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We now have available 154 of some of the best sermons ever preached, by such men as Charles Spurgeon, J. C. Ryle, Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield and John Bunyan, on Audio CD and MP3.  These sermons are preached by Tony Capoccia and are available on our "sister" website:  They come with a lifetime guarantee and FREE shipping to the US, Canada, and Mexico.  
Abortion "Abortion and the Law" Do we as Christians have the right to demonstrate against Abortion Clinics? Tony Capoccia
America America's Godly Heritage. Great resource for our children in doing their homework. Text taken from popular video series America's Godly Heritage. David Barton
Angels (01) Jesus Christ is Superior to Angels - Hebrews 1:4-14 Gil Rugh
Angels (02) Believers Will Rule Over Angels - Hebrews 2:5-9 Gil Rugh
Assurance "Assurance: Our Seal and Pledge"  How does one know for sure that he will spend eternity in God’s presence?  How can you know for sure that you will safely arrive in the presence of Jesus?  Is it possible to fall out along the way—to rebel to the extent that you are closed out of the family?  In other words, Is it possible for a believer to lose his salvation? Gil Rugh

What is the Destiny of Babies Who Die?  -  The Bible teaches that all men are sinners, deserving of the wrath of God. It also clearly teaches that salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ. When discussing these truths, however, one question often comes up: “What is the eternal destiny of babies who die or the mentally retarded who are not able to comprehend the Gospel?” Do they go to heaven or hell? Is there any way we can know?

In this file we will examine what the Bible says about the eternal destiny of babies and others who fit into this category of people who never reach a stage, mentally, where they can accept or reject the Gospel.

Gil Rugh
Baptism (01) A Study of Water Baptism. Tony Capoccia
Baptism (02) Few issues throughout church history have been as widely debated as that of baptism. Shortly after the time of the apostles, various and conflicting views began to arise concerning the purpose and methods of baptism.

Even today, many churches hold different views on this important subject. Some hold that baptism is a necessary part of salvation while others say baptism is a testimony that one has been saved. Some churches practice sprinkling while others emphasize immersion. Some churches baptize infants while others only baptize adult believers.

With all the confusion on this issue one may ask, "Who is right and how do we know? "The lack of clarity on this issue should drive us to the Bible for the answers to these issues.

Accepting the Bible as the authority and not church tradition, Pastor Gil Rugh in Baptism: Truth or Tradition, systematically shows what the Word of God has to say about baptism—what it is and what its purpose is. Pastor Rugh shows that the Bible is clear on the issue of baptism and that confusion on this topic has come primarily when men’s ideas have been added to the Word of God.

Gil Rugh
Belief Statement of Faith - What we believe - Our statement of doctrine. BBB
Bible (01) Is the Bible really without any errors? Tony Capoccia
Bible (02) Looking for a new Bible? This article gives a background about Bible translations and what the differences are between them. Very unbiased and informative. CRI
Bible (03) Reading and Searching the Scriptures. A short guide on how to study the Bible from a great preacher of the 17th century. (Updated English) Thomas Boston
Bible (04) How We Got our Bible - Most Christians understand that the Bible they hold in their hands is the inspired Word of God. Yet very few have a general understanding of the origin of the Bible. The purpose of this class, therefore, is to show the student how the Bible came to be and why it can be accepted as the unerring, authoritative Word of God. Mike Vlach
Bible (05) Why We Can Trust The Bible - The Bible is God's message to mankind. Some call it God's "love letter" to the human race. Christians say it is infallible, without error in the original text. Its critics, of course, don't agree saying the Bible was written by men, that it has errors, and it is not completely true. But let me give you some thoughts on why I believe the Bible to be the "Very words from the mouth of God." Tony Capoccia
Bible (06) Reading the Bible - "To have the Scriptures in our own language with a ready access to them and complete freedom to study them - these are great privileges. Yet we can fail to profit from the Bible and make little progress in understanding it. The Christian life is paved with the best intentions of reading the Scriptures regularly, and also with many broken resolutions and disappointments. Jesus exhorts us to search the Scriptures [John 5.39]; that is, we are to ransack the Word of God, to pore over it, subject it to every kind of analysis, and grasp its every shade of meaning. We are to be obsessed with a desire to understand it. This passionate concern is never to become incidental or secondary. It should be a priority in the Christian life, an activity around which our existence revolves. If man cannot live by bread alone but by every word which proceeds out of the mouth of God, then God's Word must have an absolutely basic place in the whole of our Christian life. To its reading we must apply ourselves with the utmost industry." Geoffrey Thomas
Birth Control

Birth Control Pill: Abortifacient (A substance or device used to induce abortion) and Contraceptive by William F. Colliton, Jr., M.D., FACOG.  The author is Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at George Washington University Medical Center.

For several years I was convinced that labeling birth control pills as "abortifacient" was the work of an extremist right wing medical conspiracy. Only on entering into a serious study of the matter did I become convinced of the error of my ways.

This file examines and proves the fact that the use of Birth Control Pills can cause abortions.

