4 Truths Every Christian Should Know

In continuing with our sermon series through 1-3 John, Pastor Emilio Ramos preached on “4 Truths Every Christian Should Know” from 1 John 5:18-21, our final sermon in 1 John.

The outline is as follows:

John wants us to know the truth about…

  1. Regeneration (1 John 5:18a)
    1. Its relationship with God
    2. Its relationship with Sin
  2. The Devil (1 John 5:18b-19)
    1. Christ Protects the Believer (John 17:12-15)
    2. Being in the Devil (1 John 5:19)
  3. The Son of God (1 John 5:20)
    1. His Coming (1 John 1:1-3 | 2 Peter 1:16)
    2. The Knowledge of God that Jesus Brings (John 1:18 | 1 John 5:10)
    3. His Deity(John 1:1 | John 1:18)
  4. Idolatry (1 John 5:21)

Pastor Emilio addresses the relationship between regeneration and sin, and how sin robs Christians of joy (3 minute clip below):

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What the protecting work of Christ over the believer’s life is (2 minute clip below):

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Lastly, Emilio closes by looking at how John closes 1 John, by dealing with idolatry to free us to worship the true God (3 minute clip below):

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You can listen online or download the sermon “4 Truths Every Christian Should Know” from 1 John 5:18-21 by Pastor Emilio Ramos (from our sermon series through 1-3 John) below:

2 Reasons Why Singleness is Good

In continuing with our sermon series through 1 Corinthians, Pastor Jay Jesuroga preached on “2 Reasons Why Singleness is Good” from 1 Corinthians 7:25-31.

The outline is as follows:

  • Singleness is good because of…
    • This present distress
    • The temporary aspects of this life

Since this is a teaching and a section of Scripture that is not talked about very often and could even appear shocking, some could misconstrue this to be an attack on a certain movement, so Jay started off with a disclaimer (3 minutes):

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After giving his disclaimer, Pastor Jay reminds us what the center of a church should be:

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One of the reasons that Paul encourages one to stay single is because of a present distress. We, Americans, are far removed from the persecution that 1st century Christians experience. Jay explains in the 4 minute clip below:

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In the clip (just under 3 minutes) below, Pastor Jay explains Paul’s 2nd argument for why singleness is good/better.:

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Listen or download “2 Reasons Why Singleness is Good” from 1 Corinthians 7:25-31 by Pastor Jay Jesuroga (from our sermon series through 1 Corinthians):

June 20th Guest Preacher: Steve Schneider

Two weeks ago we introduced you to the missionary to Chile that we support.

Well, this week we are pleased to announce that he will be our guest preacher this Sunday (June 20th).

Steve teaching us about Biblical counseling, Friday night - June 19, 2010

You can read his lastest newsletter here.

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June 21st UPDATE:

Here is the 4 minute introduction that Pastor Jay gave about Steve for those who missed it:

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The sermon that Steve preached on from 2 Timothy 2:2 can be listened to or downloaded below:

Living as You Are Called

In continuing with our sermon series through 1 Corinthians, Pastor Jay Jesuroga preached on “Living as You Are Called” from 1 Corinthians 7:17-24.

The outline is as follows:

  • The Principle
    • God has given each a particular lot in life through His calling
  • Paul argues by way of analogy
    • Circumcision nor Uncircumcision matter
    • Slave nor free matter

This section is all about God assigning us to live in a particular spheres of life, just as he has called each of us. Pastor Jay expounds on the call of God in the 2 minute clip below:

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After Paul gives the principle, he then gives some analogies. The first being circumcision and uncircumcision and the second being slaves and freedman which Pastor Jay expounds in the 2 minute clip below:

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Pastor Jay gives a summary of what Paul is saying in these verses and gives an example of Joseph:

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Listen or download “Living as You Are Called” from 1 Corinthians 7:17-24 by Pastor Jay Jesuroga (from our sermon series through 1 Corinthians):

Assurance, Prayer, & Deadly Sin

In continuing with our sermon series through 1-3 John, Pastor Emilio Ramos preached on “Assurance, Prayer, & Deadly Sin” from 1 John 5:13-17.

The outline is as follows:

  • Assurance, Prayer, & Deadly Sin
    • The assurance of eternal life (1 John 5:13)
    • The confidence of prayer (1 John 5:14-15)
    • The threat of deadly sin (1 John 5:16-17)

While on the first point Pastor Emilio drew out some implications of what it means to have eternal life. (2 minute clip below):

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When we hit verse 1 John 5:16 (“sin leading to death”), it was pointed out that some commentators and some theologians agree that this is one of the most difficult verses in the Bible to interpret. After much study and many Sunday’s making our way through 1 John, Pastor Emilio boiled this verse down to two main views, the first of which he leans toward. He begins to present this position in the 3 minute clip below:

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Pastor Emilio begins to explain the second position (which is likewise a very possible position as well) in the 3 minute clip below:

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You can listen online or download the sermon “Assurance, Prayer, & Deadly Sin” from 1 John 5:13-17 by Pastor Emilio Ramos (from our sermon series through 1-3 John) below:

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Galatians Sermon Series Now Up!

Very pleased to announced that we now have all the audio from our series on Galatians available for you to listen to online, itunes, or download and subscribe through other means and podcasts.

When Sovereign Joy first started as a church Galatians was the first book of the Bible that Pastor Emilio went through on Sundays (from March 2008 to May 2009). It is a very important book and great for a new church because it roots us in the gospel and warns us to not turn aside to any false gospels.

(Pastor Emilio explains in this two minute clip below taken from the first sermon in this series):

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If you have not heard our series through Galatians or need a refresher, I would encourage you to listen as Galatians can serve you in the following ways as described in the clip above:

  • Galatians serves us by…
    • Freeing us from the bondage of a works based righteousness.
    • Rooting us in a solid doctrine of justification by grace through faith.
    • Helping us to stabilize our lives as we struggle between the flesh and the spirit in sanctification.
    • Maturing us in our life as a body together by exhorting us bear with one another as a church

Pastor Emilio wrote the following overview of the book of Galatians:

“Paul’s letter to the churches of Galatia has impacted the world in incalculable ways.  Endless theologians have bought and sold out of the market of the truths contained in this powerful little

epistle.  Paul’s attitude in the letter makes the letter uniquely earnest.

Paul considers the issues under consideration in Galatians so essential and serious that he goes so far as to say that detractors to these doctrinal issues are worthy of ‘anathema’;

making Galatians unique among the letters in the Pauline corpus.

The central concern of this letter has to do with the issue of  justification by faith apart from the works of the law.

This central theme in Galatians is further developed in Paul’s letter to the Romans (his magnum opus).  Some have called the book of Galatians a ‘mini Romans’ because of parallel concerns dealing with this subject of justification without which, there could be no gospel at all.

There is no good news apart from God justifying the ungodly not based upon what we have done, but based upon what God alone could do in the work of His Son at Calvary.   The cross work of Christ could not be added to in any sense.

The book of Galatians looks at the nature of the gospel.  Galatians demonstrates the sufficiency of the gospel apart from the works of the law.  Paul sees the audience of the Galatians as opening themselves up to the attacks of heretical and false teachers, those of the circumcision party (the Judaizers), who desire to hinder their liberty and freedom in Christ by bringing them once again to a yoke of bondage consisting of the works of the law.  Paul gives argument after argument proving that nothing can dilute the purity of the Gospel message which is based upon grace through faith and not works of the law or man’s works at all.

The banner of the book of Galatians could properly be ‘by Grace alone through Faith Alone in Christ Alone.

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