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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.

The 7/21/19 sermon by Michael Gowens looks at Isaiah's vision of God in Isaiah 6:1-8, as Elder Gowens prepares us for this study on God's character and attributes. This message is the second in the series entitled "Knowing God," and begins by defining what it means to know God and how God's born-again people may know him better and more deeply. Then, Gowens proceeds to discuss the importance of affirming and maintaining the Big-God portrait that is revealed in God's word. In this age of God-shrinking--when man is headlined as the star of the show and God is relegated to a supporting role--the recovery of the Bible's Big-God theology is critical to health and vigor in the life of the church. 

Knowing God

In this 7/14/19 sermon, Mike Gowens begins a new topical series of messages on the character and attributes of God based on John 17:3: "This is life eternal that they might know thee the only true God and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent." Popular religion is increasingly subjective and man-centered. In such an anemic theological climate, Pastor Gowens argues that only a God-centered message is consistent with the Biblical gospel. The most important thing about the believer is his/her knowledge of God. Few subjects will have a greater impact on our faith and conduct than an awareness of who God is.

In the 7/7/19 sermon, Elder Michael Gowens offers an overview of the book of Nehemiah, and the emerging portrait of his leadership traits. This relatively obscure Jewish figure played an integral role at a time of great need in the post-exilic history of the nation of Israel. Among his many impressive characteristics, one stands out above the rest. Nehemiah was a man devoted to prayer and the glory of God. Christians today, regardless of the particular role in which they may function in a role of leadership, would do well to take their cue from this pious man.

Elder David Crawford, pastor of Macclenny Primitive Baptist Church (FL), was guest minister for our June 2019 5th Weekend Meeting. His Sunday morning sermon (6/30/19) was taken from the narrative in Mark 5 concerning Jesus' ministry to the woman with a chronic medical hemorrhage and the apparently tragic circumstances of a young girl's death. Elder Crawford makes three primary points in this outstanding sermon: (1) The true identity of our Lord is revealed in each interaction with people; (2) Though the Lord's agenda is distinct from ours, His is always best; (2) He is personally tender and kind to His loved ones in their hour of affliction and pain.

Elder David Crawford, pastor of Macclenny Primitive Baptist Church (FL), was guest minister for our June 2019 5th Weekend Meeting. His message on Saturday evening (6/29/19) was taken from the familiar parable recorded in Luke 15 popularly known as the parable of the Prodigal Son. But Elder Crawford is careful to highlight that both of the boys in this story were prodigals, paralleling the two groups of Jesus' hearers referenced in verse 1, i.e. the "sinners" and the "Pharisees." Far from a mere retelling of this beloved parable, however, this message offers fresh insights concerning the position held by the older son, and contrasting his reluctance to sacrifice for his brother with our Elder Brother's willingness to sacrifice for us.

Elder David Crawford, pastor of Macclenny Primitive Baptist Church (FL), was guest minister for our June 2019 5th Weekend Meeting. His Saturday afternoon sermon (6/29/19) was based on John 11, with special focus on the way the Lord Jesus interfaced with the grieving sisters of Lazarus. This exceptional sermon explores the different ways people respond to grief, and the tailored response of Christ to each individual's need. But more importantly, Elder Crawford finds the gospel message concerning the Person and Work of Christ in this inspired narrative. The insightfulness and pathos of this message make it one to revisit time and again.

On Saturday afternoon 6/29/19, Elder David Cothren, pastor of Angier Primitive Baptist Church (NC), delivered a brief but excellent message from Nehemiah 13. In a world that poses so many obstacles to the family and the cause of Christ, there is a great need for men and women of conscience and conviction like Nehemiah. When others in his day surrendered in compromise to the status quo, Nehemiah stood courageously for the integrity of God's house and God's law.

Brokenness

Elder David Crawford, pastor of Macclenny Primitive Baptist Church (FL), was guest minister for our June 2019 5th Weekend Meeting. His Friday night sermon (6/28/19) was taken from Genesis 3. Elder Crawford cites three personal experiences in recent pastoral ministry to illustrate the brokenness that pervades life in this world. Then he traces the cause of brokenness to Genesis 3 and the entrance of sin into this world. Finally, he looks at two New Testament passages - Mark 4:35-41 and Revelation 21 - in reference to the Divine remedy for the brokenness and alienation that touches our lives.  

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