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December 30, 2018 – Elder Bryce Lowrance begins preaching in chapter three of Colossians. He considers the things that hinder us in our obedient walk and urges us all to look at what’s hindering or distracting us in our service to Him and one another. Turning back to the book of Colossians, Brother Bryce goes verse by verse to explain how we seek those things which are above. Knowing that the redemptive work has been finished and “Christ sitteth,” Brother Bryce makes clear from verse one that we’re called upon to seek heavenly things as a thankful response to His redemptive work. While we may be able to see God in His creation, the second verse makes clear to us that we’re to set our affection on Him and not His creation. Brother Bryce continues through the following verses to establish that charity will always remain, that we will go immediately with Him into glory when He appears again, and that we should do certain things in the meantime. To that end, Brother Bryce notes that the remaining verses tell us to recognize the bad things we’re doing and stop doing them. Knowing that God’s grace has saved us eternally and we can walk in liberty, Brother Bryce explains some of the Apostle Paul’s instructions on how to do what’s right. In conclusion, he notes that of all the traits we are called to “put on,” we should remember that while those traits are our individual responsibility, we have to be doing them to someone else.
December 9, 2018 – Elder John Forehand preaches a sermon beginning in John 14 and explains through the context of Chapter 13 why Jesus said “Let not your heart be troubled.” He goes on to recount the conversations of Peter with Jesus Christ, first when Peter tries to follow the Lord, cannot, and is troubled and later on when Jesus Christ tells him to follow Him. Going back to Chapter 14, Brother John discusses Jesus’ statement that “I am the way” and the many benefits of believing in God.
December 2, 2018 – Elder Craig Lanier preaches a sermon concerning the faith displayed in Hebrews chapter 11, especially focusing on verse 35. He recounts the times in the old testament when women of faith in the old testament looked to the Lord for resurrection of a loved one. Knowing the great joy they must have experienced when that happened, Brother Craig notes how they still looked to a better resurrection and a Messiah they hadn’t seen yet with their own eyes. Considering their great faith despite the Messiah having not come into the world yet, how much more should we rejoice knowing that our Lord came and will come to take us home? How much more should we praise His name and serve Him knowing we have the liberty to do so?
November 25, 2018 – Elder Bryce Lowrance preaches a sermon concerning David’s psalm about the house of the Lord in chapter 122. He begins by considering how the gladness of David is also captured in Isaac Watts’ hymn “How did my heart rejoice to hear” that was just sung by the congregation. Brother Bryce goes through each verse of Psalm 122 to establish what the church of the Lord Jesus Christ ought to be. He explains that we should rejoice in knowing that we get to go into the very throne room of God every Sunday, noting that David and the saints going to Jerusalem were excited to go despite not even being able to go into the holiest parts of the tabernacle. He continues through the psalm, adding that we are in Christ Jesus and should be compacted together in fellowship like Jerusalem mentioned in verse three. He also considers the Apostle Paul’s description of the church in Ephesians chapter four. He establishes how we should have a thankful heart in worship, that we should glorify our Lord and Savior, and that we should love and serve our brothers and sisters in Christ.
September 23, 2018 – Brother Bryce considers the example of trust in God shown by Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego when they were thrown in the burning, fiery furnace as told in Daniel chapter 3. The three men refused to bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s false gods and the golden image, and instead they declared their trust in God to deliver them despite not knowing exactly what would happen. Then he goes to the example given by the Apostle Paul in the book of Philippians. Paul trusts in the Lord and preaches Jesus Christ, despite knowing that he will suffer. Considering such great examples of trust in the Lord, Brother Bryce preaches how their examples should provide encouragement for us to keep our eyes on the Lord despite the storms that will come. He also explains just what is meant in Philippians chapter 4 verse 22 where it is written “All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household.”
September 22, 2018 – Elder Bryce Lowrance begins in 1st John chapter 4, preaching that we should love more, serve others, and “quench not the Spirit” by loving one another and others more and in different ways. He notes how the chapter teaches how we need to examine how God “so loved” us, adding that we should love because the Lord commands us to love—not because our love makes any difference as to whether someone goes to heaven or hell. Knowing these things, Brother Byrce preaches that understanding God’s love and the exhortation for us to love one another more can give us further understanding of the purpose of the gospel.
September 2, 2018 – Elder Bill Torrance preaches a sermon concerning the fundamental doctrines of the church and the comfort found in knowing that the Lord’s church has such precious truth. He cites scripture to point toward the truths of total depravity, election, God’s sovereignty, salvation by grace, the effectual call, God’s everlasting love, and other precious doctrines. Knowing and believing these things, he also preaches how such precious truths should exhort us to deny ourselves, turn away from sin, and press into the Kingdom (the church of the Lord Jesus Christ here on Earth) and ultimately serve and glorify our Savior and Lord the much more.
