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Basic Bible Doctrine (Part 02) - God's Word (Part 1)

66:09 minutes (13.84 MB)

II. God's Word
1. Throughout time, God has spoken to men by various and different means (Heb 1:1).
A. Sundry - Having an existence, position, or status apart; separate, distinct.
B. Divers - Different or not alike in character or quality; not of the same kind.
2. God spoke by the prophets in the Old Testament times (Heb 1:1).
A. The law that God gave by the prophets was spoken by means of angels (Heb 2:2).
i. The law of Moses was ordained by angels (Gal 3:19).

Basic Bible Doctrine (Part 01) - Existence of God

88:30 minutes (18.37 MB)

Basic Bible Doctrine

I. The Existence and Nature of God
1. The Bible declares that there is only one God (Isa 44:6-8; 1Co 8:6).
2. Even without the revelation of God, man can reason from the creation and know that there is an eternal and omnipotent God who created all things.
A. The visible things that are seen prove the existence of the invisible God who is not seen (Rom 1:20).
B. The heavens declare the glory of God (Psa 19:1).
C. The heavens declare His righteousness (Psa 50:6; Psa 97:6).
D. The creation teaches us that God created it (Job 12:7-10).

The Kingdom of Heaven IS the Kingdom of God

69:21 minutes (14.53 MB)

The Kingdom of Heaven IS the Kingdom of God

I. By simply comparing spiritual things with spiritual (1Co 2:13), it is irrefutable that the "kingdom of heaven" spoken of in Matthew is synonymous with the "kingdom of God" spoken of in Mark and Luke. (see attached spreadsheet)
II. The kingdom of heaven/God came and was a present reality at the first coming of Christ.
1. Jesus said the kingdom of heaven / kingdom of God was "at hand" (Mat 4:17; Mar 1:14-15).
A. At hand - a. Within easy reach; near; close by. - Oxford English Dictionary

The Beginning of a Journey (Part 3)

60:51 minutes (12.7 MB)

6. The LORD then gives Joshua the prescription for a prosperous and successful journey (Jos 1:8).
A. Joshua was to meditate in the book of the law.
i. Meditate - v. 1. trans. To muse over or reflect upon; to consider, study, ponder.
b. To fix one's attention upon; to observe with interest or intentness.
ii. Muse v. - 1. a. To be absorbed in thought; to meditate continuously in silence; to ponder.
iii. Consider v. - 1. To view or contemplate attentively, to survey, examine, inspect, scrutinize.


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I. Sorrow is painful.
1. Sorrow n.- 1. a. Distress of mind caused by loss, suffering, disappointment, etc.; grief, deep sadness or regret; also, that which causes grief or melancholy; affliction, trouble.
2. Sorrow v.- 1. intr. To feel sorrow or sadness; to regret or grieve; also, to exhibit signs of grief, to mourn.
3. Mourn v. - 1. To feel sorrow, grief, or regret (often with added notion of expressing one's grief); to sorrow, grieve, lament.
II. Sorrow was the result of sin and was multiplied by sin (Gen 3:16-17).

The Beginning of a Journey (Part 2)

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III. The Lord's charge unto Joshua.
1. After the death of Moses, the LORD gave Joshua a charge to lead Israel into the promised land (Jos 1:1-2).
A. We are also heading to the promised land that God has waiting for us (1Pe 1:4; Joh 14:1-3).
B. We are looking for that same city and country that Abraham was (Heb 11:10,16; Heb 13:14).
2. God promised Joshua that he would be with him and not let his enemies stand before him as he did for Moses (Jos 1:5 c/w Deu 7:24).
A. God stands by his ministers in the N.T.

The Beginning of a Journey (Part 1)

75:33 minutes (15.75 MB)

The Beginning of a Journey

I. The story of Joshua leading Israel into the promised land is instructive for us as we begin our journey together.
1. The things that are recorded in the Old Testament were written for our learning and admonition.
A. They were written for our learning and comfort (Strengthening; encouragement, incitement; aid, succour, support, countenance.), and to give us hope (Rom 15:4).
B. They were also written as examples to us for our admonition (The action of admonishing; authoritative counsel; warning, implied reproof.) (1Co 10:11).

History of the Minneapolis Church

70:50 minutes (14.87 MB)

Pastor Mott gave a brief history of the Minneapolis Church and a short exhortation to the church as he resigned as pastor.

How to Relate to Your Pastor

110:52 minutes (23.26 MB)

Pastor Ben Mott preached a sermon to the church on how to relate to their new pastor, Chad Wagner.

Ordination of Chad Wagner

107:32 minutes (22.38 MB)

Ordination By The Laying On Of Hands
I. ordain: To appoint, decree, destine, order. To appoint (a person, etc.) to a charge, duty,
or office.
II. The ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ is perpetuated by one elder/bishop/pastor/minister/steward
instructing qualified able men and ordaining them. 2TI 2:2 c/w TIT 1:5-9.
A. The office of N.T. ministry began with Jesus Christ ordaining the apostles (MAR 3:14)
who were also elders (1PE 5:1) as well as seventy others. LUK 10:1.
B. The N.T. shows the apostles doing the work of elders, including ordaining others.

