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A Congregation that Confronts

Early on in his reign Israels first king, Saul, was trying to do what he had been commissioned to do by the Lord - delivering the people of God from the oppression of the Philistines. However he soon found himself surrounded, and by chapter 13 of 1 Samuel an army as numerous as the sand on the sea shore had him cornered. Samuel has been called, but has not come, Philistines are breathing down his neck, and his troops are deserting left and right. So in desperation,

Stop Making Excuses

We saw in this past weeks sermon from 1 Samuel 15, that King Saul, when confronted on his disobedience of the LORDs command to exact righteous judgement upon the Amalekites, responded with a great number of excuses. Read the text to see if you can pick them out for yourself:

Temptation Is Not The Same As Sin

It’s one of those things we know to be true on an intellectual level, but we forget it easily in personal experience. Temptation is not the same as sin. This truth is obvious from the Scriptures. In the Lord’s Prayer, we are taught to pray “forgive us our debts” and “lead us not into temptation” (Matt. 6:12-13). Debts and trespasses require forgiveness; temptation needs deliverance. They are not the same.

7 Mistakes We Make in Women's Bible Study

Jesus wants women to be theologically minded and grounded in the Scriptures. That's why he commended Mary, who sat "at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching" (Luke 10:39), while Martha served Jesus and his disciples. Instead of applauding Martha for her service, Jesus approved Mary for choosing "the good portion, which will not be taken away from her" (Luke 10:42). Mary chose the one thing that is still necessary today. Women who are students of the Bible, serious about studying it and hearing it taught, choose the good portion, the one thing that is necessary.

Growing as a Christian - Publicly

God never intended the true believer to live the Christian life alone. After Christ’s ascension, the apostles went everywhere starting churches and ordaining elders in each (Acts 14:23). They did this so the young Christians could be strengthened, encouraged, guided, instructed, and above all worship God together.

Growing As A Christian - Privately

Growth is not an option for a Christian. God is changing us through the Word of Christ by the Spirit of Christ into the image of Christ. How can we recognize God's sovereign hand in our sanctification, and glorify Him in and through it? How do we as a church grow together into maturity? Receive some practical guidance in this month's Herald.

New Missions Conference Video

New video is now available from our fall 'Global Missions and the Church' conference with John Piper.

Fall Missions Conference Video - Session One

Please feel free to download, view, or listen to these main session talks at our fall missions conference. Please do not change the content in any way.

The Herald - November 2013

Missions exists because worship doesn’t. So we at UCCD have the greatest privilege in the universe: to increase the worship of God by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the UAE we have unique opportunities and challenges but the message and the method are the same: Go, make, baptize, teach. How can we be bold and faithful to share Christ in our homes, neighbourhoods and workplaces?

The Herald - October 2013

Obedience to the Great Commission requires that we engage in spiritual warfare. How do you think about spiritual warfare? What does church planting have to do with it? In view of our RAK and Sharjah church plants, whether you go or stay, your eyes need to be fixed on the one who conquered Satan and death on the cross.