This weekend, we will take a look at a very controversial subject from Scripture: predestination. This doctrine has been misunderstood and misrepresented for many years. What does this word mean in the context of Scripture? How does this impact our understanding of salvation? It is crucial that we understand this doctrine and can accurately explain the process of salvation to others. This weekend’s message is titled “CHOSEN.”
This weekend, we are moving forward through the book of 1 Peter. Peter is reminding his audience of the purpose of trials in this life. The Jewish people were no stranger to trials, but Peter wanted them to remember that ultimately, difficult situations help strengthen our faith by the grace of God. The title of this weekend’s message is “GENUINE FAITH.”
We’re taking a look at Psalm 138 this weekend, where David writes about the Word of God and its importance for our lives. It is the final authority, revealing to us more about who God is and what He is like than anything else. The title of the message this weekend is “THE EXALTED WORD.”
This weekend, we turn our attention to the importance of the Word of God being implanted in our hearts. When we memorize Scripture, we hide God’s Word in our hearts to keep us focused on Him when life tries to steal our attention. The implanted Word within us responds to the external Word when we sit under biblical teaching and preaching. Likewise, the external Word stirs the implanted Word within us and calls us to action. This weekend’s message is titled “DISCIPLESHIP: IMPLANTED.”
This messages marks the fourth installment in our series. Throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus spent time teaching His disciples and those around Him the importance of the Old Testament and the prophecies that had been fulfilled. Disciples should be established on the truth of the Bible. The title of the message this weekend is “DISCIPLESHIP 4: ESTABLISHED IN THE WORD.”
The book of 1 Peter in the New Testament encourages believers to remember that temporary suffering is an opportunity to make them more like Christ. He writes that, although this life is chaotic and uncertain, God’s Word is eternal and unchanging. It is only in the Bible that we can find peace, hope, and the answers to our deepest needs.
The final message is titled “BAD START, GOOD FINISH.” It will remind us that even though there were many bad starts in Abraham and Sarah’s family, they all finished well. In other words, you don’t have to start well in order to finish well. There is hope for everyone who is willing to let Christ take over.
In this episode, Pastor Abidan Shah focuses on first century techniques for interpreting Scripture. He addresses the three schools of thought related to biblical interpretation and how these are utilized today.
It’s great to be back home in the Good Ole USA! As you know, Nicole and I went on an educational tour of Israel. Words cannot describe how amazing this trip was! To name just a few of the highlights --
we sailed across the Sea of Galilee,
- we stood on Har Megiddo (Armageddon) which will be the site of the final showdown,
- we drove through the wilderness where the children of Israel wandered for 40 years,
- we prayed by the Western Wall
- and, among many many other places, we saw the Mount of Temptation near Jericho in the Judean desert.
This weekend I will preaching on the temptation of Christ in our series on the life of Christ. The message is titled "HOW TO DEAL WITH THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT."