Exposing Counterfeit Christianity Part 5: Christians, Beware! | Pastor John Black | 06-03-18

June 4, 2018

Date:  June 3, 2018

Text:  1 John 2:12-17

Title:  Christians Beware!  Part 1

Series:  1 John, Counterfeit Christianity, Part 5

Pastor John Black


Big Idea:

  • A Christ Follower must be careful not to fall in love with the world!


  • How can we protect ourselves from falling in love with the world?

I. Know what the world offers but cannot give!

  • The world cannot give you what you need.
  • The world cannot give you what it promises.

        Worldly promises . . . 

  • If it feels right, it is right! (Desires of the flesh)
  • If it looks good, it is good! (Desires of the eyes)
  • If I can get more, I will gain more! (Pride of life)
  • The world cannot give you what will last.

II. Remember what we already have and cannot lose!

  • Forgiveness and Eternal life.
  • Relationship and fellowship with the Lord!
  • Strength, Knowledge, and the Truth.
  • Victory over sin!


Reflection Question:

  • Does your life resemble that of Paul or Demas?

The Power of Fervent Prayer | John Black | 05-27-17

May 30, 2018

Date:  May 27, 2018

Title:  The Power of Fervent Prayer!

Text:  Acts 12:1-19 (CSB)

Pastor John Black


I. What is Fervent Prayer? 

  • A Prayer of Priority
  • A Prayer of Focus
  • A Prayer of Intensity
  • A Prayer of Faith


II. What Power does Fervent Prayer produce?

  • Supernatural Peace
  • Angelic Presence
  • Answered Prayers



Exposing Counterfeit Christianity Part 3: Unconditional Love | Pastor John Black | 05-13-18

May 14, 2018

Date:  May 13, 2018

1 John:  Exposing Counterfeit Christianity

Part 3: Unconditional Love

Text:  1 John 2:1-11

Pastor John Black


Listening Guide:


I. The Main Points:

  • True Believers do what Jesus says!

This includes . . .

  • Loving others unconditionally!


  • This is possible to do!

               We must be willing to . . .

  • Apologize when we have done wrong
  • Forgive when we have been done wrong


II. Three Reflection Questions:

  1. Who do you need to extend unconditional love to?
  2. What does that require from you?
  3. What steps must you take to make this happen?

Exposing Counterfeit Christianity Part 2: Three Forms of False Faith! | Pastor John Black | 04-29-18

May 8, 2018

Date:  April 29, 2018

Text:  1 John 1:5-10

Title:  Three Forms of False Faith!

Series:  1 John:  Exposing Counterfeit Christianity

Pastor John Black


Listening Guide


What is God?

  • God is Light


Light                                                 Darkness











The Bottom Line

The Salvation given to us produces a Righteous hunger within us.



            John clearly defines three forms of false faith:

  • Make – Believers (Those who walk in darkness)
  • Misperceivers  (Those who are ignorant of the truth)
  • Truth Deceivers (Those who cover-up their sin)



Exposing Counterfeit Christianity Part 1: Some Things Never Change! | Pastor John Black | 04-08-18

April 9, 2018

Date:  April 8, 2018

Series:  1 John / Exposing Counterfeit Christianity

Title:  Some things never change!

Text:  1 John 1:1-4 (HCSB)

Pastor John Black


Listening Guide


I. The Gospel never changes!

  • God has revealed Himself to us
  • Jesus Christ is God in the flesh
  • Salvation is through Christ alone




Love Is a Cross | John Black | 04-01-18

April 2, 2018

Date:  April 1, 2018 (Easter Sunday)

Text:  Ephesians 3:14-19 (HCSB)

Title:  Love is a Cross

Pastor John Black


Listening Guide


“I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” 


  • Paul’s prayer for us: To be Fulfilled
  • Our answer to Paul’s prayer: To understand Christ’s Love for us


Just how much does Jesus love us?

Jesus loves us so much that He …

  • Length - Left heaven for us!
  • Width - Seeks after us!
  • Height - Traded places with us!
  • Depth - Gave His life for us!




The Ledger of Your Life | Pastor Ken Lupton | 03-18-18

March 19, 2018

The Ledger of Your Life

Pastor Ken Lupton

Philippians 3:7-11 HCSB

“There is no growth without change. There is no change without loss. There is no loss without pain. There is no pain without grief.”

*7 Biblical Examples of “Not Letting Go:” 1. Lot’s wife.  2. The Rich Young Ruler.  3. Achan in Joshua 7. 4. King Saul. 5. Judas. 6. King Solomon. 7. Demas in 2 Timothy 4.

1. The Contrast of Gain and Loss. (Philippians 3:7)
Paul mentions Christ by name or by pronoun 9 times in 5 verses here in Philippians 3:7-11
1 of the 5 Solas of the Reformation: Sola Christus.
Paul traded a list of accomplishments for a list of afflictions he would receive.
“I have handled many things in my hands and I have lost them all. But whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.” Martin Luther.

2. The Consideration of Gain and Loss. (Philippians 3:8-9)
Christianity is Christ! Salvation is about knowing Him in a personal way.
The Contrast in Verse 9: Self-righteousness versus Savior-righteousness.
Faith is the confident, continuous confession of total dependence on & trust in Jesus Christ.
“He is no fool to give what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot

3. The Challenge of Gain and Loss (Philippians 3:10-11)
A. It is a Personal Experience: To know Him!
   2 Stages to Knowing Christ: 1. Preparatory knowledge. 2. Personal knowledge.
   3 Essentials to Knowing Christ: Time, Talk, and Trust.
B. It is a Powerful Experience: “and the power of His resurrection”
C. It is a Painful Experience: “and the fellowship of His sufferings”
D. It is a Practical Experience: “being conformed to His death”

Too Many Christians today want a discount Jesus…all the value & benefits with very little of the cost!

There are no shortcuts to knowing His person, His power, and His passion!


The Perfect Prayer-Part 7: Lead Us! | Pastor John Black | 03-11-18

March 13, 2018

Date:  March 11, 2018

Text:  Matthew 6:13

Title:  Lead Us!

Series:  The Perfect Prayer, Part 7

Pastor John Black


Listening Guide

Our Main Priorities

  • To make God’s name Holy!
  • To live for God’s Kingdom!
  • To do God’s Will!


Our Necessary Provisions

  • God to provide for our immediate needs
  • God to forgive of us of our sins
  • God to lead us away from sinful temptation

This prayer implies that we have three big problems:

  • We will enter into trials, and the desire to sin will be powerful
  • Our temptations threaten our fellowship with Christ
  • We cannot resist temptation by our own power


This prayer reminds us that we need to rely on three available solutions:

  • God’s Word (Through Scripture, God will guide us in the right way!)
  • God’s Direction (Through prayer, God will show us a way out!)
  • God’s People (Through community, God will provide us the support we need!)