Sermons by Rev. Jim Folk

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“In Christ, on Mission” Part 2

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“In Christ, on Mission” Part 2 (click to listen, right click to download)   What does it mean to be a child of God?  How does someone “change and become like a little child” in order to enter the kingdom of heaven?  These are all important questions, and they go to the core of who […]

“In Christ, On Mission” Part 1 Matthew 9:35-38

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Christians often drift into a pattern of “doing things for God” instead of simply “being with God”.  When Jesus went to Mary & Martha’s house, he urged Martha to SLOW DOWN and rest, and to learn from him.  Mary had chosen to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen, while Martha was “distracted with much serving” […]

“Fear or Faith?”

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“Faith chases out fear, and fear chases out faith.” That is the way Dr. D.A. Carson summarized the experience of the disciples in the boat when Jesus calmed the wind and the waves. (Expositors Bible Commentary, vol. 8) But there is a lot more going on in this passage than Jesus simply calming our fears.  […]

“Saying Yes, Saying No” Matthew 8:18-22

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Many people want the benefits and blessings of salvation, but not the responsibilities of salvation.  But when you say “Yes” to follow Jesus, then by implication, you necessarily say “No” to other things. When Jesus saves someone, He loves that person too much to let him or her stay the same.  The reality of following […]

Christian Liberty- 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

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Christians have no shortage of issues to disagree about.  But when it comes to secondary matters that are not essential to the gospel and are not clearly sin, we need to allow one another freedom of individual liberty.  Christian Liberty (Click to listen, right click to download) These issues are called secondary matters: they could […]

Home Show 101 (Matthew 7:24-29)

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“Home Show 101” (click to play, right click to download) I searched the Downtown Raleigh Home Show 2020- and found hundreds of vendors for every item of home interior and exterior construction, but only one vendor serving the foundation!  Doesn’t that strike you as a bit odd?  In our spiritual lives- do we overemphasize the […]

“Good Fruit, Bad Fruit” Matthew 7:13-20

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Matthew 7:13–14 ESV “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.  For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. The late John Stott’s […]

“One Body, Many Gifts” 1 Corinthians 12:4-26

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  “One Body, Many Gifts”(click to listen or download) You might think- “Can God really use me?”  The answer is YES! Each person has natural talents and abilities, which are given by God since mankind is created in God’s image.   But Christians also have spiritual gifts, given by the Holy Spirit to each person “as […]

Stewardship of Time- Part 1 (Psalm 90)

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Stewardship of Time- Part 1 (click to listen or download) This message begins a 6-week series on Stewardship.  A Steward is one who manages the resources of another, in order to achieve the owner’s objectives.  Jesus calls his followers to be wise and faithful stewards who are doing the Father’s business when King Jesus returns. […]

“The Strength to Love”- Matthew 5:38-48

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“The Strength to Love” (click to listen, right click to download) Jesus calls his followers to non-retaliation: “If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”  This is not a blanket pacifism, nor a call to be the doormat of someone’s verbal abuse, nor is it an excuse to ignore criminal […]