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Sunday Sermon Notes

  • “FIFTY YEARS OF REFLECTION” | PSALM 39:4-7 | 1/7/24
    Some say age is only a number … but Came across this incredible passage in Psalm 39 Exposition of text in 39:4-7 Powerful, profound, penetrating 50 years of ministry reflection I. GRATITUDE I Peter 5:10 No substitute for a wonderful family II. LIFE IS SHORT James 4:13-17 Seems like it was just yesterday III. SALVATION IS OF THE LORD Jonah 2:9 Didn’t know a lot of doctrine … IV. JESUS CHRIST IS MY ALL IN ALL Romans 12:1-2; II Cor. 1:20; II Cor. 5:17 V. ALL OF IT … IS OF GRACE Eph. 2:8-9 Psalm 37:23-25 No matter what the years may hold, we can TRUST God always!
  • “PERILOUS TIMES” | II TIMOTHY 3:1-15 | 1/14/24
    “Last days” = period of time between the first coming and the second coming of Christ Biblically defined, yes, we are living in the last days Context of II Timothy 3 “perilous” = hard, harsh, difficult, fierce, violent Jesus in Matthew 24:21-24 I. PERILOUS TIMES 3:1-4 V. 2 lovers of self Lovers of money Disobedient to parents Lovers of pleasure more than God II. FALSE RELIGION TIMES 3:5-7 Difference between true religion/false religion? III. DAYS OF FAITH TIMES 3:8-12 Note verse 10 > follow IV. DAYS OF PERSEVERING TIMES 3:13-14 Must continue to abide V. ELECT GATHERING TIMES Matthew 24:29-31
  • “THE BURDEN OF HABAKKUK” | HABAKKUK 3:17-19 | 1/21/24
    Name = one who embraces God Lived during a spiritually dead time H assured the people of three things: H assures people of God’s mercy H says the Lord will send Messiah H prayed for perseverance in a troubled time I. A MAN WITH A BURDEN 1:1-4 Burdened for his nation and its people II. A MAN OF FAITH 2:1-3 A simple and plain message II. A MAN OF HOPE 2:14 Learn to wait on the Lord IV. A MAN OF WORSHIP 2:18-19 V. A MAN OF PERSEVERANCE 3:17-18 VI. A MAN OF PRAYER
  • “DECEIVED” | II CORINTHIANS 11:1-4 | 1/28/24
    Did you know that you can believe in Jesus and still go to hell? Can attend church and pray and still go to hell? Bible says you can … because we are easily deceived! If Satan deceived Eve in paradise, then he also Can easily deceive us Belief AND repentance are required for salvation! Satan does it by taking a verse and claiming it to the exclusion of other verses Turn to Acts 16:22-32 > great example Philippine jailer had a unique experience He repented and believed v.25 Matthew 1:21 > “FROM their sins.” Philippine jailer had fruit > vv.32-34 Repentance is repudiation and forsaking of sin Isaiah 55:7!
  • “5 QUESTIONS > SAME ANSWER!” | ROMANS 3:19-26 | 2/4/24
    What would it mean to you to know that: 1. All your sins —— every one — are forgiven? 2. That God is holy and not angry with you any more? 3. To have a heart that is as inclined to God as the old one was inclined to sin? 4. That every trial and heartache is ordained by God Himself? 5. That old age, illness and death is the best thing that could ever happen to you? Learn to look to Christ alone because you will like yourself better because of what you see!!!! I. MAN IS GUILTY 3:19 3 marks of repentance > George Whitefield II. GOD IS GRACIOUS 3:20-25 Something that God does all by Himself: freely III. GOD IS JUST 3:26 And the Justifier of the ungodly How can He do that? in Lord Jesus Christ!
  • “7 UNCHANGEABLE TRUTHS” | JOHN 8:20-51 | 2/11/24
    Immutability of God = God never changes His truth is eternally true! Psalm 90:1-2 and Malachi 3:6 and James 1:17 Everything is always changing but God never does Because He never changes - His truths never change! Context > 8:20-23 1st TRUTH > BELIEF > JOHN 8:24 2nd TRUTH > ABIDE > V.31 3rd TRUTH > FREEDOM > VV. 32-36 4th TRUTH > SACRIFICE > VV.37-39 5th TRUTH > LOVE FOR JESUS > VV.40-42 6th TRUTH > UNABLE TO LISTEN > VV.43-45 7th TRUTH > OBEDIENCE > VV.48-51 What is your relationship to these unchanging truths?
