New City Catechism

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Why is the Church Important?

     Introduction – Our individualistic consumer age Our faith together          The Definition of the church  We are [a local church is] a community of true believers in Jesus Christ, established by God as  His holy dwelling place, knit together in love by the Holy Spirit, who gather together regularly in order to make the glory of God known through […]

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  Understanding The Lord’s Supper      Introduction –          Mark 14:10-24          The Backdrop of Passover          Jesus is the Host          Jesus gives the Passover new meaning  1. Every Branch of the Christian faith practices The Lord’s Supper (with a very few exceptions.)   2. There are 3 basic divisions within the Christendom as it relates […]

The Beauty of the Scriptures

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The Blessing of Scripture Make you wise to salvation Through faith in Jesus Christ  The Nature of Scripture Defining Scripture The Central Figure in Scripture The Origin of Scripture Interpreting the Scripture  The Usefulness of Scripture Teaching Rebuking Correcting Training in Righteousness Equipping for every good work Question 42 How is the Word of God […]

What is Prayer?

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  Prayer is pouring out our hearts to God… In Praise In Petition In Confession of Sin In Thanksgiving   What is Prayer? Prayer is pouring out our hearts to God in praise, petition, confession of sin, and thanksgiving.

The Place of the Holy Spirit

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I. The Old Testament Imagery of the Holy Spirit Ruach… The Spirit resting on Individuals like  Joseph, Artists, Prophets The Hope of an outpouring of God’s Spirit Joel 2:28  II. The New Testament Revelation of the Holy Spirit Jesus Conceived by the Holy Spirit Jesus Baptized and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove The Spirit Raising […]

The Presence and work and role of the Holy Spirit

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John 14 God the Spirit lives with and in Christ’s followers (vs. 17b) God the Spirit is our Counselor He Counsels us by showing us the truth …the truth about God …the truth about Man …the truth about life He Counsels us by coming along side us (vs.16) He Counsels us by teaching and by […]

A Miraculous Faith

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Intro – why do some believe and others don’t I. A faith that gives life to the Dead (Eph. 2:1-3)  II. A faith that is given out of love and mercy (Eph. 2:4-9)  III. A faith that changes the way we think and act It changes the way we think about ourselves and others. … the way we think […]

Real Justification and Sanctification

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 Real Justification – Status A Legal Declaration outside of us A Once for all act Rooted in our union with Christ  Real Sanctification – Our Growth A Work of the Spirit in us An Ongoing process Rooted in our union with Christ   NCC Q# 32 What do justification and sanctification mean?   Justification means our […]