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April 14, 2019 – Elder Bryce Lowrance continues preaching from the book of Joshua and considers what it means to follow the Lord. He begins in chapter three recounting how unified the Israelites were as they moved and followed after the ark of the covenant. He notes in verse four that the space was there “that ye may know the way by which ye must go.” Brother Bryce exhorts the church that we should stay in the word of God to know the way we must go today. He goes on to add that we should glorify God, and he looks to passages in Psalm 119 and Ephesian 1 to explain how we are in Christ and that His word should inform our Christian walk here in this world.
April 7, 2019 – Beginning in Hebrews chapter 11, Brother Bryce considers Rahab’s act of faith in “receiving the spies in peace” as recorded in the book of Joshua. He notes how God is the author of Rahab’s faith, that Rahab is therefore just, and that she also lived by faith and did so when she asks that her loved ones be spared. Looking to the events in the book of Joshua, he establishes how God showed Rahab that he loves her, even as she doesn’t have it all right. Ultimately, Brother Bryce considers how encouraged we should be here today that the Lord changed the heart of the harlot Rahab and that we’re never too far away from the Lord that He can’t change our hearts, as well.
March 31, 2019 – Elder Bryce Lowrance begins by considering God’s love as mentioned in Ephesians chapter three, as well as the promises of God to the Israelites as found in the book of Joshua. Much like the Israelites were commanded to go in and possess the land, we can pray and encourage one another to fight the right battles with the knowledge that God already won the war and loves us with a perfect love. Brother Bryce then exhorts the congregation to fight one another’s battles always, especially when we may be doing well and our brothers and sisters in Christ are struggling in their battles or burdens. Finally, in considering that the “good courage” mentioned in Joshua means having the right way of thinking, we can gain further understanding of the Apostle Paul’s prayer for the minds of the saints in Ephesians chapter three to comprehend “the breadth, and length, and depth, and height” of God’s love.
March 24, 2019 – Elder Bryce Lowrance begins a series of sermons concerning the book of Joshua, giving particular attention to how the accounts of the physical battles of that time can help us understand how to fight the spiritual battles of today and press into His kingdom, the church. He charges us to make the Lord’s will the priority of our lives, how to heed Hebrews 12:1’s command to run the “race that is set before us,” and how to understand the “good courage” spoken of three times in the first chapter of Joshua.
March 17, 2019 – Elder Bryce Lowrance quickly looks to the battles of Joshua and the encouragement repeatedly found in even the first chapter to be strong and of a good courage. Elder Coy Thomas then preaches concerning Psalm 100 and how it harmonizes with New Testament worship and how it contrasts with the rest of the Old Testament.
March 10, 2019 – Elder Bryce Lowrance preaches concerning the spiritual battles we face here today. He starts by considering the historical accounts found in the book of Numbers concerning the battles the Israelites fought, including what can be learned when we look closely at how the Israelites handled those battles and the Lord’s instruction. He then considers the books of Romans chapter 12 and how to apply those lessons to the spiritual battles we face today, as well as how to fulfill our logical, “reasonable service” to His church and one another.
March 3, 2019 – Elder Sam Bowen summarizes the account of the life of Samson from the book of Judges. He then considers three lessons we can learn from Samson, beginning with the lesson of minding your Mom and Daddy by obeying the fifth commandment to “honour thy father and thy mother.” The second lesson is to know that If God tells you he’s going to do something or something will come to pass, it will happen. Finally, he considers how we can learn from Samson to never give up on the Lord.
February 24, 2019 – Brother John Morgan Owens considers the different accounts of Jesus’ crucifixion from the four gospels, especially the events leading up to the crucifixion and the prophecies being fulfilled. He begins in the Gospel of John chapter 18, going on to preach about how our Lord was not ashamed and laid down His life willingly.
