Our Church: Framework

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Our Church: Framework

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

WHAT IS A LOCAL CHURCH?
1. PILLAR
2. GROUND
3. NEW TESTAMENT MODEL

WHAT IS A FUNDAMENTAL CHURCH?
1. AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE
2. DEITY OF CHRIST
3. VIRGIN BIRTH
4. SUBSTITUTIONARY BLOOD ATONEMENT
5. BODILY RESURRECTION/PHYSICAL RETURN

WHAT IS A REFORMED/CALVINISTIC CHURCH?
1. SOLA FIDE: JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH ALONE
2. SOLA GRATIA: GRACE ALONE
>>a. TOTAL DEPRAVITY
>>b. UNCONDITIONAL ELECTION
>>c. LIMITED (PARTICULAR) ATONEMENT
>>d. IRRESISTIBLE GRACE
>>e. PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS

3. SOLA SCRIPTURA: SCRIPTURE ALONE
4. SOLUS CHRISTUS: CHRIST ALONE
5. SOLI DEO GLORIA: GLORY OF GOD ALONE

WHAT IS A BAPTISTIC CHURCH?
1. BIBLE IS SOLE AUTHORITY FOR FAITH AND PRACTICE
2. REGENERATED CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
3. AUTONOMY OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
4. PRIESTHOOD OF BELIEVERS/SOUL LIBERTY
5. SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
6. IMMERSION/LORD’S SUPPER ONLY ORDINANCES
7. SEPARATION (ECCLESIASTICAL & ETHICAL)


Our Church: Foundation

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Our Church: Foundation

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. FOUNDATION: GOD’S PURPOSE
A. DIRECTION

1. EVERY ORGANIZATION HAS A PURPOSE
2. MATTHEW 22:35-40 PURPOSE
3. MATTHEW 28:19-20 PURPOSE

B. BUILDING
1. MATTHEW 16:13-18 PURPOSE
2. BENEFITS FROM BUILDING ON GOD’S PURPOSE (I Cor 1:10; 3:9-11; Is 26:3-4; Phil. 3:13-14)

II. FOUNDATION: GOD’S PLAN
A. SET CHURCH “IN ORDER”

1. GOD PLANS
2. GOD “SET” ORDER IN HIS CHURCH (I Cor. 11:34)

B. SET MEMBERS IN CHURCH
1. GOD “SET” PEOPLE IN HIS CHURCH (I Cor. 12:18, 24-25)
2. GOD “SET” LEADERS IN HIS CHURCH (I Cor. 12:28-29)


Songs of Christmas: Simeon & Anna

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Songs of Christmas: Simeon & Anna

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church


Songs of Christmas: Angels

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Songs of Christmas: Angels

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. RECIPIENTS

  1. SIMPLE FOLK

Lk 2:8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping [turns] watching over their flock at night.

  1. STORY CONTINUES
  2. FAITHFUL
  3. STUNNED PEOPLE

Lk 2:9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they feared with great fear.

  1. SHOCK (Is 9:2)
  2. RESPONSE
  3. REVELATION
  4. SAVIOR (verse of song)

Lk 2:10-12 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For was born today in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”

  1. PROMISE (Ps 85)
  2. SIGN
  3. SOVEREIGNTY (chorus of song)

Lk 2:13-14 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!”

  1. HEAVENLY CHOIR (Ex 15:1; Is 6:3)
  2. GLORY TO GOD, PEACE TO MAN

III.      RESPONSE

  1. SEARCHED

Lk 2:15-16 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.

  1. RESPONSIBILITY (Jer 29:13)
  2. DISCOVERY (Ps 42:1-2)
  3. SHARED

Lk 2:17-18, 20 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them

  1. GOOD NEWS
  2. AMAZEMENT

Songs of Christmas: Zacharias

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Songs of Christmas: Zacharias

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. STEPS OF FAITH
A. “BABY” STEPS

>>1. STEP #1 – INTENTIONAL LIVING
Lk 1:5-7 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zecharias, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. They were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.
>>2. STEP #2 – HONORED LIVING
Lk 1:8-12 Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, according to the custom of the priesthood, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And Zecharias was troubled when he saw him, and fear paralyzed him.
>>3. STEP #3 – JOYFUL LIVING
Lk 1:13-14 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.”

B. “CONFIDENT” STEPS
>>1. STEP #4 – PROPHETIC LIVING
Lk 1:15-17 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He must not drink wine or strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (also Mt 11:11; Mal 4:5-6)
>>2. STEP #5 – DOUBTFUL LIVING
Lk 1:18-22 And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.”
And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.”
And the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they were wondering at his delay in the temple. And when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he kept making signs to them and remained mute.

>>3. STEP #6 – REWARDED LIVING
Lk 1:23-25 And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home. After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she kept herself hidden, saying, “Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.”

II. SONG OF PRAISE
A. BASED IN FAITH

>>1. PRAISE GOD’S MERCY
Lk 1:57-63 Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father, but his mother answered, “No; he shall be called John.”
And they said to her, “None of your relatives is called by this name.”
And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called. And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all wondered.

>>2. PRAISE GOD’S GRACE
Lk 1:64-66 And immediately his mouth was opened, and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea, and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him.

