2023 Sermons

May 28, 2023

“Flee from Temptation” • 1st Corinthians 10:1-14 – Elder Bryce Lowrance Starting in 1 Corinthians chapter 10, Elder Bryce Lowrance considers the Apostle Paul’s reminders to the church at Corinth that God takes care of His people and recalls specific occasions in which God was with Israel and delivered the Israelites time and again, sometimes with chastisement. Brother Bryce shows us how the instruction to the church in Corinth has application for us today, that we can learn from the examples Paul gives and that we can turn back to God when we stray away from Him, knowing He’s a God that chastens but also forgives. Finally, he explains just what exactly our Christian “liberty” is and how it should be used today.

May 21, 2023

“Christian Olympics” • 1st Corinthians 9:1-27 – Elder Bryce Lowrance Keeping in mind how the Apostle Paul is building up to the subject of charity in 1st Corinthians chapter 13, Elder Bryce considers the main points Paul makes in chapter 9. Brother Bryce shows how Paul references his authority as an Apostle and how Paul drives home that the work of the ministry should be supported. Then he notes the dramatic pivot Paul makes, how Paul says he isn’t commanding support of the ministry despite his authority to do so. He shows how Paul chooses charity over liberty and that Paul establishes the pattern that true gospel ministers today should strive to get themselves out of the way for the “gospel’s sake.”

May 14, 2023

“The Attributes of God” • Various Scriptures – Brother Jonah Lawrence considers God and some of His characteristics. He looks to how God is the Creator and that our Creator God was also a communicator, that His word records how He tells men about Himself, starting in Genesis and right on through to Revelation. One of the things He testifies of Himself is that He is part of the Trinity. Brother Jonah then considers how God is omnipresent and the comfort that knowledge should give us. He also looks to how God is eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, and holy, and he added that those four things go right along with God’s sovereignty and foreknowledge. Finally, Brother Jonah explains that God knew his people before the world began, that He loved and chose them, and that He sent His Son to die for His people.

“Adonai – Praise to the Almighty God” • Psalm 114 – Elder Bryce Lowrance looks to Psalm 114 and considers one particular characteristic of God, specifically His power. He looks at how the Psalm begins with a reminder regarding Israel’s deliverance from captivity. Brother Bryce explains how the Psalmist recalls three specific, miraculous occasions in which God delivered his people and the details of each occasion. He then looks at the significance of the “Lord” of verse seven and how the power of God is demonstrated by both the miraculous occasions and the occasions in which he shows mercy to us.

May 7, 2023

Opening and Prayer by Brother Jonah Lowrance – Psalm 33 Rejoice & Praise – Singing Praises to God is fitting for the redeemed of God.

Christian Liberty and Charity • 1st Corinthians 8 – Elder Bryce Lowrance Continuing in his expository series on the 1st Letter to the Church at Corinth, Elder Bryce discusses one of the questions the Corinthian brethren had about their liberty to eat meat offered to idols. The Apostle uses this question as a launching point on the subject of charity that he will discuss for the next several chapters crescendoing to a high point in Chapter 13. In the 8th Chapter, Paul tells them that he agrees they have the liberty to eat meat offered to idols because there is only one God. However, not all their brethren understood this, and so it was a sin to them. So, while Paul agrees that they have the liberty to to eat they should not if it offends their brother with them. Paul’s main point is that the knowledge that we have been given is by the mercy of God and is not just for us. We really do not have any knowledge without a charitable life with others.

April 30, 2023

Make Your Calling and Election Sure • 2nd Peter 1:1-11 – Speaking at Jack’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church for a special 5th Sunday Meeting, Elder Bryce teaches about the importance of making our calling an election sure to ourselves. We do this by adding to the grace of faith that God has given us in the new birth. We conform our lives to be more like Christ in our actions and words. And the more we live by charity, the more clear hope of glory we are blessed to see.

