Grand Parkway Baptist Church
Grand Parkway Baptist Church
Grand Parkway Baptist Church
Messages from Grand Parkway Baptist Church in Richmond, Texas.
The Be and Become of the Atonement
Feb 25, 2024  GRAND PARKWAY BAPTIST CHURCHNeil McClendon, Lead PastorThe Be and Become of the Atonement2 Corinthians 5:211. Relief2. Responsibility
Feb 26
14 min
Feb 18, 2024  GRAND PARKWAY BAPTIST CHURCHLeo Almeida, Teaching PastorFUEL FOR THE MISSIONActs 14:1-18 1. They Believed GodMatthew 28:19-20Acts 4:29-301 John 5:14-152. The Power Of Grace Acts 3:4-6_________QUESTIONS1. Do you consider yourself someone who prays with high expectation? 2. What courageous thing would you finally get done if you trusted that God was really with you?3. If you were given the ability to see God’s throne next to You this week, what would be the obvious difference in your life? 4. Do you think much about God’s common grace? Has it ever fueled your worship or courage?
Feb 20
44 min
The Always Ever Consequential Word
Feb 11, 2024  GRAND PARKWAY BAPTIST CHURCHNeil McClendon, Lead PastorThe Always Ever Consequential WordActs 13:44-521. We all have appetites that can only be awakened by the Word, v. 44“Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them. The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. I open my mouth and pant, because I long for your commandments.”                                          -Psalm 119:129-131Five question we have to answer concerning the Bible…a)  Is the Bible divine? b)  Is the Bible true?c)  Is the Bible clear? d) Is the Bible sufficient? e) Is the Bible personally authoritative? 2. The Gospel is the only story big enough to live in, v. 45-47What Paul said was...a) the Gospel is a historical fact, v. 16-22b) Jesus is God’s solution to man’s need, v. 23-25c) Jesus was innocent yet died for the guilty and rose again, v. 26-37d) only in Jesus can you find forgiveness and freedom, v. 38-393. Doctrine informs how you tell the Story, v. 48-49Doctrine refers to the entire body of essential theological truths that define and describe the message of Christianity. “Christians learn doctrine in order to participate more deeply, passionately and truthfully in the drama of redemption.”                   -Kevin Vanhoozer4. Experiences bring fullness, v. 50-52Mental worship…1. Of the five questions about the Bible, which one do you most need to answer?2. How often are you comforted by what you believe? (biblical doctrine)3. When it comes to having spiritual conversations, do you rely on people’s curiosity or the commands of God for your motivation? 4. In what ways does the Bible alter and affect your daily living?5. What experiences do you look to in order to be filled spiritually?
Feb 12
41 min
Repentence - Finding The Right Tool for Righteousness
Feb 4, 2024  GRAND PARKWAY BAPTIST CHURCHChris Brooks - Pastor, Local ChurchRepentence - Finding The Right Tool for RighteousnessMatthew 4:17 NIVMental Worship Questions:1. What do you think of when you hear the word “Repent?”2. When is the last time you repented?3. If Jesus was sitting right next you and offered you a chance to change, would you take it?4. By the grace of God, if you could change one thing in your life right now, what would it be?5. If absolutely nothing changes in your life this year, what needs to change in you?6. Who do you trust to help you repent and hear your confession?
Feb 5
38 min
When the Gospel Steeps in Your Mind
Jan 28, 2024  GRAND PARKWAY BAPTIST CHURCHLeo Almeida, Teaching PastorWhen the Gospel Steeps in Your MindActs 13:13-431. YOU GO FROM BEING RIGHT TO BEING READY!2. YOU GO FROM CHRISTIANESE TO GOSPEL FLUENCY!chose our fathers made the people great (verse 17) with uplifted arm he led them out of it (verse 17) put up with them in the wilderness (verse 18) (destroyed) seven nations in the land of Canaan (verse 19) he gave them their land as an inheritance (verse 19) he gave them judges (verse 20)God gave them Saul the son of Kish (verse 21) he raised up David to be their king (verse 22)  God has brought to Israel a Savior (verse 23) 3. YOU ARE FREED FROM BEING THE MAIN CHARACTER1 Cor. 3:5-72 Cor. 4:7John 15:4_____________MENTAL WORSHIPHow has just “dipping” spiritually in and out of your life served you lately? What needs to change in your life for you to let this news steep and be immersed in your mind? When are you most likely to be like Paul and “put on the readiness to preach the Good News of peace with God”? Do you consider yourself someone who is Gospel fluent? If not, why not? What area of your life are you wanting the credit of a main character?
Jan 28
42 min
What Makes a Great Church?