B. BASED IN THE PLAN
>>1. PRAISE GOD’S PURPOSE
Lk 1:67-72a “Now John’s father Zacharias was filled with the holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David, as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, who have been since the world began, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us, to fulfill the mercy promised to our fathers” (also Ps 69:30)
>>2. PRAISE GOD’S PROMISE
Lk 1:72b-75 “And to remember His holy covenant, the oath which He swore to our father Abraham: to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.”
>>3. PRAISE GOD’S PARDON
Lk 1:76-79 “And you, John, will be called the ‘Prophet of the Highest’; for you will go before the Lord to prepare His ways. To give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace”


Songs of Christmas: Mary

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Songs of Christmas: Mary

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. ONSET OF MARY’S JOY
A. GOD’S PROMISE

>>1. SHOWING HIS CHOICES
Lk 1:26-28 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God send the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a city in Galilee, to a virgin betrothed to a man named was Joseph, of the lineage of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”
Lk 1:29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.

(also Eph 1:3,6; Mt 28:20)
>>2. SHOWING HIS PURPOSES
Lk 1:30-33 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Highest. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
Lk 1:34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
Lk 1:35-37 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. Look, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.”
(also Is 7:14
>>3. SHOWING HIS AUTHORITY
Lk 1:38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
(also I Tim 3:16

B. GOD’S PLAN
>>1. SHOWING HIS EVIDENCE
Lk 1:39-41 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb.
>>2. SHOWING HIS BLESSING
Lk 1:42-45 And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”
(also Lk 1:17)

II. OBJECT OF MARY’S JOY
A. GOD’S PERSON
>>1. SHOWING HIS SALVATION
Lk 1:46-47 And Mary said: ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.”
>>2. SHOWING HIS ATTRIBUTES
Lk 1:48-49 For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.

B. GOD’S PURITY
>>1. SHOWING HIS HOLINESS
Lk 1:49b and holy is His Name.
>>2. SHOWING HIS MERCY
Lk 1:50 His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation.

C. GOD’S PROVISION
>>1. SHOWING HIS PROVIDENCE
Lk 1:51-53 He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their thrones and exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.
>>2. SHOWING HIS FAITHFULNESS
Lk 1:54-55 He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever.
(also II Pet 1:12-15)


Songs of Christmas: Isaiah

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Songs of Christmas: Isaiah

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. ISAIAH’S SONG: ANTICIPATION
A. GOD’S PLAN

>>1. SETTING
>>2. SONG
Isaiah 40:1-5 “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD’s hand double for all her sins. The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, ‘Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: and the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.’”
Isaiah 60:1-3 “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.”
Isaiah 9:2 “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.”
Isaiah 11:1 “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.”

B. GOD’S PRESENCE
>>1. SIGN
Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
>>2. SON

II. ISAIAH’S SONG: AUTHORITY
A. GOD’S PERSON

>>1. SIGNIFICANCE
Isaiah 9:6a “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the empire shall be upon His shoulder,”
>>2. SOVEREIGN
Isaiah 9:6b “and His name shall be called miraculous Guide, mighty God, everlasting Father, peaceful Sovereign.”

B. GOD’S PROGRAM
>>1. START
Isaiah 9:7a “Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom,”
>>2. STEADFAST
Isaiah 9:7b “to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore; the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this”

III. ISAIAH’S SONG: APPLICATION
A. GOD’S PROMISE

>>1. SHOUT
Isaiah 40:9 “O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up into the high mountain: O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!”
>>2. SURVEY
Isaiah 40:10-11 “Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.”

B. GOD’S PURPOSE
>>1. SOURCE
Isaiah 40:28-31 “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
>>2. SWAY
Isaiah 46:12-13 “Listen to Me, you stubborn of heart, you who are far from righteousness: I bring near My righteousness; it is not far off, and My salvation will not delay; I will put salvation in Zion, for Israel My glory.”


Thanksgiving 2018 – Where are the Thankful?

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Thanksgiving 2018: Where are the Thankful?

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus crossed the border between Galilee and Samaria. Approaching a village, He was met by ten [Samaritan] lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”
When He saw them, He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
Then one of them, a Samaritan, seeing that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks.
Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Wasn’t one found to return and give praise to God except a non-believer?”
Then He said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

Luke 17:11-19

I. STORY OF ONE IN TEN
A. MIRACLE OF JESUS

>>1. CONDITION OF THE MEN (Lk 17:11-13
>>2. COMPASSION OF THE MASTER (Lk 17:14)

B. MESSAGE OF JESUS
>>1. COGNIZANCE OF ONLY ONE (Lk 17:15-16)
>>2. CONCERN ABOUT THE OTHERS (Lk 17:17-18)
>>3. COMMENDATION OF A CHANGED HEART (Lk 17:19)

II. SIGNIFICANCE TO ME
A. ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

>>1. REACTION OF MOST
>>2. DAILY PRAISE (Ps 103:2; 100:4; 116:17; I Chron 16:34; Eph 5:20; I Thes 5:16-18; I Cor 1:4)

B. REASONS FOR THANKSGIVING
>>1. I AM THANKFUL FOR JESUS’ HEART OF COMPASSION
>>2. I AM THANKFUL FOR JESUS’ HEALING MY SOUL AND BODY (Titus 3:5)
>>3. I AM THANKFUL FOR JESUS’ HAND OF FELLOWSHIP (Heb 4:16; II Cor 4:15-16)


Missionary Danny Sherman – Finishing Well

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Missionary Danny Sherman, People of the Book

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

Missionary Danny Sherman drove into Casper this week because of a family surgery and contacted me, asking “What can I do to help?” Hello? My strength is still fragile recovering from the massive stroke and while I could have brought a short devotional, Danny was willing to share a message from the Word and talk of their unique ministry in the Spanish-speaking world.

Sadly, the recording stopped part way thru his sermon, but this is a taste of what this veteran missionary is doing to “finish well”.


Special Speaker – Jim Garbutt

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Exposition of James: Asking for Wisdom

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A Sermon by Bro. James Garbutt, Elder at Sovereign Grace Church