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Atlantic Gospel Chapel Messages
44 minutes | 14 days ago
Alex Kremer 05-02-2021 // Psalm 51:1-9; De-Sinning the Sinner
Many of us learn by doing. Others demonstrate something and we do it. When the disciples asked Jesus, "Teach us to pray...", the Lord prayed, demonstrating a pattern of prayer for His followers. In the same way, Psalm 51 is a teaching Psalm. In it, David offers a demonstration of how a sinner can approach God to confess our sin and to trust in the goodness and loving kindness of a God who is at once both Holy and gracious and merciful. In Psalm 51, we see that David makes no attempt to down play or cover his own sin. We see David confessing that his sin, although involving others, was ultimately against God alone. And finally we see David repenting of his sin; acknowledging that God is just and blameless in His judgment. But then David turns his demonstration to trust; for He turns to the very character and nature of God as both Holy and righteous, but also gracious and merciful. And in his prayer, David asks three things of God: Purify me with hyssop; literally De-Sin me Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow Blot out all my iniquities During today's lesson, may we be exhorted to look honestly at our own sin, then come to a Holy and Gracious Father, trusting Him to forgive our sin through the blood of His Son. Thank you for listening. May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.
41 minutes | 17 days ago
Grant Nelson 04-25-2021 // Are You a Man or a Mouse? Understanding and Resisting Satan's Traps for the Believer
If a mouse were to enter our house, we would most often do all we could to trap the mouse, either through gentle means so as to not kill the mouse, or through more "permanent" means. But how can we draw the little varmint to the trap? We can use fear to push the mouse toward the trap; and we can use bait, temptation, to lure him to his destruction. In today's lesson, we see that, in many ways, Satan uses the same methods on the believer. When Satan sees a life changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he lays a trap for us. And while he cannot destroy those who belong to Christ,we must realize each day that Satan is trying to make us stumble. We therefore examine some of the traps Satan uses as well as the means that God provides for us to resist the schemes of the Devil. Thank you for listening to today's lesson. May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.
49 minutes | a month ago
Alex Kremer 04-18-2021 // You Are the Man; An Introduction to Psalm 51
When David wrote Psalm 51, he did so with the following introduction, "For the choir director. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. (NASB)" As a psalm of contrition, seeking the Lord's pardon, Psalm 51 touches the sinner to our very core, because Psalm 51 sees us at the depth of our sin, but it also sees God at the heights of His mercy. To get a full grasp of this Psalm, we must first look into the historical background that led David to write it. In today's lesson, we conduct a quick examination of the rise, and downfall of King David. We see him at his best; favored by God, receiving blessings from the Lord and showing great faithfulness to the Lord. But we see him at his worst; the 'Man after God's own heart,' tempted to and caught up in sins of adultery and murder. But at his lowest point, David turns to the only place he can go; into the extended arms of the Lord's mercy. And it is there that we find our forgiveness. As you listen to today's lesson, may you be struck not just by the depth of our own sin, but by the great heights of God's mercy toward undeserving sinners. Thank you for listening to today's lesson.
46 minutes | a month ago
Alex Kremer 04-11-2021 // The Threat of Disunity Within the Body; Acts 6:1-7
It has been approximately five years since the birth of the church at Pentecost. The church continues to see phenomenal growth. As noted in Acts 4, the generosity within the church was unique as the members of the body in Jerusalem did not consider anything to be their own, but shared it with each other, having all things in common. But this growth also brought some administrative issues. The Hellenistic Jews felt their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. These were Jews who, as descendants of the dispersion, grew up outside Israel and therefore spoke Greek and grew in a Greek culture. This was an issue which, if left unchecked, could threaten the unity of the the still young church. How the Apostles dealt with this issue serves as an example for us and drives home the primacy of the Gospel in the life of the Church. Thank you for listening to today's message. May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.
