Monday, May 16, 2016

Coming this summer: The Doctrines of Grace

Beginning on June 5, 2016
Our move into salvation is a puzzle to some and how it happens should be a desire for all who are saved to find out. It’s important as Christians to understand what God’s saving grace is all about and how it is applied to us as His people. God brings us into His family but how does this happen? Why does He move to save human beings from their condition of sinners to saints? What does it involve? The Doctrines Of Grace help us navigate into understanding God’s love for His people and it’s significance to our daily lives as followers of Christ. As we bring into clarity God’s salvation plan through His word, we develop an understanding of who we are, why we are here and where we are going. In knowing this we see the beauty of God’s favor toward His people and the bounty of His unlimited love. Come join us this summer starting on the first Sunday in June as we journey into the word of God and learn about God's amazing grace.

Below our broadcast of Bringing the Word! In this broadcast we discuss what are the Doctrines of Grace and what we in an overall sense believe about them! Take a listed and be sure to give us your feedback! THANKS!



Friday, May 13, 2016

Abortion:

ABORTION
What can be said about this fiery hot button topic that hasn't already been said? Pastor Paul L. Starks tackles the always important always dividing topic of abortion. While you may have your own thoughts as to this deeply divisive topic you would find that many people struggle with the topic. 

Many struggle with the questions: Is it wrong? Is it really murder? Is it a sin? Can I be forgiven for it? The bible NEVER mentions abortion so why are we talking about it? Scientists say this isn't a baby yet. Its a womans choice right? Will God hold me responsible?... and many other questions. Listen in as Pastor Paul digs deep into scripture to discuss this always relevant topic at an always relevant time!




You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the LORD. -  Leviticus 18:21, Holy Bible (ESV)

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Our view of the sin of the "other person"

Our view of the sin of someone else is often different our own sin. This means we have a distorted view of sin and what it means. This video shows how individuals see grace for themselves and only themselves.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Christian Essentials: What's not essential to being called Christian?

Here Pastor Paul L. Starks spends a brief moment explaining what is an ESSENTIAL vs what is a Non-Essential of the Christian faith. To put it in short, What must you believe to be considered a Christian? What is not necessary to believed yet still be a Christian? Do you have to be baptised? Do you have to Speak in Tongues? Do you have to perform miracles? Must you be rich? Must you believe in a Trinity? Must you believe that Jesus is God? Must you believe that God created Jesus? What eschatology must you believe in? 




What must you believe and still be called Christian?






Friday, April 29, 2016

The Christian Worldview and Politics: How do we vote?

This episode of Bringing the Word focuses onto today's political landscape. Here Pastor Starks engages in open discussion while we talk about the current candidates and how the Christian voter is to respond. This brings up the question: is the Christian to select between the lesser of two evils? Are we to vote from the heart? Are we to follow a 4000 plus year old document on how to select leaders that may be antiquated? How does the Christian vote this election season? Listen in and get a bigger perspective on what the bible says vs what you may be thinking.






QUESTION: Does your viewpoint agree with scripture? If it does not, what should you do?


Be sure to contact us with questions... we'd love to answer you!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Do All Roads Lead to God? Or is Jesus Christ the Way to God?

According to CARM Universalism is the teaching that all people will be saved. Some say that it is through the atonement of Jesus that all will ultimately be reconciled to God. Others just say that all will go to Heaven sooner or later whether or not they have trusted in or rejected Jesus as Savior during their lifetime. This universal redemption will be realized in the future where God will bring all people to repentance. This repentance can happen while a person lives or after he has died and lived again in the millennium (as some "Christian universalists" claim) or some future state. Additionally, a few universalists even maintain that Satan and all demons will likewise be reconciled to God. However this is a serious error because scripture says no such thing. In fact the bible plainly states in Jesus own words: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" ( John 14:6). Since Christ claims exclusivity by default He eliminates all other contenders. He even says dogmatically: "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him" (John 3:36). Now either the Pontiff is right or Jesus ...I think I'll go with the later.

Monday, December 7, 2015

What the church will do when "The Force" is not Jesus

--Attracting "new members" seems to be the mission of so many churches. Of course the church needs members and that is a noble in itself, but bringing in people at the cost of the "preaching of the cross" isn't the best approach. The lifting up of Christ "draws all men.." not movie tickets. And if that is the case it seems that the goal of the church should be reconciling human beings to God -signing up people up for membership is the goal of business. Star Wars tickets might get more names on the rolls but only the gospel brings men into the kingdom of God.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

This is Why Every Christian Needs to be Grounded in the Word of God.

-------- In this video above, television personality Oprah Winfrey, highlights that all beliefs and doctrines have truth that lead to God. However the Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 4:14-"That we from now on be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, by which they lie in wait to deceive;..." Being grounded in God's word helps the believer decipher false teaching and "every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God,(2 Corinthians 10:5). This new series on belief is filled with "every wind of doctrine" along with views that are "against the knowledge of God" so how will we know truth? Jesus has the answer "....Thy word is truth" (John 17:17). Sorry Oprah.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Wages of Sin....

The downfall of basketball player Lamar Odom is a heart-wrenching saga of the rise and fall of a sports figure. In fact anyone being found lying unconscious in a Las Vegas brothel is indeed unfortunate. Odom however, even with his fame and fortune, is not immune from sin's disbursement. Because the worse part of a man's life is not how one dies or lives but the final paycheck one receives if that individual dies and is not in Christ. In fact, to this day, sin has never changed it's payment- it's wages are always paid in the unchanging currency of death. (Romans 6:23) The focus of the Christian however is not on the sick bodies that lie in hospital beds but the soul of a person who is bound for eternal darkness.(Matthew 8:12). The tragedy of a pro ball player, is no different than the tragedy of a housewife, a wall street banker, an auto mechanic or any individual who has not dealt with sin. The sin of someone living as a celebrity, athlete or high roller in a world of sex, drugs and rock and roll, is no different than the local plumber in suburbia or a shop keeper in the inner city of urban America that is trapped in a cycle of lying, coveting and idolatry. Whenever the horrors of vice happens to someone of stature, we focus on the vice or activity that led to the calamity but the root problem of sin is bypassed. Let us pray that "we enter not into temptation but are delivered from evil". For Jesus Himself said: "...Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever commits sin is the servant of sin." (John 8:34). So the first priority for anyone who is sick is the soul first the body second. " for what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul, or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul"( Mark 8:36). Because hell is the worse place you can go -not Vegas.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Speaking on everything but the gospel

---- If one is to represent Christ on earth, you would think that this individual would present the only message on earth that will rescue human beings from the wrath of God: and that would be the gospel. However the pontiff spoke on many things- but the gospel message was M.I.A. Helpful hints about helping humanity with it's struggles, and people being nice to one another, are okay at times- but it ain't the good news of Jesus Christ.