Sunday, September 13, 2015

September 13, 2015 | Pastor John Bayles | The Doctrines of Grace: Grace Alone | Ephesians 2:1-10

The Protestant Reformation Declarations set forth the great standards of the Christian Faith to be Scripture Alone, Grace Alone, Faith alone, Christ Alone. These powerful declarations form the foundation of the Christian Faith. They are not the product of the Reformation, they were not developed during the Reformation, and they were not created during the Reformation. These truths were reignited during the Reformation. They were preached throughout Christian history long before the Reformation by church fathers like Augustine and martyrs such as John Wycliffe, John Hus, and William Tyndale. There was, in fact, always a witness to these truths, for they lived since the moment they were breathed into the minds of prophets and Apostles and preserved in the pages of the Holy Scriptures by the Holy Spirit.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

September 6, 2015 | Pastor John Bayles | The Counselor Has Come! | Acts 2:1-13

On several occasions Jesus had referenced the coming of the Holy Spirit. John the Baptist had seen the dove come down from heaven and rest on Jesus. He identified this as the Holy Spirit. The disciples had seen Jesus work the mighty miracles because the Holy Spirit was upon Him. Jesus had told them that He, the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, would be sent by the Father after He had gone. He had breathed the Holy Spirit upon them. But now, the Holy Spirit would not be observed only, not be seen in Jesus only, not felt passing over them, or promised to them. Now the Holy Spirit would come into them, into their message, and into the recipients of their message.