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Listen to Bible-based and scripturally-sound sermons preached during the worship services of Ninth Avenue, a church of Christ in Haleyville, Alabama. Our Preaching Minister is Matthew Balentine.

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Listen to Bible-based and scripturally-sound sermons preached during the worship services of Ninth Avenue, a church of Christ in Haleyville, Alabama. Our Preaching Minister is Matthew Balentine.

    The Story of Noah (Robert Daniel)

    The Story of Noah (Robert Daniel)

    In this inspiring sermon, we delve deep into the familiar narrative of Noah's Ark from Genesis 7. But this is not a tale for children about an ark and animals marching two-by-two. We explore the profound messages underpinning Noah's story about sin, grace, and steadfast obedience to God, making it a timeless tale relevant even today.
    Even in a world riddled with wickedness and sin, Noah found favor in God's eyes. He stood as a beacon of hope, defining that the world hadn't completely succumbed to sin. Noah adhered unyieldingly to God's command, setting for us a remarkable example of faithfulness and dedication.
    This sermon further paints a vivid picture of the Almighty's intent to cleanse the Earth with a great flood and how Noah meticulously followed His blueprint to build an ark that would save his family and all animal kinds. Moreover, Noah's constant preaching of righteousness during construction and attempts to convert the sinful around him sets an inspirational precedent for us in today's world.
    Contrasting the experiences inside and outside the Ark with being in or out of the body of Christ, the episode uses Noah's Ark as a metaphor for divine salvation or judgment. With references to Jesus's words from Matthew chapter 7 about the paths of life and destruction, the episode emphasizes the dire outcomes of disobedience and the compelling need for preparedness for the Final Judgment.
    This intense episode concludes with a powerful call to action, urging listeners to evaluate their spiritual standing and make conscious choices that reflect obedience and righteousness. It implores us to garner courage, just like Noah did, to uphold righteousness in a chaotic world, and spread God’s transformative message of love and salvation.

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    The song "The Ode to Joy" is used pursuant to a license issued by Envato Elements.

    • 37 min
    The Great Commission (Matthew Balentine)

    The Great Commission (Matthew Balentine)

    In this sermon, Matthew Balentine focuses on the Great Commission as outlined in Matthew 28:18-20, emphasizing the call to discipleship and the transformative journey it entails. He begins by highlighting Jesus' declaration of His authority over heaven and earth, which sets the stage for the command He gives to His followers. This authority is not wielded to demand subservience but to invite us into a relationship with Him--one that is based on desire rather than obligation.He then unpacks the command to "go and make disciples of all nations," clarifying that the essence of this directive is not merely about recruitment but about embodying discipleship in our own lives. The act of going is not a passive experience but an active, ongoing process that happens as we live our daily lives. It's about living out our faith in every context, not just within the walls of the church.Matthew stresses that being a disciple is not a higher tier of Christianity but the very essence of what it means to follow Christ. It involves a commitment to grow in our understanding of Jesus and to allow that growth to shape our actions. As we live out our discipleship, we naturally draw others to Christ, not through a sales pitch but through the authenticity of our transformed lives.He also addresses the concept of baptism, which is often a point of contention among Christians. He clarifies that baptism is not the end goal but the beginning of a lifelong journey of faith. It is both a pledge of a clear conscience towards God and an act of obedience that aligns us with Jesus' death and resurrection. Baptism is about Jesus, not about church affiliation.Furthermore, Matthew highlights the importance of teaching as a component of discipleship. It's not enough to baptize; we must also nurture and educate new believers in the ways of Christ. This is a collective responsibility, not just that of church leaders. He shares his appreciation for programs that teach our young people to become teachers themselves, emphasizing the value of learning and growing at every stage of life.Lastly, he offers comfort in the promise that Jesus is with us always. This assurance is not just for moments of ease but especially when we face challenges and growth opportunities. We are never alone in our mission; God is our constant companion.Key Takeaways:- Discipleship is an active, ongoing journey that doesn't end with baptism but begins there. It's a process of growing in knowledge and maturity in Christ and allowing that growth to influence our actions and interactions with others. As we live out our discipleship authentically, we naturally draw others to Christ.- Baptism is not merely a ritual or a church tradition; it is a profound act of unity with Christ. It signifies a pledge of a clear conscience towards God and aligns us with the transformative power of Jesus' resurrection. Our baptism is about our relationship with Jesus, not our church denomination.- Teaching is an integral part of the Great Commission. It's not just about imparting knowledge but about equipping others to continue the cycle of discipleship. We must invest in teaching others, including our children, to ensure the faith is lived and shared across generations.- Change, though often uncomfortable, is essential for church growth and fulfilling the Great Commission. Embracing change allows us to reach a diverse array of people and to be a church home for all nations, reflecting the inclusive heart of the gospel.- The presence of Jesus is a constant in our lives, offering comfort and strength in our mission. His promise to be with us always should embolden us to take on the challenges of discipleship, knowing we are never alone in our endeavors for the Kingdom.
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    • 27 min
    Love Is Better Than Life (Matthew Balentine)