April 23, 2023

The Doctrine of Regeneration • Brother Jonah Lowrance Brother Jonah turns to Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus in Gospel of John chapter 3 and considers the subject of “new birth.” After looking at the various terms that are synonymous with the new birth, he looks at man’s inability to bring about the new birth, just how exactly regeneration works, and Who causes it. Brother Jonah turns to the example of Paul to show us the Lord’s pattern for new birth. Finally, he looks like how we should respond to these glorious truths and some specific things we can do to imitate the behavior of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

April 16, 2023

Let the Church Sing Praise to the Lord • Psalm 9 Part 2 Psalm 9:1-20 – Elder Bryce Lowrance David began this Psalm stating that he was going to praise the Lord every moment of every day for the glory of His judgment. The second half of the Psalm calls on all the people of God to worship the Lord by actively singing praises to Him in the local church and learning about His works in the preaching of the gospel.

April 9, 2023

The Precious Golden Secret • Psalm 16 – Elder Bryce Lowrance Elder Bryce preaches from Psalm 16 concerning our risen Savior and our hope found in Jesus Christ. He begins by considering that the Apostle Peter quotes the Psalm in the book of Acts, with Peter making clear to us that Psalm 16 is a Messianic psalm and is from our Messiah’s perspective. The psalm begins with a lesson for us to trust in God just as our Savior trusted God the Father. Then Brother Bryce considers the ensuing conversation Jesus has with Himself and the other lessons we can learn from it, ultimately leading up to the last verse and what should give us “fulness of joy” today.

April 2, 2023

In Praise of the Judgment of God • Psalm 9:1-10 – Elder Bryce Lowrance Elder Bryce preaches concerning Psalm 9 and David’s celebration of God’s victory over His enemies. He notices that David shows us in this passage that we can rejoice in God’s justice while simultaneously thanking Him for His grace and mercy. Brother Bryce goes through the first 10 verses and looks at how passages in John 3, Romans 3 and 1 Corinthians 15 harmonize with what God inspired David to write in Psalm 9. He exhorts us to follow David’s example and praise the Lord every day and in worship together, that we can also rejoice in God’s marvelous works, and that we should remember God is the one that wins the victory, not ourselves or our works.  

March 26, 2023

The Kingdom of God Prevails – Daniel 11 – Brother Jonah Lowrance Brother Jonah begins preaching from the book of Daniel chapter 11, considering the numerous prophecies detailed to Daniel that indeed come to pass. Much like Daniel should have remembered the Lord’s promises and prophecies made at other times, the Israelites during Jesus’ time on Earth should have remembered God’s fulfilled prophecies as recorded in Daniel. Brother Jonah exhorts us to also remember what happens to the world’s kingdoms compared to God’s kingdom, as well as His promises of deliverance in times of trouble.

Paul Answers Questions Concerning Marriage • 1st Corinthians 7 – Elder Bryce Lowrance Elder Bryce continues a series of messages looking at the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth. Brother Bryce considers Paul’s instruction in chapter 7 regarding marriage, divorce and remarriage, noting that Paul mentions a “present distress” (v.26) for which the advice was primarily given. Brother Bryce provides historical context of the church at Corinth and what precipitated Paul’s opening statement at the beginning of chapter 7. He then goes on to consider other instruction provided in God’s word regarding marriage, including God’s view of marriage and the many purposes for which God gave us marriage.

March 19, 2023

How Can a Man Be Just with God? • Job 9 – Elder Bryce Lowrance Elder Bryce considers how it is that we are in the love of God, turning to Job’s beginning answer found in Job 9: “I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?” Brother Bryce then goes on to look at Job’s statements in the remaining chapter that continually prove that man, including Job, cannot justify himself or challenge God in any way. He shows how, despite what Job was going through, Job still trusted the Lord and pled for mercy. While Job sadly doesn’t see a “daysman” to go between himself and God in this passage, Brother Bryce reminds of us that we do know our daysman’s name in Jesus Christ. He exhorts us to keep in mind Job’s correct observations that man cannot justify himself, but Brother Bryce also exhorts us to consider the doctrine of justification by faith and how “the just shall live by faith” here in time.

