"Failure is Not Final" Pastor David Doster,Matthew 26:1-50, March 25, 2018

"Failure is Not Final"

I. Suffocating grip of failure

Message: The conquering grace of God through human frailty, sin and outright evil.

  • Painful path to redemption
  • Evil plot
  • Opportunistic betrayal
  • Gut wrenching revelation
  • Bitter denial
  • Agonizing abandonment
  • Failure is not final

II. Painful path to redemption

     A. Passover plot

    

 “See, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death  and deliver him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day. Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something."  Matthew 20:18-20

And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it,  saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes."                     Luke  19:41-42

     B. Opportunistic betrayal

     C. Gut wrenching revelation

"Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me."                                                                                                               Psalm 41:9

     D. Bitter denial

“Awake, O sword, against my shepherd,
    against the man who stands next to me,”
declares the Lord of hosts. Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered..."                                                                                            Zechariah 13:7

     E. Agonizing abandonment

III. Grace over failure                                                                         (Application)

 

 

"Essential Building Blocks" (Part 2), Pastor David Doster, March 18 2018

"Essential Building Blocks" (Part 2, Selected Texts)

I. Gallery of God's grace                                                                                             (Introduction)

"If you're God's child, you are a gallery of His glorious grace. The walls of your heart have been festooned with the gorgeous artwork of redemption: wisdom for the foolishness of sin, power for the weakness of sin, forgiveness for the guilt of sin, and deliverance from the bondage of sin. Grace means that beautiful things are being done for you and happening within you."  Paul Tripp (New Morning Mercies)

II. Growing together                                                                                                       (Ephesians 4:1-16)

"Spiritual growth, more than increasing in knowledge or following a set of established rules, is an ongoing process of being conformed into the image of Jesus Christ. It is a life changing transformation, involving both our efforts and the work of the Holy Spirit in us."                                                                                                                                 BCBC on Growth

" ...for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.  But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil."  Hebrews 5:13-14

"The members of the church grow by feeding on God's Word and ministering to one another."  Warren Wiersbe

Evidence of Spiritual Growth:

  • Christlikeness
  • Stability
  • Truth coupled with love
  • Cooperation

III. Serving together

"For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many."  Mark 10:45

"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace." 1 Peter 4:10

Assessing your gifting:

  1. What do you enjoy doing?
  2. What service has God been blessing?
  3. How have others been encouraged?
  4. What has the Holy Spirit confirmed in you?

IV. Bearing His fruit                                                                                                                              (Application)

 

"Essential Building Blocks" (Selected Texts), Pastor David Doster, March 11 2018

“Essential Building Blocks”

I. Laying the groundwork                                                                                (Introduction)

Our Mission: Why we exist:

We are committed to building a community of fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ who love God, love each other and impact a needy world.

Our Vision:

Our objective is to become a church that exemplifies the life-changing reality of Christ in an ever-changing world by equipping our members so that they live lifestyles of spiritual integrity which are:

•Biblically accurate

•Personal purity

•Family focused

•Socially responsible

•Evangelistically bold

II. Core values

     A. Fighting for a heart of worship

     B. Cultivating life-giving community

“Truth without relationships often yields sterile doctrine, while spiritual relationships without truth will become little more that superficial social relationship.     BCBC Values

BCBC Core Values:

•Worship

•Community

•Growth

•Service

III. Choosing to be a worshiping community of believers

“To foster a worshiping community of believers that engenders a passionate and purposeful relationship with Jesus Christ.”

"Bold Vision" (Selected Texts), Pastor David Doster, March 4 2018

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"Bold Vision"

I. Gospel living                                                                    (Introduction)

Our Mission: Why We Exist

We are committed to building a community of fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ who love God, love each other , and impact a needy world!

II. Our vision: What we purpose to do

Our objective is to become a church that exemplifies the life changing reality of Christ in an ever-changing world by equipping our members so that they live lifestyles of spiritual integrity which are:

A.Distinctives:

●1.  We believe the Bible is verbally inspired by God, error free in the original writing, and the supreme authority of faith and   practice  for the believer in Jesus Christ.

2. Personally pure

3. Family focused

4. Socially responsible

5. Evangelistically bold

III. A vibrant growing body of believers

The result: A vibrant growing community of believers who are committed to impacting and influencing their respective communities and the world abroad for Christ.We believe that success in ministry is defined by God not man’s ideas or cultural standards. We welcome and affirm our dependence upon His leading and the truth that He has revealed to His church through His Word.

"Bold Charge" Key texts from Matthew... Pastor David Doster...February 25 2018

"Bold Charge"

I. No antiques here!                                                                         (Introduction)

II. Church's marching orders                                                           (Matt. 16:13-18)

     A. Triumphant Savior

     B. Bold lovers                                                                               (Matt. 22:34-40)

     C. Bold commission

III. Espresso all the way!                                                                    (Application)

"Is Jesus Really Enough?" Hebrews 7:11-28... Eric Fisher...February 18 2018

"Is Jesus Really Enough?" 

