What The Law Could Not Do – 8/6/17

Some individuals seek to justify their religious practices using the Law that God delivered to Moses. In so doing, they are seeking to follow that which was not intended for them today. The apostle Paul declared, “For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh” (Rom. 8:3). Note some things Continue reading What The Law Could Not Do – 8/6/17

Who Cares? – 7/30/17

Who cares? Maybe you have found yourself in a difficult situation and asked yourself that question. Have you ever felt as if no one cares? Perhaps most of have felt this lonely way at some time or another. We have felt as if no one cares what we are going through, how we are suffering, or about the tears we cry in secret. King David of old felt this way. He said, “Look on my right hand and see, for there is no one Continue reading Who Cares? – 7/30/17

Reflections On Preacher Training – 7/16/17

Another year of the Preacher Training Program here at Samaria has concluded. What a wonderful week it was! We had 22 students who came from seven different states (TN, FL, WV, OH, NC, WA, and IN) to take part in the classes. They studied hard throughout the week as they were being taught how to do “the work of an evangelist” (2 Tim. 4:5). Additionally, they did an excellent job presenting a sermon on Wednesday Continue reading Reflections On Preacher Training – 7/16/17

Preacher Training – 7/9/17

“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves Continue reading Preacher Training – 7/9/17

Barriers To Fruit Bearing – 7/2/12

We must bear the “fruit of the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22-23). However, there are many things that can be barriers to bearing fruit. What are some barriers to bearing fruit?

Not Walking In The Spirit: When we fail to walk in the Spirit (i.e. walking in the precepts the Spirit has revealed in the word), we cannot bear the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:16). Those who do not walk in the Spirit will be found walking “according to the dictates Continue reading Barriers To Fruit Bearing – 7/2/12

What Does The Scripture Say? – 6/25/17

Paul asked, “What does the Scripture say?” (Rom. 4:3). You’ll often hear talk about needing book, chapter, and verse for things taught and practiced. Why ask, “What does the Scripture say?”

Because This Was Jesus’ Appeal: Jesus often cited Scripture (cf. Lk. 4:21; Jn. 7:38). He also told people to “search the Scriptures” (Jn. 5:39). Jesus expected others to be concerned about Scripture, asking, “Have you not even read this Scripture” (Mk. 12:10). Continue reading What Does The Scripture Say? – 6/25/17