    Love Is Better Than Life (Matthew Balentine)

    In this sermon, Matthew Balentine explores the profound relationship between our focus and our spiritual fulfillment, drawing inspiration from the life of David as depicted in Psalm 63. David, a man after God's own heart, faced a time of great personal crisis when he was forced into the wilderness by his own son Absalom. This period of wilderness wandering, though filled with loneliness and humiliation, became a pivotal moment for David to refocus his life on God.
    David's thirst for God in a dry and weary land where there was no water serves as a powerful metaphor for our own spiritual longing. Just as David earnestly sought God from the beginning of his day, we too must prioritize our relationship with God, allowing it to be the positive beginning that sets the tone for our entire day. David's focus on God's love, which he deemed better than life itself, reminds us that when we allow the Lord to possess us, we will be obsessed with Him.
    The love of Jesus must be our motivation in living out our Christian faith. It is this love that compels us to live, love, forgive, and share the message of Christ's love with others. When we embrace and allow God's love to consume our lives, we find ourselves compelled to act in ways that reflect His love.
    David's use of the imagery of a full banquet to represent spiritual fulfillment is particularly poignant. In a time when a table laden with food was not the norm, such abundance symbolized the ultimate blessing. This imagery reminds us that God's love meets our every need, and in Him, we never go empty.
    As we navigate the challenges of life, we may find ourselves in our own wilderness, feeling alone and thirsty for something more. It is in these moments that we must turn to God and recognize that His love is indeed better than life. By focusing on God's love and allowing it to possess us, we can find true fulfillment and joy.
    Now, let us consider the key takeaways from the sermon:
    1. The love of Jesus is the driving force behind our Christian walk. It is not enough to simply understand this love intellectually; we must feel it, embrace it, and let it consume us. When we do, it compels us to live a life that reflects the love of Christ to others.
    2. Spiritual fulfillment is often symbolized by a full banquet, as seen in the Old Testament. This imagery is a reminder that God's blessings are abundant and that in Him, we find complete satisfaction. Our spiritual hunger can only be truly satiated by the richness of God's love.
    3. Our daily focus on God sets the tone for our lives. Seeking God earnestly from the beginning of our day, as David did, ensures that we start with a positive outlook and a heart tuned to worship and gratitude.
    4. In times of wilderness, when we feel alone and empty, it is crucial to remember that God's love is better than life itself. This truth should be the center point of our existence, guiding us to seek fulfillment in God above all else.
    5. When we allow the Lord to possess us, our obsession becomes Him. This shift in focus transforms our desires, aligning them with God's will, and leading us to a life of purpose and joy in His presence.
    In conclusion, let us strive to make God the focus of our lives, allowing His love to guide us through every wilderness and into the abundance of His blessings.
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    The song "The Ode to Joy" is used pursuant to a license issued by Envato Elements.

