Faith (continued)

Randy McCarthy continued his discussion from last week on Faith

The Spirit of God (cont.)

Allen Daniels spoke on “The Spirit of God” (referencing Elder Kirkpatrick’s sermon from last week.)

 

 

 


Randy McCarthy spoke on “Faith”.

Faith

randyMc_1_cropRandy McCarthy

 


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This sermon was recorded at
Oxford Primitive Baptist Church
Located in Oxford,Kansas

Have Faith in God

Brother Thom Meade introduced services reading 1st Peter Chapter 3. (1Pet 3:12-16)


b-wynnBrother Brad Wynn

Subject: Have Faith in God
Text: Mark 11:22

Brother Brad spoke of the experiences of of Joseph, Nehemiah, and Joshua; how that God blessed them through their faith and obedience to His Word to be over comers in the midst of extreme troubles and trials.  God spoke these encouraging words to Joshua: “I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.  Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

Scriptural References: Mark 11: 12-26; James 1:13;Genesis Chapters 37 thru 41; Nehemiah 1:5-11; Nehemiah 6:8-11; Deut 31:6 Joshua 1:6-9; Romans 8:31-39

Faith & Hope

Bill McCarthyBill McCarthy

 

 

 


allen d-newAllen Daniels

The Biblical Pattern for Trusting God

j-harvey-newJohn Harvey opened services by reading from the first chapter of the letter of Philippians and encouraging us to seek and walk in the fellowship of Christ, both with one another and with God.

Text: Phil 1:3-5
Scriptural References: Eph 3:8-7; Matt 11:3-5:  1 Cor 1:9; Rev 5:9; Acts 2:41-42; 2 Cor 8:2-3


 

randyMc_1_cropRandy McCarthy followed up by discussing what he termed, “the biblical pattern for trusting God.”  Randy read from Exodus 14 regarding the deliverance of the nation of Israel by allowing them to pass through the Red Sea on the dry sea bed.  While this is a notable miracle, it is attested by several archeological and historical sources.  As the nation camped on the beach next to the sea, they discovered themselves hemmed in by the pursing army of Pharoah.  They naturally cried out in fear, wondering why God had led them to this place where they would be destroyed.  God told Moses to tell the people, “Fear ye not, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.”  Exod 14:13.  From this Randy pointed out a sequence that often takes place in the lives of people blessed by God in the Bible (e.g., Abraham, Job, Joshua, David, Paul, etc.), as well as a sequence that we often experience ourselves.  Initially, God gives us a promise that, after perhaps us being unwilling to believe, we come to the place where we do believe God.  We feel great relief and go forward confidently, trusting that God will bless us.  It is often at this point when very serious troubles begin; we may be faced with a terrible, fearful situation, such as here with Pharoah’s army behind the nation and the impassable Red Sea in front.  What usually happens to us in our lives is exactly what happened to the nation of Israel – we cry out in fear and unbelief.  God nevertheless calls on us to not be afraid, stand up, stand still, and watch as He delivers us in a spectacular and wondrous way.  We should therefore not faint when our faith is tested, but instead understand that as we travel in this world as followers of Christ, we should expect both what appear to be impossible problems and amazing, miraculous deliverances from God.

Text: Exodus 14: 13-14 (Reading beginning at verse 1)
Scriptural Reference: 1 Thes 5: 14-23

Trusting In & Having Courage In God

randyMc_1_cropRandy McCarthy opened services by reading from Ephesians 1:3-11 and Romans 8:28-29 and spoke briefly about predestination.  God predestined, or determined beforehand, the destiny of His people before the creation of the world.  This destiny includes the facts that we would be adopted as God’s children, that we would have an eternal inheritance, and that we would be conformed to the image and glory of His Son Jesus Christ.

 


kwest-newKeith West

Trusting in God

Keith preached on how the Scriptures teach us to trust God.  He noted that our national motto (“In God We Trust”) is present on the currency of the United States.  To trust God means that we need to believe that He is able and willing to do what He has promised.  He observed that since God created everything (Gen 1:1), it is not difficult for Him to do other things within His creation.  Keith brought to mind three important characters who were presented with challenges of faith and who reacted in different ways (Zechariah, Luke 1:11-20; Mary, Luke 1:26-38; and Joseph, Matt 1:18-25).  Keith encouraged us to be faithful to God’s promises even when we don’t understand how He will fulfill them.