William F. Colliton, Jr., M.D

Book of
1 Thessalonians

Sermon Series by Gil Rugh (Senior Pastor, Indian Hills Community Church, Lincoln, Nebraska):

"Introduction and Overview" (1 Thess Intro)
"Always Thanking God" (1 Thess 1:2-5)
"A Commendation of Faithfulness" (1 Thess 1:6-10)
"An Upright Ministry" (1 Thess 2:1-4)
"A Labor of Love" (1 Thess 2:5-12)
"A Concern for Their Sufferings" (1 Thess 2:13-20)
"Affliction is Certain" (1 Thess 3:1-13)
"An Exhortation for Purity" (1 Thess 4:1-12)
"A Future Hope" (1 Thess 4:13-18)
"Alert and Sober" (1 Thess 5:1-11)
"A Series of Exhortations" (1 Thess 5:12-22)
"A Closing Benediction" (1 Thess 5:23-28)

Gil Rugh

Book of
2nd Peter

Sermon Series by Gil Rugh (Senior Pastor, Indian Hills Community Church, Lincoln, Nebraska):

"Dangers to the Church From Within" (2 Peter overview)
"Christ is God, Savior and Lord" - (2 Peter 1:1-2)
"True Knowledge of Him Who Called Us" - (2 Peter 1:3-4)
"Seven Virtues of Christian Growth" - (2 Peter 1:5-7)
"Apply These Virtues with Diligence" - (2 Peter 1:8-11)  
"A Reminding of God's Basic Truths" - (2 Peter 1:12-15)  
"Evidence and Assurance of the Truth" - (2 Peter 1:16-18)  
"God's Word, a Lamp in a Dark Place" - (2 Peter 1:19-21)  
"Destructive Heresies in Today's Church" - (2 Peter 2:1)  
"Influence of False Teachers Today" - (2 Peter 2:2-3) 
"The Certainty of God's Judgments" - (2 Peter 2:4-5) 
"The Characteristics of False Teachers" - (2 Peter 2:10-13a)
"The Deceptions of False Teaching" - (2 Peter 2:17-19)  
"The Awful Judgment of False Teachers" - (2 Peter 2:20-22)
"A Reminder and Warning to Believers" - (2 Peter 3:1-7)
"The Lord Desires Repentance for All" - (2 Peter 3:8-10)  
"Anticipating the Soon Coming of the Lord" - (2 Peter 3:11-14)  
"Be Diligent in Faith and Truth" - (2 Peter 3:15-16)

Gil Rugh

Book of

Sermon Series by Gil Rugh (Senior Pastor, Indian Hills Community Church, Lincoln, Nebraska):

"Introduction to Colossians" (Colossians 1:1-2)
"Love is Evident Because of Hope" (Colossians 1:3-5)
"Gospel: Word of Truth" (Colossians 1:5-8)
"Filled with the Knowledge of His Will" (Colossians 1:9-10)
"Strengthened with All Power" (Colossians 1:10-14)
"Supremacy of Christ in Creation" (Colossians 1:15-17)
"Supremacy of Christ in Reconciliation" (Colossians 1:18-20)
"Holy, Blameless and Beyond Reproach" (Colossians 1:21-23)
"Ministry God Entrusted to the Church" (Colossians 1:24-27)
"The Riches of True Knowledge of God" (Colossians 2:15)
"Living the Life" (Colossians 4:2-6)

Gil Rugh

Book of

Sermon Series by Gil Rugh (Senior Pastor, Indian Hills Community Church, Lincoln, Nebraska):

"Introduction to Hebrews" (Hebrews 1:1-2a)
"Christ is Appointed Heir of All Things" (Hebrews 1:2b, 3)
"Jesus Christ is Superior to Angels" (Hebrews 1:4-14)
"So Great a Salvation" (Hebrews 2:1-4)
"Believers Will Rule Over Angels" (Hebrews 2:5-9)
"A Perfect Savior" (Hebrews 2:10-18)
"Jesus is Superior to Moses" (Hebrews 3:1-6)
"Do Not Harden Your Hearts" (Hebrews 3:7-19)
"A Perfect Future Rest" (Hebrews 4:1-13)
"A High and Perfect Priest" (Hebrews 4:14-16)
"The High Priestly Ministry of Aaron" (Hebrews 5:1-10)
"Become Spiritually Mature" (Hebrews 5:11-14)
"Press on to Maturity" (Hebrews 6:1-3)
"Once Enlightened" (Hebrews 6:4-8)
"God's Promises are Sure" (Hebrews 6:9-12)
"Believers Will Experience Fulfillment" (Hebrews 6:13-20)
"The Melchizedekian Priesthood" (Hebrews 7:1-10)
"A Superior Priesthood" (Hebrews 7:11-19)
"Christ: The Eternal High Priest" (Hebrews 7:20-28)
"A New Covenant - Part 1" (Hebrews 8:1-6)
"A New Covenant - Part 2" (Hebrews 8:7-13)
"A New Covenant - Part 3" (Hebrews 9:1-14)
"A New Covenant - Part 4" (Hebrews 9:15-28)
"A Perfect Sacrifice" (Hebrews 10:1-18)
"Hold Fast Your Confession" (Hebrews 10:19-25)
"The Character and Consequences of Sin " (Hebrews 10:26-31)
"Endurance Through Conflict" (Hebrews 10:32-39)
"Believing in Faith" (Hebrews 11:1-2)
"Understanding Through Faith" (Hebrews 11:3)
"OT Examples of Faith" (Hebrews 11:4)
"A Walk by Faith" (Hebrews 11:5-6)
"Results of Noah's Faith" (Hebrews 11:7)
"By Faith Abraham" (Hebrews 11:8-16)
"Incredible Faith" (Hebrews 11:17-19)
"Faith of Isaac, Jacob and Joseph" (Hebrews 11:20-22)
"Disciplines & Direction of Life" (Hebrews 12:1-17)
"Mt Sinai and Mt Zion, Part 1" (Hebrews 12:18-24)
"Mt Sinai and Mt Zion, Part 2 (Hebrews 12:25-29)
"Spiritual Duties" (Hebrews 13:7-14)
"Leadership in the Church" (Hebrews 13:17)

Gil Rugh

Book of James

Bible Study Notes from Sermon Preached by Gil Rugh (Senior Pastor, Indian Hills Community Church, Lincoln, Nebraska):

