Advent: Jesus Gives Us Peace

First Baptist Church Scott City, MO · Advent: Jesus Gives Us Peace Fear, worry, and anxiety are signs of spiritual depression. Martyn Lloyd-Jones described spiritual depression as “a heaviness of the soul, an unhappiness that touches the deepest parts of one’s soul.” It is how the Psalmist wrote: “Why are you in despair, O myContinue reading “Advent: Jesus Gives Us Peace”

The Fourth Commandment (Exodus 20:8-11)

First Baptist Church Scott City, MO · The Fourth Commandment (Exodus 20:8-11) “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” In the Fourth Commandment the Lord told His people to “remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” They kept it holy by refraining from work (Ex 20:10) on the Sabbath and taking it asContinue reading “The Fourth Commandment (Exodus 20:8-11)”

Pentecost (Acts 2)

First Baptist Church Scott City, MO · Pentecost (Acts 2) Ten days after Jesus’ ascension was The Day of Pentecost. On this day, Jesus’ disciples were gathered together in Jerusalem as well as many Jewish “devout men, from every nation under heaven” (Acts 2:5). The Setting of Pentecost In order to better understand the significanceContinue reading “Pentecost (Acts 2)”

Ascension of Jesus (Acts 1:1-11)

First Baptist Church Scott City, MO · Ascension of Jesus (Acts 1:1-11) Every year we celebrate important moments in the life of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Each December 25th, we celebrate Jesus’ virgin birth. Each Spring we celebrate Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. What is often overlooked, however, is Jesus’ ascension. The AscensionContinue reading “Ascension of Jesus (Acts 1:1-11)”

I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me (Philippians 4:13)

Joyful, enduring faith comes from surrendering yourself to Christ. A vital component of joyful faith is hearing, reading, studying, and meditating on God’s Holy Word, the Bible. The Bible is divinely inspired, divine instruction that is true and trustworthy. For this reason, we must be careful not to mishandle God’s Word. Ben Witherington lll wroteContinue reading “I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me (Philippians 4:13)”

The Cure for Worry (Philippians 4:2-7)

This time last year, during our Sermon Series on the Sermon on the Mount, we discussed “The Cure for Anxiety”. We learned: God hasn’t told you that you have nothing to worry about; He told you that there is nothing you should worry about. While there are a lot of things you can worry about,Continue reading “The Cure for Worry (Philippians 4:2-7)”

Grace and Mercy (Philemon)

The Apostle Paul spent much of his later years in prison because of his faith. Most likely, Paul was in Rome when he wrote this letter to Philemon. Rome was hostile to Christianity in the 1st Century and relentlessly persecuted Christians, especially during the reign of Nero (54-68 AD). This letter was probably sent along withContinue reading “Grace and Mercy (Philemon)”

Turn the Other Cheek (Matthew 5:38-42)

We now turn our attention to the portion of the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus teaches us to “turn the other cheek.” Before we begin an in-depth discussion of what this means and how to properly apply it, we must be clear about what it does not mean. First, Jesus is not telling anContinue reading “Turn the Other Cheek (Matthew 5:38-42)”

The Beatitudes (Matt 5:1-12)

Jesus began the Sermon on the Mount with eight blessings[1] that describe the character of those who have entered the kingdom of God. While it is impossible in this life for any one disciple to perfectly meet these descriptions, they are nonetheless Jesus’ description of a Christian. What does Jesus mean when He says someoneContinue reading “The Beatitudes (Matt 5:1-12)”