Below, you'll find past sermons and series from Elder Silas Ford
February 14, 2016
God Gives, We Give, God Gives
2 Peter 1:1-11
Elder Silas Ford opens his series on the 2nd Epistle of Peter with a message on how giving works. God gives us: like precious faith, grace and peace, all things pertaining to godliness, and exceeding great and precious promises. We are then to give diligence to add to our faith. In giving this diligence, God gives in return.
February 21, 2016
Entrance to the Kingdom
2 Peter 1:11
Elder Silas Ford continues our study of 2nd Peter by showing the results of giving our diligence, an entrance to the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. The question is, what is this Kingdom? Because the entrance to this kingdom is by works, this kingdom can't be heaven, therefore it must be the church.
February 28, 2016
A Preacher's Purpose: Don't Forget to Remember
2 Peter 1:12-15
Continuing on in 2nd Peter, we look at what Paul believes to be his purpose as a minister of the gospel. Just as he calls for God's people to give diligence, Peter tells us he would not be negligent to put us in remembrance of these things. Knowledge is a powerful thing, and bringing this knowledge to remembrance imperative to a preacher.
March 6, 2016
Fatherhood (David Lawrence)
From Witness to Testimony
2 Peter 1: 16-21
Brother David Lawrence opens service with an exhortation for fathers. Drawing from Coach Tony Dungy and connecting with scripture, David stirs us up on Fatherhood.
Elder Ford brings us to the end of chapter 1 in 2nd Peter, teaching us that scripture isn't just another collection of fables, but rather the eyewitness testimony given by the inspiration of God.
March 13, 2016
The Who, What, and How of False Teachers (Part 1)
2 Peter 2:1-3
In Chapter 1, Peter spends much time on the topic of knowledge, teaching, and the source of our knowledge. He continues in chapter 2 with a dire warning concerning false teachers. Elder Ford reveals the who in this message as those whom introduce heresy to the people, endangering themselves and them that hear them.
March 20, 2016
The Who, What, and How of False Teachers (Part 2)
2 Peter 2:1-3
We continue our look at what Peter describes as "false teachers" by looking at what the effects of this false teaching is. Peter warns of the desctruction and blasphemy involved with them that follow these this heresy. This destructive road is littered with the remains of them that trusted in man rather than God and his Holy Word.
April 3, 2016
The Who, What, and How of False Teachers (Part 3)
2 Peter 2:1-3
Returning to 2nd Peter, Elder Ford examines the how of false teachers. Men have always attempted to use crafted words and covetousness for their own glory. The false teachers of the early church were no different than the false teachers of today in their attempt to garner, for themselves, glory and honor.
April 10, 2016
Judgment and Deliverance: The Proper Perspective
2 Peter 2:4-9
Going forward in Peter's look at false teachers, Elder Ford encourages us to take a different perspective at the "Old Testament Justice" that Peter lays out in this portion of scripture. Rather than always seeing deliverance in the story of Noah, or judgment in the story of Lot, we ought to see God's judgment and deliverance in both.
April 17, 2016
Forsake not...(Alex Corbitt)
6 Traits of False Teachers
2 Peter 2:10-22
At the beginning of our worship service, Brother Alex encourages the younger generation to keep the Lord and His church in the forefront of our minds. Elder Ford then goes forward in his continuing look at 2 Peter with a further look at the traits of false teachers.
April 24, 2016
6 Traits of False Teachers
2 Peter 2:10-22
Completing our look at the 2nd Chapter of 2 Peter, Elder Ford presents more personality traits of false teachers and the judgment that lies in wait for them. Peter tells us that it would be better if these false teachers had never known the truth than to know the truth and turn from it. These are strong words in a faith where evangelism is paramount.
2 Peter Series
May 15, 2016
Where is the Promise of His Coming?
2 Peter 3:1-9
As we open up the third chapter of this epistle, we see Peter point to a specific question that abounds among doubters, and even nominal Christians. This week, Elder Ford takes a look at the question, "Where is the promise of His coming?" identifying several portions of scripture that still gives us hope that He will return.
May 22, 2016
Understanding the Second Coming of Christ
2 Peter 3:10-18
Concluding our study of Peter's second epistle, we see some details emerge regarding the day of the Lord. With the fairly modern view of end times in mind, Elder Ford reminds us that the return of the Lord is nothing to fear for the child of God. For the church, the coming of the Lord ought to be a comforting thought.
March 27, 2016
Waiting on What?
On this Easter Sunday, Elder Ford takes a step away from our series in 2nd Peter to bring us to remembrance of the glory that shall be revealed in us. In life, we wait. We wait in line, on hold, and through traffic. The idea of waiting presupposes that there is something important coming. Elder Ford reminds us that we are to be eagerly awaiting Christ's coming and the resurrection.
