The beginning of a sermon

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A couple years ago Pastor Kyle McDannel led a discussion about what we go through to make a sermon.  I shared with the group that the first thing I do is I read and outline the passage.  Just the act of outlining what the passage says helps us be … [Continue reading]

The Bride and The Groom of John 3:28-30

The marriage relationship is often used in the New Testament as an image of the relationship between Christ and His Church.  In this lesson we look at what John the Baptist said to his followers leading up to the work of Christ on the … [Continue reading]

Why FBC?

Why FBC? Why do we do what we do? Because we really believe God is good and loving. Because we really believe sin is in each one of us and we all need God. Because if we just believe and follow Jesus Christ, we can really know peace even in … [Continue reading]

How to listen to a Sermon

As I remember back to being a young man attending church for no other reason than I thought I needed to, I realize that I rarely if ever understood or even recalled a sermon. I'm sure the pastor was competent and organized in his thoughts. I just … [Continue reading]

Why Grace is a matter of freedom.

I remember seeing her wrestling with the ideas in her head.  Believing in Christ was supposed to set her free.  But she had been told so much that when she became a Christian she had to follow certain rules.  (The fact that the rules she was trying … [Continue reading]

The Law and Grace.

An excerpt from Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan: "Now when I had climbed about halfway up, I looked behind and saw someone coming after me, swift as the wind.  Soon he overtook me just about the place where the arbor stands." "... as soon as the … [Continue reading]

Introduction to our Culture of Grace!

The goal is to share with you the Gospel of Jesus and include you in the culture of grace that we strive for here at Friendship Baptist Church. The Gospel, and the culture of grace are in many ways one in the same. For us to live in a culture of … [Continue reading]

Doctrine is good!

1 Timothy 1:3, 1 Timothy 4:13-16, Titus 1:9 We teach in order to maintain good doctrine.  Not everyone believes this.  It is popular to say things like, "don’t worry about doctrine, just teach the Bible.”  Of course along with that comes the ever … [Continue reading]

Why does God let bad things happen to good people?

She messaged me a short simple question.  "Why does God let bad things happen to good people?"  And that is question.  It's the primary question that all of us face.  Why don't people believe in God?  The answer is because suffering exists.  We live … [Continue reading]

Why I took down my Confederate flag… 12 years ago

I read an article about the problem of race in our country. It was written by a black man who although he tried to make his point that we must communicate in order to overcome racism in our country, his examples lead me to think that he was doing … [Continue reading]