Posts Tagged ‘Gilbert Nigh’

Jesus is Lord!

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Message by Pastor Gilbert Nigh

Text: Ephesians 1:15-23

John MacArthur years ago wrote this saying about an issue he wrote and said the gospel called to faith presupposes that sinners must repent of their sins and yield to Christ’s authority. The context of this statement he was talking about is a number of years ago there was something called the lordship controversy or lordship discussion. Those of you who have been around church for a few more years than others might remember this one. And the idea going for a while there there is teaching going around that said you could accept Jesus as your saviour, but he wouldn’t necessary have to be your lord. So it was almost like two decisions you make. You make the decision to accept Him as your saviour and then you can decide to accept Him as lord. And people responded to that said no you accept Jesus as saviour and lord is a better way to think about this. Not two separate decisions. You cannot say Jesus is my saviour but he is not lord of my life. That’s not really a valid statement. So there’s a number of people who wrote about this and John MacArthur was one. He wrote strongly against that idea.

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Are there any disciples out there?

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

Message by Pastor Gilbert Nigh

Text: Matthew 28:19

As we think today on our fourth vision of discipleship, I want us to start off with just that question that you see there: Are there any disciples out there? In 2001, a man named James Collins wrote a book called “Good To Great”. Some of you who were in business at the time or maybe in other circles may be aware of it, heard it or read it. An interesting thing in our missions is we took that book, not really required reading, but for those of us in leadership in the mission field, our international director encouraged us to read it. And some of the things in these sorts of business world books can help and guide. You can find some truths that will help in your ministries as well. Some of them didn’t apply but some of it did. One of the concepts he came up with is “Is good the enemy of great?” James Collins goes on to say this is one of the key reasons why we have so little who becomes great. We don’t have great schools principally because we have good schools. We don’t have great governments principally because we have good governments. Few people attain great lives in large part because it’s so easy to settle for a good life. Perhaps we can extend that and say the same thing about us as a church. Are we settling for good when we should really be striving, and working, and putting our energy and our gifts to be great?

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Unity, Not Uniformity

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

Message by Pastor Gilbert Nigh

Text: Ephesians 4:3; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

Today as we begin looking at our third vision of unity, I want us to think about the idea of unity, not uniformity, that in ways that for us as a body of Christ we value you is one of our priorities, one of our visions to develop unity in us as a body of Christ. But we don’t want that to be confused with uniformity that everything, everybody becomes the same, and everybody looks the same. So we want to think about unity, but we also want to think it in the context that it is not also uniformity where everything is the same.

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Sanctifying Prayer

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

Message by Pastor Gilbert Nigh

Text: 1 John 5:13-15, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-12

As we think of Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, as our example for how to live our life, certainly we should also be following him in prayer, and so we know that prayer is about talking or a conversation with God, but what about the content of our prayers, there was a conversation with God about what? Just about the things that are on our mind, the things that as we sit and as we think about life, the things that are on our mind, we just bring them to God, is that’s what it’s about? So let’s think about that a little bit this morning. What is this conversation with God all about? Let’s start by looking at some words, our friend the apostle John gives us something to think about as he writes his first letter to his friends, his dear children, as calls them we don’t really know who they were, but at the end of the letter, he says this: “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”

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How Do I Know What to Pray?

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

Message by Pastor Gilbert Nigh

Text: Romans 8:26-27; Galatians 5:16

How do I know what to pray? How can I pray? What is it I need to pray for? Sometimes it seems fairly clear and obvious what to pray for. But often we struggle in what to pray for. I don’t know about you but I’ve been in those places where we don’t know what to pray, what to say to God, what to ask God and what to bring to God. There’s a couple passages today I want us to look at that will start to help us think about that.

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