Sunday at Forsythe: Is It Worth It?

8.29.14

Sunday morning we will study the poignant question of Jesus in Matthew 16:26.

You are welcome to join us at 9:30 for Bible Classes and 10:30 for worship.

Following worship we will enjoy a meal together. Please plan to stay!

The Good News From God

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Good News from God: A Fresh Perspective on the Bible, Christianity, Church, and Life is a book published by the Outreach Church of Christ in Hamilton, Texas. I was recently pointed to this excellent book and have been very blessed by the information within and the spirit of the writing. It is written by one of the shepherds of the Outreach Church, Dennis Ensor and others from their church.

The first part of this book gives a brief overview of the Bible. This is followed by some Bible teaching on salvation, grace and mercy, what to do after baptism and some encouragement on finding a church.

A free copy of this book is available to our guests on Sundays at Forsythe. A .pdf copy of it is also available via a link to the right of this post. You can download it now and read it on your computer or send it to your Kindle and read it there.

Jesus said…

“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds,and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” – Matthew 7:7-8

I believe this book is a treasure to find, an open door, and an answer to some really important questions. 

- John Dobbs

 

New Sunday Morning Class

8.26

Starting September 7th Kevin Smith will be teaching from Randy Alcorn’s book Money, Possessions, and Eternity. This class meets in the Adult 2 classroom down the hall from the entrance. Here is a video preview from the author.

Sermon For August 24

8.22.14

 Who is Jesus To You?  Matthew 16:13-20

Introduction
“There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.” Blaise Pascal

WHO IS JESUS? Is the most important question of the day.

Matthew 16:13-18  When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.  And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

 

1. Jesus The Mega-Prophet

(Matthew 16:13-14 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”) 

Jesus was compared by people of his day to other prophets. 

John The Baptist. John’s role was to prepare the way for the Messiah. (John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!)

Elijah – exalted among all prophets.  “Elijah had always been looked on as the summit and the prince of the prophetic line….To this day the Jews expect the return of Elijah before the coming of the Messiah and … leave a chair vacant for Elijah when they celebrate the Passover.” (Barclay)

Jeremiah – the weeping prophet highly regarded among the Jews.

These were all complimentary connections for Jesus. Jesus was a prophet. Jesus came to be more than a prophet.

Today there are many answers to this question from the world religions.
*Buddhists believe that Jesus was a wise and enlightened man who taught similar things to Buddha.

*Hindus believe that Jesus was an incarnation of God similar to Krishna, a wise man.

*Jehovah’s Witnesses believe he was God’s first creation, the archangel Michael, who became a man.

*Mormons believe that he was one of the spirit beings that all humans used to be, the spirit brother of Lucifer who became the devil. They believe that Jesus was begotten in the flesh by God the Father.

*Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet and miracle worker, but he was not crucified nor raised from the dead.

*Famous agnostic and author of Why I Am Not a Christian, Bertand Russel said, “Historically it is quite doubtful whether Christ ever existed at all, and if he did we know nothing about him.”

2. Jesus the Heaven-Revealed Messiah

(Matthew 16:15-17 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.)

Christ means Messiah – Anointed One,  prophesied about through the ages.
This is the first time “Messiah” is used in Matthew … it is a crescendo in the teachings of Jesus.

Revelation (17) - This was revealed to Peter by the Father. 

3. Jesus The Ultimate Kingdom Builder  

(Matthew 16:18-20 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.)

Peter’s name in Greek (Petros) meant a large piece of rock – a rock like Gibraltar! The ‘rock’ is the confession of Peter. Some believe it is Peter himself, but I believe it is the revealed confession of Peter that Jesus is Messiah that will be the bedrock of the church.

It is popular today to claim not to like the church but to love Jesus. But Jesus loves the church!

“The church is not merely a means to achieve a greater goal, nor is it just a voluntary association of like-minded individuals. it is an article of faith. Jesus promises that he will build his church. He will protect the church he is building so that, while the force of sin and death will do its worst to destroy, the church nevertheless will prevail.” - Charles E. Hambrick-Stowe

The Strength of the Church (various translations…)
HCSB: ‘the forces of Hades will not overpower it’
NLT: the powers of hell will not conquer it
NCV: the power of death will not be able to defeat it
The Voice: The church will reign triumphant even at the gates of hell
KJV: The gates of hell will not prevail against it.

Do you think the disciples would remember this as they are persecuted later? Do we need to be reminded of this?

The Authority of the Church (19).  When the Apostles spoke, they spoke the will of God in heaven. Jesus had taught them to pray, “Our Father in heaven … your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Ultimately our greatest authority in the church today are the writings of the apostles collected together as the New Testament.

Conclusion
1. Who is Jesus to You? This is an important question.
2. Who do you think Jesus wants to be to you?

3. Peter confessed his faith in Christ. Have you confessed your faith in Christ?

Romans 10:9-10 If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.

When we move beyond words … and believe in our Heart in Jesus we will turn over every objection to obeying Him, beginning with repentance and baptism and continuing on to growing in discipleship.

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Forsythe Update August 20

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Our website has been down for several days as our host had some unexpected issues, but we are happy to be back! Here are some updates for the coming days at Forsythe Church of Christ!

Sunday School on August 24 for the His Avenue kids will focus on the life of King David. Teens and Adult classes are also available at 9:30.

Worship for Sunday, August 24 will center around the first part of an amazing conversation between Jesus and the disciples found in Matthew 16:13-20. The morning sermon and the evening Bible discussion will focus on this text. Children’s Church available midway through service. Check back here for sermon notes and audio.

Wednesday, August 27th we will conclude our study of STICKY CHURCH. Beginning in September on Wednesday nights we will study the book of Ruth using Michael Whitworth’s excellent book Bethlehem Road. This is available for your Kindle as well as paperback. We will have a limited number of paperbacks available for $6. You can also order your own copy HERE.

SEPTEMBER is the beginning of a new quarter and that means new Sunday school classes for adults, teens and children. The teens will have two classes, including a Middle School and High School class. There will be two adult electives. The children will enjoy a new quarter of studies on HIS AVENUE as they promote upwards based on their grade.

HEART TO HOME is beginning at Forsythe Church. This dynamic mentoring program is an awesome opportunity for younger women in the church to get to know older women, and to learn from their experience of living by faith.

Tuesday Morning Ladies Classes will also begin September 9th.

You are welcome to come and see what we are all about at Forsythe Church of Christ someday soon!