“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Psalm 11:3
Pastor Tony addresses the second topic of a two part series on the most critical cultural issues of our day: homosexuality.
We are the salt of the earth. And we are to expose the unfruitful deeds of darkness.
Matthew 5:13, 14; Eph. 5:11
1. Birth- “the wrong orientation?” Psalm 51:5
The good deeds of a person do not legitimize his/her immoral behavior
1 Corinthians 6:18; 1 Cor. 5:11
Sexual sin is not a private matter; in the church we are to correct it.
All sexual sin carries unique consequences.
Convictions are NOT prejudices or phobia.
1 Thess. 4:3-5; 1 Cor. 6:10,11; John 1:14; Titus 2:11,12
Homosexuality is not the unpardonable sin. You can be forgiven.
In part 1 of a two part series, Pastor Tony addresses what he believes is one of the two true terrorist attacks on our culture today
Addressing abortion as the "modern day holocaust", Pastor Tony asks the question: "how then are we to live in light of this as Christians?" What is our responsibility, and where does our (local) church stand on this issue?
"If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?" Psalm 11:3
Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.
17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. 2 Peter 3:11-18
Preaching: Pastor Tony Costa of Evangelical Christian Church, Fall River, MA
Sermon text: Rev. 2:1-7
1. Falling in step with / imitating the culture
Titus 2:11-15; John 1:14,18
"Erosion is silent, slow, but sure"
2. Losing the focus of what is the mission of the church.
1 Tim. 3:15,16
3. Ignoring the Great Commission
Matt. 28:18-20; Titus 2:3-5; 1 Tim. 5:12-16
Quote Steve Lawson:
“For a lot of them [churches] bigger is perceived as better. Exposition of the word of God has been replaced with entertainment. Doctrine has been replaced with drama; theology with theatrics. And Jesus has been turned into a brand. The Gospel has been turned into a product, and people into consumers. That’s what you get when you read books about church growth. And here, the flesh provides the energy, and man receives the glory… not God”
Pastor Tony Costa preaches on the passages of scripture related to Simon of Cyrene who carried the cross for Jesus.
Matt. 27:32; Mark 15:21: Luke 23:26
1. The Cross and the lost - scandal (1 Cor. 1:18)
2. The Cross and the Savior - sovereign grace (Gal. 1:15,16; Eph. 1:3-11; John 15:16; Isa. 65:1
3. The Cross and the saved - submission
a. submissive, instead of a rebel (Matt. 16:24)
b. useful, instead of useless (Acts 11:20; 13:1
c. a blessing, instead of a stumbling block (Rom. 16:13)
Pastor Tony Costa continues his series on Elijah in 1 Kings 19:15-21
1. The Restoration of Elijah
a. God works even through human failure
b. God still writes history (Gal. 6:9; 1 Cor. 15:58)
2. The Call of Elisha
a. God's call is for those who are busy serving
b. God's call is for those who are under authority
c. God's call is personal
d. God's call is effective (Rom. 11:5; John 15:16; 1 Jn. 4:19; Mark 3:13; Gal. 3:15,16
e. God's call is followed by a crisis (Luke 14:25-35)
f. God's call is a call to service, not to be served
Pastor Costa continues the series in 1 Kings 19:1-18
A. The prophet discouraged (vs. 1-7)
Isaiah 30:7, 15, 16
Tiresome; discouragement; loneliness
B. The prophet restored (vs. 8-18)
1. Listen to the Word (II Tim. 3:16; Psalm 119:49,50
2. Look up to the Lord
3. Return to the place of service (Rev. 2:5)
Prayer: Pastor Tony Costa continues in 1 Kings 18:29-46
"The chief purpose of prayer is that God will be glorified in the answer" - R.A. Torrey
1. The Preparation for Prayer - v. 30
a. confession (Ps. 32:5; 66:18; Isaiah 1:15
2. The Purpose of Prayer - v. 39
3. The Priority of Prayer
a. 1 Tim. 2:1,8
4. Th ePrinciples of Prayer
a. no doubt (faith) - James 1:5-7
b. do not generalize (focus)
c. do not give up (perseverance) Luke 18:1; Rom. 12:12; 1 Thess. 5:17
5. The Power of Prayer
a. in you - v. 46; Isaiah 40:30,31
b. around you - v. 45