May 8, 2016
Love (Lic. Lloyd Wilkinson) Proverbs 31
Brother Lloyd Wilkinson opens service with an examination of each Greek word translated to love. Elder Silas Ford takes a look at the 31st chapter of Proverbs showing us that it's not just about the virtuous woman, but also about the son that should look for her and the mother that taught him so.
May 1, 2016
A Look at the Early Church
Matthew 16:13-18, Acts 2:37-47
What kind of church should we be? In modern times, churches come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. This week, Elder Ford presents us with a foundational view of the New Testament Church and presents us with the challenge of structuring our church according to the plan laid out 2 centuries ago, modeling today's church upon the early church model.
May 29, 2016
The Second Coming...Victory
1 Corinthians 15:51-58
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Continuing our look at the second coming of Christ, Brother Silas takes us to 2 portions of scripture that clearly lay out the events that are to unfold on the day of the Lord. Ultimately these events signify one thing for the child of God, Victory in Jesus.
June 5, 2016
Sacrifice: Our Reasonable Service
From the earliest portions of scripture, we see sacrifice as a central part of the worship of God. From the sacrifices given under the law, to the sacrifice of our Lord on the cross, we can see how a worthy sacrifice is acceptable unto the Lord. We see today what sacrifice God expects of His new testament church.
June 12, 2016
The Heart of the Matter
As Christians we are often put in the position of dealing with effects rather than causes. Throughout Christ's ministry we see Christ going directly to the heart of each matter that was presented before him. Just as this was his approach in his ministry, we also see this wisdom of God play out in the new birth as well. Christ deals with our hearts in a way that only He can.
Spiritual Warfare Series
June 19, 2016
Preparing for Spiritual Battle
2 Corinthians 10:1-6
Warfare has been a part of the family of God since the earliest days of Israel. In the Old Testament we read over and over again about the battles won and lost by God's people. In the church age we still find ourselves engaged in battles, but these battles aren't carnal; they rage on in a spiritual dimension. As a soldier in this battle, Elder Ford exhorts us to be prepared.
June 26, 2016
Strength for the Battle
In the second message of our "Spiritual Warfare" series, Elder Ford takes us to the beginning of an important portion of scripture dealing with the subject. In today's message we focus on the strength for battle. We may have the right offensive and defensive strategy, we may have the proper weapons, but without understanding where our strength comes from we cannot battle effectively
July 10, 2016
High Places: The Battlefield
As we engage in the battle against our adversary, the devil, and his legions, it is imperative that we know where this battle is taking place. Paul writes clearly in our text that "We wrestle not against flesh and blood", but rather we engage in a battle that takes place in "high places". Today we take a look at this high place.
July 17, 2016
Standing Against Satan
Continuing our series of messages on "Spiritual Warfare", Elder Ford takes a look at a thought that appears several times in our text, to stand. Paul writes that we are to "Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. We are called to stand against Satan and his attacks, but we must only do so while fully armored. Elder Ford also reminds us that because Christ stood before the Father for us, we ought to stand for Him.
July 24, 2016
Overcoming: Christ in You
1 John 4:4
In any battle, especially a spiritual one, the end result sought is victory. In 1 John, we see a retrospective look at the ultimate battle when he says, "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them." Understanding that being of God, or in Christ gives us the eternal victory; we can see that Christ in us gives us the ability to face the challenges of today.
July 31, 2016
Wisdom in Warfare
Sometimes, our greatest battles occur within the ranks of our own armies. Our portion of scripture today deals with the "wars and fightings among you." Before dealing with this, however, James urges the church, and members thereof, to use the wisdom from above rather than man's wisdom. When members of the same body have differences, it is imperative to use God's wisdom to reconcile these differences. Part of this wisdom is asking for God's guidance for His benefit, and not to consume it upon our own lusts.
July 3, 2016
Knowing the Enemy
In the last year or so, the media and our elected officials have pontificated about the importance or lack thereof of naming the enemy in our war on terror. No matter what side of this debate you are on in this battle of flesh and blood, there is no doubt that in the realm of spiritual warfare scripture clearly defines who our adversary is. In our continuing look at "Spiritual Warfare", scripture paints us a clear picture, naming our enemy, and his name is the Devil.
August 7, 2016
The Unending Love of God
Scripture tells us that God is love. If God is indeed love, we must purpose to understand that His love never faileth. In today's message we look at the well known story of the "Rich Young Ruler". This young man that comes to Christ with a knowledge beyond his carnal mind. Although this young man walks away sorrowful, we can have a hope for this young man by the words expressed by Mark. Following the commandments wasn't enough, selling his possessions and giving to the poor wouldn't have been enough. But Mark says this was a young man, "whom He loved". And that, my friends is enough.
