Entries by John Samson

The Word of the Cross

Ministry at Apologia Church, Mesa, May 23, 2021 The execution of an itinerant Jewish teacher on a Roman cross on a hill just outside Jerusalem in first century Palestine was the most important event in human history. Really? THE most important? Doesn’t that sound just a little outlandish?… just a little “out there”? Paul knew […]

Missions: Locally Focused, Globally Minded

In past decades, church budgets included an item for the making and sending of sermons on cassette tapes (and later on CD’s and DVD’s) to pastors and people in distant regions of the world. That was then…This is now. The world has changed! Extraordinary technological advancements in recent times means that sermons can now be […]

Glorious Mystery!

For me, the mystery of the Trinity is way more than my mind can handle. Way more! Here is what we know: there is one God and yet three Divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Father is not the Son; the Son is not the Spirit; and the Spirit is not the Father. […]

Water Baptism Before the Lord’s Supper?

As we read the book of Acts, chapter 2, a definite sequence can be observed. All who repented and believed the gospel were water baptized and in doing so were recognized as full citizens in God’s kingdom and immediately became active members in the local Church. “So then, those who had received his word were […]

My Journey Out Of The Word Of Faith

This last Sunday I had the privilege of teaching/preaching three times at Reformation Orthodox Presbyterean Church in Apache Junction, Arizona. In the Sunday School hour, I was asked to share something of my personal testimony regarding how the Lord brought me out of the deception of the word of faith movement:

Features of Reformed Worship

 God-Centered Worship is the expression of praise, glory, thanks, honor, submission and devotion and is to be given to God alone. All else is idolatry. Therefore, Reformed worship is intentionally God-ward, celebrating all that He is and all that He has done in creation and redemption. Worship is not about our feelings or ‘worship […]

A Visitor Writes…

Thomas, from Wyoming was a first time guest in our worship service yesterday. He took time to write an email describing his experience with us. I thought I would share it with you as it is a strong encouragement to us all to continue to pursue purity of worship: Pastor John, Brother in the Lord, […]