  • "THE OLD RUGGED CROSS” | GALATIANS 6:1-18 | 2/18/24
    Context of Galatians 6 — key verse is v.14 The very first man, Adam, walked with God But something awful happened when sin entered Sin impacted his mind, will and affections He lost his relationship with God Man will worship something ... That is why the Cross is so important I. SYMBOL OF DEATH Luke 9:23 and I Peter 2:9 II. OFFENSIVE TO MAN Why? labels him as a hell-deserving sinner III. OLD CROSS IS FEARLESS Cross brings hatred & persecution The old rugged cross leads home! It is not easy but it leads to glory!
  • “THE GREAT FOUNDATIONS OF GOD” | PSALM 11:1-7 | 2/25/24
    Civil foundation of USA is the U S Constitution It defines us as Americans and our rights Those rights and protections really come from God He has also given us a spiritual foundation It is sure, stedfast and secure Civil foundations can be destroyed Spiritual foundations cannot ever be destroyed They will never be destroyed! I. THE FOUNDATION OF CREATION Psalm 33:6-9 II. THE FOUNDATION OF THE BIBLE Isaiah 40:7-8 III. THE FOUNDATION OF CHRIST II Timothy 2:19 IV. THE FOUNDATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD I Peter 5:10 These foundations are secure and everlasting They find their origin in God Our faith and hope is built upon these foundations!
  • “SHEEP WHO HAVE STRAYED” | ISAIAH 53:6 | 3/3/24
    Context of Isaiah 53 … Many people, perhaps most people Believe they can get along pretty good Without God; however, Our greatest needs are not physical but spiritual Sin has impacted our entire being Rom.3:10-19 I. MAN THE SINNER HATES GOD "Let God run the world I will take care of me” II. MAN THE SINNER HATES HIS FELLOWMAN Matt. 22:34-40 Families shooting each other; fighting III. MAN THE SINNER HATES HIMSELF Looking our for #1 > me, myself and I Man has a terminal illness or does he? The only answer is the Lord Jesus Christ
  • “A WORM, A SNAKE AND TWO GOATS” | MARK 15:34 | 3/10/24
    You cannot ever overestimate the significance of the Cross Must be clearly seen from a Biblical perspective We must use its language and symbols I. A WORM Mark 15:34 and Psalm 22 Psalm 22:4-6 is a critical passage Admits the unthinkable Messiah became as a “worm” II. A SNAKE Numbers 21:4-9 Takes us deeper into the Gospel Almost everybody hates snakes A powerful picture of the Cross III. TWO GOATS Leviticus 16 1st Goat = slain as a sin offering 2nd Goat = the scapegoat 3 pictures that speak of the Cross Gives us a clear picture of the death of Christ!
  • “A CURSE, A COVENANT AND A CUP” | GALATIANS 3:10-13 | 3/17/24
    The Galatians were being encouraged to chart a new course Paul would have none of it Strong words about the Gospel in 1:6-9 A Gospel that sets men free to live in power and liberty He stood in our place as our substitute I. A CURSE V.10 Cursed = abominable, detestable, abhorrent You are either blessed or cursed Compare with Deuteronomy 27 and 28 II. A COVENANT See II Timothy 1:9-10 and Titus 1:1-2 God made many covenants One with Jesus Christ is the most important III. A CUP Luke 22:14-20 and 26-27 The bitter cup of divine wrath Divine wrath that fell on Him should have been on us Message of the cross seen in a curse, a covenant and a cup!
