Jan 05

Preaching: Pastor Tony Costa of Evangelical Christian Church, Fall River, MA

Sermon text: Rev. 2:1-7

Outline:Three Problems

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”


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Apr 10

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)

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Mar 19

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

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Mar 06

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)

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Feb 27

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

b. humility

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

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Feb 19

Pastor Costa continues his series from 1 Kings 18:30-40

3. Consecration - vs. 30-35

4. Confirmation - vs. 36-40

"By delay of repentance, sin strengthens and the heart hardens."  Thomas Watson

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Feb 19

Pastor Tony Costa preaches from 1 Kings 18:17-29

1. Conviction - vs. 17-21

(Matt. 6:24; Rev. 3:15,16; James 1:8; Josh. 24:15

2. Confrontation - vs. 22-29

II Thes. 1:9; Heb. 12:29; Psalm 2:4; Prov. 1:24-28

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Feb 19

Pastor Tony Costa preaches on 1 Kings 18:17-29

"Revival comes to scorch before it heals."  Anonymous

Outline:

1. Conviction - vs. 17-21

(Matt. 6:24; Rev. 3:15,16; James 1:8; Josh. 24:15)

2. Confrontation - vs. 22-29

(II. Thess. 1:9; Heb. 12:29; Psalm 2:4; Prov. 1:24-28

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Feb 08

Pastor Tony Costa preaches from 1 Kings 17:17-24

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Jan 21

Pastor Tony Costa preaches from the book of Joshua, chapters 5 and 6.

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