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Can We Really Trust the Bible?

January 30th, 2011 by Will Martin

 We’re continung our sermon series today called “The Reason for God” which deals with popular objections that people have to the Christian faith. I don’t know if you’ve thought about it or not but if you try to share the Gospel with someone who has deeply seated objections to major tenets of the Christian faith your words are not likely to be listened to very carefully.

Actually, we have something in our culture that has been referred to as “defeater beliefs.” Deafeater beliefs are pressuppositions that, if held, make the Christian faith seem implausible. Therefore, an  important element of being an effective witness is overcoming defeater beliefs as you witness to someone. That is, you want to gently and yet convincingly show someone how their convictions (which are contrary to God’s revelation) may actually be flawed. 

Today our subject is, “Can we trust the Bible.” If someone said to you, “I don’t believe the bible?! You don’t actually believe that is God’s Word do you? It was just written by mere men who were trying to gain control over other people” how would you respond? Hopefully, today will give you some answers beyond, “Well, I do believe it’s God’s Word and that’s all there is to it.”     

By the way, Small Groups which officially began last week are following complimentary studies of the questions we’re partially answering on Sundays. Today is the last day for Small Group signup. Please take an opportunity to get connected with some other believers mid-week. It will give you the opportunity to give the gift of  real friendship to someone else.     

God gives His best to you and is incapable of anything less, 

Will (for the pastors)

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How Can You Say, “There’s Only One Way”?

January 23rd, 2011 by Will Martin

We’re beginning a sermon series today called “The Reason for God.” This series is somewhat based on a NY Times bestselling book of the same title, written by author and pastor Tim Keller. I say the sermons are somewhat based on the book only because we will seek to answer the same questions which form the heart of each chapter of the book. Our approach will be to do that from passages of Scripture.   

Today our subject is, “Can Christianity be right if it is exclusive?” Many people say, “There are many ways to find God so Christianity is just one of many options and it is wrong, arrogant and divisive for Christians to claim that Jesus is the only way.” Well, “How do you answer such a criticism?” We will seek to grow in our ability to do so with gentleness, clarity and wisdom.

Incidentally, the Small Groups which officially begin this week will also follow complimentary studies of these same questions. Between our 2Ways Evangelism Studies on Sunday morning (10:15-10:50), our Sermon Series and our Small Group Studies, this is a great season for us to grow in our ability to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.      

Please be in constant prayer towards that end, (Matthew 28:18-20)

Will (for the pastors)

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Not Good to Be Alone

January 16th, 2011 by Will Martin

It is time for Small Groups to begin again – and what we’ll be thinking about today as we Journey in the Word is the significance of deep, rich, God-focusing relationships with other people. Actually, the reason we do Small Groups at PCC is not because they are just “a” way to study the bible but because Small Groups seem, as close as possible, to provide the types of opportunities for living life together with others that the bible describes as Jesus’ plan for those who follow Him as Lord.    

Small Groups meet three to four times each month, are normally two hours long and include times for Bible discussion and prayer, times to build caring relationships with others in the group and times of service to others (outreach).

Small Groups are not just another thing at PCC – they are the main opportunity for discipleship and care for every person who intends to be a serving, contributing partner of the PCC family. So today’s sermon is not just a “think about it deal” – it’s an invitation to come and join in . . .  

Love one another, (Jn 13:34)

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Learning from Other’s Errors

January 9th, 2011 by Will Martin

Sociologists have concluded that the single most expressed emotion in daily conversation is love…a parent saying, “I love you” to a child, a husband saying, “I missed you” to his wife, etc., Expressions of care and affection are more common than any other words that we speak. That may or may not surprise you.  
But the second most expressed emotion communicated in daily conversation might be a surprise. It’s regret. “I wish I had not been late. I wish I would have spoken up sooner. I wish I had been exercising this past year. I wish that I had not been so uninvolved.” 
Today we’ll look at a story from Scripture that is filled with regret and think together about how we can move our lives towards living with much less of it. Sometimes less is definitely more.  

Hoping for you to have a blessed New Year, 
Will (for the pastors)

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