2023-06-04: Labels — The Doubting Apostle

Sermon Audio: The Doubting Apostle
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: John 20:24-31
Duration: 22:23
Size: 15.3 MB

The Doubting Apostle
John 20:24-31

You see, DOUBT can be a dangerous thing. And that brings us to the Disciple we’re talking about today–the disciple that everyone knows as “Doubting Thomas”.

But here in Luke, ALL the disciples needed to see the nail prints to help with their doubts.

Time, after time, after time, Jesus drove home the fact that He would DIE…but after 3 days He’d rise from the dead.

It was a tremendous act of faith on his part, but we’re told that he began to sink because he saw the wind and waves.

I’m sure that people rising from the dead after days in the grave violates some law of physics.

What about those of us who would never think of refusing to believe God–but who still struggle with doubts.

The father had doubts. He admitted it; “Help My Unbelief” he says.

2023-05-21: Labels — The Zealot

Sermon Audio: The Zealot
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Matthew 10:2-4; Romans 15:12; Isaiah 11:6-10
Duration: 21:30
Size: 14.7 MB

The Zealot
Matthew 10:2-4; Romans 15:12; Isaiah 11:6-10

Someone once observed that if you put these two hazardous elements in your mouth by themselves, they’d either blow you up (sodium) or poison you (chlorine).

Their battle cry was, “No Lord but Jehovah, no tax but the temple tax, no friend but the Zealot.”

Jesus came to transform us so that we wouldn’t be hazardous to those around us. So we would become the salt of the earth.

“Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than sitting your garage makes you a car.”

They didn’t follow Jesus one day and then suddenly become powerhouses for the Kingdom the next.

We are the salt of the earth, but it’s NOT just being in church that makes us that salt. It’s being in Jesus, and loving Jesus.

2023-04-23: Labels — Sons of Thunder

Sermon Audio: Sons of Thunder
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Mark 3:16-17
Duration: 20:32
Size: 14.0 MB

Sons of Thunder
Mark 3:16-17

There are many people who have read this Sons of Thunder “nickname” and have come to the conclusion that this meant that James and John were angry and judgmental men.

But when Jesus renamed him Peter, He wasn’t looking at who Peter was. He was making a declaration of what Peter was going to be.

It seems the times thunder was mentioned in Scripture, it was a display of the power of God.

But apparently (if I’m right) during that 3 years James became a Voice for God; a man who declared the power of God.

But in spite of the fact that God believes in them, many Christians don’t. They don’t believe in themselves.

Too many Christians settle for less because they don’t think they’re worth that much.

2023-04-16: Labels — The Tax Collector

Sermon Audio: The Tax Collector
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Luke 5:27-32
Duration: 22:13
Size: 15.2 MB

The Tax Collector
Luke 5:27-32

The focus of Matthew’s Gospel was to convince the Jewish people that Jesus was the Messiah.

As far as many in Israel were concerned, there were sinners…and then there was a special class of sinners called tax collectors.

It was only once Matthew belonged to Jesus that he was transformed from an annoying tax collector into one of the most influential men of Christianity.

The world labels people based on what they’ve done in their lives, and their value is tied to that label.

He’s never quoted in any of the Gospels or in any of the letters to the churches.

In other words, Paul was saying: I wasn’t worth saving, but Jesus did it anyway to prove it could be done.

2023-04-09: The Final Week — No Doubt

Sermon Audio: No Doubt
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: John 20:19-31
Duration: 18:34
Size: 12.7 MB

The Final Week
No Doubt
John 20:19-31

When a man like him announces that he has brought the dead back to life, we have to believe him.

But there’s a couple of other episodes in Thomas’ life help us understand the man.

Those who doubt most, and yet strive to overcome their doubts, turn out to be some of Christ’s strongest disciples.

They doubt, not because they’ve examined any evidence for themselves, but because they listened to the opinions of people, they’ve spent time with.

If you have doubts about the resurrection of Jesus…read the Bible.

Get what evidence you can, and then determine what you’re going to believe. But realize that the Bible says there’s a lot riding on your decision.