    • 23 min
    Lost and Found (Matthew Balentine)

    Lost and Found (Matthew Balentine)

    In this study, we explore the profound theme of "Lost and Found," delving into the parables of Jesus that illuminate God's relentless pursuit of those who are lost. We begin by examining the context in which Jesus shared these parables, noting the criticism he faced from the Pharisees and teachers of the law for welcoming sinners. This criticism reveals a dangerous self-righteousness that can blind us to our own need for grace. We must guard against this attitude and instead open our hearts to the transformative message of God's word.
    The first parable we discuss is that of the lost sheep. The shepherd's relentless search for the one lost sheep, leaving the ninety-nine to find it, reflects the heart of God for each individual. This parable teaches us about God's unconditional love and care for us, even when we feel unlovable or insignificant. It also challenges us to reflect on our own lives, to ensure we are not wandering away from God's path.
    We then consider the parable of the lost coin, which speaks to the diligent search of the woman for her lost coin. This parable emphasizes the value God places on each person, even those who may not realize they are lost. As the church, we are called to emulate this diligence in seeking out the lost and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with them.
    The final parable, the prodigal son, illustrates the journey of rebellion and return. It shows us that walking away from God is a process, as is the journey back to Him. The father's compassionate response to his returning son demonstrates the depth of God's grace and forgiveness. This story encourages us to embrace those returning to God with open arms, without judgment, and to remember that our own return to God may stir up feelings of unworthiness, yet God's love remains steadfast.
    Throughout these parables, we are reminded that God's mission is to seek and save the lost. We are all valuable to Him, and He rejoices over every sinner who repents. Our response should be one of gratitude and a commitment to join in this mission, sharing the love and salvation of Jesus with enthusiasm and urgency.
    Key Takeaways:
    - The parable of the lost sheep teaches us that God's love is individual and personal. He pursues each of us with a relentless love that does not give up, even when we stray. This love is a model for how we should care for one another, always seeking to bring the lost back into the fold.
    - The diligent search for the lost coin represents the value God places on every soul. As followers of Christ, we must be willing to turn over every stone in our efforts to reach the lost. Our mission is not just to invite people to church, but to actively participate in their journey towards Christ.
    - The journey of the prodigal son back to his father is a powerful picture of repentance and the transformative power of God's grace. It reminds us that no matter how far we have wandered, God is waiting to welcome us back with open arms. This grace should be the cornerstone of our interactions with those who are seeking to return to God.
    - The father's response to his returning son teaches us about the nature of God's forgiveness. It is complete and without reservation. As we come back to God, we can trust that He will receive us as if we had never left, offering us a fresh start and a restored relationship with Him.
    - Our role as Christians is not to judge but to be agents of grace, creating a welcoming environment that reflects the love of the Father. When someone decides to come home, we must be ready to help them let go of the world and fully embrace Jesus, amplifying the love and acceptance that God offers.
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    • 25 min
    Spiritual Victory (Matthew Balentine)

    Spiritual Victory (Matthew Balentine)

