THE ESSENTIALS

Pastor Andrew’s fall/winter series explores the Fellowship Baptist’s statement of faith and explains basic Christian beliefs.

1. The Bible  (Psalm 119: 1-16 and selected Scriptures)

In this first sermon of the series, pastor Andrew answers the question, “How important is the Bible?” The Bible 20110918

2. God  (Isaiah 40:12-14, 18-31)

God did not intend that His attributes be studied in absence of a response on the part of His creatures. Contemplating the Creator should change the creature; meditating on the Master should make a difference in the life of the servant. – Norman Geisler.                   God 20110925

3. Jesus Christ (John 1:1-18; Colossians 1:15-23; Hebrews 1:1-3; Philippians 2:5-11)

Pastor Andrew’s thrid sermon in the series.  “The people who hanged Christ never, to do them justice, accused [Jesus] of being a bore–on the contrary, they though him too dynamic to be safe. It has been for later generations to muffle up that shattering personality and surround him with an atmosphere of tedium (Dorothy L. Sayers). Jesus Christ 20111023BA

4. The Holy Spirit (Jer. 31:31-34; John chapters 14 & 16; Acts; Gal. 5;  1 Cor. 12-14)

Who is the Holy Spirit? What is his purpose in the world, the church, and the life of the individual Christian? In this fourth sermon of the series, Pastor Andrew answers all these questions and more from the Bible.  The Holy Spirit 20111030BA

5. Satan (Mat. 4:1-11; Mk. 3:27)

“The witness of the New Testament, then, is clear. Satan is a malignant reality, always hostile to God and to God’s people. But he has already been defeated in Christ’s life and death and resurrection, and his defeat will become obvious and complete at the end of the age.”  (New Bible Dictionary) Satan 20111106BA

6. Humanity (Mark 12:13-17)

All humans bear the image of God. There is no person on earth who does not have God’s image. All are endowed with His divine imprint, unlike anything else in creation. This truth has great implications for how we relate to others. However that image was marred when man decided to go his own way rather than the way of the one who created him. But, the great news of the gospel is that God’s image can be fully restored through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Humanity20120115BA

7. Future Things: The Living End (1 Thessalonians 4:13 – 5:8)

So sorry — we had a technical problem! We are unable to include Pastor Malcolm’s sermon describing end of time prophecies about the second coming of Christ.  However, we have uploaded the notes (.pdf) that were available for the congregation. We apologise to those of you who were waiting to hear the sermon online. Depending on your computer, the notes may take several minutes to upload. Thank you for your patience. The Living End (Notes)20120129AM  Note: The answers to the quiz can be found on the “Events and News” page of this website.

8. Salvation (John 3:16-21)

The great truths about our slavation are often expressed in really big words that can seem very difficult to understand. The death of Jesus, for example, is described as a “vicarious, expiatory, and propitiatory sacrifice.” None of us talk like this normally, but understanding the meaning of the words helps us to appreciate the amazing way God’s love has provided the gift of forgiveness and eternal life. It’s all clearly and memorably expressed in what is probably the most quoted verse in the Bible: John 3:16. Salvation 20120122BA

9. The Church (Matthew 16:13-20)

What is the Church anyway? Pastor Andrew show us that “It is God’s primary programme in the world, the visible expression of the rule of Christ, the voluntary association of those committed to Jesus as Lord (Augsburger). The Church20120212BA

10. Baptism & Communion (Acts 9:26-38; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32)

For the Christian, the celebration of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Communion) are powerful uses of symbol, visual reminders of what God has done for us. Baptism and Communion 20120219BA

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