  • "MOST IMPORTANT DAY IN WORLD HISTORY | I PETER 2:21-24 | 3/24/24
    What is the most significant event in world history? Discovery of fire? Invention of the wheel? What about in American history? Lots of historical markers ... None greater than the day Jesus Christ died on Calvary! All kinds of strange phenomena took place that day! I. HIS DEATH WAS VOLUNTARY V.23 Willingly, joyfully, voluntarily He went John 2:18-25 and 10:17-18 II. HIS DEATH WAS VICIOUS V.21 Cruel, vile, brutal, bloody III. HIS DEATH WAS VICARIOUS V.24A He gave Himself FOR us The just for the unjust IV. THIS DEATH WAS VICTORIOUS V.24B Over sin, death, Hell and the grave! I Cor. 15:22, 54-57
  • “IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH?” | II CORINTHIANS 5:1-10 | 3/31/24
    Context of II Cor 5 ... We have seen lots of advances in almost every area of life but one No advances in the mystery of life after death Where do we look for answers? What do you believe about the future? Only place to turn is the Bible! I. DISTINCTION BETWEEN BODY AND SOUL Body = Soul = 3 kinds of death: physical, spiritual and eternal II. DEFINITION OF THE INTERMEDIATE STATE = period of time between the death and resurrection of the body = Not the final state What are they doing now? III. DECLARATION OF THE COMING OF CHRIST This is when the best comes Resurrection, reunion, rewards, rejoicing! There is life after death!
  • THE ASCENSION OF CHRIST | ACTS 1:9-11 | 4/7/24
    When the resurrection was over What did Christ do? Where did He go? Where is He now? What is He doing? Why is that so important? I. THE CONSUMMATION JOHN 17:4-5 The end of His earthly ministry Mission completed II. THE EXALTATION EPH.1:20-23 Went back to glory from which He came Honor, authority and power III. THE INTERCESSION HEBREWS 4:14-16 Interceding on our behalf Representing us before Father IV. THE PREPARATION JOHN 14:1-6 Preparing a place for His people Only for those who believe and repent
  • “SINS THAT PLAGUE THE SOUL” | I TIMOTHY 1:12-17 | 4/14/24
    Do you find it easy to forget “little sins?” and hard to forget the “bigger” ones? Some sins are really hard to forget They make us blush, cringe and feel shameful Is it that way with you? We sometimes wonder “did God really forgive me?” The only way to deal with such is to recognize I. THE NEED FOR FORGIVENESS We have a need to be forgiven Our sins HAVE offended God Often we allow our feelings to control us II. THE NATURE OF GOD Your doctrine of God is critically important Too often treat God as if he is just a big man In God’s eyes, no sin is big or small Our real problem is sin, not sins III. THE NAME OF JESUS Look back to the Cross!
  • "KEPT" I JOHN 5:11-15 | 4/21/24
    Always a need for a good babysitter Mature, responsible, trustworthy Our Lord has promised to "keep” us John 17:11-12 That assurance produces certain Christian convictions I. WE ARE HEARD BY GOD 5:14-15 God always answers our prayers Key > “according to His will” ii. WE ARE LIBERATED FROM SIN 5:18 From sin's dominion and control III. WE ARE PROTECTED FROM SATAN 5:18 Lord protects us from the Devil _ Luke 21:31-32 IV. WE ARE DISTINCT FROM THE WORLD 2:15-17; 5:19 A world under the influence of Satan V. WE ARE UNITED TO CHRIST 5:12-13, 20 Christ in me, the hope of glory
  • “THE PATH TO CONTENTMENT” | PSALM 90:14 | 4/28/24
    Way too many are living discontented lives Think that the solution is always “more" If we had more of this or that The only thing we need more of is found in God Psalm 90 is a prayer of Moses I. SATISFY US V.14A = abundance and plenty It IS God’s will that you be satisfied II. EARLY VV.14B In the morning when we face the day Never know what a day may bring forth III. WITH YOUR MERCY V.14C = steadfast love, lovingkindness Where do you look for real satisfaction? IV. THAT WE MAY REJOICE … VV.14D = a singing joy “all our days” = good and bad A glorious word from the Lord
  • “THE FUTURE OF SOUTHPORT CHURCH” | ACTS 2:40-47 | 5/5/24
    Arkwright Baptist was part of a mill community Known first as Arkwright Baptist Church Then became Arkwright First Baptist Church We became Southport Church in 2014 Led by some good men and women Church has survived because of the following 4 principles I. PRIMACY OF THE WORD OF GOD 2:22-24, 36-37, 40 Nothing we do is MORE important What saith the Word of the Lord? II. PREACHING AND TEACHING AS THE STRUCTURAL BACKBONE Look in v.40 Let the main thing BE the main thing! III. PURITY OF LIFE 2:38-39 Not perfect people but forgiven people Holy = Different and separate IV. PRE-EMINENCE OF THE CHURCH 2:42-43, 47 Look in Colossians 1:16-18 and Ephesians 3:20-21 God has done a wonderful thing The future of Southport Church will be predicated upon obedience to these 4 principles!
