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Prairie Bible Church

Prairie Bible Church is a non-denominational, Christian church located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Our mission is; "Help people grow their faith through a simple, authentic representation of Jesus' love". We hope you will enjoy hearing these inspirational, faith based messages to enrich your life and help grow your faithwww.prairiebible.org read less

Who Am I to Judge?
Jan 22 2023
Who Am I to Judge?
Who Am I to Judge?Matthew 7:1-5 Biblical discernment is the ability to distinguish good from evil according to the Bible. Living with biblical discernment is not just an option, it is a God-given responsibility. We need to recover biblical discernment in our churches, and it starts with understanding what it means to “judge not.” Sadly, Christians have often neglected their responsibility to confront serious sin in the church by saying, “Who am I to judge?” This is a misunderstanding of what it means to “judge not” (1 Cor. 5:12-13). So, what does it mean to have biblical discernment? Take Home Message: God has given us the responsibility of biblical discernment. Biblical discernment means…We treat each other fairly.Matt. 7:1-2– “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. We see each other clearly.Matt. 7:3-4– Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?We correct each other gently.Matt. 7:5– You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.” Take Home QuestionsAre you in the Word?Are Christians in your life?Are you practicing what you preach? Simple. Authentic. Jesus. Prairiebible.org
The Purpose of the Parables
Jan 1 2023
The Purpose of the Parables
The Purpose of the ParablesMatthew 13:10-17Every time you hear the Word of God, you take a risk. That is because we will be judged based on what we have been given. The people in Jesus’ day had the law and the prophets, yet many were disobedient. But for those who truly knew God, Jesus’ parables were enlightening. The parables reveal truth to believers and veil truth from hardened hearts. Jesus says, “So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.” (Luke 8:18) Take Home Message: Are you listening?  The Parables teach us to…Be faithful with what we have (10-12).-       Matt. 13:12– For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.Pay attention to how we hear (13-15).-       Matt. 13:15– For this people's heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them. Give thanks for God’s grace (16-17).-       Matt. 13:16-17– But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 17 For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
God’s Purpose in Our Pain
Dec 12 2022
God’s Purpose in Our Pain
God’s Purpose in Our PainMatthew 1:18-21Have you ever been a situation where there seems to be no right answer? That must have been how Joseph felt when he first learned that Mary was pregnant. How did he handle this painful situation? We often forget about Joseph when it comes to the Christmas story. Joseph has no words recorded in Scripture, but he speaks by his actions. We will see that just as God chose Mary to raise Jesus, he also chose this quiet, righteous carpenter. Joseph, though dead, still speaks through his faith (Heb. 11:4). Take Home Message: God can use our greatest pain for his greatest purposes. Joseph walked with God through…-       The Pain.-       Matt. 1:18– Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. -       The Wrestling.-       Matt. 1:19– And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. -       The Relief.-       Matt. 1:20– But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. -       The Purpose.-       Matt. 1:21– She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”Take Home QuestionsDo you believe that God is in control?Do you believe that God is good?Will you trust and obey God when things don’t make sense?
Come to Me and Drink
Nov 21 2022
Come to Me and Drink
Come to Me and DrinkJohn 7:37-39There is no substitute for contentment in Christ. When Jesus Christ is our pursuit, He leaves our hearts so satisfied that we don’t need anything else. To those who thirst, Jesus says, “come to me and drink.” Whoever drinks of the water that Jesus gives will never thirst again (Jn. 4:14). As Augustine once said, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.” John 7:37-39– 37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.Take Home Message: There is no substitute for contentment in Christ.Contentment in Christ flows from…Running to Him first.-       Jn. 7:37– On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.”Trusting in Him alone.-       Jn. 7:38– “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”Being filled with the Spirit.-       Jn. 7:39– Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”