Ruggles Baptist Church was founded on May 24, 1878. So every year on or near this date we take time to reaffirm our mission as both individuals and as a church. What is our mission? To invite Boston and beyond into a life-changing relationship with Christ and his church. Today we'll look with fresh eyes at our "marching orders" from the Lord Jesus in the Great Commission: make disciples!
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Many people say that Genesis 12 is the turning point in the whole story of Scripture. God calls Abram (aka Abraham) and promises to bless him. But this raises a number of questions for us. What does it mean to be blessed by God? How do we receive these blessings? Why does God bless us? And where does this fit in to the story of salvation in the whole Bible? The Lord answers all of these questions and more in Genesis 12.
This week's passage is all about the people who decided to build a tower to the sky, and the Lord's response to their disobedience. What was at the heart of God's decision to confuse their language and scatter them over the earth? Perhaps the key is their motivation for the construction of their skyscraper: "let us make a name for ourselves."
And what about us? Are the cities that we build and inhabit for the purpose of making a name for ourselves, or honoring the name of Jesus Christ?
How can this be?? Is this really Noah, righteous man of God, giant of the faith? Drunk, passed out, naked, humiliated by his son? Why is this story here, and what does it show us about the roots of our redemption? If you've ever thought to yourself, "How could God ever love someone like me?" then you need to hear this.
This week we look at Part 2 of the flood narrative: the waters recede, the ark comes to rest on dry land, and Noah and his family disembark. But the best part of all is God's promise...
This Easter Sunday we are taking a break from the series, “The Roots of Our Redemption” to dwell on our redemption. The Scripture for Sunday is one short verse, Romans 3:24.
“All are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
Through a series of illustrations we hope to present the story of the Gospel this Resurrection Sunday. On Good Friday it looked like Jesus was defeated on the cross. What looked like defeat on Friday was actually an epic victory over evil confirmed by the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ! He is alive!
The Flood is one of the most well-known stories in all the Bible, especially for children. But this is no fluffy fairy tale. It's an account of wickedness and judgment and death. God hits the restart button and reboots the whole earth because humanity had become so corrupt. Yet Noah "finds favor" (grace) with God, who preserves him and his family through the storm. In this passage, we'll see the gravity of God's judgment against sin and the great lengths he goes to save us.
This difficult passage clearly demonstrates the judgment of God. How do you live the abundant Christian life in view of God’s ability to wipe you out? The prospect of God’s judgment serves to eliminate from your options that you can come to Jesus and do whatever you immorally want. Are you looking to see what you can get away with in your Christian walk? Instead of focusing on your brokenness, give greatest attention to knowing and loving God so that your love for him motivates you to live in harmony with his will. But how do you live this way if you are afraid of his judgment?
Chapter 5 of Genesis is primarily a genealogy. We see a very clear pattern emerge: a man lived, he had children, he died. Lived, had children, died. But where do we see a break in this pattern, and why?
Today we'll look at the story of Cain and Abel, and we'll ask three questions that will help us see this familiar story in a new way:
- 1) What do we learn about God's character? What is important to Him?
- 2) What do we learn about Cain, and about ourselves?
- 3) Where is Jesus in this story?
Last week we saw Adam and Eve choose to follow the serpent's advice, instead of obeying God's commands (also known as "The Fall"). This week we'll see the consequences of that disobedience (also known as "The Curse").
This morning we welcome guest preacher Steven White, Pastor of Student Ministries at First Baptist Church in Hampton Falls, NH. Steven will preach from the first half of Genesis 3, in which sin enters the previously idyllic picture of man and woman enjoying God's creation in the garden...
For the first time in God’s creation something is not good. Adam is alone. In another dramatic and creative act of God woman is created from man. Even greater still, this relationship between the first man and woman is an image of the relationship God desires with you. Amazing that God is so passionate for an intimate and ongoing relationship with people like us. This relationship between the first man and woman reveals the root of our redemption. (For the “punchline” read Ephesians 5:21-33, especially verses 31-32)
In this week's passage, God forms physical Adam and gives him biological life. Adam is placed in an extravagant garden. But why, in this beautiful garden, would God place one tree from which he is not to eat? It’s to awaken Adam’s spiritual life.
What does it mean to be created in the image of God?
This is the first sermon in our series on the first 11 chapters of the book of Genesis. From today's passage we'll see three things: 1) God is; 2) God is Creator; 3) God is good.
This is the last week of our Crazy Busy series. We've talked about dangers, causes and principles, but this week we're going to look at the one thing each of us absolutely must do to combat the Crazy Busyness in our lives.
Do you take a day off from working? Is your day off filled with chores and errands? How are you sleeping? As we continue our series on battling Crazy Busyness, this Sunday we're going to examine why rest is so crucial for each of us, and how God has designed us to rest as a fundamental act of trust in him.
Last week, we saw that busyness is serious business. Busyness is dangerous because it can choke out the power of the gospel in our hearts. So how do we avoid being Crazy Busy? We're going to examine how, in the midst of a crazy busy day, Jesus stayed on the mission that God gave him. And we'll see how we can battle crazy busyness and keep on God's mission for our own lives.
Is it hard to remember the last time you had five minutes to just sit and reflect?
At the end of the day, are you exhausted, but still wish you could have accomplished more?
Why are our lives always so Crazy Busy? In this sermon, we're going to explore the cause of this busyness and argue that busyness isn't just an inconvenience...it's dangerous!