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Bethlehem Church of Christ Messages

Bethlehem Church of Christ Messages

By Christian Martin
Messages from Bethlehem Church of Christ in Winchester, OH.

Ministers: Tom Claibourne and Christian Martin.
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Myth #3: Humans are Gender-neutral, and Not That Special
Tom Claibourne's sermon preached on October 18th, 2020 at Bethlehem Church of Christ in Winchester, OH. Outline: I. God gave fundamental statements about humanity and sexuality.   A. Clear declarations (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:7; 2:24-25; Matthew 19:4-6)      1. Humans are God's CREATION. (Psalm 139:13-14)      2. Humans are created in the IMAGE of God.      3. Humans are valued EQUALLY by God.      4. Humans are created MALE and FEMALE.      5. Humans are created to RULE OVER the rest of creation.   B. Clear contrast       *If you remove God from the process, EVERYTHING changes. II. Humanity descended into sin and brokenness.   A. Humanity has a choice: GOD'S way or OURS. (Genesis 2:16-17)   B. Humanity has a far-reaching choice: God's BLESSINGS or our BROKENNESS. (Genesis; Romans 1:18-32) III. God still has a plan for healing and blessing.   A. REPENT. (Acts 2:38; 3:19; John 8:1-11)   B. RETURN.   C. REDEMPTION -- through Jesus Christ. (II Corinthians 5:17)   D. RESTORATION -- through God's Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10) I choose God's way so He can RENEW His IMAGE in me.
41:41
October 19, 2020
Myth #2: God is Hands-Off [Christian Martin]
Christian Martin's sermon preached on October 11th, 2020 at Bethlehem Church of Christ in Winchester, OH.  Outline: I. God worked through CREATION. A. "Big Bang" (Gen. 1:14-19; Isa. 40:25-26) B. Creation of MAN (Gen. 1:26-31; 2:4-9) Forming him (HANDS ON!) C. Creation of WOMAN (Gen. 2:18-25) Forming her (HANDS ON!) II. God worked through JESUS. From the FALL... (Gen. 3:14-15) Jesus in the BEGINNING (John 1:1-18) His MINISTRY (John 20:31-31; 21:25) His DEATH (Isa. 53:1-6; Gal. 4:4-7; Phil. 2:5-11) III. God works through PRAYER. Early Church (Acts 2:42-44; 4:29-31) For us (Ja. 5:13-20; I Pet. 3:8-12) IV. God will work through HIS PLAN. Future HOPE (Rev. 21:1-8) Since CREATION, God hasn't stopped WORKING and His FINGERPRINTS are everywhere!
42:36
October 13, 2020
Myth #1: God Doesn't Exist
Tom Claibourne's sermon preached on September 27th, 2020 at Bethlehem Church of Christ in Winchester, OH. Outline: I. If God doesn't exist ... There is no ultimate PURPOSE or MEANING in life. (Ecclesiastes) There is no basis for MORALITY. (Judges 21:25; Romans 1:18ff) There is no HOPE beyond this life. (Ecclesiastes 3:18-21; 9:2-3; Ephesians 2:12) II. Since God does exist ... We can LIVE with purpose and meaning (Genesis 1; Job 38-42; Acts 17:24-28) We have a STANDARD for living well. (Exodus 20; Romans 2:14-15; II Timothy 3:16-17) We can live with HOPE. (Ephesians 2:12-13; I Timothy 1:15-17) We have to decide what we personally will do about GOD and His SON. (Ecclesiastes 12:1, 13; Romans 1:16; Psalm 34:8-9) I will choose God, His TRUTH, and His SON.
34:40
October 6, 2020
Jude: A Call for Perseverance [Tom Claibourne]
