Faith Community Bible Church Sermons



The weekly sermon from Faith Community Bible Church in Boise, Idaho. Reformed, evangelical, and exegetical.


  • The Text, its Transmission, its Translation, and the Truth

    16/05/2021 Duración: 42min

    Slideshow for this message is available We are in John chapter 8 this morning. And today is not your normal sermon and you’ll see why in just a second. Let’s begin in Samuel. When you read through the book of Samuel and Kings you very quickly pick up on a pattern. Here’s the pattern: when the author introduces us to a new king, he uses this formulaic introduction that looks like this: So hopefully you are seeing the idea. This formula is used at least 16 times that I could find. Now, there’s an interesting problem when you get to 1 Samuel 13:1. 1 Samuel 13:1 is another one of these formulas and it’s applied to Saul. But when you read it, you’ll see a problem. I’ll illustrate the problem by showing you three different translations: door 1, door 2, door 3, door 4. Now what’s going on here? The answer is the text is lost. Somewhere along the way, in the process of transmission, these numbers were either: intentionally left out, forgetfully left out or got destroyed so they could not be copied

  • Rivers of Living Water

    09/05/2021 Duración: 42min

    We are in John chapter 7. If you’ve been with us, you’ll recall that in chapters 1-6 Jesus has been ministering in and around Judea and Galilee for the better part of two years. He’s been healing, preaching, and casting out demons.And all this activity has thrust Jesus into the public eye. His ministry is well-known and his controversial claims are circulating and percolating in the minds of the masses.John chapter seven paints this wild portrait of the swirling, unstable nature of that controversy. We get snapshots of confusion, suspicion, jealousy, adoration, and indifference.And today in the text Jesus adds fuel to that controversial fire my making this wild, dramatic, suggestive, and even breathtaking claim.Historical BackgroundNow we just read the text, perhaps, it didn’t come across as all that dramatic and you certainly wouldn’t use the word breathtaking. But let me add a bit of historical context that helps us to understand just how radical Jesus’ words would have been.We mentioned several times now t

  • Decision Point

    02/05/2021 Duración: 39min

    IntroductionThe definition of controversy is – prolonged public disagreement or heated discussion. Controversial political policies, controversial interest groups and best of all controversial people.In our modern era, one of the ways to objectively identify a controversial public figure is to track the number of times their entry on Wikipedia has been modified. Since anyone can suggest an edit to a Wikipedia entry, the number of edits reflects how much we care about the content of a Wikipedia page.Frequent revisions over a long period of time suggests underlying conflicts of interest between Wikipedia editors. Fans will promote their hero’s positive image and add details that other readers will consider biased and unsubstantiated. And these editing wars go on for decades.If you use this metric, the most controversial person in the world is George W. Bush. You will also see on that list Michael Jackson, then Barack Obama, Adolf Hitler, Britney Spears, and then of course the professional wrestler, the Undertak

  • Misunderstanding Jesus

    25/04/2021 Duración: 40min

    I want to open by describing this knife here. This knife has a handle that is attached to this blade. And of course it is designed to cut. What makes the blade effective is two flat sides converging forging this sharp edge. What if you only had one flat side. You could imagine a blade that was in a half-cylinder sort of shape. This would be ineffective. Try to cut a tomato with that?! But as soon as you add another flat side at the perfect angle, you create an effective, razor sharp edge. Now, this blade is an analogy for the ministry of Jesus Christ. Why? Because Jesus Christ embodied a two-sided message. The two halves of his message converged and forged this razor sharp edge that penetrated hearts. You want to know what those two sides are? Grace and truth. John 1:14, And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. We have in this summary sentence, the razor edge that made his ministry effective. Grace and trut

  • Where Else Can We Go?

