IBCD Weekly sermons by Pastor Jeff Hinman
Ministry Fair 2024
So, in the sermon today I’d like to explain some of the understandings I have and most of our leadership has around the functions of the church and the involvement of the people which make up the church. The reason I’m doing this is many folks here do not come from a “Baptistic” background and also churches vary from place to place as to how they function and why. In addition, I think many of you are where I was before this time in my life where you appreciate the church, even love the church, but might not be entirely clear as to your role in the church.
No Turning Back
Discipleship is a core aspect of discipleship. A common danger in that journey is that believers start turning back to the earthly principles. How does the fact that God knows them save them from that danger?
Freedom and Grace often go together in our minds. But Grace in Christ does not mean we are free to sin! But how do we live in a Christ-centered freedom?
Galatians 4:6-7 6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.
Bound for Freedom
By faith Christians follow a person, trusting in his character and deeds, not a Law which served only to show how inadequate we are as human beings to follow any Law, be it administered by Kings or angels.
This stepping away from following the Law of Moses to following the person of Jesus Christ as the path to righteousness was seen as heresy by many within Judaism. It took the Law, which was revered, and made it obsolete – its purpose fulfilled, which is good, but once fulfilled – obsolete. This did not go down well with some and it caused confusion in the early church which was still working out its relationship with their cultural and spiritual past to Judaism.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
The Dance of Works and Faith
In my experience one of the most underappreciated aspects of Christianity is the nuance of works and faith. While the scripture makes it clear that we cannot earn our salvation through self-improvement or good works. However, our relationship with the Holy Spirit is to so affect our lives that we are, indeed, characterized by good works. How do works and faith work together?
Guided by the Lord
Sunday Sermon by Christopher Uchegbuo
Proverbs 3:5-6; Jeremiah 10:23