Limbus Patrum

69:58 minutes (14.5 MB)

Limbus Patrum

I. What is "Limbus Patrum"?

Thoughts on Ordination

76:16 minutes (16.4 MB)

Thoughts on Ordination

I. How do you know you're called to the ministry?
1. The standard answers:
A. I just feel God calling me.
B. God told me.
C. I have always wanted to be a preacher.
D. My mom/dad/grandma told me that they knew from the time I was a boy that I was going to be a preacher.
2. A desire to be a pastor is a good thing (1Ti 3:1), but the desire alone is not sufficient to make a man called of God.
A. There are many who desire to be teachers of the law who know not what they are talking about (1Ti 1:7).

Finding Contentment Being Single

86:40 minutes (18.11 MB)

Finding Contentment Being Single

I. Marriage: God's design for most people.
1. When God created Adam, God Himself said that it was not good that man should be alone and he made him a companion (Gen 2:18).
A. From the beginning of time, it was God's design that men and women would marry and be fruitful and multiply (Gen 2:24 c/w Gen 1:28).
B. Jesus affirmed this principle (Mar 10:6-8).
C. The institution of marriage was a picture of the mystery of Christ and the church (Eph 5:31-32).
D. Marriage, along with everything else God made in the creation, was a very good thing (Gen 1:31).

Dealing With Problems in the Church (Part 2)

79:09 minutes (16.33 MB)

To learn more about dealing with life's difficulties, click here: Dealing With Problems

VII. The Biblical way to deal with an offence which is private in nature between two brethren and which is not an excludable offence is to follow Jesus' instruction in Mat 18:15-17. This could also apply to a church member who was offended by the pastor.

Dealing With Problems in the Church (Part 1)

89:14 minutes (18.52 MB)

To learn more about dealing with life's difficulties, click here: Dealing With Problems

Dealing With Problems in the Church

I. Problems will come.
1. Offences will come, but don't be the person by whom they come (Mat 18:7).
2. Heresies must come to manifest they who are approved (1Co 11:19).
3. Pastors will offend church members (Jam 3:1-2).
4. Trouble is common to all men (Job 14:1).
5. It is a given that problems will come, but what is important is how we deal with them.

Sovereign Grace (Part 2)

84:57 minutes (38.89 MB)

For a paperback book in outline form which addresses over 150 difficult verses that Arminians use against Sovereign Grace, check out: Problem Texts for Sovereign Grace: Rooting Arminianism Out of Every Verse.

4. Those whom God chose before the foundation of the world were chosen in Christ (Eph 1:4) and were given to Christ to give eternal life to (Joh 6:37-39; Joh 10:27-29; Joh 17:2).

Sovereign Grace (Part 1)

89:40 minutes (18.73 MB)

For a paperback book in outline form which addresses over 150 difficult verses that Arminians use against Sovereign Grace, check out: Problem Texts for Sovereign Grace: Rooting Arminianism Out of Every Verse.

Sovereign Grace

Sovereign - n. 1. One who has supremacy or rank above, or authority over, others; a superior; a ruler, governor, lord, or master (of persons, etc.). Freq. applied to the Deity in relation to created things.


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Happiness - The quality or condition of being happy.

Happy - adj. Having a feeling of great pleasure or content of mind, arising from satisfaction with one's circumstances or condition; also in weakened sense: Glad, pleased.

Joy - 1. a. A vivid emotion of pleasure arising from a sense of well-being or satisfaction; the feeling or state of being highly pleased or delighted; exultation of spirit; gladness, delight.

I. Happiness is a good thing and as Christians it is something we ought to experience.

Adultery and Church Membership

73:13 minutes (15.8 MB)

Adultery and Church Membership

I. The covenant of marriage.
1. Marriage is a covenant (Mal 2:14).
2. Covenant - 1. A mutual agreement between two or more persons to do or refrain from doing certain acts; a compact, contract, bargain; sometimes, the undertaking, pledge, or promise of one of the parties.
3. The covenant of marriage is different from any other covenant that men can establish.
a. It is life-long (Rom 7:2).
b. It is made between husband and wife, but it is enforced by God and His law (Rom 7:2; Mat 19:4-6).
c. The husband and wife become "one flesh" (Mar 10:8).

Alive Without the Law (Part 2)

69:58 minutes (14.48 MB)

VI. "Sin...slew me" and "I died" -- What was this death?
1. Sin had been laying dormant in Paul, deceiving him (Rom 7:11).
A. Deceive - v. 1. trans. To ensnare; to take unawares by craft or guile; to overcome, overreach, or get the better of by trickery; to beguile or betray into mischief or sin; to mislead.
B. Sin had deceived Paul by making him think he was alive and righteous.
C. Like the people of Laish who dwelt carelessly, quiet and secure, because there was no magistrate in the land to put them to shame (Jdg 18:7): so it was with Paul.

