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This weeks message is a service of Family Bible Church, Martinez, GA

Episodes

  • In Defense of the Ministry (Part 3a - Pauls Challenge)

    In Defense of the Ministry (Part 3a - Paul's Challenge)

    17/05/2020

    This is the 16th message in this series on Paul's second epistle to the church of Corinth; we began studying this last section of Paul's letter at the end of March. Over the past two weeks we have been considering Paul's defense of his ministry and how that applies to our own ministries. We have considered Paul's call and his credentials. In those messages, we saw how Paul continually pointed the Corinthians to Christ. A truly called minister of God would seek to glorify God by guiding those in his sphere of influence according to the truth of God. Hence, Paul warned them regarding false ministers who proclaim a false Jesus, have a false spirit, and teach a false gospel. These false ministers seek to enslave believers in legalism, devour their resources, divide the true church, exalt themselves, and intimidate believers into obeying them. The true minister seeks to emulate Christ in his ministry. Today, as we close this epistle, we will consider Paul's final challenge to the Corinthians: a challenge to tes

  • In Defense of the Ministry (Part 2 - Pauls Credentials)

    In Defense of the Ministry (Part 2 - Paul's Credentials)

    10/05/2020

    This last section of Paul's second epistle to the Corinthians deals specifically with the affliction that comes with "spiritual warfare." As we seek to serve Christ we will experience opposition. We are told in God's Word that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." (Eph 6:12) As we have seen, this battle is primarily directed against the glory of God by attacking the truth of His Word. This attack is two-fold: attacking the message itself and then, also the messenger. We considered first, the attack on God’s message and our responsibility to clothe ourselves with the armor of God, the weapons of our warfare, in order to defend the truth and to disarm the attacks against it. Last week, we began considering the attack upon the messenger of the truth. If Satan can silence the messenger, he hinders the proclamation of the truth. As our ministry is attacke

  • In Defense of the Ministry (Part 1 - Pauls Calling)

    In Defense of the Ministry (Part 1 - Paul's Calling)

    03/05/2020

    Approximately one month ago, we began considering this last section of Paul's second epistle to the church of Corinth. This last section deals specifically with the affliction that comes with "spiritual warfare." We are told in God's Word that we "do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." (Eph 6:12) As we have seen, this battle is primarily directed against the glory of God by attacking the truth of His Word. This attack is two-fold: attacking the message itself and then, also the messenger. We have considered the attack on God's message and our responsibility to clothe ourselves with the armor of God, the weapons of our warfare, in order to defend the truth and to disarm the attacks against it. Today, we begin to consider the attack upon the messenger of the truth. If Satan can silence the messenger, he hinders the proclamation of the truth. In warfare, the

  • The Weapons of our Warfare (Part 3 - Pulling Down Strongholds)

    The Weapons of our Warfare (Part 3 - Pulling Down Strongholds)

    19/04/2020

    This message was presented using Zoom Teleconferencing as the 5th of our "Worship from a Distance" during the COVID-19 Pandemic. In our study of Paul's 2nd letter to the Corinthians, we have been studying Paul's transition into a consideration of spiritual afflictions. Paul is reminding the believers of Corinth that the ultimate war that we are in is a spiritual war. Hence, we do not war according to the flesh. Prior to our week of Prayer and Fasting, we considered the spiritual discipline of fasting and the spiritual power that is derived from "true fasting." We then considered the "Armor of God" that Paul describes in Ephesians 6. Two weeks ago, we began examining the utilization of these spiritual weapons of warfare by considering the first, of four items, against which which we battle: Strongholds. We are told that these spiritual weapons are to be used for the Pulling Down of Strongholds. During that message, we considered four strongholds that we fight against: Ignorance, Idolatry, Iniquity,

  • The Garden, The Cross and The Resurrection

    The Garden, The Cross and The Resurrection

    12/04/2020

    Our Resurrection Day 2020 Service was celebrated via Zoom. Our three elders: David Hayes, Bob Corbin, and Steve Moore, each taught on a portion of this magnificent event. Examining the Garden, we see manhood side of Christ struggling with the affliction that He is about to undergo. Yet, in the end, it is the will of the Father which is chosen. Examining the Cross, we see that Christ completed the prophecies regarding His coming, the law of Moses, and the payment for our sins. Examining the Resurrection, we see that it is a Reality, a Warning, a Promise and a Hope. This message was presented on April 12, 2020 by David Hayes, Bob Corbin, and Steve Moore.