February 17, 2019 – Elder Bryce Lowrance preaches concerning the first six verses of Proverbs chapter three, explaining how the “shall” found in verse six is a shall that requires action on our part. Starting with the commandments mentioned in verse one, Brother Bryce looks to Jesus’ commandments to “love the Lord thy God” and to “love thy neighbour as thyself.” Brother Bryce then continues verse by verse and exhorts the congregation to trust in the Lord and notice Him at work.
February 10, 2019 – Elder Josh Mason preaches a sermon concerning how you can see Jesus in the very details of the Ark of the Covenant. Starting with the premise that Jesus is the fulfillment of the law and fulfillment of the sacrifice, Brother Josh preaches about the gold, shittim wood, cherubims, dimensions, and other elements of the Ark that show us our Lord and Savior. He then considers the contents of the Ark in the law of the testimony, the golden pot, and Aaron’s rod, noting how Jesus can be seen in all three.
February 3, 2019 – Elder Bryce Lowrance preaches from the book of Colossians chapter three, focusing on verses 12 through 15. He encourages the congregation to use those verses as a guide to do what God has told us to do and leave the battles with the devil to the Lord. Brother Bryce explains what is meant when the exhortation was given to “put on therefore” the qualities mentioned in the verses to follow. He goes through each of the qualities while also considering how the Lord Jesus Christ is our example in each instance, showing us how to strengthen our bond with one another by being more like Him.
January 27, 2019 – Elder Jabin James preaches a sermon concerning living water. He begins by examining what is the “living water” as referred to in John chapter four. He goes on to explain how it is that we may partake of that living water by heeding Jesus’ words in Luke 9:23 to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily and follow Him. He concludes by explaining what it does for us in a spiritual way when we’re blessed to partake of the living water.
January 20, 2019 – Brother Bryce begins preaching in the gospel according to Matthew chapter five, specifically calling attention to what the phrases “salt of the earth” and “light of the world” really mean. After dispelling the notion that either term is about an outward show or appearance of a Christian walk, he then explains how His children are what God loves and savors about His creation. Concerning the light of the world, Brother Bryce makes it clear that we are not special of our own works but are called the light of the world because the Spirit taught us and placed His light in us. Brother Bryce then studies Jesus’ words in the following chapter to establish how He instructs us to actually be the salt of the earth and light of the world. He notes how Jesus’ instructs His children to care for others and pray in the right manner, adding in both cases that they aren’t to do those things with any selfish thoughts about being seen by others.
January 13, 2019 – Licentiate Rick Berry begins preaching in the book of Romans chapter 8 verse 28 noting that the “all things” in the verse is referring to the things of grace in verses 29 and 30, not that everything that ever happens to God’s children in this world works for good. He considers other times in scripture where “all things” is used and dispels the idea that “all things” means all things without exception. Continuing to verses 29 and 30, he discusses the doctrines of grace and that the Lord knows and saves them that are His. For our moments when we doubt our salvation, Brother Rick gives scriptural proofs that we can know our salvation standeth sure in Christ. He also considers the greatest commandments given by Jesus in Mark chapter 12 to “love the Lord thy God” and “love thy neighbor as thyself.” He exhorts us to be “partakers of the divine nature” as mentioned in 2nd Peter chapter one by adding to our faith virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity. He concludes by encouraging us to rejoice in the knowledge we have in Him and thank the Lord for it while we serve one another.
January 6, 2019 – Elder Bill Torrance preaches a message concerning how our lives should be focused on the Lord Jesus Christ, that we cannot have peace in this world without Him. He recounts the story of Christ’s birth from Luke chapter two and how, despite the world He was born into not being peaceful, the Prince of Peace in Jesus came into this world. Brother Bill then focuses on Jesus’ words in the gospel of John chapters 14-16, explaining what Jesus meant when He said “Peace I leave with you” and “in me ye might have peace.” He concludes by exhorting us to make the Prince of Peace the center of our lives, to rejoice in Him no matter our circumstances, and to let our light so shine before men that they might see Him. – Mount Paran Primitive Baptist Church in Walton County, Georgia.