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SERMON: Marks of a Mature Church | Colossians 2:1–7

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Marks of a Mature Church | Colossians 2:1–7
Colossians: The All-Sufficiency of Christ, Brian Hubbard

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SERMON: Understanding What Comes Next | Hebrews 10:24–25; Romans 12:3–8

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Understanding What Comes Next | Hebrews 10:24–25; Romans 12:3–8
New Members Sermon Series | Shaun Marksbury | Grace Bible Church
Sunday Morning Service | June 16, 2019

We close our series for prospective members today with a call: Whatever reason you have for attending a church, allow the Word of God to inform it.  In Scripture, we find that God wants us to be committed and participating members of a local church.  Let’s break that fact down and consider each point.  As we do, you’ll find that we are not only reviewing everything we learned together until this point, but we’re also applying it to what your next steps ought to be.

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Today, we’re finishing our series for new members.By way of review, we started with the question of baptism and then we talked about what our church teaches.Then, for the past two weeks, we gave an overview of the distinctive markers of our church. Hopefully, this has served as a good overview of what you need to know as well as hel…

Christians Seeking Racial Reconciliation: A Quick Word

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This world is fractured along many lines due to sin.  Christians, however, because they walk in repentance, do not need to dwell with the same separations, whether they be racial or otherwise.  The unity experienced between the Jews and Gentiles in the mystery of the Christian church is our guide.

Peter O'Brien in his commentary notes, "The believers’ unity is described rather surprisingly. It is the unity of the Spirit, that is, a unity which God’s Spirit creates, and is not the readers’ own achievement. It already exists, hence the admonition to ‘maintain’ it. Believers certainly do not create it, but are responsible to keep it."
Peter Thomas O’Brien, The Letter to the Ephesians,  The Pillar New Testament Commentary  (Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1999), 64.
We need to simply believe and maintain the unity that we already have in the gospel.  We don't need to create a false sense of unity by, for instance, taking a census of the racial composition o…

SERMON: Understanding Our Distinctives, Part 2 | Various Texts

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Understanding Our Distinctives, Part 2 | Various Texts
New Members Sermon Series | Shaun Marksbury | Grace Bible Church
Sunday Morning Service | June 9, 2019

We're continuing our series for new members. Last week, we began giving the broad strokes of our distinctive markers, and we're finishing that today, covering gender roles, evangelism and apologetics, spiritual gifts, biblical counseling, youth involvement, end times, and grace itself.

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Manuscript (PDF): We are continuing our series for new members.  We started the first week with the question on baptism.  Next, we talked about what our church teaches.  As that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about a church, last week, we began looking at the distinctive markers of our church.
We aren’t going into detail regarding these markers, seeking instead to give you the broad strokes.  As we said last week, you will want to listen to the distinctive series eventually.  Still, there’s one marker above all else w…

The Unspectacular Service that Pleases the Lord

When the Lord warns of false converts, He predicts that they will claim great acts of service.  In Matthew 7:22-23, He says, "Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’  And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ "

Many people are under the false impression that service of any kind pleases the Lord.  Yet, as Isaiah 64:6 says, even our righteous deeds are like filthy rags.  No one will be saved by their good works (Eph 2:8-9).

Still, the Lord has created believers for good works (Eph 2:10).  Interestingly, the good works He prepares in Christians are not always banner or newsworthy, contra the false converts in Matthew 7.  Consider the kind of ministry Jesus speaks of in Matthew 25:31–46.

Giving food to a hungry believer.Giving drink to a thirsty believer.Being hospitable to a believer we haven’t met before.Givi…

SERMON: Understanding Our Distinctives, Part 1 | Various Texts

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Understanding Our Distinctives, Part 1 | Various Texts
New Members Sermon Series | Shaun Marksbury | Grace Bible Church
Sunday Morning Service | June 2, 2019

A statement of faith doesn’t answer every question about what you can expect from a church you’re going to join.  As such, about a year ago, we engaged in a sermon series on the distinctive qualities of Grace Bible Church.  Today, we give an overview of the first seven of those points, saving the remaining seven for next week.  We discuss the role of Scripture in our church, the sovereignty of God in salvation, Lordship salvation, a biblical view of public worship, church government, church membership, and finally, church discipline.

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We are continuing our series for new members.The first item on a new Christian’s checklist is baptism, so we started this series talking about that.Whether you are a new Christian getting baptized or someone transferring to another church, it’s vital to understand what theo…