45 minutes | a month ago
Chapel Leadership 04-04-2021 // Why is Easter Important
As we pass through another Easter Season, we are met with many images throughout the media. Easter bunnies and Easter eggs abound. In addition to these non-religious images, media tends to return to the question of who is this Jesus? How are we to understand Him? Was He just a good moral teacher, a great example to follow? Or was He something more? Join us for a special Easter message share by four members of the Atlantic Gospel Chapel Leadership as we explore four topics: Who is Jesus? Why does His life matter? Why does His death matter? Why is His resurrection so important? As we explore these topics together, my you be blessed as we come face-to-face with the real Jesus and discover that He is fully God and fully man, and that His life, death and resurrection give us a certain hope, a knowing hope, of eternity in heaven for all those who have trusted in His finished work. Thank you for listening. We hope you enjoy today's teaching.
49 minutes | a month ago
Alex Kremer 03-28-2021 // The Early Church - Growth, Resistance and Persecution; Acts 5:12-42
As the place of worship for the nation of Israel, the temple became the place where the Apostles would gather to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But doing so also brought resistance and persecution from the Jewish religious leaders. Ordered to stop preaching in the name of Jesus, Peter, speaking for the rest of the Apostles made the choice clear; they had to obey God rather than men. The question for us becomes, when face by persecution, which will inevitably come, how will we respond? Thank you for listening to today's lesson. May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.
43 minutes | a month ago
Ned Brown 03-21-2021 // Danger Ahead! 2 Peter 2:1-22
As Peter faced the end his life on earth he found rest in the certainty of his salvation. His farewell address to the church sought to encourage them with the same assurance he drew from God's Word. But he also sought to warn the believers of danger that lurked ahead, namely in the form of false teachers seeking to draw the church away from the truth. Just as it was relevant to the situation facing the church in the first century, so the church faces the same threats today. Thank you for listening to today's lesson. May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.
50 minutes | a month ago
Alex Kremer 03-114-21 // No Trivial Sin; Acts 4:32-5:11
The Bible frequently calls to mind the faults and failures of Biblical heroes. We remember Noah growing a vineyard and getting drunk on the wine produced from its fruit. And there is Moses who, against God's command, struck the rock to bring forth water. Samson is noted for, among other things, fornication. David committed adultery followed by murder to cover his sin. We may think it exciting to see God pouring out judgment upon His enemies, but how do we respond when His anger is poured out upon His own people. In Acts, we see a church marked with love and compassion for its own; Scripture recording that there were no needy among them for those who possessed property sold it and gave the proceeds for the apostles to distribute among those with need (Acts 4:34). But this also brought temptation and sin. In the opening verses of Acts 5, we are told of Ananias and Sapphira. As believers, this husband and wife were caught up in sin which, if not dealt with, would threaten the nature of the new church. As you listen to today's lesson, may we be reminded of the serious nature of sin, even within the hearts, minds and lives of believers. But may we also be reminded of the grace and mercy of our Lord and Savior. Thank you for listening. May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
Doug Schorle 03-07-2021 // Genesis 22:1-18, God Will Provide the Lamb
Following the life of Abraham, we are presented with a picture of the life of every believer. We see great mountain top experiences characterized by tremendous faith and courage. But right next to these, we see dark valleys characterized by doubt and fear. But throughout, God reveals Himself to us through these dark times. In Genesis 22, we see the climax of Abraham's walk with the Lord. Called to an impossible task, we see Abraham respond in obedient faith. But more that Abraham's tremendous faith, no other Old Testament story gives such clear glimpse into the heart of God. Just as Abraham was called to offer his own son, our Heavenly Father offered up His own Son, to bear the burden of our sin. Thank you for listening to today's lesson. May the Lord bless you through the teaching of His Word.
