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Your Walk With God Is A Community Project- Audio

For those who missed last week (or want to listen again!), here’s a link to download an mp3 of Dr. Paul Tripp’s message Your Walk With God Is A Community Project.


Friday Nights in Ferndale- 01/16/09

Community is counter-intuitive to Western culture, but mandatory to a life of faith. Yet when most Christians think about growing in their faith, they sometimes leave out one of the most important means that God has provided; our friendships! God unites us to Christ but also places us within a community of faith where we influence one another in profound ways.

In his sermon “Your Walk With God Is A Community Project” Dr. Paul Tripp addresses fundamental issues that will help us grow in grace, wisdom, forgiveness, servant-hood, communication, and conflict. These lifestyle character qualities are essential if marriages, friendships, and churches are going to thrive. 

One thing will be different about this week at Friday Nights in Ferndale: the sermon is audio only. We were not able to get video of this particular sermon, but thought that it was so valuable that we’re going to trust our ears to keep us occupied. We really hope that this week and next week’s teaching will help spur us on to engage in deep, genuine, and biblical community at Friday Nights in Ferndale.

So come join us Friday, January 16th, at 244 Berding Street in Ferndale. Dinner begins at 6:00, teaching begins around 7:00. Childcare will be available. Hope to see you there!


Your Walk With God Is A Community Project- Promo

This is a promo video from Dr. Paul Tripp‘s message called “Your Walk With God Is  A Community Project.”


Friday Nights In Ferndale- 01/09/09

Francis Chan

Hi everyone! Hope you have all had a splendid week. I’m looking forward to hanging out with you guys this Friday and enjoying our time together. This week we will be hearing from a new (to us) preacher named Francis Chan. Francis is a pastor at Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California and also the founder of Eternity Bible College. We’ll be watching a sermon he preached on Galatians 5:16-26 called “Grace To Become Who We Want To Be.”

So come join us Friday, January 9th, at 244 Berding Street in Ferndale. Dinner begins at 6:00, teaching begins around 7:00. Childcare will be available.

Idolatry & The Heart

At Friday Night last night we spent some time in discussion after watching the Worship: God Transforms sermon. The main topic was about idolatry, the fact that our hearts are “idol factories,” and are, like the hymn Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing says, “prone to wander…prone to leave the God [we] love.” The two passages of Scripture that we read to contrast worship and idolatry were Jeremiah 2:12-13 and John 4:13-14.

While I won’t rehash what idolatry is, I will point you to some helpful resources that help identify and tear down the idols that we so easily create and tolerate. I would encourage you to spend time using these resources in concert with the Scriptures and prayer and may God help us bind our hearts to Him in faithful and joyful obedience.

The Idol Factory– Pastor CJ Mahaney- A 3 part sermon series that aims to define, discern, and destroy the false gods in our lives. Sovereign Grace Ministries has also provided an extremely helpful outline of these mesages, with lots of relevant Scripture passages, quotes and application question. CJ also preached a message entitled Discern Your Heart that is a summary of all three messages.

Identifying and Tearing Down Idols of the Heart- Pastor Kenneth Maresco

Dealing With Personal Idols– Pastor Darrin Patrick- A gentle but very convicting sermon that helps evaluate the desires in our lives, general or specific, that can take the place of Jesus as the Lord of our hearts and desires.

Idolatry- Pastor Mark Driscoll- The first message from the Continuous Worship conference, held in 2007. Video/Audio

Quest for More– Paul David Tripp- This book (that I am currently reading) isn’t entirely about idolatry, but Tripp is excellent at identifying idols of the heart and how to biblically deal with those idols. There is also a companion study guide for the book and a video where Tripp talks about the book. Highly recommended!

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