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Freely Justified by God's Grace

Last Sunday (October 19, 2014) our sermon text was from Romans 3:19-31.  The title of the message was Freely Justified by God's Grace.  This sermon deals with the doctrine of justification and presents the gospel call to faith and repentance.  The Scriptures clearly show in our text that we are not justified by the works of man but by the grace of Jesus Christ.

The Gates of Hell shall not Prevail

On October 12, 2014, due to the graciousness of our Lord, we held our first service in our new building.  The Lord opened up a golden opportunity for us to begin holding services in this historic church building in Morgan County, Indiana.

In our first service, our text was from Matthew 16:18 where Jesus told Simon Barjona, "That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."

With Thanks to Almighty God

James Brown Jr.

“And thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to place his name there.” Deuteronomy 16:11

Yesterday we began holding services in our new location.  We are thankful to God for His provision to this small congregation of saints.  It is the answer to months and even years of prayer.

The Purpose of the 1689 London Confession of Faith

By James Brown Jr.

This year marks the 325th anniversary of the 1689 Second London Confession of Faith.  In recognition of the impact this confession has played in our history and its significance for our future, we restarted our podcasts to highlight this standard of confessional Reformed Baptists.

We began with three podcasts focusing upon the purpose of the 1689.  Many times the spirit of the confession is lost due to the deletion of the Preface and Appendix in modern publishing.   This is very unfortunate for without the purpose or their reasons for issuing this confession, the context is lost.

The God of Hope

By James Brown Jr.

“Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” –Proverbs 13:12 

We live in a day where hopelessness abounds within the American Church.  Because of the theological confusion and disobedience that is prominent among the average church, there is little doubt as to causes of this inherent hopelessness.  When a hopeless soteriology, a hopeless ecclesiology and a hopeless eschatology are taught from the pulpit, hopeless saints will be the final product.

However, this is not the state in which Christians and the Church of Jesus Christ should exist.  We serve a risen Prophet, Priest and King unto whom all power has been given in heaven and on earth.  Why we live as if we serve a beggar is beyond comprehension.

The Psalm of Provocation

Here is the message I preached Sunday at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church.  We appreciate the hospitality and friendship of Pastor Sonny Hernandez.  It was a pleasure to be able to worship and fellowship with them.

The Only Thing That Matters

By James Brown Jr.

“For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” — James 4:14

This week I went to the funeral of the father of one of my best friends in my youth.  It was one of those events that causes you to pause and consider reality—the reality of an aging life; the reality of a fleeting life; the reality of a fragile life.

It has been thirty years since the closeness of our teenage years when we were full of dreams and youthful optimism.  Life had separated us to different ambitions but this week we returned to the location where we had shared a wonderful friendship growing up in Brown County, Indiana.