48 minutes | 2 months ago
Alex Kremer 02-28-2021 // Comfort in the Face of Persecution - Acts 4:23-31
From her very beginning, the church has faced persecution in various forms and through various means. In our modern times, the church in China meets in secret. Elsewhere, in opposition to government demands to stop meeting during COVID, some pastors have been jailed, with freedom offered if they agree to stop preaching. In Acts we read about the earliest persecution against the church. Fresh from being arrested for proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Peter and John are released with orders to stop speaking in the name of this Jesus. But rather than sink into despair, Peter and John returned to the church, turning instead to the Lord in prayer. The message for the church today is the same. In times of persecution, we find comfort, together with the church, calling upon the Lord in prayer. Thank you for listening to today's lesson. May the Lord bless you and comfort you through His Word.
44 minutes | 3 months ago
Eric McLaren 02-07-2021 // Naaman the Syrian, and a Young Slave Girl - 2 Kings 5:1-15
Naaman is described as the captain of the army of the king of Assyria in Israel. He was respected and victorious, and a leper. Leprosy in Scripture is often a picture of sin. Join us as we look at Naaman and consider the lessons from this terrible disease and what it teaches us about the character and impact of sin. But this story also includes a young slave girl, captured during an Assyrian raid into Israel and put into service of Naaman's wife. Consider the impact of this unnamed girl who pleaded with her mistress on behalf of Naaman, seeking his benefit. Like this young girl, we have the opportunity to impact those around us with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thank you for listening to today's message. May the Lord bless you through the teaching of His Word.
51 minutes | 3 months ago
Alex Kremer 01-31-2021 // Responding to Opposition; Acts 4:1-22
Whenever and wherever the Gospel is proclaimed, God's people face the potential for opposition. Some opposition is in the form of verbal and societal ostracism. In others, this opposition takes on a form threatening the very lives of the believer. After healing a man lame from birth, Peter preaches the Gospel to the crowd present. His message, however, was interrupted by the Jewish authorities as they arrested not only Peter and James, but the recipient of this miraculous sign. In studying Peter's and John's response to this opposition we find a model for how we can respond to such opposition; a response that is centered upon the Gospel message that resulted in his arrest in the first place. Thank you for listening to today's message. May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.
45 minutes | 4 months ago
Doug Schorle 01-24-2021 // Are You Laughing at Me? Genesis 17:1-22
In many ways the life of Abraham is a picture of the life of faith of a believer in Jesus Christ. The Lord called Abraham to follow Him. And as long as He kept his eyes on the Lord, he prospered in his walk. But in those times he took his eyes off the Lord, the Lord called out to Abraham to draw him back. It has been 13 years since the birth of Ishmael. Abram is now 99 years old; Sarai 89. And the Lord comes to Abram to confirm His covenant. He changes the name of Abram to Abraham, 'Father of a multitude,' and Sarai to Sarah, a constant reminder of the Lord's promise for an heir and a land. In addition to a new name, he promises a son, to be born within the year; a son to be named Isaac, meaning 'Laughter,' a reminder that both Abraham and Sarah laughed at impossible promise, along with the joy this child brought to such an old couple. Thank you for listening to today's lesson. May the Lord bless you through the teaching of God's Word.
53 minutes | 4 months ago
Alex Kremer 01-17-2021 // Persecution Comes to the Church; Acts 4:1-22
Following explosive growth, the early church very quickly experienced persecution. This would have come as no surprise to the Apostles, as the Lord Himself warned them that the world would hate them because it hated Him first. This same resistance to the early church continues today, as the people of God will always face some type of opposition and persecution. In Acts 4, following the miraculous healing of the lame man in the temple thousands were added to the church. Jealous of such response, the Jewish leaders arrested, not only Peter and John, but the man that was healed. Given that persecution is inevitable for the people of God, Peter's response becomes a model for how to respond to persecution. Thank you for listening to today's lesson. May the Lord bless you through the teaching of God's Word.