August 21, 2016
Love as a result of Forgiveness
Bro. Noah Still introduces our service with a message on the difference between joy and happiness, noting that joy is a fruit of the spirit. Afterward, Elder Ford takes us to a passage in scripture where Christ teaches Simon the Pharisee that Love comes as a result of forgiveness by sharing a parable with him. Christ shows him and us that considering the debt owed is critical to helping us love Him more. Furthermore he shows that forgiveness comes first.
September 4, 2016
Choosing Barabbas or Jesus
On the day of Christ's crucifixion, in His last encounter with Pilate, the world gave God's people a choice. One man was a murderer, robber, and insurrectionist. The other had no sin in him at all. Contrary to all spiritual logic, the religious leaders supported the choice of the world over Jesus Christ. A danger we face in our lives, homes, and churches is choosing what the world presents and the church leaders support, rather than choosing Jesus Christ. Who do you choose today?
September 18, 2016
You, He, and Me
In the first chapter of Colossians, Paul breaks down the Gospel in a glorious way. With the use of an incredible number of pronouns, he shares this concept as put forth by Elder Ford, "You're important, He is Preeminent, and I'm here to tell you about it". With theology properly espousing man's total depravity, it's easy to lose the fact that God's love for His people makes us special. In our effort to lead people to the cross of Christ, it's easy to lose track of the qualifications of Christ that made his death sufficient for our cause. With the amount of preaching I hope we all are exposed to it's easy to lose sight of the incredible blessing it is to hear God's word proclaimed.
November 6, 2016
2 Corinthians 1:3-10
As children of God, we often find ourselves in situations that we can't get out of. In this message on deliverance, Elder Ford defines deliverance as a movement from one place to another by an outside agency. In the 2nd epistle to the church at Corinth. Paul teaches us that we have a deliverer, and it is the "God that raiseth the dead." As we take a look at the deliverance in three tenses (past, present, and future), we remind ourselves that God has been, is now, and will ultimately be our deliverer.
January 8, 2017
1 Timothy 3:16
In Paul's first letter to Timothy, Paul sets forth an idea that would be used by many a disciple for centuries. That is the thought of the unknowable nature of God. Many theologians have spent their lifetimes searching the riches of God's word to better understand Him. However at the end of their lives, many of them feel as if they haven't even touched the edge of what it is to know Him, repeating to themselves and others, "Without question, great is the mystery of Godliness.
August 14, 2016
Love Moses? Consider Christ
There's a lot to be said about Moses. He is one of the central figures in the Old Testament. In fact, he wrote the first five books. The Jews had an admiration for Moses that was unparalleled. One of the first bible stories we teach our children, in fact, is the story of Moses. The writer of Hebrews, ultimately the Holy Spirit, draws upon this admiration by showing us that for everything Moses was, Christ was so much more. He asks this group of God's people to, "Consider Christ".
August 28, 2016
Stranger Danger! This term has become a part of our modern vernacular over the last few decades because we want our children to be safe. Today, Elder Ford takes us to the book of Leviticus, sharing with us how we are to treat those among us that are deemed strangers. Those that are different, those that don't look like us, those that don't act like us, but those that want to dwell with us are to be treated as we treat those that are a part of our own little society called the church.
September 11, 2016
After an introduction by Noah Still, Elder Ford brings us a message on "Biblical Evangelism". Evangelism is a word used frequently in churches throughout the world, but what exactly does it mean. Although we see it listed in Ephesians 4:11 grouped in with apostles, prophets, and pastors and teachers, unlike these there are no clear biblical qualifications set out for this type of ministry. Elder Ford takes us through the new testament to help us identify the role of the evangelist by looking at the work performed. Ultimately, we all should be evangelists in some form or fashion, the question is, "Are we fulfilling that role in our lives?"
September 25, 2016
The Grey Area of Christian Liberty
Should I or Shouldn't I? That is the question we ask ourselves on a daily basis, if not, then we probably should. Answering this question probably ought to lead to a next question of "Why or why not?" The easy answer is to turn to scripture to find the answer, but what if scripture doesn't clearly spell it out for us or even seems to allow it even though others are offended by the act? This is where general biblical concepts come into play. One of those biblical concepts is not allowing our liberty to be a stumbling block for others. Elder Silas attempts to help us navigate this grey area of christian liberty and it's relationship to others by pointing us to the 14th chapter of Romans.
January 1, 2017
A Risen Life
After an introduction by Bro. David Lawrence (0:00-0:25:30), Elder Silas shares with us that the church of Jesus Christ has believed that we serve a "risen" savior since the first witnesses to the resurrection shared their experience 2000 years ago. The words of Holy Writ teach that we, as well, are risen "in Him". In our message today, we look at the implication of being risen with Him by looking at Paul's words, "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above." It's awful tempting while living in this world to focus on things below, but our "risen" status calls for so much more.