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The Sovereignty of God

Elder Michael Gowens' 10/13/19 sermon looks at the narrative of Nebuchadnezzar's insanity - or better yet, Nebuchadnezzar's theological education - recorded in Daniel 4:28-37, as the premier Biblical description of the sovereignty of God. Gowens defines Divine sovereignty in terms of God's absolute and ultimate authority to do always and only as He pleases. This is message #9 in the ongoing "Knowing God" series of studies.

Love Your Enemies

Elder Mike Gowens' 9/29/19 sermon is taken from Jesus' words in the Sermon on the Mount, recorded in Matthew 5:43-48. It is a surprising precept in which our Lord reminds His disciples of the higher ethical standard required of them. Instead of responding in kind to mistreatment, Christians are called to love those who oppose them via some form of persecution. What exactly does loving one's enemies entail? How is it possible to attain such a high mark? Elder Gowens answers these questions in the course of this brief message.

The Omnipotence of God

Message #8 in the ongoing sermon series by Michael Gowens on the "Attributes of God" was delivered to the congregation of Bethel Primitive Baptist Church on 9/22/19. Gowens takes his text from Revelation 19:6, proceeding to define Divine omnipotence, then to catalog the many ways that God has showcased his almighty power. He concludes the message by applying this truth to our lives in three important ways.

In this 9/15/19 message, Michael Gowens looks at Song of Solomon 2:8-17, focusing on the Shulamite's deep longing for the day of reunion with her departed King. Until that day - that is, until the dawn of everlasting and uninterrupted communion with her Beloved - she must abide in, as C. S. Lewis put it, "the Shadowlands." After sketching the developing plot in this poetical book, Gowens examines several ways in which the believer currently lives in the shadowlands. Then he gleans from the passage a number of very practical bits of wise counsel for those who must bide here as they wait for the dawn of that eternal day.

On 9/1/19, Michael Gowens brought message #7 in the ongoing study on the attributes of God, using Acts 17:24-27 as the basis of his sermon. He began by defining "omnipresence," then proceeded to discuss three further aspects of the theme--namely, the manifest, the gracious and the immediate presence of God. What comfort there is to be found in the affirmation, "Thou art near, O Lord" (Ps. 119:151a)!

God Only Wise

The 8/25/18 sermon by Elder Michael Gowens is #5 in our ongoing series on the character and attributes of God. Elder Gowens takes his text from Romans 16:27 and proceeds to look at Psalm 139:1-6 in this message on the omniscience of God. The fact that God knows all that there is to know and sees all that there is to see is both a sobering truth, and a truth of solace and comfort. 

The 8/18/19 sermon by Elder Michael Gowens is #4 in the "Knowing God" series of studies. Brother Gowens looks at Jesus' conversation with the Samaritan woman on the subject of true worship, an episode recorded in John 4. In the course of this conversation, the Lord Jesus corrects her inclination to think of worship in purely physical and geographical terms. True worship, according to our Lord, is something spiritual and inward - prioritizing both the heart and the mind of the worshiper - not something material and outward, for the nature and essence of God is spiritual, not material.

One Baptism

Elder Doug Meeks was our visiting minister on Sunday, 8/11/19. His message is taken from Ephesians 4:5: "One Lord, one faith, one baptism." Elder Meeks builds a case for valid, gospel baptism by emphasizing not only the importance of its mode, administrator and subject, but also its connection to the "one faith" Paul mentions in the text.

This 8/4/19 sermon by Elder Mike Gowens, based on Deuteronomy 6:4-9, is number four in the "Knowing God" study. The shema, expressed in verse 4, is the bedrock of revealed religion. Though the truth that "God is one" appears rudimentary, it is, in fact, a profound affirmation. As Gowens explains, the shema and its contextual passage includes at least three important truths about God: 1) The Uniqueness, or exclusivity, of God; 2) The Unity, or simplicity, of God; and 3) The Personality, or relational nature, of God.

The 7/28/19 sermon by Elder Mike Gowens focuses on the narrative of Moses' encounter with God at the burning bush and the subsequent revelation of the ineffable name I AM, recorded in Exodus 3:1-14. This is message #3 in the "Knowing God" series. Gowens highlights three great truths from this passage concerning God: (1) The God of the Burning Bush is Self-existent, Self-sufficient, Self-dependent and Self-governing; (2) The God of the Burning Bush is eternal; (3) The God of the Burning Bush is a God of grace.

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