Sunday, October 15, 2017

Burbank Outreach (10/14/2017)

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Luke 18:9-14

When defending the doctrine of Sola Fide, the "go to" verses we use to support the position that salvation is by faith alone are generally those by Paul (ex: Ephesians 2:8-9).  But did JESUS teach that salvation is by faith alone?  Consider this article from MacArthur: Jesus' Perspective on Sola Fide

Burbank - October 7, 2017

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Burbank Outreach (10/07/2017)

Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.” And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things. And when they had taken money as security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.
The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Acts 17:1-11

In light of the up and coming 500 year anniversary of the Reformation, here's an interesting series of quotes from people from the 2nd century on, demonstrating that the doctrine of Sola Scriptura was not merely a byproduct of the Reformation (as Catholics [and Rogers!] claim): Sola Scriptura and the Church Fathers

Burbank - October 7, 2017

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Glendale Outreach (09/30/2017)

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.

James 5:13-20 (ESV)

If God is sovereign, has declared the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10), doesn't change His mind (Numbers 23:19, Malachi 3:6), already knows what you need (Matt 6:8), and knows what you are going to say before you can even form the words (Psalm 139:4), then why bother praying?  Watch as RC Sproul Explains...

Glendale - September 30, 2017

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Burbank Outreach (09/23/2017)

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For
     “Whoever desires to love life
     and see good days,
     let him keep his tongue from evil
     and his lips from speaking deceit;
     let him turn away from evil and do good;
     let him seek peace and pursue it.
     For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
     and his ears are open to their prayer.
     But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

1 Peter 3:8-22 (ESV)

Image Slideshow
Images from the past year, originally played behind Steve when he spoke about the team in front of the church a couple weeks ago.
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Burbank - September 23, 2017

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