”Differences Without Division” by Hiram Kemp

July 3rd, 2022

July 3, 2022 - Sunday PM Sermon

 

Differences Without Division
Romans 14: 1-9
Hiram Kemp

  • Ground Rules For Romans 14

    • Avoid Extremes
    • Determining Matters of Judgement / Opinion
    • Defining Weak And Strong
    • Paul's Focus on Romans 14
    • Some Modern Matters of Judgement
  1. Receive Each Other Without Arguing - (Romans 14:1)
  2. Refuse to Condemn Each Other - (Romans 14:2-4, 13)
  3. Remember The True Judge - (Romans 14:4, 10-12)
  4. Be Fully Convinced Yourself - (Romans 14:5-9)
  5. Refuse to Be A Stumbling Block - (Romans 14:13-15, 20-21)
  6. Guard Your Influence - (Romans 14:16-19)
  7. Never Violate Your Own Conscience - (Romans 14:22-23)

 

Duration  37:39

”Esther - For Such a Time as This” by David Chang - Part 5

July 3rd, 2022

July 3, 2022 - Sunday AM Bible Class

 

Today, David continues his study of the book of Esther.

 

Esther - For Such a Time as This

Esther: A Book without God?
Esther is one of two books of the Bible in which the Tetragrammaton (YHWH) does not appear at all
Even During the development of the Hebrew canon, Esther was contested as an apocryphal work because of this reason
There are also skeptics of the book among modern scholars, mainly because of the aforementioned absence of the Tetragrammaton, the lack of extra-biblical record of the events of Esther, and the book's strong nationalistic theme
Some of these theorize that someone much later wrote the book to give more authority to the origin of Purim
It is true that there are difficulties in reconciling the events of the book of Esther with the extra-biblical records and/or archeological finds
It is also true that the name of God is absent in the entirety of the book, and the focus of the Jewish identity is more ethnic and cultural rather than religious. 
But are these current realities justify the dismissal of Esther as a canonic book of the Old Testament? What possible lessons can we learn from such a doubted book - one that doesn't even mention God?
Humility
Esther: A Lesson of Humility
In our perspective of the present time, it is easy for us to criticize ancient texts and question their place in the biblical canon
Through critical thinking about the canon itself is not wrong, it must be done with utmost care and humility.
Here is why the book of Esther - before even reading the text itself - gives us a lesson on humility:
The Bible is a book of faith first and foremost
The Bible has a lot of manuscripts, archeological discoveries, and other evidence that "validate" it.
While those evidence can be instrumental in strengthening our faith, it cannot replace it. 
There is danger in depending too much on archeological findings and extra-biblical material:
Archeology as a field is not static
There will always be different interpretations of archeological discoveries
So, even with "better" or "more" evidence, there will always be a debate.
Our Perspective depends on what we've found
In other words, we are working with theories based on what we have found so far.
Because these are educated guesses, they will change if new information gets discovered.
When you look at a jigsaw puzzle with missing pieces, do you dismiss the existence of the whole picture or the missing piece because you can't see it in front of you?
Frankly, we just don't know a lot
Compared to what God can see and what human history has actually been throughout the millennia, our knowledge of the ancient world is very limited
While it is difficult, books like Esther challenge us even before we open the text: God's will demand humility on our part.
Think about it; if either "side" had definitive and undeniable evidence, do you think there would be a debate? It is because both "sides" are working with limited information.
Opinion:
Instead of putting up walls with the little information that we have, our time is better spent trusting God and learning what books like Esther has to teach us.
Its harmony with the rest of the Bible is far more important. If its principles and messages are sound, then it is better to learn from it than doubt it.
Sometimes, this takes a lot of intellectual humility to do. Acknowledging that we do not have all the pieces also takes strength.
The arguments about Esther are not very strong either:
Absence of God
Though God is not mentioned explicitly, the author indirectly hints at God and his presence with the practices and culture of the Jews (Esth. 3: 8, 4:3)
Purim "Chicken or the Egg"
If it were the case that someone made up the story of Esther to authorize the feast of Purim, then why didn't he make more mention of God? Why risk it with the ambiguity?
Esther is not a Godless Book
What to Expect from this class
Overview of the narrative of Esther
Further discussion about some of the challenges to Esther
Exploration of structure, themes and the choices of the author that play into the message of the book
Comparison of Esther and Mordecai's circumstances to modern Christianity
... and more.
Homework

Please read Esther all the way through as many times as you can!

