?
A lawyer came to Jesus in Luke 10 asking, insincerely the Bible tells us, what he should do for eternal life. Jesus answered with a question. He asked him what the law said and how did he read it? The lawyer understood what he read, and he answered wisely. He said the law called for one to love God with heart, soul, strength, and mind and to love one's neighbor as himself. Jesus approved his answer, but the lawyer asked further, "Who is my neighbor?" We invite you to reason with us from Scripture. Listen to a short sermon titled, What Shall I Do? It is currently available on our home page and will continue to be available on our sermons page.
The Servant of Another
The Bible speaks of the Lord God being able to make His servants stand. Romans 14:1-4 has Paul writing that we are not to judge one another regarding matters of conscience, in the context it is matters that are not doctrinal but stem from their past experiences before they were Christians. Some seem concerned that food purchased in the market might be from an unclean animal, while others seem concerned that the meat might have been sacrificed to animals. Paul says do not judge one another on such matters of conscience or one's scruples. God is able to make His servants stand. We invite you to listen to a short sermon about this thought titled, The Servant of Another. Find it on our sermons page and on our home page for a while.
Single Minded Service
Paul wrote of "this one thing" in his letter to the Philippian saints. He was single minded in his service to God. We invite you to listen to a short study of this idea and our need to be single minded in our service to the Lord as well. The lesson is titled, Single Minded Service, and may be found on our sermons page as well as our home page for a while.
Christ Will Meet You Where You Are
I saw a statement recently that declared, "Christ will meet you where you are." While that is true, it could also be twisted to mean something that is not true. The invitation is to all. God is no respecter of persons, but He is a discerner of hearts. One must go to Christ, seek the kingdom, learn of the Lord, and follow Him. We invite you to listen to a short sermon discussing the idea of Christ meeting us where we are. It is titled, "Christ Will Meet You Where You Are."
The Law of the LORD
The psalmist praised God's word and His words in Psalm 19:7-9, and he then speaks of its worth in Psalm 19:10-11. We invite you to listen to a short study of the the law of the LORD in Psalm 19:7-11 as we consider how God answers the human minds query, What's in this for me?
What Does The Lord Require?
We are living in a time of social unrest, political division, and moral decay. It is very much like many other times in history. The focus of the present distress varies from day to day between concerns about COVID-19, the general election in November, and now the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Ginsburg. Christians find themselves asking what God wants us to do through all of this. We invite you to listen to a short sermon that looks at that question as it is posed in both Micah and Deuteronomy. The sermon is titled, What Does The Lord Require?
Heed My Words
When Peter spoke to the assembled Jews at Pentecost in Acts 2:14, he called on them to heed or hearken to his words. His words were those given to him by inspiration. He and the other apostles had just been immersed in the Holy Spirit, and they were beginning to preach the glad tidings or the gospel. The words of the New Testament are the words of the gospel. The word of God was spoken through His Son and then through those inspired to speak and write His will for us. We invite you to listen to a short talk on the idea of heeding His words titled simply, "Heed My Words."
Hindrances to Salvation
Jesus warned about those who are a stumbling block to others: "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea" (Matt. 18:6). We must be careful not to dress, speak, or behave in any way that would cause another to stumble into sin. We must also be careful not to allow the behavior of others to cause us to stumble. We invite you to listen to a short sermon titled, "Hindrances to Salvation."
To Him Who is Able
As Paul concludes his prayer for the saints in Ephesus, he praises God who is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than we could ask or think in Ephesians 3:20-21. We have added a short study of the things God can and will do for us. We invite you to listen. The study is called, "To Him Who is Able." You can find it on our sermons page.
Hebrews 13:17 Submitting To Those Who Rule
Hebrews 13:17: "Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you." Paul sent Titus to the island of Crete to set in order the things that were wanting or lacking there, namely elders in the churches. And while the word elder can refer to people who are older and nothing more, here it refers to an office in the church because Paul includes specific qualifications for men who would be elders in Titus 1:6-9 and again in 1 Timothy 3:1-7. These men are referred to as bishops, overseers, elders, or shepherds in different passages and in different translations, but they are to watch out for the souls of the brethren, and the brethren are to be submissive. We invite you to listen to a short lesson titled, Obey Those Who Rule Over You on our sermons page.