  • "THE LOVE OF JESUS FOR HIS MOTHER” | JOHN 19:19-27 | 5/12/24
    Today we honor our mother and we honor The Lord Jesus who designed, created and blessed it Testimony of Henry J Heinz of Heinz 57 His godly mother had a tremendous influence on him Jesus Christ had a unique relationship with His mother I. AT HIS BIRTH LUKE 1:26-27 Can you even imagine? Only one woman could be the mother of Jesus! II. iN HIS LIFE LUKE 2:40-52 Jesus was taught the Scriptures Look in Luke 2:52 Who taught Him? III. ON THE CROSS JOHN 19:26-27 John was the disciple Jesus was in pain and agony And He remembered His mother! Mary was an integral part of His life!
  • “SAVING FAITH” | II TIMOTHY 1:8-12 | 5/26/24
    Gospel is the most profound truth given to man Context When expounded Gospel causes conflict: 1. Work of God FOR us 2. Not according to our works 3. According to His purpose and grace 4. Confirmed by Christ 5. Who has abolished death In prison for preaching THAT gospel! I. DEFINITION OF SAVING FAITH V.12B Not what but WHOM! Salvation is found in a person Stop all the isms and preach Christ II. DETERMINATION OF ASSURANCE V.12B Must be willing — and He is Must be able — and He is To do what? to deal with my sins III. DECLARATION OF FAITH V. 12B-14 Knowledge > assurance > commitment No secret disciples

Wednesday Night Bible Study Notes

  • “FIFTY YEARS OF REFLECTION” | PSALM 39:4-7 | 1/7/24
    Some say age is only a number … but Came across this incredible passage in Psalm 39 Exposition of text in 39:4-7 Powerful, profound, penetrating 50 years of ministry reflection I. GRATITUDE I Peter 5:10 No substitute for a wonderful family II. LIFE IS SHORT James 4:13-17 Seems like it was just yesterday III. SALVATION IS OF THE LORD Jonah 2:9 Didn’t know a lot of doctrine … IV. JESUS CHRIST IS MY ALL IN ALL Romans 12:1-2; II Cor. 1:20; II Cor. 5:17 V. ALL OF IT … IS OF GRACE Eph. 2:8-9 Psalm 37:23-25 No matter what the years may hold, we can TRUST God always!
  • “PERILOUS TIMES” | II TIMOTHY 3:1-15 | 1/14/24
    “Last days” = period of time between the first coming and the second coming of Christ Biblically defined, yes, we are living in the last days Context of II Timothy 3 “perilous” = hard, harsh, difficult, fierce, violent Jesus in Matthew 24:21-24 I. PERILOUS TIMES 3:1-4 V. 2 lovers of self Lovers of money Disobedient to parents Lovers of pleasure more than God II. FALSE RELIGION TIMES 3:5-7 Difference between true religion/false religion? III. DAYS OF FAITH TIMES 3:8-12 Note verse 10 > follow IV. DAYS OF PERSEVERING TIMES 3:13-14 Must continue to abide V. ELECT GATHERING TIMES Matthew 24:29-31
  • “THE BURDEN OF HABAKKUK” | HABAKKUK 3:17-19 | 1/21/24
    Name = one who embraces God Lived during a spiritually dead time H assured the people of three things: H assures people of God’s mercy H says the Lord will send Messiah H prayed for perseverance in a troubled time I. A MAN WITH A BURDEN 1:1-4 Burdened for his nation and its people II. A MAN OF FAITH 2:1-3 A simple and plain message II. A MAN OF HOPE 2:14 Learn to wait on the Lord IV. A MAN OF WORSHIP 2:18-19 V. A MAN OF PERSEVERANCE 3:17-18 VI. A MAN OF PRAYER
  • “DECEIVED” | II CORINTHIANS 11:1-4 | 1/28/24
    Did you know that you can believe in Jesus and still go to hell? Can attend church and pray and still go to hell? Bible says you can … because we are easily deceived! If Satan deceived Eve in paradise, then he also Can easily deceive us Belief AND repentance are required for salvation! Satan does it by taking a verse and claiming it to the exclusion of other verses Turn to Acts 16:22-32 > great example Philippine jailer had a unique experience He repented and believed v.25 Matthew 1:21 > “FROM their sins.” Philippine jailer had fruit > vv.32-34 Repentance is repudiation and forsaking of sin Isaiah 55:7!