I. A fly-over of Hebrews 1-7                                                      (Introduction)

II. A drive-by of Hebrews 7:11-28

III. Boots on the ground... Jesus' love is more than enough     (Application)

"Anchored Forever" (Hebrews 6:13-20), Pastor David Doster, February 11 2018

"Anchored Forever"

I. Reputation at stake                                                                   (Introduction)

II. Promise from God                                                                     (verses 13-15)

     A. Jewish roots revisited

     B. Ripple effect

III. Integrity of God                                                                       (verses 16-18)

     A. Intended purpose

     B. Origin of oath

IV. Hope in God                                                                             (verses 18b-20)

     A. Strong encouragement

     B. Anchor of the soul

     C. Living intimate and personal

V. True hope                                                                                  (Application)

 

"Warning, Encouragement to Persevere" (Hebrews 6:4-12), Pastor David Doster, January 28 2018

"Warning, Encouragement to Persevere" 

I. Controversy for the ages                                                                     (Introduction)

II. Withering word of warning                                                                 (verses 4-8)

     A. Discerning the dilemma

     B. Fruit reflects root

III. Confident affirmation                                                                         (verses 9-12)

     A. Positive reinforcement

     B. Proof positive

     C. Persevering proof

IV. What is our fruit revealing                                                                  (Application)

"Grow Up in Christ" (Hebrews 5:11-6:3), Pastor David Doster, January 21 2018

"Grow Up in Christ"

I. Sharp turn                                                            (Introduction)

II. Diet determines direction                                  (Verses 5:11-14)

     A. Not ready to go forward

     B. Milk over meat

III. Stepping toward maturity                                 (verses 6:1-3)

     A. Adult dining

     B. Beyond the basics

IV. Loving confrontation                                          (Application)

 

"Finding the Path" (Psalm 67): Dr. Christopher Matthews, January 14 2018

"Finding the Path"

I. Thomas Scott                                                                      (Introduction)

II. God's favor and His path on earth                                     (verses 1-2)

III. Prophecies of a future kingdom                                       (verses 3-7)

Iv. Seeking the path before its too late                                (Application)

"Enter His Rest" (Hebrews 4:1-11), Pastor David Doster, November 19 2017

"Enter His Rest" (Hebrews 4:1-11), 

I. Living too close to the freeway

II. Don't miss out

     A. Reject passivity

     B. Take action

III. What is the nature of this rest?

     A. Entry point

     B. Origin of rest

IV.. Its availability 

     A. Still remains

     B. Bell tolling

     C. Sabbath rest

V. Are you choosing Christ's rest?

"Holding Fast for the Journey" (Hebrews 3:1-17), Pastor David Doster, November 12 2017

"Holding Fast for the Journey" (Hebrews 3:1-17)

I. Holding on!                        (Introduction)

II. Positive example

III. Negative example

     A. Crisis of belief

     B. Disposition of the heart

IV. Staying faithful to the end                        (Application)

What hinders you from holding on?

•Prefer the familiar, known

•Comfort and ease

•Pain and suffering

•Confusion

•Compromise

•Cheap/Shallow version of grace

•Specific battle with sin

 

What fortifies your grip?

•Feeding on the Word

•Quiet consecrated prayer

•Viable, meaningful connection with the body of Christ

•Willingness to be tested in your walk

•Rich, full grip of Christ-centered grace

"Peeling Back the Layers of Christ's Incarnation" (Hebrews 2:10-18), Pastor David Doster, November 5 2017

"Peeling Back the Layers of Christ's Incarnation"

I. Diving into the fish tank

Critical layers of truth:

•He was our filling founder

•Our solidarity is with Christ

•Why the incarnation was essential

•He became our merciful and faithful high priest

•He enables us to face our final foe

II. Our fitting founder

III. Our solidarity with Christ

     A. Source of our connection

     B. Cost of our connectionI

IV. Why the incarnation was essential

     A. Demonstrates Christ's identification with humankind

     B Destroyed the power of the devil over believers

     C. Delivers us from the fear of death

V. Merciful and faithful High Priest

VI. Facing our final foe

 

"Pay Attention" (Hebrews 2:1-4), Pastor David Doster, October 15 2017

"Pay Attention"

I. Watch out!                                                                           (Introduction)

Critical Truths:

1..In the midst of proclaiming the superiority of Christ above the angels, the writer inserts this sobering warning.

2.The truth and consequences of their response to God’s message of salvation.

3.The clear call to personal commitment and responsibility.

II. Truth and consequences

     A. Danger of neglect

     B. Painful consequence

III. Our commitment and responsibility

"Better Than Angels" (Hebrews 1:5-18), Pastor David Doster, October 8 2017

"Better Than Angels"

I. Touched by an angel                                                                           (Introduction)

Chain of truths showing the superiority of Christ to angels:

1..Unique relationship to the Father (Sonship)

2.Son is above the angels (status)

3.Son will reign forever (eternality)

4.Son seated at the highest place

II. Chain of truths                                                                                         (verses 5-14)

     A. Unique relationship with the Father

     B. Above the angels

     C. Will reign forever

     D. Highest place

III. Securing our reference point                                                                 (Application)