  • The Weapons of our Warfare (Part 2 - Pulling Down Strongholds)

    The Weapons of our Warfare (Part 2 - Pulling Down Strongholds)

    05/04/2020

    This message was presented using Zoom Teleconferencing as the 3rd of our "Worship from a Distance" during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Last week, we began focusing on the next section of Paul's 2nd letter to the Corinthians. Throughout the letter, Paul has built his exhortations and encouragements around the central theme of believers living their lives within an atmosphere of afflictions. He began his letter discussing the purpose of afflictions and then sharing from his own life. He then provided encouragement, by reminding the believers of their new standing in Christ and how they are being continually changed from glory to glory. God, as the Master Sculptor, is chiseling away on us - His new creations! He who began the good work in us IS CONTINUING to perform it ... UNTIL the day of Christ! He is molding us and conforming us to the image of His blessed Son - according to His promise and plan! As that work is being accomplished, there will be opposition in the spiritual realm. As we considered the "Weapons of

  • The Weapons of our Warfare (Part 1)

    The Weapons of our Warfare (Part 1)

    29/03/2020

    This message was presented using Zoom Teleconferencing as the 2nd of our "Worship from a Distance" during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We have spent the last two Sundays considering the subject of fasting and have spent this past week in a special time of prayer and fasting. As mentioned in those messages, what originally seemed to be hiatus from our series actually was an addition to our series. For today, we come to the portion of Paul's 2nd letter to the Corinthians where he will begin to take on probably the greatest affliction that we can face - spiritual affliction in the form of attacks against the truth of the Scriptures and the obedience to that truth. Paul begins this portion by declaring his desire to exhort them in meekness and gentleness, rather than in boldness. However, there were some - false teachers - who were challenging his authority and the message which God had given him to share. When you begin to share the truth of God's Word, and begin to seek to live according to it's standards, you wil

  • The Heart of Fasting

    The Heart of Fasting

    22/03/2020

    This message was presented using Zoom Teleconferencing as the 1st of our "Worship from a Distance" during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Last week we began a two-part consideration on the spiritual discipline of fasting. We are considering this topic in preparation for our week of prayer and fasting (this week), and as an extension of the teaching on Spiritual Warfare which we will have from 2 Corinthians 10:1-7, Lord willing, next week. As we saw last week, fasting, in its proper form, is when you abstain from food and/or drink for a period of time. That concept has been extrapolated to other realms as well (especially during the season of "Lent".) Fasting was seen in the Old Testament to be an "affliction of the soul." However, this temporal affliction of our physical body is for a great spiritual purpose. Last week we considered the call to fasting. Today, we want to consider the "Heart of Fasting." What does God consider to be a "Proper Fast?" This message was presented on March 22, 2020 by Bob Corbin.

  • The Call to Fasting

    The Call to Fasting

    15/03/2020

    We have been studying Paul's second epistle to the church of Corinth for the past two months. With our spring week of Prayer and Fasting coming up a week from now, I would like to present a little teaching on the subject of fasting. This is not a commonly taught on topic in the greater church anymore. Yet, it is a discipline that is assumed to be in the life of those who seek YHWH. At first, I considered this teaching to be a break from our teaching in 2 Corinthians, but as I meditated upon it I realized that actually this teaching on fasting will be just an amplification of the next portion of our study - 2 Corinthians 10:1-7 - and our consideration of spiritual warfare. For one of our primary spiritual weapons, as we will see, is indeed the discipline of fasting. What is "Fasting"? Fasting, in its proper form, is when you abstain from food and/or drink for a period of time. That concept has been extrapolated to other realms as well (especially during the season of "Lent".) Fasting was seen to be an "afflict

  • The Principles and Promises of Giving

    The Principles and Promises of Giving

    08/03/2020

    In the last message, we saw how afflictions reveal our faith. Within the context of that theme, Paul refers to the testimony of the believers in Macedonia who gave great evidence of their faith - in the midst of their affliction - by giving to the needs of the saints in Judea (cf. Romans 15:25-26). This abundant giving was founded on the fact that they had first given of themselves to the Lord. They understood that everything that they owned was actually under His stewardship and for His glory. As we will continue to examine today, they gave out of their great devotion for what God had done for them. Hence, the Priority of Giving is giving yourself first. Today, we pick up on the theme of giving by considering the Principles, and Promises, of Giving that Paul gives in chapters 8 and 9. This message was presented on March 8, 2020 by Bob Corbin.