Alive Without the Law (Part 1)

56:46 minutes (11.85 MB)

Alive Without the Law (Rom 7:9)

I. The purpose of this study is to provide a proper Biblical understanding of Rom 7:7-13 and to answer the following questions:
1. Was Paul referring to being spiritually alive (in possession of eternal life) when he said that he was "alive without the law once"?
2. Was Paul referring to living in sinless innocence prior to the law coming to him when he wrote "without the law sin was dead"?
3. Did Paul die spiritually when the commandment came and sin revived and slew him?
4. If not, then what kind of death was he referring to?

The Husband of One Wife

68:38 minutes (31.42 MB)

"The Husband of One Wife" (1Ti 3:2; Tit 1:6)

I. One of the qualifications a man must meet to be ordained and hold the office of a pastor/bishop/elder/overseer is that he must be "the husband of one wife" (1Ti 3:2; Tit 1:6).
A. Does this mean that a pastor must be married?
B. Does this mean that a pastor cannot be a widower?
C. Does this mean that a pastor who is a widower cannot remarry?
D. Does this mean that a pastor cannot be divorced?
E. Does this mean that a pastor that is divorced cannot remarry?

Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

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Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

I. Questions.
1. Have you ever doubted the claims or existence of God or Jesus Christ?
2. Have you ever been in a trial or affliction and began to question your faith - things you once knew to be true?
3. Have you ever wondered if great men of faith have ever had the same struggles with doubt or unbelief as you?
4. Have you ever thought it would be nice to have God do a miraculous sign to prove His existence or His truth?
5. Have you ever wished that you could have been among Jesus' disciples when He walked the earth and personally met Him?

Partaking of the Divine Nature

67:39 minutes (14.29 MB)

Partaking of the Divine Nature (2 Peter 1:1-11)

I. This study should accomplish the following:
1. Learn how to know Jesus more intimately.
2. Learn what it means to partake of the divine nature and how to do it.
3. Learn how to gain the assurance of eternal life.

II. The importance of the knowledge of God and Jesus Christ.
1. Grace and peace are multiplied unto us through the knowledge of Jesus Christ (2Pe 1:2).
A. Knowing God brings us peace (Job 22:21).
B. The knowledge of God comes through diligently studying the word of God (Pro 2:1-6).

The Hidden Gospel (Part 2)

82:44 minutes (17.17 MB)

For a paperback book in outline form which addresses over 150 difficult verses that Arminians use against Sovereign Grace, check out: Problem Texts for Sovereign Grace: Rooting Arminianism Out of Every Verse.

The Hidden Gospel (Part 1)

76:38 minutes (15.95 MB)

For a paperback book in outline form which addresses over 150 difficult verses that Arminians use against Sovereign Grace, check out: Problem Texts for Sovereign Grace: Rooting Arminianism Out of Every Verse.

The Hidden Gospel


70:58 minutes (14.95 MB)

For a paperback book in outline form which addresses over 150 difficult verses that Arminians use against Sovereign Grace, check out: Problem Texts for Sovereign Grace: Rooting Arminianism Out of Every Verse.

Chad preaches an extemporaneous sermon on the twofold nature of justification: 1) how Jesus Christ justified His people in the sense of making them righteous by His knowledge, faith, blood, and grace, and 2) how believers are justified in the sense of being accounted righteous by their faith.

Flattering Titles

30:12 minutes (13.83 MB)

Flattering Titles

“Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man. 22) For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.” (Job 32:21-22)

I. The reason for this study.
1. Flattery is condemned in the scripture (Pro 26:28; Pro 29:5)
2. It is clear from Job 32:21-22 that it is wrong to give someone a flattering title.
3. Some have concluded from this that it is wrong to call a pastor "Pastor So-and-so" because to do so would be to give him a flattering title.

Offending the Little Ones

67:17 minutes (8.67 MB)

Offending the Little Ones (Mat 18:1-14)

I. This study should be both convicting and edifying. The following should be accomplished:
1. Understand what is meant by “offending” and “despising” little children.
2. Learn how to not offend and despise little children.
3. Learn how Mat 18:8-9 fits with the rest of Mat 18:1-14.

II. The reason for Jesus’ discourse.

1. The disciples asked who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven (Mat 18:1).
A. They had been reasoning among themselves about who should be the greatest (Luk 9:46).

Christians and Muslims Do Not Worship the Same God

72:33 minutes (8.31 MB)

This sermon was preached by Pastor Wagner in the Cincinnati Church in 2008 five years before he was ordained.

The outline is attached at the bottom of the page.

Christians and Muslims do NOT Worship the Same God

“Well, first of all, I believe in an Almighty God, and I believe that all the world, whether they be Muslim, Christian, or any other religion, prays to the same God. That's what I believe. I believe that Islam is a great religion that preaches peace.” –President George W. Bush, 2007

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