Sermon audio now posted (find it here) for “Christ for the World” (Acts 14:1-18). In this message, Pastor Ben preaches that the world needs Christ. That is, all men have a knowledge of God, but by their nature they do not worship Him as God and turn to idols. Because of this, they are without excuse before Him and lost without a savior. Thanks be to God that in His grace and mercy He has provided One! This is the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
As Pastor Ben continues through Acts, we encounter the essential Christian doctrine of election (Sermon audio can be found here.). In the message titled “We’re the Children of God,” we see that God chooses His children. As a result of God’s sovereign choice in election, those whom he chooses are connected to Israel, recipients of the Promise, freed from the Law, and given faith in the Savior, Jesus. This knowledge has profound implications for the believer and is an energizing force in evangelism and worship. For the non-believer entering God’s kingdom, this doctrine motivates faith and repentance. Truly, this is a glorious doctrine to consider.
The ninteenth message in Pastor Ben’s series in the book of Acts is now available (here). In “The Gospel Confronts Heresy” (Acts 13:1-12), we are reminded that God opposes false teachers. The Christian must stand firm and speak the truth in love against false teaching, which always has an ulterior motive, twists the Word of God, and leads the deceived down the path to hell. Strong but necessary words for our age and culture!