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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 Promises of God

The Promises of God

The lesson shows that some of God’s promises are unconditional in nature, while others are conditional. God’s most wonderful promises are available through His Son Jesus, showing God’s mercy and grace.

The Patternists: “Saul died for his unfaithfulness”

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1 Chronicles, chapter 10 describes the death of Saul at the hands of the Philistines. As the battle turned against Israel, the King and his three sons all retreated with the Philistines hard on their heals. All three sons were killed, and Saul was wounded by the archers in the Philistine army. Saul requested his armorbearer kill him, “lest these uncircumcised men come and abuse me” (vs. 4). When his servant would not, Saul fell upon his sword and died. The Philistines the next day came upon Saul, they beheaded him, and “fastened his head in the temple of Dagon” (vs. 10).

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Entrusted with the Gospel

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God gave the apostles the work of presenting the gospel to the world. Paul wrote, “But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts” (1 Thessalonians 2:4).

By extension, any time any Christian shares the gospel of the Lord, he is acting as a steward. As Paul wrote, “Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2).

It is logical, and also scriptural to assert that our speech when proclaiming the gospel is to conform to God’s expectations rather than men. Paul warned Timothy of a time when men would not want to hear the truth, and would instead “heap up for themselves” teachers who would tell them what they wanted to hear rather than what they needed to hear (cf. 2 Timothy 4:2-4).

Two questions we need to ask ourselves:

  1. Are we the type of stewards who feel compelled to speak God’s word, as God desires?
  2. Are we the type of listeners who are willing to listen to and heed truth, no matter how much it hurts?

Being entrusted with the gospel is special. It requires faithfulness and dedication on our part. May we all, like Paul, take this honor given us by God, and act in a worthy manner.

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Sermon: God Hates Divorce / God Loves the Home

A two part lesson. Part one: God Hates Divorce (preached in the morning). Part two: God Loves the Home (preached in the evening. Note: Only the last 14 minutes of the evening lesson were recorded).

Sermon: The Christian’s Role in Politics

Speaker: Josh Cox

Josh explains some scriptural principles that should guide every Christian as we seek to navigate voting and political involvement in a divisive culture.

Sermon: Be Strong and of Good Courage

Be Strong and of Good Courage

Lessons taught from Joshua 1: God keeps His promises. We must be faithful and obedient to Him. God is always with us. We need to encourage one another!

The Lord’s Supper

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In 1991 Paul Sain published a book entitled Ready Reference for Growing Christians. A more concise, pocket edition was printed in 1997, of which I have a copy. It contains facts and scriptures on 100 Biblical subjects, one of which is titled, A Few Biblical Facts about the Lord’s Supper. This article is basically a copy of that outline, with a few scripture snippets and comments interspersed with the original material by brother Sain.

Scripture References

  • Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:17-26; Luke 22:14-23; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29; 1 Corinthians 10:16-21

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The Patternists: The Man Who Acts Presumptuously

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Deuteronomy 17 proclaimed that idolatry was a sin worthy of death. If the guilt was certain, no trial was necessary. Upon the testimony of two or three witnesses, the idolater was to be taken to the gates of the city, and stoned. “So you shall put away the evil from among you” (vs. 7).

In matters that were difficult to judge, where the guilt or innocence, or the appropriateness of punishment could not easily be determined, instructions were given to go to the priests, Levites and judges (vs. 9). Inquiry would be made, and judgment would be pronounced. When that judgment was pronounced, the Israelites were bound to obey it. “According to the sentence of the law in which they instruct you, according to the judgment which they tell you, you shall do; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left from the sentence which they pronounce upon you” (vs. 11).

What if a man was unwilling to submit to the pronouncement of the priests in the matter? He was labeled as presumptuous.

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Warped and Sinning

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“Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition, knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned” (Titus 3:10-11).

Paul’s description of the divisive man is a rather strong denunciation of the sin. In the NKJV, the word “warped” is used in translating the Greek ekstrepho. Other translations use the words words “perverted” and “subverted.”

Warped best reflects the etymology of the word. It literally means to twist or turn out. Thayer defines the word, “to change for the worse, pervert, corrupt.”

Picture a warped piece of wood. It is useless to the carpenter who desires a precise and square result for his project. Since it is twisted or turned from that which is straight, it can’t serve its intended purpose.

The purpose of the Christian is to reflect His God. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). The primary attributes of God include love (John 3:16) and unity (John 17:20-21). A divisive man has turned away from these fundamental characteristics, to something that is much worse, something corrupt.

Brethren, we need to examine ourselves, and be sure that we are not guilty of bringing strife to God’s people. There is nothing more antithetical to being a child of God!

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Sermon: The Clarity of Revelation

The Clarity of Revelation

The lesson answers two questions using the scriptures:

  1. Is scripture sufficiently clear to be understood by man?
  2. Is our understanding relative? Does a lack of understanding on our part excuse false teaching or sinful action?

We must defend the truth of God’s word against those who teach error. False doctrine cannot be tolerated among the people of God.

A Vital Church Grows

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My copy of the New King James version contains paragraph headings. Sometimes they accurately describe the paragraph following, sometimes less so. I really like the heading placed before Acts 2:40-47:

“A Vital Church Grows”

Here Luke described the early days of the Lord’s church. Jesus told His disciples it would come in glory and power, and on Pentecost it certainly did! Peter and the other apostles, inspired by the Holy Spirit, preached the gospel message for the first time in mankind’s history. On that very day, in that very place, the promise of our Lord, “and on this rock I will build My church” (Matthew 16:18) was fulfilled. Three thousand souls were saved that day (Acts 2:41), and as the days progressed the gospel message retained its power. “And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47).

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Sermon: Radical Christianity

Speaker: Tommy Davis

Using young King Josiah as an example, Tommy notes the importance of being radical in our service to the Lord

Sermon: The Sad Short Reign of King Ahaziah

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King Ahaziah’s short and sad reign helps to reinforce the toxic nature of evil influence. Ahaziah never rose above the culture of Ahab’s house, and in fighting against God he sealed his fate. There are great applications to be made to our lives as we learn from his sad example.

Sermon: Hearts of Servants

The Lord’s admonition of his disciples in Matthew 20:24-28 expresses very clearly that as Christians we should not seek exaltation, but should have the hearts of servants.

Sermon: Meditations on God’s Word

Meditations on God’s Word

The text of Psalm 119:73-80 consists of a number of meditations of the Psalmist upon God’s revealed word, the holy scriptures. They teach the basis of our relationship with God, God’s justness, God’s provision for the obedient, and the shame of man’s disobedience.