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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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Forgiving (A Sign of Character and a Necessary Action)

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:21-35)

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Speaker: Chip Foster

This parable teaches us that we must forgive in order to be forgiven, that forgiveness is to be offered without limitation, and that it must come from the heart.

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FB: “Go in peace”

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A woman who had the rightly earned reputation as a sinner knelt at the feet of Jesus, anointing them with fragrant oil, and wiping them with the hair on her head.

In this action she exhibited faith in Jesus. Jesus told the master of the house, “her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much” (Luke 7:47). He then told her, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace” (vs. 50).

Jesus told her to “Go in peace” because her sins were forgiven. There is no peace without the forgiveness of sins. When a man’s sins remain he is separated from God. No peace can be found without His presence in your life.

If your life is not blessed with the “peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7), you need to have your sins forgiven. If you want help, contact us, we would love to study with you online or in person..

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Sermon: Healing the Sick

ImageUnlike many religious quacks, Jesus is the Great Physician, with the cure for man’s greatest disease, SIN.

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Advocacy & Propitiation

Image“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world” (1 John 2:1-2).

John’s words reveal two different (though connected) blessings we have as believers in Jesus Christ. And, as we will later emphasize, these blessings are only available to those who are believers in Him (cf. John 14:6). Having said that, the terms used by John are challenging, and need to be explained to those who are not familiar with the language of scripture.

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Sermon: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Christians

Spring Meeting 2014: Kyle Campbell

(Note: The first 12 minutes of this lesson were not recorded, the remaining 34 minutes have audio that is reduced in quality, though still very understandable).

The 7 habits discussed by Kyle:

  1. Take up your cross *
  2. Die for Christ *
  3. Pray to the Lord
  4. Examine the Scriptures
  5. Encourage one another
  6. Forgive one another
  7. Teach non-Christians

* (Was covered in the first 12 minutes, so not recorded)

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Sermon: Fall Meeting 2013 (Jerry Fite)

The following wonderful lessons were preached by Jerry Fite at the West Side church from November 2-7, 2013. There were 9 lessons in all, with sermon audio and PPTX files supplied for each.

Unity in the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12)
(Saturday, November 2, 2013)

  • A study of 1 Corinthians 12 explaining in the context of spiritual gifts, that the purpose of a unified spiritual body is edification. The Corinthians were to exercise their spiritual gifts to edify all, as they were united in loving care for one another.

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The New Testament Canon
(Sunday Bible Class, November 3, 2013)

  • The lesson discusses the canon of scripture, and how it is obtained. The point is made that the church did not determine what books were conanical. Rather, they acknowledged what all understood to be true.

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Why Do You Do Good Works? (Ephesians 2:10)
(Sunday AM Worship, November 3, 2013)

  • We are to do good works as a second opportunity to truly live. We are alive by the grace of God, and therefore should be zealous for good works.

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Applying the Minister’s Checklist (1 Timothy 4:15-16)
(Sunday PM Worship, November 3, 2013)

  • Paul revealed to Timothy certain things that should be present for him to be effective as an evangelist. In application, brother Fite asks, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every child of God in the local church observed the checklist as well?

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Hold to the Pattern of Sound Words (2 Timothy 1:13)
(Monday, November 4, 2013)

  • In application, brother Fites calls for faithfulness to the gospel pattern in areas such as Music in worship, Benevolence, Evangelism and the plan of Salvation.

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Must I Forgive? Then How?
(Tuesday, November 5, 2013)

  • Jesus indicated in Matthew 6 that we must forgive others if we wish to be forgiven. The lesson examines the obligation to forgive, and what to do if a person is unwilling to ask forgiveness of us.

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Pay Attention to Your Speech (James 3:1-12)
(Wednesday AM Class, November 6, 2013)

  • An expository lesson discussing James 3. Brother Fite calls for us to pay attention to our speech. Our speech should bless, edify, give grace to those who hear, and be full of thanksgiving.

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A Plan for Raising Children to be Joyous Christians
(Wednesday PM, November 6, 2013)

  • How do we raise joyous children? By helping them to know: The Lord is the Creator of all; their Savior from sin; their High priest; and the presenter of the Crown of Eternal Life.

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Before the Judgment Seat
(Thursday, November 7, 2013)

  • When we stand before the judgment seat of Christ, some will be surprised. Because they are classed among the wicked; they will be the last rather than the first, they will be lost because they were not abounding in the work of the Lord. Live so that you will not be surprised at the judgment seat of Christ.

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Sermon: 5 Things God’s Children Should Never Worry About

Paul exhorts us to “be anxious for nothing” (Philippians 4:6). Among other things, 5 things stand out that the Christian should never worry about: 1) Being forsaken by God; 2) Feeling Useless; 3) The future; 4) Bothering God with prayer; and, 5) Feeling unforgiven.

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Sermon: Sitting at the Feet of Jesus

Those who are suffering, sorrowful, guilty of sin, and are seekers of truth, all turned to Jesus during His ministry on earth, to sit at His feet, and receive what they needed for healing, comfort, forgiveness and enlightenment. We can and should do the same today.

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Mining The Scriptures: 1 John 1:5-10

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1 John 1:5-10

Here John relates to his readers a most important message, “God is light” (vs. 5).

This truth has far reaching implications. For example, if we are tempted and sin, it is not God’s fault. He is not responsible for temptation, and we are solely responsible for our own sinful actions (cf. James 1:13-15).

Second, (and the point of these verses), we can not practice sin and be in fellowship with God. As there is “no darkness” in him, those who “walk in darkness” can have no part with God.

That’s not to say that we never sin. In fact, John here says we are lying to ourselves, and also accusing Christ of lying if we say we are not guilty of sin. The fact that Jesus came to earth to die for our sins indicates that we all are guilty. John here affirms the same.
What this does indicate is that God requires us to seek to live righteously. When we sin, we are required to confess those sins to God, and ask forgiveness. God is gracious and faithful in forgiving us upon our repentance.

Have you sinned? Ask God’s forgiveness! We must walk in the light to have to have fellowship with Him.

Sermon: Emulating Christ

Even as we pattern ourselves by those who live righteously… (“Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ”, 1 Corinthians 11:1), …ultimately our pattern to follow is the Lord Himself.

What did Christ do for us as our example?

  • He suffered for us
  • He repelled the tempter through God’s word and prayer
  • He forgave sinners seeking His mercy
  • He was compassionate
  • He exemplified humility

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Sermon: Open Our Eyes That We May See

Sermon based in part on a text from 2 Kings 6:11-18. Open our eyes that we may see the:

  • Power of God
  • Power of Truth
  • Power of Love
  • Power of Unity in Christ
  • Power of Forgiveness

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Sermon: Why We Must Forgive

We must forgive others because God forgave us, He commands us, It is in our best interest, and it is necessary for us to receive forgiveness from God.

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