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Owasso Campus - First Baptist Church
47 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
Advancing The Kingdom
Chris Wall • Nehemiah 1-2 ESVGod is faithful to advance His Kingdom in the world and invites us to join Him in the process. It is important to pay close attention to the pattern we see in both Ezra and Nehemiah. Ezra began with the re-building of the temple and Nehemiah describes the rebuilding of the city. This makes sense because getting right with the Lord always comes before greater impact. We need to remember that all through history, God's people have been called to point the world to the Messiah (Exodus 19:6, 1 Peter 2:9-10). Nehemiah begins with God's call on this cupbearer to rebuild the city and advance the Kingdom. There is a lot to learn from as we see him lean into the Lord through spiritual disciplines and step out in faith.
49 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
A Clear Look at Repentance
Chris Wall • Ezra 9-10 Repentance must become our loudest praise. Ezra 9-10 is a difficult passage that must not just be casually read with a 2021 mentality. The ending of Ezra paints one of the most beautiful pictures of repentance. The sad truth is that every one of God's people will rebel against the Lord at some point. When rebellion takes place, repentance is the call. Ezra 9-10 shows us what that looks like.
48 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Chris Wall • Ezra 8 Seeking the Lord helps us recognize how God’s hand moves for our good. When God’s people repent, it is remarkable to see how God brings His blessing. In this passage, you see God’s people coming with a heart to seek the Lord. There is fasting. There is focus. This is an example for us regarding how to live. Living our lives focused on seeking the Lord produces a tremendous amount of fruit in our lives. Let’s lean into the example of seeking the Lord. At every point in our lives, it is critical for us to seek the Lord. As the people of Owasso’s First Baptist Church, turning our face to the next seventy-five years will require us to seek the Lord today so we can be ready for all that lies ahead tomorrow.
46 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Chris Wall • Ezra 7This passage points to the revival of God’s promises. Boy, do we need a revival regarding the promises of God. Coming back to the Scriptures and standing on them with passion, purpose, grace, love, and faithfulness is a key as we move into a changing culture. Many in our church have a strong desire to impact this world for Christ. When it comes to changing the world: “the most effective thing that you can do to change the world is to study the Bible, do the Bible, and teach the Bible.  The best thing we can do as followers of Christ in this world is to know the Word and live it out on adaily basis. This is one of the key lessons in Ezra 7.
44 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Back to the Word
Chris Wall • Ezra 5-6 ESV Have you ever had a setback in life? This is exactly what Israel experienced between chapters 4-5 in Ezra. In the moments of setback, God is working to empower his people to put into action who they are in Him and what they know they should do for Him.
32 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
Trusting God In Tough Times
Steve Dighton • Ezra 4:1-6 ESV It was James who reminded us to count it joy when tough times come. JOY??? It is true that the most difficult circumstances produce some of the greatest and most memorable moments with the Lord. It is right to stay close to the Lord even when circumstances seem to be falling apart. God had moved so powerfully and had orchestrated incredible circumstances, but now there is intense opposition. Powerful leaders are now opposing what God is doing and God’s people are again powerless to stop it. But God works in and through His people.
46 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
God Keeps His Word
Chris Wall • Ezra 1-2 ESV As followers of Christ, we do not need to be too worried about the political developments unfolding in front of our eyes. We are not saying voting ispointless. We are saying that Proverbs 21:1 has real merit. “A king’s heart is like streams of water in the Lord’s hand: He directs it wherever He chooses.” Of course, we pray for leaders. We work to influence our governmental system. But God’s word constantly reminds us of the providential hand of God in the midst of all earthly authority. Ezra pays close attention to the words of Jeremiah. This is a pattern we should follow closely. We must be a church paying close attention to what God’s word says. God will keep His word. We are not a people swayed by shifts in authority or culture. God is at work, and we trust Him and follow His word. We must be firm in our passion for the Word of God and working to understand all God has said.
0 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
Love is Forever
Misael Gonzalez • 1 Corinthians 13:7-13 NIV Everything in this world has an ending. But God, the complete embodiment of love, is forever. Though our physical and mental states wither away, God’s nature and character will never change. The extravagant love of God challenges us because it gives us more than we deserve, and it takes us further than we want to go.
42 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
Love Is: Honest
Chris Wall • 1 Corinthians 13:1-6 ESV All of us want to have integrity. We struggle with ourselves when we don't show it. Unfortunately, too many times there is a gap between what we want to do and what we actually do. In this message, let’s zero in on 1 Corinthians 13:6. It says, "Love does not rejoice in evil but rejoices with the truth". Shine a light on the word “rejoices.” The word means that love desires truth, it wants it, it needs it. Love needs you and me to be honest and to be a person whose word can be trusted.
47 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Love Is: Forgiving
Chris Wall • 1 Corinthians 13:1-6 ESV It's a fact of life that people hurt each other. Either intentionally or unintentionally we hurt each other. You're going to hurt people; they're going to hurt you. How we handle that hurt will is going to determine some of our health and happiness in life. If we don't respond correctly to hurt, it turns into resentment. If we hold on to a hurt, it becomes hate. I have had people tell me, “I don't love my husband anymore.... I don't have any feelings for my wife; it’s dead inside. What's wrong with me?” Usually what turns out to be wrong is the accumulation of resentment and bitterness. Bitterness has the ability to so eat away at the relationship that eventually they are emotionally empty. That is true about marriage, but it is also true about any relationship in our lives. The good news is that we can recover from the resentment and hurts in our life.
