Sound Teaching

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: Have a Blessed Day

ImageIn the last day, the only way to have a good day is if you are an obedient believer of Jesus Christ.

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Sermon: Sons of the Day

ImageThis lesson explains how Christians, called “sons of the Day” by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 are to prepare for the Lord’s second coming.

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Sermon: Spring 2015 Meeting Sermons – Heath Rogers

Image Below are the links to the audio and powerpoint presentations from Heath Rogers, who held a meeting at the West Side church on May 9-14, 2015.

Lesson 1: “Whom Are You Seeking?”

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Lesson 2: Help in Times of Trouble

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Lesson 3: Lessons from Hezekiah’s Prayer

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Lesson 4: Making Evangelism a Priority

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Lesson 5: The Grace of God

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Lesson 6: Mediocrity

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Lesson 7: A Man After God’s Own Heart

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Lesson 8: Can We Understand the Bible Alike?

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Lesson 9: The Second Coming of Christ

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FB: The Faithful Servant

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In Matthew 24:46, Jesus describes the faithful servant. “Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.” The faithful servant is one who is obedient all the while he waits for his master’s return.

Regarding our Lord’s coming, some think the thing to do is look for omens and signs. This is a mistake. Concerning that day, Jesus said, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (24:36). The Lord’s coming will be as a “thief in the night.”

Instead, the faithful servant of God will prepare for that coming by being ever vigilant. Consider, if we are always obedient to our Lord, it matters not when He comes. We will be ready!

“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of man is coming” (Matthew 25:13).

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Mining the Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 1:4-9

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In this text, the apostle expressed thanks for the blessings the Corinthians had received from Jesus. These blessings to which he referred were the spiritual gifts such as tongue speaking, prophecy, etc. With these, the “testimony of Christ was confirmed” in them (vs. 6). This is a primary purpose of such spiritual gifts. They not only equipped each one who received them, they also confirmed the teaching that each one imparted to others.

Paul, as did the rest of the New Testament writers, commonly looked forward to the coming of Jesus Christ (7). From His departure, recorded in Acts 1:9-11, the emphasis has ever been upon his eventual return. The angels affirmed that He, “will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

In these introductory words, we see a foreshadowing of admonitions to come. Paul’s mention of spiritual gifts as blessings that enrich in verses 4-7 presage his admonition of their abuse of such gifts in chapters 12-14. His continual references to Jesus (9 times in the first 9 verses) serve to center the Corinthians minds upon the Christ, rather than their own divisive tendencies to inappropriately elevate mere men (cf. 1:10-15, 3:1-6).

Mining the Scriptures: Acts 1:9-11

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Immediately following Jesus’ final instructions to His disciples following His resurrection, He ascended into heaven. With His ascension came the angel’s promise that Jesus would return, “in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” (11).

There are several truths to note regarding Jesus’ promised second advent. First, note that his coming (as with his ascension) would be a visible event. The apostle Paul affirmed this as true in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

Second, this second coming of Jesus will be a coming in judgment upon the world. In 2 Thessalonians 1:3-10, Paul writes that when Jesus comes, it will be to take vengeance upon the disobedient, and to give eternal rest to the faithful.

Third, when Jesus comes a second time, it will mark the end of the physical universe. Peter weighs in on this truth, affirming it in 2 Peter 3:8-13. The immolation of the universe is cause for us to live lives of “holy conduct and godliness.”

The promise of Jesus’ coming is sure. The angel’s words must be heeded. We must prepare for that day, lest we, as the foolish virgins, be shut out when the bridegroom comes! (cf. Matthew 25:1-13).

Sermon: Are You Ready for Judgment?

Jeremiah Cox preached this short lesson, brought on our fifth Sunday singing night. He asked the question, Are you ready for the judgment day? The lesson explains what it means to be prepared for Christ’s coming.

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Invitation: How to Prepare for the Day of the Lord

Invitation delivered by: Stan Cox

Since, as 1 Thessalonians 5:1-8 indicates that the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, many will be unprepared for that day. We can not know when the Lord will come, so those in the light will be sure and prepare themselves for that day.

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Invitation: Almost Persuaded is Eternally Lost

Invitation delivered by: Joshua Scroggins

Josh uses the text of Acts 26:28 and the lyrics of the song “Almost Persuaded” to exhort the audience to make the decision to serve Christ acceptably while time and opportunity remains.

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Sermon: What Jesus Will Not Do When He Comes Again

This study of the end times establishes scripturally that when Jesus returns in His second coming, He will not come back to the earth (His saints will meet Him in the air); He will not establish a physical kingdom and reign for 1000 years; and, He will not re-establish the kingdom of Israel in the promised land.

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In the News: May 21, 2011 (Yesterday)

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According to Premillenialist and radio personality Harold Camping, the rapture was supposed to take place on May 21st, and the final judgment will occur on October 21st of this same year.

Read the following from the first page of the “We Can Know” website:

“This web site serves as an introduction and portal to four faithful ministries which are teaching that WE CAN KNOW from the Bible alone that the date of the rapture of believers will take place on May 21, 2011 and that God will destroy this world on October 21, 2011.”

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“Learn about the Biblical Timeline of History, the correct method of Bible interpretation, the End of the Church Age and God’s command to believers that they must depart out of the churches. Study the proofs that God has so graciously given in His Word showing us that these dates are 100% accurate and beyond dispute.”

We have studied our Bible, and are not surprised to be alive and here on May 22nd. The reason we are not surprised is that the Bible does not teach the doctrine of the rapture, and the Bible does not contain a timeline indicating that “we can know” the time our Lord will return in judgment upon the earth.

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Sermon: Christ’s Second Coming

The lesson is an expository sermon based on the text of 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2. The sermon discusses Christ’s Second coming.

Sermon Audio: Click Here .

Sermon: The Wise and Foolish Virgins

This sermon examines the parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins.

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Sermons: A.D. 70 Complete Series

This series is entitled “A Refutation of the A.D. 70 Doctrine.” It was preached at the West Side church on three consecutive Sundays, on October 11, 18, 25, 2009.

The series was not intended to be an extensive review of the doctrine, also known as Realized Eschatology. Such an undertaking would require much more time than reserved for this series. Instead, Stan examined what the Bible teaches about the end times, introduced the error, and established a few clear principles that clearly show this peculiar doctrine to be false.

This post contains links to all the materials available from the series.

  • Lesson 1 – Bible Eschatology PPT MP3
  • Lesson 2 – Introduction to Realized Eschatology PPT MP3
  • Lesson 3 – Refuting Realized Eschatology PPT MP3

Sermon: A.D. 70 Doctrine: Lesson 2 – Introduction to Realized Eschatology

This is the second lesson of three designed to refute the A.D. 70 Doctrine. This doctrine asserts that all prophecy was consummated at the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. Hence, the Second Coming of Christ, the resurrection of the dead and the end of the world all have already happened.

Lesson 2 is an introduction to Realized Eschatology with a special emphasis placed upon the error of Max R. King. He wrote The Spirit of Prophecy in 1971, and his writings and teachings are what have had the most impact upon churches of Christ.

Sermon PowerPoint: Click Here .

Sermon Audio: Click Here .