Three Marks of a Good Leader

A good leader will lead from the front, a good leader does not push from the rear.  A good leader will lead by example, they will demonstrate the behaviour that they want from their Three Marks of a Good Leader as studied from the life of the Apostle Paul. Click through to Irvington Bible Baptist Church for the articlefollowers.  Leaders who are respected and considered to be good, typically do not ask anyone to do something that they are not willing to do themselves.  The Apostle Paul was such a leader.  He leads his followers by example not just by command.  In First Thessalonians, we will look at the Three Marks of a Good Leader by examining the example that the Apostle Paul left for us.

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Six reasons that people quit

It seems like people are always quitting.  you used to hear about people working for a The six reasons that people quit. A sermon from Irvington Bible Baptist Churchcompany and retiring after 40 years of service.  That does not happen very often anymore.  People do not seem to stick with anything for that length of time these days.  I remember a time when it was uncommon to meet someone who had worked for more than three companies in their careers, now it is unusual to meet someone who hasn’t worked for more than three companies during their employment career.  This also applies to Christians as well.  Christians quit in the ministry far too often.  Let’s look at what I believe are the six main reasons that Continue reading Six reasons that people quit

How to be Thankful in Suffering

Every year on the fourth Thursday of November, we set aside a day and a time of Thanksgiving is not just a national holiday where you don't have to go to work; it is not just the day that proceeds Black Friday when people forget all about being thankful and are willing to trample one another over for the best deal.  You will likely find yourself in a setting that involves friends, family, and a lot of good food.  But Thanksgiving is more than that,   It is a day to reflect on being thankful.  Thankful for the good things that have transpired in your life over the last year, and if you are a Christian it is time to be thankful for everything that the Lord has brought you through.  Click through to Irvington Bible Baptist Church for morethanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is not just a national holiday where you don’t have to go to work; it is not just the day that proceeds Black Friday when people forget all about being thankful and are willing to trample one another over for the best deal.  You will likely find yourself in a setting that involves friends, family, and a lot of good food.  But Thanksgiving is more than that; It is a day to reflect on being thankful.  Thankful for the good things that have transpired in your life over the last year, and if you are a Christian, it is time to be thankful for everything that the Lord has brought you through.

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False Sense of Security

As Christians, we need to take spiritual threats seriously.  The thoughts that we dwell on are what will dictate the choices that we make.  There is not enough emphasis placed onThe thoughts that we dwell on are what dictate the choices we make. Click through to Irvington Bible Baptist Church for more info the thought life and mindset in society today.  Most people are passive in their response to their thought life.  That is, people don’t protect themselves from their thoughts.  Most Christians believe that they don’t need to worry about what they put in front of their eyes, or what they allow themselves to think and to dwell on, not realizing that your mind is the battlefield between choosing to walk in the spirit or to walk in the flesh.  In order to be victorious in this daily battle you must:

  • Identify the enemy (your mind)
  • Expose the strongholds of that enemy
  • Execute an action plan to defeat that enemy

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Help for the Blind

Asking for help isn’t something that most people enjoy doing.  We like to think that we can do it ourselves, whatever “it” is.  You notice this even in small children as they are learning Asking for help isn't something that most people enjoy doing, this message takes a look at a man who asked for the help that he needed. A Baptist sermon from Irvington Bible Baptist Church.to do things for themselves.  They often don’t want help, saying “no Mom! I can do it!”  even when they are actually doing “it” wrong.  More often than we would want to admit though, we do need help.  Pride says to do it yourself, but wisdom would tell you to find someone that can help.  We are going to look at an individual who realized that he needed help and decided to ask for Continue reading Help for the Blind

A Prophet Among Us

Sometimes, it will be necessary for you to deliver what would be considered, unpopular Sometimes, it will be necessary for you to deliver what would be considered, unpopular news. At times you will find yourself in a situation where you have no other alternative but to deliver news to certain individuals that they don’t want to hear. As a Christian, we are commanded to tell people, thus saith the Lord, whether they want to hear it or not. A message from Irvington Bible Baptist Churchnews.  At times you will find yourself in a situation where you have no other alternative but to deliver news to certain individuals that they don’t want to hear.  As a Christian, we are commanded to tell people, thus saith the Lord, whether they want to hear it or not.