August 26, 2018 Annual Meeting Sunday – Elder Kerry Lathrop preaches a sermon concerning justification by faith, starting in Romans chapter 5 verse 1 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” He notes that justification has to be rightly divided throughout scripture, but that we should always keep in mind that justification declares righteousness and does not perform the work that produces righteousness. Brother Kerry continues that the verse allows us to be thankful and lets us rejoice because our righteousness is the imputed righteousness through Jesus Christ. He then goes to add a fuller understanding of justification by faith and imputed righteousness by going back to the fourth chapter of Romans. Starting in the 18th verse, Brother Kerry preaches about the picture being presented, adding that understanding that the “imputed” righteousness mentioned in verse 22 is a mental reckoning wherein we understand more fully our righteousness through Him, how it is all to God’s glory, and that that knowledge should give us further peace with God.
August 26, 2018 Sunday Annual Meeting – Elder Josh Mason explores the lessons we can learn from two miracles that Jesus performed. In the miracle found in the Gospel ofJohn chapter two, Brother Josh examines the miracle of Jesus turning water into wine, giving particular attention to how the servants obeyed Jesus and witnessed the miracle firsthand. Concerning the miracle of Jesus calming the sea in chapter six, Brother Josh also uses Matthew chapter 14 to establish further context of what is taking place in the John chapter six. He notes that the disciples were weary from rowing for nine hours and were roughy halfway to Capernaum in the middle of the sea. In addition to Jesus declaring “It is I; be not afraid,” Brother Josh adds that Jesus miraculously delivered the disciples “immediately” to the land despite being in the middle of the sea.
August 25, 2018 Annual Meeting Saturday morning – Beginning in Hebrews chapter 8, Elder Josh Mason discusses covenants and testaments, explaining that the first covenant of Mosaic law was between God and man, and that because man was involved, there was fault in the covenant since the high priest could not offer the sacrifices in a manner to fully atone for sins and fulfill the law. In the new covenant, the contract is between the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost and did not rely on man. Brother Josh then goes on to speak of testaments, noting that under the new testament, the testator, Jesus Christ, needed to die for his children to receive the testator’s inheritance of eternal life. He also adds that the old testament and its covenant was fulfilled because Jesus Christ was the perfect sacrifice since he was born sinless and never sinned. He notes that Jesus was also the high priest, the mercy seat, and the temple where the sacrifice took place, and that Jesus Christ rising from the dead is our further proof that the law of the old testament was fulfilled and the sacrifice was accepted of the Lord. Knowing therefore that Jesus Christ secured our salvation, Brother Josh encourages us to praise His name, glorify our Father which is in heaven, and “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”
August 25, 2018 Annual Meeting Saturday morning- Elder Kerry Lathrop preaches from Psalm chapter 32 concerning how we can have a closer walk with God by letting our light so shine before men that they might see our good works and glorify our Father which is in heaven. He preaches that the first two verses in the chapter teach an ideal situation, pointing out that we should be happy that our transgression, specifically the guilt of it, is forgiven and covered through Christ even in this life. To contrast that “blessed” or happy state, the third and fourth verses show us how we often don’t go to Lord seeking forgiveness for sins now and how we can hinder ourselves from walking closer with God. In conclusion, Brother Kerry considers verse five’s lesson that we should acknowledge our sin unto God often so that we might have a closer walk with Him and experience the blessed assurances as found in the seventh verse.
August 24, 2018 Annual Meeting Friday night – Elder Josh Mason preaches a message concerning prayer, specifically three parables as found in the gospel according to Luke and the lessons that can be derived from each. Concerning the parable starting in chapter 11 verse 5, he speaks of the comfort found in knowing that prayer is heard by the Father and that the Father answers prayers. In the second and third parables found in chapter 18, we’re further instructed “always to pray, and not to faint,” as well as how to follow the example of the publican by approaching the Lord with humility when we pray.
August 19, 2018
Elder Jon Mizell preaches a sermon concerning Luke 9:22 when Jesus spoke about how He “must” suffer many things, be rejected, be slain, and be raised the third day. Brother Jon preaches about how those sufferings made Jesus perfect insofar as they made Jesus able to know our own frail sufferings, and that that should encourage us to go to Him when we’re suffering. He goes on to conclude that there are three things that must be concerning His children, that we must have been saved by Jesus, that we must be born again of the Spirit, and that we must be raised again in an incorruptible body. Knowing that those three things are all of the Lord, we should give thanks that he’s a powerful God that fulfilled all that He spoke of in Luke 9:22.
