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Romans 16:3-5a: Prisca and Aquila

Introduction: If I were to ask you to think of 24 names in a church you have never visited, could you do it? Could you name 24 people in the names of one of our sister Reformed Churches you have not visited? We come to now to the Greetings section of the letter where Paul greets 24 people in the Church in Rome. First mentioned are Prisca and Aquila. Apart from Timothy mentioned in 16:21, these would be the best known to us that Paul greets. Acts 18 as well as Paul’s ministry in Ephesus in Acts 19 give...


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Romans 16:1-2: Deaconesses?

Introduction: What is the role of women in the church? Can women be deacons? These are some of the matters that we will be looking into today as we deal with Romans 16:1-2, ‘I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well.’ We come to a new chapter and the last chapter of the book of...


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Romans 15:9: Paul The Church Planter

Introduction: How do you see the Great Commission being fulfilled? Some think that it is not our job but it was the job of the original apostles, this cannot be the case because the command to preach to all nations lasts as long as the promise of Christ’s presence does, till the end of the age.  Some have a picture of mass evangelism in their minds where Billy Graham style crusades are done all over the world until millions of Christians are saved.  Some see every Christian being a missionary and if each one reaches one then the world can...


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Romans 12:8: The Gift of Leadership

Outline Convictional leadership Sacrificial leadership Introduction Leadership in the world today is in crisis. In the Western world where we have cut ourselves loose from the Biblical worldview and opted for a post-modern moral relativism, we can no longer properly even define what a leader is and should be. The Post-Christian worldview has within it the seeds of its own destruction. In highlighting this inability in the area of leadership one person has written, ‘We want character but without unyielding conviction; we want strong morality but without the emotional burden of guilt or shame; we want virtue but without...


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Matthew 25:36: The Samaritan Prayer Ministry

Outline Biblical examples of ministering to the sick Historical examples of ministering to the sick Introduction Today we are not going to have a traditional sermon but a topical sermon. We are going to launch a ministry to the sick in our church. For want of a better name we are calling it the Samaritan prayer ministry. The churches ministry to the sick is an ongoing ministry that belongs to the whole body and the time has come for us to be more deliberate in our ministrations. The Samaritan Prayer Ministry is being launched not because there is no...


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Church Membership 6: Leadership in the Church

Introduction: The Roman Catholic Church says, ‘No Pope, no Church!’ The Anglican Church says, ‘No Bishop, no Church!’ The Presbyterian says, ‘No Elder, no Church!’ The Baptist says, ‘No congregation, no Church!’ These simplistic statements identify where authority is to be found in the local Church. As Reformed Baptists we are somewhere in between the Presbyterians and regular Baptists. We see Christ as the Head of His church, but because He has given each of His people the Spirit, enabling them to all be priests, the whole local church with the added gift of eldership is sufficient to exercise...


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