44 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Love Is: Peaceful
Chris Wall • 1 Corinthians 13:1-5 ESVThis message keys in on a part of this passage, 1 Corinthians 13:5, which says "Love is not easily angered." Let’s pay attention to the fact that it doesn't say 'love never gets angry' because there are sometimes that love does get angry. Sometimes the loving thing to do is to get angry. It says that "Love is not easilybangered". Anger comes in many ways. Sometimes anger expresses itself in explosions but sometimes it just simmers below the surface until some choice moment. Sometimes it ignores. Sometimes it complains and gripes. Sometimes it withdraws into bitterness. No matter how you express your anger, so many relationships go down the tubes because one or both didn’t control it. Learning how to control our anger may be one of the most important things we can do in improving our love for others.
48 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Love Is: Respectful
Chris Wall • 1 Corinthians 13:1-5a ESV
36 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Love Is What?
Misael Gonzalez • 1 Corinthians 13:4 Have you ever tried to love someone by being jealous of them? When is the last time you felt loved by someone because they never stopped talking about their muscles, trophies, or super car? You see, we must remember Who love is in a world that has distorted what love is. Love is not an attribute of who God is, God Himself is the perfect embodiment of love. God clearly defines what love IS and what it IS NOT in one little verse.
43 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Love is Patient and Kind
Chris Wall • 1 Corinthians 13:1-4a ESV Have you ever met someone who naturally assumes the worst? That person will usually see other people negatively. That person will usually be quick tempered because they assume the worse. That person will usually be basically a judgmental person and will often fall short on both patience and kindness. The truth is, we have a choice of how we will view each other. We can choose to let our natural inclination be negative or positive. We can choose patience. We can choose kindness. Agape love is the act of living out the character qualities of God in how we approach God and others. There is nothing easy about this, but it is a level God has called us to. It is the entire point of 1 Corinthians 13. Patience is possible when we remember how patient God has been with us. Kindness is a reaction when God’s kindness is recognized. None of us will be more patient or kind than God has already been with each one of us. If we are going to develop patience and kindness, we've got to learn to listen. Patience and kindness treat others the way we want to be treated. When a person is patience and kind, that person is acting like a child of God.
44 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
The Greatest Goal
Chris Wall • 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 This first message sets the stage for the entire series. From the very beginning, let’s get to the heart of the matter. Love isn’t a feeling. Love is a decision todo something that reflects the character of God toward someone else even when they don’t deserve it. It is a decision to reflect the character toward God toward someone else even when you don’t feel it. Love is a decision to take an action that reflects what God would do, not what you would do, not what public opinion says to do – what God would do.
55 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Just Like Him
Chris Wall • 1 Corinthians 15:42-58It is good for us to take the time to process how mankind was created in the image of God. This realization produces in us a profound sense of dignity in life. Even though the image of God is currently distorted because of sin, the journey of being transformed into God’s image moves us to respect the image bearer. God decided to offer the gift of salvation to His image bearers because He loved us so deeply. His work of salvation includes men and women from every tribe, race, language, and people group (Revelation 5:9). God always completes what He starts. His work of redemption will not be completed until our entire being is set free from the effects of the fall and brought to that state of perfection God intended for us. The day we are glorified will be an incredible day for all of us because, on that day our last enemy, death itselfwill be destroyed and the follower of Christ will be completely restored to God’s image. (1 Corinthians 15:25-26)
45 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
God’s Image Being Restored
Chris Wall • Colossians 3:9-11When redemption takes place in the life of a believer, God begins the life-long process of progressively recovering more of His image. The amazing promise of the New Testament is the shift of moving from being like Adam to becoming more like Christ. The full measure of our creation in the image of God is not complete all at once. But God is progressively creating His image in us as we grow up in our faith. Jesus is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15), and in Jesus, we are being conformed into His likeness. (Romans 8:29; 1 Corinthians 15:49)
44 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
The Distortion of God’s Image
Chris Wall • Chris Wall • James 2:1-13Though there are many relevant examples to use when articulating the impact of the fall, the sin of partiality is a pertinent focus for today. Of course, it is normal to question whether man can be like God after the fall, but Scripture confirms that even though man is sinful, there is still enough likeness to God that we are naturally moved to honor every life. In fact, the New Testament confirms this in James 3:9 where it says that men generally, not just believers are made in the likeness of God. However, since man sinned, moral purity has been lost and sinful character remains a struggle. Man struggles to reflect God’s holiness and begins to allow corruption to run rampant. Sin corrupts intellect, speech, worldview and relationships. Sin causes selfishness to replace love, pride to reject humility, and partiality to diminish generosity. Sin causes the Imago Dei in humanity to become distorted. When God created man, His creation was very good (Genesis 1:31). However, the fall distorted the true nature of man causing a battle with partiality. Thankfully, the fall was transformed by Christ but still James 2 reveals continuous battles with our old nature and our tendency to look down on oneanother ignoring the “royal law” of God.
43 minutes | May 25, 2021
Humanity in the Image of God
Chris Wall • Genesis 1:26-28Man, out of all the creatures God made, can claim to be made in God’s image. As stated earlier, the fact that man is in the image of God means that man is like God and represents God. Of course, the Hebrew of Genesis 1:26-27 refers to something that is similar and not identical. Man in many ways represents God. The Scriptures tell us three things about human creatures: (1) Humanity is made in the image of God; (2) Humanity is intended to rule over other earthly creatures; (3) humanity is made male and female. In fact, every human person’s identity is determined by the reality described in Genesis 1:26-28. As a follower of Christ, our fundamental orientation is established in the fact we are made by God to represent God in the world.
43 minutes | May 17, 2021
Preeminence for a Lifetime
Chris Wall • Colossians 4:2-6
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