  • “5 QUESTIONS > SAME ANSWER!” | ROMANS 3:19-26 | 2/4/24
    What would it mean to you to know that: 1. All your sins —— every one — are forgiven? 2. That God is holy and not angry with you any more? 3. To have a heart that is as inclined to God as the old one was inclined to sin? 4. That every trial and heartache is ordained by God Himself? 5. That old age, illness and death is the best thing that could ever happen to you? Learn to look to Christ alone because you will like yourself better because of what you see!!!! I. MAN IS GUILTY 3:19 3 marks of repentance > George Whitefield II. GOD IS GRACIOUS 3:20-25 Something that God does all by Himself: freely III. GOD IS JUST 3:26 And the Justifier of the ungodly How can He do that? in Lord Jesus Christ!
  • “7 UNCHANGEABLE TRUTHS” | JOHN 8:20-51 | 2/11/24
    Immutability of God = God never changes His truth is eternally true! Psalm 90:1-2 and Malachi 3:6 and James 1:17 Everything is always changing but God never does Because He never changes - His truths never change! Context > 8:20-23 1st TRUTH > BELIEF > JOHN 8:24 2nd TRUTH > ABIDE > V.31 3rd TRUTH > FREEDOM > VV. 32-36 4th TRUTH > SACRIFICE > VV.37-39 5th TRUTH > LOVE FOR JESUS > VV.40-42 6th TRUTH > UNABLE TO LISTEN > VV.43-45 7th TRUTH > OBEDIENCE > VV.48-51 What is your relationship to these unchanging truths?
  • "THE OLD RUGGED CROSS” | GALATIANS 6:1-18 | 2/18/24
    Context of Galatians 6 — key verse is v.14 The very first man, Adam, walked with God But something awful happened when sin entered Sin impacted his mind, will and affections He lost his relationship with God Man will worship something ... That is why the Cross is so important I. SYMBOL OF DEATH Luke 9:23 and I Peter 2:9 II. OFFENSIVE TO MAN Why? labels him as a hell-deserving sinner III. OLD CROSS IS FEARLESS Cross brings hatred & persecution The old rugged cross leads home! It is not easy but it leads to glory!
  • “THE GREAT FOUNDATIONS OF GOD” | PSALM 11:1-7 | 2/25/24
    Civil foundation of USA is the U S Constitution It defines us as Americans and our rights Those rights and protections really come from God He has also given us a spiritual foundation It is sure, stedfast and secure Civil foundations can be destroyed Spiritual foundations cannot ever be destroyed They will never be destroyed! I. THE FOUNDATION OF CREATION Psalm 33:6-9 II. THE FOUNDATION OF THE BIBLE Isaiah 40:7-8 III. THE FOUNDATION OF CHRIST II Timothy 2:19 IV. THE FOUNDATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD I Peter 5:10 These foundations are secure and everlasting They find their origin in God Our faith and hope is built upon these foundations!
