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SERMON: We Affirm Biblical Evangelism and Apologetics | 1 Peter 3:15

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WE AFFIRM BIBLICAL EVANGELISM AND APOLOGETICS
GBC DISTINCTIVE SERIES | 1 PETER 3:15 | JULY 8, 2018

One of our goals as a church is to help you mature, to help you know what you believe, so you won’t be uncomfortable with the idea of evangelism.  Our hope is that, as time goes on here, you’ll not only know the gospel or the message of Scripture, but also be able to explain it.  As you learn more about the Christ Who saved you, you’ll sanctify Him as Lord in your hearts, and then be able to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for your hope with gentleness and reverence.  This verse gives us this template.

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A common feeling among Christians is discomfort in speaking to others about their faith.  Many have unrealistic ideas about what it means, thinking that it must look the same for everyone or it’s not evangelism.  Others think it’s only the job of the paid ministers to preach the gospel.  What it often comes down to is a misunderstanding of t…

SERMON: We Affirm the Biblical View of Gender Roles | 1 Timothy 2:11–15

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WE AFFIRM THE BIBLICAL VIEW OF GENDER ROLES
GBC DISTINCTIVE SERIES | 1 TIMOTHY 2:11–15 | JULY 1, 2018


Understanding egalitarianism and complementarianism will help you interpret passages like the one we just read.  We can then see what gender roles may exist in the church, in creation, and in the covenant of marriage.  We will allow the flow of this passage to take us to others, and then we’ll even look at an overapplication of this teaching.  Let’s get started with the first two verses.

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We’ve touched on this subject a couple of already in the past out of necessity.  It is amazing how quickly bad thinking on this subject can infiltrate the church.  It seems that, with recent reported abuses in both the #MeToo and resultant #ChurchToo movements, Evangelicalism are more willing to compromise on our foundational principles in an attempt to show grace.  So, there are new calls within both the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) and the Southern Baptist Convention (S…

SERMON: We Affirm the Biblical Model of Church Discipline,” Matthew 18:15–20

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WE AFFIRM THE BIBLICAL MODEL OF CHURCH DISCIPLINE
GBC DISTINCTIVE SERIES | MATTHEW 18:15–20 | JUNE 24, 2018


God wants us to live our lives submitting to church discipline.  While it can be misapplied, it’s a command of our Lord here as well as a means of God’s blessing.  Committing to church discipline helps us deal with sin and resolve conflict in our church, striving to live at peace with one another (cf. Mt 5:9; Jn 17:20-23; Rm 12:18; Eph 4:1-3) and avoiding the involvement of the secular courts (cf. Pv 19:11; Mt 5:23-25; 18:15-20; 1 Cor 6:1-8; Gal 6:1).  It gives us great assurance when solid brothers and sisters affirm our commitment to the Word, and we know they’ll come alongside of us if we unwittingly or purposefully drift from a commitment to Scripture.  The goal is both peacemaking and holiness within the church with the Lord’s blessing.

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These are concepts that typically have a bad name in the Christianity.Two of those is I was trained to despise were t…