"The Writer, Recipients, and Greeting" James 1:1
"Trials and the Believer" James 1:2-4
"Seeking Wisdom" James 1:5-8
"Rich and Poor Believers" James 1:9-12
"Facing Temptation" James 1:13-15
"The Source of Every Perfect Gift" James 1:16-18
"Be Humble and Slow to Anger" James 1:19-21
"Doers of the Word" James 1:22-25
"Activity Acceptable to God" James 1:26-27
"Show No Partiality" James 2:1-7
"Free to Do God's Will" James 2:8-13
"The Role of Faith and Works" James 2:14-17
"Saving Faith Produces Works" James 2:18-20
"Faith Which Justifies is Not Alone" James 2:21-26
"The Responsibility of Teachers" James 3:1
"Control the Tongue" James 3:2-6
"Tame the Tongue" James 3:7-12
"Wisdom and Understanding" James 3:13-16
"Wisdom from Above" James 3:17-18
"Quarrels and Conflicts" James 4:1-3
"A Dangerous Friendship" James 4:4-6
"Draw Near to God" James 4:7-10
"Do Not Judge" James 4:11-12
"Let Plans Include 'God Willing'" James 4:13-17
"Worldly Riches are Temporary" James 5:1-6
"Be Patient and Do Not Complain" James 5:7-11
"The Use of an Oath" James 5:12
"Pray for the Sick" James 5:13-15
"Prayer Can Accomplish Much" James 5:16-18
"Do Not Stray from the Truth" James 5:19-20
Gil Rugh

Book of

Sermon Series by Gil Rugh (Senior Pastor, Indian Hills Community Church, Lincoln, Nebraska):

"Paul's Greetings to Titus" (Titus 1:1-4)
"Elder's Biblical Basis" (Titus 1:5)
"Elder's Marital Qualifications" (Titus 1:6)
"Elder's Character Qualifications" (Titus 1:7-9)
"Beware of False Teachers" (Titus 1:10-16)
"Behavior Fitting Sound Doctrine" (Titus 2:1-5)
"Hold to a Godly Reputation" (Titus 2:6-10)
"Grace in the 'Now' Age" (Titus 2:11-15)
"Subjection to Civil Authorities" (Titus 3:1-3)
"The Grace of God in Redemption" (Titus 3:4-7)
"Deal Biblically with Heresies" (Titus 3:8-15)

Gil Rugh
Catholics (01) Evangelicals and Catholics Together Document (ECT), with the rebuttal by John MacArthur and others godly men.   Signors
Catholics (02) Information about the beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church. Written by Christian Equippers Intl. It is a good overview of the doctrinal errors of the Catholic religion. Covers various subjects such as Tradition vs. the Bible, Mary Worship, Papal Infallibility, Mortal and Venial Sins, Confession, Penance, Purgatory, Indulgences, and Masses. CEI
Catholics (03) Worship of Mary in the Roman Catholic Church - We have summarized the detailed account of the idolatrous worship of Mary by the Roman Catholic Church as exposed in full by Dr. Pusey in his new work. As his statements are not made at random, but are supported by quotations from Roman Catholic writers of recognized authority, they will be valuable to those who are met by the crafty denials of Roman Catholics whenever they expose the genuine doctrines of Roman Catholic faith.  Dr. Pusey
Catholics (04) Catholic Concerns - by Mary Ann Collins (A Former Catholic Nun)

"Since I left the Catholic Church, I have done research about various issues relating to Catholicism. If you have difficulty with some of the things that I say, I understand how you feel. I was deeply loyal to the Catholic Church, and it grieves me to learn unpleasant things about it. But we need the truth, even if it is disturbing. God is faithful. He will give us the strength and the wisdom to deal with it." 

"An excellent source of truth about the Roman Catholic Church and religion - "Tony Capoccia
Mary Ann Collins
Catholics (05) "Unmasking Catholicism" - A book by Mary Ann Collins (A Former Catholic Nun).  It can be purchased at: Barnes and Noble - Unmasking Catholicism

Protestant pastors have become prominent Catholic apologists. Charismatics and Pentecostals are studying the Catholic mystics and are being drawn into the Catholic Church. Rome's ecumenical strategy is working well. The Vatican has a hidden agenda. One of its goals is to undo the Protestant Reformation and once again have all Christians be ruled by the Pope.

"Unmasking Catholicism" reveals what is hiding behind Rome's modern, public image. It confronts troubling issues with compassion and objectivity. Come explore the world of Catholicism, where grace can be "merited" and people atone for their sins by doing penances. We will travel through history and meet some fascinating people (both good and bad). And we will look at some official Catholic documents which show a surprising side of the Catholic Church. This clearly written, straightforward book backs up its assertions with extensive documentation, including hundreds of Internet articles and pictures which you can see for yourself. If you used to be a Catholic, there is an appendix which was written just for you. It will be a balm for your soul.