    In our journey through the biblical narrative, we find ourselves revisiting the story of Jericho—a tale that resonates with the power of faith and obedience. As we delve into this account, we are reminded of the steadfastness of Joshua, who, after wandering in the wilderness for 40 years, is now poised to claim the Promised Land. This moment is a testament to the truth that God fulfills His promises, and it is in His timing that we find victory.
    The conquest of Jericho is not merely a historical event; it is a spiritual blueprint for overcoming the fortresses in our lives. The walls we face may not be of stone, but they are no less daunting. Yet, the lesson is clear: the battle is won by recognizing God's sovereignty. When Joshua encounters the commander of the Lord's army, he is asked whether he is on Israel's side or their enemies'. The response is profound—neither, for the commander is on the Lord's side. This encounter teaches us that our perspective must shift from enlisting God in our battles to aligning ourselves with His will.
    As we surrender to God's authority, we unlock the potential for spiritual victories. This surrender is not passive; it is an active trust in God's plan, even when it defies conventional wisdom. The Israelites' silent march around Jericho was an act of faith, not strategy. It was a demonstration that the battle belongs to the Lord, and our victory is contingent on our obedience to His commands.
    The story of Jericho also teaches us the importance of patience and waiting on God's timing. We often rush ahead or give up when God's timeline does not align with ours. Yet, Hebrews 11:30 reminds us that it was by faith the walls fell after the people had marched around them for seven days. Our faith must be patient, trusting that God's promises will come to fruition in His perfect time.
    In the silence of the march, we find another profound lesson: sometimes, the best way to hear God is to be still. In the quiet, we can reflect on God's greatness and remember the victories He has already won on our behalf. It is in these moments of stillness that we can truly comprehend the magnitude of God's power and love.
    Finally, we are encouraged to persevere. Victory is ours if we do not quit. Had the Israelites stopped marching on the sixth day, the walls would have remained standing. It is in our steadfastness, our refusal to give up, that we see God's promises fulfilled.
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    Please join us in person at the Ninth Avenue Church, located in Haleyville, Alabama.
    You are also invited to join us through social media: Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ninthavenuechurch) Follow us on X (https://twitter.com/ninthavechurch) Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ninthavenuechurch)
    The song "The Ode to Joy" is used pursuant to a license issued by Envato Elements.

    • 24 min
    A Loving Restoration (Matthew Balentine)

    A Loving Restoration (Matthew Balentine)

    Get ready to join the Ninth Avenue Church in Haleyville, Alabama, for a captivating sermon exploring the teachings of 2 Corinthians 2. Connect with a gathered communion of praise and prayer, and engage in deep-rooted spiritual teachings.
    Uncover the importance of empathy, patience, and love in times of spiritual struggle, drawing inspiration from relatable anecdotes and biblical teachings. Experience the joy of spiritually supporting our brothers and sisters, a fundamental principle emphasized throughout Apostle Paul's teachings.
    Delve into the beliefs and teachings stated in verses 5-11 from 2 Corinthians 2, exploring the approach of addressing sin within the church. Comprehend the exceptional role of communal love, honesty, and concern in this necessary yet uncomfortable process.
    Ending on a note of forgiveness, the sermon emphasizes the unsurpassed power of godly sorrow to inspire true repentance. At the same time, it reaffirms the unity and bond of love among believers. An urging call to extend this love to our spiritual brothers and sisters is served by the sermon, reflecting the encouraging power of unity, prayer, and shared faith.
    Further, appreciate the depth of repentance and its significance beyond mere behavioural change. Uncover the wisdom of Psalms 51 and King David's plea to God for mercy, symbolizing the transformative capacity of remorse and repentance.
    Engage in an enlightening discourse on forgiveness and restoration within Christian families. Learn the significance of nurturing, forgiving, and loving each other through Christian teachings from Galatians Chapter 6. Explore the role each believer plays in encouraging spiritual restoration within the community.
    Finally, identify the spiritual warfare against Satan's insidious schemes and the role of believers in resisting evil manipulations. Draw upon Ephesians Chapter 4's wisdom to fortify against Satan’s deceptions.
    In conclusion, this sermon encourages contemplation of your journey towards spiritual restoration and compels us to consider those needing spiritual assistance around us. Remember, in our journey, the power of God's grace, love, and joy reign supreme over worldly temptations, leading to spiritual liberation and profound fellowship among believers.
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    Please join us in person at the Ninth Avenue Church, located in Haleyville, Alabama.
    You are also invited to join us through social media: Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ninthavenuechurch) Follow us on X (https://twitter.com/ninthavechurch) Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ninthavenuechurch)
    The song "The Ode to Joy" is used pursuant to a license issued by Envato Elements.

    • 30 min

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