March 12, 2023

“We Can Trust the Bible” • Luke 1:1-4 – Brother Jonah Lowrance. Brother Jonah considers the introduction in the gospel account of Luke, the writer’s background, and Luke’s audience. Brother Jonah goes on to explain that we should take heed to verse four’s statement “That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.” He goes on to look at the statements in the Bible concerning God’s word, how the Apostle Peter’s example instructs us that God’s word should be valued above our own experiences. He adds that, if we love God, we should be diligent today to study God’s word, also looking to help others that love God to understand more about Him, too.

The Doctrines of Grace in Garden of Eden” • Genesis 2:17 & 3:4 – Elder Bryce Lowrance. Elder Bryce continues to preach concerning the reliability of scripture. He begins in 1 John 5:13 concerning the hope given to those “that believe on the name of the Son of God,” adding that the first verses of the epistle tell us about the Son of God. He exhorts us to remember those truths about God, as well. He then turns to the truth about man and our depravity, going all the way back to Genesis to look at how His word was first twisted and the result of lies about and additions to God’s word. Finally, he reminds us that the doctrine of total depravity isn’t the end of the story and that God’s word also contains promises of the new birth, God’s grace, and the hope we can have in Him today.

March 5, 2023

“A Misunderstanding of Christian Liberty” • 1st Corinthians 6:12-20 – Elder Bryce Lowrance. The church at Corinth was guilty of misunderstanding and misapplying Paul’s teaching regarding Christian Liberty. They believed that, since they were saved by grace, they could partake in and enjoy any sin they wished without any consequences. Paul corrects them by telling them their liberty in Christ does teach that they are saved eternally and cannot be lost, but they are not at liberty to continue in sin. God’s moral law is still in place and has not changed.

February 26, 2023

“Daniel Talks with Angels” • Daniel 10:7-21 – Brother Jonah Lowrance. Brother Jonah continues in his expository series on the book of Daniel in the second half of chapter 10 where Daniel meets Michael and another angel. This second angel tells Daniel that God is aware of his needs and has sent him to help Daniel and show him a great vision of things to come in the near and distant future.

“Daniel Meets Jesus” – Elder Bryce Lowrance. Picking up on the theme begun by Brother Jonah, Elder Bryce shows the progressive revelation of Jesus Christ throughout the Bible. These types, shadows, and pre-incarnate appearances of Jesus Christ reavel details about Who Jesus is and what kind of power He has. These descriptions and powers are put on full display at the end of time when Jesus shouts on resurrection morning.

February 19, 2023

“Handling Offenses Within the Church” – 1st Corinthians 6:1-11 – Elder Bryce Lowrance. The Apostle Paul continues to point our how the arrogance and pride of the members of the Church at Corinth has moved them to neglect their duties within the church. In this case, when brethren have a disagreement, they have been going to the courts of the world rather than following the instructions of the Lord to regain fellowship with their brothers. Elder Bryce begins this message by showing that, while we are citizens of heaven, we have a dual responsibility being sojourners here on earth. The church should have a positive impact on the world around it but the world should not be brought into the church nor church issues to be handled according to world standards and practices.

February 12, 2023

“God Preparing Daniel to See a Vision” • Daniel 10:1-6 – Brother Jonah Lowrance. Chapters 10 through 12 concern a vision of future things given to Daniel concerning the restoration of Israel and the coming of the Messiah. To prepare Daniel to see and understand this vision, the Lord Jesus Himself to comfort Daniel. Brother Jonah compares the man Daniel saw in Daniel 10 with Jesus in John 6 and Revelation 1. In all three places, the child of God can take comfort that Jesus is not bothered nor hampered by the things that hurt or frighten us.

“Church Discipline” – 1st Corinthians 5 – Elder Bryce Lowrance. The idea of church discipline is a foreign concept to most churches in our day. Paul’s teaching in this chapter shows us that this is a problem that needs to be rectified. The Church at Corinth was puffed up with their many gifts and good preaching. So much so, that they neglected to fulfill one of the church’s biggest responsibilities – teach and encourage righteous living. In this lesson, we see that the moral law of God declared in the Old Testament is still valid. We see that each church and each member of the church has the responsibility to live for Christ and encourage others to walk like Him as well. Finally, we see that church discipline is never to be done for punitive reason but to encourage repentance and holiness.

