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Sermon Summary - How To Persevere To The End - Acts 20:22-27

Paul's exhortation to the Ephesian elders is the key to persevering to the end: to not consider this temporal life as more important than faithfulness to the Lord, and the ministry to which one is called....

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Sermon Summary - Paul: A Model of Faithfulness - Acts 20:1-12

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Paul was utterly committed to Christ’s church, which led him to revisit the churches in Macedonia and Achaia for the purpose of strengthening the believers and bringing unity to all the churches by collecting an offering for the poor in Jerusalem. ...

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Sermon Summary - The Deadliness Of Pragmatism In the Church - Acts 19:11-20

We must get rid of any desire to control the unseen and the seen through magical sayings, and instead submit to the sovereign lordship of King Jesus. ...

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Sermon Summary - Apollos The Preacher/Teacher - Acts 18:18-28

Apollos was a man mighty in the Scriptures, yet humble enough to receive correction from a tent maker and his wife (Priscilla and Aquila)....

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Sermon Summary - Paul Preaches in Athens - Acts 17:16-34

Paul adapts his approach, but not the gospel. He first finds common ground with his audience in Athens before proclaiming God the Creator, Jesus' resurrection, and the call to repentance. ...

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Sermon Summary - Contemplating God - Rom. 4:16-21

Contemplating God, something that should be a constant in our lives as believers, is something that we learn from Abraham here in Romans 4. ...

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An Invitation to Come to Church

I hope that giving this explanation will be helpful for anybody who, like me growing up, doesn’t know what “going to church” actually entails. ...

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Sermon Summary - The Spirit’s Guiding - Acts 16:1-10

The Holy Spirit's guiding brings Silas, Timothy, and Luke into Paul's life as he begins his second missionary journey. The Holy Spirit then prevents them from going to Asia and Bithynia, ultimately revealing through a vision given to Paul, that they are called to preach the gospel in Macedonia. ...

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Sermon Summary - Church Planting - Acts 16:11-29

God is sovereign over planting churches, and over saving souls. He does it through the gospel being faithfully preached. God opens the hearts of some to respond with faith, while others reject the gospel because of the hardness of their hearts. Lydia did not open her own heart; the Lord opened her heart. ...

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Sermon Summary - Love Considers the Conscience of the Other - Acts 15:12-29

Spiritual maturity requires standing firm on core gospel issues, but favoring love and unity over disagreement on non-essentials. There are times when conceding to others' consciences is right, wise, and loving. ...

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Sermon Summary - The Office of Elders - Acts 14:19-23

Paul and Barnabas return to the cities they preached in, not as evangelists, but as shepherds to organize the believers into churches with elders. ...

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Sermon Summary - Evangelism and Election - Acts 13:42-14:7

In this passage, there are 4 lessons about the gospel that we are to learn: 1) God has an elect people, 2) the gospel is about the glory of God foundationally, 3) the Biblical gospel wipes out all human boasting, 4) the gospel divides ...

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Sermon Summary - The Schemes of the Devil - Acts 13:4-12

Our gospel witness brings us constantly into a battle with the enemy of salvation in Jesus Christ. Therefore, as believers, we need to grasp how he works (his schemes), in order to do spiritual battle against him. ...

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Sermon Summary - The Preaching Call and Missions - Acts 12:25-13:3

Acts 13:2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."...

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Sermon Summary - Pain, Evil, and the Sovereignty of God - Acts 12:1-17

God is sovereign over both the death of the apostle James, and the miraculous deliverance of the apostle Peter. This drives the church to earnest prayer, and God is glorified in answering their prayers. ...

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Sermon Summary - The Two Ingredients of Salvation - Acts 10:44-48

The way of salvation is always twofold: 1) the content and clarity of the gospel of Jesus, and 2) the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit falling in order to save souls. ...

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Sermon Summary - How To Do Evangelism - Acts 10:30-48

The way of salvation is laid out in this passage: God is offering to make peace with rebellious sinners through Jesus Christ. ...

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Sermon Summary - From Death to New Life in Christ - Acts 9:31-43

Jesus healed the bedridden man Aeneas, raised Dorcas from the dead, and then saved many persons with the gospel. ...