Mary Ann Collins
Catholics (06) "The Attractions of the Roman Catholic Church" - What is it that some Anglicans (and other Protestants) find so attractive about Roman Catholicism? Why are so many, even within Evangelicalism, trying to undo the Reformation? The American Presbyterian minister, R. L. Dabney (1820-1898) addresses this exact issue in his article: “The Attractions of Popery.” Although written over a century ago, Dabney’s clear warning to Protestant ministers sounds like it was penned only yesterday." R. L. Dabney
Charismatics (01) Tongues and the Charismatic. Are the sign gifts really for this age? Tony Capoccia
Charismatics (02) Combating Charismatic Theology - An overview of the Biblical and theological reasons why we here at Grace Community Church believe the miraculous gifts we read about in the New Testament pertain uniquely to the apostolic era and are not in operation today. I intend to arm you with the tools to unmask the dangerous deception of experience-driven theology. Phil Johnson
Christian Issues Should a Christian buy a Lottery Ticket? Is it a sin to play the Lottery? Richard Vincent
Christmas Christmas Traditions - There are many traditions associated with Christmas, and as Christians we sometimes adopt them without thinking about their significance.  We need to consider the origins and meaning of these things, since it is possible to unwittingly commit acts that are offensive to God at a time when we are exalting His grace towards us through the birth of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.--Kathryn Capoccia  (Originally written as a Sunday School Lesson for Children). Kathryn Capoccia
Church (01) Having problems making it to Church on time on Sundays? This file will help solve the dilemma. David Beckwith
Church (02) What to Look for in a Church - Some practical suggestions for finding a Bible Teaching church, whether you are new to an area or trying to help a friend or relative find a church. Don Goertzen
Church (03) The church is God’s program for ministry in this age, but much confusion exists concerning its nature and purpose. That is why Pastor Gil Rugh, in his work, The Church: God’s Program for Ministry, looks at the key issues involving the church and what the church’s role is. Pastor Rugh addresses such questions as:
  • Who makes up the church?
  • When did the church begin?
  • What are the distinctions between the universal and local church?
  • How involved should Christians be with parachurch organizations?
  • How are believers to function as part of the church?
Gil Rugh
Church (04)
Division and Diversion  -  Nine current issues, which are gaining momentum in both the world and the Church, are selected for discussion in this booklet. Each of these movements is widely accepted by the world and is subtly moving into the Church. We, as believers in Jesus Christ, are commanded to be alert to what is taking place in the world around us. This study endeavors to make us more aware of the issues we are facing.
  • New Age Movement
  • Charismatic Controversy
  • New Paganism
  • Role of Women
  • Missions
  • Ecumenicism
  • Psychological Subversion
  • Pragmatism
  • Division
Gil Rugh
Church Discipline [01] Discipline is a serious but often neglected responsibility of the Church. We live in a day where tolerance of sin in the Body of Christ is increasingly normal, yet the mandate of the Bible for a pure Church has not changed. God has set forth in His Word specific instructions concerning how the Church should handle the issue of sin in the family of God.

In Church Discipline: An Evidence of Christian Love, Pastor Gil Rugh looks at the issue of discipline in the Church and addresses the following questions:

  • What is Church discipline?
  • Where does the Bible address this issue?
  • What is the purpose of Church discipline?
  • What principles should be followed in the discipline process?
Gil Rugh
Church Discipline [02] Deliver this Man to Satan - Part of understanding the difficult passage in 1 Cor 5:1-5 is the interpretation of the words "deliver this man to Satan" in 5:5. To explain this statement correctly, one must establish what the sin is that caused Paul to deliver the declaration. Then he should realize the responsibility of the local church in Corinth to deal with such a situation. The nature of the authority behind the directive needs also to be appreciated. Then details of the disciplinary action itself need clarification. The whole set of circumstances emphasizes how important it is for local churches to implement church-disciplinary actions in dealing with sinning members and to use sound principles in doing so.
Simon J. Kistemaker
Church Growth (01) The Purpose Driven Church - A critical look at this best-selling book by Rick Warren.  Is this a biblical approach to church growth?
Nathan Busenitz
Church Growth (02) The Purpose Driven Life - A critical look at this best-selling book by Rick Warren.  Is it a book to be embraced and espoused or is it best left on the shelf?
Nathan Busenitz
Church Growth (03) The Gospel According to Hybels and Warren - The numbers are certainly impressive, the buildings expensive, and the congregations expansive. And there is plenty of reason to be enthusiastic— lost people are attending weekend services, the "unchurched" are being reached, and auditoriums once empty are being filled. But does the evangelistic philosophy behind the so-called "Church Growth Movement" (hereafter CGM) match up to the biblical model? Does it meet Scripture's standards or does it fall short of God's expectations? These are certainly important questions, from both an ecclesiological and a soteriological point-of-view. After all, "the church growth movement is extraordinarily influential and significant within American churches today." But is the soteriology that undergirds CGM correct? If so, it should be wholeheartedly embraced by pastors and congregations worldwide; if not, Christian leaders must be warned, lest they unwittingly guide their flocks into both theological and methodological disaster.
Nathan Busenitz
Church Growth (04) Programs, Get Your Programs: Exposing the Flaws of a Fad-Driven Church Phil Johnson
Counseling Keys to Biblical Counseling -- Defining and clarifying the fundamentals of biblical counseling. Jim Pile
Creation (01) Creation: By God or By Accident? Ralph Woener
Creation (02) Creation: God's Plan or Random Chance? George Le Bret
Da Vinci Code The Da Vinci Code - How Should Christians Respond? Grace To You
Death Biblical facts about death. Why do we die and what will happen after our death? Tony Capoccia
Deity (01) Answers to the Jehovah Witnesses' questions about the Deity of Jesus Christ. Tony Capoccia
Deity (02) The Divinity of Jesus Christ, the God of the Universe. Tony Capoccia
Divorce (01) A Study of the Husband of One Wife requirement for Elders and Deacons. Discusses Divorce and Remarriage. Dr. Saucy
Divorce (02) Divorce on Trial - Divorce is always tragic and traumatic. But when divorce invades the Christian home, it seems even more tragic because God's Word provides to believers the framework of marriage that can enable them to avoid this painful experience. By examining the evidence offered by Scripture, we put divorce on trial. Gil Rugh
Doctrine Bible Bulletin Board's Statement of Doctrine. Tony Capoccia
Election [01]

Theologians have long debated the concept of God's sovereignty as it relates to the salvation of man. Did God choose us for salvation, or did we choose Him? Great men of God have stood on both sides of the debate.

Many believers stand back in awe, supposing that since great scholars cannot agree on these issues, how can they ever hope to understand them? Others boldly take sides, assuming they clearly understand the problem, only to be considered naive by those who think of themselves as more scholarly.