    18/04/2021 Duración: 35min

    Where else can we go?John 6:60-71John 6:60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” 61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”John 6:66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. 67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, t

  • Eat, Drink, Believe

    11/04/2021 Duración: 37min

    Missions UpdateI want to begin this morning with a missions update from our partners in India. We support two couples, Tia and Atula and Murry and Louivani.They have a two-fold mission. First, they train up students in a seminary and provide them training for the pastorate and the mission field. Recently they have moved their seminary from Bagalore which is the tech capital of the world to a more strategic spot in the north called Nagaland.It’s a little different up here. The reason they moved their seminary is because there is access to the neighboring countries, Mynmar, Bangladesh, and Butan.Their seminary is in the city but they can, in a relatively short period of time, reach into the tribes and minister to them. This a mix of spiritism anamism, Budhism, Muslim, and Hindu. It’s an incredible opportunity.They recently purchased a plot of land for a seminary and we have been saving to give toward this project so we were able to give $40,000 toward this facility and we are so excited to be partners with them

  • The Bread of Life

    04/04/2021 Duración: 36min

    What we just read is the background and context for the Easter message today. These are two of the most well-known miracles of Jesus. Even if you are only marginally familiar with the life of Christ you probably know that he multiplied bread to feed 5000 people (it’s the only miracle recorded in all four gospels) and you probably have heard this story about him walking on water.These two stories are recorded for us to focus our attention on a problem that only Jesus can solve. It’s what the stories share in common.In both stories the people are needy. The 5000 need food. The disciples need to be rescued. And Jesus BOTH provides food and safety. In so doing he’s pointing to himself as the great provider and the only savior.But here’s what we are going to discover in the text this morning. It is often the case that our greatest PERCEIVED need is different than our greatest ACTUAL need. And when we misidentify our greatest need in life, it shields us from ever experiencing how God intends for us to live.Let’s fa

  • Jesus’ Witnesses

    28/03/2021 Duración: 37min

    Witnesses to Jesus – John 5:30-47 – FCBCINTRODUCTIONAnd the older you get, the more you realize how silly it is when you’re younger to think you’ve got everything figured out. The older we get, and the more we experience and learn, it can either make us more humble and wise or more prideful and stubborn. I think spiritual maturity is similar. We can become more humble and wise related to spiritual things, or more prideful and stubborn, thinking we’ve got it all figured out.We’re going to see in this passage that the very people who should have known better because they by now should have been the most spiritually mature, were actually blinded by their stubborn spiritual pride. They thought they knew it all. Because they actually did know the Bible more than the rest. But that’s what makes it so scary – we could fall into the same traps they did. Thinking we know it all, thinking we see things clearly, but we actually don’t. We’ll see in the passage today that: Spiritual Pride conceals the way to life. Humble

  • God’s Life; Our Life

    21/03/2021 Duración: 45min

    IntroductionSo my son Caleb was playing golf this week with two of his friends, Hudson Hughes and another one of his friends named Bradley. They approach the last hole and they are tied. All three of them tee off. All three hit it in the water. They all drop. Bradley hits next and rolls it up on the green to within about 15 feet. So it’s makeable but that’s a pretty long putt. Now, out of nowhere a seagull comes along and starts nudging the ball with his beak and it and moves like a foot or two further away from the hole. Now, of course Hudson who is tied with Bradley says, “Dude you have to play it where it lies.” And they start arguing about it. So finally they agree. Okay that’s the rule. Let’s play by those rules. We play it where it lies.Well Hudson goes next, hits a perfect shot and his ball rolls up onto the green within 5 feet; nicely done. That’s a very makable putt! Now get this. The same seagull comes, picks up his ball, flies 30 yards away and drops it in the lake. Still want to play by the rules,

  • The Pool of Bethesda

    14/03/2021 Duración: 31min

    IntroductionAs we begin, open your Bibles to John chapter 5. You may remember, Jesus starts out his ministry in the region of Judea where we have the city of Jerusalem and the temple.Judea is where we get the ministry of John the Baptist, the temptation in the wilderness, the cleansing of the temple and the conversation with Nicodemus. This is a period of 4-6 months. And during this period we have building curiosity about who Jesus was.Now there is a point where John the Baptist is thrown into prison and Jesus decides to shift his ministry to the north. He moves from Judea through Samaria where he meets the woman at the well, and from Samaria he moves into Galilee where we read last week that he healed the nobleman’s son.That is where we left off last week. What we didn’t mention was that the healing of the nobleman’s son is the first event in what is called the great Galilean ministry of Jesus. He relocates his home to Capernaum which is on the north shore of sea of Galilee and he begins an 18 month period i