August 12, 2018 – Licentiate Shane Arnold preaches a sermon concerning patience and its importance to the child of God. He begins in Luke 21:19 ” In your patience possess ye your souls.” He notes how the verse is not supportive of the false doctrine of the perseverance of the saints, but rather that the verse means something else when you consider the Greek words and meanings for “patience” and “souls.” He notes that the patience mentioned means “cheerful endurance” and the “souls” mentioned means “your vitality, thoughts, etc.” He goes on to consider three things that the child of God faces that require patience as understood in the text.
July 29, 2018 – Elder Bryce Lowrance preaches a sermon beginning in the book of Acts 2:42. “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Concerning the verse, Bro Bryce goes on to preach about God’s definition for church, as well as what the Bible teaches a church ought to be and what it ought to teach. He also preaches concerning how a church ought to act with one another, toward the Lord, and toward the world around it.
July 22, 2018 – Elder Luke Hagler begins with comments on the importance of the church assembling as one body and how the individual members minister to one another as a part of that body. He then turns to a message concerning the “Purpose of the Church” and that the church should be the “pillar and ground of the truth” according to 1st Timothy 3:15. He goes on to explain that the church is to hold up the truth and the light that is Jesus Christ, adding that John 3:20 explains that there will be those do not like that light. He explains that the church is for the sheep and the lost sheep that need that light, and that 1st Corinthians 1:18 teaches that “the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”
April 1, 2018 – Elder Sam Bowen preaches a sermon concerning a picture given to us in Psalms 72:16 of His truth and how that truth is found in His church. He encourages the saints to be thankful for the Lord’s church and the valuable truth taught in it that the sinner is saved by grace and nothing else. He adds that the truth, the “handful of corn,” is found in the singing and the preaching of the gospel.
March 25, 2018 – Elder Josh Coker preaches a sermon from John 13:31-38 concerning Jesus’ “new commandment” that we love one another as Christ has loved us, going on to describe Jesus’ love and how other men will know us as Christ’s disciples by our love for one another. He cautions that our weak flesh struggles, but that we should look to lessons found in Chapter 14 and “let not your heart be troubled.”
March 18, 2018 – Elder Jabin James preaches a sermon from 2nd Timothy 1:6-7 that the Lord has not given us a spirit of fear, adding that we should consider what causes fear and what delivers us from fear. He goes on to examine biblical examples of those overtaken by fear when they focus on this world and their surroundings, as well as examples of those that don’t fear when they keep their eyes fixed on the Lord and His presence.
March 11, 2018 – Elder Paul Tuten’s recording is missing a large portion of the beginning of the sermon. We apologize for the inconvenience.
March 4, 2018 – Licentiate Shane Arnold preaches a sermon starting in Numbers 17. He preaches about God’s sovereignty in choosing Aaron’s rod, and he preaches how the account found in Numbers 17 should encourage us to look for the buds, the blossoms, and the fruit. He gave exhortation to not be hardened, dried-up sticks, lest our spiritual fruit not be seen by others. He added that evil is always present and can keep our buds, blossoms, and fruit from being seen and can also affect our fellowship with one another.
Frebruary 25, 2018 – Elder Luke Hagler preaches a sermon from Judges 15 concerning the account of Samson, stressing how Samson’s choices led to his suffering and that the Lord was yet still merciful on multiple occasions to Samson despite Samson’s disobedience. He notes the lessons we can learn when Samson cast aside the jawbone, adding that that same jawbone so easily cast aside was further blessed and that “there came water thereout” that revived Samson.
February 18, 2018 – Elder David Cothren preaches a sermon concerning the resurrection, specifically Job’s question in Chapter 14 concerning where is man when he dies. He goes on to explain that the soul and spirit are with the Lord, and man’s body will lay in the ground until the resurrection of the body.
February 11, 2018 – Elder Bobby Loudermilk preaches a sermon starting in Micah 5 concerning small things, unimportant things that mattered to the Lord.
February 4, 2018 – Licentiate John Morgan Owen preaches a sermon beginning in 1 Peter 4:12-14 and 2 Timothy 3:12 concerning suffering.
January 28, 2018 – Elder Joshua Mason begins in Philippians 2:12-13 and preaches a sermon concerning temporal salvation and how to study and understand scriptures about salvation to see whether those scriptures are referring to eternal salvation versus more temporal salvation here in this life.
January 21, 2018 – Elder Virgil Herrin preaches a sermon concerning the theme of “Eternal Hope.”
January 14, 2018 – Elder Bobby Loudermilk preaches a sermon concerning the gospel and and the instruction found in Acts 5 verse 20 to “Go, stand and speak.”
January 7, 2018 – Elder Ronnie Loudermilk begins in Acts 20 and preaches a sermon concerning Paul’s farewell message to the church at Ephesus.