On one hand, God has told us much that we can understand about this fascinating area of study. At least two things are clear as we explore the doctrine of election. The first is that God is totally sovereign in the affairs of our lives. The second is that God holds man responsible for his decision. How to resolve these complementary concepts is the basis of the debates on divine election.

Pastor Gil Rugh has compiled the major elements of the election debate in Election: Whose Choice? and tackles critical issues such as "Is Man Free?" "Is God Fair?" and "The Purpose of Evangelism."

Gil Rugh
Election [02] Are some people elected to be saved, while others are left to their own destiny of judgment? Tony Capoccia
Endurance Endurance: Standing Firm in a Throw Away World - In this booklet I have sought to explore some of the peculiar characteristics of the Christian life. Characteristics which mark believers with an indelible stamp identifying them as God’s possession. It is my prayer that this study will guide you into a deeper understanding of your position as His special treasure. Gil Rugh
Eschatology (01) Future - Looking at the events that took place from the Church Age to the Eternal State. Perspective is from the New Jerusalem looking backward to the Rapture, Second Coming, Millennium, GWT, and Eternal State. A very unique file.
A copy of this sermon now available on Audio CD (preached by Tony Capoccia):
Tony Capoccia
Eschatology (02) Should Christians set dates about coming events such as The Rapture, Tribulation Period, etc.? Tony Capoccia
Eschatology (03) The Second Coming of Christ. A look the events and Timing. Tony Capoccia
Eschatology (04) ESCHATOLOGY - Different Rapture views and also a look at the Tribulation Period, The Second Coming, the Millennial Kingdom of Christ, and eternity future. Greg Rugh

Christianity Astray: Is "New Evangelicalism" Really Pseudo-Evangelicalism?

Phil Johnson
Family [01]

The Christian Family - This sermon was originally preached in the year 1674!  It provides some very practical lessons on
how we are to live as members of a Christian Family. The various roles and responsibilities are discussed: The Husband, Wife, Parents, and Children.  This is a very insightful sermon and very applicable for today.  [Note: the English has been updated from the original Old English style, to make it more readable]

A copy of this sermon now available on Audio CD (preached by Tony Capoccia):

John Bunyan
Family [02]

The Great Duty of Family Religion - “As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” [Joshua 24:15]

How and when a general neglect of family-religion first began to spread over the Christian world, is difficult to determine. As for the early Christians, I am positive it was not so with them: No, they did not falsely believe that religion was to be confined solely to their public worship at church; but, on the contrary, behaved with such godliness and exemplary holiness in their private families, that the Apostle Paul often refers to their house as a church, saying, “Give my greetings to Nympha and the church in her house.” And, I believe, we must forever despair of seeing this spirit of holiness revived in the world, until we see a revival of genuine family religion; and persons unanimously resolving with Joshua, in the words of the text, “As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

And from these words, I will insist on these three things:

I. First, That it is the duty of every head of a family and household to take care, that not only he himself, but also that those committed to his charge, “serve the Lord.”

II. Secondly, I will endeavor to show “how” the head of the family and his household ought to serve the Lord. And,

III. Thirdly, I will offer some reasons, in order to stimulate all family leaders, with their respective households, to serve the Lord in the manner that will be recommended.

First, let me show you that it is the duty of every head of the family and household to take care, that not only he himself, but also that those committed to his charge, must serve the Lord.

A copy of this sermon now available on Audio CD (preached by Tony Capoccia):

John Bunyan

When You Fast - "Of all the means of grace there is scarcely any concerning which men have run into greater extremes, than that of which our Lord speaks in our text this morning, I mean religious fasting. Some have exalted this type of fasting beyond all Scripture and reason; and others have utterly disregarded it; as it were retaliating by undervaluing it as much as the others had overvalued it! There have been those who have spoken of fasting, as if it were everything in religion; if not the end itself, yet on the opposite extreme has been others who treated the subject of fasting as if it were nothing, as if it were a fruitless labor, which had no relationship at all to Christianity. No doubt the truth lies somewhere in-between. It is not everything, nor yet is it nothing. It is not the end, but it is a precious means to the end; a means which God himself has ordained, and in which therefore, when it is properly used, God will surely give us his blessing.--"John Wesley (1702-1791)
A copy of this sermon now available on Audio CD (preached by Tony Capoccia):

John Wesley
Focus on the Family

This excerpt from the sermon "The Foolishness of the Gospel" addresses the controversy between the ministry of Dr. John MacArthur and that of Dr. James Dobson (Focus on the Family), on the issue of preaching the gospel to change the wickedness of man versus using political legislation to accomplish that end.  Phil Johnson is an elder at Grace community Church and the Executive Director of Grace to You.

Phil Johnson
Forgiveness [01] Total Forgiveness - A look at the true Gospel of Total Forgiveness. Examines the Apostle Paul's claim to be the worst sinner that ever lived (past, present, and future) and it's implications.
A copy of this sermon now available on Audio CD (preached by Tony Capoccia):
Tony Capoccia
Forgiveness [02] Are You Ready to Forgive?--  This is a subject that we need to continue to look into and something we can be focusing on for the rest of our lives simply because of how hard it is to do. This session is not about the technicalities of forgiveness, how we forgive and that sort of thing; rather it’s really focused on the word "you" contained in the question ‘Are you ready to forgive?" It’s a readiness of the heart. (From the Ladies' Sessions at the 2003 Shepherds' Conference of Grace Community Church). Donna Shannon
Future Future - Looking at the events that took place from the Church Age to the Eternal State. Perspective is from the New Jerusalem looking backward to the Rapture, Second Coming, Millennium, GWT, and Eternal State - a very unique file.
A copy of this sermon now available on Audio CD (preached by Tony Capoccia):
Tony Capoccia
Giving "Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver," (2 Corinthians 9:7).

