Ron Dart 2006 Sermons

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0602 Apologists All
0604 If I Had a Hammer
0606 Strengthen the Things That Remain
0608 Shared Suffering
Dart reflects on recent deaths in his congregation, and Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning" and concludes that shared suffering increases love. Same with shared pain, shared projects, shared time, shared work, shared play, shared food. In times of need, we lean on family and church. Judging others harms this reservoir of love, unless discussed with the judged. Dart wants to share all things, good and bad, share his life with people who are down-to-earth, don't exalt themselves, are well-behaved, and more. Dart finishes with an excellent look at loving others, even when it is hard.
0610 Cold Comfort
0613 Courage and the Church
0617 The Fourteenth Day
0619 Asherah
0622 Preparing 4 Pentecost
Do we expect to baptize a lot of people in the next year? Why or why not? Do we as a church make a difference in whether some people will be saved or not? What about us as individuals? How would we begin to do this? Dart enters into a discussion on personal evangelism in the New Testament and for us today. Included is the role of the church. We are laborers with God, and the fruit goes well beyond what we can see. The Bible? "Learn it. Use it."
0623 Psalm 90
0625 The Jigsaw Puzzle
0627 The Avenger
0630 Leaving and Cleaving
0632 A Tale of Two Women
0634 The Natural Law
0636 The New Naysayers
0638 Feast of Trumpets 2006
In this Trumpets sermon, Dart examines the resurrection, especially from 1 Corinthians 15. "The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the pivotal event upon which history turns." Dart shows how Paul pinned down those who opposed the resurrection. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ is worthless without a resurrection. Relates to the harvest of the firstfruits and how Christ is only the first. God wants people who have been through tough experiences. Also addressed: How does one destroy death? Lazarus. 3 days & 3 nights. Baptism for the dead. Will we know each other in the resurrection? Why did God make us "natural" first? In the end, nothing we do in God is in vain.
0642 Why I Love the Feast
Dart talks nostalgically about his early days in the church, 1958, and how they didn't have enough money for their first Feast of Tabernacles, learning a lesson about the festival tithe. How people camped at Gladewater. How there were so few churches in the country, and people were scattered far and wide. No cassette tapes, no cell phones, no internet, and people had only the radio program and literature. Thus, the Feast was precious. There were often spartan accommodations (a lesson about temporary dwellings), but that builds the memories. While one might say it is the people that bring joy to the feast, it is really the Christ-filled people that bring joy. And it is a time for God's people to come together.
0645 Making Covenant Possible
0647 Covenant as Contract
0649 The Authentic Paul
06F1 The Times of Abijah
When was Jesus born? Dart discusses in detail Luke’s account of the events leading up to the birth of Christ. Includes the timing of the events according to the course of Abijah. Also looks at the humility of Jesus’ birth, the humanity of Jesus’ birth. Dart’s excellent narrative style and insight make this a most interesting message.
06F2 Camp Crisis
A riveting telling of Israel’s arrival at the promised land early in the Exodus, including the spies, the report, the people's fear, their cowardice instead of faith and courage. Also discussed: rebellion and submission to the church, Israel’s covenant with God, the importance of counting the cost, “Don’t make a commitment to God that you’re not prepared to carry out.” Lessons for acting in a crisis: Don’t take counsel of your fears. Decide. Act. Don’t freeze. Fight if necessary. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t delay the decision. Don’t let fear paralyze you. Don’t think that not making a decision is leaving it in God’s hands. He wants sons and daughters that can make decisions, act on them, and can overcome fear and obstacles.
06F6 An Offering Far Too Small
Stark, even harsh teachings that Jesus wants unconditional service. Unconditional priority. And, no excuses. This high price-to-pay reduces the number of laborers, though the harvest is plentiful. So, what do we do about those who hold us back? Those who aren’t ready to move ahead with us? Given at the Feast of Tabernacles, this sermon addresses the role of the feast itself as a service to God.
06F9 The Unfinished Work
What happens to those we have loved, those we have lost; will we ever see them again, even if they died outside of God’s will? Last Great Day sermon. Why did the Jewish diaspora reject Jesus? Does God actually blind some? If so, what about their eternal fate? Judaism would have stifled the early church. God has shut up the Jews to unbelief that He might have mercy. How does this work? We are all works in progress and we will be an unfinished work even at death. Subjects: immortality of the soul; heaven and hell doctrines; second resurrection; resurrection of the dead; the book of life; second death; judgment.
06JC Judaism and the Christians
The problem in Galatia was Judaism, which Paul rejected and put firmly in his past. It was not the religion of the Old Testament; not the religion of Abraham. Rabbinic Judaism claims that Moses did not write everything down (in spite of the scripture that says otherwise), and claim these passed-down laws actually transcend scripture (similar to Catholicism). These “oral laws” are referred to as “the tradition of the elders” in the New Testament. “Jot & tittle” that Jesus upheld refer specifically to written law. Jesus had the authority that the Pharisees got from their predecessors. Paul received from Jesus, not the Jewish elders. Galatians were not compelled to live by the Jewish traditions. Circumcision conference; Galatians 2 and Acts 15.