Author: Scott

Pastor, Rockport Baptist Church

A big part of becoming a disciple of Christ is to establish the lifestyle habits of a disciple. By that, I mean the things you learn to do on a regular, habitual basis that help orient you to a life of following Jesus daily. Let’s face it, the things you do on a regular basis […]

“ . . . for our God is a consuming fire!”    Hebrews 12:29 We ended the message on Sunday, February 12th (found here) with this startling declaration from Hebrews 12:29 describing God as a “consuming fire.”  What do you think it means? Or better yet, how should we respond to such words? I think […]

“Pursue holiness, without which no one will see the Lord” Heb 12:14b Last Sunday after the message, a young man approached me and asked, “So, how do I pursue holiness?” It is an excellent question. To answer it, we must first go back and remember what holiness is. Holiness, as I’ve been defining it in the last […]

“Pursue . . . Holiness, without which no one will see the Lord” Heb 12:14b So what exactly is this “holiness” that is so essential that, without it “no one will see the Lord”?  At heart, it is a life that is centered on God! A life that is turned toward God. It does not mean […]

Pastor, I love you. I love what you do when you’re faithful to Christ. I love your commitment to the Word. I love your self-sacrifice and willingness to go the extra mile. And, if I know your name, I pray for you as often as it comes to mind. So please hear this as an […]

“Assemble the people, the men and the women and children . . . so that they may hear and learn and fear the LORD your God, and be careful to observe all the words of this law.” Deuteronomy 31:12 Then Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly of men, women and all who […]

But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner. 1 Corinthians 14:40 Those who lead the church in it’s worship are called to lead in a way that is faithful to Scripture, Christ exalting, and humbly directed by the Holy Spirit so that God’s people are not entertained, but are instead helped to […]

9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received […]

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation Psalm 51:12         Whenever there is trouble in our lives or in our relationships, the first thing that seems to go out of the window is joy. This was certainly true of David. Many times in the Psalms we find him crying out to […]

Finally, Lord willing, we will be returning to our study of Ephesians this Sunday.   The final section of this wonderful letter begins at 6:10, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.”  Beginning here, the Apostle Paul will both sum up and apply all that has gone before in Ephesians, […]