• FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT AGAINST TEMPTATION

    by Shawn Merithew on April 27, 2012

    This past Sunday, I concluded my sermon on Matthew 26:36-46 with the five steps that lead to spiritual tragedy.  These steps are taken from the exegesis of the same text in John MacArthur’s commentary on Matthew.  He notes that the sequence of events leading to spiritual disaster are as follows:

    1.  It begins with Self Confidence.  That is what we saw last week in Matthew 26:31-35 as the disciples were refuting what Christ had said about them falling away.  It was also reflected in this subsequent text as they did not feel the need to keep watch and pray.  They were sure of themselves, so sure that they did not feel any sort of need (more…)

  • BE HERE SUNDAY EVENING!

    by Shawn Merithew on April 19, 2012

    In the second section of our church covenant, it says, “I will share the responsibility of my church by being a faithful part of congregational stewardship.”  This principle is based upon Acts 6:1-7.  In that text, the early church had a need (vs 1), the leadership met with the whole church to propose a solution (vs 2), and the entire congregation approved of how they would move forward to meet the need together(vs 5).

    In accordance with that text, as well as many others, Baptists have historically been congregational in their polity structures.  We have that blessing as well.  The stewardship of our congregation is a sacred trust that we all share under the headship of Christ.  Our participation in that stewardship is very important, which is why we strongly encourage all of our members to attend our quarterly business meetings.

    This coming Sunday evening, we have three very important matters that we will be considering.  The first is a joyful blessing.  We are poised to begin (more…)

  • WHY WOULD SOMEONE DENY CHRIST?

    by Shawn Merithew on April 10, 2012

    This coming Sunday morning, I will resume teaching through the gospel of Matthew after taking a brief excursion into Romans this past Easter Sunday.  The text we will be examining deals with Peter’s denial of Christ.  As I study and prepare for this Sunday’s message, I have been asking myself the question, “What could cause a professed believer to deny Christ?”  There are many reasons; here are three.

    (1) The professed believer may truly be unregenerate.  We see ample evidence of this in Scripture.  Those who ultimately fall away prove that they never knew Christ.  I John 2:19 says, “They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, in order that it might be shown that they all are not of us.”  Judas is the clearest example of this truth.  He spent three years with Christ, living with Him and learning from Him as a (more…)

  • STEPS OF THE JEWISH PASSOVER

    by Shawn Merithew on April 6, 2012

    After my sermon Sunday morning, I received several requests to revisit the steps of the Jewish Passover in this week’s family article, so here it is.  Passover in the time of Christ required the preparation of six (more…)

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