The Bible has much to say about money and giving. Yet many Christians today are confused when it comes to these issues. They often wonder: Why do we give? How much should we give? Are there guidelines for giving? What are the results of biblical giving?  In Giving: A Result of Grace, Pastor Gil Rugh examines what the Bible has to say about these issues and how we can glorify Him with the resources He has given us. 

"This file will put to rest the 'unbiblical' concept of a New Testament TITHE--"Tony Capoccia

Gil Rugh
Gospel False Gospels of the Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, Catholics, Christian Science, and Armstrongism. Tony Capoccia
Government Rendering To Caesar, A Biblical Perspective On Government.
  • Is all government ordained by God?
  • Must believers submit to government?
  • Is it ever okay to disobey the authorities?
  • How involved should Christians become in the political process?
  • Is Capital Punishment justified?

In a day in which there is much confusion on these issues, Pastor Gil Rugh takes us to the Bible to show us what God says about human government and the responsibilities Christians have to it.

Gil Rugh
Halloween (01) Halloween - A Trick or a Treat? Where did this tradition come from? What is its significance? Is it merely a harmless festival of revelry and pretense, or is there something more to it? (Sunday School Lesson for Teenagers) Kathy Capoccia
Halloween (02) A Christian perspective on Halloween. CBN
Heaven (01) The reality of Heaven and Eternity examined. Tony Capoccia
Heaven (02) What we can expect the First Day in heaven to be like. Very moving article. Bob Hey
Hell (01) Is Hell real or not? Biblical facts of Hell are studied for evidence of a literal Hell. Tony Capoccia
Hell (02) "Hell" - [Matthew 25:41] "Then He will say to those on His left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels." Preached by Thomas Boston (1676-1732) Thomas Boston
Heart Wisdom Guards the Heart - [Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.” Phil Johnson
Holiness (01) What does it mean to walk in Holiness? What is Holy Christianity all about? Tony Capoccia
Holiness (02) What Would Jesus Do? How would Jesus live His life in the 21st Century? A very interesting story of what it means to walk in true holiness, in a very practical way. A must read article.
This sermon is now available on Audio CD at
Tony Capoccia
Homosexuality [01] Homosexuality and the Old Testament. Only towering cynicism can pretend that there is any doubt what the Scriptures say about homosexuality. P. Michael Ukleja
Homosexuality [02] The Bible says homosexuality is an unacceptable practice. Recently, however, many have claimed God’s commandments concerning homosexuality are outdated or misinterpreted.  Those who condone homosexuality charge that conservative Christians have wrongly taught that a person cannot be a Christian and a homosexual.  Who is right? Is it possible the writers of the Bible were homophobic and simply injected their own bias into God’s Word?

In Homosexuality: A Biblical Perspective, Gil Rugh considers the Old and New Testament views of homosexuality. He shows that all aspects of God’s Word, including His commandments concerning homosexuality, are eternal and unchanging. They have not been misinterpreted. Furthermore, Rugh shows, through God’s Word, the promise to everyone of eternal salvation and freedom from sin when trust is placed in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Gil Rugh
Husbands Instructions to Husbands, Fathers & Their Wives (A Study of Men's Roles) - How can a man be the husband and father God wants him to be? Much has been written and discussed concerning this topic, yet the answers given are often laced with the teachings of men rather than the teachings of God as found in the Bible. Instruction to Husbands and Fathers (And Their Wives) looks at what the Bible has to say about how the Christian man can be the person God desires him to be. Gil Rugh
John MacArthur A Defense of John MacArthur against the accusations of Rick Miesel of Biblical Discernment Ministries - Rick Miesel of Biblical Discernment Ministries (BDM) is making an astounding accusation. He claims to have discovered through his research that pastor and author John MacArthur is a false teacher; a wolf in sheep's clothing; a blaspheming psychobabbler and a gross hypocrite. Miesel tries to prove those accusations in his critique titled "John MacArthur: General Teachings/Activities." Miesel offers this critique for a nominal charge either in paper form or on computer disk by writing to Biblical Discernment Ministries, P.O. Box 679, Bedford, IN 47421-0679—or by calling 812-275-5568. Jeff Simmons
Lord's Supper A study of the Lord's Supper. Tony Capoccia
Masons (01) The truth about the Masons, the Shriners, the Blue Lodge, the Eastern Star, the Demolay, Job's Daughters, and the Rainbow Girls. An in-depth look at the question, Can a Christian be a part of these organizations? A Must read article for all Christians. CFC
Masons (02) FREEMASONRY AND THE CHRISTIAN - "Recently the largest Protestant denomination has ruled that membership in the Lodge is up to one's individual conscience. This position is contrary to a traditional Christian view of Freemasonry. Freemasonry is a fraternal order that advocates development of virtue and character among its members, as the authors can attest through their own past membership in it. The soteriology of Freemasonry is strongly antibiblical, as several of its teachings indicate teachings associated with the Lambskin Apron, how to prepare for heaven, the Perfect Ashlar, the Common Gavel, and how to live a worthwhile life. Christian membership in the Lodge is, therefore, impossible to justify in light of Scriptural teachings."Eddy D. Field II and Eddy D. Field III [This article taken from the Master's Seminary Journal, Dr. John MacArthur, President] TMSJ
Modesty Modesty Matters - In this message, Pam Hardy, the wife of Carey Hardy, the Senior Executive Pastor of Grace Community Church, addresses a gathering of ladies at the church, and discusses the subject of modesty, breaking it down into three major sections:  The Need for Modesty, The Goal of Modesty, and The Expression of Modesty. 

