How Much Am I Supposed to Give?

We opened 2018 by addressing the topic of financial giving (If you weren’t here Sunday, you can download the sermon here). This focus came from a desire to remind our congregation of one of our church’s Core Values: Faithful Stewardship. In the sermon, I addressed the debate on what the Bible says about how much a […]

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Studying Scripture Together

Have you ever been reading your Bible, and walked away not really understanding what was said or even why it was said? Do you ever wonder, “Why did God give certain details in the way He did?” “What is the purpose of certain stories in the Bible?” “Why didn’t God just tell us what He […]

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Engaging in Redemptive Relationships

This last Sunday, we were reminded that our primary purpose in life can really be boiled down to this: proclaiming the Gospel to others. As a church, we’ve called that intentional evangelism. However, we often think of evangelism as an event that we do. But instead of thinking of evangelism as an event, we should start […]

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2018 Bible Reading Challenge

Have you ever had good intentions of reading the Bible on a consistent basis? How long did you make it? Did you find yourself a bit overwhelmed or discouraged somewhere around Leviticus? Did you feel like you were actually grasping truth, or was it more like you were just checking boxes? What if you did […]

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Hail the Incarnate Deity

Why does the story in Luke 2 evoke such a sense of joy, awe, and wonder in the hearts of humanity? Is it that society has over-dramatized the birth of a famous religious leader? Has culture simply sentimentalized the nativity? Is it that the human heart really longs for something more meaningful in the midst of gross materialism? But what if the birth of Jesus […]

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How Do I Get Involved in Church? (Part 3)

This is part 3 of a series of posts on getting involved in church. Be sure to read part 1 and part 2. While it may seem unimpressive to those looking for high-powered and attractive programs, getting involved in church is really just a matter of simple, yet intentional relationships. It’s not that we are against having good solid […]

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Why Should I Commit to a LifeStage Class?

While the priority of any congregation should be the whole church gathered for preaching, singing, praying, Scripture reading, giving, and observing the ordinances, there are other aspects of church life that are helpful in the mission of making disciples. For Lebanon Baptist Church, one of the aspects outside of the main gathering we believe assists in our […]

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Praying Together

Constant Prayer. It’s one of our Core Values as a church family. Engaging in continual communion with God and declaring our dependence on Him with thanksgiving As Christians, we would probably agree that prayer must be a central part of our life – especially if we are to be growing as we should. The problem […]

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Come & See Jesus, 2 (Prologue)

Last week we introduced the idea of using the Gospel of John in a casual Bible study setting for those willing to investigate Jesus. The goal of these posts is to provide you with tools so that you feel confident to answer questions, and facilitate discussion about Jesus. Before you begin reading and discussing the […]

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Come & See Jesus, 1

The point of the Bible is not simply education, though there is much to learn. Its point is not simply entertainment, though its stories and songs are inspirational. Its point is not simply ethical improvement, though it has shaped the moral life of civilizations. The point of the Bible is to encounter Jesus. (Glen Scrivener, 3 […]

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