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Sins We Protect

Sins We Protect Part 7

Sunday morning, July 26, sermon preached by Pastor Brian McLaughlin.

Thank you for joining us today at Fairview Baptist Church!  If you are a guest, thank you so much for being here with us. Today, throughout our service, it is my prayer that you will see just how amazing the grace of God truly is and just how free the gift of His righteousness is to those who believe in Him by simple faith. (Romans 3:24) Jesus has changed our lives completely and it is the worship of Him that thrills our hearts.  Our desire today is to focus upon Him and His finished work of redemption and also focus upon His ongoing work through the Spirit in our hearts.

Every promise we can make
Every prayer and step of faith
Every difference we can make
Is only by His grace.
Grace alone Which God supplies
Strength unknown He will provide
Christ in us, our cornerstone
We will go forth in grace alone.

For our message this morning, we turn to God’s Word as we seek to expose our selfish tendencies in life.  The love of self (selfishness) is one of the most prevalent and subtle sins not only in our society but also in the lives of those that identify with the church.  With a sin that is so prevalent and deeply woven into the fabric of our souls, is there any hope of seeing selfishness diminished and destroyed in our lives?  I believe we find a clear answer from God’s Word today through the Gospel that there is hope and through exposing the many layers of selfishness and looking to Jesus, we will see the victory that is already ours through Him. 

Sins We Protect Part 6

Sunday morning, July 19, sermon preached by Pastor Brian McLaughlin. 

Thank you for joining us today at Fairview Baptist Church!  If you are a guest, thank you so much for being here with us. Today, throughout our service, it is my prayer that you will see just how amazing the grace of God truly is and just how free the gift of His righteousness is to those who believe in Him by simple faith. (Romans 3:24) Jesus has changed our lives completely and it is the worship of Him that thrills our hearts.  Our desire today is to point our focus to His finished work upon the cross and His throne of grace. 

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
The Great High Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in Heaven He Sits
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

Today, we draw our attention to the book of James and look at a sin that is pervasive in our society and our individual lives.  James made the statement that “If any doesn’t offend with his words then he is a perfect man and has been able to tame the whole body.”  The stark reality is that there is not a person in this room that has not at some point in their lives made an offense with their tongue. It seems to be the only untamed beast still in the world.  The reason for this is simple, the tongue tells on our wild, untamed heart.  The tongue reveals so much about our old Adamic nature and truly shows us our hopeless estate without the transforming power of the gospel of God’s grace. 

Sins We Protect Part 5

Sunday morning, July 12, sermon preached by Pastor Brian McLaughlin. 

Thank you for joining us today at Fairview Baptist Church!  If you are a guest, thank you so much for being here with us today. Today, throughout our service, it is my prayer that you will see just how amazing the grace of God truly is and just how free the gift of His righteousness is to those who believe in Him by simple faith. (Romans 3:24) Jesus has changed our lives completely and it is the worship of Him that thrills our hearts.  Our desire today is to point our focus to the cross.  It is the cross that reminds us of the great shame and condescension that our Savior was willing to endure. 

Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood. 

This, the pow'r of the cross:
Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath—
We stand forgiven at the cross. 

Do you remember the childhood story about the “Emperor and his New Clothes”?  There are many interpretations and applications to that story, but one is clearly a lesson on pride.  The danger with pride is it is potentially blinding to the most obvious things in life.  Let us draw our attention to God’s Word this morning as we examine this sin, expose it, seek to see it’s remedy when held against the backdrop of the gospel.  

Sins We Protect Part 4

Sunday morning, July 5, sermon preached by Pastor Brian McLaughlin. 

Thank you for joining us today at Fairview Baptist Church!  If you are a guest, thank you so much for being here with us today. Today, throughout our service, it is my prayer that you will see just how amazing the grace of God truly is and just how free the gift of His righteousness is to those who believe. (Romans 3:24) Jesus has changed our lives completely and it is the worship of Him that thrills our hearts.  Our desire today is simply to magnify Jesus Christ because His amazing grace that is greater than all our sin.  

Marvelous grace of our loving Lord, 
grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt! 
Yonder on Calvary's mount outpoured, 
there where the blood of the Lamb was spilt. 

Grace, grace, God's grace, 
grace that will pardon and cleanse within; 
grace, grace, God's grace, 
grace that is greater than all our sin! 

It’s because we have been given the grace of God that we can now honestly and openly take responsibility for our sin and seek to address it through the power of the Gospel.  Today, we look into the word of God to address a sin that often goes unnoticed and un-confronted in the lives of believers.  Really, without confronting this sin in our lives, there’s not much hope of actual spiritual growth and maturity in grace.  So let us draw our attention to the twelfth chapter of 2 Samuel and Psalm 51.  

Sins We Protect Part 3

1 Corinthians 1:10-13 KJV
“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?”

Introduction

At the beginning of this last week, I was spending time in prayer and asking God to give me a good opening illustration for this morning’s message.  Little did I know how He would answer!  At the end of this last week, I had the amazing opportunity to fly to West Virginia and run with a group of runners in a 200 mile race through the Appalachian mountains! It was a great experience that I will never forget.  You might ask, what would possess 8 (or at least 7) sane grown men to go and run a 200 mile race through the mountains of West Virginia?  Why would we do this? 

Well, primarily, the purpose of traveling, trekking, and traversing those miles was to raise some funds for a missions project in Mexico.  And hopefully to also raise awareness to the need.  But also, this trip was a chance to fellowship with other believers in Christ and to be able to say that we accomplished an incredible feat - TOGETHER.  I have run some pretty long distances in my life, but I have never run 200 miles by myself and lived to tell about it!  This team of 8 runners did something TOGETHER that we could have NEVER done alone.  

Main Truth: The church only moves forward together.  It will only impact the culture to its greatest depth when it’s members are united in their desire, direction, and the declaration of the gospel of God’s grace.  

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Conclusion

“Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers met together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become 'unity' conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.”  ― A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of Go