Tom Claibourne's sermon preached on September 27th, 2020 at Bethlehem Church of Christ in Winchester, OH. Outline: I. Be aware of the DANGERS (False teachers). A. IMMORALITY. (4, 8, 10; Rom. 1:21-26; 6:1ff) B. DENIAL of Jesus. (4) C. Not taking the DEVIL seriously. (8-9; II Pet. 2:10-12) D. IMPOSTERS who are ungodly. (12-16) II. Be ASSURED of God's Judgment. A. Unfaithful ISRAELITES. (5; I Cor. 10:5-11) B. Evil ANGELS. (6; II Pet. 2:4) C. Evil CITIES. (7; II Pet. 2:6-10) D. Evil PEOPLE. (11) - Cain, Balaam, Korah III. Be EQUIPPED to persevere. A. Stand for GOD'S TRUTH. (3; Gal. 1:6-9) B. HEED God's warnings. (17-19) C. Strengthen our FAITH. (20) D. PRAY in the spirit. (20: Rom. 8:26-27) E. REMAIN in God's love. (21) F. RESCUE others for God. (22; Gal. 6:1; Amos 4:11) G. ENTRUST ourself to the Mighty Savior. (24-25) I plan to joyfully stand before God WITHOUT FAULT.
38:33
September 28, 2020
A Time for Warnings - Ezekiel 33 [Tom Claibourne]
Tom Claibourne's sermon preached on September 20th, 2020 at Bethlehem Church of Christ in Winchester, OH.  Outline: The responsibility of a watchman (33:1-9) A. Keep their EYES OPEN. (33:3, 6; 1 Chron. 12:32) B. Take the THREATS seriously. (33:3, 6; Ja. 1:14-15) Culturally Nationally Spiritually C. Give a CLEAR WARNING. (33:6-9) D. Warn people NO MATTER WHAT. The responsibility of the hearers. (33:10-20) A. Keep our EARS OPEN. B. Take the WARNINGS seriously. (33:4-5) C. Take appropriate ACTION. (Prov. 22:3; Matt. 2:13; Ez. 33:11) *We CAN change directions. (33:11, 20; Ez. 18) Heed the warnings. REPENT (turn) and LIVE! (Matt. 24:42; Ez. 33:10; Acts 2:37-41)
41:57
September 22, 2020
Here I Am to Worship [Christian Martin]
Christian Martin's sermon preached on September 6th, 2020 at Bethlehem Church of Christ in Winchester, OH. Outline: 1. Worship as SACRIFICE. Genesis 22 Matt. 2:1-12 Dan. 3 2. Worship as SERVICE. Ex. 7:14-25 Acts 24:1-21 3. Worship as LIFE. Romans 12:1-4 Phil. 1:20-21 Gal. 2:20 Col. 3:12-17 WHO or WHAT do you worship with your life today?
27:07
September 22, 2020
Life Lessons from COVID-19 (pt. 2) [Tom Claibourne]
Tom Claibourne's sermon preached on August 30th, 2020 at Bethlehem Church of Christ in Winchester, OH. Outline: *Ephesians 5:15-17 Spiritual Growth is our PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. (II Pet. 3:18; II Tim. 2:14-18; I Cor. 3:1-2; Heb. 5:11-6:3) DISCERNMENT is vital. (II Tim. 2:15-17; John 8:31-32, 43-47; Isa. 59:14-15) Freedom is worth DEFENDING. (Gen. 1:26-27; John 8:32, 36; II Cor. 3:17) Fear can be DESTRUCTIVE. (II Tim. 1:7) Jesus is still LORD. We are NOT. We need to follow Him with WISDOM and COURAGE.
38:41
September 22, 2020
Life Lessons from COVID-19 (pt. 1) [Tom Claibourne]
Tom Claibourne's sermon preached on August 23rd, 2020 at Bethlehem Church of Christ in Winchester, OH. Outline: *Ephesians 5:15-17 We live in a FALLEN world. (Gen. 1-3; Rom. 8:18-22) Life can CHANGE very quickly. (Ja. 4:14-17; 1 Cor. 16:5-7; Ps. 90:12; Eph. 5:15-17) "Church" is not confined to a specific PLACE or SCHEDULE. People still need EACH OTHER. (Acts 2:42-47; Heb. 10:24-25; Gen. 2:18) LESS is often better. (Isa. 30:15; Matt. 6:25ff; Lk. 12:15) Jesus is still LORD. We are NOT.
35:12
September 21, 2020