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Mark Wattenbarger

Having Courage in God

Mark followed up with the same theme by examining the life of Joshua.  Joshua had been present during all the great works that God did through Moses in redeeming the nation of Israel from Egypt, giving them the Law and Tabernacle service, and providing for them in the wilderness.  Nevertheless, it was something else when it became apparent that Joshua, not Moses, would be the one leading the people into the promised land.  Both Moses and God told Joshua to “be strong and of a good courage.” Deut 31:7; Josh 1:6; Josh 1:9).  Most importantly, Mark pointed out that God further said to Joshua, “Have I not commanded thee?”  Mark encouraged us that, just like Joshua, if God commands us to do something, He will most certainly give us the grace and power to carry out His tasks.

The Just Shall Live by Faith

allen d-newAllen Daniels

Brother Allen preached about the faith of Abel, Enoch, & Noah.

Text: Hebrews 10:38; Habakkuk 2:4
Scriptural References: Hebrews 11:1-5; Gen 4:1-8; 1 John 3:11-12; Jude 1:14; Gen 5:4-15; Luke 3:36-38; Gen 5:21-24; Rev 13:8; Gen 6:3-16

Randy & Mark – March 22

randyMc_1_cropRandy McCarthy

Evidence of the Resurrection

Acts 17:20-34;  1 Cor 15:1-8;  1 Cor 2:14;  Matt 26:31;  Zech 13:7;  Matt 28:5-10


mark w-new_hcMark Wattenbarger

How does faith work? “…through faith we understand..””…but without faith it is impossible to please God ….”    Knowledge and belief make our faith stronger; we believe in that which we know exists, but we must also trust in the source of our knowledge and belief; therefore, knowledge, belief, and trust are key aspects of our faith.

Mark 16:9-14; Luke 24:24-31;  Hebrews 11:1-6;  II Thess 3:1-2;  Romans 10:13-14;  II Tim 2:19;  John 3:2-3;  II Sam 22:1-3;  Proverbs 3:5;  Daniel 3:16-19;

Bill – The Good Samaritan /Randy – Jesus Healing Through Faith

Randy introduced services by reading from Ecclesiastes 2:1-17 and admonishes us that our happiness does not depend on the things we can obtain, but the joy comes in the labor itself and not in the final thing; therefore, let us enjoy our life under the sun as we labor together in the Lord’s Vineyard.


 

Bill McCarthyBill McCarthy Brother Bill commented briefly about how some of our older ministers of the past thought they had to prove our doctrine by quoting a multitude of Scriptures, but in his latter years, he has come to realize that the number of Scriptures quoted are not nearly as important as teaching a lesson that can be remembered from one or two.

Brother Bill then read from Luke 10:25-42, centering in on the question of the lawyer in verse 29,Who is my neighbour?” In answer to the lawyer’s question, he then preached a very edifying message about Jesus’ parable of “The good Samaritan.”  He summed up his remarks with the lesson of Mary and Martha, by admonishing us that in all our service to the Lord, to not forget to choose as Mary “that good part, which shall not be taken away.”


randyMc_1_cropRandy McCarthy Brother Randy read a passage of Scripture from Mark 9:14-29, drawing a contrast between the words of Jesus in verses 19 & 23, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you?” and  “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”

He then read the following eight passages of Scriptures, and asked two question: “What is the common denominator in these eight passages?” and “What are the lessons being taught in the healings of Jesus? ”  Matt 9:22; Matt 15:28; Mark 10:52; Luke 17:19; Luke 5:20-24; Luke 7:47-50; Matt 8:2-3; Luke 7:6-9
Brother Randy then challenged us to compare and contrast the above eight Scriptural passages to Matthew 13:58, “And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”  Here is the next question for us to ponder, “Will God work today where there is no faith being shown?”  Jesus said, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”