The Pervasiveness of Sin
Paul wrote that all have sinned. Sin is a universal problem common to all people. Some in the world try to say that the Bible and its rules and its proclamation of the guilt of all underlies problems like drug abuse, alcoholism, and low self-esteem. But the Bible calls attention to our sin in the context of showing us that God gave His Son to die for us. The Bible is not the problem. Sin is the problem. We invite you to listen to a short Wednesday night Bible study titled, The Pervasiveness of Sin on our sermons page.
The Peace of God
Paul writes of the peace of God that surpasses understanding. For one to enjoy God's peace, God's word must be trusted and obeyed. Disciples must learn to prioritize correctly, learn contentment, learn an attitude of non-retaliation, accept God's forgivenenss, etc. We invite you to listen to a short lesson on Finding the Peace of God on our sermons page.
He Has Shown You
Our short Wednesday night Bible study is taken from Micah 6 where the prophet says that God had shown His people what was right and good. This was true then and remains true today. His word is truth, and His statutes are right. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for instruction in righteousness. We invite you to listen to this short study titled, "He Has Shown You."
How does this voyage end?
More than once during the Covid-19 pandemic, many have questioned when and how this will all end. The more important question for all of us concerns how this life will end for us. God says we will each die and then each one of us will be judged. The choices we make day to day can lead to a good end or a bad end. So, how does this voyage of life end for us?
Wednesday Night Study Colossians
The final study in our look at Colossians is available for those who cannot join us in person or for those who might like to study with us. Last week's study could not be converted for posting online, so this week's study includes a brief review of the beginning of Colossians 3. We hope you enjoy and are edified by this lesson.
A Return To Paganism
We sometimes think of paganism as a thing from ancient history, but the spirit of paganism is alive and well today. We invite you to listen to a short sermon that offers a brief explanation of modern paganism and warns against its dangers. The sermon is available on our sermons page and for a short time on our home page too.
The Lukewarm Church
All was not well with the church in Laodicea in the first century. The church thought it was, but Jesus sent word to them that He was not pleased with their zeal. In fact, they seemed to have lost their zeal completely. Jesus said, "So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth." If the church in Laodicea could become lukewarm and nauseating to the Lord, so can we. We invite you to listen to a short sermon titled, "I Will Vomit You Out of My Mouth," and think with us on these things. The sermon is available on our sermons page and for a while on our home page too.
Ye Do Err
Jesus told the Sadducees that they had erred in their beliefs about resurrection. He said they had erred because they did not know the Scriptures nor the power of God. God reveals Himself to us in His word as well as His will for us in Christ. We must study His word to know Him and to know His will so that we do not make the same kind of errors the Sadducees made and make it for the same reason - not knowing the Scriptures or power of God. We invite you to listen to a short sermon that discusses this topic. It is titled simply, Ye Do Err.
Set Your Mind On Things Above
Paul wrote, "If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God" (Col. 3:1-3). Have you contemplated what they means? How do we seek those things which are above? How do we set our mind on such things? We invite you to listen to a short sermon that considers that question. It is titled, "Those Things Which Are Above," and it is avialable on our sermon page.
Are We His Disciples?
Jesus sent His apostles into the world to make disciples of all nations. Disciples were later called Christians at Antioch. The question for each of us is whether we are His disciple? We can be doing the right things but doing them for the wrong reasons. The sermon titled, "Are We His Disciples?" is a look at how we might be failing in our discipleship. We invite you to listen.
If The Lord Will
Jesus prayed three times that the cross might not be His to bear, but His attitude was, "Thy will be done." James teaches us to include God's will in all our plans, acknowledging success depends on, "If the Lord will." We see the apostle Paul dealing with God's will on his second missionary journey. We invite you to listen to a short sermon that looks at this idea and how we need to learn the attitude that truly says, "Not my will, but Thy will be done."