Words, Words, Words!
by John Holmes on June 19th, 2024
This week, I've read a lot about words, their meaning, and their "context," as found in the Bible...  Read More
A Thessalonian "Thanks"
by John Holmes on June 6th, 2024
What is a very common but not realized sin that Christians commit? I believe one answer can be found in 1 Thessalonians 5:16 through 19—quenching or stifling the Holy Spirit and not giving thanks.  Read More
Hopeless Man-made Idea Series (Idea #2)
by John Holmes on May 20th, 2024
In short, Client-centered therapy offers no real hope, no actual change, no true redemption, and no possibility of reconciliation with the God who created all humanity. It allows men and women to remain in their sins, exalting them to act as the de facto God of themselves. Nothing in the theory points to the truths of God.   Read More
Hopeless Man-made Idea Series (Idea #1)
by John Holmes on May 8th, 2024
Ideas like those offered by B.F. Skinner brazenly illustrate the height and depth of mankind’s foolishness apart from God. Where do you get your wisdom from?  Read More
What is a church?
by John Holmes on April 19th, 2024
By John Holmes First Baptist Church Moriarty          The local church is not a building but an intentional gathering of two or more visible Holy Spirit-filled believers who, in Jesus' name, mutually agree about His Gospel. It must preach the Word of God and observe the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper scripturally. Normatively, when spiritually healthy, church members voluntarily coven...  Read More
He is Risen
by John Holmes on March 31st, 2024
By John Holmes The Empty Tomb (Source: Logos Media)           The phrase "He is risen indeed!" used on Easter morning by Christians has a deep-rooted history in Christian tradition. It serves as a joyful affirmation of Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead. This tradition is encapsulated in the liturgical practice known as the Paschal greeting, which varies slightly across different languages ...  Read More
What about the Lord's Supper?
by John Holmes on March 3rd, 2024
By John Holmes Communion Plate (Source: Logos Media)           Jesus instructed His disciples to remember His death and resurrection. To help them do so, He gave the church two visible symbols (called “ordinances”). These two ordinances are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. They are not sacraments, and as such, they do not dispense God’s grace. Ordinances are symbolic and not undertaken for salvation...  Read More
What about Baptism?
by John Holmes on February 15th, 2024
By John Holmes Baptismal Pool at Ephesus (Source: Logos Media)           Christian Baptism is one of two ordinances of the local church. It is an act of obedience to the Lord and provides a public witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Baptism does not make you a believer; neither does it save you. Baptism testifies that you already believe. As such, every believer should follow in baptism as soon...  Read More
Biblical Sexual Ethics in the Local Church: A Necessary Course of Instruction
by John Holmes on November 28th, 2023
An examination of Paul’s exhortations in 1 Corinthians 3–6 to grow in Christ and guard against impurity by avoiding spiritual immaturity and the folly of human wisdom demonstrates that churches should instruct biblical sexual ethics by teaching God’s design for gender, marriage, sex, and procreation to help Christians respond to the social narratives of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual freedom. By systematically teaching biblical sexual morality, Christians not only grow in Christ and guard against impurity, but they become more equipped to respond to an increasingly hostile and vocal world that does not worship God but instead, themselves.   Read More
Pastor, I Read in This Help Book That...
by John Holmes on September 26th, 2023
The ProblemNo shortage of books exists that promise to offer us 'help' with life's problems.  Marriage, family, children, weight loss, depression, and anxiety represent just a mere sliver of the 'help book' section at most bookstores, even in the Christian ones.  Of course, it's not that books filled with man's wisdom cannot be helpful, as I am thankful for the recipe book with tips and suggestion...  Read More
Authorship of the Bible
by John Holmes on July 6th, 2023
There are two authors of each book of the Bible: God (the Holy Spirit) and the human author. Thus, one can refer to the Pentateuch (Genesis-Deuteronomy) as God's word through Moses, and Romans as God’s word through Paul. This is why at times, you may hear me (your pastor) say, "This is the Word of God, by the Spirit of God, by the Pen of James."  Of course, one can simply refer to it as God’s Word...  Read More
The Prison Epistles
by John Holmes on May 28th, 2023
Philippi - Traditional Prison of Paul (picture above is the entrance)                     The Prison Epistles, also known as the Captivity Epistles, consist of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon. These letters derive their name from the common theme of Paul's imprisonment or confinement in house arrest. Throughout these epistles, Paul refers to himself as "the prisoner for Christ," "...  Read More
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