Tuesday, October 18, 2016

1 John Series: Illuminated 1 John 2:28-3:10

1 John 2:28-3:10
Being Children of God

I. The Claim as Children
A. Bold and not ashamed vs 2:28
B. Doing what is right vs 2:29
C. Called children by His great love vs 3:1

II. The Calling as Children
A. The world doesn't know us vs 3:1
B. We are called be like Him vs 3:2
C. We are to be pure vs 3:3

III. The Commission as Children
A. Living beyond the grasp of sin vss 4-6
B. Living for righteousness vs 7
C. Living for the Son vss 8-10

Monday, October 10, 2016

1 John Series: Illuminated 1 John 2:18-27 The Line in the Sand

1 John 2:18-27
The Line in the Sand

Introductory Comments: These verses draw a definitive line between:
1. Those who are in the Father/Christ or not
2. Those who oppose the Father/Christ or not
3. Those who confess the Father/Christ or not

I. The Defining Line - at the Last Hour vss 18-19
A. Some have gone out
B. Some have remained true
C. The Antichrist and antichrists

II. The Anointed Ones vss 20-23

A. You have the Holy One and the Holy Spirit
B. You have adequate knowledge
C. No lie comes from the truth

III. The Remnant Remains  vss 24-27

A. What you heard must remain

B. Do not be deceived
1. by false teaching/teachers
2. by knowledge that is prideful
3. by reason that justifies sin

C. The Anointing remains
1. The Holy Spirit remains in you
2. The Holy Spirit will teach you

1 John Series: Illuminated 1 John 2:12-17 The Great Trade

 Illuminated 1 John 2:12-17 
The Great Trade

I. The Reason for Writing

Question 1: What's the Reason for the Passage?

Question 2: Who are the Children, the Fathers, and the Young Men?

Question 3: What is the sequence of responses?

II. The Resulting Trade

Question 4: What is the Connection?

Question 5:  What is the Contrast?

                Father                                                                                   World
Forgiveness and Healing                                               Guilt and Shame
Healthy Relationships                                                    Broken and Dysfunctional Relationships
Victory and Progressive Sanctification                    Self Improvement without Sustained Capacity
Satisfaction and Fulfillment                                         Self Absorption without Satisfaction
Permanent                                                                         Temporary


Question 6: What are the Implications?

1. There is a baseline of grace and mercy resulting in forgiveness and relationship.
2. We know God through His Word and we experience Him in our daily walk.
3. We walk in strength through increasing our knowledge of His Word.
4. Movement toward the Father moves you away from the world.
5. A Growing love for the Father displaces in your heart a love for the world.
6. Though you remain in the world, the pull of the world diminishes as you grow stronger in the Lord and in His Word.

1 John Series: Illuminated 1 John 2:3-11 The Commanded Reality

Series: 1 John - Illuminated
1 John 2:3-11 The Commanded Reality

I. How Do We Know?

A. We Keep His Commands - vss 3-4
B. The Love of God is Perfected in Us - vs 5
C. We Remain in Him and Walk with Him - vs 6

II. The Commands - Old and New - vss 7-8

A. The Old is the Message You Have Heard - vs 7
B. The New is to the Walk in the Light of Christ - vs 8

III. The Character of Christian Care

A. If We Hate - We Walk in Darkness - vs 9
B. If We Love - We Walk in Light - vs 10
C. A Righteous Walk Leads to Ongoing Revelation - vs 10
D. A Walk Apart from the Light Leads to Blindness and Misdirection - vs 11

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

1 John Series - Illuminated 1 John 1:5-2:2

The Root Issue of Sin
1 John 1:5-2:2
 preached on 9-18-2016

I.  The Comparative Perspective of Fellowship 1:5-7

A. The Contrast of Dark and Light vs 5
B. The Practice of True Fellowship vs 6-7

II. The Conditional Perspective of Sin and Forgiveness 1:7-9

A. If we say we have no sin vs 8
B. If we confess our sins vs 9
C. If we say we have not sinned vs 10

III. The Conclusion to our Personal Dilemma 2:1-2

A. The Hope for Personal Improvement 2:1
B. The Advocate for our Perpetual Problem 2:1

C. The Savior Who is the Propitiation for our Sin 2:2

1 John Series - Illuminated 1 John 1:1-4

Sermon Text 1 John 1:1-4
Preached on 9-18-2016

I.  In the Beginning vs 1

II. In the Personal Knowledge of Jesus vs 1

A. The Affirmative Statements
1. What we have heard - AKOUO
2. What we have seen - HORAO
3. What we have observed - THEAOMAI
4. What we have touched - PSELAPHAO

B. The Father's Revelation vs 2
1. Seen it - HORAO
2. Testify - MARTUREO
3. Declare - AGGELLO

C. For the Purpose of Fellowship  vs 3
Fellowship - KOINONIA 

D. For the Result Of Joy vs 4

III. The Personal Nature of Faith in Jesus

A. He is a Real Person
B. He is Really God
C. He Desires Real Fellowship with Us

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Calvary and a New Youth Pastor

The Leadership Team is pleased to announce that Tyler Clem has accepted the call to serve as the Youth Pastor for Calvary Baptist. 

There will be more details in the next few days regarding his arrival, but we want to welcome Tyler and Andi, their son Liam who is two, and their newborn son, Harper, who was born this past Sunday.

Tyler has been serving as the full-time youth pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Williamston, SC, for the last five years and has a wealth of proven experience, spiritual depth, and enthusiasm which he brings to our ministry.  We have appreciated your feedback regarding each of the candidates and we weighed carefully the qualifications and experience with what we saw and what you shared.  We clearly sensed that Tyler is the person who has the right mix of ministry gifts and experience for our ministry.  

Thank you for your prayers as we have walked through this process.  
The Leadership Team