The Fifth Commandment (7) Authority in the Church

The requirement of believers in Jesus Christ to submit to the oversight of elders requires them to be members of a specific congregation. The biblical teaching about salvation includes church membership and not submitting to church membership is direct disobedience to the clear teaching of the word of God.
— Rev. Jerry Hamstra

Biblical Responses to Secular Beliefs (2) The Conforming Power of Society and the Biblical Answer

We live in a secular world that teaches that all that matters is our lives in the here and now. The Bible teaches us that the most important thing for human beings is how they relate to the God of the Bible. And what we will see the more that we study the Bible and ourselves and the world around us is that the world of which we are a part reflects perfectly the word of its Creator.
— Rev. Jerry Hamstra

The Fifth Commandment (6) Honor to whom Honor is Due

We are to honor other people appropriately because we are all made in the image of God. That gives value to every human being and we are to acknowledge that value in the way that we think of one another and in the attitudes that we have towards one another and in the way that we treat one another. We are to show them respect as people who are valuable and significant because they are made in the image of God.
— Rev. Jerry Hamstra

Biblical Responses to Secular Beliefs (1) Destroying Arguments Raised Against the Knowledge of God

One of the secular beliefs that we will have to address is the belief that the secular world-view is based on reason alone while the biblical world-view is based on a faith that is not reasonable. Part of demolishing arguments raised against God is to show that no-one believes what they believe on the basis of reason alone. There are many factors that go into why we believe what we believe and one of the factors that is very powerful is the company that we keep, the society in which we live and the desire to be accepted and admired by people that we admire.
— Rev. Jerry Hamstra

Biblical Responses to Secular Beliefs

Biblical Responses to Secular Beliefs

In Romans 12:2, we are told “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind….” This series of sermons will consider a number of biblical themes that address some of the beliefs of the secular worldview that are so influential in our society. The goal of this series is that with the Lord’s blessing it may contribute to keeping us from being “led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3).

The Fifth Commandment (5) Submit to One Another

Read: Ephesians 5:1-21
Text: verse 21

In biblical thought the freedom of individualism is really bondage and the submission to God and to the obligations of belonging to the body of Christ is really freedom. True freedom in biblical terms is not freedom to express ourselves and to do whatever we want to do, it is living as God has designed us to live and that involves a significant dose of self-denial and submitting to the demands and constraints of our relationships with other people.
— Rev. Jerry Hamstra

Living with Realism and Hope in our Time

The application for us as we face a new year is, “Do not be complacent. Do not take it for granted that you are not being pulled into the current of worldly thinking and worldly living. Think very seriously about your life and values and priorities in the light of biblical teaching.” One of the common themes of the best Christian literature on this subject is that the only Christians who will survive in the current environment are those who go deep – that is those who are serious about their relationship with the Lord...
— Rev. Jerry Hamstra

The Birth of Jesus

Jesus is more than the reason for the season. Jesus is the reason for everything. As the risen and ascended Jesus himself says to John in Revelation 1:17, “I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.”
— Rev. Jerry Hamstra