  • “SHEEP WHO HAVE STRAYED” | ISAIAH 53:6 | 3/3/24
    Context of Isaiah 53 … Many people, perhaps most people Believe they can get along pretty good Without God; however, Our greatest needs are not physical but spiritual Sin has impacted our entire being Rom.3:10-19 I. MAN THE SINNER HATES GOD "Let God run the world I will take care of me” II. MAN THE SINNER HATES HIS FELLOWMAN Matt. 22:34-40 Families shooting each other; fighting III. MAN THE SINNER HATES HIMSELF Looking our for #1 > me, myself and I Man has a terminal illness or does he? The only answer is the Lord Jesus Christ
  • “A WORM, A SNAKE AND TWO GOATS” | MARK 15:34 | 3/10/24
    You cannot ever overestimate the significance of the Cross Must be clearly seen from a Biblical perspective We must use its language and symbols I. A WORM Mark 15:34 and Psalm 22 Psalm 22:4-6 is a critical passage Admits the unthinkable Messiah became as a “worm” II. A SNAKE Numbers 21:4-9 Takes us deeper into the Gospel Almost everybody hates snakes A powerful picture of the Cross III. TWO GOATS Leviticus 16 1st Goat = slain as a sin offering 2nd Goat = the scapegoat 3 pictures that speak of the Cross Gives us a clear picture of the death of Christ!
  • “A CURSE, A COVENANT AND A CUP” | GALATIANS 3:10-13 | 3/17/24
    The Galatians were being encouraged to chart a new course Paul would have none of it Strong words about the Gospel in 1:6-9 A Gospel that sets men free to live in power and liberty He stood in our place as our substitute I. A CURSE V.10 Cursed = abominable, detestable, abhorrent You are either blessed or cursed Compare with Deuteronomy 27 and 28 II. A COVENANT See II Timothy 1:9-10 and Titus 1:1-2 God made many covenants One with Jesus Christ is the most important III. A CUP Luke 22:14-20 and 26-27 The bitter cup of divine wrath Divine wrath that fell on Him should have been on us Message of the cross seen in a curse, a covenant and a cup!
  • "MOST IMPORTANT DAY IN WORLD HISTORY | I PETER 2:21-24 | 3/24/24
    What is the most significant event in world history? Discovery of fire? Invention of the wheel? What about in American history? Lots of historical markers ... None greater than the day Jesus Christ died on Calvary! All kinds of strange phenomena took place that day! I. HIS DEATH WAS VOLUNTARY V.23 Willingly, joyfully, voluntarily He went John 2:18-25 and 10:17-18 II. HIS DEATH WAS VICIOUS V.21 Cruel, vile, brutal, bloody III. HIS DEATH WAS VICARIOUS V.24A He gave Himself FOR us The just for the unjust IV. THIS DEATH WAS VICTORIOUS V.24B Over sin, death, Hell and the grave! I Cor. 15:22, 54-57
  • “IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH?” | II CORINTHIANS 5:1-10 | 3/31/24
    Context of II Cor 5 ... We have seen lots of advances in almost every area of life but one No advances in the mystery of life after death Where do we look for answers? What do you believe about the future? Only place to turn is the Bible! I. DISTINCTION BETWEEN BODY AND SOUL Body = Soul = 3 kinds of death: physical, spiritual and eternal II. DEFINITION OF THE INTERMEDIATE STATE = period of time between the death and resurrection of the body = Not the final state What are they doing now? III. DECLARATION OF THE COMING OF CHRIST This is when the best comes Resurrection, reunion, rewards, rejoicing! There is life after death!
  • THE ASCENSION OF CHRIST | ACTS 1:9-11 | 4/7/24
    When the resurrection was over What did Christ do? Where did He go? Where is He now? What is He doing? Why is that so important? I. THE CONSUMMATION JOHN 17:4-5 The end of His earthly ministry Mission completed II. THE EXALTATION EPH.1:20-23 Went back to glory from which He came Honor, authority and power III. THE INTERCESSION HEBREWS 4:14-16 Interceding on our behalf Representing us before Father IV. THE PREPARATION JOHN 14:1-6 Preparing a place for His people Only for those who believe and repent
  • “SINS THAT PLAGUE THE SOUL” | I TIMOTHY 1:12-17 | 4/14/24
    Do you find it easy to forget “little sins?” and hard to forget the “bigger” ones? Some sins are really hard to forget They make us blush, cringe and feel shameful Is it that way with you? We sometimes wonder “did God really forgive me?” The only way to deal with such is to recognize I. THE NEED FOR FORGIVENESS We have a need to be forgiven Our sins HAVE offended God Often we allow our feelings to control us II. THE NATURE OF GOD Your doctrine of God is critically important Too often treat God as if he is just a big man In God’s eyes, no sin is big or small Our real problem is sin, not sins III. THE NAME OF JESUS Look back to the Cross!
