The Christian’s salvation, expressed in election, predestination and adoption, is the result of the sovereign, unmerited grace of God and not due to anything in us or anything outside God Himself. It flows from God’s own pure goodness, and originates in the freedom of His own thoughts and the loving counsel of the Trinity.
As the Apostle Paul meditated in Ephesians chapter one on how God chose or elected sinful men, women, boys and girls before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless. As Paul pondered how “in love” God determined beforehand to adopt them as His own children with the view of bestowing on them all the rights and privileges of a full-fledged son, he declared that these blessings were "to the praise of the glory of His grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved".
Ephesians Series - Part V - We Have Redemption Through His Blood!
7/17/2016Pastor Chuck Brooks Isaiah 53:3-7; 1 John 1:29
How does God show His love and concern for the sinner as well as satisfy His righteous requirement for justice on sin? The answer is in our text in Ephesians 1:7: “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” God showed His love and concern for sinners by giving His only Son to die on the cross for our sins. True “forgiveness of sins” is found only in the blood of Jesus. God satisfied His righteous requirement for judgement on sin through Jesus’ voluntary paying the penalty of sin and serving the sentence of death.
5 Life Changing Reasons why to Become a Generous Christian
4/10/2016Pastor Chuck Brooks 2 Corinthians 8:1-15
It is plain from a reading of the Bible that God doesnt want everybody rich. We hear preachers telling their followers this but when the dust has settled, the only ones that are getting rich are the preachers. There are Christians living all over the world...some are living in poverty and some may be wealthy. The call is not for Christians to become rich but for followers of Jesus to be faithful in whatever amount that we have.
God wants us to learn to become generous...not a taker but a giver. Giving to God should become the highest priority in our lives. We should be able to answer the question, Why does God want giving to Him to become the greatest priority in my life? If we cant answer that question we will never become a generous giver. But today we will learn five life-changing reasons to become a generous Christian.
Not By Might, Nor by Power but by My Spirit says the LORD!
4/17/2016Pastor Chuck Brooks Zechariah 4:1-9
In the Old Testament book of Zechariah, God speaks through His prophet to His people letting them know that the accomplishing of His plans and purposes will not be due to a bunch of strong men working together, nor will it be due to the efforts of one great and strong man…it will only be due to the effort of the Holy Spirit.
There's no human agency at all…no human strength or human power of every description…physical, mental, moral…combined or individual…will never bring about the salvation of the nation Israel, nor will it bring about the salvation of the nations. When it's done, no one will be able to take the credit for it; for this was the work of God.
This is how God wants to use the Christian. It’s not our brains; it’s not our brawn; it’s not our bankroll; it’s not even our behavior, it’s by His Spirit. This is how God wants to use the church as a light to their community and beyond. This is why it says in Zechariah 4:6, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit saith the Lord.”