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The Sonship of Jesus Christ - Refuting the Heresy of Eternal Generation (Part 1)

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72:59 minutes (15.66 MB)

I. An overview of the debate concerning the Sonship of Christ
1. The doctrine of the sonship of Christ has been hotly debated among professing Christians for centuries.
2. There are those who contend that Jesus Christ is the eternally begotten Son of God.
A. This doctrine is called eternal sonship or eternal generation.
B. They teach that Jesus Christ is the Son of God in his divine nature, and not merely in his human nature.
C. They teach that Jesus Christ was begotten by God the Father in eternity and is therefore eternally begotten.

Five Phases of Salvation

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99:58 minutes (21.62 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.

Five Phases of Salvation

I. The means by which God saves men from their sins includes several phases beginning before the foundation of the world and ending at the end of time.

II. There are five distinct phases of God's plan of salvation, which are:

Easter - The Spring Equinox is the Real Reason for the Season

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90:32 minutes (19.67 MB)

I. The origin of Easter
1. The name
A. The name Easter comes from the word Eostre (pronounced ee-stra or o-stra).
i. Easter: “Baeda Temp. Rat. xv. derives the word from Eostre, the name of a goddess whose festival was celebrated at the vernal equinox; her name shows that she was originally the dawn-goddess.” (Etymology of Easter, Oxford English Dictionary)
ii. "The English name Easter is of uncertain origin; Bede in the 8th century derived it from that of the Anglo-Saxon SPRING GODDESS EOSTRE." (caps mine - CEW) (Easter, Encyclopedia Britannica, 1968 Ed., Vol. 7, p.865)

The Christian and the Old Testament (Part 7) - Objections

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72:15 minutes (15.68 MB)

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4. The sabbath was given in Exo 16:22-30 before it was given in the ten commandments in Exo 20:8-11.
A. This supposedly proves that it was not just given to Israel.
B. It was given to Israel in both places, and it was only ever given to Israel (Exo 31:12-18).
5. Jesus kept the sabbath.
A. Of course He did! Jesus was a Jew living under the law of Moses.
B. Jesus also went to the Jewish feasts and kept the rest of the law of Moses perfectly.

Problem Texts for Sovereign Grace (Part 44) - 1Ti 2:4-6

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64:39 minutes (13.46 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 Christian and the Old Testament (Part 6) - The Prophets, Psalms, and Proverbs; How to Use the OT; Objections

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70:00 minutes (15.02 MB)

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4. What about the prophets, psalms and proverbs?
A. The part of the Old Testament in our Bible which is specifically abolished is the law of Moses which included the old covenant and the commandments which were given to Israel.
i. 2Co 3:13 - And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:

The Christian and the Old Testament (Part 5) - Parts of the OT That are Still in Effect; Sabbath Commandment Abolished

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63:56 minutes (13.78 MB)

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iv. 4th commandment - Remember the sabbath (Exo 20:8-11).
a. The sabbath commandment is the only one of the ten commandments that is not repeated in the NT.
b. The sabbath commandment was only ever given to the Jews (Exo 31:12-18).
c. References to Jesus and other keeping the sabbath in the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) were all made before Jesus fulfilled and abolished the law of Moses, including the sabbath.

The Christian and the Old Testament (Part 4) - Transitional Period Between OT & NT; Parts of the OT That are Still in Effect

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74:42 minutes (16.09 MB)

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VI. The transitional period between the resurrection of Christ and the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70AD.
1. Christ officially and legally abolished the law of Moses when He died on the cross (Col 2:14 c/w Eph 2:15 c/w 2Co 3:13).
2. The New Testament which declared that the law was abolished was not written down by the apostles until 20-30 years later.

The Christian and the Old Testament (Part 3) - The Abolition of the Old Testament

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75:34 minutes (16.39 MB)

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V. The Abolition of the Old Testament
1. The law of Moses was only given to the nation of Israel (Psa 147:19-20; Rom 3:1-2).
A. The Gentile nations were never under the law of Moses.
B. Why would the Gentiles be put under the law of Moses (old testament) after Jesus came and abolished it by writing a new testament?
2. The law of Moses was added until the seed should come to whom the promise was made (Gal 3:19).

The Christian and the Old Testament (Part 2) - The Law of Moses; Conditional Old Covenant; The New Testament

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57:52 minutes (12.58 MB)

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D. The "old" or "first" testament/covenant is the law of Moses.
i. Each time the word "old" or "first" testament/covenant is used in the NT, it is referring to the law of Moses, such as the following:
a. The first covenant (Heb 8:7,9; Heb 9:1).
(i) The first covenant was the law of Moses which gave commandments concerning the Levitical priesthood (Heb 8:4) and instructions concerning the tabernacle (Heb 8:5).