She has boldly approached a subject that most churches have completely ignored, to their own harm.  Pam presents the biblical mandates for modesty and then very clearly applies these scriptures in very practical ways, discussing such things as: A Christian woman's wardrobe--are the clothes too short? too tight? too low?  She even applies these biblical principles on modesty to Bathing Suits and Wedding Dresses.

This is a must read message for every Christian woman young or old.  Mothers should read it with their daughters, grandmothers with their granddaughters.  I would even suggest it for Fathers and other Christian men and boys so they can understand the key role modesty plays in the Church and in their own personal lives. A very critical message for Pastors, Elders, Deacons.
Pam Hardy
Passion of Christ The Passion of the Christ - The Movie   "Each day I receive numerous emails asking about the new movie The Passion of the Christ by Mel Gibson. I write and compose this response for true believers in Christ.  I do not expect unbelievers to understand, nor to accept much of what is said in this review. "Tony Capoccia  [Note: This file will be updated with additional comments added to the end of the file].

The following are some links to various articles and comments about the movie

Passion of Christ

The Passion of The Christ - Mike Gendron

John MacArthur comments on "The Passion" movie

The Menace of the Religious Movie by A. W. Tozer

 The Passion of The Christ  -  A Film by Mel Gibson

A Christian's Response after Seeing "The Passion"

"The Passion of The Christ": Mel Gibson's Vivid Deception

A Pastor's Letter to His Flock about "The Passion"

World's View of "The Passion of The Christ"  Time Magazine

Tony Capoccia
Prayer (01) The Power of Persevering Prayer. Studies the issue of Christians who give up praying for certain requests thinking that God is saying no, when in fact He is most likely saying to Keep praying--the answer will soon come. Written in 19th century but is very applicable. The language has been update to our current usage. Andrew Murray
Prayer (02) The Power of United Prayer. He takes the passage from Matthew 18, that in context deals with discipline in the Church, but he applies the principals found therein about the need and purpose of united prayer. Andrew Murray
Prayer (03) The life and ministry of George Mueller (1805-1898) A man known for his powerful prayer life. He obtained seven and a half million dollars (in the 1800's) directly as answers to prayers for the care of orphans. George Muller
Prayer (04) "Praying In the Spirit" by John Bunyan (1628-1688)Written in Prison in the year 1662 (John Bunyan is a well-known Christian writer, made famous for his book "Pilgrims' Progress").  "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express" [Romans 8:26].  "I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind" [1 Corinthians 14:15].   An excellent message on prayer by a godly man who certainly knew the power of prayer, as he spent many years of his life in prison for testifying to the Gospel of God's Grace.    (Note: The "Old English" of this message has been updated and edited by Tony Capoccia).
This sermon (edited to fit on CD and tape) is now available on Audio CD:
John Bunyan
Prayer (05)
"How to Pray" by R. A. Torrey (1856-1928)"One of the greatest needs of the present day is men and women who will not only start out to pray for things, but pray on and on and on until they obtain that which they seek from the Lord."  What was true in Torrey's day still applies today.  His practical pointers clearly unfold the conditions God has established for intelligent, effective prayer that brings his answers, emphasizing the purpose and importance of prayer. R. A. Torrey
Promise Keepers (01) Promise Keepers - Catholics and Mormons Together. Martin Bobgen
Promise Keepers (02) Promise Keepers - Encountering Men at Risk Sarah Leslie
Promise Keepers (03) Promise Keepers - The truth about their movement. Gil Rugh
Promise Keepers (04) Promise Keepers - PROBING THE PROMISE KEEPERS Dennis Finnan
Proverbs The Better Way - A Study in Proverbs  I've turned to the Book of Proverbs, and what I hope will be preeminently a practical message on a theme that I have not found often developed. So I hope it will be a new line of thought with old theology undergirding all of it. All 31 chapters and all 915 verses in the book of Proverbs, as we read in the introduction, are devoted to providing for you and me "Wisdom" to those that are less than fully wise, "understanding" to those who haven't a grasp and understanding of everything in life. To those who are the best trained in scholastics, it has something to offer. And to the smallest child, it has something to offer. Its basic theme, if we were to just sum it up in one sentence, would be: The fear of the Lord leads to divine wisdom for righteous living. Dick
Psychology In recent years the Church has been integrating the theories of modern psychology with the Bible. As a result, many Christian psychologists have become the recognized experts for helping Christians with their practical, daily living. But is there a place for psychology in Christianity?

In Psychology: The Trojan Horse, Gil Rugh addresses the following issues:

  • Should psychology be integrated with the Bible?
  • Can psychology be "Christian?"
  • Is all truth God's truth?
  • What does the Bible say about dealing with sin?

This issue of integrating psychology with the Bible is one that all Christians must face since it concerns the nature of man and the sufficiency of Scripture. Pastor Rugh examines the use of psychology in the Church and challenges believers to return to the Word of God in all matters concerning life and godliness.

Gil Rugh
Purpose Driven Church/Life

A Purpose Driven Refugee

The Purpose Driven Church - A Review

The Purpose Driven Life - Readers' Reviews

The Purpose Driven Life - Book Review 

The Purpose Driven Life - Book Review

The Purpose Driven Life - A seriously flawed view of God

Church Growth Gone Mad

Programs, Get Your Programs: Exposing the Flaws of a Fad-Driven Church

The Gospel According to Hybels and Warren

The Purpose Driven Church (a critique)