  • "KEPT" I JOHN 5:11-15 | 4/21/24
    Always a need for a good babysitter Mature, responsible, trustworthy Our Lord has promised to "keep” us John 17:11-12 That assurance produces certain Christian convictions I. WE ARE HEARD BY GOD 5:14-15 God always answers our prayers Key > “according to His will” ii. WE ARE LIBERATED FROM SIN 5:18 From sin's dominion and control III. WE ARE PROTECTED FROM SATAN 5:18 Lord protects us from the Devil _ Luke 21:31-32 IV. WE ARE DISTINCT FROM THE WORLD 2:15-17; 5:19 A world under the influence of Satan V. WE ARE UNITED TO CHRIST 5:12-13, 20 Christ in me, the hope of glory
  • “THE PATH TO CONTENTMENT” | PSALM 90:14 | 4/28/24
    Way too many are living discontented lives Think that the solution is always “more" If we had more of this or that The only thing we need more of is found in God Psalm 90 is a prayer of Moses I. SATISFY US V.14A = abundance and plenty It IS God’s will that you be satisfied II. EARLY VV.14B In the morning when we face the day Never know what a day may bring forth III. WITH YOUR MERCY V.14C = steadfast love, lovingkindness Where do you look for real satisfaction? IV. THAT WE MAY REJOICE … VV.14D = a singing joy “all our days” = good and bad A glorious word from the Lord
  • “THE FUTURE OF SOUTHPORT CHURCH” | ACTS 2:40-47 | 5/5/24
    Arkwright Baptist was part of a mill community Known first as Arkwright Baptist Church Then became Arkwright First Baptist Church We became Southport Church in 2014 Led by some good men and women Church has survived because of the following 4 principles I. PRIMACY OF THE WORD OF GOD 2:22-24, 36-37, 40 Nothing we do is MORE important What saith the Word of the Lord? II. PREACHING AND TEACHING AS THE STRUCTURAL BACKBONE Look in v.40 Let the main thing BE the main thing! III. PURITY OF LIFE 2:38-39 Not perfect people but forgiven people Holy = Different and separate IV. PRE-EMINENCE OF THE CHURCH 2:42-43, 47 Look in Colossians 1:16-18 and Ephesians 3:20-21 God has done a wonderful thing The future of Southport Church will be predicated upon obedience to these 4 principles!
  • "THE LOVE OF JESUS FOR HIS MOTHER” | JOHN 19:19-27 | 5/12/24
    Today we honor our mother and we honor The Lord Jesus who designed, created and blessed it Testimony of Henry J Heinz of Heinz 57 His godly mother had a tremendous influence on him Jesus Christ had a unique relationship with His mother I. AT HIS BIRTH LUKE 1:26-27 Can you even imagine? Only one woman could be the mother of Jesus! II. iN HIS LIFE LUKE 2:40-52 Jesus was taught the Scriptures Look in Luke 2:52 Who taught Him? III. ON THE CROSS JOHN 19:26-27 John was the disciple Jesus was in pain and agony And He remembered His mother! Mary was an integral part of His life!
  • “SAVING FAITH” | II TIMOTHY 1:8-12 | 5/26/24
    Gospel is the most profound truth given to man Context When expounded Gospel causes conflict: 1. Work of God FOR us 2. Not according to our works 3. According to His purpose and grace 4. Confirmed by Christ 5. Who has abolished death In prison for preaching THAT gospel! I. DEFINITION OF SAVING FAITH V.12B Not what but WHOM! Salvation is found in a person Stop all the isms and preach Christ II. DETERMINATION OF ASSURANCE V.12B Must be willing — and He is Must be able — and He is To do what? to deal with my sins III. DECLARATION OF FAITH V. 12B-14 Knowledge > assurance > commitment No secret disciples
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