The Christian and the Old Testament (Part 1) - The OT Canon; Covenants Prior to the Law of Moses

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71:37 minutes (15.56 MB)

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I. The purpose of this study.
1. There is a lot of confusion among professing Christians concerning the role of the Old Testament, and specifically the law of Moses, in the lives of Christians living under the New Testament.
2. Many believe that Christians today are required by God to keep the law of Moses, or at least some parts of it such as the sabbath or the dietary laws.

Dating and Preparing for Marriage (Part 6) - Dating Unbelievers and Believers, Spiritual and Financial Compatability, Engagement

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59:41 minutes (12.85 MB)

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To listen to the previous sermon in the series, click here: Part 5
To listen to the next sermon in the series, click here: Part 7

C. If a Christian's heart is right, his purpose in dating an unbeliever is to attempt to convert her.

Dating and Preparing for Marriage (Part 5) - Dating Guidelines for Different Age Groups, Dating Unbelievers

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64:09 minutes (13.74 MB)

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To listen to the previous sermon in the series, click here: Part 4
To listen to the next sermon in the series, click here: Part 6

VIII. Dating considerations for different age groups and statuses.
1. General considerations for all.

Dating and Preparing for Marriage (Part 4) - Qualities of a Good Husband and Wife

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72:23 minutes (15.64 MB)

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To listen to the previous sermon in the series, click here: Part 3
To listen to the next sermon in the series, click here: Part 5

ix. Patience

Dating and Preparing for Marriage (Part 3) - Qualities of a Good Spouse

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65:21 minutes (14.11 MB)

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To listen to the previous sermon in the series, click here: Part 2
To listen to the next sermon in the series, click here: Part 4

iv. Humility

Dating and Preparing for Marriage (Part 2) - Purpose of Dating, When and Who to Date, Qualities of a Good Spouse

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70:56 minutes (15.32 MB)

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To listen to the previous sermon in the series, click here: Part 1
To listen to the next sermon in the series, click here: Part 3

2. The purpose of dating (romantic dating) is to find a spouse.

Dating and Preparing for Marriage (Part 1) - Who Can Date, Dating vs Courting

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58:57 minutes (12.72 MB)

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I. The topic of dating is important for all of us, regardless of our marital status.
1. This is a topic that we most often associate with teenagers and young men and women, but it is not limited to them.

Millennialism, End Times, and the Reign of Christ (Part 12) - Errors 16-18 of Premillennialism, Postmillennialism, Preterism

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81:17 minutes (17.55 MB)

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14. Error #16: There are different plans of redemption and different gospels for the Jews under the law and for the Gentiles under grace (this is held by some, though not all, Dispensationalists).
A. God has only ever had one plan and means of redemption for all people: grace.
i. God has always saved His people by the election of grace, both under the OT law of Moses, and in NT times (Rom 11:5).

Millennialism, End Times, and the Reign of Christ (Part 11) - Errors 7-15 of Premillennialism

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84:54 minutes (18.28 MB)

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5. Error #7: The kingdom of God/heaven was not set up at the first coming of Christ because of the Jews' rejection of Christ.
A. The kingdom was setup at the first coming of Christ, just as it had been prophesied to be.
i. In the days of the Roman empire (Luk 3:1-3), John the Baptist and Jesus came preaching that the kingdom of heaven (Mat 3:1-2; Mat 4:17) and the kingdom of God (Mar 1:15) were "at hand."
ii. At hand - Within easy reach; near; close by.

Millennialism, End Times, and the Reign of Christ (Part 10) - Errors 1-6 of Premillennialism

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72:55 minutes (15.7 MB)

For a master copy of the outline, click here: Millennialism

V. The errors of Historical Premillennialism.
1. Error #1: Two bodily resurrections.
A. Historic Premillennialism teaches that the resurrection of the righteous is at the beginning of the millennium and the resurrection of the wicked is at the end of it.
B. The Bible teaches that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust (Act 24:15).

Millennialism, End Times, and the Reign of Christ (Part 09) - Revelation 20:4-15

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64:26 minutes (14 MB)

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F. Rev 20:4
i. John saw thrones and saints sitting on them to whom judgment was given.
a. The apostles would be seated on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel when Christ would be seated on the throne of His glory (Mat 19:28).
b. This happened at the resurrection of Christ when he was raised up to sit on David's throne in the heavens (Act 2:30-31; Eph 1:20-22).

