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Seeing Your Justification Clearly

Text: Romans 5:1-11
Speaker: Milton Vincent
Outline: PDF
Date: June 26, 2011

A guest sermon from Milton Vincent, Pastor-Teacher at Cornerstone Fellowship Baptist Church, and author of A Gospel Primer.

Faith That Works

Text: James 2:21-26
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: June 19, 2011

Lord willing, tomorrow we will finish the most famous and controversial passage in James in which he describes the nature of true saving faith.
Last time we looked at 2:14-20 in which James described a dead faith which professes to believe true doctrine but produces no works of love.
James concludes that such faith is not real and cannot save.
While some have been confused or upset by what James says here, his teaching that true faith produces a changed life is affirmed by other New Testament authors and by our Lord Jesus (Eph. 2:8-10 Gal. 5:6,22-23 Mt. 7:16-18 etc.).

In this week’s text, James gives two examples of a living faith that works. First he chooses our father Abraham whose saving faith produced a remarkable work of obedience when he was willing to offer up his son Isaac. James’ second example of a working faith is surprising. Rather than choosing Moses, Daniel, Elijah or another of the famous Israelite men of faith, James picks Rahab the Canaanite woman who had been a prostitute. Her trust in the God of Israel also produces significant works of faith.

Please read James 2:14-26 before coming to church. I also encourage you to read Genesis 15:1-6 22:1-14 and Joshua 2:1-13.

Do you see the connection between our text and Fathers’ Day?

What Brings Us Together? Keeping the Building Strong.

Text: Various Scriptures
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: June 12, 2011

Tomorrow I will be preaching a topical message on how to keep our fellowship spiritually healthy and growing. I am often encouraged by the regular display of loving interaction that occurs within our body. I am hoping to bring additional encouragement tomorrow that re-emphasizes for all of us just how important it is to be about certain basics with regard to our relationships with one another. Three main points will be discussed: 1. We are a Community of the TRUTH. 2. We are a Community of SHARED SORROWS. 3. We are a Community of SHARED PROMISES.

Please pray that all would find great encouragement in our common faith as well as renewed zeal to bring blessing to others. Pray as well that the lost among us would find clear reasons to believe in the power of a life-changing Gospel that produces such encouragement and efforts.

Worthless Workless Faith

Text: James 2:14-20
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: June 5, 2011

Tomorrow morning’s sermon will be from the most controversial passage in James in which he insists that true faith will produce works.
James’ teaching challenges many today who give themselves the label, “Christian”, but show no evidence of being disciples of the Lord Jesus.

Some have thought that James contradicts Paul. We will see, however, that James and Paul are in harmony with each defending the truth against a different error.
James’ teaching is also in harmony with the teaching of Jesus and other New Testament authors.

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