  • The Priority of Giving

    The Priority of Giving

    01/03/2020

    In his second epistle to the church of Corinth, Paul has been seeking to encourage the Corinthian believers regarding their position in Christ and the purpose of God as they face afflictions. Through afflictions, we have the opportunity to receive the encouragement of God and, subsequently, to dispense that same encouragement to others who are experiencing afflictions. Afflictions are a means by which we can give testimony to the greatness of our God! With this in mind, Paul transitions his exhortation to the testimony of the believers in Macedonia and how they handled the afflictions with which they were faced. Paul's goal is to inspire the believers of Corinth to prove themselves faithful regarding the commitments that they made - in spite of the circumstances which they found themselves. Afflictions test our resolve. In Jesus' parable of the sower, the seed and the soil, we are told of four different types of soil: the hard soil, the rocky soil, the thorny soil and the prepared soil. Only the prepared so

  • Godly Sorrow

    Godly Sorrow

    23/02/2020

    In his second epistle to the church of Corinth, Paul has been seeking to encourage the Corinthian believers regarding their position in Christ and the purpose of God as they face afflictions. Through afflictions, we have the opportunity to receive the encouragement of God and, subsequently, to dispense that same encouragement to others who are experiencing afflictions. Afflictions are a means by which we can give testimony to the greatness of our God! Our relationship in Christ should effect how we think about our purpose in this world. We must remember that we are, ultimately, eternal beings and will one day be absent from the body and present with the Lord! Hence, while we live upon the earth, we must see ourselves as ministers of reconciliations and ambassadors of God. As such, we should seek to bring no offense (or stumbling block) to others in their coming to the knowledge of the truth. As God's ambassadors, we must seek to not be unequally yoked, in order that God may direct our path in the ministry to

  • The Effects of Grace

    The Effects of Grace

    16/02/2020

    In the midst of Paul's teaching and encouragement to the Corinthian believers regarding dealing with afflictions in this world, he reminds them of their precious relationship with God in Christ. This relationship is a result of God's grace. The grace of God has been defined using the word itself as an acronym: G.R.A.C.E. - God's Riches At Christ's Expense. We see this grace portrayed in the "great exhange" spoken of at the end of chapter 5, "For He (God) made Him (Christ) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." It is God's grace that brings us to salvation. It is also the grace of God that continues to draw us toward being conformed to the image of Christ - this is called sanctification. This message was presented on February 16, 2020 by David Hayes.

  • The Ministry of Reconciliation

    The Ministry of Reconciliation

    09/02/2020

    As we began our study of Paul's second epistle to the church of Corinth, we considered the purpose of affliction in the life of the believer. Through afflictions, we have the opportunity to receive the encouragement of God and, subsequently, to dispense that same encouragement to others who are experiencing afflictions. Afflictions are a means by which we can give testimony to the greatness of our God! Over the past two weeks, we have seen that at the core of "Embracing Afflictions" is the constant battle between the physical and the spiritual realms. As we have seen meteorologically, when two fronts collide there is a storm! Paul told the Ephesians, "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood ..." Though we live in a physical plane, as spirit beings we must learn to think beyond the moment. Today's passage, continues the thought process from the past two messages and brings our consideration of events of this world to a crescendo. This is where the rubber meets the road; where proclaimed belief meets actu