 

Duration 37:31

”HOW CAN WE KNOW THERE IS A GOD?” by Neal Pollard

July 3rd, 2022

July 3, 2022 - Sunday AM Sermon

 

HOW CAN WE KNOW THERE IS A GOD?
Text: Psalm 8
Neal Pollard
Introduction

  • The ______________ Of _____________ Is The First Truth Assumed In The Bible
  • We Can Know There Is A God From...

I. HIS ______________________ (1-2)

  • This Is Sometimes Called The ___________________ Argument
  • We See His Fingerprints In The __________________ Above The Heavens (1)
  • We See The Fingerprints In The Small, Simple Complexity Of A __________ (2)

II. HIS ________________________ (3)

  • Laws Men Have Discovered And Named:
  • From Genesis 1:16, We See
    • The ______________________
    • The ______________________
    • The ______________________
    • The ______________________ (including earth)

III. HIS _________________ (4-8)

  • We're Told Our ______________ In This Wonderful World

Conclusion: Psalm 19:1-5

  • There Is A ____________; He Is ______________!

Duration 28:48

June Monthly Question & Answer Service by Hiram Kemp

June 26th, 2022

June 26, 2022 - Sunday PM Sermon

 

Monthly Questions & Answers with Hiram Kemp

 

Questions to be covered.

  • Deacons. Is this a title, job description, or both? 

    • Are the men in Acts 6 deacons?
    • Can individuals serve and be over a ministry who is not a deacon?
  • What does it mean to honor your father and mother?
    • As adults are we supposed to continue to honor our father and mother?
    • How do you honor your father and mother when they are horrible or abusive to you?
  • Why does God sanction the Israelites to honor the covenant with the Gibeonites?
  • Are all sins equal in the eyes of God?

 

Duration 24:20

”Esther - For Such a Time as This” by David Chang - Part 4

June 26th, 2022

”Esther - For Such a Time as This” by David Chang

June 26, 2022 - Sunday AM Bible Class

 

Today, David continues his study of the book of Esther.

 

Esther - For Such a Time as This

Esther: A Book without God?
Esther is one of two books of the Bible in which the Tetragrammaton (YHWH) does not appear at all
Even During the development of the Hebrew canon, Esther was contested as an apocryphal work because of this reason
There are also skeptics of the book among modern scholars, mainly because of the aforementioned absence of the Tetragrammaton, the lack of extra-biblical record of the events of Esther, and the book's strong nationalistic theme
Some of these theorize that someone much later wrote the book to give more authority to the origin of Purim
It is true that there are difficulties in reconciling the events of the book of Esther with the extra-biblical records and/or archeological finds
It is also true that the name of God is absent in the entirety of the book, and the focus of the Jewish identity is more ethnic and cultural rather than religious. 
But are these current realities justifying the dismissal of Esther as a canonic book of the Old Testament? What possible lessons can we learn from such a doubted book - one that doesn't even mention God?
Humility
Esther: A Lesson of Humility
In our perspective of the present time, it is easy for us to criticize ancient texts and question their place in the biblical canon
Through critical thinking about the canon itself is not wrong, it must be done with utmost care and humility.
Here is why the book of Esther - before even reading the text itself - gives us a lesson on humility:
The Bible is a book of faith first and foremost
The Bible has a lot of manuscripts, archeological discoveries, and other evidence that "validate" it.
While those evidence can be instrumental in strengthening our faith, it cannot replace it. 
There is danger in depending too much on archeological findings and extra-biblical material:
Archeology as a field is not static
There will always be different interpretations of archeological discoveries
So, even with "better" or "more" evidence, there will always be a debate.
Our Perspective depends on what we've found
In other words, we are working with theories based on what we have found so far.
Because these are educated guesses, they will change if new information gets discovered.
When you look at a jigsaw puzzle with missing pieces, do you dismiss the existence of the whole picture or the missing piece because you can't see it in front of you?
Frankly, we just don't know a lot
Compared to what God can see and what human history has actually been throughout the millennia, our knowledge of the ancient world is very limited
While it is difficult, books like Esther challenge us even before we open the text: God's will demands humility on our part.
Think about it; if either "side" had definitive and undeniable evidence, do you think there would be a debate? It is because both "sides" are working with limited information.
Opinion:
Instead of putting up walls with the little information that we have, our time is better spent trusting God and learning what books like Esther has to teach us.
Its harmony with the rest of the Bible is far more important. If its principles and messages are sound, then it is better to learn from it than doubt it.
Sometimes, this takes a lot of intellectual humility to do. Acknowledging that we do not have all the pieces also takes strength.
The arguments about Esther are not very strong either:
Absence of God
Though God is not mentioned explicitly, the author indirectly hints at God and his presence with the practices and culture of the Jews (Esth. 3: 8, 4:3)
Purim "Chicken or the Egg"
If it were the case that someone made up the story of Esther to authorize the feast of Purim, then why didn't he make more mention of God? Why risk it with the ambiguity?
Esther is not a Godless Book
What to Expect from this class
Overview of the narrative of Esther
Further discussion about some of the challenges to Esther
Exploration of structure, themes and the choices of the author that play into the message of the book
Comparison of Esther and Mordecai's circumstances to modern Christianity
... and more.
Homework