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Sermon Summary - Persecution & The New Sexual Revolution - Acts 8:1

God uses persecution as a means to purify His church and for the spread of the gospel through evangelism....

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Sermon Summary - Paul Meets Jesus on the Damascus Road - Acts 9:1-19

Through the salvation of Saul of Tarsus, we know that no one is outside hope of the Lord's salvation. Paul’s unlikely conversion to Christ should bring us great encouragement. ...

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Sermon Summary - Listen To The Holy Spirit's Leadings - Acts 8:26-40

Does God speak to His people today? Biblically, there is no reason that the Holy Spirit would now be silent in personally guiding His people like He did Philip. The Bible does not rule out the special guidance of the Holy Spirit; it advocates it. ...

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Sermon Summary - False Conversions - Acts 8:9-25

The Holy Spirit fell upon the Samaritans and they saw the grace of God in Jesus. Simon however, was blind to this, and only saw the manifestations of the Spirit and focused on what he could gain from them. ...

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Sermon Summary - The Christian Doctrine of Death - Acts 7:54-8:1

Stephen is a model for how God gives special grace in dying to those who belong to Christ. We should be encouraged, that as Jesus supported Stephen in the process of dying, His grace will be sufficient for us too. ...

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Sermon Summary - Jesus Made The Temple Obsolete - Acts 6:7-15

Stephen preached that Jesus was the fulfillment of Moses, the Law, the customs, the temple, and the sacrificial system, rendering those things unnecessary now that the reality has come. ...

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Sermon Summary - A Church Unbelievers Feared to Attend (Acts 5:12-16)

The great fear that came over the whole church and over all who heard the fate of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:11) made this a church that unbelievers would not dare to attend. The powerful, consistent, regular signs and wonders in this passage and throughout the book of Acts were unprecedented in church history. ...

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Sermon Summary - Boldly Speaking the Truth (Acts 4:13-22)

In order to boldly speak the truth of the gospel, we must have communion with the resurrected Lord Jesus, by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, over the truth of God’s word....

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Sermon Summary - Baptism (Acts 2:37-41)

Water baptism portrays and dramatizes forgiveness of sins and union with Christ by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. ...

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Sermon Summary - The First Evangelistic Sermon (Acts 2:14-41)

Acts 2:14-41 is the very first Christian evangelistic sermon. 4 ways that God has authenticated Jesus of Nazareth as Lord and Messiah: His life, death, resurrection, and exaltation to the right hand of the Father. ...

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Sermon Summary - Is the Spiritual Gift of Tongues for Today?

Are the “sign” gifts (like tongues) for today? Or did those gifts only have their place in the first century?...

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6/10/18 - Sermon Summary - Baptism (Part 1)

(Matthew 3:1-10) Main point: Baptism is to be obeyed by every person who has come to saving faith in Jesus Christ. ...

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6/17/18 - Sermon Summary - Baptism (Part 2)

(1 Peter 3:18-22) Main point: Baptism is the outflow of saving faith, not the cause of saving faith. ...

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6/3/18 - Sermon Summary - Love and Guard the Truth (2 John)

Love and Guard the Truth (2 John) 2 John is like a brief summary of several of the points in 1 John. So consider this a refresher of 1 John. God's commands, truth, and love among believers are key points once again. A new point made in this letter: don't provide hospitality to false teachers. (v. 1) This letter is written to "the chosen lady and her children," possibly a...

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Latest Sermon from Ephesians - Be Filled With The Holy Spirit

Listen now or download the recent sermon to hear Pastor Joe's latest sermon from Ephesians 5, "Be Filled With The Holy Spirit"....

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Latest Sermon - How a Live Soul Does Life (Matthew 5:1-6)

Listen now or download the latest sermon - "How a Live Soul Does Life"...

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Latest Sermon from Ephesians - The Reign Of Jesus Over Our Sexual Lives

Listen now or download the recent sermon to hear Pastor Joe's latest sermon from Ephesians 5:3-6, "The Reign Of Jesus Over Our Sexual Lives"....

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Latest Sermon from Ephesians - Get Rid of Bitterness By Forgiveness

Listen now or download the recent sermon to hear Pastor Joe's latest sermon from Ephesians, "Get Rid of Bitterness By Forgiveness"....

