2020 Sermons

January 26, 2020

Curtis Baker

The Exodus of Israel, Part 3

“The Desert of Preperation”

Exodus 3:1-12

Last week we considered what it is to go our own way—to take the will of God and try to accomplish it in our own power and strength. We are all prone to make such mistakes, whether they be in out right rebellion to God, or if like Moses, we try to accomplish God’s will in our own power.  How does God deal with this pride in us?  He often sends us into the “desert.”  That is what happens next in our story.  Moses is sent into the desert.  The desert is a time of great trial and questioning, but it is also the place where we can become still enough to hear from God and renew our efforts in a new humility. Join me as we talk about “The Desert of Preparation.”  

January 26, 2020 (Bible Class)

Curtis Baker

Three Views on Hell, Part 4

“Philosophical Considerations of the Eternal Conscious Torment View”

Having looked at the scriptural evidence for Eternal Conscious Torment we now turn to the philosophical implications of the traditional view of hell. In this class we discuss why there has been pressure to develop a different view from the traditional view because of the philosophical implications that come from the Eternal Conscious Torment.

January 19, 2020

Curtis Baker

The Exodus of Israel, Part 2

“God’s Will, Our Way”

Exodus 2:11-25

As we move further into our study of Exodus, this week we get our first glimpses of the man who will eventually lead the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery.  However, he is not yet the man he eventually will be. Apparently, from an early age, Moses had some sense that he was to be a liberator for his people.  But what happens when we do God’s will, but not in God’s timing?  Sometimes we mess up things more than we help. That’s what Moses does, and it takes him 40 years in the wilderness for that to get sorted out.  Join me as we consider how God forms us through our greatest mistakes.  

January 19, 2020 (Bible Class)

Curtis Baker

Three Views on Hell, Part 3

“Scriptural Evidence for Eternal Conscious Torment Continued”

In this week’s class we continue our look at the scriptural case for Eternal Conscious Torment. Having already looked at evidence from the Old Testament and the Gospels, now we look at the rest of the New Testament, including the letters of Paul, Jude, and finally the book of Revelation.

January 12, 2020

Curtis Baker

The Exodus of Israel, Part 1

“A Peculiar Providence”

Exodus 1:6-14; 1:22-2:10

In this lesson we begin a new sermon series to start the new year.  As the congregation prays over the next year for God to grant us some gift to give us hope for our future, we turn our attention to another congregation of people that God once led into a glorious inheritance.  That people is the nation of Israel, whom God led on a journey from slavery to a promised land.  To begin this series, we ask the question of why God allowed Israel to fall into Egyptian slavery in the first place.  What we will discover is, God sometimes has a peculiar form of providence.  How might that be relevant to this church?  Join me to find out.  

January 12, 2020 (Bible Class)

Curtis Baker

Three Views on Hell, Part 2

“Scriptural Evidence for Eternal Conscious Torment”

Last week we introduced all three views that have been present throughout Christian history on the subject of Hell. This week we begin a closer look into all each view, beginning with the view known as “Eternal Conscious Torment.” In this class we will examine some of the scriptures that support this view, and discuss how the idea developed in the history of scriptural revelation.

January 5, 2020

Curtis Baker

“Telling the Story to Our Children”

Deuteronomy 4:1-9

As we look toward the future and begin both a new year and a new decade, it only seems appropirate to start with a focus on those who are our future—our children.  Scripture is very clear about the importance of passing on the story of our faith to our children.  As we begin this new year together, I want to look at some instructions that Moses gave his people as they were about to begin a new phase of their life in the promise land of Canaan.  Moses considered it very important that they pass on to their children all the stories of what God had done for them in saving them and bringing them into a new land.  Moses instructions are not only relevant for the Israelites, but also for us.  We must pass on the great stories of the faith to our children.   

January 5, 2020 (Bible Class)

Curtis Baker

Three Views on Hell, Part 1

“An Introduction to the Class”

Throughout Christian history there have been three different views on the subject of hell. While the primary view has always been “eternal conscious torment,” there have also been minority views that go by the names of “Annihilationism” and “Universalism.” Why have their been three views throughout the church’s history? In this class, we introduce all three views and talk about why these views have developed in the history of hell’s interpretation.