Jan 21, 2024  GRAND PARKWAY BAPTIST CHURCHNeil McClendon, Lead PastorWhat Makes a Great Church?Acts 13:1-121. A variety of giftedness, v. 1“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”             -Romans 12:4-8Simple way to clue in to your spiritual gift…a) what comes naturally to you?b) what does the Church affirm about you?c) is there anything you do that is draining and yet you are filled? 2. The practice of spiritual disciplines, v. 2-3“And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”           -Matthew 6:16-18“A discipline is an activity within our power--something we can do--which brings us to a point where we can do what we at present cannot do by direct effort.”                                                    -Dallas WillardDisciplines of Abstinence   Disciplines of Engagementsolitude       studysilence       worshipfasting       celebrationfrugality       servicechastity       prayersecrecy       fellowshipsacrifice       Communionwatchfulness      submission“The discipline of watchfulness includes both negative and positive aspects. Negatively, we’re to ruthlessly guard our hearts from sin and temptation, making no provision for the flesh. This requires the cultivation of self-examination, where we take regular inventory of our personal tendencies towards particular sins, what the Puritan Isaac Ambrose called “Delilah sins.” Delilah sins, like Samson’s Philistine mistress, like to sit on our laps and whisper sweet nothings in our ears, but they will betray us to our foes in a heartbeat and cut off our moral strength. These are the specific sin patterns we’ve cultivated through willful and habitual sin. Like deep ruts that furrow a muddy road, these vices are etched into our lives through daily routines, self-justifying rationalization, and continual repetition.”             -Brian Hedges3. Produces consequential people, v. 4-12Characteristics of spiritually consequential people…a) Gospel fluent, v. 5b) aware of man’s need, v. 7c) live full of the Spirit, v. 9d) traffics in the works of Jesus and the words of Jesus, v. 12 Mental worship…1. With what type of person is it hard for you to share the Gospel? 2. What is one spiritual discipline you want to practice this week?3. How often do you ask yourself, “Am I full of the Spirit today?”4. Can you be trusted with the kind
Jan 22
43 min
God’s Will For Our Church
GRAND PARKWAY BAPTIST CHURCHNeil McClendon, Lead PastorGod’s Will For Our ChurchI Thessalonians 5:12-241. Leadership v. 12-13a) “those who work hard among you”b) “are over you (care for you) in the Lord"c) “admonish you”2. Fellowship, v. 14-15Types of people we need to engage…a) "admonish the idle”b) "encourage the fainthearted”c) “help the weak”d) “be patient with them all”Be patient vs. suffer longPatience has to do with situations and circumstances.Suffering long has to do with people. 3. Worship, v. 16-22a) “rejoice always” 1) the Bible is not saying we have to always be happy 2) this is not about the experience of joy as much as the expression of joyb) "pray without ceasing"“And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”             -Luke 18:1-8c) "give thanks in all circumstances"- not for but “in”“In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers…” Mental worship…1.Which is harder for you to deal with, difficult people or difficult circumstances?2. What bothers you more, that people are not Christlike or that they are not like you?3. How often do you experience your powerlessness and what does that feel like to you?4. Do you think God ever refuses to answer your prayers just to see if you will persist in praying? 5. Is there anything you have prayed about for so long that you’ve begun to lose heart?
Jan 14
41 min
Jan 7, 2024  GRAND PARKWAY BAPTIST CHURCHNeil McClendon, Lead PastorGOD’S INVITATION TO OUR CHURCHPsalm 951. Come ona) Worship is proportional to our understanding of Godb) Sanctification is a process not an eventThree things you want to outgrow this year…1) your marriage2) yourself3) your knowledge of God                                                                                                                                                                      2. Come in“Truth without emotion produces dead orthodoxy and a church full of artificial admirers. On the other hand, emotion without truth produces empty frenzy and cultivates shallow people who refuse the discipline of rigorous thought. But true worship comes from people who are deeply emotional and who love deep and sound doctrine. Strong affections for God rooted in truth are the bone and marrow of biblical worship.”             - John Piper3. ListenGod speaks primarily in four ways…a) Wordb) prayerc) spiritual authorityd) circumstances Mental worship…1. What is God inviting you to in this new year?2. How do you worship when you are not singing in church? 3. What have you seen God do that will keep you from testing God or insisting He to prove Himself to you?4. Do you ever harden your heart towards God? If so, what are you trying to protect yourself from? 5. What do you hear God saying to you today?
Jan 8
39 min
Consistency is Key
Dec 31, 2023  GRAND PARKWAY BAPTIST CHURCHWade Burgess, Executive Pastor Consistency is KeyDaniel 1:1-16; 6:1-4, 12-23; 9:1-19In Youth:1. Respect for Authority - 1:8 2. Confidence in his Belief - 1:12-13When in Charge:1. Trustworthy - 6:42. Consistency - 6:9Overall:1. Never wavered from what he knew to be True2. Raised Right3. Kept the FaithMental WorshipDo you find that you are respecting authority or pushing against it?What are the moments/events that you might find yourself losing confidence in your belief?Are you influenced by the world or an influence in the world?How is your parenting helping shape your kid’s relationship with God? How can you maintain consistency?
Dec 31, 2023
44 min
The Full of Wonder Love of God
Dec 24, 2023GRAND PARKWAY BAPTIST CHURCHNeil McClendon, Lead PastorThe Full of Wonder Love of GodI John 4:7-121. The love of God has a source and an order, v. 7-82. The love of God is demonstrated, v. 9“…was made manifest among us”- to make actual and visibleImportance of the incarnation…a) the incarnation halides the teaching of the Old Testament b) the incarnation shows us that God loves us enough to make a way for us through Jesus“The Son of God became man to enable men to become the sons of God.”        - C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianityc) the incarnation shows us that Jesus understands the struggles of humanity“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”        -Hebrews 4:15d) the incarnation reminds us that God has a plan for the world3. The love of God is defined, v. 10“propitiation”- means appeasement, an angry offended deity has been satisfied. a) Believer- a constant source of grateful worshipb) unbeliever- a constant source of concern“For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you. The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers. You destroy those who speak lies; the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you. Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me.”             - Psalm 5:4-8Mental worship…1. Does loving people feel more like an obligation to you or an expression of who you really are?2. Does the incarnation, God taking on flesh and living among us, still hold wonder for you?3. How often do you take comfort in the fact that God knows what your life feels like and how does this inform the way you     relate to him?4. How will you think differently about the love of God after this morning?
Dec 24, 2023
37 min
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