48 minutes | 4 months ago
Alex Kremer 01-10-2021 // Good News for the Ignorant; Acts3:17-26
As Peter and John went to the temple to pray, they had an encounter with a man lame from birth. Looking for alms, Peter instead gave him something of infinitely greater value; healing his infirmity and offering to him eternal life; all through the power of Christ. Seeing this miracle, the people marveled at what happened. Peter immediately drew the attention of the crowd to the person of Jesus Christ; the Messiah promised to them through Moses and the prophets. But rather than accept Him, they instead handed Him over to be crucified. They had rejected the Son of God. This was the bad news. But Peter also delivered to them the Good News. Although they had acted in ignorance, they were responsible for their deeds. The good news for the sinner is that God's grace is not closed off to you. Therefore, repent and return to the Lord. Thank you for listening to today's lesson. May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.
43 minutes | 4 months ago
Ned Brown 01-03-2021 // Last Will and Testament; 2 Peter 1:1-9
People prepare a will in order to identify how to handle possessions at the time of passing. A testament is a statement of beliefs; a credo; a statement of what is of utmost importance. In his epistle to the church in Asia Minor, Peter spells out what is most important. He reminds the church what they have in Jesus Christ. As you listen to today's lesson, may the Lord bless you at the teaching of His Word. Thank you for listening.
42 minutes | 5 months ago
Eric McLaren 12-27-2020 // A Man Named Hur; Exodus 17:8-13; 24:13-14
Throughout Scripture we see God using ordinary people, the relatively unknown characters of history, to work for His purposes. Exodus tells of Hur, the husband of Miriam, Moses' brother-in-law. He only appears in two places in Exodus, with little known about his life. But these little known characters, like Hur, provide us with lessons in our own faith walk. Thank you for listening to today's lesson. May God richly bless you through His Word.
41 minutes | 5 months ago
Alex Kremer 12-20-20 // Confirming the Word; Acts 3:11-18
Throughout Scripture, God has used miraculous signs and wonders to confirm His Word. In Egypt, God confirmed His promises to the children of Israel. In the wilderness, He continued to confirm His Word through signs and wonders. Jesus said of His own works that they confirm who He is. When Peter and John went to the temple to pray, they met a man lame from birth at the Beautiful Gate. The miracle that gave this man his legs amazed the onlookers in the temple. Peter, seizing upon their amazement, points to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who glorified His Servant, Jesus Christ. It was this same Servant whom the Jewish leaders disavowed and asked for a murderer to be released instead (Acts 3:14). But more amazing than giving a lame man working legs, Jesus gives those who believe in Him eternal life. Thank you for listening to today's lesson. May God bless you through His Word.
63 minutes | 5 months ago
Alex Kremer // 12-03-2020 // Early Church History - The Apostolic Fathers, Part 3
In this session, we continue our look at the Apostolic Fathers, a collection of writings dating from the late first and early second centuries. Some of the authors had ties to the Lord's Apostles; Polycarp was a disciple of the Apostle John. The letters of Ignatius were written by Ignatius, the bishop of Antioch, who was an acquaintance of Polycarp. Today's session is an overview of Second Clement and the Letters of Ignatius of Antioch. Thank you for listening.
44 minutes | 5 months ago
Doug Schorle - 12-13-2020 // Genes 16; Stumbling In Our Faith Journey
In many ways, the life of Abraham becomes an allegory of sorts for the Christian life. We see times of tremendous faith, such as when Abraham rose early to offer up Isaac to the Lord as seen in Genesis 22. We see times of questioning, as when Abraham asked the Lord in Genesis 15, “O Lord God, what will You give me since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” We see times of great courage, as when Abraham pursued the kings who took his nephew, Lot, captive; pursuing them hundreds of miles to rescue his relative. And we see times of great cowardice, as when he claimed Sarah was his sister instead of his wife, not once but twice. And, as we see in Genesis 16, we see times of stumbling. Assured of the Lord's promise to raise a child from his own flesh, Abram still stumbled, following his wife's counsel to bear a child through her maid, Hagar; perhaps this would be how the promise was to be fulfilled. But through it all, we see the constancy of God. He never changes, nor does He waiver in His commitment to His promises, despite Abraham's, and our own, failings. Thank you for listening to today's lesson. May the Lord bless you through the teaching of His Word.
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