Millennialism, End Times, and the Reign of Christ (Part 08) - Revelation 20:2-3

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61:58 minutes (13.4 MB)

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D. Rev 20:2
i. Jesus Christ laid hold on the Devil and bound him for 1000 years.
ii. In that Satan is the "prince of the power of the air" (Eph 2:2), the "prince of this world" (Joh 12:31), and the "god of this world" (2Co 4:4), the only angel that could lay hold on him and bind him would be the Lord Jesus Christ.
iii. As was pointed out before, the book of Revelation is signified (Rev 1:1).
a. Therefore, the 1000 years is not necessarily to be taken literally.

Millennialism, End Times, and the Reign of Christ (Part 07) - The Final Judgment, The New Heaven and Earth, Revelation 20:1

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61:28 minutes (13.28 MB)

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13. The final judgment.
A. After the heavens and the earth have passed away, all nations will be gathered before Jesus Christ at His great white throne to be judged according to their works (Rev 20:11-13).
i. This will be a general judgment of all mankind, both righteous and wicked (Mat 25:31-46).
ii. The final judgment happens at the Second Coming of Christ "when the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with him" (Mat 25:31).

Millennialism, End Times, and the Reign of Christ (Part 06) - The Resurrection, 'Rapture', Destruction of the Heavens and Earth

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53:46 minutes (11.58 MB)

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9. The resurrection.
A. At His Second Coming Jesus will resurrect the dead (1Th 4:16).
i. The resurrection of the dead will be both of the just and unjust (Act 24:15).
ii. There is only one general resurrection: a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
iii. There will only be one resurrection of all that are in the graves (Joh 5:28).

Millennialism, End Times, and the Reign of Christ (Part 05) - The Tribulation, Loosing of Satan, 2nd Coming of Christ

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62:59 minutes (13.62 MB)

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6. The tribulation.
A. Tribulation n. - 1. A condition of great affliction, oppression, or misery; ‘persecution; distress; vexation; disturbance of life’
B. Christians have been experiencing tribulation since the first coming of Christ.
i. Jesus promised that His disciples would go through tribulation (Joh 16:33).
ii. If they persecuted Jesus, they will persecute His disciples (Joh 15:20).

Millennialism, End Times, and the Reign of Christ (Part 04) - The Reign of Christ

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58:57 minutes (12.76 MB)

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B. Jesus Christ began reigning on David's throne when He was resurrected from the dead.
i. It was prophesied in the OT that the Messiah who would proceed from David would assume his throne and reign from it forever (2Sa 7:12-16; 1Ch 17:11-14).
ii. According to this prophecy, the following would happen:
a. The coming King would be a descendant of David (2Sa 7:12).

Millennialism, End Times, and the Reign of Christ (Part 03) - The Church is the True Israel

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69:09 minutes (14.85 MB)

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vi. The church is the true Israel.
a. The nation of Israel was a chosen people whom God had singled out from all the nations of the earth (Amo 3:1-2; Psa 147:19-20).
b. As long as they were obedient and kept His covenant, they were to him a peculiar people, a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation (Exo 19:5-6).
c. Israel was God's church/congregation (Act 7:38 c/w Exo 16:2).

Millennialism, End Times, and the Reign of Christ (Part 02) - The Kingdom of God-Heaven

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67:05 minutes (14.42 MB)

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5. The setting up of the millennial kingdom and the reign of Christ on David's throne.
A. The kingdom of God/heaven was set up by Christ at His first coming.
i. The kingdom of God was prophesied in the book of Daniel to come in the days of the Roman Empire.

Millennialism, End Times, and the Reign of Christ (Part 01) - Intro, The Binding of Satan

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64:19 minutes (13.84 MB)

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I. The study of end times is referred to as eschatology.
1. Eschatology - The department of theological science concerned with ‘the four last things: death, judgement, heaven, and hell’.
2. This is a much debated topic among professing Christians.
3. Errant views on eschatology are very dangerous since they influence the political policies of our government, both domestic and international.

Luke 1:57-80

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63:44 minutes (13.72 MB)

Pastor Wagner preached an extemporaneous sermon on Luke 1:57-80 in which he covered the scientific accuracy of circumcision on the eighth day, how God's redemption of His people is an accomplished fact which sinners cannot affect, how Jesus Christ is our horn of salvation who is reigning on David's throne, and how the gospel gives the knowledge of salvation (not gives eternal salvation itself) to God's children.

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