Various Authors
Rapture (01) Biblical Evidences for a Pretribulational Rapture Mike Vlach
Rapture (02) Eschatology - Different Rapture Views Greg Rugh
Remarriage A Study of the Husband of One Wife requirement for Elders and Deacons. Discusses Divorce and Remarriage. Dr. Saucy
Revival "A Closer Look at Revival and Revival Meetings" -We hear a lot about revival in the church today. We are told that our churches, cities, nation, and world need it. Yet, what is revival? Is revival the evangelization of the lost; or is it spiritual renewal for people who are already saved? Could it be both? Gil Rugh
Salvation (01) Can a Christian ever lose their salvation? Tony Capoccia
Salvation (02) "What About the Pagan?" Is the Pagan on a deserted island really condemned to Hell even though he never heard the Gospel? Tony Capoccia
Satan (01)  "Satan's Schemes" (2 Corinthians 2:11) by George Whitefield (1714-1770). Originally preached in the 1700's. Discusses some of the key "schemes" that Satan uses against Christians. This sermon helps us to understand why godly Christians sometimes struggle in their walk with Christ. We have an enemy of our souls but we are not unaware of his schemes! The sermon that Satan DOES NOT want you to read or listen too! A copy of this sermon now available on Audio CD (preached by Tony Capoccia): George Whitefield
Satan (02) "Is Satan Bound Today?" One distinctive of amillennial theology is the belief that Satan is bound during this present age. This belief stems from an interpretation that sees the binding of Satan described in Revelation 20:1-3 as being fulfilled today. The purpose of this work is examine the amillennial view of Revelation 20:1-3 and address the question, "Is Satan bound today?" In doing this, our evaluation will include the following: 1) a brief definition of amillennialism; 2) a look at the amillennial approach to interpreting Revelation; 3) an explanation and analysis of the amillennial view of Revelation 20:1-3; and 4) some concluding thoughts. Mike Vlach
Sin (01)  "Sin unto Death" - The "sin unto death" in 1 John 5:16 has provoked widespread discussion. The correct meaning revolves around the nature of the sin and the nature of the death referred to. The context and word selection point to the conclusion that the individual "committing a sin not unto death" is an unsaved man who professes to be a believer, but who is, in actuality, in need of salvation.  Irvin Busenitz
Sin (02)  "How to Have Victory over Sin" - A Study of Romans 6:1-22 & 8:1-14.  How does a person deal with sin in his or her life? This is an important question and one in which there is much confusion in the Church of Jesus Christ. That is why I want to examine what the Bible has to say about how to deal with sin. Gil Rugh
Suffering Why do people suffer? A look at the origin, types, purposes, and responses to suffering. Tony Capoccia
Suicide Does God forgive the sin of Suicide? Can a Christian who kills himself still go to Heaven? Tony Capoccia
Sunday School

Kathy Capoccia's Sunday School Lessons for Young Adults

Kathy Capoccia
Surrogate Mothers Surrogate Mothers. Cautions and considerations for Christians in this matter.

Tony Capoccia

Technology The Trouble with Technology - The Dangers of the PC Age [Written by Travis Allen, the Internet Ministry Manager Grace to You.] Travis Allen
Television Some thoughts on TV and the Christian, especially the effect on children. Some practical ideas are presented. Unknown
Thanksgiving A Sunday School lesson for young people on the subject of giving thanks--Thanksgiving.  Provides lots of background information about the origin and meaning of this American tradition that is to thank God for His many blessings. Kathy Capoccia
The Way International The Way International - A Christian Cult!

Tony Capoccia

Tithing The real truth about tithing, the Old Testament versus the New Testament. Is 10% required? Tony Capoccia
Tongues In recent decades there has been a rise in the number of people claiming to speak in tongues. Are these claims legitimate and does the Bible teach that Christians should be speaking in tongues today? In his booklet, What About Tongues, Pastor Gil Rugh looks at these issues and helps answer the following questions:
  • What is biblical tongues?
  • What was the purpose of tongues in the Bible?
  • Are Christians to seek speaking in tongues today?
  • What is really happening with the modern tongues movement?

Pastor Rugh will help you see what the Bible has to say about this controversial and often misunderstood issue.

Gil Rugh
Tradition Have we, by our Traditions nullified the Word of God? Tony Capoccia
Women (01) "Instructions to Wives, Mothers, & Their Husbands" - A Sermon about the Role of a Woman, from God's perspective.   Addresses many areas, to include the "Working Wife and the Working Mother."  A truth from God's Word that needs to be spoken to today's Church, but so often is avoided because it would not be popular with our generation.  Pastor Gil Rugh speaks a bold and clear message. Gil Rugh
Women (02) Women Preachers - "In this day we find a rapid advancement of new ideas. The unbelievable suggestion of yesterday, entertained only by a few fanatics, and only mentioned by the conservatives to be ridiculed, is today the bold reform, and tomorrow will be the accepted practice. Novelties are so numerous and so wild and rash, that in even conservative minds the feeling of wonder is exhausted and the instinct of righteous resistance fatigued. A few years ago the preaching by women was universally condemned among all conservative denominations of Christians. Now the idea is being presented to the churches, and female preachers are knocking at our doors. We are already told that public opinion is being swayed because of the boldness and reasonableness of the claims of these woman preachers, that even our own ministers are hesitant to speak out against the movement. These remarks show that a discussion of woman's proper place in the Christian Church is greatly needed.--"R. L. Dabney (1820-1898) Robert Dabney
Women (03) Home is Where the Heart Is -  A Look at Titus 2:3-5  The roles and responsibilities of a godly woman. Sheila Pennington
Women (04) "Questions and Answers with Patricia MacArthur" Patricia is the wife of John MacArthur and responds to many questions posed to her about the roles of women, and especially pastors' wives. Patricia MacArthur
Word-Faith Movement An examination of the Word-Faith movement. It exposes the errors of the movement and some of its well known false teachers such as: Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Paul Crouch, John Avanzini, Robert Tilton, Fred Price, and Benny Hinn. It also reveals the dangers of TBN (Trinity Broadcast Network). Richard J. Vincent

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