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Latest Sermon from Ephesians - Taming the Tongue

Listen now or download the recent sermon to hear Pastor Joe's latest sermon from Ephesians 4, "Taming the Tongue"....

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Saturday 12/24 @ 4pm

Join us Saturday, December 24 @ 4pm for a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service to celebrate the birth of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. ...

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Sermon Series from Ephesians posted - What is Church Life?

In this 4-part sermon series from Ephesians, Pastor Joe answers the question, "What is church life?"...

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Latest Sermon - How a Disciplined Soul Develops in Life: the Necessity of Scripture for Jesus' Followers

Listen now or download the latest sermon - "How a Disciplined Soul Develops in Life: the Necessity of Scripture for Jesus' Followers"...

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Latest Sermon from Ephesians - Do Not Live As Unbelievers

Listen now or download the recent sermon to hear Pastor Joe's latest sermon from Ephesians 4, "Do Not Live As Unbelievers"....

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Latest Sermon from Ephesians - Gospel Speaking To One Another

Listen now or download the recent sermon to hear Pastor Joe's latest sermon from Ephesians 4, "Gospel Speaking To One Another"....

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Latest Sermon - Persecution Is Coming

Listen now or download the latest sermon - "Persecution is Coming"...

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Latest Sermon from Ephesians - The Purpose Driven Life

Listen now or download the recent sermon to hear Pastor Joe's latest sermon from Ephesians 4, "The Purpose Driven Life"....

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Latest Sermon from Ephesians - Prayer Is The Key To Living

Listen now or download the recent sermon to hear Pastor Joe's latest sermon from Ephesians 3, "Prayer Is The Key To Living"....

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Latest Sermon from Ephesians - Jesus Is the Only Way To God

Listen now or download the recent sermon to hear Pastor Joe's latest sermon from Ephesians 2, "Jesus Is the Only Way To God"....

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Latest Sermon from Ephesians - Spiritual Death to Spiritual Life

Listen now or download the recent sermon to hear Pastor Joe's latest sermon from Ephesians 2, "Spiritual Death to Spiritual Life"....

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Latest Sermon from Ephesians - How To Pray For One Another

Listen now or download the recent sermon to hear Pastor Joe's latest sermon from Ephesians, "How To Pray For One Another"....

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Easter Sermon - Eyewitness Accounts of the Resurrection

Listen now or download the recent sermon to hear Pastor Joe's exposition of 1 Corinthians 15:1-19....

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Latest Sermon from Ephesians

Listen now or download the recent sermon to hear Pastor Joe's exposition of Ephesians 1:3-14....

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Introductory Sermon to Ephesians

Listen now or download the recent sermon to hear Pastor Joe's introductory sermon to the book of Ephesians....

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A Baptismal Service

A Baptismal Service - audio is posted of Sunday's sermon and Peter's baptism...

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Latest Sermon from Galatians

Listen now or download the recent sermon to hear Pastor Joe's exposition of Galatians 5:16-25....

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Latest Sermon - A Christmas Story From John 1

Listen now or download the recent sermon to hear Pastor Joe's Christmas sermon from John 1....

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A Life Redeemed: My Spiritual Journey by Joe Lamay

Pastor Joe's spiritual autobiography is available for purchase on Amazon. ...

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Latest Sermon from Galatians

Listen now or download the recent sermon to hear Pastor Joe's exposition of Galatians 5:13-15....

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Youth Group This Friday Night 7pm in Lomita

See the Events page for details. ...

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Sermon Series: The Bible and So-called Same Sex marriage

Pastor Joe's 3-part sermon series explains what the Bible says about so-called same sex marriage...

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Latest Sermon in Galatians

Listen now or download the recent sermon to hear Pastor Joe's exposition of Galatians 4:21-5:1....

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Friday Night 7pm Youth Group

Youth group meets every other Friday at 7pm in Lomita...

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9/20/15 Sermon uploaded - Galatians 4:12-20

Listen now or download the recent sermon to hear Pastor Joe's exposition of Galatians 4:12-20. ...

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9/13/15 Sermon uploaded - Galatians 4:1-11

What does Galatians 4:1-11 have to do with demonic spirits? Listen now or download the recent sermon to hear Pastor Joe's exposition. ...

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