“Shouldn’t this person and his conduct be confronted and dealt with?…You pass it off as a small thing, but it’s anything but that. Yeast, too, is a ‘small thing,’ but it works its way through a whole batch of bread dough pretty fast. So get rid of this ‘yeast.’ ”
[1 Cor 5:2, 6-7 MSG]
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues our study on Church Discipline and notes that Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, seems to instruct a very different and — dare I say — more drastic method for church discipline than what we learned from Jesus in the book of Matthew.
Why is this? …And why, in order to correctly view and apply church discipline, must the church exercise wisdom?
“If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying?” [Matthew 18:12]
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues our series on the Church, and specifically church discipline, as we look at the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 18.
And what we find is that this is not an isolated text, but a theological treatise that not only instructs in the HOW of church discipline but the WHY, as well — and roots discipline in the Gospel of grace.
Description: The holiness of God has been described as the sun.
Like the sun, God gives beauty, life, and light… but venture too close and you will be consumed.
Today on this Palm Sunday Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao takes us to two separate passages: one from the Old Testament and one from the New — both demonstrating God’s holiness, seen as He enters the royal city of Jerusalem.
Description: The cross: a Christian symbol evoking comfort and love for many, many people. But for some, it stands as a graphic warning sign declaring danger ahead.
Today on Scandia Bible Church podcast, Elder Keith Barker exhorts that the cross is SHOUTING that God hates our sin — so much so that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to pay the price for it by hanging on the cross. His blood was a ransom for us — freeing us from an eternity separated from Him, our loving Heavenly Father.
Yes, the cross serves as a merciful word of comfort to Christians of God’s finished work but, to the unsaved, a stark shout of danger.
Do you remember the Susan B. Anthony dollar? …You know the one that looked like a quarter.
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Elder Keith Barker opens the Bible and draws our attention to a problem in America today: a lack of holiness.
Too often the church looks so much like the world, that those that are unsaved see no need to consider the claims of Jesus on their own lives. To them, they all look like quarters – but they’re really dollars. They don’t stand out because they’re lacking holiness.
If by the saving grace of Jesus Christ you are now considered a “dollar”… act like one. Because as He clearly commands: “Be holy for I am holy.”
Description: Holiness gets a bad rap in our society.
For some, it is one more difficulty in a life already filled with struggle. For others, it is a means of justifying their own sense of superiority to the rest of the world.
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, we welcome back guest preacher Peter Montoro from Westside Baptist Church, pinch-hitting for Pastor Monty as he and his family take a much needed respite in the wake of his son, Isaiah’s, death.
In our message, Pastor Montoro shows us that holiness, rightly understood, is neither of these things mentioned at the beginning, but rather a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the hope that we have in Christ. In the end, holiness is not about an upturned nose but about uplifted eyes.
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Elder Keith Barker shares with us that holiness is not something that you muster all of your energy to do, but rather something that is done to you. Holiness is an EFFECT – not a cause. Often, people believe that they need to “get better” in order to qualify for salvation. That in fact is, nothing is more impossible: the flesh cannot “Christianize” the flesh… because holiness is of the Lord.
Description: We speak of the world spiraling down into depravity but in reality that’s where it has always been. God has an absolute standard of holiness. That call for holiness in our lives is clear in Scripture.
Description: It would be no wonder if an unholy God could love unholy men, but that the God whose name is Holy, could love beings so utterly sinful as we are, that is the wonder of eternity. There are many deep mysteries in the Bible, but no other so profuound as this. (taken from ‘What the Bible teaches’ by R. A. Torrey)
Description: No words of Scripture “… hold within themselves a deeper mystery than this simple formula of the Christian life, ‘in Christ‘” (J. Gordon). This message takes a quick look at the believers’ faith and walk in Christ. Our challenge remains to reproduce in our lives the righteousness which is already ours in Christ.
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