And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee.  And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me.  And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day.  For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD God.  And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.  And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.  And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.  But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.  And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein;  And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe. – Ezekiel 2:1-10

 

Ezekiel was called to a rebellious nation

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Required Characteristics of the Local Church

In the Apostle Paul’s farewell address to the Ephesians, he gives us a template for what the required characteristics are for the New Testament Local Church:A template for the Local Church, a baptist sermon from Irvington Bible Baptist Church.

  • A Teaching Church
  • A Testifying Church
  • A Preaching Church
  • A Feeding Church
  • A Building Church

These are the things that Paul emphasised during his ministry at the church of Ephesus for the three years that he was present with them.  Paul is the Apostle to the Gentiles, and we are to follow his example. Continue reading Required Characteristics of the Local Church

Breaking Free

In Acts 16, Paul and Silas find themselves in the prison of pain and suffering.  In that prison,Breaking Free: A Baptist sermon from Irvington Bible Baptist Church about breaking out of your prison of pain and suffering. they experienced the grace of God.  This article will point out, by examing this passage, that God can turn pain into praise.  In this podcast, we will discuss Three things to notice about this prison of pain that Paul and Silas experienced.

1.  A place of discomfort

This prison of pain and suffering is a place of discomfort.  Paul and Silas were in the will of God, doing what they were called to do, saying what they were called to say, but still found themselves in a place of discomfort that manifested itself in three different ways: Continue reading Breaking Free

Four Anchors of the Faith

An anchor is that which gives stability or security; that on which we place dependence for The Four Anchors of the Faith. A Baptist Sermon taught at Irvington Bible Baptist Churchsafety.  We have some anchors in the faith that help to keep us rooted and grounded and keep us from being tossed to and fro when the storms of life assail us.  We are going to look at the four anchors of the faith, that we have as demonstrated by the life of the Apostle Paul, that will keep us rooted and grounded as we journey through this life.

1)  The presence of God (Acts 27:23)

The first anchor that we will look at is the Anchor of the Presence of God in your life.  If you have accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour, then the Bible teaches that you have the presence of God within you: Continue reading Four Anchors of the Faith

Three things that Saul did to publish the gospel

The unintended consequences caused by the persecution of the early church.  In life, we find that with whatever we are attempting to accomplish, often times we end up with some unintended consequences.  For instance:The unintended consequences caused by the persecution of the early Church.

In the 1950s, a malaria outbreak occurred among Borneo’s Dayak people. The World Health Organization (WHO) tried to alleviate the problem by spraying the Dayak people’s thatch-roofed huts with DDT. The DDT killed the malaria-bearing mosquitos but also killed the parasitic wasp that kept thatch-eating caterpillars under control. At nightfall, the buzz of the malarial, bloodsucking mosquitoes was stilled, but sharp cracks and then wild screaming followed as people’s roofs caved in.
But this was hardly the end of the problem. The geckos ate the toxic mosquitos. Normally these lizards can race over water for yards. They reeled like drunks on a DDT Saturday night. The neighborhood cats, after seeing all these drugged geckos couldn’t help but stuff themselves full of geckos.
Then the cats died.
Thus the rats rejoiced. With their primary predators gone, their population exploded. Rats were everywhere and they were all scurrying over and through the Dayak’s roofless hut. The rodents were a greater threat than the mere skin-crawling, toe-biting mosquitoes. The rats are known to carry diseases like bubonic plague – a condition that’s more serious than malaria. (hundreds of millions of people in Europe died because of this plague.)
So what was the World Health Organization to do? They were afraid of additional disasters that might occur if they poisoned the rats.
Someone finally had the bright idea that what was needed was to reintroduce the natural predators of the rats. They needed cats. New cats. A lot of new cats. But how could the WHO transport thousands of cats into a remote section of Borneo?
Introducing: Parachuting cats!

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