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Since 2009 about 50 new sermons every year have been preached at Grace Christian, mostly within a 30 minute time span. I try to notice when too much squirming is going on and wrap things up. Surely, few readers would care to read 300+ sets of sermon notes. So the ones listed below are simply a few examples of the many series that have been given.
All of these sermon notes should be read as a memoir of one preacher's spiritual journey through the scriptures. These are examples how Christians in this age can be guided the Bible teachings to be loyal to our calling in Jesus Christ.
The congregation's involvement in reading the Bible passages takes place on all Sundays when any participant who cares to do so reads aloud from their own choice from the dozens of translations that are published.
For both copyright and practical reasons, the various passages of the Bible that were read aloud cannot be reproduced here, so you are encouraged to secure versions (translations) of your choice for your own reading. One neat way to compare scores of different translations is go online to BibleGateway.com. I use it for nearly every sermon to help locate a reading that seems to connect the author's idea with today's readers. Sometimes comparing the different readings helps us all grasp the idea more fully. And... some versions seem to be more suited to silent reading while others are easier to read aloud in public. It is a great blessing that these many biblical translations in English have been published.
Thanks for checking out these pages. I hope it stimulates you to always investigate the Word of God for yourself and never to just count on what somebody else says it says. By doing it that way you may find your own insights far exceed the ones I have expressed here.
In my teens and twenties at Bible College and Seminary I studied Greek and Hebrew and actually translated myself (under the professor's tutelage) John's Gospel and the book of Ruth. But that is equivalent only to being able to read a 'Dick and Jane went up the hill' kind of elementary reader. It does, however, help in researching the original message an author was telling in his language and which the translators have so studiously and skillfully given to all of us in our tongue. --BT
Jesus' Way Is Like No Other Way
This series mostly follows John's gospel as he describes the personal encounters Jesus had with a variety of people. All of those encounters continue to be contemporary and full of meaning for every Christian or anyone inquiring about Jesus' Way. Here are some examples (PDFs) you can download from the series.
The apostle Paul and later the apostle John write passionate letters the churches of the Roman province of Asia (modern Turkey) when they were being accosted with false teachings in a time that was devoted to highly sensuous paganism.
Those times were similar to the rampant immorality of our times. But a difference is the severity of the opposition Christians then. It was much worse compared to what Americans have endured, so far. However, Christians in other places in our times are experiencing intense opposition, severe persecution and some cases of martyrdom.
A sobering fact is this... being a loyal Christian typically makes a person seem like a kook or worse an actual heretic to the prevailing culture and sometimes a traitor to the rulers. We all gotta' deal with it.
This series is about God's intentional intervention into human
history and how it affects all mankind. The series was first
the Christmas 2009 and Easter 2010 seasons.
During the first twelve Sundays of 2010 Brian's preaching was
about many less known people of the Bible who are wonderful
examples of faithful living and serve as great role models. The Bible does not glorify people,
it tells the plain truth about all of them. However, there are
elements of the lives of these people where they showed faith, courage,
self-control, and other virtues that are important to know about for all
of us today. All these people can serve as realistic models for
us, who also have our shortcomings and are not going to be rich, famous or powerful either!
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