  • Maintaining a Proper Focus

    Maintaining a Proper Focus

    02/02/2020

    As we began our study of Paul's second epistle to the church of Corinth, we considered the purpose of affliction in the life of the believer. Through afflictions, we have the opportunity to receive the encouragement of God and, subsequently, to dispense that same encouragement to others who are experiencing afflictions. Hence, rather than seeing trials as the world sees them - as hindrances and enemies to our happiness - we must come to embrace them knowing that our Sovereign God allowed them into our lives in order that we might grow in our knowledge of Christ and glorify He who redeemed us by His blood! Two weeks ago, we saw how Paul declared that there were points in his life and ministry where he despaired of even life itself (1:8). Yet, he found his strength in God who delivers from death itself! He then, seemingly, changed the subject to contrast the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. Yet, Paul was laying the foundation and instructing the believers regarding the existence of spiritual afflictions wh

  • Ministers of a Superior Covenant

    Ministers of a Superior Covenant

    26/01/2020

    As we began our study of 2 Corinthians, we considered Paul's "thesis statement" regarding the purpose of affliction in the life of the believer. Through afflictions, we have the opportunity to receive the encouragement of God and, subsequently, to dispense that same encouragement to others who are experiencing afflictions. Hence, rather than seeing trials as the world sees them - as hindrances and enemies to our happiness - we must come to embrace them knowing that our Sovereign God allowed them into our lives in order that we might grow in our knowledge of Christ and glorify He who redeemed us by His blood! In the last message, we saw how Paul declared that there were points in his life and ministry where he despaired of even life itself (1:8). Yet, he found his strength in God who delivers from death itself! Today, we begin to consider another angle on afflictions. God created man with a body, a soul, and a spirit. Afflictions then can come in each of those planes. In this section, we see Paul begin to di

  • The Burden and Boasting of Paul

    The Burden and Boasting of Paul

    19/01/2020

    Last week, we began studying the second epistle of Paul to the Corinthians. As we began our study, we considered Paul's "thesis statement" regarding the purpose of affliction in the life of the believer. Through afflictions, we have the opportunity to receive the encouragement of God and, subsequently, to dispense that same encouragement to others who are experiencing afflictions. Hence, rather than seeing trials as the world sees them - as hindrances and enemies to our happiness - we must come to embrace them knowing that our Sovereign God allowed them into our lives in order that we might grow in our knowledge of Christ and glorify He who redeemed us by His blood! During that message, we mentioned that throughout his letter to the church of Corinth, Paul would refer to his own afflictions and the various trials and tribulations which the believers in Corinth had already experienced, or were currently experiencing. Today, we begin to consider the example that God allowed Paul to be to the church and, Paul's

  • The Purpose of Afflictions

    The Purpose of Afflictions

    12/01/2020

    In 1981, Rabbi Harold Kushner wrote a book that would go on to be a "Best-Seller". It was called, "When Bad Things Happen to Good People." In his book, Rabbi Kushner debilitates God by reasoning that God does not cause bad things - afflictions - but is, as well, powerless to prevent them. Regardless of the theology of the book, it sparked a debate and conversation regarding the role of affliction in the life of the "righteous." Sadly, the terms "righteous" and "good people" are often defined from one's own perspective and not from God's. Yet, the premise of the question remains, why do afflictions arise "to those who love God and are the called according to His purpose"? (Romans 8:28) In Paul's second epistle to the believers in Corinth, he specifically addresses this topic citing examples from his own life and that of the church of Corinth. Today, as we begin our study of Paul's second epistle, we consider Paul's thesis statement regarding the purpose of affliction, and the subsequent encouragement from G

  • Jesus

    Jesus

    05/01/2020

    During the Advent Season we have reflected upon the mystery of the incarnation considering the four names which are given to the child that Isaiah prophesied of in Isaiah 9:6 and the original prophesy that it was predicated upon ... that YHWH would give the house of David a sign, "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14) Last week we considered the Name by which God chose to refer to Himself - YHWH: the self-existent One. We considered the Supremacy, Sanctity and Singleness of the Name. As well, we saw how Jesus was given the Name (Philippians 2) by the Father, that He referred to Himself as "I am that I am" (such that the Jews accused Him of blasphemy and sought to stone Him), and that when Jesus gave His disciples their final commission to make disciples, He included the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in One Name - the Name. We want to continue our investigation into the Name of the Child, by considering that Name by which we have commonly refe

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