Please read Esther all the way through as many times as you can!

 

Duration 37:28

” Insignificant Or Influential?” by Neal Pollard

June 26th, 2022

June 26, 2022 - Sunday AM Sermon

Insignificant Or Influential? - Text: 2 Kings 5:1-5

Neal Pollard

Introduction

  • Who Is the Most Valuable Person in This Account?
  • We Probably Wouldn't Say The _________ Girl
    • She was an _____________________
    • She was a ______________________
    • She was a little __________________
    • She was _______________________
  • But Her Intervention Into __________'s Circumstances Affected His Survival
  1. SHE WAS _________________________ - Col. 3:12; Mt. 9:36; 14:14; 15:32; Luke 7:13
  2. SHE WAS ________________________ - Luke 4:27; Heb. 11:1; Eph. 3:12; Heb. 4:16; 1 Jn. 4:17
  3. SHE WAS _______________________ - 2 Ki. 5:6-7; Col. 4:5-6; Isa. 1:18
  4. SHE WAS THE __________________ TO HIS ________________ - Rom. 10:14; John 1:40-42; 6; 12; Ex. 4:10
  • Conclusion

    • This Is All We ______________ About Her
    • Naaman Is Used by Christ in The N.T. To Show God's ________________
      • But we've used it to illustrate __________ (that illustration never happens if not for the humble ______________)

Duration 31:43

”External Lessons from the Last Page of the Bible” by Hiram Kemp

June 19th, 2022

 June 19, 2022 - Sunday PM Sermon

 

"External Lessons from the Last Page of the Bible” - Revelation 22:17-20
by Hiram Kemp

  • Tips for Reading Revelation Correctly
  • The Curse Will Be Removed - Rev 22:3
  • Obedience Is Rewarded - Rev 22:7, 22:14
  • God Alone Is Worthy of Worship - Rev 22:8-9
  • God Is the Alpha & Omega - Rev 22:13
  • God Is Inviting - Rev 22:17
  • Tampering With the Word Is Costly - Rev 22:18-19

 

Duration 35:13

 

 

”Esther - For Such a Time as This” by David Chang - Part 3

June 19th, 2022

June 19, 2022 - Sunday AM Bible Class

 

Today, David continues his study of the book of Esther.

 

