Truth That Matters
Now More Than Ever
01 - What Is A Christian?
April 3, 2022 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann
What it means to be a Christian has changed over the years. Many people think that going to church on occasion or simply believing in God makes them a Christian. But the Bible presents a different perspective on what a Christian is and a different definition for what it means to be a Christian. To God’s way of thinking, any person bearing the name Christian is expected to live up to the lofty standards of that name set by Christ himself. It isn’t question about identity. It’s a question about affiliation. A good name means a good reputation. It signifies a good character. If we affiliate ourselves with Christ—and adopt his name as our own—it is incumbent upon us, then, to honor it by how conduct ourselves in the eyes of a watching world.
02 - Should Christians Be Judgmental?
April 10, 2022 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann • Matthew 7:1
In the Lord's Sermon on the Mount, he said, “Judge not, that you be not judged,” (Matt. 7:1). It is a statement that is cited often when confronting someone over sin. But if ever there was a verse in the Bible that has been bastardized and abused—by both unbeliever and believer alike—this is it. But understanding the proper rules and principles of biblical interpretation will safeguard against misquoting Jesus and what he intended to say. So what are the rules and principles of biblical interpretation? What did Jesus mean when he commands us not to judge? Does this forbid Christians from speaking out against the sin—be it the sins of the culture or of others?
03 - Is The Resurrection Believable?
April 17, 2022 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann
What evidence is there, if any, for the resurrection of Jesus Christ? Apart from the testimony of Scripture and the testimony of countless changed lives, there three lines of evidence, specifically, that converge to prove the resurrection infallibly and incontrovertibly—the empty tomb, the eyewitnesses, and the changed lives of the disciples.
04 - Why Doesn't God Save Everybody?
April 24, 2022 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann
The door to eternal life, we are told in Luke 13, is narrow and few find it. The road to destruction is wide and the vast majority will choose to travel on it. Doesn’t this narrow door and narrow road and the exclusivity of the gospel make God out to be unfair? Why would God only save a remnant of people—only a small trace of the human population—if it is within His power to save more?
05 - How Does Forgiveness Work?
May 1, 2022 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann
God is a God who forgives, even the most heinous, immoral, and barbaric person to whom He grants repentance. What that means, in practical terms, is that if God so graciously forgives spectacular sinners, then He can and He will forgive ordinary sinners like us. And if God is willing to forgive even the most reprobate among us, shouldn’t we as Christ-followers also be willing to do the same—especially those who confess their guilt and repent?
06 - Do Christians Have Supernatural Power?
May 8, 2022 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann
We often hear about the power of God, and Scripture is full of examples of His power in action. We are taught to rely on His great power within us to get us through trials such as a job loss, a sticky divorce, bankruptcy, hateful persecutions, a debilitating illness, or the loss of a loved one. The power that is ours as Christians is not a 'what' but a 'Who.' He is the Holy Spirit. But when it matters the most and when we need Him the most, do we take advantage of His power that is freely ours as Christians?
07 - How Sovereign Is God Really?
May 22, 2022 • Pastor Ronald H. Gann
Nothing in existence, to include human circumstance and human action, falls outside of God’s predetermined ordination. From the earliest pages of Genesis to its final doxology in Revelation, the truth is everywhere proclaimed that what God accomplishes He also foreordained; and that whatsoever comes to pass in the world, according to Isaiah 22:11, God “planned it long ago.” But how, then, does God's sovereignty cooperate with man's free will? Are the two incompatible?