February 5, 2023

Apostolic Authority” • 1st Corinthians 4:8-21 – Elder Bryce H. Lowrance – The Apostle Paul uses a series of Ironic statements and concessions to shock the divided parties at the Church of Corinth into repentance. He reminds them that they are believers in Christ because He first peached to them, and that they should continue following him as he follows Jesus. He ends this section with a question, “I am coming to visit with you. Would you like me to come with a chastening rod or in tender love?”

This message was preached on Sunday, February 5, 2023.

January 29, 2023

“Seventy Weeks” • Daniel 9:18-27 – Brother Jonah Lowrance. Brother Jonah continues to speak about Daniel’s prayer of repentance and God’s mighty response to his prayer. In this chapter, Daniel not only learns that God will deliver Israel from Babylon but that the Messiah will also come and eradicate the cause of all problems in the world, sin.

“We See Jesus” – Hebrews 2:6-13 – Elder Bryce Lowrance. Continuing with the theme of the coming Messiah which Brother Jonah introduced, Elder Bryce teaches about how e can have hope even though the world around us in broken and we are still under the curse of sin in this world. We may not see that we are victors yet, but we do see Jesus!

January 22, 2023

“A Proper View of the Ministry” • 1st Corinthians 4:1-7 – Elder Bryce H. Lowrance – The Church at Corinth was divided into several factions. This was caused by an improper view and loyalty to the various preachers who had spoken there. Today’s message will explore the role of perspective of God’s ministers of the gospel. They are the “under-rower” which is an unseen servant position that simply does the will of the Master. They are also stewards of God’s word. This means whatever understanding they have been given about the Bible it is to be dispensed to God’s people not to gain fame or reward.

This message was preached on Sunday, January 22, 2023.

January 15, 2023

“Daniel’s Reaction to the Fall of Babylon” • Daniel 9:1-8 – Brother Jonah Lowrance – Daniel has been reading in the book of Jeremiah and understands that God is about to deliver Israel from the hands of the Babylonians as He had promised. But Daniel does not become arrogant or proud that his people will soon be delivered. He prays to God in a very penitent way acknowledging that Israel had sinned and deserved the punishment. He knew that it was only by God’s mercies that they would be delivered.

“FOR the Church” • 1st Corinthians 3:16-23 – Elder Bryce H. Lowrance – Not only is each individual child of God the Temple of the Holy Spirit, the church collectively is the place where God dwells! Knowing this, we ought to understand the purpose of ministers of the gospel as servants to the church. Preachers should not exalt themselves and members should not exalt preachers because the most important thing in the church is the church as the Bride of Christ.

January 8, 2023

“Being Spiritually Minded” • 1st Corinthians 3:1-15Elder Bryce H. Lowrance – The Apostle Paul now begins to address the specific problem with the Church at Corinth. They were not growing in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. The fact that they were divided into various parties was evidence that they lacked spiritual maturity. The remedy to this problem begins with a proper understanding of the role of gospel ministers. They are not lords over the church, they are servants with the same job. The focus in worship should not be on the abilities of the preacher but the glory and power of God.

This message was preached on Sunday, January 8, 2023.

January 1, 2023

“We Can Trust the God of Prophecy” • Daniel 8 – Brother Jonah Lowrance – Since God accurately prophesied to Daniel events that would take place hundreds of years before they happened, we can trust Him to care for us in the future. Even though we may not know what is going to happen or understand it, we can put our faith in the God that know all things and cares for us.

“King David’s New Year’s Resolution” • Psalm 27 – Elder Bryce H. Lowrance – We all make resolutions for the New Year or at other times but very often those goals focus on ourselves. David understood that his only source of strength and courage came from the LORD. Therefore, he desired “one thing” and that was to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of His life. Oh that we could see the benefits of closer fellowship with God today, tomorrow, and all the days of the upcoming year!

These messages we preached on January 1, 2023