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This is the teaching site of the West Side church of Christ in Fort Worth, TX. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials were written and prepared by Stan Cox

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Sermon: The Samaritan Woman at the Well

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Lessons learned from the conversation Jesus had with the Samaritan woman in John 4 include the reality of a new relationship between Jew and Gentile, a new covenant between God and man, a new worship, and a new hope (living water).

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Sermon: The Glory of God

The Glory of God

God’s glory compels His children to live by faith, to be holy in conduct, and to offer continual praise to His name. If we do so, we are promised we will share in His glory!

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Be Still, and Know that I Am God

The 46th Psalm does a wonderful job of expressing the powerful protection God affords His people.  “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling” (1-3).

Our protection is sure.  It is sure because of God’s infinite power.  It is sure because of His constant presence and awareness.  It is sure because of His great wisdom and knowledge.  It is sure because He loves those who are His.  Truly “the Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge” (11).

In our knowledge that God is our refuge there is strength, peace and hope.  There is also a reason for us to offer Him our praise and thanksgiving!  “I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (10).

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Sermon: The Events of Judgment Day

The Events of Judgment Day

This lesson describes all the things that will happen on the Day that Jesus returns to judge the world.

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Sermon: God Breathed

God Breathed

Most are ignorant of God’s word, and its great importance. The concept of inspiration demands a knowledge of, and respect for God’s law.

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To Die is Gain

“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).

Imagine being able to say this, all while in chains, not knowing whether you will be released, or executed. Paul is a wonderful example of faith in the midst of extreme hardship.

We Christians who live in America have so many reasons to be faithful. Despite a society that is presently antagonistic toward our faith, we remain free to worship openly and comfortably. This has not been the case in other times and other places.

Regardless, this world is not our home! While we remain thankful for our time here on earth, we eagerly anticipate the day when “this mortal must put on immortality” (1 Corinthians 15:53).

Our lives are opportunities to live for Christ. Through our teaching and example, other souls may be saved. But, we gain personally from death, if we be faithful. There comes a time of glory and rest in the presence of the God of Heaven! To die truly is to Gain!

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What Does it Mean to Submit?

The call to be submissive is made constantly in scripture. In 1 Peter 5:5, the apostle wrote, “Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.'”

The term submit is defined by Thayer: to subject one’s self, obey; to submit to one’s control; to yield to one’s admonition or advice; to obey, be subject.

This term teaches us two things: First, authority exists. Second, you are not that authority! The idea that men are free to do what they wish, without consequence, is flawed. Jesus said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18).

As Peter indicated earlier in our text, even those who have been delegated positions of oversight must realize their position as servants. “nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock” (3).

Ultimately, submission becomes natural when humility is present. Humility in turn comes from a sense of selflessness. It is not about you, it is about others. Paul used Jesus as the ultimate example of such selflessness, and admonished the Philippians, “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

Be definition, any departure from the Biblical pattern, any presumption that God is accepts our innovations, denies this concept of submission. It is not our place to make the rules. It is our place to humbly obey (submit to) the rules that have been established by our Lord.

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Invitation: The wicked will fall but the righteous will stand

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Proverbs 11:3-6 shows that the wicked will fall because of their wickedness, while the righteous will stand.  This is not always seen in the temporal world, but we know that God will settle all accounts at judgment.

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Sermon: The Death of John the Baptist

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John the Baptist’s death teaches us lessons about superstition, marriage and divorce, the importance of virtue, the dangers of seduction and the persecution of God’s people.

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Sermon: Those Noble Bereans

Those Noble Bereans

The Bereans were noble because they kept OPEN minds, OPEN Bibles and OPEN Schedules. We need to emulate them.

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Invitation: You have answered me

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Taken from Psalm 22, the Messianic prophecy includes applications to us.  Though we may sometimes feel forsaken, God is never far from us. (cf. vs. 21) “Save me from the lion’s mouth… You have answered me.”

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Sermon: God’s Pattern for Benevolence

Benevolence

An examination of 2 Corinthians 8, and similar passages helps to establish God’s pattern for the benevolent work of the local church.

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Sermon: Christians Are…

Christians Are

The various ways that Christians are described – As disciples, saints, brothers, believers, sons of God – all teach important lessons regarding our relationship and obligations to God.

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Are You A Legalist?

The term “legalist” is used quite often in religion, and always in a negative sense.  If someone calls you a legalist, they are not giving you a compliment.

The term is not used in scripture, so we must go to secular sources to define it.  Dictionary.com does so:

  1. strict adherence, or the principle of strict  adherence, to law or prescription, especially to the letter rather than the spirit.
  2. Theology
    1. the doctrine that salvation is gained through good works.
    2. The judging of conduct in terms of adherence to precise laws.

Looking at the definition above, it would be inappropriate for Christians to ascribe to any of the definitions, save perhaps the last.  Let me explain. Continue reading » Are You A Legalist?

Wisdom Cries Out!

“Does not wisdom cry out, And understanding lift up her voice? 2 She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, beside the way, where the paths meet. 3 She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, at the entrance of the doors: 4 ‘To you, O men, I call, and my voice is to the sons of men.’” (Proverbs 8:1-4).

There is so much foolishness in the world today as infidels and skeptics are heard on every corner.  The cacophony of voices, each touting their own philosophy, makes it difficult to know what is true and right.  However, true wisdom’s call is present among the voices, and she can be heard, if we apply the correct filter.  That filter is the word of God.

“But we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Corinthians 1:23-25).

Our text states that wisdom proclaims things that are prudent, excellent, right, true and righteous.  There is nothing crooked or perverse in them.  And, “They are all plain to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge” (5-9).  Look for it in the right place (God’s word), and true wisdom can be found!