Esther - For Such a Time as This - Class syllabus

Esther: A Book without God?
Esther is one of two books of the Bible in which the Tetragrammaton (YHWH) does not appear at all
Even During the development of the Hebrew canon, Esther was contested as an apocryphal work because of this reason
There are also skeptics of the book among modern scholars, manily because of the aforementioned absence of the Tetragrammaton, the lack of extra-biblical record of the events of Esther, and the book's strong nationalistic theme
Some of these theorize that someone much later wrote the book to give more authority to the origin of Purim
It is true that there are difficulties in reconciling the events of the book of Esther with the extra-biblical records and/or archeological finds
It is also true that the name of God is absent in the entirety of the book, and the focus of the Jewish identity is more ethnic and cultural rather than religious. 
But are these current realities justify the dismissal of Esther as a canonic book of the Old Testament? What possible lessons can we learn from such a doubted book - one that doesn't even mention God?
Humility
Esther: A Lesson of Humility
In our perspective of the present time, it is easy for us to criticize ancient texts and question their place in the biblical canon
Through critical thinking about the canon itself is not wrong, it must be done with utmost care and humility.
Here is why the book of Esther - before even reading the text itself - gives us a lesson on humility:
The Bible is a book of faith first and foremost
The Bible has a lot of manuscripts, archeological discoveries, and other evidences that "validate" it.
While those evidences can be instrumental in strengthening our faith, it cannot replace it. 
There is danger in depending too much on archeological findings and extra-biblical material:
Archeology as a field is not static
There will always be different interpretations of archeological discoveries
So, even with "better" or "more" evidence, there will always be a debate.
Our Perspective depends on what we've found
In other words, we are working with theories based on what we have found so far.
Because these are educated guesses, they will change if new information gets discovered.
When you look at a jigsaw puzzle with missing pieces, do you dismiss the existence of the whole picture or the missing piece because you can't see it in front of you?
Frankly, we just don't know a lot
Compared to what God can see and what human history has actually been throughout the millennia, our knowledge of the ancient world is very limited
While it is difficult, books like Esther challenge us even before we open the text: God's will demands humility on our part.
Think about it; if either "side" had definitive and undeniable evidence, do you think there would be a debate? It is because both "sides" are working with limited information.
Opinion:
Instead of putting up walls with the little information that we have, our time is better spent trusting God and learning what books like Esther has to teach us.
Its harmony with the rest of the Bible is far more important. If its principles and messages are sound, then it is better to learn from it than doubt it.
Sometimes, this takes a lot of intellectual humility to do. Acknowledging that we do not have all the pieces also takes strength.
The arguments about Esther are not very strong either:
Absence of God
Though God is not mentioned explicitly, the author indirectly hints at God and his presence with the practices and culture of the Jews (Esth. 3: 8, 4:3)
Purim "Chicken or the Egg"
If it were the case that someone made up the story of Esther to authorize the feast of Purim, then why didn't he make more mention of God? Why risk it with the ambiguity?
Esther is not a Godless Book
What to Expect from this class
Overview of the narrative of Esther
Further discussion about some of the challenges to Esther
Exploration of structure, themes and the choices of the author that play into the message of the book
Comparison of Esther and Mordecai's circumstances to modern Christianity
... and more.
Homework

Please read Esther all the way through as many times as you can!

 

Duration 32:20

”Four Things You Won’t Regret As A Father” by Neal Pollard

June 19th, 2022

June 19, 2022 - Sunday AM Sermon

 

"Four Things You Won't Regret As A Father"
(Text: Esther 2:5-7)
Neal Pollard 
You Will Not Regret Investing _________________ In Your Children

  • It Takes _________________ To Be Father, God's Way (Eph. 6:4)

    • "Bring them up"-- ____________ and provide ____________ for
    •  _______________--"The act of providing guidance for responsible living"
    •  _______________ of the Lord-- "Impart understanding and lay on the heart"

II. You Will Not Regret Modeling _____________ To Your Children

  • Our Children Need To See Our ___________ As Front And Center In Our Lives

III. You Will Not Regret Modeling _____________ Before Your Children
IV. You Will Not Regret Being ________________ With Your Children

  • A Big Part Of Approachability Is Taking The Time To __________________
  • When Your Kids Talk, ____________ Them Squarely In The ____________

Conclusion

  • We'll Never Regret Being A Spiritual _____________________ To Our Children

Duration 33:53

”What Restoration Requires” by Neal Pollard

June 12th, 2022

June 12, 2022 - Sunday PM Sermon

 

"What Restoration Requires" (Ezra 3) by Neal Pollard

I. Unity (1)
II. Divine Guidance (2)
III. Courage (3)
IV. Obedience (4)
V. Sacrifice (5-7)
VI. Involvement (8-10)
VII. The Heart (11-13)

 

 

Duration 38:05

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