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For a church the size of Unity Baptist the website has always done well. Week after week more people download the Sunday morning sermon than attend the in-person worship service. Our reach extends beyond the walls of the building and that is a good thing. It has just come to our attention that despite having followers on WordPress and Facebook, we have no email subscribers. Up until now there has been no way to sign up to receive emails. That is a design element that has simply been missing from our website. Until now.

Near the top of the right-hand sidebar you can enter your email address and press the “subscribe” button. You will receive email notifications each time we post new content, which will almost exclusively be sermon audio every Sunday afternoon. Thank you for visiting our website, sign up for email to make sure you never miss anything. Peace and God bless.

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False Teachers

2nd Peter 2 describes false teachers and what their fate will be. Spoiler alert: it’s not good.

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Final Words from the Apostle Peter

The first sermon in a series from 2nd Peter. We went through 1st Peter back in 2019.

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Nothing New

The New Testament Christian church grew rapidly in the early days. Filled with the Holy Spirit, believers were on fire to spread the Gospel and build the Kingdom. But the things they were doing should not have been new or radical for God’s people. They were actually doing for the first time what God had always meant for his people to be doing.

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Fellowship of Believers

The early Christian church grew very quickly in the first century. Filled with the Holy Spirit the multitude of new believers can still teach us a thing or two.

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Peter’s Sermon, Part 2

Peter preaches the first Christian sermon, proclaiming that Jesus is both Christ and Lord, and calling on those in Jerusalem to repent, be baptized and receive the Holy Spirit.

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Peter’s Sermon, Part 1

After the Holy Spirit filled the house on the day of Pentecost, Peter preached what may be considered the first Christian sermon. We will look at his sermon from Acts 2 in two parts, beginning this week and finishing up next Sunday. Click here to read the text via Bible Gateway, click here to see the bulletin notes I often refer to.

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What is the Gospel?

“Gospel” is a word we borrowed from New Testament Greek that means good news. The good news of Jesus Christ is that he died to offer salvation. He loved us when we were still in our sins and unlovable. Those who have not heard the gospel or have not yet believed need to hear the gospel and consider its message. Christians need to hear the gospel to keep us on course. Without hearing and sharing the gospel on a regular, ongoing basis we run the risk of turning church into just another activity or social club. We are called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. The Great Commission along with Acts 1:8 reminds us what we are to be doing, talking the gospel to the whole earth and being witnesses to who Jesus is and what he has done.

I could talk about the gospel all day but there is a new page, in the row of tabs below the banner image, titled What is the Gospel? That article, originally appearing on The Resurgence, outlines the gospel message. The truths we believe from scripture, forming the basis of Christian theology, is laid out in an organized fashion with many scripture references linked to support each point. That page is a permanent addition to our church website. Use it as a reference, a study tool or refer people to it that want to know more about our faith. Churches have all sorts of programs, ministries are designed for different age groups and demographics, and worship is comprised of many activities designed to honor God and stir our spirits. No matter how much we have going on we must never get too far away from the gospel.

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Pentecost

Jesus appeared to numerous disciples and believers over 40 times following the resurrection. At the time of his ascension he told them to wait in Jerusalem for the promise. Last week we read about a promise made; Acts 2 begins with a promise fulfilled.

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Wait for the Promise

We’ve spent the past few weeks looking at the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus. This is the last one, from Acts chapter 1. He tells his disciples to remain in Jerusalem, wait for the promise, then when they receive power from the Holy Spirit they will be his witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. As he ascending into heaven two men in white robes said he would come back the same way. That is the promise we are waiting for.

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